Thursday, November 16, 2017


We had a great energiser, where we had to work together.

We talked about how we might feel before starting something challenging... then the feelings we might have throughout... and then almost at the end.
We discussed the feelings or emotions inside. What we felt like inside!

We have to show resilience, self control and manage our emotions to keep on going. 
If we have a goal to achieve, no matter what it is, we have to keep going. We wrote a letter to ourselves to give us positive encouragement to keep us going...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Self control

Keeping calm and in control,
Helps us all to reach our goals.

We are learning to be resilient by showing self control. We played a game where we had to try and throw the beanbags in the bucket. 

It was really hard to get them in. Sometimes the bucket tipped over... Noah and Kareem managed to get all 3 beanbags in the bucket! - Noah did this twice!
When we missed, it was frustrating, but the more we kept trying the better we got.

Frustration and anger is s little bit like a balloon. Sometimes it takes one more thing... and we get frustrated. If we leave it unmanaged it gets bigger and bigger and it can pop.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


We are talking about anger and frustration. They are emotions that happen so we are talking about how to deal with them.

We had a fantastic game to begin today, where we got really excited 

Reece & Owen role-played a scenario where there was friction between them... we thought it was s real argument, where Reece wasn't very nice and embarrassed Owen in front of us.  We talked about managing our emotions. There are a range of different emotions that went on during the scenario: angry, stressed, confused, awkward, worried.

We talked about the consequences of not managing our emotions. 
- causing a divide.
- impacting on other Kiwi Can leaders.
- losing our job.
- getting in trouble.

We talked about better ways of dealing with the situation, so that the problems don't occur. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


"Sometimes I'm happy. Sometimes I'm sad.
Sometimes I'm angry, sometimes I'm mad.
I have to remember, every day, 
To deal with feelings in a positive way."

Our focus is to be really resilient and ignore distractions.

We played bench ball, which really tested our resilience because we sometimes dropped the ball. The no goose guarding team made it fairer.
There were some questionable moments where people felt others weren't fair, and our competitive natures came out.
We talked about the emotions we felt while playing the game!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ki o rahi trials

Our seniors had trials for the school Ki O Rahi teams today. It was great to see them managing the game themselves and having a great time!

Chief Selector Tobey, recording notes on individuals standing out. 

Bring on the tournament on the 15th of November

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Siona explained to us about Diwali - the Indian Festival of Lights. 
As part of the celebrations, sweets are made. The type of sweet is different, depending on the part of India you are from. 
Siona is performing at the Horncastle Arena as part of the celebration.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bible in schools assembly

Watch what you watch and watch what you eat.

Mr Marty and Roy were in today for our Bible Assembly to start the term. 

We gave Diesel some advice about how he should eat healthier. We need to think about how we can be healthier by eating healthier. 

We learned about how marketing advertisers trick us into recognising advertising logos and brands. The average child sees 15 advertisements advertising junk food. 

We talked about how we can help people who don't like to read. 
As always, we finished with a game of Zonk! - won by the boys 85 - 20

Our Last Rams Session

Today was our last session with the Canterbury Rams. 
We have absolutely loved having them with us, teaching us skills and getting us excited about basketball. There is always somebody using the new hoop!

Thursday, October 19, 2017


"Sometimes I'm happy, sometimes I'm sad.
Sometimes I'm angry, sometimes I'm mad.
I have to remember every day, 
to deal with these feelings in a positive way."
Noughts and Crosses
We played noughts and crosses. It got quite frustrating at times, however we had make sure  we are staying positive. Katie changed the rules so we needed to make sure  we were listening so we knew what had changed. 

Katie shared an experience from when she was at school and struggled with math. She talked about how she could have dealt with it in a better way. 

We each had a numbered list of different emotions... Reece gave us a number. We needed to find a way to shoe the emotion for that number. 
Modelling our emotion

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We made the News!

It seems so long ago, that a group of our students participated in the Uru Manuka Student Summit... This week we made it in the news!

You can read our earlier posts about the Student Summit here.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Duffy Role Model Assembly

Scott Tulloch came in today to present our Duffy Awards.
He is an author and illustrator. 
He Played us his reading of the book, I am not a Worm. He'd used fantastic voices!
You can check it out on you tube!

He then drew a portrait of Miss Waho:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


You can count on me, to get the job done. You can always trust me. I'm the reliable one.

It's great to be back in our hall for Kiwi Can!

We started with a game.
We had to carry a ball between our knees to the other end. It felt a bit silly, and it was quite tricky for some.

We recapped on last weeks session about reliability and trust. We gave examples of things we could do to show we could've trusted. For our activity, we had to work together to pick a card (which had a letter on it). We had to silently communicate with each other to get into a line in alphabetical order. 

New hub in action

We have been having a great time experiencing our long awaited hub! We have left half of our furniture in the old hub! - Maybe we don't need it!?
Before habitation...

