Kia Ora

Welcome to Ruma Toru 2017

Nelson Historical Walk

Wow what a gorgeous day for a walk around Nelson discovering some of the treasures from the past. The children were all intrigued by Nelson's history on the Trevor Horne Heritage Trail. Here are some pics below:


Holiday Questions

Today we discussed the importance of good questioning. Without a good question, you won't get the information you need. Some questions require 1 or 2 words to answer - these are called closed questions.


Did you go out of Nelson? Mia D

Did you play card games? Asher

Did you go to school? Zak

Did you go anywhere in the holidays? Verity

Did you see a cow in the holidays? Ali

Did you go swimming in the holidays? Sam

Who did you see in the holidays? Lila

Where did you go in the holidays? Maia

What was your favourite part of the holidays? Melvina


Answers which have more than a few words are called open questions

Who were you with and what did you do in the holidays? Ariah

What was your favourite part and why? Ollie

Did you go outside of Nelson? If so how did you travel and what did you do? How did it make you feel? Sophie

What was your saddest or happiest moment in the holidays? Sandith

What did you enjoy and why? Emma

What was your highlight and lowlight of your holiday? Liam

How did you push the limits or risk take in the holidays? Abe

What were your top five highlights and how did they make you feel? Mia CT

Where did you spend Easter? What did you do there and why? Freya

Who or what did you see and how did it make you feel? Anna

Was there a time in the holidays that you felt particularly happy about - when and why? Lucy

Did you try something new - what was it? Did you enjoy it? Why? Harry

Did you have a favourite dinner and why? Luca

What did you do in the holidays that was your favourite thing? Imagin

When did you feel happy in the holidays? Tom


Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Ali, Luca, Freya and Verity who received an excellence award at the end of Term 1. They have all had a fantastic start to the year and deserve to be recognised for their strengths!



Pushing ourselves to reach new heights!

Recently there have been a number of room 3 students who have achieved things for the first time:

  • Brook went down the big slide for the first time
  • Lila learnt how to dive
  • Ollie went for house captain
  • Sophie raced against Sam in swimming

Writing with sound

We had a discussion about how we add sound to our writing. We realised that often verbs and adverbs helped to make sound in our work. It was interesting to be spotters looking for sounds in the books we are currently reading. Great writing and reading go hand in hand! So we are giving it a go. We looked for ways authors had included sound in their text and are now creating our own. Check out our sites in the next week to hear some of these wonderful words come to life! Here are a few examples of how we write using sound.


Rose and I had just stepped into the most weirdest place to get to the other side, we gasped, it's a city. Imagin

The car was making a weird clanking sound. Ollie

Me and dad were tramping and I could hear the water rippling and the birds tweeting, the mountain gaots baaing and the wind whistling. Zak

He stared out the window, only to see flashing lights and a dozen horses. Abe

I tried to run but the guards grabbed me. "C'mon". Will

Ariah is amazing!

Ariah received the principals award this week for showing improved understanding in the text she is reading! Keep up the wonderful work Ariah.

Thinking further

We are challenging ourselves to think about the books we are reading. We do this by completing a number of tasks that stretch our thinking. At the beginning of the year we brainstormed all the different ways we could show our thinking. Here is the task board we ended up with:

Maths thinking


I have been really impressed with how Room 3 students are recording their thinking in maths! Each day we try to be reflective in what we have learnt in maths, what strategies we have used and how well we worked with others. Reflecting often helps the students to identify strengths and weaknesses. Keep it up Team 3!


Swimming with Swim Magic

We have been incredibly lucky to have the team from Swim magic taking us for 8 swimming sessions. They have been teaching the children some skills and swimming techniques, but more importantly, they have been teaching them about safety in waterways. Through practical experiences the children have all worked together to save one another, to put on life jackets whilst treading water and also they have learnt about a lot of safety tips for swimming in rivers, lakes, pools and the ocean. Definitely a wonderful experience for our tamariki.




Swimming safety

Class rep

Congratulations to Lila who was selected as our Class Rep for Room 3 and Room 7. She will be a fabulous leader who will take all of our wonderful ideas to Student Council Meetings and I'm sure she will create new initiatives in our school!

Principal's award

Abe was the recipient of the principal award for Team 3 in Week 4. He has had such a fabulous start to they year. He faces challenges with a great attitude and is a fantastic leader and role model. Abe also has a fun, cheeky side to him and I enjoy sharing a chuckle with him!

Well the beginning of week 4 and our space is starting to look great. Children have their own places in the class to display work they are proud of. Others are encouraged to offer feedback too. Our walls will be forever changing and growing as the students do. I'm looking forward to seeing what students believe is WOW (worthy of the wall).

Poem - camp

Congratulations to Imagin who got our first Principal's Award today at assembly. She received this for leadership, risk taking and being an awesome happy camper! Ka Pai Imagin - keep up the good work!

Camp was AMAZING! Room 3 were super stars and had such a wonderful time at Mistletoe Bay in the Marlborough Sounds. Here are a few snaps for you to enjoy!

Here we are on day two - ready to learn! Yay!

Here we go...it's time to get stuck into another year of learning at Hampden Street School. Team 3 is looking like a great bunch of students already and I'm looking forward to heading away on camp with them in Week 2. See you on Tuesday 7 February!