Miss T's Classroom.

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Choice, Conscience, Love

I would like you to watch this video again, and then write which words in the rap stand out to you and why.  Or something that happens in this video and how you feel.

Using photos correctly on your blog

We have been discussing how important it is to attribute photos correctly, and that we cannot just google any photo and use it. That photo belongs to someone, we must have their permission to use it.

1.  It is best to use our own photos or someone we know personally who we have asked and received the okay for.

2. Use Creative Commons to find a photo for our blog.

The easiest way to do this is add the Compfight plugin to your blog.

Go to Plugins on the left of your dashboard and click on All.

Compfight is at the top on the right and activate it.

Once it is activated there is a little camera to the right of Add Media and you can click on it and search for a photo you may use under creative commons and it includes the attribution.  I think this is the best way for you at the moment.

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Photo Credit: o.tacke via Compfight cc

Read-a-thon 2014 Blast Off

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For the week going from 15th September to the 19th of September we have our Read-a-thon for after school reading.  This helps us raise money for our school library.  So get to it Room 8.  Gather up some sponsors and Read – Read – Read.

For any student in Room 8 who brings in their form to me by Monday I will sponsor them for 25 cents for every 5 minutes they read out of school.  The maximum I will sponsor will be 5 hours per student.  It is up to you how much I donate to the school library.  I am only doing this because it is my last year at the school and …..  I love books and reading and I want the same for you.

I am thinking of awarding a special book prize to the student who manages to gather up the best number of sponsors.

Also if you write a post about reading in general – why reading is great, what you like to read, when you read, one of the best books you ever read and why libraries are wonderful places and link it up below then you will go into the draw for a book choice of your own.  Link ups need to be done by the 22nd of September and it is only open for Room 8 students here at school.

Things to do:

  • Gather sponsors

  • Write a post to link to this one

  • Read – Read – Read

  • Gather your parents signatures as proof of your reading

  • Collect in the money and bring to the school office by the 24th of September.

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Photo Credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simões via Compfight


Successful Snow Camp

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All the Year 7 & 8 are back at school now and have enjoyed a very successful snow camp.  Thanks to the teachers and parents who went with them.  We have been hit with a flu type bug, so it has been difficult to talk about it together.  On Monday we had ten away!

So tell us about the best part of the camp for you?  What did you achieve? How much perseverance did you need? What was the most embarrassing moment?  Or the most spectacular?

Attribution for photo: Sarah Bishop

Week Five – Exciting Times

This week the Year 7 & 8′s are very excited because on Wednesday they are off to the mountain for snow camp.  I hope there is plenty of snow for them and not any rain.  That means our class will be cut in half for the rest of the week.  I am sure the Year 6′s will be happy to have some time to themselves.

Last week we were all shocked and saddened by the fire on Sunday night that burnt down four classrooms and library at our neighbouring school.  The students have had no school all last week.  This week on Wednesday the classes affected will walk over to use some of our spaces here at St Patricks while their school works towards replacing the classrooms. No one knows how long that will be.  So in the meantime we will have three classes in the large space beside our classroom.  It was once used by some of our junior classes in open plan style.  I hope it will work out for them, and that we won’t disturb them.  We are very happy to help out.  You can read about the fire here and watch a short news clip.

Last week the students who go to Technology came back with their videos completed.  I like the one Harshil, William and Blaise made as it seems to be well organised and fits the criteria of an advertisement.  See what you think. Pop over to Harshil’s blog and you will be able to pick up the password to watch the videos the students made.

Welcome back this week to Emmaus school, I hope you have all found a comment from your blogging buddies.  What are you all going to be doing this week?

