Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Melville Intermediate - 4x100m Y7 Girls Relay Team

One of the highlights from the Inter Intermediate Athletics this week was the performance of the Girls 4x100m Relay team. The Girls team of Amethyst, Praise and Maia (who also feature in our Girls Basketball team) as well as Aylsa (currently still in Melville Survivor) managed to finish second in the eleven school competition by the narrowest of margins, how close was it? Watch the videos of finals and see!

Filmed by Annika from Room 18 on Tuesday 29th November 2011.

On Tuesday 22nd of November a whole heap of children went to Athletics for Interschool. There were lots of schools there. There were four girls that ran in it relays it was Reanna, Alysssa, Praise and Maia who had been selected for Melville Intermediate Year 7 Girls. As we had our first race we had a really good start. At the beginning it was 10am. Maia was our first runner, she had done a really good start. Then Reanna was our second runner. She was a really good runner but we were just hanging on. Alyssa she started running. She was coming first until you seen a girl that suddenly run past Alyssa but she came second out of Waikato for relays. Thanks for reading this story. Written by Praise and Maia. We had a really good time at Athletics.

Melville Intermediate - Waikato Inter Intermediate Athletics 2011

This video features highlights from the 2011 Waikato Inter Intermediate Athletics Competition that was held at Porritt Stadium, Fairfield, Hamilton, on Tuesday 29th November 2011. Filmed by Annika from Room 18.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Aldrich at South H Town Talent Quest

South H-town Talent Quest
Friday 18th I arrived at Glenview community center at 5:00 pm.
I had to wait for two hours until I could perform. Whilst waiting I felt excited on the thought of performing. Before performing I had to warm up and do some exercises on the violin. Then those stage managers called me and said that I was going to be the next person to perform. When I got to the stage I felt really nervous that I might make a mistake. While I was performing I couldn’t concentrate on what I was playing due to the noises that the people make. In the end I got through the song without mistakes and came 3rd place.
By Aldrich C

The performance was good, but there was a lot of noise.
I didn’t get to see Aldrich perform but I could hear the
Music from his violin meters away.
By Kieran

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Edublogs Awards Nominations 2011

Very difficult this year to come up with awards for some great categories however we'd like to nominate the following sites for awards in the 2011 Edublogs Awards.  

For best new blog we'd like to nominate Room 14 at Hamilton East Primary School  in Hamilton.   They've been only going such a short time but they've done such a great job, particularly to see their work on collaborating with countries around the world with their lunch boxes.  A great start and can't wait to see how the teacher and the class works develops in the future.

For best student blog we'd like to nominate Miriams Magical Moments.  Miriam was a student who was in Mrs Yollis classroom last year, and she's one of the best teachers online that there is, and Miriams blog is everything that you'd want from a student.  

For best class blog, there can be only one.  Mrs Yollis class blog from California is the ultimate in class pages, the quality of the work is sensational and breath taking and the work is an inspiration for everyone whose online to aspire too.    She was runner up last year for this, and she deserved that accolade also deserves to be up there again.  Awe inspiring.

Best Twitter Hashtag is one that I use all the time, #Comments4kids this was developed by Will Chamberlain, Mr C from Mr C's class page,  for encouraging commenting on students work around the world, if you have not used this when you have free time to leave some comments, or looking to get comments for your students from around the world, its a fantastic use of a social networking to improve schoolwork.

Best Group Blog - Dr Stranges EDM310 page from the University of South Alabama.  We might be on the other side of the world but we've been following the progress of the students and they've been viewing our students work, encouraging our students and leaving invaluable feedback for us.  This site is responsible for bringing into teaching a group of teachers who will be online, relevant and up to date.  Phenomenal. 

Melville Intermediate - Pepe Pacifika 2011

Last Thursday Melville Intermediate CPA - Cultural Performing Art Group performed at the 2011 Pepe Pacifika festival in Hamilton. There were many other schools there including Frankton, Deanwell School and our friends from Hamilton East School. It was a windy day but the Melville Intermediate students looked stunning in their costumes and put on a great performance, complete with three costume changes. This is the Maori section on the day. Filmed by Mr Webb on Thursday 24th November 2011.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Melville: Survivor Episode Five

We've reached the half way mark with our episodic TV series shot, filmed and produced by the students of Room Eight. In episode four the Y7 team lost its first elimination challenge sending them to the vote, when they voted off Lee from Room Two. In todays challenge there were two regular players away for the Y7s Rangi who was replaced by Mitchell in R6 and Brandon who was replaced by Simon. The Y7's team work hadn't been the greatest in the last challenge, and the Y8's were feeling confident after stopping three losses in a row. Given that the merge of the two teams is just around the corner winning today was more important that ever....

In today's challenge the teams had to race across the field, collecting letters that were written in three separate locations on the base of chairs.  They then had to race back to the solving area and attempt to solve the word puzzle, using all the letter more quickly than the other team... with only five episodes left until the grand final this episode was crucial for one team....

