Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Wearable Arts

As part of the lessons available to students at Melville Intermediate students twice a week have options where they receive extra tution in a specialist topic. These range anywhere from languages, technology, sport to CO2 cars! Jamie from Room 8 is currently in the Wearable Arts/Recycled clothing option which is preparing for a show at the Hamilton Town Hall. She filed this report from her options class.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Enviromental Report

Hello, my name is Keegan and I'm a Room 8 enviro agent. Each class at Melville Intermediate class has two Enviromental Agents. Today I'm going to tell you about the Worm Baths. With the worm baths people in this school (not just the students the adults too!). People put their fruit and tea bags in their classrooms yellow bucket - but do not put citrus in! Two people from one class go around the school putting the other classes food in thier yellow bins. Then they go to the gardens and put the food in the worm baths. These are old baths that are in the school garden. The food is put in the baths and the worms eat them and produce manure. Then they get the green buckets under the worm baths and put the manure away for selling. The enviro agents are trying to get the silver award for our school for this year.

Melville Intermediate - CPA Fundraiser

On Saturaday Melvile Intermediates Cultural Performing Arts Group (CPA) were at the Frankton Markets where they performed for the crowds. The students had three seperate sets of material and raised money for thier trip to Australia later this year.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Winter Olympics 2009

Melville Intermediate - Rocky Mountain TIE

We're always very pleased when this site gets a mention around the world and we've started to have some visitors coming through "Rocky Mountain Technology in Education". A conference has just been held in Colorado in the United States of America where they've had a session on blogging. There are some suggested sites to look at for you before you create your own site and Melville Intermediate is one of them. The link to this page is here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop 3

Amongst our most popular material at present from our own school is footage of our school Hip Hop group who have been practising every Thursday, and also as you'll know from recent recounts also on Sundays at a local dance studio. This was filmed by Liam on Thursday 25th June 2009 at the Melville Intermediate School Hall.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Leo Club Trip to Auckland.

Hi my name is Jamie and it was the 11th of June. It was very cold and the Leo club had to go on the school bus to get Auckland. It took us 2 hours. The school we went to was called Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate School what give us a really good welcome gift. We sang them a cool song it was called “I’m yours”. We only sang a bit of the song and it was really funny and quit weird how we all starred the song. For lunch we had sausages there was onion, sauce, fizzy, beef sausages and bread of course. The Leo club at Sir Edmund Hillary’s school made them for us. We had to get in to groups of five and then we were off looking around the school. We all wonted to go toilet so they showed us where the toilets where and we went. Then it was time to go so we sad go bye and then off we went back to school when we got there the time was 3:20 so we all had to get off really fast so the bus people got to go home. We got to go straight home witch was really fun. At the end of the day it was a fun trip in the end.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Winter Olympics Cheer

Tonight at the 2009 Winter Olympics Competition at Totara Springs Park in Matamata Melville Intermediate competed in the 'Cheer' section along with a number of other schools. While the results won't be announced until tomorrow at 11am this is exclusive footage of the Schools performance. Filmed by Mr Webb at the event. Processed and uploaded the same day. Wow.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop Group

On Sunday we went to a dance studio. It was called 'Born to Dance'. When we got there I saw Destyn who was dancing outside in the cold. When the group went into the studio we got straight into it. We did our warm ups then we started. Half way through me and Destyn made up some new moves and learnt some too. There was a very cool bit that I liked when I flipped Asrya over my back. About five minutes before we finished they told the parents to come inside. The parents were blown away with our performance! By Cleveland, Room 8.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Museum SlideShow

Melville Intermediate - Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci Trip (Rooms 12 & 5)

On Friday 19th June, Rooms 5 and 12 went to the Waikato Museum to see the Leonardo exhibition.

It was fantastic!!. There were models of Leonardo’s war machines, flight machines and many other things invented by him. Some of the war machines were gruesome, such as the reaper which was pulled by a horse and chopped people in half as it went. Leonardo also invented the first tank which had guns all round it. Later in life Leonardo said he hated war.
We learned that Leonardo was a ‘Polymath’ – that is, he was able to show his genius in many areas.

