Sunday, 18 December 2016

Ka kite ano!

Congratulations on an amazing year in Room 10. You have challenged yourselves and achieved success. Dream big as you continue to reach for the stars in 2017! Ka kite ano! Mrs Buchanan

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Katrina and Shakaia sing at prize-giving

Katrina and Shakaia performed this waiata as the first item at our annual prize-giving and culture festival held at Tamaki College on Thursday.

The kapa haka group, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Island cultural groups also performed for family and whānau to acknowledge and celebrate our successes this year.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Dream~Believe~Achieve - by Jessica

This film is about how we grow and achieve our life goals. From when we were little to how we are now. The people involved were Alexandra, Jozlo, Riiana, Tupouseini and my teacher Mrs Buchanan. Thank you all for working with me.

Music: 7 Years by Lukas Graham and See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth (used under Ruapotaka School's One Music Licence).

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Prize-giving 2016 - a celebration of culture and achievements

What a wonderful celebration of our cultures, achievements and success at Ruapotaka's annual year-end prize-giving which was held at Tamaki College.

Congratulations to our Room 10 prize-winners:

  *  Duffy Award for Attitude of Excellence - Shakaia
  *  Years 4-6 Sporting Ability - Mary
  *  Academic Excellence Year 6 - Katrina
  *  Academic Excellence Year 5 - Riiana
  *  Most Improved Student Year 6 - Pupuke
  *  Most Improved Student Year 5 - Jessica

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Celebrating Success! - by Bella

Our inquiry related to celebrating success. We came up with the idea of successful role models. There were some challenges while we created our movie about role models but we got over them and had some fun at the same time.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Celebrating culture and success - by Leilani

Our group has celebrated three cultures in our film. We will show our dances in Samoa, Tongan and Maori. This video was made by our team work and facing challenges.

Friday, 9 December 2016

St Kent's Day - by Solomone

It was a Friday morning like every Friday morning but then it was St Kent's day! When St Kent's came we had to be split into groups and go with two St Kent's boy and girl. When we we got organized we went to some activities the St Kent's made. I went to soccer first! It was amazing. I really had fun and enjoyed it so much but my team lost but at least I got to participate in it. After that my team got split up. I got to stay playing soccer. It was fun. After that game the other team won! After soccer the bell rang for morning tea. When morning tea was finish my team went to the music room and we played some music. After that we moved to the library and played some board games get it board games. I played chess and I won 3 games. I beat Popi, Mary and Brazie. Then I vs a St Kent boy. He won and I said good game and we shook hands. After that we moved to Zumba. It was cool we learned new dance moves. After that the bell rang and it was lunch time. St Kent's People made us some Sizzle sausages! After lunch time it was Culture groups and some of the St Kent's people came and watched us practice.

And that's what we did for St Kent's day!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

What is Teamwork? - by Tyron

Teamwork is when you work with people and do something together and have fun. For an example: when you're cleaning up a room and people help and you all do it together that is called Teamwork. Teamwork is a good way of doing things faster and better. Team: Together Everyone Achieves More.

Thursday December 1st 2016

When we were making the cake we first had to take the cake and put it on a type of plate and Pupuke had to get some icing and spread it across the sides. It looked delicious already. Then Julianne and I had to put some kitkat around the edges and then it stuck to it sort of. The next thing we did was tip some M&Ms on the top of the cake and whala there you go a m&m cake with kitkat on the sides.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Working as a team - by Solomone

I loved the movie because Julianne, Tyron, Pupuke, Katrina and I made a cake! Mrs Buchanan was recording us. When we started we put the cake on the table and Pupuke put the icing on the sides to stick the Kit Kat on. After that we stuck the Kit Kat on and Katrina and I put the M&Ms on top. Then Julianne,Tyron and Pupuke helped us. When we were done we finished recording.  I felt great because we got to make a cake! When it was lunch time, Julianne cut the cake and we got 1 piece of cake and 1 Kit Kat each.

