Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Melville Intermediate - End of Term Prize Giving

Each term at Melville Intermediate School the school finishes the term by having a "Positive Draw" students who have demonstrated positive behaviour are put into the draw for the term and have the opportunity to win an outstanding prize!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Farewell Brend

The last day of term for Term Three 2009 was sad as after a term we bid farewell to Brend who'd joined us from Korea for a week. We managed to film some footage before he departed and will be putting this online later in the holidays, but it was a wonderful experience for the students to have someone in class from another culture who was able to teach us things, and we look forward to hearing from him online as we know he will be following us from his new class in Korea!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Melville Intermediate - School Holidays.

Thanks so much for your visit. School in New Zealand is currently on its third term break and students are having all of this week off, and all of next week as well. The next full day with students at School is Monday October 12th. Students will return comments and visits at this time.

Those of you who are attending Ulearn 2009, New Zealands biggest ICT conference Mr Webb, the Room 8 Classroom teacher will be there again this year and looking to catch up or meet some of you for the first time.

Thanks so much for your visit and we look forward to catching up again in the last term of 2009!
Room 8, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melvilles Got Talent 6

Ave Maria - this is another performance from Melville's got talent on the 16th of September 2009 at the Melville Intermediate School Hall. The show was from 7pm to 9pm on the night and was a huge success. Thanks so much to all the performers and also to Mr Bell, our schools music teacher who did such a wonderful job off and on stage.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Word Search Mania

It started with Brend creating an activity before he returned to Korea from our class, suddenly everyone in Room Eight wants to create their own Wordsearch from Wordsearch.Com. These are just some of the Wordsearches created by students today:

Melville Intermediate - For Mr Piper - a 'typical' day for us.

The students in Room 8 were asked to describe a typical day for them, so that people who are following us on the Blogging Challenge and the Classes that we've been helping from Mr. Pipers Class in the USA get a better idea.

Molinda described the bell times by writing: " In New Zealand we start school at 8:40am and we have a interval/playtime at 10:30am to 10:50am. We start lunch at 12:30pm and it finishes at 1:15pm. School ends at 3:15pm."

Destin wrote: "The time that I wake up each morning is 7am. I make my own lunch, I have breakfast and then my Aunty brings me to school in the morning. I get to school at 8:00am. I do good work and our morning tea is at 10:30am and the time it finishes is 10:50am. Then we work for 1 hour twenty minutes and then have lunch for 45 minutes. We work again until school finishes at 3:10pm. When school finishes I go to the High School where my Aunty works and then my Aunty takes me home. I get changed into my home clothes and go and play until dark, and at 10:30pm I go to bead, thats what I do."

Melville Intermediate - Questions for Mr Piper 3

We were looking at ways of answering some of the 78(!) questions left for us by the students from Mr Piper's Class in the USA. We decided to answer the questions similar to something that we saw on Mr C's Classblog earlier in the year. We rotated a group of students around asking them and passed the question reading to everyone... done in about three minutes at the end of lunch before the students had to change classes for their Y7 Option Classes. Filmed on Thursday 24th September 2009.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melville Survivor Promo

This Photostory has been created by Bailey from Room 8, he's the director for an Episodic Childs Blog Serial that we will be shooting next Term. The idea behind this is to involve the class in a larger than usual production, we have been assigning roles in the background and brainstorming ideas so we can get straight into it next term, the first week of school back.

Melville Intermediate - Speech Topics 2009

This week all students were given the following speech topics - we have the last day of school tomorrow (Friday) before a two week break for the Term Three holidays. During the holidays students will be preparing a speech on one of the following six topics which they will deliver in term four, week two:
  • Winning is not so important as participating?
  • Do animals really think or do we only they they do?
  • Tagging is art.
  • I-Pods are Anti-Social.
  • We care too much about the way we look rather than who we really are.
  • Should more Green spaces (parks) be set aside for community use?

We would be interested to hear of any good sites or work that would help us with this!

Melville Intermediate - Blogging Challenge/Comments for Kids

There's two task for our students in Room 8, and students that are visitng Room 8 today.
We're part of the Edubloggers Challenge, which you can click on by clicking on the link for that here. The task for this week is to leave a comment on ten blogs that we haven't commented on before. The ten blogs that were selected yesterday by Raukawa and Keegan were as follows:

As you can see we've choosen classrooms from around the world! We're all going to be leaving comments on these blogs today and tomorrow and would invite you to do the same!

