Kia ora from Rimu class


Visit from Blueskin Nurseries

By Liam(Y6) and Neve (Y6)

On the 13th of November 2018, three people from the Blueskin Nurseries came to our school and taught wonderful Rimu room about propagation, planting trees, and indentifying plants. We saw the process of planting a tree, and nurturing a branch we cut off a tree; all of these things, and more.

The first thing we did was listen to Greg and Mark while Mikie prepared some soil that he was going to plant Lemonwood (pittosporum) trees in. We had already met Greg before at the Waikouaiti Beach Sand Dune Restoration planting day in September. We heard about how easy it is to get seeds from trees in summer, to prepare new life... The seeds of a lemonwood are very sticky as we found out. Then, Mikie showed us how to take a small branch and some leaves off a Hebe plant. We had to do it carefully though, because the branches were soft and weak. Once he had shown us, we got to plant our own little Hebes in the little cubes that had soil in them. Some people cut theirs very short, and some people didn't cut them enough.

Then we got a choice. We would stay and keep planting, or go and hunt for seed bunches, or seedlings. Most people went with Mark (one of the people from the nursery) to find seeds, but a few stayed and kept planting. Most of the class went under the limbo bar(AKA the hose), and went to the berry and fruit garden. We walked around the gardens, looking at all of the different native plants, and seeing how many seedlings that we could find. Some people found buttercups, and some found an edible plant that tasted like lettuce.

Since Mark, Mikie and Greg had left, we have planted the rest of the little Hebes, and put them all into the tunnel house and we are planning to plant them in the dunes next year once they are big and strong enough. The first and final photos are the completed planting done this afternoon by Josh, Sam L, Kaitlyn, Jorja, Luke and Sam E. 13/11/2018

University of Otago Marine Studies AQUAVAN VISIT 6 November 2018

🐠🐠Aquavan Visit Recount🐠🐠


We walked down the sandy beach, covered with broken cockle shells. In our hands were three booklets to show us what the items in our square were, a sieve, a shovel, a cylinder tube and a big 1m by 1m metal square. We laid the metal square out on the soft sandy ground and looked at the items. There was soft silky green seaweed clinging to the mounds of sand. We looked in the booklet and looked up the name. We wrote it down on our recorder (a piece of paper on a clipboard). We looked around some more and found lots of these little snail like things called Whelks. There were lots of limpets stuck to shells. We saw miniature limpets too. We turned over a shell and there was a fish in it!! We put the fish (which is called a clingfish) in the ice-cream container filled with water. The man with us, Matt, took the clingfish out of the container and then put it back. He told us to look at the clingfishes’ gills, and we saw them go in and out, breathing in the water, like fish do. It was pretty cool!

Animals We Found:

  • Seaweed/Sea lettuce
  • Whelks
  • Clingfish
  • Cat Worms (They looked like swimming centipedes!)
  • Crabs
  • Cockles (WAY to many!!)
  • Snails

By Lily Burwell


When we walked out of the bus, we went onto the sandy beach where there were lots of crushed, sharp cockle shells. In our hands were three booklets to help us out with what sea creatures we would find. As we were put into groups of four (two from Waikouaiti School and two from Karitane School) we had to get a lot of things. There was a 1m by 1m metal square, a sive, a guide book, a piece of pipe ( to make a circle around the air holes) , shovel ( to dig out the air holes), and a last but not least the ice cream container to hold the sea animals. We laid the metal square on the sandy beach and getting ready to find sea animals. We were looking very carefully for the animals. At the end we ended up finding two crabs, millions and trillions of cockles, and a clingfish that had laid EGGS! It was so cool. I went around showing everyone that our clingfish had laid eggs. At the end of the day I was so excited that our clingfish had laid eggs. I would love to do that again. By Kaitlyn O’Donnell

Dunedin Camp 23-25 October 2018

By Liam (Y6) and Molly (Y5), and also Lily (Y6) and Neve (Y6)

On the 23rd of October, Rimu and some of Rata class had started their school camp with the first thing being the Toitu museum. Once we got there we had some food and we met our guide, Chris. Everyone got to dress up in Victorian clothes worn by people back when the ships sailed from Scotland to New Zealand. We all hopped on this "ship" and sat there on the bunks, role playing. There were small families of four, five and six. Two, three or four kids and a mom and dad. Still in the clothes, we all got told about how you would be on the ship for three months to travel from Scotland to New Zealand. We hopped off the "ship" and went to a little hut. We pretended that it was our home that we built in New Zealand after we got off the ship. Then we went back to the room where the costumes were to take them off. That room has key card entry. The designer designs old costumes in there and puts them on coat hangers. After that we made our way down to the long stairs where we met a kind lady who gladly took us to the Chinese gardens.