He was an architect, an artist, a mathematician and much more.

These are some of his inventions
· A parachute · The tank · Diving suit · A car · Hanglider

And all of this he did 500 years ago. When we were at the exhibition we were shown clips of Leonardo’s machines being made recently and put to the test. They all worked. The trip to Leonardo da Vinci’s machines was awesome, inspiring and very, very interesting.
Matthew (Room 12)

Melville Intermediate- Leo Club Trip to Auckland.

On Tuesday 16 of June the Leo Club went to Auckland to meet Sir Edmund Hillary Middle School Leo Club. When we got there we went to the music room. After we had something to eat the Leo Club went in to the gym the other school gave us Laes. When we sat down and they gave us such a good welcome after they finished the Leo club sang”I am yours”. After the Leo club had finished their song then other school sang us another song. When it was over the Sir Edmund Hillary Leo club showed us around. After we got shown around we went back into the gym. The school told us how they do their Leo club. When they were doing it we got to have some popcorn. When they finished we got some lunch. We had some sausages and a drink to go with it. After we had finished lunch we got back on the bus and then all the kids sat down laughing and talking. We had such a good time. We learnt that we could raise lots of money with different fund raises. By the time we got back to school it was 3:20pm so we could go straight home.

Report Written by Meighan, Room 8.

Melville Intermediate - Well Done Mr Lamsheds Class

Earlier this year as followers of this blog will know, we were watching closely the work of Mr Lamsheds Boys Class at Hackham East School in Adelaide, Australia. They had entered a Boys Haka in the Adelaide Arts Festival. We filmed two videos to help them out with their performance of the Haka and also gave them some tips. Just as they'd been waiting anxiously in Australia for news of whether they made the final performance (in front of 1,500 people no less!) so we were waiting at this end, well yesterday the letter arrived that they had been waiting for and they are successful in and performing on September 15th!

Everyone in Room 8 would like to give our warmest congratulations to Mr Lamshed and his Boys for their amazing efforts with this, and we will be wishing them all the best for September the 15th!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Drifter Rock and Roll

This is the second part of last Thursday's Assembly with the Drifters Rock and Roll Club and their performance at Melville Intermediate School Assembly. They put on two efforts a fast and a slow dance for our students and this is the fast version. Filmed by Arahia.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Melville Intermediate- Boys Rugby Recount 2

On Tuesday 16th June MIS went to Matamata to play rugby there. First we had to get into our jacket and shorts. We travelled in Liams car. It was me, William and Liam. We left on the road and the other Boys went in the others cars. When we got there the boys went into the changing sheds then we went back out and our first game was at 10:00am. Melville vs. Tokoroa Intermediate. The boys went onto the field to play. We played for ages and we had a draw with Tokoroa 5-5. The next game was at 11:00am against Cambridge Intermediate in the rain. It was a very hard game and the score was 12 to Cambrige and 0 to Melville. The third game was against Fairfield Intermediate. We had a good game against them but it was hard because we lost to them, 0-5. We had a final game against Morrinsville. After that we had a little feed then we walked back to the cars and we went back to Melville. When we got back we took off our jackets and waited for the bell to ring. When we went home I was happy to be at home because I got a shower to wash off all the mud then after that I had a feed and cleaned my boots. I had a little sleep and thats the end of my story.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Boys Rugby Recount 3

