Thursday, April 29, 2010

Melville Intermediate - A Stitch in Time...

Currently we have been experiencing some technical posting difficulties with posts to the blog, involving five stiches, a plate of glass and garage. There have been many exciting events occuring in the past week or so. Room 8 won the Melville Intermediate Inter Class Touch Competition defeated Room 13 2-0 in the final. (Congratulations to Room 12 who won the Y8 competition). Today the teachers take on the All Star Students at Lunchtime, although Mr Webb cannot play due to the hand injury he has. We also farewell our Thai students Cartoon and Nair who have been with us for the past two weeks.  This is our second Slideshow comparing Thailand and New Zealand.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Autumn By Sammo

Sammo from Room 6 was visiting us last week, he went with Robert and Justin and created this slideshow from around school, the season is changing to Winter so Sammo thought that he'd show everyone how things are starting to change around Melville Intermediate School!

Melville Intermediate - Learn to Speak Thai Lesson Two

Learn to Count to 20 in Thai from myles webb on Vimeo.


Currently we have two students from Thailand in our classroom for two weeks, who are departing on Thursday. They've been learning more English while at the same time teaching our own students some Thai. This video is focussing on teaching our students to speak Thai and also there is some bonus footage of the students showing a skill that they learnt, using Rakau sticks!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Pots and Murals!


Enviro Schools Movie - Mural and Pots from myles webb on Vimeo.

As part of Enviro Schools Melville Intermediate is lucky enough to have magnificent school gardens. One of our on going projects at the moment is to create a totem pole representing each of the classrooms at Melville Intermediate. The pole is being made out of clay pots. Each classroom has two students that are designing the pots for display in the garden. Samm, Fuiki and Rachael produced this video about the pots production.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Learn to Speak Thai Lesson One

This is the final version.  Our students reviewed yesterdays draft, looked at what they could improve and went back and re-shot the video.  In this video you are listening for the following key phrases that you will hear in Thai and then in English (with the words in Thai on the Screen!)
  • Sa wud dee ka chun chue Nathalie - My name is Nathalie.
  • kun sa bye dee mai wunnee? - How are you today?
  • wunnee chun rien par sar Thai - Today I study about Thai words!
  • chun chop par sar Thai - I like Thai words!
  • Dee jai tee dai pob kun na ka - Nice to meet you!
  • La gon! - Goodbye!

Learn to Speak Thai from myles webb on Vimeo.

    This video was filmed at Melville Intermediate on Thursday 22nd April 2010 by Shania.

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Learning Another Language!

    This is a trial run for a series of lessons that we are going to complete this week, the students will be viewing this in class tomorrow, reviewing their work and then re-shooting parts of it as part of the digital learning process. This is Nathalie and Cartoon 'Learn to Speak Thai' Lesson One, Draft One!

    Melville Intermediate - Thailand Exchange Students

    Currently at Melville Intermediate School we are very fortunate to be hosting students from another country. Already we have had visits from Japan (twice) and now we have a group of students from Thailand in class. Today they went with Shania and Kelly from Room 8 and took photographs around Melville Intermediate School.


    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Commenting Tasks Week One, Term Two

    This week you must leave at least four comments on the following sites.  Read the instructions carefully but these must be completed by this Friday and have yourself signed off with the checklist Mr Webb has.
    1.  During the holidays we received a visit from the students of Mrs Trefz Boys Classroom in Memphis, USA.  You are going to visit thier classroom site, and find a piece of work and return the favour by leaving them a comment, remember the commenting rules of our class and school first names only.
    2.  We are going to be talking later in the week with students from the Ripple Effect in Canada.  You will need to visit their classroom and leave a comment that includes two of the five questions about Canada that you wrote in your ICT book yesterday. 
    3.  Visit Mrs Lofton's Class and listen to their voicethread about their class in the USA. 
    4. Miss Ale's Classroom in Argentina.  We are going to be talking to them later in this week or early this week.  You need to log onto thier classroom site and leave them a comment about a piece of work that you have viewed.  This must be constructive and include a suggestion for the student/piece of work. 

    You can visit these classrooms in any order but you must carry out the specific tasks at each one.

    Sunday, April 18, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Welcome Back to Term Two

    Students in New Zealand start term two of four for 2010 starting tomorrow (Monday 19th April).  Our students will be at school from tomorrow for the next ten weeks of classes.  Thanks to everyone who has left a comment, or popped by to visit us during our two week break, we are as always really appreciative of it, and the students will be thrilled tomorrow when we start to go back through all of the visitors and comments that we have had! If you'd like to Skype our class or get in contact with us this term, just leave a message in the form of a comment, we'd love to hear from you.!

    Melville Intermediate - Berkley Boys Touch Highlights

    On March 25th Melville Intermediate Boys Touch Team played against Berkley School at the 2010 Inter-Intermediate Waikato Area Sports Competition.  This game ended up a 1-1 tie with Berkley evening the score very close to full time.  Here's Nick's report from the event:

    Saturday, April 17, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Cook Islands CPA Performance 2005

    This is a cultural performance from the Melville Intermediate CPA Group from 2005! The tapes for this show have only just been made available to the school, thanks to Mrs Stewart who looked after them! Therefore Melville Intermediate is making them available from the start of Term Two with details of how you can get your copy in the school Newsletter. 