At the Chinese Gardens we were then all sent on a hunt to find lots of patterns hidden around the gardens. There were some on the bridges and on the walls, as well as hidden in plain sight. We weren't allowed to run around and there were some restricted areas that were for booked guests. It was really fun, and very peaceful. The Gardens are truly beautiful. After about an hour we were back at Toitu getting our bags and heading to the train station. We were supposed to head to Taieri and beyond, but we instead went to Palmerston because of some unexpected technical problems on the track. We went across bridges up hills past highways, and then into tunnels. In the tunnels, some people tried to hold their breath, but it was hard. There was also a mini food shop in the middle carriage. Anyway, we got off the train at Palmerston and had some iced buns. We ate them and then went for a walk around the block. We walked past Dave, the train assistant. We walked across the road and went back to the train stop. We heard a noise but it was just people rubbing their hands along the plastic tiles of the camper van place. We got back and the train wasn't back. We waited as it started to rain. We saw the train and got back on. It left the Palmerston area and we went back towards Dunedin. When we went through Waikouaiti people wanted to be on the viewing platform, that we haven't told you about. Some parents of us, including Desiree Jones, were waiting at the train/car crossing on Beach St to wave at us. It was pretty fun! You stand on the platform (which is near the end of the train) and you look at all of your surroundings with the wind blowing in you hair. Once we got back from Palmerston we all got off the train and headed back to our transport.

Now we were heading to our accommodation for dinner. We had fish and chips which were delicious, of course. After that we got our rooms sorted and then we were off to bed. The next day we got up early and dressed and that day we were off to the Royal Albatross Colony and Larnach Castle. At the Albatross Colony we we had guided tours,in three groups. We saw multiple Albatross, which are Northern Royal Albatross and Taiaroa Head is the only place in the world they breed on land apart from in the deep Southern Ocean. We saw nesting females and circling maybe partners, soaring, too... To get to the albatross viewing place you walked down an ancient tunnel. As well, down there was an amazingly huge disappearing gun from ages ago, like in the late 18 hundreds, and it was created to defend against an imagined Russian enemy invader back then .

After this we would depart for New Zealand's only actual castle, still standing, Larnach Castle. There the ODT were waiting for us. At Larnach Castle, Sam Lawson, his father, and his grandfather were focused in a picture with all of us in the background on the steps because the Lawsons granddad, great granddad and great great granddad was Robert Arthur Lawson, the architect of the castle.And Sam had done his Term Two inquiry on his great great grandfather, the architect. It was in the ODT. Some interesting castle facts: we heard that there was a nightgown stolen from one of the bedrooms. They got another and sewed it onto the bed so it wasn't stolen. There was also a haunted room that belonged to Constance, William Larnach, (the owner of the castle)s third wife. There is a model of a ghost near the ceiling, which was very spooky. In the turret at the top of the castle, you could see Port Chalmers very clearly, and it truly was a beautiful view!

After an afternoon tea picnic on the castle grounds, it was time to go to see the penguins again! We got our bags, and set off for the Albatross colony once again. When we got there, we went back in the education room, and soon , after we had got split into groups, we were down on the beach, collecting rubbish. Some people found strange things, but they were mostly made out of plastic. After about half an hour, we went to a bit of land that was mostly covered in pest plants that weren't meant to be there; we had the task of trying to pull some of them out. It was a bit of a challenge, but some of us found it quite easy, especially some of the adults. Then, we got to have a special treat; seeing a penguin up close!! It squawked quite a bit, and it tried to bite the lady who was holding it, but even though it was a bit vicious, it really was beautiful.

