Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Mr Webb and the Students of Room 8 - 2009. (Our new  class will also be using this address!)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thank you once again for your visits and contact, have a great Christmas, a Happy New Year and Goodbye.
I would especially like to acknowledge all the students of not just Room Eight but also Melville Intermediate School who contributed work and material to this blog during the course of the 2009 School year and made it the success that its become.
Mr Webb on behalf of Room 8, Melville Intermediate School, 2009, Waikato, New Zealand.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
We made Hot Air Balloons using tissue paper and PVA glue. Step One - cut four large sheets of tissue paper out. Step Two - Cut the corners off. Step Three - Glue the sides together, but careful not to glue the sides together where you cut the corners. Step Four - make sure their are no holes. Step Five - Cut some cardboard into the shape of a square, the size of the hole at the bottom of the hot air balloon. Step Six - Cut out the inside of the cardboard square so there's only 3cm of a border. Step Seven - Glue the border/cardboard square to the bottom of the hot air balloon. Step Eight - Stick another piece of No 8 wire through the side of the cardboard to make a cross/plus sign. Step nine take it out on a cold early morning with no wind or breeze that is a location suitable for launching a balloon. You must have a adult or teacher present. Step Ten: get some Methylated Spirits and Cotton Balls and some more wire. Put some methylated spirits on the wire. Step Eleven - hold the Hot Air Balloon at the top and light the cotton balls. Hold it until you can feel the heat from the inside of the Balloon lift it up then the wind should catch it and it should launch! Here's a video of our classes attempt to lauch them!
(Note, no students were harmed in the launching of these Balloons and it was done under close teacher supervision).
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is the third and final video from our students Creative Dance Group. Twice a week students have 'Options' which are 90 minutes specialised lessons. For our fourth and final term for 2009 the students had four weeks of Options lessons. In that time each of the dance groups was able to plan, rehearse, choose the music for and then perform a creation of their own. We were lucky enough on Thursday 3rd December to have the performances from the three Y8 Dance Options, and have Keegan there with a camera to record the entire event.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The best part of the day was the relay running. Even though we didn't come first or second for the relays, but who cares at least we did our best. Everyone had fun and some people had to wait around. I was enjoying myself because I didn't want to stay at school and do work. Every single school were cheering for the people that represented them in the events they were in. Like sprints, shot put, running, long jump, high jump and all the other events. Yesterday was really cool.
Out of all the schools that were there, we came fourth. This is the best result for Melville Intermediate School in the past six years! Our school was the hosts for athletics.
Recount by Vitolina Room 8.
The following students were placed in the top three for their events for Melville Intermediate School Athletics for 2009:
Kendall 3rd in Senior Girls Shot Put, Donovan 2nd in the Junior Boys Shot Put, Kalib who was 2nd in the Junior Boys 1000m, and 3rd in the 1500m. Terrina was 2nd in the Senior Girls 1500m and 3rd in the 100m, Travis finished second in the Senior Boys Cricket Ball Throw. we also had two students win their events Hamish in the Senior Boys Criket Ball Throw and Corbyn in the Senior Girls Cricket Ball Throw.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
This is the video of our Senior Boys in action for the 100m - Thamer and Elijah in their heats and then the Boys 100m Final.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
These are just some of the images from the Melville Intermediate Y7 End of Year Big Day Out. This year we went to Rainbows End Theme Park in Manukau City, Auckland for the day. The students had the opportunity to try out some of the rides and enjoy themselves to celebrate a successful 2009! The school year in New Zealand ends on December 15th and will restart again in February.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Keegan wrote the following recount about our trip: When our School got to Rainbows End we went to El Dorado and checked ourselves off the list. We could then leave. Me and Jordan went to the Roller Coaster. It was a long wait but it didn't take long until it was over. Jordan and me went to the Power Surge. It was fun if you held on. Then I went to the Motion Master. It was a long wait but it was worth it. I went onto the Roller Coaster again and the Power Surge over and over. Then we went home.
