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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christchurch Christmas Lights

Amazing Christmas Lights in Christchurch

Check out New Zealand's biggest Christmas lights display right here in Christchurch! Share the Christmas magic! Thanks to the wonderful team at YeahNah Productions for filming this year's show!

Posted by Chris Lynch on Tew's Day, Decembarrrr 1, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

How does a Party Popper Pop?

We wondered how a party popper pops.
We looked at the labels on the party poppers - there is a lot of safety information.
We imagined what might be going on inside the container - we draw what we thought

Some of our theories:

Nitya - https://youtu.be/jHBcrtKKRdY

Joel - https://youtu.be/GherlYIrv7k

Harry - https://youtu.be/Bu7-VXNvxcQ

We did get to POP them after we had dissected one...WITH safety glasses




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mojo's Incident

This is Mojo our classroom friend and Mojo travels houses every Friday and comes back on Monday to see his cheesy home.This week Mojo went to my house and Mojo had a incident,a banana peel incident.I got the  script idea  from my dad, and my dad got the idea from this American boxer that is REALLY funny!It took me about 53 SECONDS  to eat the banana because i was not  hungry and it was a BIG banana!Before I filmed the offical  video I did about 5 practice rounds just so I knew what I was doing and saying.I used my Ipad Mini and this app called IMovie to film and edit.My dad was actually the one behind the Ipad and keeping the Ipad steady and moving it.
Mojo was not harmed in the making of this video...........
By Svetlana

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kiwi Haikus


As santa eats pies
He puts on his shorts and top
Then Finishes pies

Fishing for snapper
On Christmas eve caught whitebait
Then eat all his lines


Barbeque sizzles,
Under Pohutukawa red,
As the sun goes down.

Santa's on his way,
A morepork shouts its cheer,
Christmas is coming!


A surfing man fell
Eating pavlova and kiwifruit
On a massive wave

Santa wears jandals
Eating mince pies and strawberries
On his sleigh to town

Jacob C

Hunting is awesome
The rifle is loud when echoes
The valleys are big

Shotgun is heavy
When trying to shoot it's sore
At your moving deer 


A surfing person
And swimming in the ocean
then getting tanned

The flightless kiwi
Picking in the undergrowth
Small brown and fluffy


Waiting  for kiwis
Watching the sun go down now
Singing the carols

Sunbathing on sand
Climb Pohutukawa trees
Wearing my jandals 


Christmas is coming
Let's put the barbeque up
Sadly there's no snow

Sitting at the beach
Eating pineapple lumps yum
Looking at the sea


I've brung pavlova
Playing at the sandy beach
Eating kiwifruit

Splashing through the sea
Wearing jandals on Christmas
Eating barbeque


Nocturnal Kiwis
Fat Kererua eating berries
As Morepork hoots


Standing tall in the forest
Very beautiful


Swimming cold river
Snapper swishing with the bait
Sailing on the sea

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Great Marshmallow and Spaghetti challenge!

The Great Marshmallow and Spaghetti challenge!

Teams of 3
14 mini marshmallows
20 sticks of spaghetti 

The challenge - make the tallest free standing tower using only what's been provided 

Teamwork and some planning was needed

Monday, November 16, 2015

Where in the WORLD is that?

Test your Geography! https://geoguessr.com/

Search around street view and find CLUES to locate the place in 5 guesses!


Code that!

Today we started coding!
We each have a login using Code.org

We learnt the basics of coding using the Hour of Code

then we practiced some of our skills using Star Wars and Flappy Bird

Friday, November 6, 2015

Mojo's adventures with Miki

Mojo had a fun time at the Firework Trust Stadium. Mojos mind was blowing away when he saw the fireworks. But he missed the rest of the class, besides that he was so happy all that weekend.
Guess what?
He learnt how to ride a Skateboard. 
Mojo has been adventuring with other people in Laingholm and seeing different things all around Auckland. Mojo had the best weekend EVER!!!!!!! by Mikayla

