Thursday, 18 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Prize Giving

Well done Room 9!  You have all worked so hard this year and it was very difficult to make decisions for prize giving.

Congratulations to...

Quros, Sophie-Isabella, Elaine, Harris, Mele and Soana who all received prizes.

(Unfortunately there were no photographs of Harris, Mele or Soana.)

A Grade Homework Certificates

Anavea, Elaine, Akanesi, Sophie-Isabella, Mele and Heilala (also Quros, Joseph, Tyla and Soana) all achieved A grades for homework in term 4.  Elaine, Sophie-Isabella, Soana and Joseph achieved A grades for the entire year.

Great work everyone!


Friday, 21 November 2014

Pacific Islands Research

Find out about the Cook Islands by viewing this presentation created by, Elaine, Anavea, Akanesi and Jamaine.

Or... learn more about Niue by looking through this presentation by Sophie-Isabella, Mele, Heilala and Harris.

For information on Samoa, you could look through the presentation by Maranatha, Soana, Joseph and Aydrian.

To learn more about Tonga view the presentation by Quros, Popi, Pallas, Tiperia and Tyla.

We really enjoyed creating these presentations and we hope you have learnt more about the Pacific Islands we researched.  We certainly did!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Beautiful Tapa

Tapa, ngatu, siapo, hiapo...

Using authentic cloth Room 9 created these beautiful pieces.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sharing Our Culture

Anavea, Joseph, Elaine and Quros.

These four brought in some wonderful items to show us that represent their cultures.  

You may notice and be able to name some of the items from the last class reporters.

Joseph also brought photos showing life in Tonga: dances, food, ceremonies, school...

Thank you!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Tapa Making Process

Tapa cloth is part of many cultures throughout the pacific.

There are many steps to the process of making tapa cloth as these clips show.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Making Tapa

We were very lucky to have Elaine and Mrs Alamoti bring in real tapa cloth for us to use.  We are working on our designs and are getting ready to create these using the cloth.  These are our first steps.


Our inquiry topic this term is Pasifika.  The question we will be researching is:

How have people passed on their cultural traditions over time?

Our reporters this week were asked to bring in something that represents their culture, here are the wonderful items they brought.

What fantastic smiles!  Maranatha brought in her families tapai ngatu and a special vesa (bracelet).  Mele also had a tapai ngatu , a kickie fau, a kafa and a ta'ovala (which Harris is wearing for us).  Akanesi had a tapai ngatu as well and a kickie fau, and Harris shared some special family photos and had his awesome phone too.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Dance Display

The fabulous dancers in Room 9 practiced and practiced to learn two dances to display.  The wait is over here is the first one if you weren't able to be there on the day.

Saturday, 27 September 2014


As term 3 came to an end it was time for the speech finals.  It was tough work deciding who would go through to the year 4 - 6 finals but these five did a great job representing Room 9.

You four and Soana should be very proud of yourselves!

Another important part of the day were the speeches in other languages, these four were all able to complete speeches in Tongan.

A big congratulations to Anavea, Heilala, Akanesi and Mele.  Sai 'aupito!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Congratulations Harris!

A big congratulations to Harris who took home the New Zealand Post award 2014 for great effort in reading and writing.  We are all very proud of you, keep up the great work!


Want to know more about this long unusual word?  Watch the video clip for plenty of examples.

Can you see any words that were represented by our comic book art?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Comic Book Art

For the last couple of weeks we have been working on our own comic books.  We also learnt about onomatopoeia (words that mimic the sound of the noise they make).  Here are the 'pop-art' creations we made using these types of words.

Cross Country

Our cross country runners are off to Bailey Road School today to compete with other schools.  Here are our runners from Room 9.  

We wish them luck!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

New Technology in Room 9

Room 9 has begun training to use net-books as part of our learning.  Mrs Grant is teaching us how to use them, and is showing us the different things we can do with them.  Today we used them during written language.  

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Commonwealth Games Design Work

While we were looking at the Commonwealth games we decided to do some design work.  We looked at how the medals and mascot were created for the Glasgow games and came up with concept sketches for our own ideas.  Each finished mascot represents an area within the Commonwealth.  Here are a few of the designs we came up with.

And... a few of our medal designs.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Are you ready?

Will the weather let us start our Commonwealth Games?

Here are this weeks events.

