Thursday, 18 December 2014

Water fight

We had some fun in our water fight yesterday and definitely took Pohutukawa down!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Cameron's Writing

So here I was,in my bedroom, watching Captain America The Winter Soldier. Then mid way through the movie I got teleported into the T.V!

Lots of purple,gooey stuff was around me,some of it was on my new T-Shirt.Then I thought if I come back home in Philadelphia with that gooey stuff on me,I could become a famous professor and fly to Washington D.C and meet President Obama.When I was thinking about this,I didn't realized that I was out of the portal.Then I thought,where am I? who wants me? is this a trap? then I looked up.

I saw Captain America,he said that I have developed superpowers! I jumped into the air as high as a airplane flying in the sky.Then Captain America told me that I have figured out my 3 superpowers leaping,flying and strength
Captain America said that I can save a lot of lives and wear this golden uniform for ever.

So I went home and flew over to Washington D.C to show president Obama the purple gooey stuff,I went back home to Philadelphia and saved a lot of lives.I am well known as Professor Rob Robinson and Fantasy Man.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Jordan's Writing

I Just Won The Lotto!!
I reach for my pen, and cross the numbers 26,19,23,17,9,6,
and pray that they are the winning numbers “hi mum”said my daughter fran
“hi sweetpea you need to pray that we win the lotto tonight ok” i said
“ok fine but you realize you wont win we live in oamaru the highest amount here would be $40” she answered “stop being so negative”i replied.

a few hours later.

“Fran!!! im going to supermarket be back in minute with lots of money”i called “yeah right”she replied
I get some supplies before i check my numbers,
now its moment of truth, i put my ticket into the slot, i read the machine you have just won 80 million dollars “OH MY GOSH!!”i yelled through the
super market,
i rushed home trying not to smile “hi fran im home i have something to show you” i said “is it a puppy please tell me its a puppy or its a kitten show me, whats the surprise?”

I showed her what i had.
“oh my gosh you won the lotto im so sorry for being so negative,
but you must not really care because you won the lotto, you won.

Isabella's Writing

You may think that narwhals are normal creatures that roam the Arctic, but believe it or not the narwhal population is said to be about 40,000, but all that is changing. Oil and gas is taking over narwhals habitat. Because of more ships in the sea, there are more collisions which will make more noise and that will affect the communication among the the whales causing them to be confused because they can’t hear each other.

Different to other species of whale that migrate, narwhals live their lives in the ice cold waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. In the winter most narwhals stay under the ice for up to five months in the Baffin Bay-Davis strait area. Narwhals are usually seen in groups of twenty to thirty with different combinations of male, female and calves.

Narwhals calves are generally born in July and born outside deep bays and channels and stay with the mother narwhal for about twenty months after they are born. Female narwhals are old enough to have their calves at the age of five years and over and males after eight years. Calves are born in the middle of July in the following year (after 15 months of gestation) Female narwhals normally give birth every three years.

Narwhals tusk is said to be an important part of the mating process, because the males have been seen quite a lot, crossing  tusks during mating season, as well as using them during over fighting over who's the head of the pod. Narwhals have small round heads. They have short flippers with upturned tips, but they have no flippers on their back.

So now you see why these amazing creatures should live. So stop releasing oil and gas into the ocean so they can live their wonderful lives.      

Joseph's Writing

Winning The Lottery

“And the winning numbers are: 1,4,2,6,2,7,2,7,9,0,8,3,5!”
I look down at my card and see those numbers. I had won Big Wednesday!
“The lucky winner will be teleported here in 5,4,4,4,1! I feel a small amount of static and look down. My feet go transparent and then pop. Then the rest of me pops and I’m at the lottery place. “And here is our lucky winner, Nathan!”

I enter quickly and stop in front of the callers.  The people show everyone a quick clip of my history of helpfulness. I take my chance to ask my questions there and then. “Who are you? How do you know my name? How did you get that clip? How did you teleport me off my sofa?” The questions came in a rush. “Well, I am Andrea and my assistant is William. I know your name because-”
“Well that is Nathans story of how he got to be here.” William said and I realised that we were on air once more. “So, spin the Wheel Of Fortune!”

