Team 4 - Term 3 2018

The writing Room 13 is currently working on heads to the political world and reality. It's debating whether we should ban smoking or debating if we should save the endangered species the Kakapo. We discuss and write about many other matters in New Zealand. This writing is important for students because it shows them the real world instead of writing fiction or poetry. Debating at school can be one of the most important pieces of writing students will do in school. We are now debating if we should ban smoking. There are two sides to this argument. Against the ban in 2020 or for the ban of smoking. In the persuasive writing there must be a start for an introduction and to state your opinion. Then you must give your reasons. Then a closing and maybe a rhetorical question. Through it all there must be evidence or proof to support your argument. 

Inquiry PresentationsInquiry Presentations
Everyone in Room 12 had to create a poster and present it in front of the class. The poster had to be based around the Napier earthquake in 1931 or the Otago gold rush in 1861. There were many different topics such as the Kobe earthquake, mining technology and architecture in the 1860’s. All posters were such a success.


NIWA Science FairNIWA Science Fair
This term a group of 20 Team 4 students went to the NIWA science fair. At NIWA students brought their science fair boards and presented them to different judges. There were many judges at NIWA and many of them were special judges that gave out special prizes. Our school won 23 prizes including 4th placings.

Lit CirclesLit Circles
Lit Circles is a time when about six people get together and talk about a book. Each week you read an assigned number of pages and do a summary and a job. You get a different job each week e.g. Quiz Master, Word Wizard, and Connector. For each thing you have to do something to do with the book. Like for Word Wizard you find 10 words you don’t know the meaning of and you have to say what you think it means and the expert definition.

Calendar ArtCalendar Art
After the events of the production a new job arises. It’s time for Team 4 art again. Quite recently Team 4 have been working on some calendar art. The art is an animal, any animal, but there must be nice Maori motifs. The design was originally created by Warren Pohatu. Warren Pohatu is a famous New Zealand artist who is known for his amazing animal art. Team 4 is now working on his art but in everyone’s own ways. Sharks to native birds... there is anything you can do. What makes it special is the nice marks that encompass the animal's body. It is a stunning art piece and the students are posting a photo of their own art to an online link called Seesaw. Seesaw is an online website to show parents what their children have been doing.

This term Team 4 is doing an inquiry. We will research a topic related to the Otago gold rush and the Napier/ Hawkes Bay earthquake and write a presentation about it. We research them in the afternoon when some other people make props for the production. These topics can range from the art deco style of the buildings in Napier to what the Chinese role was in 1831.

Technology this TermTechnology this Term
In Team 4, in Terms 2, 3 and 4 the students in Years 7 and 8 go to a programme called technology.  In technology or ‘tech’ there are 6 different classes, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5 and art class. Every two years the programmes change from for example, felting to acrylics. Everyone involved in the 5 tech classes take a bus at 8:30 on tech mornings to Karori West School where they do woodwork, food, sewing, electronics and acrylics. The art tech is held at Northland School by either Eileen or Ailsa. In Term 4 the Year 7s make gifts for the Year 8s and then present the gifts to them at the leavers' dinner, while the Year 8s do either foods, woodwork or acrylics. Last year the people in T5 in Term 4 made teddy bears for the babies in the neonatal wards for Christmas.

Book QuizBook Quiz
While the school worked hard on the production, there was an event that took some people’s minds off the production. That event was BOOK WEEK. And during the book week was a fun event called the book quiz. There was one book quiz for Team 3 and 4. The Team 4 book quiz aimed for more young adult books. In both book quizzes they had the same system of rules. First gather a group 1-5 then grab a question sheet which has a range of 1- 20 questions. Then the hosts will call out each question and you must write your answer in a period of time. After finishing every question the library is closed and you must hand your sheets to the hosts. The following day the prizes are given to the winning teams. There were two winning teams and each got a good prize.

Dress-Up ParadeDress-Up Parade
On 10th August the whole school participated in a dress-up as their favourite book characters for Book Week. People dressed up as simply as putting on a hat, to something as complicated as putting a toilet seat around your head. Every class went up on stage one by one and showed off their awesome costumes! If was fun and entertaining for everyone.

Author VisitAuthor Visit
On Monday 6th August the author Brian Faulkner visited Team 4. He talked about many things. He talked about what inspired him, where he gets the book ideas from and he talked all about his books. He told us about a couple of words that have helped him throughout his career. One of the main ones was “What if…” He used this word a lot because this is an important word if you want to be an author. You use this word to create a story, all you have to do is imagine. Such as saying “What if James just started floating and couldn’t get down?” This was not only interesting but it was also inspirational.

Preparing for the ProductionPreparing for the Production
This year Northland School is doing a whole school production. In Team 4 we are doing the Otago gold rush and The Napier/Hawkes Bay earthquake. We are extremely busy choreographing and practising dances, painting props and backdrops, writing scripts and many more. The audience will be following children around New Zealand as they learn about many important and historical events that have taken place over the years. The event will take place on the 5th and 6th of September at Wellington High School.


1931 Earthquake1931 Earthquake
For the production Team 4 have split into two groups. One group is doing the horrific Napier 7.9 earthquake. It terriorized the city and Hawkes Bay in 1931. Team 4 are currently making Room 13 into a warehouse in use for models for old fashioned buildings. We are working on gathering all the cardboard we can. Everyone who is working on the project is working hard. There is scriptwritng to model making. Not only the models, but there is a Napier earthquake dance which the kids are still learning (see photo). Team 4 is also desperate for 1900’s clothing. The appropriate clothing for the production would most likely be waistcoats, a few ties, dresses, belts, dark leather boots and old rolled up shirts.

Swimming SportsSwimming Sports
Recently, on Thursday 2nd August Years 3-8 participated in the Northland School Swimming Sports. Everyone had a selection of swimming strokes and lengths, from 1 width of the pool to a 50 metre swim. The strokes were freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. All of the swimmers from years 4-8 were competing to get into Western Zones. To get into Western Zones you had to be 1st, 2nd or 3rd in your heat and you had to be 1st or 2nd in the final. But in 25m freestyle the top 4 got into a relay. Overall everyone had a great day.

Science FairScience Fair
In Team 4 we have been working on our science fair. Science fair is a competition for years 7 to 13. The children pick a question and through investigation and research they put together a science fair board with information about what they have studied. Science judges come to the school and select 20 children to go to the NIWA science fair competition where prizes are given out for different categories like foods, engineering, plants, etc. Team 4 has Term 2 and the holidays to complete the fair. It is very fun to do the testing.
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