Thursday, September 24, 2009

This week the seniors have been training for the south zones. The best of the best will be chosen
to go to the caledonian . First we did the sprints there were six people in the race. We ran eighty meters. many people qualified we wonder who.Then we did high jump you had to jump over one meter to qualify.The hard thing was to jump ninety cm and one meter.

 There was lots of good sportsmanship like cheering when somebody didn't make it. Next we have to do long jump we think that you have jump almost three meters. It will be interesting to see if the people who can jump high can jump long. Ms Marret will train us the skills.
Next term the south zones will happen everybody is training hard to get in and everybody is excited.
Check out room fourteen doing the high jump.
By Jessica and Michella

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Progressing In Art

Over the past week, we have been progressing on our art with our issues. There are lots of different mediums,  the most popular medium is sculpture with card and paint.

We have been working on these for the last term. We are really enjoying it and we are hoping to get it finished by the end of the week! 

Most people had a really fun time playing with format and paint. What we are trying to do with our art is to change peoples minds to stop bad things like littering happening. We are looking forward to getting them finished. 

By Rachael and Elise.

These are some examples of wonderful art... 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our Blog has Reached a mellinium

This week our blog has reached a mellinium. That means we have had over 1000 hits since the blog started. The blog has only been running a few months so that is AWESOME. We have also found out that on the blog we have had more hits in the USA than in NZ. After figuring out the hits for the blog we are curious about how many hits our writing wiki has had. Some of the students from the Room 12 maths class are figuring out how many hits our wikis have had since they have been set up.

By Kea.

South Zone sprint trials

On Monday the 21st of September St Clair School had sprint trials to qualify for South Zones at the Caledonian the senior team and the eligible middles competed very farley but only if you got through.


For the sprints the under 12 boys went first then the under 12 girls, then the under 11 boys and girls went, then the under 10s and some 9s raced.


Monday, September 21, 2009


At the moment Room 12 has been practicing using writing to show the reader not tell. We had a total of 30 minutes to write a page long, detailed piece of writing about a best day ever, or a argument. Room 12 went all the stages of writing with out even the teacher instructing us! Above is Mitchell and Quinn Shaw having a conference about their recounts. We  conferenced so we could share a readers of view of the other persons writing. Then we proof-read our writing so there were mistakes.
By Phoenix and Toby

Friday, September 18, 2009


Today at assembly, we were visited by the new African drumming group called "Shebang!" There were five ladies in the group including our very own Mrs Caldwell and Mrs Amer (Nina and Sofia's mum! They are called "Shebang" because it is an female group and they are banging on their drums. They did three special African songs, which were all folk dancing songs. This was their first ever performance and we would just like to say that they were great!
Toby and Matt

The Senior Team Shares the Music

Yesterday our schools Ensemble, Guitar Group, Violin Group and Choir preformed to the Glendale retirement home and also to the Belhaven retirement home. We had Guitars, Cellos, Choir, Piano, Marimba, Xylophones, Chime bars, Percussion, Recorders, Drums, Bodhrun drums, Violins, Electric guitars, Bass marimba and Key boards in our Ensemble. It was at the St Clair School (our school) hall. The O.D.T (Otago daily times) was there and was taking photos for the newspaper, go to Sue and Kristy , 2 of our school mums organized for the people of Glendale retirement home and Belhaven retirement home to come to St Clair School to hear our ensemble. Jennie and Helen organised the afternoon teas. The senior citizens came because one of our students parents own Glendale retirement home.
by Daniel and Quinn

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scoopers Tops

Today we have been shown the new Scoopers' t-shirts! The scoopers of the day wear them. They have an ice cream on them and say "what's the scoop?" We are wearing them as a way of letting people know that we are on official Blog Business and are either on the lookout for news around school or have a scoop that we are running with... The T-Shirts are a bit big but are good!

By Mitchell and Sam

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Every Child should have to wear a school uniform!

What we think...

Dresses and skirts for the girls are not comfortable
Fashion is art - uniform is not a way to express ourselves
Everyone looks the same - noone is unique!

What do you think? Any reasons for a uniform?

Drama with Miss Sara

Yesterday with Miss Sara ( our student teacher). We did drama after lunch. For drama we played a game called count to twenty. What you have to do is get in a circle and try and get to twenty without talking. You have to watch peoples facial expressions. We got to five. After that we got in groups and  did freeze frames about an issue , we did cell phones at school. Miss Sara came and tapped us on the shoulder and we said our thoughts aloud.We had a fun day with Miss Sara .

