Saturday, July 31, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Boys Rugby Vs. Matamata

Highlights of Melville Intermediate Boys Under 55kg Rugby Vs. Matamata Intermediate on Tuesday 27th July 2010. Nick from Room 18 scores one of the tries of the tournament as Melville were leading at half-time 7-0. Matamata finished strongly scoring twice in the second half, on full time Melville had a chance but Matamata had the final say scoring again to win the game 7-15, filmed by Mr Webb at Bedford Park, Matamata.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Wai Maths Goes Global!

We're in the final stages of our Wai Maths Competition for our video entry, those of you who have been following along will know that we're been receiving solutions to the problem from all over New Zealand, and recently the world. The Northern Hemisphere are currently on their end of class breaks, so Bradley and Room 8 weren't sure what sort of response that

we'd get, but there's a couple of teachers we've networked with this year who've really gone out of their way. Mr C from Missouri in the USA has used his daughter to solve the original problem You can view the video by clicking on it above or click on the link to the original post here. We're currently also tracking how far the question travels in Kilometres' (it was nearly 6,000 prior to this!) as part of the problem solving process! We've got two final days to answer the question before we put it together for the competition on Monday. We also received this from Mrs Yollis, who despite it being the holidays posted on her page and sent us the video! You can watch it by clicking below or you can view the original post on her class page by clicking here. Thank you so much for contributing to our video and problem solving process!

Melville Intermediate - Vs. Morrinsville Boys Rugby

This is footage of the game of rugby between Melville Intermediate and Morrinsville Intermediate at 27th July 2010 from the Boys 2010 Inter-Intermediate Waikato Rugby Tournament.

Morrinsville won the game 10-0 (in the Black and Blue) and played dominating Rugby for the tournament. Melville tried hard in the game but conceded tries to Morrinsville in the first half and near the end of the second.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Wai Maths Update!

It started with an idea about a Mathematical Problem and solving it for the Wai Maths Video Competition, the idea being that we're looking at different ways to problem solve an answer. We're also keeping track of how far the question 'travels' and comes back in two weeks that we have to create our video, totalling the distance. Bradley's estimation for the distance that is travelled is 500 kilometres.

We've had our first answer from Otrohonga in the King Country from Otewa School, their answer is here - a distance of 60 kilometres (120 round trip), we also had it answered from Bairds Mainfrieght Primary School in Otara, Auckland (200 kilometre round trip) and we've just had another answer from New Zealand from the BestLittleClassinNZ! - Broadlands School in Reporoa.

Just today we have a video message from Mr Mac's Classroom in Australia, that meant the question had travelled another 5,000km there and back! We've still got until Sunday and have more answers and more videos on the way.

Thank you SO much to everyone that's taken Bradley's question and viewed it and especially those who have taken the time to prepare an answer for us, we're really excited at this end and the journey hasn't finished yet!

Thank you also to our global audience who have been passing this question on to have more people check it out and spread the word about it. We're very excited to be entering the competition next week and look forward to having some additional problem solving taking place from around the world!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Maori Language Week

As were continuing to look back on highlights from Te Reo Maori for Maori Language Week there's three examples that spring to mind. The first is Room Fourteen's Matariki take on 'Boy' this video was made by the students of Room 14 with Whaea Faith earlier this year. It was filmed by Tyler and inspired by the movie "Boy".

Room 14 Matariki Video: Poi E from myles webb on Vimeo.

The next is our collaboration last year with Hackham East Boys School in Adelaide Australia. The students there performed a Haka at the Adelaide Students Choir Festival, they performed with assistance from their tutor but we were able to help in a series of videos that gave some tips and some help with their performance. This video created by Destin and Cleveland was one from the series!

Finally at Melville Intermediate our Cultural Performing Arts Group (CPA) are currently preparing very hard for shows later this term. Our school had a series of shows last year culminating in a trip to Australia, just before they left they performed at our school, one of the highlights of that show was the Kapahaka section you can view this video below:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Teaching Poi Making in the South Island

If you haven't checked out Allanhk's Appleby Class Blog recently, you really need to do so, not just because its such a wonderful resource and place for great work and ideas, but there's a very special post about Poi Making. The videos for this were created by students in Room 8, and the students in Appleby School made the Poi, you can see them using them! Its been another great collaboration between our classes and we're very proud to be featured on their wonderful blog. You can click on the link to their work here or on the picture.

Melville Intermediate - Melville Vs. Hong Kong

These are some brief highlights from last weeks game of 'Rippa Rugby' between Melville Intermediate School and our Homestays from Hong Kong from the Kowloon Rugby Club. Filmed by Bradley and Cameron at School.

