Monday, August 31, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop Group Perform

This is our Melville Intermediate Hip Hop Group, performing with their new outfits at the Hamilton East Hilda Ross Retirement Village. Filmed last Thursday by Bradyn and Prashant. Filmed on Thursday 26th August 2009.

Melville Intermediate - 2009 AIMS Games now one week away!

The tournament for 2009 is now only one week away! The biggest Intermediate School sports tournament in New Zealand, over 80 schools participating with over 3,000 students. Melville Intermediate has not been to this tournament since 2006 and its our first time enetering Basketball. In addition to Basketball we are also entering Cross Country running (Kalib from Room 12) and Swimming with four competitiors. You will be able to watch our progress in this tournament online here as we'll be posting from Tauranga for the week.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Edublogger Blog Challenge

Earlier this year our students participated for the first time in Miss W's Edublogger Blog Challenge. We're thrilled to be participating in this again and its about to start with the first challenge later this week!

If your interested in registering for this challenge for your classroom (which we'd highly recommend) you can do so by clicking on the list here).

Melville Intermediate - Blogging Around the World with Mr Piper!

Mr Pipers class in the USA have just come back from their school holidays and have started a new year. They're about to start the unit of work looking at our two countries and have asked us for assistance in helping them with collaborating and answering their questions. We're really thrilled about it (or we will be when I tell Room 8 tomorrow morning!) but in the meantime you can click on this link here to check or Mr Piper's wonderful site, and if you're able to help his class (particularly our friends in Australia!) drop him a comment and let Mr Piper and his students know!

Melville Intermediate - 27th August CPA Photo's

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Inter-Intermediate Basketball

These highlights are from the Inter-Intermediate Boys Basketball final held on Tuesday at Te Awamutu Events Center. Melville in the Red and Green uniform were able to defeat Maerora Intermediate 22-16 in the final. Well done to Hyrum and the team!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Waikato University

On Thursday 26th August the Cultural Performing Arts Group from Melville Intermediate School had two special shows. The second was of course the Hilda Ross Retirement Show. The first was a special performance at Waikato University. This was for a International Conference of special guests! The students performed a variety of Waiata (Maori Songs) and action songs. Bradyn and Prashant from Room 8 were there and captured this footage.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Prep Day 2009

Melville Intermediate - Y8 Prep

Yesterday the Y8 students had their 'Prep' market day. There were 50 stalls from the students selling all variety of products - we've taken a huge amount of footage that will be going online later today. Students were raising the money for the Y8 trip at the end of the year. The Y7 students spent over $800 on products for the very successful day.

This is Scott's recount on the day:
'Today was prep, prep is a day for the Y8's to sell stuff and make a lot of money for the school. There was a lot of stuff that you could buy. The thing is that I brought was sherbert - it was pretty nice but not nice enough! The MISM's were a good idea - what they were is fake money. There were 50 stores in the school. Some were fizzy drinks and some were games and lollies - everyone was really excited. I was to, also my friends. There was a really hard one, you had to throw a water balloon into a basketball hoop. Also there was a game, there was a boy that got water balloons thrown at him. One person who was throwing the ballons at the boy was a teacher! Mr Day!'

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Melville Intermediate - School Singing Group

This is a medley of Beach Boys Songs performed by the Melville Intermediate School singing group. The students were at the local Methodist Church where they took time out from their regular classroom program to entertain some of the locals. Filmed on Monday 10th August by Mr Bell our Schools music teacher!

This report about the visit was written by Ilene and Ane.
"On the 10th August Melville Intermediate School singing went to the Methodist Church. Our numbers were really low but we had a lot of faith in ourselves. It all started when we first hopped on the bus. Minutes later we were in the Church waiting to sing to the auidence. We sang a range of songs from country to pop such as 'Lean on Me', 'Country Roads' and 'Amazing Grace'. In the end the Probus Senior Club was really impressed with our school group. Finally it was over and we felt proud of ourselves."

Melville Intermediate - Inter-Intermediate Basketball

Today in Te Awamutu at the Events Centre we had the Inter-Intermediate Waikato Basketball Competition. The day was a special day for Melville Intermediate as the Girls went through the tournament unbeaten and won seven games on the day.