Also our good friends from the USA, Mr C and his students have the latest installments for Comments for Kids Posted as well - two locations to leave comments on Qatar and Iowa! You can click on the link for that here. Happy commenting Room Eight!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hastings Vs. Melville AIMS Final

This video is some of the highlights of the 2009 AIMS Basketball Games Girls Final between Hastings Intermediate School and Melville Intermediate School. Hastings were the defending National Champions, undeafeated all week and a team that had racked up some dominating scores leading to the final. Melville were entering the nationals for the first time in Basketball, and likewise went through Pool Play and the Semi-Finals with a run of victories. The two best teams were in the finals, as it should be... the first quarter was tied at 10-10, in the second Melville applied the pressure and by half time had a 30 point lead! The Final Score being 67-33 to Melville who took their first AIMS National title. Filmed at Tauranga's Mt Manganui Action Center by Mr Webb on Thursday 6th September 2009.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Spring by Molinda and Rachana

Melville Intermediate - Brend's Word Search

One of the things that we're always on the look out for is different activities and tasks that we can post online. Brend, whose leaving us shortly to return to Korea was working today on creating a word search of words related to Melville Intermediate School. By clicking on his picture to your left it will take you to a copy of the word find!

Thanks to our friends at Room 10 at Morrinsville Intermediate School for this idea!

Melville Intermediate - Melvilles Got Talent 5

This is the best individual act from Melvilles Got Talent, Summer singing "Crazier" it was filmed along with the other acts from the show last Wednesday night, 16th September 2009 at the Melville Intermediate School Hall here in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. Filmed by Alex from Room 12, Liam from Room 8 and Joe from Room 5.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Answering Mr Piper

As you know, were currently collaborating with Mr Piper's class in Milwakee, Wisconsin. There the class is studying Australia and New Zealand for Social Studies. We offerered to 'ask an expert' using our students as the experts, its been a great experience but what we didn't expect was that Mr Pipers students would ask us over 50 questions! We selected 10 that we thought we'd answer today, and we'll get to the others later this week! Here's some of our students answers to the first ten:
1. Have you seen a Kiwi bird before?
Vitolina: I know how they look, but I haven't seen one in my life. A real Kiwi lives in the forest and not near peoples houses. Molinda: No. Michael: Its nocturnal so no-one sees it much.
Nick: No. Nicole: No, I've never seen one in my life. Kaiya: No!
2. Have you ever seen a Rugby game before?
Vitolina: Of course! People in New Zealand like watching other teams vs. each other! Kaiya: Yes. Nicole: No. Nicholas: Yes. Michael: No. Molinda: No.
3. What is the Weather like?
Molinda: Cold, hot, sunny and windy. Michael - sometimes bad and good! Nicholas - Very sunny as we have just started spring. Nicole - its spring. Kaiya - Sunny. Mr Webb (Room 8 Teacher) - in New Zealand at the moment we're just started spring. The temperature would be in the high teens to low twenties at the moment, as were heading into Summer. It never gets cold enough to snow in Hamilton. even in Winter.
4. Do you play American Football?
Nicole: Yes we do. Kaiya: Not often. Vitolina: No. Nick: Not much. Michael: Only in clubs. Molinda: No. Mr Webb: Not really, there's three or four clubs in New Zealand in total but its not a popular sport.
5. Favourite Animals/Food/Counties/Sport: Molinda: KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Australia, Soccer, Runnig, America. Michael: Rotweiler Puppies. Nick: Animal-Cat, Food - Burger, Country - Spain, Sports - Soccer. Vitolina - my favourite country is Samoa, my favourite food is rice - pasta and chop suey. My favourite sport is Netball, Rugby and Volleyball. My favourite animals are dogs, rabbits, Koala and least is Kangaroo. Nicole: Animals - Bunny Rabbits, Hamster, Puppies. Counties - USA, Phillipines, NZ. Foods: Shrimp, Chicken, Ice Cream, Banana Cake, Crabs, Lobsters, Sports - Badminton, Swimming. NZ Foods - KFC, McDonalds. We will put part two online tomorrow!

Melville Intermediate - Melvilles Got Talent 4

These are more highlights from our amazing talent quest held at Melville Intermediate on Wednesday 16th September 2009. This is Room 5's entry into the class competition - the LP Film Awards when they created a parody of various movie s that have been released recently. This was the parody that they created of the Transformers Movie - starring the students of Room 5 and also Mr Bell!

Melville Intermediate - Nicoles Slideshow on Waikato River

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Melville Intermediate - What's a Number?

According to Clustermaps the visitors for this site, which started on February 2nd, 2009 has just reached 5,000. The Google Aps that we have online suggests that we've had 8,000 visitors - either way well done Room 8 for all the traffic that you've managed to generate!