I really did enjoy Rainbows End because I went on rides that I have never gone on before. I was dissapointed that I only went on three rides, but there was too many people.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This is the first post of 400 this year not with the 'Melville Intermediate' Prefix. This is my nomination for the Best Class Blog for the 2009 Edublog Awards. There is one site that I go back to constantly that inspires me every time that I visit it. The innovations, the ideas, the quality of the work and the sheer effort that goes into it is stunning. Will Chamberlain from Noel Elementary School MrCsClassBlog is an outstanding education site that is the best that I have ever seen. Its had such an influence on me and other educators.
I believe it is the most outstanding educational site that I have ever been on and it is a superlative site that deserves nomination for the 2009 Edublog Awards for its excellence.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
In the past week the class as a whole has been experimenting with different ways of publishing work online. One of the programs that we've been using is Glogster. It caught the students attention because of the possibilities of including videos as part of the presentation process. Currently we'll be reviewing and looking at Jamie's Glog (which is not currently finished) in class tomorrow.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
the students have been hard at work learning. Our students have
phenomenally well to this taking on the role of teacher for this task.
While that was in progress we had another call from a class in Glenview, Hamilton, a test of equipment for an upcoming project that the students are pleased about. We then finished that off with a call from Australia and a class from Gleelong, Victoria from BPS School. In in all it was quite a hectic, but exciting day for the students I was very impressed that they were able to harness the power of technology (in this case Skype) to make them more worldly wise. Sharing
greeting students from other countries around the world was a very positive experience for the students and really has got them thinking about connections for the future, as a teacher it has really opened up my eyes to the ICT Interaction that is available to our students and I would thoroughly recommend that you try it if you have not already (indeed Room 8 would be more than keen if you just drop us a line!).
A huge thank you also to the teachers and students of the schools that we spoke with around the world.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
A Mihi, for those of you who don't know is a Maori introduction or greeting. In this instance Allanhk's Class have all learnt their Mihi and our class is helping them by checking the pronunciation. What's great about it, apart from the networking, is its allowing our students to share knowledge with students within New Zealand. Room 8 students who are participating in this are really enjoying the mentoring role and were really grateful for the opportunity!
If your online and your class would be interested in collaborating or communicating please just drop us a line!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
These photographs are the Y7 entrants into our new Enviro Schools Competition. We've got to grow a Bean Plant in the Classroom, with the competition closing on the last day of School. These are the Y7 entries for the competition. Keegan from Room 8 had the following to say about the competition:
"For the Bean Project (Competition) each class has been given a half grown bean. This competition ends on Thursday on the last week of Term. The class that grown the largest bean, or has the largest plant will win a prize. So get growing!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
As part of this term's unit on Milk Room 8 is looking at some different ways to create and display work related to the unit. One of the ways that we're publishing our work is by using 'Glogster' as most of the class haven't used this before we're still getting the hang of it, but students are enjoying a different way of doing things and the opportunity to incorporate different forms of media in their Glogs. This is Nick's Milk Glog and we'll be viewing it in the classroom on Monday in an effort to think about improving it and adding depth to it. If you've got a favourite way of presenting work that's IT based and a little different we'd love to hear about it, just leave us a comment!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This is our entry in the film festival - Bailey and the Magic Cowbell. It was created by the students in Room 8. Bailey starred as himself. Arahia had the role of the magic bean seller and also was the narrator. The school bullies were played by James and Tim. Arahaia, Bailey, Molinda and Vitolina provided the filming. Mr Webb was starring as the 'Old Man of the Forest' and also supplied some of the props. This was shown to the Cluster Film Festival on Thursday 12th November 2009.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mr Webb would like to send out a huge thank you to all of the students that were involved in the production of our movie, and I would also like to
send a big thank you to the organisers of the event for allowing us to contribute. It's a fantastic opportunity for our students and also very special to me as I used to be a member of the cluster as I taught at Tamaki Intermediate School in the area for six years, and that is very, very special to me. We're also lucky to have an ex pupil from Tamaki Intermediate, Moli, present our video to the guests and audience. You can check out some of her work in 2008 by clicking on the link here, or see her backstage interview with the person behind the cluster, Dorthy Burt from Point England School here.