Soon, it was time for dinner, so we went back up to the colony building and into the restaraunt. Most of us were really hungry, and were really eager to have something to eat, but sadly, we had to wait for our delicious dinner. After about five minutes, our dinner came, and we all tucked in. There weren't many things to choose from, but they all sounded delicious! When we had finished,we went back to our hotel very briefly, just to get out jackets, and then , when we came back, and we quietly walked down to the viewing platform.After a little while, the penguins started coming. They looked like little fairies, just like their named stated. Some people were really close to the penguin highway, which was a little pathway made especially for the penguins. It was so cool to see the little penguins that we had learnt all about that day, and I knew that no-one would forget that day . Soon, it was time to go back to the hotel, so got into our cars, and went back, tired, but very happy... BY Neve Curtis Y6

Last but not least.... The final day, by Luke Hammond... REPORTING FROM UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO MARINE STUDIES CENTRE on his most memorable experience from Camp 2018

In our school camp we saw a big two tonne gun, some massive albatrosses and little tiny blue penguins. What great things to do at a school camp. But in not talking about them in this recount. I'm doing it on the CAMP thing that stood out the most. Dissecting a spiny dog fish. When I heard that we were dissecting fish I thought it would be a great new experience. I thought we were going to dissect a nemo fish or something small, but no, a shark.

When we first got ready to dissect the shark, we got put into groups, my group was with Holly and Neve. We got our shark and he told us to not be silly with it, then they told us the opposite and told us to play around with it. Our group started poking around, hanging it up, look at its body parts. A lady came around and told us to look in its mouth, we had to force it to open because it was holding it closed while it was eating the bait. We finally opens it mouth for the first time and looked at its teeth. Big sharp teeth and a big bloody hole where the hook had gotten into. Did I mention that it smelled like rotten fish? Anyway then we had to look at some holes in the head and poke then through into the mouth. None of the girls wanted to do it so I did, I accidentally poked out its eye and it was hanging by a thread. We could see the other end of the tweezers. Then we did it again but the other way to the gills. They said this is so if they stop moving they can still breathe. But then...

We had to look at its butt, and cut through to its head. Just before we did that Sam L with a very green face stumbled forwards and luckily left before we cut open its guts. Our scissors were blunt so it was hard to cut. But soon we could see all other is guts and organs. That included Lungs, Heart, stomach, liver and some other guts. Our fish was ready to go toilet, it had about five things in a line ready. Holly got the tweezers and started to try to pull its heart out, but ended up poking it. Soon blood started coming out and she said “Oops.” The lady came around again and told us to open its stomach up. And all the food some the stomach came out, ours had eaten squid and zooplankton. Also with some weird brown goo. Again the lady came around, this time she said to open its brain up, so I cut it open and accidentally mushed it up. We started poking it around examining it.

Then we did some learning about senses and how they have way better senses than us. Finally it was time to finish up, I was kinda happy because I hate the smell of rotten fish and sea water. We washed our hands thoroughly and headed out. This was not my favorite part at camp, but it was still cool to experience it, and well, it was the memory that stands out the most.

Hi, there. We are Lily and Kaitlyn, Yr 6's coming live from Waikouaiti School on the 15th of June, 2018. We are just going to say a few things about RIMU!!!!! Our teacher is Ms Russell and she comes from Dunedin. She thinks we are the best class ever!!

< This is Holly's Jean Batten creation!!!

We're learning about geometry, Matariki and we also do 25 minute writing challenges (which are really fun, by the way). Since Matariki is coming up soon, the Kapa Haka group are doing a Hangi to fundraise for costumes! Our class is making posters to advertise the Hangi. We have been using pencils, pens, paper, pastels and a lot more to make our amazing posters. We hope you come and celebrate! So, back to Rimu...

We are starting to learn a bit about geometry. Even our spelling words are geometry themed!! We have also been learning about coordinates. We had to make a cat out of coordinates, and then we got to make our own with Mr. Prescott!!

We just did the ICAS writing test yesterday! The type of writing this year was narrative. The ICAS kids had to pick out of a setting, (A train, a river, a library or a campsite) and an object (a bunch of flowers, a bicycle or a jacket).

This term we have been doing another inquiry, and this time it's history themed. We have been making slideshows, movies, plays, and Holly has made an outstanding model of Jean Batten and her plane!! We will be starting to share our inquiries soon!