We worked well together to make our movie. I used Panzoid to make the introduction about teamwork. Katrina used button base to make the beat for the background.

And That's What We Did For Our Movie! It was fun!

Friday, 2 December 2016

The right attitude pays off!

Congratulations to Katrina and Saluselo who were chosen this week to become school prefects. Ka mau te wehi! They have shown responsibility and leadership throughout the year and thoroughly deserve this recognition.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Where will your Summer Learning Journey take you?

It's nearly time for the Summer Learning Journey to begin! Rachel Williams came back to Ruapotaka today to explain how to register for this holiday blogging programme over the summer - and to tell us all about some of the exciting prizes up for grabs for those who blog the most over the holidays.

Anu from Glen Innes library was also on hand to let us know that Te Oro, Panmure and Glen Innes libraries are supporting this programme with free internet access during the holidays.

It's time to register, choose your destination and then begin your summer learning journey on Saturday 17th December! Where will your journey take you?

Friday, 25 November 2016

On The Road Again! - by Robati

Running is not allowed on the road.

On the road we always walk

Also when you're walking if someone hold their hand so they won’t run off.

Don’t just walk if you not patient for cars.

Parents always have to be your supervisor if you are with them.

And if you are not with a parent, make sure you look to your left and right.

To keep safe you have to: stop, look and listen.

Road Patrol is quite hard when you get nervous near the road

Or if you're used to the road you can do it easy

Look always - don’t stare at nothing - keep turning your head left to right.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Run Jump Throw - by Tyron

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On the first day we went to jump run throw we were being guided by a coach named Declan. Declan told us all of his three simple steps one: never talk when Declan or Mrs Buchanan is talking, two when Declan blows his whistle freeze and 3 have fun.

Day 1 with Declan

With Declan we first did a game called happy cone sad cone and what we had to do was if the cone was knocked over it is a sad cone and if it was standing up it is standing it is a happy cone. There were two teams one team had to knock the cone over and the other team was making them stand up. The team that was Knocking the cones down won the first round  but it wasn't over there were still two more rounds but the game changed a bit the team that was knocking the cones over had to knock the cones down with there heads and the team who was picking the cones up right had to do it with their feet and the knocking down team won! again. Then after that we played a tag game and what you have to do is run after a partner and if Declan blows his whistle you have to freeze and the person that was chasing their partner had to try reach out and tag their partner and if they did the person that was chasing had to be running away. Coach Declan was telling us about running and how we start running and when you run your hands go cheek to cheek. Then the next activity we did was a relay you had to jump over cones that were in a line and run back. And now the last activity of the day we all played a shark game there were two sharks and the rest of the class were pirates there were hoops that the pirates had to stay in so the sharks won’t get them and the pirates can only stay in the hoop for less than five seconds.

Friday, 18 November 2016

An earthquake occurs - by Riiana

After the earthquake that hit Hanmer Springs and was felt in the south and north islands. The first and most horrific earthquake was a 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale. A lot of people were confused because of how long the earthquake went on but the first one was followed by two mini ones.

Kaikoura and Wellington were the main places affected. A lot of tragic accidents have happened like two people have died in Kaikoura and Mt Lyford and Kaikoura has been flooded because a tsunami. A small amount of people a being flown out by a helicopter. Kaikouras drinking water has been cut off as well so they’re running low but luckily shipments are coming in to give them supplies to survive.

The tsunami that hit Kaikoura was caused by the 7.5 earthquake that hit on Monday 14 November. Here are a few tips if there is a tsunami coming.

  1. If you know there is a tsunami coming, don’t wait for sirens or anything like that.
  2. If you’re near the shore, plan an escape route.
  3. Never stay to watch a tsunami come in.
  4. Know the signs of a tsunami like the the shore being empty.
  5. Go straight to higher ground or inland, away from all the water.

I hope those four tips helped. Stay safe and be aware.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The colour of spring?

