Wednesday, June 29, 2011

First Aid - CPR

Today we had a session with Jo from St Johns about first aid. We learnt what to do when someone stops breathing, among lots of other things about keeping ourselves and others safe!

Here are some snaps of us practising C.P.R. - can you remember what that means?

G.E. TV News

Ben, Karen and Aleisha are giving this week's News show. We've been learning about all kinds of situations where we need to keep safe.

This week's team gives us some info about dog safety!

G.E. TV News - DOG SAFETY from mark herring on Vimeo.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Great Eight Times

Here's our first ever publication of 'The Great Eight Times.' This was one of our literacy Teams projects for the last two weeks. Well done, Andrew, our Chief Editor, and the following contributors!

Editor: Sophie White
Photographers: Ruby, Robbie
Journalists: Tim, Olivia, Sean and Kees

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Life Education Bus!

Today and last Friday we spent some time with Harold, the Giraffe from the life education bus. We learnt that we're all unique and that we don't need to conform to things that we don't want to do.

Harold took us on a journey to the planet 'conformity' today where everyone acts the same! We loved the stars on the roof and the karaoke song at the end!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Maths Strategy Video - Tidy Numbers

Olivia and Robbie explain how to use the 'Tidy Numbers' strategy to add large numbers. This is another in our ADD/SUB strategy strategy series. Great job, you two!

Tidy Numbers Addition Strategy from mark herring on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Week 8 Term 2 Happenings

Here are a few photos of what's been happening this week in Greateight!

The first two are from our market day for Jibbo - our money literacy programme. Cameron has a business that sells baking and they have just started diversifying with an entertainment activity - hence the gun and the target.
Sophie and Jaidene are selling popcorn and having a raffle - gambling carries a heavy tax burden of 90%!

We're also working on making great comments for each others blogs. Here is an image of a comment Ruby recieved from Mrs Thompson, the teacher from Adelaide we skype a few weeks ago. Andrew also has some nice comments on his blog post about his Problem Solving super hero. Well done, Robbie and Jack!

Writing Blog Posts

Today with the 'Pencils' writing group we talked about what makes a good blog post. Here's the criteria we came up with -

1. - correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
2. - interesting for the reader
3. - use of paragraphs
4. - a picture or photo to help communicate the big idea

We also watched this video after someone said, 'I tried to do that but it didn't work.' Watch what Yoda says about trying! - persistence

Monday, June 20, 2011

News and Views Wk 8 T2

Sophie S - This week we have made our own timetables for the day. If we have a workshop with Mr Herring we put that down but if we don't we write down, "Maths follow on" or something else that we're doing. This is to help us become more responsible for our own learning.

Cameron - I've enjoyed learning about animal safety and hazards. I learned not to approach strange dogs because someone lost a huge chunk out of their cheek!

Certificates - Ben - for setting and reaching his goals
- Simone - for working hard and being a great leader.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maths Strategy Video

Here's Sophie and Bruce explaining how to use compatible numbers to add. Great job, you too!

Compatible Numbers Maths Video from mark herring on Vimeo.


Last night 'Greateight' had four of our students compete for our school at the regional 'Southspell' competition. They had to answer questions about prefixes / Te Reo words, spelling and apostrophes!

Well done, Andrew (Team Captain), Olivia, Ruby and Karen for doing us proud!

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Great Post

Here's a great post by Andrew on his new efolio. It's clearly laid out, the punctuation and grammar is good and it's interesting to read. His next step would be to add an image.

This week we're learning how to make great comments using this poster as a guide.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Skype Party with Adelaide

Today our senior teams had a skype party with a school in Adelaide. We'll be posting some reflections in the few next few days but we couldn't resist uploading a video of the boys doing a haka for them.

Do we look fierce?