They defeated Morrinsville Intermediate 22-10 in the first game, Maeroa Intermediate 22-6 in the second, Berkley School was defeated 22-6, Te Awamutu the hosts 22-6 before in the final pool game Fairfield was beaten 15-6. In the Semi-Final Melville's girls played against fourth qualifier Morrinsville Intermediate and beat them 41-2. They then played Fairfield again in the final winning 26-12. Awesome preparation for the National AIMS finals taking place in two short weeks!

Not to be outdone the Boys also won the competition as well. Morrinsville were beaten in the first game 21-6. Maeroa were beaten in the second 21-4. The boys also beat Berkley School 20-6, had a 12-12 draw with Te Awamutu before defeating Fairfield Intermediate 13-4 in the final pool game. The Semi-Final saw the Boys beating Berkley School 24-18 before taking on Maeroa and beating them in the Boys final 22-16.

There's a mountain of footage and material from this event that we're currently making our way through and will be posting this online over the coming days. Well done Melville Intermediate.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Prep Preview

This is Vitolina's explanation of what Prep is:
'Prep is Market day for Y8 students. It is a competition to see which group wins. What we mean is that teh Year 7's pay real money to buy MISM's and they can spend it on whatever they like and the group that gets the most MISM's wins. (MISM is Melville Intermediate School Money).

There is going to be things infront of every classroom. There is going to be around 48 stalls all over the school selling yum stuff like candy floss, fizzy drinks, food, lollies, slushies. You pay to go and play and take part in some activities. Like you can play a Playstation 2 game and all sorts of other stuff.

For $1 you can buy 4 MISMs. The market day is on Wednesday 26th of August at Melville Intermediate Schol and I can't wait.

Melville Intermediate - Inter-Intermediate Cross Country.

Last week Melville Intermediate's Cross Country team competed at Porrit Stadium in the Waikato Inter-Intermediate Cross Country Competition. It was a challenging day for our students highlighted by Blair's 6th place finish and Kaleb from Room 8 making 33rd. It was a wonderful day for the students and Kaleb wrote this report:

The cross country was held at Porrit Stadium on the 21st of August 21, 2009. There was lots of different schools such as Te Awamutu Intermediate , Cambridge Intermediate , Berkley, Peachgrove Intermediate, Fairfield Intermediate and a lot more of them .

I think that it was great work for Melville. We did great work climbing those hills and going through those giant lakes that were up to my knees. It was great fun. I’m really proud of myself and others. I think that Blair did the best because he never gave up even though he had a very sore hamstring he came 6th. I came 33rd it was a great day for us all. It was hard work so it was great fun and we all had a good time.

By Kaleb, Room 8

Friday, August 21, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melville:Survivor - Promo 2

In Room 8 we have students working in teams on various projects that are broadcast. We currently have a group of students who are preparing for a TV show for the school network. They've been working this week on filming and creating a 'promotional' video for the internal network program. This is their second effort, filmed at Melville Intermediate School on Thursday 20th August 2009.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Recycling at School

Room 8 has two enviroagents at School. Keegan has been working on a proposal for School wide recycling of plastics. To prove his point today he went with Kalem and Jamie to a school rubbish bin after interval. Armed with plastic gloves he was out to prove that there's waste that could be recycled. This video shows his findings. Filmed at Melville Intermediate on Thursday 20th August 2009 by Jamie.

Melville Intermediate - Top Ten New Zealand Rivers

We are currently researching and learning about the Waikato River. The top ten Rivers in New Zealand.
1 - Waikato River - 425 km.
2 - Clutha River - 322 km
3 - Wanganui River - 290 km
4 - Taieri River - 288 km
5 - Rangitikei River - 241 km
6 - Matamata River - 240 km
7 - Clarence River - 209 km
8 - Waiou River - 207 km
9 - Waitaki River - 206 km
10 - Oreti River 203 km

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Powder Toy

Students in Room 8 have had a new program that's had them very excited in the past few days. It has been so exciting that Kalem has produced a report about it.

'It's a really cool game and its not a virus. We're going to show you what it looks like by putting a screen shot up. You can go to google and google "powder toy". You need to click on the first listed powder toy and you need to download it.