Week One – Events

Day one: 
Team Africa – Javelin throw, High Jump and Shot Put.

Tupuwae – Caribbean and Americas vs Asia, Europe vs Pacific.

Day two: 
Team Pacific – Javelin throw, High Jump and Shot Put. 

Tupuwae – Africa vs Asia, Caribbean and Americas vs Europe.

Day three: 
Rotation of Javelin, High Jump and Shot Put between Asia, Europe and, Caribbean and Americas

                       Tupuwae – Pacific vs Africa

Sunday, 27 July 2014


Glen Innes turned on the lights for Matariki with a light trail through Maybury Reserve.  Mrs Buchanan and I, plus lots of Ruapotaka students were out and about too.
See anyone you recognise??

Also on show was artwork created by students from the area.  For more about these artworks see our blog post 'Ko Au Te Awa'.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Mascot

Who is the mascot of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

Meet Clyde, watch the videos to find out his story and how he was created.

Watch this video to see how Clyde was created.

Watch this video to find out about the story of Clyde.

Let the Games Begin!

Introducing the teams from Rooms Nine and Ten representing Africa, Asia, The Pacific, The Caribbean and Americas, and Europe.

As part of our inquiry unit for the Commonwealth Games Rooms Nine and Ten will be taking part in a variety of events as they participate in our very own games.  Meet the teams and check back in with us to see what they get up to.

Team Africa

Team Asia
Team Caribbean and Americas
Team Pacific
Team Europe

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Ready for Term 3!

Room nine were straight back into action for the first day of term 3.

Room nine hard at work

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


The rain stops in time for skipping!

On the last day of term two Ruapotaka students showed off their skipping skills.  All classes took part in the endurance and the senior classes put on demonstrations also.  Here is some of the action.

Push-ups with the long rope, partner double dutch and clapping games while skipping were just some of the skills Room nine demonstrated! 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Ko Au Te Awa - I Am The River

Eighteen students had a special lesson about the restoration of the Omaru River today.  From Room 9 this was, Popi, Harris, Sophie-Isabella, Soana, Pallas and Elaine. 
The river runs through Glen Innes and into the Tamaki River but it is very polluted, has a lot of rubbish in it, and the banks of the river are eroding.  The plan is to get the community involved by cleaning up the river and doing planting to stop the erosion.  This will help to bring animals back to this environment.
The artwork that we created today will be part of the 'Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail' through Maybury Park.
For more information on this project you can visit the link above and watch the video.
To create our artwork we completed these steps.

Drawing the artwork onto the bamboo.

Safely drilling holes into the bamboo.

The bamboo will have lights put inside it and will be lit up for the Matariki Light Trail.  Check the dates, you might like to go to some of these activities with your families.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Storytelling at the Glen Innes Library

Year six students were lucky to get the chance to visit the Glen Innes library last week.  Visitors had come from the Auckland Museum to tell a traditional Maori tale.  Not only did we listen to the amazing storyteller, we also got to take part in the story by learning actions with Maori weapons!  Afterwards we got to make a clay mould to make a necklace with.  It was an awesome experience and we had a lot of fun!

Great times at the library

Thursday, 26 June 2014


Tessellation: a pattern where the shapes fit together leaving no gaps.

Netball Skills

Check out Room nines amazing netball skills.  We have had coaches come to school for the last few weeks to teach us.  We have been doing different activities to learn all the skills you need when playing netball.


Mele, Pallas and Levi were the last class reporters of term 2.  Mele had her Duffy books to show us (she has quite a collection)!  She also had some special family photos.  Pallas had a thoughtful card of her mums that has many special messages inside and Levi had some photos also, one was recent and one from when he fist started school.  Tino pai!

Future Transportation Projects

Inquiry topic: The Movement of People and Goods

By Joseph, Levi and Quros


Design a futuristic form of transport that runs by green energy like: wind, water or solar power. That carries six people and at least 3 suitcases and can travel over land, water and through the air.  

What we did

We had to start drafting our ideas, what would it look like, how would it do all the things it needed to?
We had to create a blue print of our vehicle and label the different features.
We needed to create an advertisement to show off this brand new invention.
There also needed to be a newspaper article that told people about the release of our vehicle.

We were able to present our designs in different ways.  Here are some of our newspaper articles.

 Amazing New Transportation Method Released Now!!!