On Tuesday 16th of June it was time for the Inter-Intermediate Rugby Tournament at Bedford Park in Matamata. Mr Webb was taking the team with help from Liams F's Dad and Liam L's Dad. Mr Webb hired a rent-a-dent (a Van) and we drove with Miss Moss to Matamata. Miss Moss was our medic as well. When we got there there were three fields. Our first game was at 10:00am. We played Tokoroa Intermediate. It was a really hard game, Tokoroa scored the first try in the first half. In the second half in the last minute Thamer scored our try, we both missed the conversions to it was a tie 5-5. Our second game was against Cambridge Intermediate. They thrashed us 14-0. We missed tackles and had lots of opportunities but we did not take them. Our last game was at 1:00pm we played against Fairfield Intermediate. If we won that game then we would have made it into the Semi-Finals. The score was 5-0 to Fairfield. Rex dived for a tackle and saved a certain try. We had to then have a play off game against Morrinsville. We were very tired. Morrinsville chipped it high in the air right over the try line and scored - the final score in that game was 5-0. Berkley or Te Awamutu won the competition. We made our way back to School and gave back the Rugby Jerseys and our School jackets, report by Dylan. The footage in this video is the Melville Intermediate game against Cambridge Intermediate.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Boys Rugby Recount

On Tuesday 16th of June Melville Intermediate Boys Rugby team went to Matamata for the Inter-Intermediate Rugby Tournament 2009. That morning we met with Mr Webb our coach and our rugby jersey and our Melville Intermediate school jacket. Our first game was at 10:00am, Melville Vs. Tokoroa. Thamer was the one that scored for us and Tokoroa scored one so we ended up with a tie 5-5. Tokoroa was great they worked together and I liked thier half back. After our first game we watched the overs games and they were good. For our second game we played against Cambridge Intermediate, Half way through that game we tried to score but they were too good. We had a good game with Cambridge and in the end Cambridge won 14-0. I thought that in that game Liam Lomax was our best player. After our second game we had some food and a drink. We practised our positions and we had a talk. After we heard the siren we went to the field and got set up. The siren went to start and Conrad kicked the ball and we chased it up. At half time we were a bit angry because we were losing, but only by five points. We played our hardest and tried to win but in the end we lost. We then had a fun game against Morrinsville Intermediate. After that we got our gears and left. On the way home William had some good jokes.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Drifters Rock and Roll

Today at school Assembly we had the Drifters Rock and Roll Club come and perform a display for us. They featured some ex pupils of Melville Intermediate School. This is the video footage of their performance shot by Arahia.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Inter-Intermediate Rugby

Yesterday we participated in the Inter-Intermediate Boy Rugby Competition which was held in Bedford Park in Matamata. Melville Intermediate fielded a team in the under 55kg Competition. After opening with a tense 5-5 draw against Tokoroa Intermediate and then despite having plenty of ball and attacking opportunity, in heavy rain against Cambridge Intermediate Melville lost 0-12. The final pool game was against Fairfield Intermediate. In a 25 minute game a draw or a win to Melville would have seen us advance to the semi-finals. It couldn't have been closer with sustained pressure as both sides were desperate to win. Melville crossed the Fairfield try line on two occasions but couldn't ground the ball, on a strong counter attack Fairfield scored before half time and managed to hold that lead until the end of the game. We filmed all games in full and will be posting them online in the next few days! Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Colours in Maori

Nga Tae - Colours in Maori.
On Friday we were lucky to have Matua Rawiri in class with his guitar. One of the focuses of the day was to make sure that the students knew how to say each of the colours in Maori. There is a traditional song that students mostly learn at Kindergarten which goes as follows:

"Ma is white, whero is red, Kakariki Green. Pango is Black, Mangu is Too, AEIOU".

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Samoan Sasa

Our Cultural Performing Arts Group the CPA are practising hard for their trip to Australia. Many weeks of practise have gone into their Samoan Sasa and this is the final version. Filmed by Arahia from Room 8 at Melville Intermediate on Friday 12th June 2009.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop Rehearsals

Melville Intermediate's Hip Hop Group is continuing to practise for competition. This is the footage from Thursday's rehearsal. Students are practising a variety of routines and Keegan from Room 8 was there with a camera to record the action! Filmed in the School Hall at Melville Intermediate on Friday 11th June 2009.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Card Magic 1

This is the first in the in the series of Learn Magic our new free online series! Produced, directed and presented by Kalem this trick involves a regular pack of cards with the Kings, Queens, Aces and Jacks taken out. Kalem will go through the trick twice with you for you to follow then your to practise it, take it and show your friends!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Count to 1000 in Maori

This is the final lesson in our Maori counting series - with this you can count from 100 to 1,000 using the Maori Language. This ties in with the other three videos in the series and will allow you to count all the way to a thousand! Filmed at Melville Intermediate School on Wednesday 10th June 2009. Presented by Arahia and Vitolina.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Soccer Skills 3

This video is partner juggling that is two students juggling with each other. This was filmed at Melville Intermediate School by Arahia and is the third in the series. It was filmed outside the technology rooms on the courts and is presented by Kalib and Nick from Room 8.