Thanks for reading!! By Kaitlyn and Lily!! :)


Hi, there. We are Luke and Addisyn 2018 Yr 6's from Waikouaiti School on the 30th of July. We have had a few amazing announcements to share with you. First of all the ICAS Spelling results from mid June are finally here!! We had six entries and six awards. The awards are:

Savannah got awarded a Merit.

Hannah, Molly, Liam and Addi all got awarded a Credit.

And Holly got an amazing score a Distinction with 90%. That's brought excitement and joy to our class.

Next the Epro8 challenge

What theme have we based our inquiry topics on this term?

With the chance to think about three main ideas: Place, Environment and Responsibility, we had to decide on a topic or issue we wanted to find out more about. This was the second time this term we have gotten the opportunity to do our own or with-a-partner inquiry projects which after we have completed and presented, the teacher and class evaluate... Some people presented theirs as a play, or a recording, but most did slideshows, and one did a poster. Our next step is to think of more creative ways of presenting our ideas, such as film making, or in the form of a model.... or even a real life project.

The coolest part? A recognition by the children of how everything is connected, and how we need to take positive steps to help our poor planet...

it's all about Sustainability, and...!

More on that later....

The Outlook for Someday 'Sustainability' Film-Making Comp will be happening next term... Students need to interpret the theme of Sustainability in their own way.

Pip, Maia and Mya, who competed in this last year, will be second year contestants, and are already excited about doing things in new ways from what they learned from last year's experience.

Here are some of the issues people investigated this time:

  • Global warming, by Neve and Kaitlyn
  • Plastic disposal in NZ, by Aleisha
  • Starvation in Africa, by Pip
  • Nissan, their electric cars and how enviro are they really? by Nick and Harri
  • Air pollution in China, by Mya and Anamika
  • Homelessness, by Chloe...

And so many more, with even topics like Nuclear Power options and Chernobyl!

Term Two weeks 8-10 2017

Maori Myths/Legends Illustrated Story books continue as part of our term's integrated learning topic, on the Environment, Tikanga Maori, Connectedness & Responsibility...

The children are looking forward to sharing their illustrated books with the other students in the school. I think these books just may be more gorgeous than the originals made by adults. Please come and take a look at them! We might upload some videos to this website of children sharing them with Junior classes...Watch this space!

Liam Aitchison, Y5 won the 25 minute writing challenge this week, as voted by his peers. Not sure how he managed to write this much, or all of these ideas in 25 minutes, and edited pretty much perfectly AND on a Chromebook, but he did... Here it is:

Zombie Snowman Concert Invasion 2020

I was looking forward to a great day ahead. I was excited I was going to be seeing Axl Rose and Slash perform, and especially Axl - who was wearing a beanie with a rose on it because it was so cold. But when I left my house to go to the concert there was something weird - there were lots of snowmen, but they were grooaanning and moving like zombies. A bolt of fear went through me. I decided to run to the stadium, but then it got dark as it was night now, and it was creeping me out.

When I arrived everyone was going crazy having a pillow fight, and I stopped it by going to the light control centre and turning all the lights off and on and then yelling through the mic: “ Guns and Roses, Get up here and play the soothing song, YOU COULD BE MINE!”

I got them on, and the pillows were thrown out of the stadium as Guns and Roses started performing, but then some of those dumb no good dirty rotten groaning zombies came, and meanwhile Guns and Roses were playing LOUDER AND LOUDER to blast those flesh-eating flesh lumps out of there. Just as Guns and Roses performed the heaviest song off their Greatest Hits album, WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE we all started a pillow fight, human vs zombie. This was no ordinary kind of concert, it was crazy as a jungle blowing up everything to smithereens. Human only had to get lots of heaters to melt all the snow, but then more of them spawned and I had an idea. I would get control of the spotlights and shine them at the zombies to melt them! I ran up the corridors into the control room of lighting and started shining them as brightly as possible. The zombies melted, but only to spawn more!

This was getting dumb, but then I got another idea, and I know - you are probably getting annoyed with my ideas and you want me to stop, but this one will work, I promise! I ran to the explosives store, and bought lots of ‘Zombie Only’ kill bombs and then raced back to the stadium.

I tore a hole in the stadium roof and started throwing them in all directions for 6 hours until the sun came out. This will work, I tell ya, it will burn all the zombies and the zombies will leave, but then the stupid things will leave the field all wet, and leave us no snow to play in and have games in... Hang on, I know…!