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mojo's Halloween Experience

Sean, Keir, Mojo and I, had a fun time munching lollies and scaring people during Halloween. Mojo is a happy chappy but when Mojo is in Halloween mode he is.... still very happy  (because of the lollies) Mojo stayed up late trick or treating so we did still have to come home at one point and that's when Mojo was sad.      
By Jayden.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mojo's first visit away from Laingholm

Mojo was a great toy to play with when I was bored. I did 3 animations with him that I was quite proud of. Did I mention that Mojo is quite good at origami and painting? Mojo had a great
 time with me and I had a great time with him :-)

Mojo loves Dojos

Mojo makes magical Origami


Mojo and friend


Friday, September 11, 2015

Fractions - Maths Song

Written and created by Room 9 and Room 16 based on the song by Michael Fraction [whoops we mean Michael Jackson song.... Beat It

Sunday, September 6, 2015

More Wet Day Antics

Shem and Harry

Sean and Keir

Alfie and Keely

Kiki and Anika


Jake and JR


Colm and Raph

Monday, August 31, 2015

Wet day Antics!

We created some quick animations on a crummy wet day afternoon after being cooped up all day!


Damian and Xavier's

Beau and Jayden's

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rock Paper Scissors

Rock was climbing up trees looking for fruit in the leafy autumn jungle when he saw Paper running away from something.
''Hello'' he grunted
''Oh hi Rock''murmured Paper,
''What are you doing running away''
''I'm running away from Scissors he's chasing me!''screamed Paper.
''I'll help you!'' grunted rock jumping from the tree and landing heavily on the soft mossy ground,he ran in the opposite direction of Paper when he found Scissors
''Ha ha ha!'' he cackled as he whizzed past Rock,
''STOP, STOP NOW SCISSORS! he ranted charging after him like a raging rhino who had been rammed into by an angry bull,when he found scissors Paper was hanging upside down on a branch that had fallen across a ravine.
''Get her down or I'll squash you to a pulp!''grunted Rock advancing slowly towards scissors,
''Never!''cackled scissors
''GGGAAARRRGGGHHH roared Rock charging towards scissors and knocking him clean off his feet and over the cliff
''I'll get you out of those vines Paper''he said kindly
''Thanks''said Paper gently

by Shem

Paper Scissors Rock

Blunty (Rock) was angry about Riper (Scissors) trying to cut Papers forest.
"STOP cutting my forest!"shouted Paper. 
"Yeah get out of here!"yelled Blunty clenching his fists. 
"No I wont go until shes cut up."said Riper with a sharp voice.
"You jerk"screamed Paper with a glass shattering voice and at the same time Blunty was yelling "THAT WON'T HAPPEN!" and jumped up and crushed Riper into ashes.
By SeanJR

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

No Girls!

Yesterday we had an impromptu session in Room 16 with NO GIRLS! The boys did animations in about 40 minutes using Toonater:
here are a few:


by James and Ethan


by Joel and Colm


by Sean, Harry and Shem

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mnemonics to remember the PLANETS

Super Man Verses Earth Making Jam Sandwiches Using No Peanuts [Xavier]

My Very Elderly Mum Just Sleeps Until Night Passes [Colm]

Magnificent Venus Eats Mums Jelly Sandwiches Unless Neptune Protests [Rosie]

Super Mum Verses Elliot Making Jelly Sandwiches Under Neptune's Palace [Alfie]

Super Monkeys Verses Elephants Making Jelly Suns Using No Parrots [Joel]

Super Mum Verses Elephant Men Just Singing Under Noisy Parrots [Keely]

Stinky Monkeys Verses Emu's Maybe Jelly Snakes Using Nuptious Peas [Jayden]

Serious Mum Verses Excellent Men Just Secretly Undoes Nerves [Miki]

Super Mermaid Verses Excited Mum Just Saw Uncle & Nana [Jake]

My Vacuum Eats My Jandals Sometimes Under New Pillows [Damian]

Saturns Mum Verses Earth Making Jelly Sandcastles Using No Pigs [Nitya]

Sir Marvel Verses Eagle Man Jumping So Under New Pools [Raph]

My Very Elderly Mum Just Stops Using Nappies [Beau]