Melville Intermediate - Maori Language Review

This year we've been trying to spread Maori Culture to as many different places as we can by using our publishing to inform our global audience. As its Maori Language Week and we've many new visitors to our site since March, we're going to re-highlight some work from earlier in the year.

One of the first things students of Melville Intermediate due is create a Mihi to introduce themselves in Maori. In March we published ours online as well as a 'how to' tutorial (which we've been watching bouncing around the top ten google hits for that ever since.)

We've had some wonderful feedback and the students are very pleased by this but our friends from Lyudmila's Classroom in Kransnoyarskiykray Kray, Russia have been learning - they have posted two videos, based on our work in New Zealand - its really amazing to think that work that we have produced from one side of the world has had an influence on students on the other side of the world. This is Nikita's video!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Maori Language Week Activities

At Melville Intermediate School this week we're very excited that its Maori Language Week. We've got a host of activities and competitions at Melville Intermediate School, culminating in assembly on Thursday with a special quiz.

We know that some classes and schools are looking for activity ideas for this week, so we thought it would be useful for other classrooms in New Zealand to see some of the ideas that we are covering this week.

If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can read all the details.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Maori Language Week 2010

To celebrate Maori Language Week this week we'll be doing some special work in class. In the meantime you can also view some of the examples on this blog created by Room Eight students. You can learn Days of the Week in Maori, learn how to Make Maori Poi in one or two lessons, learn how to play with Rakau Sticks, lesson one or two or watch Mrs Yollis Class from the USA doing it, You can learn how to say a Maori Mihi as a video or a slideshow or watch students from Siberia, in Russia with their Mihi they learnt from us. You can also look at how to count from 1-10, 10-100 or 100 to a thousand in Maori with Arahia from last year. Destyn and Clelveland produced this Haka video tutorial. Another of our Y7 Classrooms Room 14 also combined Matariki, the song poi-e by the Patea Maori Club and Kapahaka inspired by the movie 'Boy' and came up with this video. Finally our school Cultural Performing Arts Group are famous for their Maori cultural displays you can watch some of them by clicking here, here or here!

Well be posting all week special Maori Language Week: Mahi Kai work so stay tuned! You can check out some Maori Language sites by clicking here.

Melville Intermediate - Luke's Icon Project

Friday, July 23, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Term Three Options

A new group of electives for students of Melville Intermediate have just started, Jordan is in the Ukulele option and filed this report from class on Thursday! Filmed at Melville Intermediate on Thursday 22nd July 2010.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Online Collaborations!

This piece of work is not from Melville Intermediate, its from Otewa School in the King Country. This is a small country school of 60 students in three classrooms. We've never met their teacher or students but thanks to the power of collaborating online, and also a big thank you to Allanh K from Appleby School who put our question on her Wiki, they're the first class to answer the problem and their students have done a wonderful job! You can also view their class blog either by clicking on the link on the right or clicking here. We'd also like to acknowledge them for their help! Wonderful!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Melville Intermediate Kowloon Rugby Club

This week we've have students from Kowloon Rugby Club from Hong Kong at Melville Intermediate School, students were billeted with Melville Students for three days and the final day culminated with a game of "Rippa Rugby" against Melville Intermediate. Thinking they might need support, Room 8 decided to take copies of the flag of Hong Kong and support the students!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Wai Math's Help us PLEASE!

We've students in Room 8 that have decided to enter the Wai-Maths video competition. Our idea has to be related towards Mathematics. Bradley's group of students ideas was to use the visitors to our class page to answer a question, record their students answer and compile them altogether.

What we would ask for from our visitors is to read the question and then record your students answer to the question! We're particularly keen to have an explanation of how your students (or yourself) solved the answer, and the strategy that they or you used!

If you could then send us the footage we'll compile it and therefore have a Mathematical question that has been answered by students all around the world!

Bradley has made a short video introducing himself and explaining the question which as follows:

8 men and 2 boys need to cross a river. They have a canoe which
cannot carry more than 1 man or 2 boys at one time. How many river crossing does it take to get everyone across?

We'd like to thank Otewa School for being the first to help with this! See them solve this problem by clicking on this link, and check out their wonderful blog at the same time!
If you need to contact Mr Webb, our teacher you can do so at

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Melville Intermediate - T3: What does it mean to be

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For Term Three our Unit of Study is "What does it mean to be clean and green?" we have a social studies and environmental themed unit of work. We are interested in looking at examples from around New Zealand, Australia and the world about how your School or Classroom uses resources in a responsible way. We intend to investigate the use of resources within our school and would love the ability to compare this to your school, if you would be available for this please leave a comment to us or email out teacher.