After seeing such beautiful cherry blossoms on our visit to Auckland Botanic Gardens earlier in Term 4, we created our own cherry blossom trees to celebrate these spring colours in Room 10.

Monday, 14 November 2016

How did Leilani and Pupuke introduce our movie?

Leilani and Pupuke did an awesome job of introducing our class movie to the audience at Hoyts Sylvia Park last Wednesday at the Manaiakalani Film Festival. Here you can listen to an audio of their introduction.

Gotta Read 'Em All!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Description About Film Festival In A Poem - by Riiana

Fantastic movies
Inspiring films
Lots of laughter
Music covers some of the clips

Funny moments
Enough funny movies to make you laugh
Some very sad scenes
True moments
Ideas on how to cope with sticky situations
Very important life lessons
A lot of people involved
Lots of schools there waiting to see their movies

Friday, 11 November 2016

GOTTA READ EM ALL! - by Solomone

Going To The Film Festival

On Wednesday we went to the Manaiakalani film festival in Sylvia Park. It was cool when we went in the bus because I got to sit in the back.  When we got there we went inside and waited for other schools to go out because they finished watching the movies before us.

When there were no more people coming out of the movies we went inside and we sat down on a chair and waited for the movies to start. It was cool because our video was second starting and it was funny but some people didn’t laugh but at the end they did.

When it was time to go we went outside and went in the bus to go back to school. My favourite movie was ours!


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Gotta Read 'Em All!

Room 10 were inspired by the adventure story, George's Secret Key to the Universe, by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. George and Annie head into outer space through a portal to save Annie's dad, Eric, from a black hole ... Luckily Room 10 had Pikachu on hand to save the day in their adventure for this year's Manaiakalani Film Festival!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Release Date Announced

The excitement is reaching fever pitch as fans count down the days until Room 10's latest movie is released on Wednesday, 9th November. The premier is being hosted at Hoyts Sylvia Park as part of the Manaiakalani Film Festival.  Although the stars are trying to keep out of the limelight before the big day, they have confirmed that this movie is an adventurous change in direction from their usual music videos.
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Whānau commenting: positive, thoughtful and helpful

Having created some screencasts to share what a quality blog comment is and looks like, learners in Room 10 did a wonderful job of supporting whānau to begin commenting on their personal blogs last week. We're so looking forward to reading more and more comments from whānau!

Friday, 28 October 2016

For our Whanau: Quality Blog comments! - by Henry and Pupuke

Pupuke and I created this screencast to show our families what we mean by "quality blog commenting". Hope you enjoy! (Henry)

I created this screencast with Henry so our families can learn how to write quality blog comments (Pupuke).

Monday, 17 October 2016

Running cheek to cheek

Last week Declan from Kelly Sports took us for our first session of Run, Jump, Throw. Even though it was raining and we couldn't run outside, we improved our running style by practising indoors.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Growing our ideas about plants

What a beautiful day for our trip to Auckland Botanic Gardens! The sun was shining and the cherry blossom certainly let us know that spring has sprung! We will share what we saw and learnt about the different plants on our blogs over the next few days.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Back in Room 10!

Now that the senior block at Ruapotaka has been reopened, we are excited to have returned to Room 10 to find our usual desks and things.  Alex is pleased to be reunited with her glasses which have been in her desk since 6th September!  It is fantastic to see how much our garden has grown while we were away too!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

In the holidays - by Alex

In the holidays I went to the library and we had a booklet but you have to finish the activities. If you get 9 stamps, you get a prize. The prize was to take a DVD home for free and I had fun at the library.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

My imaginary creature - by Saluselo

I was chosen to represent Room 10 at Ruapotaka's Poetry Recital last Friday.  After reading the nonsense poem, Scroobious Pip, by Edward Lear, I created my own imaginary creature and here is my poem about him.

