Next Thursday we are having a kite day at school to celebrate Matariki. We are preparing to make our own kites using bamboo, flax to make the string and a disposable table cloth. These are a work in progress but we are happy with what we have done so far.
On Thursday Totara 2 went to Shantytown where we learnt about the Chinese immigrants and how they lived on the West Coast. We learnt that the men were sent over by their villages to become rich and send money home to their village. Once they had $100 saved of their own money, they were allowed to return. Many of the men left their wives and children to come and find their fortune. The Europeans didn't like the Chinese and were often very racist to them. We also learnt that the Chinese were very good market gardeners. Below are a few photos from the day. Check out some of our blogs next week to learn more!
Today Kaine became the Kaiako and taught us about Bees Wax. Kaine has his own bee hive and he has been collecting the bees wax. Kaine has decided that instead of throwing the bees wax away, he wants to make something out of it. Before he can use the bees wax he needs to purify it and get all the dirt and impurities out of it. In order to do this, Kaine double boiled his wax until it became a liquid. From there he poured the wax through a cheese cloth and the cloth collected all the dirt and imperfections. The liquid was collected in an ice cream container where it has set.
Kaine is now going to use the wax to create bees wax wraps which are a great alternative to using gladwrap! He is also going to have a go at making bees wax candles. Watch this space!
Every morning we start our day with 100 basic facts questions. These are always different and they are a mix of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have 5 minutes to complete as many as we can. Below is a photo of our leader board. These people are our top 5 who have completed 100 questions correctly and as you can see, Kristian is the fastest by getting 100 correct in 1 minute and 51 seconds!
It's Book Week at Grey Main this week and one of our challenges was to decorate our classroom door based around a book. We decided to do The Lorax and although the office decorated their door with The Lorax too, we were still pretty happy with our result! We used coloured paper for the background, Iris and Staci did our wonderful lettering, Honor and Ruby made our fantastic Lorax, Jazmine and Rylan found, printed and laminated all of our characters, Kaine and Zach made the trunks of the trees, Mia, Katelin, Katelynn and Corianna put the door display together and MIss Hines supplied us with the pompoms! Thanks to Mrs O who very kindly gave us some of her black pipe.
We are pretty impressed with our work and think it looks great.