Melville Intermediate - Collaborating with Mr Piper's Class in the USA

Mr Piper's Class in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA are currently undertaking a study of New Zealand and Australia for research purposes... they've asked for our help and on their wonderful blog there's a post with the students have left questions for Room Eight to answer... as of yesterday there was already 55 comments on the post!... Room 8's up to the challenge and will be answering all these questions this week at school... if you haven't been to Mr Piper's world investigators Blog, your missing out!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melvilles Got Talent 3

Cleveland from Room 8 Dancing during the talent show - with special guest, Mrs Bleakin our Deputy Principal. Cleveland wrote the following description about his performance.
'Wednesday night I was fifth up on stage. When I went up I was pretty nervous I just wanted to get it over with! I started dancing and I had fun, and enjoyed it through the whole performance!'

This was filmed by Alex (R12), Liam (R8) and Joe (R5) if the performance looks a little disjointed its because someone liked the performance so much they stood up directly in the line of sight of the camera!

Melville Intermediate - Melville's Got Talent! - R12

Part of the Melville Intermediate Talent Show that took place last Wednesday was the classroom competition. This involved a number of classrooms competing against each other for the school title! There was so much amazing action that we can't show all of it, but as a taste for what went on have a look at the highlights for some of Room 12's awesome first place winning performance! This was filmed by Alex (R12), Liam (R8) and Joe (R5) on Wednesday 16th September 2009.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melville's Got Talent! 1

This is one of the video highlights for our Melville's Got Talent talent show that took place on Wednesday night at our School. This is Ashton, Alyssa and Jayda's singing performance which won the award for best group act. They are singing "Kia Paimarie" accompanied by our Music Teacher Mr Bell on Guitar. Filmed on Wednesday 16th September 2009 at Melville Intermediate School Hall as part of 'Melville's Got Talent!'

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Melvilles Got Talent

Melville Intermediate School had their 2009 Talent Quest with Melville's Got Talent which took place in the school hall on Wednesday 16th September 2009... there were Best Individual Act, Best Group Act and Best Class Act Awards... also the Teachers both Y7 and Y8 groups took to the stage to entertain the crowd... it was an amazing evening and Mr Bell the Music Teacher at School did a fantastic job! We'll be putting some of the highlights online for you to view over the next few days!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Melville Intermediate - About Us.

This is a task from the Blogging Challenge run by Miss W at the Edublogger Site. We carried out most of the activities for this at the start of the year when we were new to blogging and had a blast! Last week Mr Webb was at Basketball, and we also thought that it would be nice to re-introduce ourselves to our auidence.

Melville Intermediate is a Y7/8 School for 11 and 12 year olds situated in the suburb of Melville. We're in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand. Hamilton is New Zealands biggest inland city and has over 100,000 people living in it. New Zealand as a country has just over 4,000,000 people. The school is just over 50 years old and the current role is 340.

Room 8 is one of six Y7 classes at the school. Mr Webb is the classroom teacher. We currently have 28 students in Room 8, we've had some new arrivals because for most of the year we had about 24 studnets. Mr Webb has been teaching for 12 years - his last blog was from a school called Tamaki Intermediate at this address. Our school is new to blogging as this is the first blog that our school has run and we're looking to develop some more next year! Our school year consists of 40 five day long weeks and finishes at the end of December when we break for the school holidays for six weeks.

Why did we join the blogging challenge? Because it gives us more of an auidence for our work and its a great opportunity for us to network with other classrooms and students around the world. It also motivates our students who have need extension.
Do want to take part in the commenting section more than the better blogging section?
Both are really important to us, better blogging is a really important thing and we also get the best ideas for our blog either from our students or from other sites.
What do you hope some of the activities include?
A variety of tasks! What we're lucky for is having already competed in the challenge once that we have an idea of what some of the tasks are likely to be. First time around it was great because a lot of the ideas we hadn't thought of before - so we're really excited about being able to participate this time.
What do you hope to get out of the challenge after ten weeks?
Have our students make more education contacts, network and interact with other blogging classrooms and enjoy the challenges that are placed in front of us!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Room 8 - Back into Action

As most of you know all last week Mr Webb was in Tauranga with the Melville Intermediate Girls Basketball team (as manager) competing in the 2009 AIMS Tournament. As you will also know the team won and are now the National Champions! Well despite all the celebration its now business as usual for Room 8 and Mr Webb and all regular activities in the classroom will now be running as per usual. Those of you we've been networking with in the past, expect to hear from us soon!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Melville Intermediate - AIMS Closing Ceremony

This is the footage of the closing ceremony of the 2009 AIMS games and the presentation of the medals for Girls Basketball and also the naming of the 2009 players of the tournament team.