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Ning Nang Nong - by Leanah

I was chosen to represent Room 10 at Ruapotaka's Poetry Recital on Friday. After reading some nonsense poems by Edward Lear and Spike Milligan, I decided to learn The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan for the poetry recital. It is a bit of a tongue-twister!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Poetry recital

Congratulations to Room 10's poetry recitalists at the whole school poetry recital yesterday.

Kuini and Katrina worked together to write a poem about bullying not long after we had our session on learning to play chess. They both recited the poem in front of the class and decided to do a combined presentation for the whole school poetry recital.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Goodbye, Kuini!

Many tears were shed today as Room 10 farewelled Kuini who is moving to another area of Auckland. Julianne, Mary and Tupouseini managed to sing a farewell through their tears. Kuini's kind and friendly nature, confident speaking and amazing athletic skills will be missed very much. We all wish you the best of luck at your new school next term, Kuini.

Over the moon!

Yesterday Ruapotaka held its annual skipping display for family and whānau. Mary, Kuini and Pupuke jumped and jumped and jumped when they represented Room 10 at the senior endurance event. Everyone was then able to show off their individual skills with short ropes, in groups using a long rope and, lastly, double-dutch. It was good to be able to relax and watch Room 9 display their skills and tricks while we caught our breath!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Training with the Silver Ferns

Such excitement for Mary, Kuini, Bella, Shakaia, Leanah and Katrina today ... they were driven to St Kents for some netball coaching ... with some Silver Ferns ...

Leana de Bruin, Cat Tuivaiti, Maria Tutaia and Grace Rasmussen shared some of their amazing skills with these lucky netball players from Ruapotaka.  It was especially exciting for Mary who wants to be a superstar like Maria Tutaia one day.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sustained Silent Drawing 2016!

How silent and sustained the sketching when learners can choose their own drawing lessons from Youtube! Room 10 students are loving sketching various animals in different styles this week.  I think there is even more focus than at SSR time!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Working together to face our challenges

We are back at Ruapotaka School but learning in the library instead of Room 10 at the moment. To help us think about working together as we face our latest challenges, we completed a teamwork challenge. Each team was given 25 straws, one strip of Blutak and five minutes to see who could build the tallest tower.

It wasn't really about the tallest tower, it was about taking turns to talk, listening to others, co-operating and collaborating as each team came up with a plan. It was wonderful to see three-quarters of the teams face this challenge successfully!

Monday, 12 September 2016

How will reading change your life?

Henry entertained us at our Duffy role model assembly at Tamaki Primary School this afternoon with his hilarious stories about reading at the library when he was a kid. The first book that he can remember reading at the library was Where the wild things are and by the time he was a teenager he was reading Shakespeare - which led him to drama school.  Henry says that reading changed his life!

Robati was excited to receive a Goosebumps book from Henry. It'll be hard for Robati to put that down until he's finished!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Mālō e lelei!

As  manuhiri at Tamaki Primary School, it was a privilege to watch a special assembly this morning to celebrate Tongan Language Week.  Beautiful costumes, beautiful speeches and beautiful singing and dancing! Thank you for letting us share this wonderful event with you.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

A warm welcome at Tamaki Primary School!

School and learning were a little different today ...  We are learning in the library at Tamaki Primary School with Room 9 for the rest of this week while our rooms at Ruapotaka are cleaned.  It was pretty cool running around the bike track for fitness too.  Thank you, Tamaki Primary School, for such a warm welcome and sharing your space with us.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Just like Steven Adams!

Last week Coach Marco from Kiwisport came to Ruapotaka to begin teaching us how to play basketball like Steven Adams!  We had loads of fun dribbling the ball with our finger tips and practising our triple threat stance.  What will we learn next?

Monday, 29 August 2016


What a lot of thinking and concentration was needed this morning! Coach Paul from Chess Power visited Ruapotaka to teach everyone in Rooms 10, 11 and 12 how to play the game of chess. Now that we've learnt the names of the pieces and how they move around the board, it's time to work on strategy!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Bouncing the ball everywhere!