    Melville Intermediate - Touch Rugby Highlights 2

    This video shows highlights from the Inter-Intermediate School Touch Competition in 2010.  Melville Intermediate is one of 12 schools eligible to compete in this competition which also includes: Fairfield Intermdiate, Peachgrove Intermediate, Maeroa Intermediate, St Andrews Middle School, Cambridge Intermediate, Matamata Intermediate, Morrinsville Intermediate, Te Awamutu Intermediate, Tokoroa Intermediate and Berkely Middle School.  This is the game against Berkley School who are in the Black/Blue uniforms.  Both teams were looking strong going into the game, which as with most of the games in this tournament was extremely tight due to the quality of the teams competing.

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Polar Bears Slide Show

    This slide show was created as a product of our work for Earth Hour 2010 and the prospect of Global Warming affecting the number of Polar Bears in the World, created by Anahere from Room 8.

    Melville Intermediate - Touch Rugby Highlights

    This is highlights of the 25th March Inter-Intermediate Touch game between Matamata Intermediate (in yellow) and Melville Intermediate Girls (in red/green).  This game was a very close contest reflecting the skills of both teams involved.  Filmed by Samm and Arahia at Swarbrick Park in Dindsdale.

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - 2009's Cultural Performing Arts

    All these holidays we've been celebrating events involving the students of Melville Intermediate School.  Our Cultural Performing Arts Group (CPA) have had a focus on their performances from 2004, 2005 and 2009 and these performances from next week (when school starts back) are available from school on DVD for the first time! This is a highlight of our Samaon CPA group and their 2009 Sasa filmed at the October 2009 shows at Melville Intermediate School, the second nights performance.  Filmed by Matthew from Room 12.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Touch Rugby Vs. Cambridge Intermediate

    Melville Intermediate Girls team first game of the 2010 Waikato Inter-Intermediate Touch Competition held at Swarbrick Park on March 25th 2010.  The Melville Girls team in the Red/Green Uniform take on Cambridge Intermediate in the light blue.  As it was the first game of the competition for both teams they were a little nervous and the game was close, with India's try being the difference.   Filmed by Samm and Arahia.

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Earth Day April 22nd, Mrs Yollis Blog




    One of my favourite, favourite blogs around the world is Mrs Yollis Classroom Blog from California  It always interests me to see what new wonderful work they are putting up, and always is a source of great ideas and inspiration to me.  Currently while our students are on holidays Mrs Yollis classroom is preparing for Earth Day on April 22nd, and as part of that they're going paperless in the classroom for the day! We'll be doing the same, using Mrs Yollis classroom as our inspiration, her class have created a Wallwisher for pledges, which you can add to by clicking here.   You can also have a look at the links to Earth Day from her classroom site.  Wonderful.

    Melville Intermediate - Cultural Performing Arts: 2005!

    This video is of our Cultural Performing Arts (CPA) show from 2005, part of the Kapa Haka part of the show. The footage has been recently located and is being made available for students and supports of Melville Intermediate School for the first time. If you would like a full copy of this DVD (there's two that are an hour long each) please contact Mr Webb when school starts again. You are also able to order our 2009 CPA Show on DVD (from the School Hall prior to our group departure for Australia) or the very first CPA show from 2004! These are all DVDs of the show recorded by students at the time and run from 50 to 70 minutes!


    Saturday, April 10, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Touch Vs. Cambridge Middle School

    Highlights of Melville Intermediate Boys team taking on Cambridge Middle School at the Inter-Intermediate Touch Competition on 25th March at Swarbrick Park.  Filmed by Arahia and Samm.  It was the Opening game of 2010 and Melville were looking to start the competition strongly.   A 5-3 result was just what they were looking for!

    Friday, April 9, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Where were you in 2004?

    During these school holidays one of the tasks that has been done is to go through some of our Cultural Performing Arts Shows form the past and convert them to DVD. One of the biggest surprises is that for the first time ever we managed to find the very first CPA show from 2004!   The whole show is over an hour long and is going to be made available from School if anyone wants a copy of it (as a DVD).  We believe its the first time that it has been released, and there's some brief highlights from it here!  If you would like to order a copy of this show we will be putting details of this in the first school newsletter of Term 2.

    Monday, April 5, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Tour of Cooking Room

    For Technology students have six different subject that they cover during the year. On the last week of term students began a new set of technologies which will last until the mid point of term two. Annalize from Room Eight is now in Food Technology on Mondays and Tuesday and filed this report from the cooking room on the last week of school. A reminder to our viewers/visitors that our students are currently on their first term school holidays in New Zealand and will be back at school on Monday 18th April.

    Friday, April 2, 2010

    Melville Intermediate - Goodbye Term One 2010

    Term One for students at Melville Intermediate School and throughout New Zealand has now ended for Term One. We will be back at school on Monday 19th April. We would like to thank all of you who've visited our class this term, all the connections that we have made and all the comments that you've left. Its been wonderful for the students and we look forward to continuing this in term two!

    Thursday, April 1, 2010

    Melville Intermediate Positive Draw Term One




    At the end of each Term Melville Intermediate School has a 'Positive' Draw where students who have been positive throughout the term are rewarded by the opportunity to claim a prize from the table. This is a major established event that has been happening for many years, Lana and Benita from Room 8 took these photographs of the table from the last day of school.