Filmed by Mr Webb from the supporters stands at the event on Friday September 11th 2009. I'd also like to say at this point what a pleasure that it was to be the manager of this team who were wonderful ambassadors for Melville Intermediate School during this week and who did simply a fantastic job in Tauranga.

Melville Intermediate - Full AIMS Results

2009 AIMS Games for Melville Intermediate Girls Basketball.

Pool Play.
Monday 7th September
Vs. Murrays Bay Int. 41-21 Win.
Vs. Tauranga Int. 70-25 Win.

Tuesday 8th September

Vs. Te Kura O Te Koutu 42-18 Win
Vs. Devon Int. 54-14 Win.

Wednesday 9th September

Vs. Bethlehem College 71-31 Win

Wednesday 9th September - Semi Final.
Vs. Te Wharekura O Tauranga Moana 32-5 Win

Thursday 10th September - Final
Vs. Hastings Intermediate - 67-33 Win

Melville Intermediate are 2009 AIMS National Champions. Named in the 12 player tournament team for outstanding play: Kelsey Watene, Kendall Hawea, Corbyn Heu, Sharoan Heu.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Melville Intermediate - 2009 AIMS Games Closes

Today was the official closing of the 2009 AIMS (Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) Games in Tauranga. Over 3,000 students from 88 Schools had been competing during the week including Melville Intermediate in Girls Basketball, Boys Cross Country and Swimming. Today at the closing ceremony Melville Intermediates Girls Team were awarded the Trophy for being undefeated and winning the competition - making them the National Champions!

The big news from the final day was the naming of the 2009 National Tournament team. Melville Intermediate managed to get four players into the 12 best players of the tournament squad - a wonderful achievement for the whole squad, given how they dominated the competition well done to Kelsey, Kendall, Sharoan and Corbyn for making the tournament team!

Melville Intermediate - 2009 AIMS Games Over!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Melville Intermediate - AIMS National Basketball Champions!

Today in a very special result Melville Intermediate's Girls Basketball team won the right to call themselves the National Champions for 2009 after defeating the defending champions Hastings Intermediate School 67-32 in the final. In a thrilling game for the school Melville's team work was outstanding and the team was able to put the defending Champions under considerable pressure. A crowd was on hand including Mr Day, Mr Cooke our Principal and a number of other family members to witness the Melville Girls triumph. More footage of this event will follow, which is believed to be the schools first National Title!

This is the tournaments official press release about the game:

"Basketball was another sport to decide gold medals on the fourth day of competition. While defending Girls champions Hastings had the opportunity to claim successive gold medals, they were totally out gunned. Facing Melville the Hastings team were always playing catch-up with the Waikato side clinching the title with a decisive 67-33 victory"

Melville Intermediate - AIMS Games Photographs

Melville Intermediate - CPA Tainui Haka

This is another highlight from last weeks Melville Primary School Matinee by our Cultural Performing Arts Group and Hip Hop Group. This is the Boys Haka. Filmed on Thursday 4th September 2009 at the Melville Intermediate School Hall by Meighan and Jamie from Room 8.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Melville Intermediate - AIMS Semi-Final Result

Today Melville Intermediate triumped in the 2009 AIMS Games Basketball Semi-Finals. They were up against Kura o te Moana Tauranga from Tauranga. The final score was 35-5 to Melville with the Kura being restricted to just four points in the first two minutes and then a single point for the remaining 38 minutes of the game. The students are thrilled with this win and will now take on the defending champions Hastings Intermediate School tomorrow in a final at 1:15pm

Melville Intermediate - LIVE from the 2009 AIMS Games!

Melville Intermediate are now down to the Semi-Finals of the 2009 AIMS National Finals in Basketball. After four straight wins Melville were looking for a strong showing against Bethlehem College in their final pool game before the Semi-Finals. In a strong team performance the team delivered scoring a win 71-41. The team is now nervously awaiting their Semi-final against Te Kura o Tauranga Moana this afternoon at 4pm. The Kura had their entired school there for the final pool game, so Melville will need to be on top of their game to qualify for tomorrows final.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Melville Intermediate - LIVE from the AIMS Games!