I spin the wheel with all my strength. The prizes flash by and I read a few. A boat! A lamborghini! A diamond encrusted glove! A! MILLION! DOLLARS! A diamond statue of me! The wheel slows. More prizes. Slower. Prizes. Slower. Stop. I had won a diamond as big as my fist! “Look at that prize!” William stated. “Nobody has EVER won that before!”
“And thats tonights show!” Andera exclaims. “Goodnight everybody!” Then everything swirls and I-

“Whoa” I exclaim as I wake up. “That was a crazy dream. Maybe I should go get a ‘double shot soy, not to hot mochachoca*’!” I walk down to the store and buy a double shot soy, not to hot mochachoca. Then I walk past the lotto store. “hmmm… maybe i’ll buy a ticket.” I buy a ticket just as the numbers are called. “ The winning numbers are: 1,2,4,3,6,5,7,8,0,9!” I look at my card. Those are the numbers. “Not again!” I groan as I feel that strange Static once more. “The winner will be teleported here in 5,4,4,7,1!”

Jacob's Writing


To night on 9 news we have a 45 year old woman in Melbourne was helping an elderly resident hang up her washing when a sinkhole opened up beneath his feet, leaving her to fall 9 feet (3 metres) beneath the ground.At the moment we go live to Kaleb  who is in Melbounrne with the lady who fell down the hole.

“Well  i saw a old lady that was hanging her washing up but then the impossible happened .A 3 meter big sink hole appeared under my feet but luckily it didn't close on top of me so i got the old lady to go and call the 111 and ask for the fire department. So she did and then they came around but the didn’t have a longer enough ladder. So they had get the fire department from Canberra to bring a bigger ladder so they  could rescue me. So about 5 hours later i was rescued, so they took me to the hospital and about 1 hour later i was discharged so thats the story”

“So a remarkable story with a even better outcome . Thats me from Melbourne so back to you in the studio”
“That was Kaleb  reporting, .That as for tonight so see you tomorrow

Antonia's Writing

My holiday poem.

Holiday time is lots of fun playing with friends in the sun.
Otematata is fun to go to when its not too cold.
Lake Aviemore its great to ski when its not two windy
I love to go to Haka. they have the best ice cream.
Duntroon is great to fish.
Away in the hills a deer or two.
You now know where to go for the best christmas Ho,Ho,Ho:):):)

Mackenzie's Writing

Cats tongues
Have you ever wondered why cats tongues are rough. Well all that woundering is over
for good.
In the center of the tongue the cat has a small backwards facing barb, Known as filiform papillae.
These papillaes contain keratin and serve several functions.
The cat uses the barbs on its tongue to to clean themselves.The barbs on the cats tongue helps to keep them clean and not end up scruffy the second after.Those ruff barbs are so rough that the barbs brush their fur to make them tidy and neat.
It is a true fact that a cats tongue gets stronger by sticking it out at you. These cats have at least 130 disease-causing microbes exist in your cat’s mouth, and due to her long, thin teeth, bites are more likely to cause puncture wounds, which can reach into joints and bones and are extremely difficult to clean. Up to 80% of cat bites can get infected if the wounds are not properly treated.
Cats are very unique creatures and have a lot of fun things that are on their tongues.
By Mackenzie Cunningham  

Taine's Writing

The best of minecraft. In minecraft you can get things like a diamond pick axe so you can get gold ,diamonds, iron ,and lapies.

If you make a portal you can go to the ender dragon but you have to kill it with a bow and arrow so you get this little balls it gets you more levels like up to 30.

In minecraft there are creepers, zombies spiders, skeletons, have bow and arrows to kill you but if you full diamond army so you don’t get killed.

You find diamonds 10 blocks up from bedrock  it’s good getting diamond army and a pickaxe.

I think minecraft is good because you can find a lot of stuff and it is so unsual
you can kill zombies with a diamond sword and you can get stuff from the zombies. If you kill a creeper you get two bits of gunpowder.

If you play minecraft you will be loving minecraft for your whole life it’s the best game ever.

Emily's Writing

kiwi attempts diving

We are here live with a life attempt by kiwi free diver william trubridge.