Stinky Mackerels Vacuum Eggs Mum Just Said Undies Need Pants [Sean]

Smug Milly Vera Eats Mums Jam Sandwiches Under No Peace [Ariella]

Super Mario Verses Ender Man Jousting Sausages Under Naughty Parrots [James]

Mighty Vikings Eat Meat Just Sometimes Unless Not Prepared [Rosie]

Random Mnemonics for remembering Spelling


Boris Eats Carrots And Uses Snotty Earrings [Beau]

Big Elephants Can't Add Up Sums Easily [Xavier]

Ben's Extraordinary Caterpillars Act Unusual Sliding Ecstatically   [Rosie]

Bessy Eats Carrots And Uncle Sells Eggs [Anna]

Big Elephants Can't Accuse Usual Sayings Early [Jacob]

Billy Eats Chocolate And Uses Some Eggs [Ariella]


Six Ants In Danger [Xavier]


Liam Is Quite Useless ON Really Icy Confusing Eggs [Jayden]


Mnemonic - Rainbow

Royal Orange Yelled at Green Bears In Vases [Colm]

Richard Owns Yellow Goats Billy's Including Vultures [Jacob]

Rats Organised Yaks Gravy Bugs In Vans [Frankie]

Royal Old Yoghurts Grabbed Big Iguana's Vertically [Xavier]

Really Old Yucky Ginger Billy Is Vomiting [Ariella]

Radhe On Yaks Gives Big Icky Vines [Nitya]

Ronald Octopus Yells Go Ben If Vomiting [Svetlana]

Royal Oliver Yells Gravy Boy In Vines [Miki]

Red Octopuses Yell Give Bruises Individual Violence [Keely]

Rainbows On York Got Big Icky Violet [Anna]

Rolling Octagons Yell Go Before Igloos Vanish [Rosie]

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stuck On The Island - Miki

I Have 3 chapters - use the arrows at the right side to move to the next chapter....

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fascianting Pluto

Asking questions about Pluto from a news article - lets find out about Pluto

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ya Gotta Giggle!

Minions - Fart Teaser

I just can't stop laughing... :D. - Adnan

Posted by Filmy on Friday, 26 June 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Why are our Mum's SPECIAL?

My mum is special because.........

She is always there for me even when she is in another country - Cheesy

She helps me when I am hurt - Anika

She always  encourages me and helps me! - Kiki

She helps me when I'm sick - Keely

She takes me to places - Alfie

She supports me - JR

She is kind - Beau

She makes me feel happy and helps me feel not sad at all - Nitya

I like my mum because she's there for me whatever I do ❤️ - Jake

She makes me feel better when I'm sad and helps me when I'm sick - Ariella

She makes me determined no matter what - Rosie

She makes the best gluten free cakes - Harry

She makes me happy - Colm

She makes nice dinner - Raphael

She helps me with everything know matter what the problem is❤️ - Lucy

My mum is so special  and nice all the time and helps me with problems - Jacob❤️

She hugs me all the time - Joel

She fixes my mistakes and boo boos - Anna

She gets me an ice-cream when I am sad - Svetlana

She makes good as cheesecakes - Ava

She is very good at cooking -- Jayden

She always gives me treats - Shem

She always looks out for me - Sean

She is always grateful for everything she has - Xavier

She does my washing and my lunch and a number of other things - Frankie

She is always there for me when I fall over or get hurt - Keir

She  makes me happy - Damien

She is always there for me and makes me happy - Zari

She looks after me when I am sick - Pounamu

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Science of LIGHT

Check out what we got up to in science this week....

We looked at how light is reflected off surfaces using UV light
we looked at creating florescent light with tonic water and highlighter pen
we experimented with plasma balls
we looked at making rainbows with prisms and water
we wondered if we could see in the dark and discovered we couldn't - we looked in a shoe box and couldn't see the object inside until we let light in by lifting the corner of the box

The Kings castle

Today we watched a performance about a Kings castle. It was funny you would have liked it to the Kings name was king Jos and Queen  Rarwine also the which grunhag and the kings brother prince Jonathen and the which put a spell on the king jos so he would win the race. And win Queen Rarwine he won and the which would have won the first child.

