Monday, June 29, 2009

Mr Chittock

Mr Chittock the builder  came to talk to us on monday about sound and soundproofing. Did you know that there are 2 different types of pink batts (shown in picture) the green is for soundproofing and the pink is for warmth. He also showed us some light and some heavy concrete.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Today we learnt about futsal with Michel and Simon.
It was founded on the streets of Brazil and its now played international. Futsal is a type of modified soccer.
You use a small non bouncy ball and play on a indoor court the size of a netball court.
The goalie doesn't kick the ball he throws it but you kick it in from the sideline. We played futsal with Simon and Michel and Room Seven. We played captains coming to warm up then we played cats and mice and also we played a futsal mini game. They are starting up a special junior winter tournament in term three and also the summer season starts in September.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Custruction of Instuments

Here are the instruments we made with Mr. Willis. It took a lot of persistence, patience and skills to make these complex instruments. These whistles consist of 3 main parts, the tube, body and plug. Each part has their own job. The body makes the whistle type sound. The plug is the part the helps change pitch and the tube consists of the mouth piece and connects the body.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Andrew Wills

Today we were lucky enough to have Andrew Willis came to teach how to make home-made instruments. We learnt how to make Drums, Guitars, and Recorders.  Each class gets to have a session with Andrew and make a certain type of instruments. There were four kind of instruments each class is making, membrainophone, aerophone, chordophone, idiophone. This is the instrument we are making!

Monday, June 22, 2009


Today the senior team went to Kings & Queens Performing Arts Centre and saw a musical. Kings and Queens high school students were rehearsing their performance. The play was about Jesus Christ. There was lots of singing and dancing. It was very well done and it was very moving. Well done Kings & Queens!

Stars on Stage

Today we saw some very talented  st clair students perform their dress rehersal of stars on stage. It was about how the birds got their colours. It was a very well performed dance and we hope they will do well on Wednesday when they do it in front of lots of people at the Regent.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Snow day

Snow day in Dunedin on Tuesday!
We all had lots of fun building snow men , having snowball fights, and making snow angels. Some of us just stayed inside all warm, away from the freezing snow. There was no school on Tuesday!
On Wednesday we had a late start because of the ice.

Mr Harris to the rescue!

Today Miss Sara was away so Mr Harris was teaching us. We learnt about many new things and in the morning we had a big discussion. Here Mr Harris is seen teaching symmetry at maths.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Planning Our Instruments

This afternoon we planned what we would need for our instuments we are going to make.We thought about the different materials that are needed to make that wanted sound . We were thinking about recyclable things we could use. Some of our ideas were:
Ice-cream containers, milk bottles, cardboard, chopsticks, yogurt pottles,
drinking straws and carpet ect.

Room 8

We thought up a "PMI" (Plus, Minus and Improvments/Interesting) for joining room 8's blog. Here are some of our ideas we came up with.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Nephew of the moon

This is our first myth we read this week. It was called The Nephew of the Moon its a Australian  Aboriginal Myth. Its about a  lazy uncle that makes his nephew find his food and water, the nephew blows on a tree and the uncle goes so high he can't get down and he turns into the moon. We made a chart and we put all the information about the myth on like the story type ,country,phenomena and the characters ,gods or heroes.

Miss Sara

For the next two weeks  Miss Sara is teaching us. She is teaching us Mythology and Sound. Miss Sara is our student teacher. Miss Sara is also teaching us about instruments and  how they change pitch.

El Grego the Magician

El Grego The Magician came to our school on Wednesday to teach us about bullying and how to stop it. The Seven steps he told us were respect, duty, initiative, compassion, caring and courage. This steps will help us to help people who are being bullied. El Grego also showed us lots of magic tricks and illusions that amazed us all. They look after many exotic birds and use them in some of his tricks.