Kiwi freediver William Trubridge, Trubridge came close to eclipsing his own freediving record of 101 metres in the Bahamas this morning after diving 102 metres. But just 20 metres short of the surface, the 34-year-old signalled for assistance and needed to be helped to the top.

He has failed to complete one of his goals 102 meters  as he said he ran out of oxygen in his body and he gets a feeling when he knows when to pull the rope.he said to us that he is sorry and he will bring home a record for us.

Harriet's Writing

I developed a super power
I walk into S.H.E.I.L.D hovercraft, to find Beetee sitting there and looking at me not with an ordinary kind look more of a mean and selfish look. “What happened” I ask before realising my mistake, Beetee jumps up from his chair and races over to my before i could say bingo.

Then he handcuffs me he hand cuffs me!!!!!!! “I am the mockingjay i think” “What are you doing.” Beetee shoves a long syringe into my arm, that looks like it is filled with some sought of attonic gasses “help!” black armed guards come and realise the dilemma. they pick me up and pull me out of the room.

My eyes slide open, very slowly, very quietly. I stare at this guard who is lying next to me looking soulfully scared I look down at myself i am completely covered in feathers I realise what i am i’m a mockingjay.

In comes a nurse she screams! I get up and begin to run I don’t know what i’m doing i’m just running. I come to the deck it is so bright it looks like the suns come to earth and blinded everyone.

Slowly the eyes of the new me adjust,or in other words become able to see. I run to the edge of the hovercraft “I want to die.” swinging over the edge my wings spread and instead of falling, gliding is what happens i tell you.
The mockingjay floats down to the ground wow that was amazing katniss I tell myself.Even though it was the time of my life, tears flood my eyes. Someone must have seen me for shouts of horror from distant areas around me, phones begin to ring, “animal control is coming!” someone screams. “NO I SCREAMING IT OUT TO YOU NO!” I am perfectly normal.

The next thing I know is that Animal control has turned up and is rushing over to me. “It is alright,” they say “where just going to put you in the cage here, alright.” “NEVER YOUR’E GOING TO KILL ME I AM NOT STUPID.” immediately i spread my wings and take flight into the breezy sky.

Keane's Writing


I remember it as if it were yesterday,boarding the plane all the excitement rushing to my head,what was going to happen when i get to the foreign land across the pond who’s going to be there when i land.All these questions filled my body with fear,excitement,and nervousness but not to much.Fortunately my mum knew what was going to happen so that calmed me down a bit.

I finally landed and the first thing that came to my mind was that it was cold,freezing cold but when i saw my dad my whole body started to melt because he left the Philippines before us and i was heart broken and i always wanted to go with him but I couldn't. After that i wasn't able to sleep for sometime but i learned to handle the pain but it was worth it when we were together again.One part of the memory is when i saw our t.v,it was extremely old it was probably from the time when the television was created and i think we could only watch C.D's on it but i liked it,it had a certain feel,i had many memories with it.  

Monday, 17 November 2014

EOTC writing

The wind swirled around,
My heart began to pound.
The excitement was near,
But so was my fear.
My harness was tightened,
No burden was lightened.
But with a nervous smile,
I climbed the steep mile.
Right down the large rock,
Recovered from shock
And with my feet on the ground
The wind swirled around.


We were going up and down
Depending our lives on the rope
Using our feet to control us

Fun, challenging
Team, helping, crew
Working as a gang
Fun day


Fear swept through my mind, as I climbed the fierce rock face. I was merely half way up when my legs began to give way.
 I yelled, “You got me?”
A voice far below yelled back, “Yes!”
I slowly lent back, till eventually becoming vertical and then set off all the way back down.


Breezy, sunny
Running, slipping, jumping
Having fun with the class

Slipping, bouncing
Climbing, dropping, hiking
Freak you out


I ran up the steps with a smile on my face, my body all jittery with excitement. As I entered through the doors, I could feel my body shaking with joy. My eyes widened as I approached the multi coloured shapes which stood out in front of me. I slowly approached the road anxious for what would come next. Paper was flying everywhere, I made a dash to get to the rocks. Finally the moment of truth was here, as I took my first step. It was easy to start, but about half way through my hands started to get sweaty, struggling to grab a hold, my feet were slipping. I tried to pull my body up but it was no use, I could not go any further, disappointed I came down.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Health workshop