Should we have cell phones at school?

By Autumn & Ashleigh

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Persuasive Writing

Today we have been doing persuasive arguements with Miss Sara. We had to pick a statement out of: Cellphones at school;  Chewing gum at school; Swings at school or trampolines at school. Here are our reasons for chewing gum at school:

  • Chewing on chewing gum would give me something to do when working
  • Chewing gum should be at school because we could have a chewing gum monitor in each class
  • You could tell them to have it outside only.
  •   If some kids have sugary gum, they may get hyper
  • Some one might swallow and choke
  • People might stick their old chewing gum under their desks
  • Kids might not play sport as well as there is a risk of choking
So it looks like against won!
If you have any reasons please comment!!

By Alex and Maddy

Monday, September 14, 2009

Five -a-side

Mr Pearce is doing a five-a-side soccer tournament with us. So far the 'No Names' are in the lead and the Penguins are close behind. We get three points for a win and two points for good sportsmanship and two for a draw. So the total points you can score in a match are five points. We are looking forward to our next game between the Penguins and the No Names.

By Tom and Phoenix

Otago Champs

On the eleventh of September the top ten girls and the top ten boys from Ariki got into Otago champs. Three boys from St Clair school and five girls from St Clair got into the Otago champs.
It went in this order year 5 girls, year 5 boys, year six girls, year six boys etc.
One of the girls from st Clair school came first another came second and another came eighth, all in the year six girls race. in the year five boys race we only had one person representing our school and he came eighth.The girl that came first was from our school and she is the fastest year six girl in otago. So we had pretty good time at Otago Champs.

By Daniel

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Story Teller

Today a story teller came to our school to tell some hilarious  stories.  He told us the true story of 'Cinderella' and The Last Pirate. He also tells stories at Nicols at 11am 1pm 2pm.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Our Room 4 Buddys

At St Clair school we have buddy classes.
Room 12's is room 4. Over the last few terms we have been putting a wiki space up for them and they didn't even know. So They were writing story's and their teacher gave our teacher their writing.
So we had to put it up on their wiki.
At the start of this term we surprised them and showed them their wiki.
By Daniel

For a while now, we have had Mr Pearce for Thursdays Fridays and occasionally Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He is very good at art, and enjoys playing soccer, he currently involved in a 5-a-side soccer tournament for the Seniors it has been lots of fun and it is improving our soccer skills.
By Toby and Phoenix

10 Minutes ago, there was a special day today, it was... 09:09 9/9/09! Amazing! Next time it will be 10:10 10/10/10. Some people celebrated some people didn't, we are celebrating by putting this on the blog! Two twins turned nine today.
Toby and Phoenix

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Today we saw the Kapahaka group’s dress rehearsal.  On Thursday they are going to go to the Edgar Centre and perform in polyfest.  Their performance was about Tangaroa the sea god.  It was really well choreographed and we hope they will do well on the night!

Ariki Cup

On Friday the Fourth of September We had the Ariki cup (Inter school cross country)
To get into the Ariki cup you had to be in the top Six of your school cross country.
We went and represented St Clair School.
Three boys and Five girls from St Clair got into Otago champs (the top ten from Ariki go to Otago champs. Heres our photo.
By Daniel

Today when Ben came into school he didn't just have clothes... He had a gold medal! The Medal was showing that his Futsal team, had won the tournament! It all happened at 4:30 this Monday when the Vikings Futsal team played a terrific game of Futsal! They are now Futsal champs, 1st on the table!
By Toby and Ben

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Is it Art for Art's Sake?

As part of our inquiry, the Senior Team hosted a series of visits by local artists. The artists, working in a variety of traditional and electronic media, spoke to the children about their sources of motivation and their experiences. Our thanks to Anthony Ritchie (composer), Parry Jones (animator), Jared Smith (musician), Anna Henare (actress) and Mary-Ann Roberts (painter and sculptor). Watch this space while we work on using the Arts to express our perspective about a current issue...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Voice Thread

Daniel is learning to publish using voice thread. Check out his first go at his below...

Senior Team Cross Country

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Are We Up for A Challenge?

Well, bloggers... This could be what we have been looking for. It's a way to increase our profile, make new friends and learn how to be a better blogger along the way. Looks like we could learn something and have fun along the way! Starts on the 6th September. We have decided to enter because it will be a great opportunity for all our keen bloggers.