6 MAY 2064

Thousands of people came to Brazil to see the new car at the FIFA arena the new vehicle is called the Flash 2064.
The FLASH 2064 is a new multi seated vehicle it is powered completely by solar energy.  This vehicle is very good for the enviroment. It can carry six passengers and has space for all your goods!!!
Not only is this vehicle environmentally friendly it also fly's, it can travel without gas, and it can travel on water as well as land!!!
Jakeip from Mexico told us,“How spectacular will it be to have one method of transportation…”
We seriously agree with Jakeip’s opinion.  It costs $118,699 so go out and get yours today.

Reported By Quros 

Suzuki Swift’s New CAR!
Suzuki Swift (a car company) has revealed their brand new car which is called Daffany. Today in Auckland City a lady named Tiffany is trying the new car by driving around in it.
The new car, Daffany, can carry 6 people and is able to fit 3 suitcases of goods if they are needed.
Not only can Daffany do that stuff, it can also fly, travel underwater and of course drive on land. Some people around Auckland would love to buy Daffany so they can travel around the place.
Katherine from Mt Wellington said “Oh my gosh, I should save some money right now!”
We all agree with Katherine and for only $16, 776 you can buy one too!

Reported by Soana

Super Submarine Shark

The Submarine Shark has been released today in New York City.  It has helicopter blades and did you know it also has wheels for land travelling and solar panels. 
Why does it have helicopter blades?  When there is a dead end and a mountain that is blocking your way, you can just fly over it.  The Super Submarine Shark runs by solar panels and uses the sun and moon to track the submarine, also when it travels on land.
It can carry more than six people, taking them many different places.  It also has a special hidden area to carry your bags and will fit more than three suitcases.
“It looks alright to me.”  Levi from the crowd told our reporters.
They will be available to buy from the 18th of June 2030.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Harris, Curtis, Akanesi and... 

Elmo and the Cookie Monster??

Room 9 got to see some more interesting items from their classmates today.  Harris had an adorable photo of himself as a baby, a Cadbury toy truck and some special products.  Curtis had some very special photo albums that had been made with a lot of thought.  Akanesi shared many lovely family photos, we found out that she has a BIG family!  And the artistic Joseph shared some amazing artwork that he and his sisters have created.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Monday, 9 June 2014

How to make a weaving plate.

What you need:

Paper plate
Coloured wool
Pair of scissors

What to do:

Step One:
 Firstly, get your paper plate and scissors and cut small cuts 2cm apart all the way around the rim.

Step Two:
Secondly you get a very long piece of wool to make the X pattern.  About 2 metres.

Step Three:
Put the wool in the lines you cut around the rim and start making an X pattern by threading the wool across the plate, in and out of the cuts.

Step Four:
When you're finished making the X pattern tie the wool in a knot so it doesn't come off (this can be tricky you might need an adult to help). 

Step Five:
Get your wool (any colour - measure it twice the width of your arms) and tie it to the middle of the X. Weave the wool over and under the wool that made the X pattern, moving around and around the plate.  It will  look a bit funny at the start but it will look better once you keep going. 

Step Six:
When you are ready to change colour tie a new colour to the wool you are threading.

Your plate can have a repeating colour pattern if you like or it can be multi coloured.

By Anavea and Curtis 

Saturday, 31 May 2014


Check out our weaving skills

We have been using a paper plate as a loom to weave these circular patterns.  Each one is completely different, showing a variety of colours and pattern choices.  Check back soon to see the finished product and more about how we created them.

Friday, 30 May 2014

This Weeks Reporters

This weeks class reporters were Anavea, Elaine, Pallas and Heilala.  Anavea showed us her boxing gorilla and photos of her and her sister.  Elaine had her Tongan fan collection. Pallas brought her headphones and a photo.  Heilala had a family photo to show us also and some trophies.  Thank you!!  

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Class Reporters

Here are our class reporters from last week.  Quros, Mele, Soana and Sophie-Isabella.  They each brought some items from home to share with the class.Quros had his awesome game collection, Mele had an amazing poster her brother is creating and her dress-up bear, Soana showed us the dream catcher she made with her dad (which she told us is working) and a family photo, Sophie-Isabella had some of her dads bone carvings and some lovely family photos also.  

Thanks for sharing!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Room 9's Art Gallery

Room 9 has created an amazing gallery wall.  We painted professional artists canvas in a variety of different styles.