We have some special events occurring at Melville Intermediate School this term. We have our School production at the end of this term. We have our Girls Basketball team and Boys Football teams competing at the AIMS National Tournaments. We have also our School Cross Country Runs, Inter-Intermediate Boys Rugby and School Speech Finals. The Y8 students at Melville Intermediate School also have their Economic Prep Market Day, if you want a preview of what to expect on this day then you can view these two videos that were created by Janice in 2009 video one features the first half of the stalls, as does video two. Its going to be an action packed term at school!.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Night Glow Balloon Festival

Melville Intermediate - New Zealand Icons

Our big study for term two was New Zealand and Waikato Icon's. Students had to research an Icon and present a piece of work related to it in a form that could be displayed on our class page.

Highlights of this from term two included Cullen's group making Pavlova you can view a video here or view a photostory. Kieran's icon of choice was the Hamilton Balloon Festival, and his activity was to make a Hot Air Balloon and bring it into class to launch it, you can view footage of the Balloon launch (which was successful!) here. We also viewed footage from 2007 of Hot Air Balloon launches that were less than successful! Holly produced a project creating Hokey Pokey for Hokey Pokey Icecream, you can view her slideshow by clicking here or her powerpoint on the making of Hokey Pokey by clicking here.

You can also see slideshows created about the Balloon festival by Codie and Shania by clicking here. Kelly produced a project on the Stage Challenge, you can view that by clicking here. We also had numerous classroom projects completed about the Hamilton Gardens, one of Hamilton's most foremost tourist attractions. You can view Nathalie's work about the Gardens by clicking here. Jordan produced a project about Kiwifruit, the powerpoint can be seen by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Cook Islands at Glenview

This is footage is from the Glenview show on June 10th at Glenview Primary School. Melville Intermediate had a full music and cultural show at the school demonstrating some of the wonderful opportunities that are available to students at Melville Intermediate.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Melville Intermediate - School Holidays Week One

Thank you for your visit to our class page, its currently the school holidays in New Zealand.

Our students have another week of holidays next week and will return to school the following Monday. If your leaving a comment the students will be able to reply to your feedback from that point onwards.

Kindest regards, Mr Webb and Room 8, Melville Intermediate School.

Melville Intermediate - Rock Band at Glenview

This is footage of our school Rock Band Performing at Glenview Primary School for the Melville Intermediate School Music Performance in June. This is our School Band playing Stone Sour's 'Through Glass".

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Icons: Kiwifruit

Last term our students had to carry out a research based project on a Hamilton or Waikato based icon and produce a presentation piece of work for the unit. Jordan was studying Kiwifruit and produced this presentation as a result.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Melville Intermediate - School Violin Group

This is the highlights from our Glenview School musical performance, this is the Melville Intermediate School Violin Group, performing for the students of Glenview School. Who is the teacher in the blue shirt who keeps getting in the way of the camera? Answer on a postcard please. Filmed at Glenview Primary School, June 2010.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Melville Intermediate - School Science Experiments

As culmination of the elective options for block three of term two, which finished on the second to last day of school Mrs Wydham-Smith's Science Experiment Classroom were able to conduct this exciting experiment. Despite doubts about whether it would be successful or not just have a look at what the class was able to produce!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Poi Making Lessons

We've had a series of online lessons this term that have proved to be very popular based around the making of Maori Poi. Next term we have a series of tutorial lessons planned on how to use these items, in the meantime you can view the Poi Making Video Tutorial featuring Holly, Annalize and Fauiki. We split their video into two, the first dealing with the making of the handle, which you can view by clicking here. The second video focussed on the creation of the 'ball' of the Poi and connecting it to the handle, you can view that by clicking here.

Or you can also view our other group's work that of Annalize, Fauiki, and Anahere which is one single video by clicking here. Stay tuned for more in series when the holidays finish in another week.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Cullen's Pavlova Photostory

Recipe for Pavlova -

Cook time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 Pavlova


3 Egg Whites
1 & 1/2 Cup of Caster Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Cornflour


Put egg whites, caster sugar, vinegar and cornflour into a bowl. Beat for 10 minutes with electric beater (about 15 with normal beater). Put baking paper onto tray and pour mixture onto tray, while shaping it into the shape you want the pavlova to be. If you want a bigger pavlova, do the mixture process all over again with more eggs and stuff and then mix them together and put it in the oven for one hour. Then turn the oven off and leave in oven until cold.(Usually overnight). This makes a nice crust on the outside of the pavlova. Before serving, cover the pavlova in whipped cream and your favourite fruit.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Melville Intermediate - School Rock Band Performance

Today we had the second to last day of term two for 2010. Today at school there was a very special event the school's Rock Bands, who have been rehearsing all term played a special show in the school hall at lunchtime. We also had a special FIFA day when students were able to dress in the colours of their favourite Football team or come in mufti day to support the SPCA. This footage was filmed by Tyler from Room 14 in the Hall at lunchtime.