Filmed on Friday 25th November 2011 at Melville Intermediate, todays production team was Mitchell, Kelly, Kris and Shania from Room Eight.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Pepe Pacikifa 2011

Tonight at Frankton Primary School in Hamilton was the 2011 Pepe Pacifika showcase, a showcase of Pacific Students and their culture for Hamilton. There were a large number of schools performing and Melville Intermediate Cultural Performing Arts Group, CPA.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Melville:Survivor Episode Four

With only three weeks to go before the conclusion of this series yesterday saw an important challenge. The Y7 team were on a three episode unbeaten streak with the Y8s losing Jeta from Room 14 in episode 1, Bradley from Room 8 in episode 2 and Keegan in episode three, another loss would see them on the brink of elimination before the two tribes merged. Filming took place yesterday on the 21st November the production team was Mitchell, Kris and Kelly.

Melville Intermediate - Melville Survivor Episode Four from myles webb on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Answers for 2nd Grade Superstars

A full explanation of this video is being written by one of our students today. This is for the 2nd Grade Superstars in the USA!

Favourite Food and Sport in Room 8 - 2011 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Melville Intermediate - CPA at Waiuku School Part Two

After months of after school practices, determination, and hard works the C.P.A group of M.I.S 2011 preformed in public for the first time.

With a group of over 15 girls and 3 boys our numbers were low but that didn’t discourage us. We were determined to try our best and to put in all our hard work so that it all pays off.

We made a quick stop at Waiuku Primary School. It seemed like forever to get there. When we did we put our makeup on then raced in. A lady from Waiuku Primary showed us where to get changed and to perform. We got dressed into our Maori costume then very quietly walked to the other side of the stage. We were all nervous and hoping we wouldn’t muck up. The time came. We walked on stage with our biggest smiles. It looked like the whole school was there and hundreds of eyes waiting to see us with excitement. “Huratea” I yelled. We took them through a Maori experience, showing how our ancestors expressed their feelings using song and dance.

First up was a slow and rhythmic song called: E Te Atua. Then an inviting and cheerful song called Papaki Nui. We then went into the poi and then finished off with E Noho Tuheitia. We heard the crowd cheer. My self confidence went up a little. We walked off stage and got changed into our Samoan costume. When we were ready the music began to play. We just had fun and tried our best. Hawaiian was next, and we quickly got dressed. Our first Hawaiian performance was the Kahiko. Then some girls did the dance: Pearly Shells. Then the rest of the girls did the dance to a Lilo and Stitch song. The very last performance for the day was the Hawaiian instruments. We were broken up into three categories. Some students used the Uli Uli’s when others used the Ipu then last group of students used an instrument formed like a stick to bang them together to make a noise. We went on one group at a time. We then ended with a big hey! We were finally done, and I think that we done really well. We tidied up our costumes, put them into our cars and then made our way to the Marae.

We were welcomed with a small Powhiri then we had a snack. After that we went to the Wave pools. We were so excited. We had just over an hour to swim. After our swim we had a little bit of down time to relax. Then we had dinner which was Nachos and Chop Suey. For desert we had ice cream, fruit salad and brownies. Then it was lights-out by 9:00pm.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Melville Intermediate - School Athletics

Students of Melville Intermediate School are busy preparing for our final sports event of 2011, the Inter Intermediate Athletics Competition, which is being held at Poritt Stadium, Hamilton in a fortnight.  Yesterday we held the heats for the 100m sprints where each classroom had to have four nominated Boys and Girls runners for the competition into random heats, top two students from each race advance towards tomorrows finals.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Melville Intermediate - CPA at Waiuku School

On Monday and Tuesday the Melville Intermediate CPA - Cultural Performing Arts Group travelled to Auckland to preform for the first time this year. On the way they were able to give a very special performance at Waiuku Primary School, this was one of the schools that our students had been Skyping with during the year to improve Maori language, so the students were able to have the thrill of preforming to some of our online friends. Mackenzie was on hand with the school camera to record the event and this is some of the highlights.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Melville Intermediate - CPA Trip 2011

On Monday 7th November was the day when the CPA went to Auckland, we all travelled in the Melville High School vans.  We had a lot of parent helpers with us.  Everyone contributed something like baking, cereal and more.  We were looking for Waiuku Primary School but we got lost so Michelle (Shyniah's Mum) asked for directions.  We finally found Waiuku Primary School for our first performance.

I grabbed my costume and went to the hall.  There were so many kids but I wasn't nervous.  We had only two to three minutes to get into our costumes, there was a Maori, Samoan, and Hawaiian costumes.   It was time for the performance, we had to smile for the entire show.   Our show was amazing I felt so proud and excited.

I went back to the van for the Powhiri at the marae where we were staying, and where we were going to meet Matua Peter.  When we got there a lady was welcoming us to her marae and we sung songs then got our beds ready.  After we were settled in we went to the pools with a hydro-slide, wave pools and spa.  It was awesome, my favourite was the hydro slide.  Two hours later we went back to the marae to relax.  Dinner time, the food was delicious, there was nachos, and chop suey and ice cream with brownies for dessert... mmm.... We had a practice and got ready for bed..... zzz....