I enjoy it because its really fun. You use metal and then draw an object. You then put things into it like gunpowder in the middle, then mix it with fire and lava! You can then watch it blow up.'

Powder Toy can be downloaded from here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melville: Survivor

This is two students promo for a project that they're working on primarily for the in-school tv station, but also highlights of which may screen on the internet. This is their second version, with the emphasis on facial expression and conveying a message without speaking. Filmed on location at Melville Intermediate on Tueday 18th August 2009. Filmed by Nick from Room 8 and written and produced by Bailey and Raukawa.

Melville Intermediate - Y8 Prep

Today was very exciting at Melville Intermediate the Y8 students got to bid on their Prep sites for next weeks market day. Prep unit is an economic one where the students go and produce goods for sale to others to buy using MISMs (Melville Intermediate School Money). Next week the students will be attempting to make as much profit as they can by selling as much as they can. Will Melville Intermediate's blog site by there? But of course! Stay tuned!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Singing Group

This video shows the Melville Intermediate Singing Group performing at the local Methodist Church. They are singing "Take Me Home - County Road" by John Denver. Mr Bell the music teacher is leading the Singing Group.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Technology Challenge

Visit to make your own!

This montage of photographs is from Friday's technology Challenge. The task was simple - use 40 straws to construct a tower, on top of that tower place a plate, flat side up, and then on top of the plate place a round gumball that had to remain stationary. Highest tower where the gumball didn't fall off would win! There were some great ideas put forward (including Janice's group who suspended their gumball in straw but still had it touching the plate but once the judging had been completed team Molinda were declared the winners with a tower that stood 54cm high! Well done team!

Melville Intermediate - The Digital Online Process

This slide of photo's shows the display at the front of the classroom which is the digital process - students refer to this before they create something for the blog. We are particularly careful to pay attention to the audience and the reviewing of work after it is published. The back wall has a world map that contains a badge or flag for every different country that has visited our class page - its nearly at 60! We've also stickered every location where we've had visits in line with what's been happening on our Clustermap - the more visits the bigger the sticker.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Melville Intermediate - CPA at Stanley Avenue

Our CPA are busy perfecting their show. These are just some of the photographs from their Stanley Avenue show in Te Aroha. The CPA is currently now practising twice a week as well as once in the weekends. Shortly we will be having a festival for the contributing Primary Schools to Melville Intermediate. Highlights of this will of course go online.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Melville Intermediate - CPA at Stanley Avenue

This video shows footage of our CPA Group - Melville Intermediate Schools Cultural Performing Arts Group performing at Stanley Avenue School in Te Aroha. This was filmed on Friday 7th August 2009 by Bradyn and Prashant from Room 8.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Melville Intermediate - Recycling and the Environment

The teacher instruts the students to come up with a task that reflects postiviely on the school. Keegan decided to look at the issue of recycling. He took Kalem as cameraman and filmed and filed the following report about the issue of Recycling at Melville Intermediate School.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Waikato River Cartoons

This is Liam's first attempt (and our classes first attempt) at using Pixton to produce a comic about our Term Three Topic - the Waikato River. From start to finish completed this morning in class.

Melville Intermediate - Cross Country Recount

On Wednesday 5th August 2009 we went from our class to do the Cross Country. The Year 7 Girls were going first and everyone thought that India would win the race. The track was to go around the field then go to the High School then you go past the turf and then you go onto the Carter field and you will come around to the playground and then do it all again. At the start India was coming first but on the second lap Annalise was coming first by around 100 meters and she couldn't be caught. Then it was the Y7 Boys turn. I was a little bit scared and I thought that I was going to come about 20th. We did some warm up first and then Mr Day said ready steady go! and I was running my fastest. I was happy because I was coming third at the start but then it died down a bit on the Carter Field so I was coming seventh but when I saw Scott behind me I picked the pace up, so did Scott. Behind him was a big pack. Scott had ended up passing me so I had come 8th, so I was very proud of myself. Raukawa, Room 8, Melville Intermediate School.

