Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Glenbrae Students are Scientists

Yesterday, 36 students from Glenbrae were invited to go to Auckland University to learn more about science. BASF chemicals sponsored our trip and paid for the bus and organised all the materials and helpers we needed to conduct our experiments. We learnt about absorption, floating and sinking, water purification and, best of all, how to make slime. We were given an apron (to keep our clothes safe), some rubber gloves to protect our hands and we wore safety glasses. We used chemicals like alum, charcoal, PVA, crystals and food colouring. We used equipment like beakers, droppers, filters and plastic bags. We learnt that science can be FUN!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tahuna Torea Wetlands

Our next Inquiry  is about caring for the environment. We are researching wetland areas around Auckland. These photos were taken at Tahuna Torea last week. The whole school is walking to this wetland area on Monday 26th November to find information about the birds, reptiles, insects and fish that make the wetlands their home. This video is to ignite our curiosity and start us asking questions. If you know any information that might help us, we'd really appreciate it if you would share it with us.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Kia Ora, In term 3 Room 10 studied Maori culture. We learned about protocol on the marae. We created a wharenui in our classroom and we are sharing our knowledge by making this movie. Enjoy and learn. Ka kite.

Powhiri Glenbrae from KPE TV on Vimeo.

Yesterday Mr Munick came to school to film us doing our powhiri with room 7. First Kyana, Sommer and I had to do the Karanga to call room 7 in to our class room. When room 7 came right into our classroom the boys started to chant the haka called "Toia Mai." We had to chant the haka twice. Then Brandon had to do his mihi in Maori. We had to sing a waiata. We learned a lot about the protocols used on the marae.