Melville Intermediate - 48 Minute Film Festival Voting

Monday, June 8, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop Rehearsals

This footage is of the Melville Intermediate Hip Hop Group rehearsing. Filmed on Thursday 4th June in the Melville Intermediate School Hall.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Melville Intermediate - ICT International Interaction

Later this week we're very excited to be looking at another Skyping Conversation. This will be taking place between ourselves and School in Australia. The Blogging All Stars have just finished Whale Rider the wonderful book by Witi Ihimaera They're looking to chatting with a class at Melville Intermediate. Their class blog can be accessed by clicking here.

As a reference point for what we're doing we're going to highlight again some of our cultural work this year - we've created Mihi, introductions, which was one of the very first things we did this year. We have also helped Mr Lamsheds class in Adelaide in their preparation for their audition for the Adelaide Schools Cultural festival, you can view that link here.

Also although its not work from 2009 this work is by the class that Mr Webb used to teach in Auckland. There's link to a series of poi making videos and instructional poi using videos. The students also prepared some videos relating to Rakau (stick games).

While we're on the subject of the coming week, Tuesday see's the Inter-Intermediate Waikato Netball Competition. Melville's Y8 Girls have been having a strong form in the lead up to the finals but Peachgrove Intermediate have been the dominate force in sport so far this year.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Counting in Maori

One of the biggest successes in 2009 in terms of Google Searches has been Arahia's Learn to Count in Maori series. We'd thought that now would be a good time to publish the final video and link them all together through one post. The lessons start off with counting from 1-10. The second video is counting from 11 to 99. Thirdly of course we have counting from 100 to 1000 (this is the video that's just been added and has been 'missing') and finally the fourth video in the series is focussing on the numbers from 1000 onwards. This series has been written, produced and filmed by the students themselves! Its using the culture of the students in a very positive way and improving and increasing the use of Te Reo Maori by people around the world.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Melville Intermediate - 48 Minute Film Festival

Please note: We are experiencing some minor technical difficulties at Melville Intermediate at the moment that is preventing our students from being able to post or respond to posts, your feedback to our work is valuable and we hope to have this fixed as soon as possible.

48 Minute Film Festival - Students were given 48 minutes, yes 48 minutes from go to whoa to complete their work. These two entries are power point sideshows created on the theme of Kiwiana for our competition.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Melville Intermediate - 48 Minute Film Festival

For the final lesson in creative computing students had 48 minutes to create, edit and publish a piece of work on their computers for the first Melville Intermediate 48 Minute Film Festival! These are some of the work that the students came up with...

This second piece of work was along the same lines, the theme for the Challenge was Kiwiana and later this week a panel of judges will be selecting the winners...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Melville Intermediate- Inter-Intermediate Hockey

Today Waikato had the Inter-Intermediate Hockey Tournament at the Astro-Turf at Innes Common by Hamilton Lake. Inter-Intermediate Hockey consists of Mixed teams of Boys and Girls not a split competition. Once again true to form Peachgrove Intermediate proved what a dominant year that they are having with another tournament win. Melville Intermediate had four pool games, and the scores from this will be updated tomorrow, although they didn't make the Semi-Finals unfortunatly. Photo's and video are currently being processed and will be posted shortly.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Soccer Skills 2

Soccer Skills - Soccer Juggling Video Two. This video is presented by Nick and Kaleb and features a guest appearance by Mrs Bleakin. Filmed at Melville Intermediate on 28th May the focus is on two players juggling the ball between each other.