Eight students from Room 10 represented Ruapotaka at the interschool netball tournament last week. Mary did an outstanding job as captain of the Year 5 and 6 team, making sure that everyone worked together while enjoying the day.

Leanah shares her writing about the day:
On Wednesday the 17th August Kuini, Tristan, Fakaola, Pupuke, Shakaia, Saluselo, Bella, Katrina, Mary and I went in a Tamaki College van to inter school netball and Mr. Reid was driving. When we got there Mary and I had to practice shooting because we were the shooters. We had to play 6 games in total. Our first game was against Pt. England. We lost to them. After that game we had other games and we won 4 of them and had a tie on one of them.

Kuini's shares her ideas about the day in an acrostic poem:

Monday, 22 August 2016

New to Room 10!

We  would like to welcome five new students to Room 10 after their big move from Room 9! It is fantastic to see that they enjoy reading too. They have recently launched personal blogs and are looking forward to sharing their learning just as much as everyone else!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Training with Yayleen - by Alexandra

Yesterday my mum came to do training with Yayleen. She had to listen to instructions. Now I can take my Chromebook home from Monday to Thursday. My mum is the first parent in the school to do training with Yayleen. It was exciting taking my Chromebook home last night and it will be cool taking it home every day except Friday and in the weekend.

Sunday, 14 August 2016


Room 10 enjoyed a wonderful day at Auckland Zoo on Friday thanks to the amazing sponsorship of The Warehouse. We were treated to a Zoofari around Pridelands by a zoo educator and were able to spend the rest of the day exploring other animals and their habitats. Everyone learnt a huge amount during the visit and the students are looking forward to writing about this learning adventure in Week 4.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

We're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo

School's takin' us to the zoo tomorrow
Zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow
School's takin' us to the zoo tomorrow
And we can stay all day!

We're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo ...

Monday, 8 August 2016

Reading at home

Now that everyone is able to take their Chromebook home, we are able to do different activities when we are learning at home. Here Julianne reads the story "Mele's Money Dance" to show that she is practising her reading at home.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Friday, 5 August 2016

3rd place for me - by Leilani

On Tuesday my teacher Mrs Buchanan had told me that on Monday, when I was sick a lady called Rachel came over to our school on Monday. I was given a prize and a certificate from her for doing a good job blogging in the winter learning journey program but sadly I wasn't there. She had chosen three winners, I came third and Prudence came second and Jessica came first they also did a fantastic job on blogging as well. Then at the end of school my teacher had given me my prize and certificate to take home. I was so happy that I got this prize that when I got outside I was jumping around with excitement. In my prize I had a Rio DVD a green water bottle, water slingshot and three chocolates. When I got home my mum was very proud of me. The winter learning journey was fun for me and thank you to Rachel for my prize.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

2nd place - by Prudence

On Monday Rachel came to our school. She came to do the prizes and certificates for the Winter Learning Journey. She gave some people certificates and 3 people prizes. 3rd place was Leilani. 2nd place was me and 1st place was Jessica. When Rachel called my name my heart was pumping. It was hard to hold my prizes. For my prize I got a basketball, drink bottle, Rio 2 DVD, Slingshot, 2 chocolate bars and a book. I liked doing Winter learning Journey.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Tāne me te whānau marama

The Gruffalo reading group enjoyed reading this play by Moira Wairama during Matariki. It tells the story of how there came to be light in our sky. We decided to record the play to add to our Listening Post resources and here we share our video version.

Thank you, Katrina and Tyron, for joining the group to take on the extra roles.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Giving it a shot - by Kuini

It's nearly time for Rio 2016 to begin! What challenges do athletes face before they achieve success?

Kuini created this story sequence about the School Journal story "Giving it a shot" in which Lauren is an athlete facing some challenges.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Old Boxing Gloves - by Alexandra

these boxing glove is from way back in the days like in 1929 but when new boxing glove where made people where training to fight other people and people from 1929 retired because there old they can't live that long.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Football - by Prudence

The name of my sport is: Football

The aim of the game is:
Two teams of 11 players must try to put the ball in their opponent’s goal, while defending their own. Only one player on each team, the goalkeeper, may touch the ball with their hands and arms.