This is us at the health workshop. We did fat experiments, smoke free quizzes,fun fitness games, a really good lunch and all the schools(Maheno, Fenwick, Weston and St Joseph's) all did a presentation on why their school was healthy. We ended up being the healthiest school in North Otago. The picture of fat down below that Elizabeth is holding is the amount of fat you will gain if you eat a pie every day for a a  a month or drink blue top milk for a year. We also got to try some yummy home made banana and healthy chocolate ice cream. We learnt a lot and had lots of fun.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Vege garden

Recently the junior school has put in a new vege garden. The school has had lots of fun planting the vegetables and over the holidays the vegetables started to sprout. Every Thursday two children from each class come to plant and water the vegetables. We are very lucky to have this garden, we can't wait for the vegetables to be big enough to eat.😄


We are having great success on Mathletics.

Roger is 37th in New Zealand!

Kahikatea is the 46th best class in New Zealand!!

Keep up the hard work!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Division videos

These videos are to help you understand division and use a range of strategies to solve division problems.

Homework Term 4 Week 1-3

Muffin/Cupcake Design 

In preparation for mini master chef and our challenges in our upcoming EOTC week, your project is to make your own muffins/cupcakes, package and market them.
On Friday the 31st of October (end of week 3) you will be presenting your new product. We will be judging the winners and there will be prizes for the best product.

You need to:
- Make at least 5 muffins/cupcakes, try to make them original so they stand out from everyone elses. We will be taste testing them too.
- Create some form of original packaging for your muffins/cupcakes. You need to be able to see them through the packaging and you will need to have the ingredients and your product name on the packaging too.
- Create advertising for your product. This could be a poster, a video, a short ad that you could present on the day or anything else you can think of.
- Lastly you need to publish a copy of your recipe so we can put them together to make a recipe book (try to keep it to one page).
- You will be judged on your packaging, presentation of muffins/cupcakes, advertising and taste.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Newsletter Term 4

Welcome to Term 4 everyone, we have another busy term with EOTC and Athletics. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to pop in anytime or you can contact me by email:

Important Dates and Reminders
- We are on Mass in week 7 which will be the 27th of November if you would like to join us.
P.E days this term are Monday and Thursday week 1, then this changes to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when we start to do Athletics in week 2. Please wear your P.E gear to school on these days.
 - EOTC week is in week 5, thank you for all those people who could help during the week. At this stage I have enough helpers for each day. Thank you to those who returned their notices I am still missing around 10 parent consent/health forms, could these please be returned as soon as possible. There will be a few more notices going home in the next few weeks about EOTC so please look out for these and return them as soon as you can.
- We are a health promoting school so please keep this in mind with the children’s lunches. We are still doing fruit and read too so please make sure there is at least one piece of fruit in your child’s lunchbox.

- Homework for the first 3 weeks has gone home today too. The children are required to bake muffins/cupcakes, package, present and advertise their product.
- They are expected to be reading every day and I most children will be finished the 30 book challenge by the end of the year.
- The children should be practising their basic facts as much as possible. They need to be fast at their multiplication facts by the end of the year. In the first few weeks the school is doing a mathletics trial, it would be great if the children could be using this as much as possible as it will help them improve in a range of areas at their level.

What’s Going on at School
- In Reading we are doing novel studies, where the children are in groups and have to read to a certain page in a week and then they have roles to complete. They then meet with others reading the same book as them and discuss what they have read and their roles.
- In Writing we will be continuing to focus on how we can be level 3 writers by writing a range of types and topics.
- In Maths we will be continuing our problem solving focus and developing resilience in Maths. We are starting the term by finishing multiplication and division and the geometry strand from last term. We will then move on to focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages, proportions and ratios and Algebra.
- In R.E we will be focusing finishing off the prayer strand this week and then moving to the Communion of Saints strand.
- Our theme for the year is ‘Living the way, the truth and the light’. This term we are finishing our politics unit and moving on to passion projects to help us develop our research skills. We are also doing a health unit around teamwork and a technology unit later in the term too. We have also been looking at choice areas in Science, we will finish that this term too.

