Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Working From Home - Message From Our Deans

Kia ora, 

As we enter into this time, I hope that you are all safe and well. There are a lot of changes happening all around us and having your young ones home it can cause some uncertainty with their learning. This email is to explain what is set up for our Year 7, 8 and 9 tamariki. 

Year 7/8 Students
All Year 7 and 8 students will be able to access Online Learning through the Working From Home SiteWork is set up with instructions and ready to access. There is plenty of work there to access, please tell your tamariki to not stress about getting through all the work. There is a range of activities that they can do both online and in a book. We do not want this to add any anxiety to them but just to facilitate their learning while they are away

Year 9 students 
All Year 9 students will be able to access Online Learning through their Hurumanu Site. Their Hurumanu teacher will be in contact with them about instructions but if they go to the Hurumanu they are involved in then work will be there ready to go. Again, we do not want students to stress about getting all the work completed, It is there to help facilitate learning through the lock down period.

No Access to Online Learning 
If access to internet or a device is limited here are some options.
1) Be active in the home - Cleaning, cooking, gardening, exercise 
2) Keep a diary - Write about their daily activities, what is happening 
3) Reading - Books, Newspaper, Comics

I hope this all works out, please if any of this is not clear, let me know. I will still have access to my emails throughout this time.

The most important thing is to take care, be safe and I will be in touch.

Thank you all

Terry Mitchell (Mōhua Dean)
Alby Wilson (Riroriro Dean)
Liisa Laycock (Tīeke Dean) 

Preparing for a "New Normal"

Kia ora everyone,

We are about 24 hours away from going into "Stage 4" isolation in Aotearoa New Zealand to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. This is a strange and unsettling time, but I am doing my best to prepare for our new normal both as a teacher/kaiako and in my personal life. I do not want to talk too much about COVID19 or our impending isolation period, as I am not a medical professional, and honestly, do not keep as up to date with the news as much as I would like (perhaps I will have time to work on this over the next few weeks!) I realize I am not the best source for information, but that source can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/

At our school, we encourage our students to blog, to share their learning, to connect with others and to receive feedback, but with everything going on in a term, I find I am not always practicing what I preach, though I have my blog set up. That is not good enough, and I am seeking to change this. As I am preparing for this 'new normal' I have tried to set myself a bit of a schedule so that when times are trying or I am feeling out of sorts, as I anticipate we all will, I have some things to keep me motivated. I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit through repetition so I hope to use this time in a positive way to add positive habits to my life.

Things I will continue to do: 
- Wake up each morning at a reasonable hour
- Change out of my pajamas, wash my face, brush my hair - it's easy to get lazy when you are just staying home but keeping a routine will help!
- Make myself breakfast and a coffee and consume some media (read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a Youtube video)
- Dedicate time to work whether that is replying to emails, checking in with my students or reading some blog posts
- Go for a walk to get fresh air - while being mindful of the restrictions
- Read each night before bed
- Call and text with friends and whanau
- Do a face mask once weekly #selfcareSunday

New habits I would like to adopt: 
- Writing on this blog as a way to connect, and as some 'self-care' - I enjoy the act of writing
- Try some at home exercises through Youtube - yoga, Zumba, pilates etc.
- Cook some new recipes
- Working on my te reo Māori through an online course
- Reflect on a weekly basis of things I am grateful for

As a fan of history, I realize we are at a crossroads. This worldwide lockdown will be written about in textbooks and learned in schools of the future generation. This is a part of history and I believe the next month or so will be what we make it. While we have a variety of restrictions, we can still carry on our lives as best we can. We need to stay positive and socially connected, while staying physically distant. I hope you feel the same.

Stay strong (kia kaha) and be kind to others!

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

How to Preserve Meat - Scientific Method

Note, this is incomplete work used as an online modelling book for Bh/Ds/Lk.

Example of what your blog should look like: Year 7/8 Hurumanu

Intro - Today in Science we are learning to........

Aim - To learn how to preserve meat by dehydration

Prediction - My prediction is that it will dehydrate quickly because...


Method (instructions) *research*

Results *research what will happen*


Final personal comment/ask for Feedback

Remember, a great blog post also includes the following:
* sensible title
* photo or video to add meaning and interest
* labels