Melville Intermediate - Waikato River Slideshow

We are studying the Waikato River this term for our unit of work. This is Liams slideshow on the topic:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Inter-Intermediate Music

Footage from last weeks Inter-Intermediate Music Day. On Monday the Waikato Intermediates had a co-operation day where the schools all met together to share and learn. These are some of the highlights from the day filmed by Mr Bell Melville Intermediate Schools Music Teacher.

Melville Intermediate - Waikato River Slideshow

This is Leighs Slideshow created in Powerpoint about the Waikato River.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Melville Intermeidiate - Stanley Ave School Performance

On Friday the Melville Intermediate School CPA and Hip Hop groups travelled to Te Aroha to perform for Stanley Avenue School on Friday 7th August. This was the Hip Hop groups first actual performance in front of an audience - would it all pay off? Would the students hard work come through in the performance? Judge for yourself - Bradyn and Prashant were there to record the event. Filmed on location on Friday 7th August.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Learn to Speak Hindi 1

In this lesson you will learn how to count from one to ten in Hindi. The numbers that you are listening for, and will come up on the screen are as follows:
1 - ak
2 - du
3 - ten
4 - char
5 - panch
6 - che
7 - sat
8 - ath
9 - nu
10 - das
There are also three phrases that you need to be listening carefully for:
Namaste - Hello, Where are you from? - Kaha se aya hai tum? and finally How are you? - Kay se hai tum?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Rock Group

On Friday after weeks of practise the Rock Band got to perform on stage for the Inter-Intermediate competition. Kiola is writing a report about the event and this video footage was filmed by Mr Bell! This was filmed on Friday 31st July at the Gateway Centre in Victoria Street, Hamilton. The competition was the official Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands - Pulse 09. Kiola the bands lead singer wrote this about the performance:
"I was shy and nervous when we were at the back of the stage and getting ready to go on next. When our band was going on stage we looked at each other and then we knew we had to get on into it. After that we had a drink because it was so hot! It was fun after all!"

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Cross Country 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop Rerhearsals 2

Our Hip Hop group are at Te Aroha on Friday for a special performance. This will be the first time that they have performed after all their practice and they are excited and nervous at the thought of performing infront of a crowd. While we have students who are in the group we will also have a film crew there to record the groups show, and also the CPA who are performing as well!

This piece of work was created by students from another school. We're using it as an example to students of how they can display work that is relevant. If you are in Room 8 and you watch this video carefully you will be able to see some 'famous faces' in the piece of work... keep your eyes peeled...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melville High School Kapahaka

This Friday we had what was one of the highlights of the year. Melville High Schools Kapahaka group, to celebrate winning their regional High School Competition performed at Melville Intermediate School on Friday 31st of July. This show was simply amazing and as a teacher watching it, I was thrilled for the students from our school and the students from the High School. There were so many highlights one of which was when the CPA group were invited on stage to perform an action song near the end. This is some of the highlights from the show.

Destyn from Room 8 wrote about his experience as being a member of this group...
To be in Kapa Haka is so hard but cool too. I think that we are the bomb. We are like a family. We train three times a week. We learn a tune, and the actions to make it awesome fun. For the Kapahaka I have hada great time. My Aunty likes me to be in it and Kapahaka is so really good and it gets everybody moving. If you want to know anymore about Kapahaka just ask Destyn!

The regional competition Mana Ariki, we came first. It was mean as and also very cool. The points that we tried to get were 200, but the points we actually got were 199. It was cool that we came first in the competition because I was sitting down, the Kapahaka heard that we won and we were so happy.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Maori Language Week

Don't forget that although Maori Language Week has finished at school you can continue to check out the Room 1 and Room 2 Digital Maori Classroom Blogs. They are available by clicking here. Our students in Room 8 are very excited to have other classrooms at Melville Intermediate School networking and having material released. We would also recommend if you haven't visited Room 12 to have a look at Room 12 DeClaires site from Dunedin, New Zealand. You can click on that link here and Mr Webb will be reviewing the site in future.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Maori Language Week

Once again we're proud to make available footage of our Cultural Performing Arts Group (CPA) with a special performance for Maori Language week. As you will know if your a regular visitor to this site they are performing in Australia later during the year in term four. For Maori Language Week they performing this footage for our site as part of their rehearsals.