We got up at six am and got ready for our next performance, but first we had breakfast.  The stage was huge, I did my best and we were great.  After the performance we went to museum, then we went back to Hamilton and got Ice Cream!   Report by Hayze from Room Eight, this footage is of the Auckland Performance on the second day of the 2011 CPA Trip, filmed by Mackenzie from Room Eight.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Pixton Holiday Special

Melville Intermediate - Y8 Girls Netball at Variety Show

This is our final video from the Melville Intermediate School 2011 Variety Show... this video features the players of the 2011 Y8 Netball team, including members from the team from Room Eight, filmed by Ben, Benita and Mackenzie at the School Hall on the day of the performance.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Melville Intermediate - CPA at School Assembly

As its coming to the end of the School year in New Zealand our Melville Intermediate School Cultural Performing Arts Group (CPA) are preparing for their end of year shows.  This year next week they head for Auckland to compete in a cultural competition, but not before they perform for Waiuku Primary School on the way! We're also preparing for a series of shows locally at other schools and venues.  Yesterday on Thursday 3rd November the CPA performed for Melville Intermediate School as part of the school assembly, before a full day of rehearsals.   This was filmed by Shayne and Hannah.

CPA at School Assembly 3rd November from myles webb on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Kate's Commenting Tips from Australia

Recently I discovered a fantastic comment from a student, Kate S whose a student in Mrs Viney classroom in Australia.  I really liked how Kate had identified some key area's of commenting, and this is her orignial comment:

Hello Mrs V,
How are you???
I think a quality comment is almost like a letter. You greet them, and you give them the message. You should always be considerate of others because lots of people from around the world will be looking at your response. If we were writing a guide I’d put in a few rules like:
1. Use the right punctuation; you don’t want to seem unfriendly, especially because others don’t know if it’s a joke or not if you use the wrong punctuation.
2. Don’t get straight to the point, greet them and ask a friendly question. You won’t seem really rude. After you write your comment, maybe ask them a question and say goodbye.
3. Be specific about what you’re writing about. If you talk about something that’s relevant but not specific, the other person may not get what you’re talking about, and the conversation might lose track.
4. It’s always nice to have answered questions, so you should answer people’s questions, you can get a nice conversation going.
5. Remember to use capital letters and full stops. Also, remember that you only use one exclamation mark when you’re excited because if you use two or three you might seem like you’re shouting.
That’s my guide to writing quality comments.
Kate S.

I gave all the students copies of Kate's wonderful work, asked them to review it and highlight the five most important facts in their opinion about the article and then instructed them to go us it for practical means and go and leave a quality comment.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Melville Intermediate - Japanese students exchange

On Monday 31st of October the extension cooking class had the privledge to cook with the Japanese students from Ritsumeikan Keisho Junior High School.  Mrs Brown wanted them to have a 'New Zealand' experience so we made Hokey Pokey and Pavlova rolls.

Each student in extension cookng had been assigned 2-3 students each.  First Dante and Shanon showed the students how to make Pavlova.  After it was made they had to put it in the oven then cool it.  While that was happening we made Hokey Pokey.  We let the Japanese students measure out five tables of sugar and two tablespoons of golden syrup.  We had to put it on the stove until it boiled.  Then we added the baking soda.  It started to get all sticky so we quickly put it in the dish.  Half of the mixture was in the pot.  It was hard to get it off.   The Japanese students were amazed with the consistency of the Hokey Pokey.  We left it to cool down.

Finally the Pavlova was ready.   They cut them in half with sandwhich cream in between.  It was topped off with cream and Kiwifruit,   The Japanese students got plates and formed a line.   Dante, Shannon, and Morgen and I served Pavlova and Hokey Pokey Ice Cream.

The Japanese students didn't like the pavlova because it was too sweet but overall I think that they enjoyed the experience.  Kennedy Room Eight.
Cooking with Friends from Japan on PhotoPeach

Melville Intermediate - Cooking with our Japanese students

On Monday 31st October 2011 myself Hannah, Shanon, Kylie, Kennedy and Morgen went to the cooking room after morning tea.  We went there to teach half the Japanese students how to make Pavlova and they got to make Hokey Pokey.  First me and Shannon went up the front of the class and taught them how to make Pavlova.  We demonstrated and they were all looking at us.  I don't think that they understood us very well.  We then put it in the oven.  While it was in the oven we made Hokey Pokey with them.  All Hokey Pokey is made of is sugar, golden syrup and baking soda.  While the Hokey wa setting we decorated the pavlova and got some plates ready.  We served it to the students.  We gave them a slice of Pavlova with cream and kiwi fruit and one slide of Hokey Pokey ice cream.  They told the Japanese teacher that it was really sweet.  I think that they still enjoyed it though.  They left and we cleaned up and came back to class.  We all really enjoyed the experience.  Report by Dante Room Eight.  This video of the students working in the cooking room was filmed by Hepa from Room Eight.

Cooking with friends from Japan from myles webb on Vimeo.