You are probably saying that it is evil and we will get hypnotised or get nausea , but I will pour all the evil out of it and then we can play for ages, and it will always be there, for anyone to come along and play in it, free of cost!

Do come down and play, it is awesome fun, and it is warm, but never melts, but I can adjust the temperature of it with a switch, and there will be slides, lazy rivers, spa pools, baby pools, lane pools and pool toys, well, snow pool toys. There will be a sauna with a TV inside, with SKY SPORT on whenever somebody comes in.

I was so happy with my success that I made a bank for people. I called it BRAINB, which stands for Brainy Rolling Awesome International Nice Bank. I sold lots of bank cards, and I gave away 1000000 dollars to every homeless person possible.

In conclusion, I am happy to help with the pool. Call me to tell me an idea on 04385854423, but only in the story, not in real life. If you do, you might be in super trouble!


Hi, there. We are Luke and Addisyn 2018 Yr 6's from Waikouaiti School on the 30th of July. We have a few amazing announcements to share with you. First of all the ICAS Spelling results from the first of the tests we have been sitting since mid June are finally here!! We had six entries and we won six awards! The awards are:

Savannah got awarded a Merit.

Hannah, Molly, Liam and Addi all got awarded a Credit.

And Holly got an amazing score a Distinction with 90%. That's brought excitement and joy to our class.


Next the Epro8 (Engineer, Problem Solve and Innovate) challenge which eight students from class went to the Dunedin Region section of the challenge (four in each team). The challenge was at Tahuna Normal Intermediate. Waikouaiti entered a year five team and a year 6 team. In the year 6 team were: Luke Hammond, Sam Eason, Sam Lawson and Addisyn Lawrence. In the year 5 team were: Holly Sanders, Molly Scott, Ashley Te Huia and Hannah Paul.There were four sub-challenges which were:

A dog kennel - needed to be natural disaster proof

A fire truck - you need to build a ladder that's 1.8 meters tall, and between each rung needs to be less then 3cms

A magic table - you need to build a table and make a magic magnet show

And last but not least a bed for Uncle Albert - the bed needed to be 1.2 meters long, 3cms above the ground and 4.5cms wide.

All of them were worth so many points the harder, the more points. We had two and half hours to do these challenges.

Here is an explanation on what our team did:

We did the bed for Uncle Albert (who is a picture of a construction worker sleeping on the job) so we started with the frame, and when we finished the frame we built the legs. The bad thing was we put rotating joiners on it, so when Addi touched it, it would fall down. So we pressed our buzzer which played the song sausages and custard. But then, Addi bumped it so it fell down, but we quickly put it back up and no one noticed. He said that to him it looked like a sheep's pen. We had not put anything over it so if you slept in it you would fall to the ground. So we quickly put some white panels on it and then we got the points.

Next we made a light to shine in his eye when the "Sun rises". So Addi, Sam E and Sam L built a mini table so I (Luke) could put the electronics on. So I started grabbing wires and plugged them in, we had solar panels so that was how we know the "Sun rises". But we thought it was broken, as it wasn't working, but then we realised we had a disadvantage - everyone but our station location didn't have as much light, so our solar panels activated without the "Sun rising". We pressed our buzzer anyway, and luckily the sun went down, and it worked.The next thing that we did was we added a buzzer so after 10 seconds once the light had gone on the buzzer went off. Against time we made the ladder for the fire truck with just three dramatic heart-rushing minutes remaining. We made the ladder in time but there were two seconds remaining and we finished just before the finish buzzer but not enough to push our buzzer. So Luke quickly went to the man and said,

"Hey dude, we finished in time but we couldn't press our buzzer in time so can you come and check out ours please?"

He said "Yes" And we moved into second place - the year five team came seventh. We are going to the finals on the 16th of August, but sadly the year 5 team are not because its only the top four teams which go.

Here are a few pictures that our wonderful teacher took on the day:

This is a picture of Luke and his little minions running for wires.

Here is a picture of Luke and Addi making the bed for Uncle Albert.

