Monday, 31 October 2011

Maths: Rotation around a point

In maths we've been learning how to describe the angle and direction of a rotated shape.  Today we had a go at rotating shapes around a point, when the shape isn't actually sitting on the point of rotation.

Have a look at these photos we took showing the process...  

going trick or treating

On Monday 31 October Rudy, Paton and Dasha went trick or treating.  Ruby was some dead woman, Paton was some

TravelWise Subway lunch - yummo!

On Friday the learners in the hub were treated to a free Subway lunch as they won the TravelWise Challenge!!  Here we are waiting patiently for our reward...

Thank you very much to Mrs Panapa for organising this for us, we really appreciate it!  Also a big thank you to TravelWise for supporting us.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Rugby World Cup is over and it's started sinking in...

... so of course the Rugby World Cup is over, but it wasn't until this weekend that I really 'noticed' the end of it - a weekend with no rugby on the telly!

In a final bid to enjoy and farewell the RWC, enjoy these videos.

What similarities/differences can you spot between the older haka and the way the boys perform it these days?

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Seven billion people on earth - what number are you?

Did you know that in the next few weeks the global population is expected to reach 7 billion?  That's right, not million but billion (which is one thousand million!)

Take a look at the BBC website to calculate where you fit into the 7 billion people around the globe.  

(My results)

Why don't you share your number below?

Friday, 28 October 2011

We love our pets!

We're a bunch of animal lovers in Learning Hub 3 - if you have pet(s) share your stories with us in the comments.

Woman's Refuge, Meg and Dasha

Hi everyone,

We have been making a difference for the past six weeks in learning hub 3. Dasha and I have decided to make a difference to the Woman's Refuge. Just a reminder that, we are collecting in cans of food , shampoo and soap (if you have any) to donate to the woman's refuge. It's due by the 11th of November and could you please bring them to learning hub 3. We will have a box where you can put the things in and we will also mention the names of people who participated in bringing in the cans of food and shampoo, soap on the blog.

Meg and Dasha

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Putting things into perspective - we're a lucky bunch

Sometimes it's easy to take what we have for granted.  If it's always been that way, it can be hard to truly imagine life being that different.  We've spoken a lot this year about contributing to society and making a positive change (random act of kindness, anyone?) and I connected all of our conversations back when I came across this image tonight on Facebook.

We are a very fortunate bunch as we all have access to the simple things in life (and a lot more!) - are you still doing your best to make life better for someone else?  Don't forget... just because our focus in LH3 is different this term, making a contribution isn't any less worthwhile or important  :)

(... and off topic, but another interesting little picture that I found tonight - who gets it?)

Skyping our Quad Blog Friends

Today we heard from Mrs Schur at St. John Vianney School in America which was very exciting. She invited us to Skype with her class which we're going to do on Thursday morning at 8.15am (which will be 2.30pm the day before in America.) I liked the idea so much that I communicated with another of the quad blog schools and suggested they Skype us too. One of us in the hub will also contact the other school. I thought it would be a good idea to put a few people in charge of each school so we'll arrange that in the next few days.

Miss Holland: Hi guys - I wonder who can investigate and find out what the time differences are between us here in Auckland and the other two schools? If we're going to set up Skype appointments, then we need to be able to suggest times that will work. Do some research and let us know how you get on by commenting below. Well done to Jamie, Fatima, Oliver and Dani for their investigation today.

Check out our Library Contest!

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Hi everyone,

At the Stonefields Library some dedicated librarians have organised a bookmark design competition! Everyone at school is invited to participate, from all age groups. We have a variety of books as prizes and they're awesome!

Here are the rules.
  • Bookmarks are to be in the standard size (check the papers around the school)
  • Bookmarks are only to be hand drawn. Please do not work on the computer.
  • Please do not submit a fully made bookmark, just the design.
  • Please hand them in the by 5th of November to the entry box in the Library.
  • Results are determined by age and quality.
  • Please put your Hub, name and age on the back of your entry.
  • Please include something to do with the Library.
If you need any help our would like to know more, come and visit us.

From Finn, Jamie and Dani.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

English can be a funny language indeed!

I wonder if anyone can work out why I've posted this?  Have fun!

Craig's Sailing

Hi I am Craig and I really love sailing.

Throughout the school holidays I have been sailing at the North Islands in Napier.  I got second in the 11 year old section out of about ten 11 year old's and came 42nd out of 109 people in total!

At the end of the regatta I had realised I had beaten my good friend named Henry who had beaten me ever since I first started Racing. I am also going to Noumea to train in now one month.


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Hi to our Quadblogging buddies!

Hi everyone - welcome back!

I've signed us up to an exciting programme called quad blogging which I'll tell you more about today.

Take some time to visit our quad buddies and introduce yourself whilst you wait to find out more...

What do you think?  Do you like the idea of quad blogging?  If so, why?

Monday, 24 October 2011

We love the All Blacks - go boys, go!!

What a game it was last night!!  A fabulous end to our holidays that's for sure - how did you celebrate the occasion?  Did you stay up late to watch this momentous game?  What an exciting time to be a Kiwi!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Learn how to leave a comment on our blog!

If you have any more questions, have a go at posting a comment below (hopefully you'll be able to!) and we'll help you out.

Good luck tomorrow with your presentations!

All the best tomorrow with your presentations to Miss Martin, Mr Bradbeer and Mrs Panapa!  You've been working hard and giving it your all - showing real determination.  We're very proud of you all.  You will be great but good luck all the same!

For everyone else, here are a couple of videos to get you excited.  Like what you see?  Keep an eye out because it won't be long before we're selling our DVD, and donating all profits to the charity that the school principal's choose tomorrow!  I wonder who will be most persuasive??

Paw Justice:

Salvation Army:

Keep an eye out for the Ronald McDonald House and the Make a Wish ads!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Shuffling Video

Hi everyone, 

Check out my instructional video on dancing!  (Keep watching till the end, it's worth it!)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Dragon meets cat for the first time!

Hi guys, here's Lola meeting Sid for the first time.  She was so well behaved and Sid didn't even notice, he was fast asleep!  How cute are they?!  (she was kneading the blanket, so no need to worry about her reaching for him.)

When all is done, have you done or said enough?

What do you think this means?  Are you working to make your life truly valuable?

Help support Paw Justice! second Paw Justice%21 by ben83

Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun!

The Paw Justice group are doing everything they can to help the animals of NZ - can you do anything to help?

Monday, 3 October 2011

Sid makes his first trip back to Miss Holland's house...

How cute is our little Sid!  Look at him snuggled up here, fast asleep on the way home to my house.  He's set up now in his big home tank... but when I got home I had to remove all of the sand - can anyone find out why I might have done that?  I think we're going to have to do the same thing at school!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The dance craze is spreading in LH3!

It started with Damien, who taught it to Finn... what next, I wonder?