Blogs This is our class blog site, the children regularly post on the blog and their learning is shared on here. There is also links and information for you to help them with their learning at home, especially maths videos to help them to practice their strategies.
I am really impressed with some children’s fantastic blogging that they are doing on their own blog sites. It is great to see them owning their learning and sharing it with us. Keep up the blogging!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

BP Challenge

On Friday we did a BP Challenge we had 6 plastic bags, 2 metres of cello tape and a pair of scissors. We had to make a raincoat that was wind proof and water proof, we had 20 minutes to complete the challenge. Afterwards if we wanted we could have our jacket properly tested for how waterproof it is, Miss Tangney poured water over us to test this. It was a fun challenge and we worked well as a team, it worked a lot better if we planned what we were going to do before we started.


Rippa rugby

Last week we had rippa rugby, it was lots of fun learning new skills. Here are some photos of us in action.

Interesting videos to check out

Enjoy watching these and check out any other videos on this site, comment below

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Gymnastics competition yesterday

These are photos of our gymnasts with their certificates. We are very proud of you!

Thursday, 11 September 2014


For Science we have been doing our free choice where we chose something out of some options.
Tegan and Antonia did an experiment to do with crystals.
They put salt in a cup of water and tied string to the middle of a Popsicle stick and lowered the string into the water and the salt will form crystals on the string.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Our church

This is Oamaru's st Patrick basilica. Every Thursday st Joseph's school goes to mass, we go there at 9:15. Every one is invited so if you want to come then come.

The junior school garden

The junior school now have a new garden, but they don't have any plants but when they do I think they will sell them. As you can see they also have put the garden around beautiful trees.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Our garden

Lately Kahikatea, Pohutukawa and a couple of Totara people have been making a garden.
We used all different materials to make it and we got it all from school.We did this all by hand.
We are all proud of what we have accomplished.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


In R.E we are learning about confirmation. We watched this video to help us learn more about confirmation. 

Young gardeners

Year six students have been practicing their gardening skills and using their imagination while making little cropping farms.  They used a variety of sources such as leaves, flowers, grass etc, coming out with an amazing result. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Political parties

For the last few weeks we have been making politcal parties, we are trying to came up with better ways to improve our school.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

New playtime rules

Today we just found out that we have lunch play extended to 45 mins and our afternoon break  decrease to 5mins. This is completely new to all of the students, is this good or bad. Well I think this is so good for our brains. In the comments bellow say is this good or bad and why.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Library time

Every Wednesday we go to the library for about half an hour and read and get books out.

Netball Tournament

Well done to the year 6's that competed in the netball tournament yesterday! You all did a fantastic job and came out 4th out of 30 teams in Otago, the top mixed team. You represented our school well.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Well done to Seth, Joseph and Elizabeth who received the certificates this week. Keep up the hard work! Also a big well done to Roger who was awarded the principals award.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Our Gospel Practice

On Thursday at our mass we are doing the gospel. The gospel is about who Jesus is, we have made posters of what we think Jesus is.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Thursday, 14 August 2014


What The class had to do in drama was to perform in groups in front of the class but it wasn't easy because some people didn't hear the words to what some groups said. We got a situation card and then we had a line that we hadn't seen before that we had to pull out of our pocket during the improvisation and try make it seem part of the drama. It was a lot fun and very funny.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cross country

On Tuesday the 12th of August St. Joseph's school had their cross country at the Oamaru race corse. we ran in our race in our age groups. It was very exhausting,for the first time we even had an teachers race. One of the teachers pulled their hamstring!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Assembly Certificates Week 3

Well done to Tristan, Taine and Shem for being awarded the certificates on Friday! Keep up the hard work boys.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Addition and subtraction videos we have made

Here are some videos the children have made to show their addition and subtraction strategies.

Multiplication strategy videos

Here are some videos to help you with your multiplication strategies

Monday, 4 August 2014

New Zealand's Political Parties

In Kahikatea at the moment we are learning about politics. These are some links to help us find out more about the main political parties in our country.

Silent writing

Today at silent writing we are watching a video about a boy in the jungle he had a marshmellow on a stick with fire roasting it then a crocodile he wanted the marshmellow the boy gave it to the crocodile he loved it then the crocodile grabbed the boy.