Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Kia Ora, From 8Bh!

For our recent Kete, we have been learning about the nationalities that make up Aotearoa New Zealand and the importance of our unique culture and heritage. Students were given the task to make a visual mihi, or introduction using te reo Māori. We put all of our mihi's together on Google Slides to share with you.

Please note, the majority of us are still learning Māori language. Please help us out by leaving a helpful comment if you notice any mistakes!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Sharing My Name

Students have been researching the meanings of their name and will be sharing their findings from conversations with their families and online searching tomorrow in Kete time.

I wanted to share the meaning of my name:
My first name is Chelsea and the story is that my parents wanted to name me Allison Catherine, but after much deliberation felt that the nickname 'Ally Cat' would surely stick, and by the time I was a teenager, I would probably be sick of it. My mother didn't want a name which was too common, or which could be shortened into something silly.

My father had heard the name 'Chelsea' in the movie On Golden Pond (which to my embarrassment, I still have not seen!) and he thought it sounded nice, he also liked the character in the movie... so Chelsea it was.

I did a quick internet search of the meaning of 'Chelsea' and found it is more than just the famous football team in England. Chelsea is of Old English origin and is a landing place or port for large ships.

Have you ever researched where your name comes from? Check out our students' blogs on the right sidebar to read more about the origins of their names!

Friday, 9 March 2018

Summer Learning Journey Winner!

Last Thursday we had a Junior Assembly and many students were recognized for participating in the Hornby Summer Learning Journey.

One of our students in 8Bh, Thomas, received a certificate for his excellent blog posts over the summer holidays. I want to say a big congratulations to Thomas and encourage you to check out his blog here.

All of our students' learning blogs are listed on the right side bar and we encourage parents, relatives and friends to leave a positive, helpful and inquisitive comment for our students to respond to. We hope you find our learning interesting and inspiring!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Year 8 Champion

Congratulations to our student Edrian.

In the Athletics report written for the recent school newsletter, Eddy was named one of two Year 8 Champions based on his performance at Athletics Day last Friday! His hard work practicing for the Athletics events in PE class has paid off.

Here is a video I took of Edrian during High Jump on Athletics Day.

Ka pai, Eddy!

You can access the latest school newsletter here.

What's in a Name?

Students have been given the task to research the history and meaning behind their name. They have been asked to discuss with their families and post their findings to their blog.

Where does their name originate from? Why was it chosen for them? Are there any anecdotes that go along with it?

I encourage all parents, families and whanau to help explain the names which have been chosen for the students, or assist them with their research into the history of their names!

I look forward to reading the students' blog posts about their name.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

School Athletics Day

On Friday we had our school Athletics Day and students participated either in the Competitive or Social league. I was very impressed with the amount of boys who chose to challenge themselves and compete for a chance to represent Hornby High School at the Zones competition. Well done all of you for being resilient and trying your hardest all day!

The Social athletes had a more relaxed morning where we opened up the doors in the hub for some cross class learning. The afternoon took them outside to compete and gain points for their houses. Many came in colourful mufti, face paint and for some, body paint! I hope that you are back to your normal skin colours on Monday. 

Thank you to all the parents and families who came out to support the children, it was excellent seeing you there. Here are some photos from the day.