See the rest of the photos here......... http://tinyurl.com/l9dma3x

Today we watched a performance   and it was silly as.
We loved the detail so  much.
if you were there I bet you would like it to.
There is a king and a queen called Jos and Raewin and a witch called Grunhag.
Grunhag put a curse on the kings best knight and turned him in to a huge goldfish .


Mr Weatherill's Birthday Bash!

It was a momentous birthday for our Principal
We all wore amazing designed ties to celebrate......

We also FILLED his car with balloons! Now that was funny!!!

Check out more photos here http://tinyurl.com/lq99cv2

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Te Uru art trip

On the 23 March. rm 16 went on the bus for a school to Te Uru gallery for are Inquiry we saw some of Judy Millers art and we made clay houses. We firstly made it into a ball then we made it in to a shape then we got to get three items out of a small box on each of our tables after that we had to pant it wet!

The choices were bronze, lime green and dark blue then we took them back to school and went home but we left them at school over night for them to dry and because our teacher wanted to take a picture and see them all as a town or village.

by Lucy

Te Uru art trip

Te Uru art gallery

On Tuesday March 23 rm 16 and me went to Te Uru in Titirangi. We were put into 6 groups 3 groups
went upstairs to look at some art the other 3 groups look at some art to.
We went back to the room we went in first and Kirsty the lady who showed us some the art of
Judy miller after we made little houses out of air drying clay.

First we made the shape out of the clay then we put on some stuff and after we made patterns on
them after we painted them when it was time to go back to school. We all did a quiet yahoo to
thank Kirsty  and on the way out I gave Kirsty a great big hug then we went back to school.


science in a van

cool thing come on!
On Wednesday I went on the science In a van lots of people were

exited there was new things on. Like how to make cloud.    

Every one was laughing when the people were dancing 

in front of the stage. Then they stop and walk bake then we watch 

the ordinance. but that was the funny thing. and there another 

thing Mister D sat on the pointy chair he side it was relaxing 

but it will kind of sting with one of those sharpies.



WOW that was awesome! Today I went to SCIENCE IN A VAN with my class!! Today is Wednesday 18.3.15 I was sitting in the school hall watching something sooo unbelievable it will blow your mind away... not for real!! But it is something you will want to be at more than your favourite place !!! 

I learned sooo much stuff !!! I bet that when SCIENCE IN A VAN comes to your school you`ll wish it was always SCIENCE IN A VAN!!! That`s how I feel right now!!

But the person showing us everything [Alan] got a teacher [Mr. D] to sit on over 300 I think it was nails!! They blew up a balloon and got a nail...but just 1 nail and popped it...but when he sat on it he was fine!!! It`s because all of your weight pushing onto lots & lots of nails!! Like say you stepped on 1 stone it would be sour but if you stepped on lots of stones it wouldn`t be as sour as 1 stone!!!

We also got to see Alan make a CLOUD IN A BOTTLE!!! I know it sounds CRAZY but nothing is impossible... apart from wolverine and silly stuff!!  ; - )   


By Kiki


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Science in a Van

On Wednesday 18th of March, I was sitting in the hall watching something sooo unbelievable that you  will want to watch it more than going to Rainbows End!! My pupil in my eyes got bigger and bigger and yours should two because i was so amazing!!!

Also I learned so many science things, science words, and the show will be your new favourite thing!!!! You can watch it all day and never stop... WOW!!!! Everyone would LOVE science after the show finishes because its unbelievable and fun!!!

I saw some weird things, such as a teacher sitting on 300 nails and it didn"t hurt him... because if you stood on a lot of stones it wouldn't hurt and if you stood on one stone it would hurt you!!! Ha ha ha ha!! They popped a balloon.

These are the 2 science words I learned is... carbon dioxide and Oxygen!!