We have another announcement to make from Jorja Hay. Here it is:


Yesterday l won 'THE POD' ( which looks like a huge coffee bean!) keep Dunedin beautiful ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD for making re-usable material bags. Once I met the mayor of Dunedin I thought of making the bags which was fun and I knew that I was making change to the world and my community. I felt glad that the bags that I had created had spread through-out the country. I hope that I win 'THE POD' next year. Someone might have entered me in the New Zealand Environmental award. This morning my teacher took a photo of me and 'THE POD' and we are all very excited about my success.

This is me and 'THE POD' I won this week for the 'Keep Dunedin Beautiful Award' and in the background is the Rimu enviro-wall with some of the students'writing about how dirty our oceans are after we watched a video of scuba diving in Bali. You can see the fabric bags I created myself for the community on the wall behind me, to the right, and on the left is a supermarket bag my teacher brought back from supermarket shopping in France. she was given this bag to use there because the French stopped using plastic bags in supermarkets many many years ago!

Kapa Haka Report Hui Ako - 29 August 2018

Today was a very exciting day for some of us here in Rimu, because we were performing Kapa Haka at the Events centre. A little while back, all of the money that was earned at the hangi was used to buy costumes for the Kapa Haka crew, who got to wear them while performing, which was very rewarding. Before we performed, there were many amazing groups performing, like the East Otago group, and the Karitane group.

It really felt amazing to be up on stage, and I was a little bit nervous, but I know everyone did well and we represented our school well with Te Iwi E, Harreruia, and E Te Ariki. We were also introduced to the new area waiata called Arai te Uru which is now stuck in my head!

By Neve Curtis

Waikouaiti Beach Native Tree Planting Sand Dune Restoration Project, with Community and EnviroSchools - 23 August 2018

Hello we are Georgia and Kaitlyn year 5 and 6 from Waikouaiti School we are reporting live from our classroom, Rimu on the 28/08/18. On 23/08/18, Rimu and Rata went on a tree planting session with Daniel from Enviroschools and some other people from the Dunedin City Council and the RSA. There were some expert tree people helping show us, including a very nice woman who told us how to plant the trees. Six of us in Rimu shared a karakia before we started our planting.

Around that time, the Mayor, Dave Cull, came to talk to us about why we we were doing this project for our community and how the Matariki fund had paid for thousands of native trees. We planted 600 trees this day, and we found it very educational, especially for people interested in nature, tree planting and restoration of our beach. It was tiring but so much fun. We worked really fast and together as a team. The lady from the DCC said she had teams of professional tree planters who couldn’t have worked that fast. There were a couple of people in our class who loved it so much they said they had to put down their spades at one stage and get their hands dirty digging holes with their bare hands.

Here’s how to plant a tree in sandy soil. First you’ve got to dig a hole about as deep as the trees roots. Next take the plastic bag off the tree. Now there was the debate of where to put the fertiliser pill which was as blue as the sea. One tutor had said put it to the side of the tree, and another said ‘put it underneath is fine’. Anyway we did it the way we were taught by the one who first showed us. Last you gently put your feet on the soil to press it down around the tree, oh and finally you had to put up a guard around it to protect the tree from the ENEMY - RABBITS!!!!

Georgia said as it was her Dad’s birthday the day we planted the trees, she is going to go there every year to see how they are growing every year on her Dad’s birthday. Matt said ‘When I’m old, I want to come back and look at all the trees we have planted for the fallen soldiers and ones who fought in World War One’. Addi says, ‘when I’m old I want to go back and say to my children, look at the trees we planted for you.’

Finally, we did it because we care, says Liam, ‘I loved every moment of it’. This day was awesome, that’s one thing we all agree on.

