Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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
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
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
Friday, September 25, 2009
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."
Thursday, September 24, 2009
- 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!
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:
- Mr Serranao - Mexico
- Chrismari - South Africa
- Mrs Brown - Canada
- Mr Bennett - Australaia
- Mr Bulsza - Thailand
- Ms. Markoulaki - Greece
- Mrs Hogan - Australia
- Mrs Cobb - USA
- Ms. Hoke - USA
- Ms Cahusac - Hong Kong
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
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thanks to our friends at Room 10 at Morrinsville Intermediate School for this idea!
Monday, September 21, 2009
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!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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!
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
'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!
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
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
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.
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
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
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!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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"
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
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!