On Wednesday the 18th of March in the Laingholm hall we had the amazing science in a van. Don't let the name fool you its not in a van the name of the people were called Alan & Emily in to the show Mr D sat on the chair of nails over 300 hundred  of them and did not feel a thing because his weight was spread evenly, it was funny looking at his face. Then the little kids went to there class then we learned the 3 matter. Are gas liquid and solid I had the best time oh did I say thay were funny


Check out our photos here http://tinyurl.com/n4t6vxp


Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Yesterday rm 16 made poppies with Phoebe and Miss Hethorn. We had a fabulous time. Some people who got stuck would get some help from Ryan and Mara [kids.] First we had to get some cardboard shaped as a poppy petal, then get some felt and trace over the cardboard shaped as a poppy petal on the felt, make sure you draw two. It was difficult to draw because the felt was hairy. Next you cut out the poppy petal that you drew. Then when your done you get a button and sew it on the middle. You have to put the needle and thread through the button and through again. It was hard because you have to try and find the hole through the felt.
Then you get a green stick and sew that on the back on the poppy.Then when your done you can put a sticker on that is white and says PEACE POPPY PROJECT.
The saw bit was people getting their finger pricked by the needle Ouch! Doing it was as saw as a bee sting. If your quick and fast you can make another poppy. When you finish your whole poppy you go to your teacher to take a picture off you and your poppy. Cheese!

From Keely and Anika

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

the hardiest day of my life

 It was Tuesday 2015 I was at the starting line I heard ready get set GO I ran as fast as I could.
 I was all ready ruining out of breath I said to myself I was considering to cheat and do two laps but it got better so I did not cheat the winner of 9 year olds was Jake (not surprising) he came 1st 3 times in a row.
All the other people seamed a lot slower from far away but they were just the same.
The teachers looked more tired then the older runners.
Mr Cox called out there will be a toddler race my little brother was not here so he couldn't race.



the day I lost my breath

It was Tuesday 2015 I was at the starting line then go I ran and ran until I lost my breath it was only my first lap! I was still  exhausted and at second to last place I sprinted ahead then lost my breath again I jogged the next lap. as I went to the gate  feeling OK when the last person overtook me I tried to catch up and just in time for the last lap. I gave it all I had as I entered the field so close till it was over then the last person went past me but I caught up and went past them coming close to the finish line I tried to go past the third to last person but lost my breath . I almost came one place ahead but I past the finish line I  was like ten inches close to one place ahead as I sat back down my friends helped me after it was the day  had no more breath I drank like 1 gallon of water at lunch!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

camouflage octopus.

Octopus are colour blind. and they camouflage in to the grass or seaweed. and grow as well as change colour very quickly. Their very amazing!they look like a unusual shell which people call a coral. Sometimes they can scare the predators away.

If you step on the octopus in will spray you  in the face with ink because it hurts them.WOW it's not like the only trick.... they can puff  up in size. and they can transform their colour or body shape.  It is very intimidating! 

They change their skin into light blue like the sky or like the sea. and they are very rare and their skin is sensitive. If I would pick something to transform I  would pick a bird so I can fly about or a person wait I already am ha ha funny


by Mikayla 

Can you spot the Octopus?

Jonathen Gorden an underwater diver reports on a rare sight camouflage octopus, he says he was trying to get a closer look at a shell that fascinated him. He was filming lovely coral in the Caribbean, when he noticed something moving, and there it was the one and only... A CAMOUFLAGE OCTOPUS!!!!!!!!!!!


 But camouflage is just the beginning this rare octopus can also puff up to look more strong and powerful!


It can also spray ink into it's predators face. 


 Did you know octopuses are colour blind


 The octopus is one of the three marine animals that are camouflage in the world. The two others are cuttle fish and squid. These octopuses are crafty little cephalopods!

  If I could camouflage into anything I want it would be the ground but it wouldn't hurt or smell bad!!!??What would you choose?   



 Here is a video you might like to see



 By Rosie



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The amazing science of THAT DRESS!

Room 16 looked at THAT DRESS today! Most of us saw it was blue and black. 5 people in the class saw it was white and gold.
We tested some theories about if it was affected by the angle where we were. We wondered if it was affected by the eye colour of people.
We wondered if we would see different colours if we saw someone wearing it.

What do you think?