Blogging Buddies with Emmaus

St Pats                           Emmaus

Keane                                                             Brayden

Alyssa                                                             Ale

Blaise                                                              Hayden

Brianna                                                           Bailey

Brooke                                                            Gemma

Charissa                                                         Arabella

Clemie                                                            Jarred

Connor                                                            Cameron

Daniel                                                               Cody

Dayna                                                                Ocean

Dominic                                                         Lachlan

Evalina                                                             Harry

Harshil                                                              Nick

Hope                                                                  Riley

Katherine                                                            “

Jasmine                                                            Matthew

John Paul                                                        Cooper C

Joseph                                                               Jack O

Josephine                                                          Chloe

Josie                                                                    Grace

Josh                                                                    Cooper G

Lauren                                                                Hannah

Sara                                                                       Tye

Simon                                                                  Declan

Terennz                                                               Charlie

Therese                                                                Rachel

William                                                                Patrick

Charlise                                                                Dorian

Phyllis                                                                  Jack S

Ethan                                                                    Ethan




We Welcome Emmaus School – Adelaide.


This week we welcome Emmaus School in Adelaide, Australia to our blog.  We are looking forward to “meeting” you all and becoming blogging buddies.

In 2014 there are thirty students in our class.  We age in range from 10 to 12 years.  Some of us have only been blogging for a very short time – others of us have been blogging for a few years.

We go to St Patrick’s School on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand. About 40 minutes north by car from our capital city – Wellington.  We are a small Catholic school, with five classrooms.  We are in a block by ourselves – with a hall next door to us.  Sometimes it gets rather noisy, but we like where we are.

We have some computers in the classroom, but not one for everyone.  Some of us bring our own and some bring mini iPads or iPods.

At school we like:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Football
  • Jump Jam
  • RE
  • Maths  - bit of a grumble about that one!
  • Music
  • Technology for Yr 7 & 8

We have two breaks in the day – one at eleven o’clock and one at one ten p.m. They are 30 minutes each.  During these times we like to:

  • Looming
  • Soccer (football)
  • using our imagination to make up games
  • socialising
  • going into the library
  • playing virus – a ball game – a bit rough!
  • some of us have duties, like the PE shed, library and junior playground

Therese and Clemie made a short video of our school this morning

These people have visited Australia, although none of us have been to Adelaide.

  • Miss T – Gold and Sunshine Coast
  • Sara
  • Daniel
  • William -  Melbourne and Gold Coast
  • Simon
  • Phyllis
  • Josh  - Melbourne
  • Josephine – Melbourne and Gold Coast
  • Katherine -  Melbourne and Gold Coast
  • Jasmine
  • Lauren

Everyone mostly went to the Gold Coast!

If we were to visit Southern Australia where should we go and what should we do?

People Savers

Lou came for almost a whole day to help us learn to be people savers.

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We learned:

  • what to do when we are the first on the scene of any kind of accident

  • how to treat nose bleeds and shock

  • how to care for someone with a broken bone

  • how to treat burns and scalds

  • what to do if someone swallows some kind of poison.

  • how to tie a sling two different ways.


What can you remember about what we learned?

Magyk by Angie Sage



Magyk is the book we have just started to listen to.  It is the first in a series.  You can read about the whole series by clicking to this link  Septimus Heap Chronicles.   As you can see there are quite a few in this series.

While we are reading:

  • picture the story in your head
  • notice any questions you are asking yourself
  • predict what might happen next
  • notice the characters you like or dislike and why
  • what genre does this book belong to?

Welcome to Term Three

Welcome back, this is a new term and we have ten weeks in it.

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We are starting off with the Life Education  Trust bus, we will have four sessions with Paula and it will be mainly about healthy eating, the various nutrients we need, why we need them and how we might achieve a balanced diet in our every day lives. As well later in the term we will be looking at other things that help keep us healthy – especially healthy relationships.

Some of the school are preparing for Artsplash and this will be on Monday afternoon.

We have ski camp for the Year 7 and 8 in Week 5, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Technology for Year 7 & 8 will be on Friday, except for camp week.

In religious education we will be learning about the sacraments.

In Maths we will be covering Fractions, Decimals and Percentages with some Algebra and Geometry.

We have some art – we will be painting self portraits and we also have the Abacus calendar to design and do.

Literacy will carry on as we have been doing, with everyone setting their own goals and working towards them.

The winter sports tournament will probably be on, although we have smaller numbers as the Year 6 will go with the Year 5′s.  That means the Year 7 & 8 will only make one or perhaps two teams – we will see.

It’s good to see everyone back and looking well.

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