Today our Girls Basketball Team continued to set the pace in the 2009 AIMS Games. Following up from yesterday with wins against Murrays Bay Intermediate and Tauranga Intermediate today the Girls defeated Te Kura o te Koutu from Rotourua 42-18. In the second to last pool game for the team they also defeated Devon Intermediate from New Plymouth 54-14. The team now has a final pool game tomorrow against Bethlehem College before a Semi-Final show down with the Winners or Runner up in Pool A! (note photos and video will appear from this event shortly - thanks to the juice bar, Bayfair Shopping Center for the hire!)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Melville Intermediate - AIMS 2009 Photo's

Melville Intermediate - Live from the 2009 AIMS Games

Today our Girls Basketball team had their opening games of the 2009 AIMS tournament. A tricky draw saw us take on 2009 Semi-Finalist Murrays Bay Intermediate. They were beaten 41-21. The second game of the day saw the Melville Intermediate Girls take on one of the 2009 host schools - Tauranga Intermediate. Melville won this encounter 75-25 and are well placed for the semi-finals. We also had our Y7 Cross Country Runners in the event - Kalib managed a 41st in a very difficult race. Our Swimming team was also in action with several students scoring personal bests and Summer qualiftying for two finals tomorrow!. Stay tuned for photographs and footage from the event!

Melville Intermediate - Samoan Sasa

This is one of the highlights from the show last Thursday at Melville Intermediate School - its the full Samoan Sasa that you've seen in progress from earlier in the year. The costumes are amazing and the work that's gone into this effort is astounding. Well done to everyone involved as it was a performance that everyone can be truly proud of. Filmed by Meighan and Jamie from R8.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Melville Intermediate - 2009 AIMS Games Starts Today!

For this coming week or material will be produced from the 2009 AIMS Games (Association of Intermediate and Middle School) in New Zealand. Mr Webb will be leaving his beloved Room 8 and with the Melville Intermediate Girls Basketball Team, Swimming Team and Cross Country Runner. The schedule is very busy with the Swimming Team having heats on Monday from 5pm-10pm and finals from 5pm-10pm on Tuesday. The Cross Country Runner runs Monday at 9:30am. The Girls Basketball squad have a huge task - taking on Murrays Bay Intermediate first on Monday, then Tauranga Intermediate on Monday afternoon. Tuesday we do battle with Devon Intermediate and Kura o te Kotu. Wednesday we round off pool play with a game against Bethlehem College. Then follow play off's, semi-finals and a final game.

We will be posting photographs and results online as soon as is practically possible on this site. In the meantime throughout the week we will be also posting footage from our concern performances at Melville Intermediate School last week.

We will be replying to your emails and moderating your comments as quickly as we can - and who knows if your in Tauranga for the week why not come and support us!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop Melville Primary

All week both our Cultural Performing Arts Group and School Hip Hop Groups were entertaining local schools with Matinee performances. Tuesday was Deanwell School, Wednesday we were very lucky to have Glenview School come (Hello Mr Fawcett!) and on Thursday Melville Primary School came and saw our two groups perform! All shows were over an hour long and featured the students in the most amazing costumes and performances - only a small fraction of which we can show for you online. This is the second part of the Hip Hop group from the Thursday performances for Melville Primary School. Two of our Room 8 students guested in this act - Destin and Cleveland! Awesome stuff Boys!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Hip Hop Performance

Melville Intermediate Hip Hop Performance. All this week we've had the local primary schools from the area as special guests of our Hip Hop group and also our Cultural Performing Arts Group. The shows were simply breath taking and these are just some of the highlights from a week of work! This is our School Hip Hop group showing off their talents. Filmed on Thursday 3rd September by Meighan and Jamie from Room 8.

Melville Intermediate - Students Market Day 2

This is the second part of our tour of the stalls for the Y8 students Prep Market Day. Filmed by Janice from Room 8. The students spent five weeks creating a produce to sell to the Y7 students. The Y7 students had half an hour to go around with thier MISMs (Melville Intermediate School Money) and purchase goods of their choice. Janice went around with a camera to view the stalls as they were set up, and also interview some of the participants.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Prep Economic Y8 Stalls Part 1

Janice from Room 8 went around with trusty camera in hand viewing the Y8 students from Melville Intermediate School stalls for our Prep Economic Day. The students were competing to create a stall and then sell to the Y7 students. The winning team which will be announced next week is the stall that made the most profit from there work and produce. The students from Y7 were thrilled to be the consumers and enjoyed it very much.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Deanwell School CPA Show

We're not supposed to have done this so shhh! Today we had the first in our week of performances for outside schools in the area and Deanwell School came. Kaiya was there filming for our School and this site and these are just some of the highlights that he shot.

Melville Intermediate - Leo Club Knitting.