Thursday, 30 April 2015


Welcome to Rm 14s assembly item. This term we’ve been flat stick already. We’ve been to Dixon Park, Gallipoli, we’ve spied on the weird Neighbour next door and we've even been to Nelson and Kaikoura exploring earthquakes, tsunami and landslides.

If you look over to where we arent in the hall you will see some of the art we made to commemorate ANZAC day. The artwork uses positive and negative space. Behind the poppies are the beach and hills of ANZAC cove. Here are some more.

At the start of our investigation of ANZAC day and what it means, we investigated a letter that was sent by Ethel Martin to her boyfriend Henry Nicholas. Henry received the Victoria cross for bravery. He never got Ethels letter and he died 19 days before the end of the war.If you would like to read more about him go to the blog. We used this and a poem by Ashleigh Young to inspire us to write.

Ra's, Skye, Lukes

This week we’ve been on a virtual field trip to Kaikoura, Nelson and Seddon, investigating earthquake, tsunami and landslides. Yesterday we participated in an audioconference. Here is the first few minutes. If you’d like to hear more, go to our blog

Audio conference

And finally we’ve spied on the weird neighbour next door. No not really! What’s he building in there? Mr wood played us a music video by an American singer/songwriter called Tom Waiits. Its a bit weird. We had a go at making our own. Here's Finns

We hoped to enjoyed our assembly. See you soon.

Geohazards Field Trip Day 3

Hi everyone. This morning we have an Audio conference with Shelly and Rob form Learnz.
Click the link to see who is asking which question. Make a copy  so that you can add to it-use this to take notes.


As we watch the videos type any questions, puzzles or even things that squeal your wheels below

Video questions

  1. What is a tsunami?
  2. What causes tsunami?
  3. Why is there a risk of tsunami in Kaikōura?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Geohazards Field Trip Day 2

Hi everyone,

Here is the diary for day 2 of the trip

Day 2 diary

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Gallipoli War Diary-Rikihana Carkeek

Learning areas 

Social sciences (level 4): Understand how people participate individually and collectively in response to community challenges. 
English (level 4): Listening, reading, and viewing Language features: • Show a developing understanding of how language features are used for effect within and across texts. (Indicator: knows that authors have different voices and styles and can identify some of these differences.)

Rikihana Carkeek was a prominent Ngāti Raukawa leader who was in the Māori Contingent and the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion. He fought in many battles during the First World War and kept a diary throughout. Rikihana returned home an officer and died, much later, at age 72. His memoirs were published after his death.

 Key questions

• What can we observe?
• What do we already know? 
• How might people view these diary entries in different ways? 

Possible discussion questions 

• What impressions do you have of Rikihana after reading his diary excerpts? 
• How do the events Rikihana describes in these excerpts fit in with other First World War events you know about? 
• How do you think Rikihana Carkeek felt during the different events he describes? 
• Have you read any other diaries? 
• Why might it have been challenging to write/keep a diary during the war? 
• What differences might there be between the way a soldier or a nurse described their experiences in their diaries compared with their descriptions in a letter home? 
• Why do people keep diaries? 
• If someone 100 years from now were to read a diary you had written, what might be of interest to them?

Geohazards Virtual Field Trip

We're off again! This time we are travelling to Seddon

Here are the Main Learning Areas!

Science Curriculum online

Click on the links below to find the 'Success Criteria' for each strand
Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-8, Nature of Science Levels 2-8,
Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5.

Day 1 Diary

During this field trip we will:

  • travel to Seddon to investigate New Zealand's most recent substantial earthquake
  • see the effect of the Seddon events on the landscape and find out how it affected people
  • visit a place in Marlborough where a tsunami could land and assess the risks
  • go to locations in Marlborough where landslips have caused significant problems
  • discover the impacts of landslides and how these can be reduced
  • meet engineers, scientists and people involved in trying to understand natural hazards and how we cope with them
  • learn about instruments and processes used to detect and monitor New Zealand's geohazards

Where we are going

The South Island's Alpine Fault is a very distinct feature along most of its length. This is because the Southern Alps have been uplifted along their eastern side, making the fault clearly visible from space. The northern end of the Alpine Fault however splits into several parallel faults that spread out across the Marlborough region. There have been several recorded earthquakes in the region including in 1848 and 2013, and a tsunami in 1855. The Marlborough region is, not surprisingly one of the most seismically active in New Zealand and a very good place to explore the nature of geohazards!

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • investigate the risks of earthquakes, tsunami and landslides and other geohazards in your local area
  • bookmark the GeoNet website so you can go there whenever you feel an earthquake tremor or hear about one

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Dawn Service by Ashleigh Young

Letter to Henry Nicholas

This envelope contained a letter for Henry Nicholas, a new Zealander soldier fighting in France, written by his girlfriend, Ethel Martin. Shortly before Ethel wrote the letter, Henry had been awarded a Victoria Cross medal for bravery. The Victoria Cross is the highest military award possible and receiving one was a rare distinction. Of the 100 000 New Zealand soldiers who fought in the First World War, only 11 were awarded the Victoria Cross. Henry Nicholas died before reading Ethel's letter, just 19 days before the armistice. (an armistice is an agreement to stop fighting. The armistice that marked the end of the First World War was signed by England, France and Germany on the 11 November 1918)

The story of Ethel's letter is told through an interactive comic strip. This comic strip contrasts the different experiences of a woman left at home and a man at the front, each with their sorrows

Key Questions:

  • What can we observe?
  • What do we already know?
  • How might people view this envelope in different ways?
Possible questions for further investigation:

  • What can you see on this envelope?
  • Where was its intended destination?
  • Why do you think it looks so tattered?
  • At what stage of the war was it sent?
  • How do you think Ethel Martin felt when the letter was returned to her?
  • Why did she decide to keep the envelope and the letter inside it/
  • Why was this letter in the Canterbury Museum? What is the VC collection?
  • What do you think life was like for Ethel Martin, and other women in New Zealand, during the war?
  • Henry Nicholas won a Victoria Cross for his bravery. In what ways were Ethel Martin and other New Zealand women brave during the war? How was this bravery recognized?

Home Learning WK 1

Welcome back to term 2!

Next week we are going on another Virtual Field Trip. This time to Blenheim to study the fault-line. This VFT focuses on Earthquakes, Tsunami and landslides. This begins next Tuesday. If any parents would like to come along they are more than welcome to join. 

We are a speaking class this time for the audio conference. We need to ask questions about landslides. Take time this week to read these background readings and activities. We need to send our questions away on Friday. You can post them here are a comment if you like.