The two rules of this sport is:
. The men’s tournament has an age limit of 23
. Teams earn three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Tom and Vinicius Episode #2 - by Leilani

The search for just the right home:

Tom and Vinicius are trying to look for just the right home but it seem that all the homes in the forest have other animals living in them.

Leilani is blogging during the holidays to learn about the Olympic Games as part of the Winter Learning Journey.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Facing challenge and challenging faces

After making different 3D shapes with sticks, straws and blutak, we looked at 3D shapes from a different perspective. We cut out the nets of hexagonal and triangular prisms and then had to figure out how to glue the net to create the shape. A few people challenged themselves to make an icosahedron from a net: twenty triangular faces took a lot of effort to glue into shape!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

He aha te tāima?

Kuini: He aha te taima?
Mary: Kua tekau karaka te tāima.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a great time to practise what we already know and learn some new words and phrases in te reo. We had fun practising our numbers up to 100 and learning to ask and tell the time with a buddy. Ka pai, Rūma Tekau!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Let's talk!

Term 2 ended today with whole school speech finals at which Zion, Katrina and Saluselo represented Room 10. Zion loves learning about space and the planets and shared some amazing facts, while Saluselo told us all about the WWE wrestler, Joseph Ano'ai aka Roman Reigns. Congratulations to Katrina who came second in the Year 4-6 category with her information-packed speech about Steven Adams. Fantastic!

When it was time for first-language speeches, Julianne, Kuini and Tupouseini looked and sounded so proud to share some personal and family history with the audience.

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Start saving now ... ka-ching!! That was the message from Tessa when she visited Room 10 to teach us how to be smarter with money. She did this as part of the ASB bank's GetWise financial literacy programme. We remembered some ways we might earn money when we are a little bit older. We remembered about saving vs. spending. We learnt that we can save a little bit more by choosing to save our money with a bank. This is because the banks pay interest which adds extra money to the money already in our account. Ka-ching!!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Maths time! - by Henry

When I came back from being sick we had to do maths which was amazing! We made 3D cubes. We had to use stick and straws which I was so excited to do. I was working with Saluselo and Shakaia. Then I made another 3D shape. That's what I learnt about for maths.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Shake, shake!

From farm to table: we have been learning how milk is made, what is made from milk and how milk gets to our table. The Fonterra milk that we drink at school has been on quite a journey before it arrives at our desks.

As we buy our milk, cream, butter, cheese and yoghurt at the shops, it is hard to imagine that around 150 years ago, there were no fridges and many families in New Zealand made their own butter.

What did those families have to do to make butter? Churn the cream! Although our cream came from a supermarket (not a farm), we were able to make our own butter for our table by shaking and whisking. It took almost as much energy as fitness!

The cream thickened before changing into solid yellow blobs in a thin white liquid. We strained off and squeezed out the buttermilk liquid and, voilá, delicious butter to spread on our bread.

Thursday, 30 June 2016


FLiP is a financial literacy programme developed by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) for Year 5 and 6 students. Nikki and Sigred, our coaches from PwC, visited Room 10 for four sessions to share their knowledge about being smarter with money. We learnt about saving and spending, being a responsible borrower, protecting our identity and different types of insurance. After learning lots of new words and learning through fun activities, we were each presented with achievement certificates at our final session yesterday.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A blogging challenge!

A special visitor, Rachel Williams from the University of Auckland, came to Room 10 yesterday to tell us all about an online holiday blogging programme she is running during the holidays - from Saturday 9th July until Sunday 24th July. She has created all sorts of writing activities to do with the Olympic Games in Rio.

If we decide to take up her blogging challenge, there are different activities to be completed every day about the Olympic Games. Each time we blog about an activity, we are given points! Certificates for everyone who blogs! Prizes for the most active bloggers with the most points!