Term 3 Science Inquiries

Rimu has been making great progress in their inquiries presenting in many different forms, eg. models, movies, slide shows, and live experiments. These have been entertaining and teaching us with lots of fun. Most recently Kaitlyn, Molly and Hannah made slime, as well as elephant toothpaste and they got Excellence Plus from our assessments and the teacher. To top it of. Josh and Sam made a marvellous model, of Agent Orange in a helicopter which Sam had the idea from after going to Vietnam and visiting the Reminiscence Museum. Kate, Stephanie and they picked a great idea to do with color changing milk. It was a very organized experiment and they showed us the milk's reaction with and without dishwashing liquid which was really interesting. Luke and Sam L did an astonishing slideshow with lots of very interesting facts and videos on nuclear physics. Their slideshow had a lot of very sophistcated things at the start but luckily our brains started adjusting. An excellence plus for Sam L and Luke! Addi, Holly and Savannah made a very entertaining show on density and I had so much fun watching the liquids separate and the milk even merged with the water because they have similar density (which Addy also showed us) and they got a three tick because they just needed to present something we didn't already know about. Anamika, Jorja and Lily made an amazing performance by doing a movie, a short (but great) slideshow and a model with little plastic straws inside to show what we are doing to the earth so they deserved a three tick plus! Tatane and Matt's presentation about lava lamps was great they explained the science really well and made a great reaction with the alka-seltzer tablets, oil and water and the help of Ms. Russell's phone torch! They got an excellence. Georgia, Bella and Jazmine's oobleck experiment, play and slideshow landed them with a one tick plus! Well done you three! And finally Liam, Ashley and Flynn's movie and slide was great and it had a lot of complex sentences that were very interesting, and they got a merit so well done to them!

We learnt so much through these inquiries and I know I for sure thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to next term's one already! BY HANNAH PAUL

I attended the Outlook for Someday film-making workshop June 5, 2019

Hi my name is Holly and I am a year six student in Rimu class. You may remember last year when Neve Curtis won Outlook for Someday Sustainability film competition with her film 'Beach Restoration Day'about our class's involvement in the community tree planting, well, this year we are also making some films for this competition. I was picked to participate in a workshop to learn how to make the films that we enter into the competition.

When the workshop started we had to pick a card off the floor that represented how we felt that morning, I had to say my name, the card I picked and why I picked it. After that we had to pick another card, you had to pick it because of something you liked about. Instead of sharing straight away, this time you had to get a partner and say their name and why they picked it. My partner was one of the organisers, she had picked changing season which symbolised the way things can change just when you are not expecting it.

After the introductions we had to sit down, we had to watch a few videos and the get into groups of three to five to make a logo for our film company, I was in a group with three other girls all from DNI - our company name was Conch and Coral film makers. With our group we had to brainstorm problems, each group had an thing to do it on, there was Earth, New Zealand, personal and the one we had which was Dunedin. After we had about five minutes to think, all of the groups went around each others while the group which had written the poster talked about it.

We had to start our movie, but we had to decide how to use the i-pad first. We did a test run on the stairs, first Huia ran down, then me and then Hannah with Maia filming. It worked well and we edited easily, then we could start. It took us a while to decide but in the end we decided on a stop motion paper film. The plan was to have a horse trekking through the forest and when it comes up by a normally clean river that was then full of plastic. The rider gets off the horse and clears the ground, the river and then the other side. We uploaded the images, edited it and the uploaded it. When we started sharing the movies we revealed a sad fact - our movie had been constructed backwards! We still used it but I had to explain why the rubbish was created and appearing, instead of being tidied up! Never mind - everyone liked it!

I learnt things, made friends and in total it was an amazing experience! I am looking forward to entering our film (which is on our Marine Reserve/Estuary Project) and I recommend the Someday Film Competition for others.

By Holly Sanders. Below is the animation cutout horse we used in our movie:

FROM SEEDS.......Continuing with our tree-planting project we started with Mark from Blueskin Nurseries...

On the 3rd of November 2018 Mark from Blueskin Nurseries and two of his helpers (one of them was Greg who also showed us how to plant the trees during our Beach Restoration project on Waikouaiti Beach on 23 August 2018), came to our school and showed our class how to plant seeds that we found from around the native trees of our school and from there, we have learnt how to transfer the seeds to little pots and from that day I have been watering the plants weeding them. A few weeks ago a group of us even transferred them all to bigger pots and they are growing like little rockets. Mark has also shown our teacher how to snip their tops to make them grow into more bushy shapes, not be scrawny - and a group of us have all done this too. Mark gave us more potting mix and pots, and we have been out and got some more seeds, so we can start the process over again in the Spring. Early next year, Mark and Greg will come back and come with us down to where we did our beach restoration project on the sand dunes and we will plant our little trees which by then should be even bigger. We also have an idea about having families sponsor these trees, so each family can have a part in watching their own tree grow but more on this later..... by Josh Hagan