The hub in action!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Collaborating towards self-managing our learning

We have been using SOLO taxonomy to talk about how we are going to work towards being self managed learners with our devices. 

We broke into groups to brainstorm what each category might look like in our new hub. 
We then came back inside and collated our ideas together, on the board.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Soaking learning like sponges

Twelve Gilberthorpe students were privileged to attend the first inaugural Uru Manuka Student Summit, at Hornby Primary today. 6 students presented Toolkits to other akonga in pairs. 
They attended (and presented) Toolkits on topics ranging from robotics, voki, scratch coding, using apps... 
Afterwards, the 90 students were able to take their new knowledge back and share it with the akonga in their classrooms.

Friday, September 1, 2017


Say what you do, Do what you say, Be responsible every day. 

We used role play to show different situations where we need to show responsibility... at home... playing sport... 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Life skills

We got to play with weapons today, while learning to show self discipline. 
Did you know that nunchucks were originally used to mash herbs and spices. A baton was originally a locking pin for a cart. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Last day of winter sport

In the warm sunshine, we had our last day of winter sport for the year. 
Both netball teams were down to 6 players each, with illness and injury. 
Our teams have come a long way. They now work really well as a team!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ski trip

We spent the day:
...or just playing in the snow!

Hitting the slopes

On Wednesday, A bunch of us from Gilberthorpe School hit the slopes of Mount HUt. We had a fantastic day in the sun, testing ourselves with learning new skills!
It was really hard and we had to show resilience... but it was worth it!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Caring For Others

Keisha, Emalea and Tru have made a movie explaining how to show manaakiktanga to others.
They had a great deal of learning along the way, particularly with the challenges that come with collaboration. They got there in the end. This was their first iMovie and they have done a fantastic job.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jesse and Angus: Bear Attack

We have been learning about Manaakitanga, then creating Canterbury Digi Award Entries based on our understanding of what Manaakitanga means.

Jesse and Angus have created an animation to show how animals can help humans and how allowing the food chain to continue can also show kindness to animals, by keeping them fed.

Be sure to leave them a comment on their blogs, to tell them what you like, or what they could improve on.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fenix's Undercover Op Diamond Sword

We have been learning about Manaakitanga, then creating Canterbury Digi Award Entries based on our understanding of what Manaakitanga means

Fenix has been in the Learning Pit, trying to find the right transition speed for his slides. He began with the preset 1000, then found that 100 was too fast. He tried 200, 300, 150... then settled on 205.

Have a look and see whether you think he has found the right speed? Does it still hold your interest, while making it easy to read the text?
Be sure to tell Fenix what you think of it by commenting on his Blogpost!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rams first visit

Marques Whippy and Quinn Clinton, from the Canterbury Rams, came to teach us some basketball skills today. It was a great way to put our new basketball hoop into action. 

It was also an opportunity to show manaakitanga to our special visitors. 

Some of the skills were pretty tricky!
Everyone showed great attitudes by joining in and giving it a go!


"Say what you do, Do what you say, Be responsible every single day."

Today, we had the lovely Karla, alongside Katie, instead of Reece.

We have to go things for yourself rather than rely on other people to do it for you. 
Responsibility means telling the truth and taking responsibility for the things you do. 

At home I'm responsible for:
Tidying the house, making my bed, looking after my pet.

In my classroom, I need to be responsible for:
Looking after our devices (chrome books & iPads); putting the chairs down in the morning; doing our work; so that we can advance in life; your own things. 

We played "Bop It"
Bop it
Pull it
Twist it
Spin it
Jump it 
We showed fantastic attitudes this week!
Bop it!
We earned 18/20 for Respect points this week!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wacky day

It's all a little crazy today... Wacky Day!
A bit of bling... some fluro... odd shoes... even a Captain Underpants!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Honesty is the way to be, just try it out and you will see... 
We talked about how we can show honesty in our everyday lives.
We played a game with the Ripa tags. We had to show integrity by not goose guarding and doing the right thing by giving it back. 
We had a few problems because some weren't showing integrity. 
Ripper tag

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Hey guys!

Here is our assembly slide from last week! Hope you enjoy it!
Thanks to all the teachers and support staff for allowing us to video them and getting involved in our space theme!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Hey team, 

Rata class have been working really hard on some two person plays. We are learning about how to use expression in our voice and also how to remember our lines! 

The students have been recorded and here is their one week in rehearsal! What do you think? Some feedback would be great! 

There will be more uploaded later!!! :D Keep an eye out! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Learning about Space

Hey guys! 

Rata class are into their forth week of learning and talking about space. Our main question is "Could we live on another planet?" 
We have had a fantastic morning reading about the atmosphere of other planets and comparing it to Earth, as well as, watching some amazing videos from Chris Hadfield (an amazing astronaut). 

Emalea and Mikayla K had some really interesting discussions about living on Mercury! 
Did you know there is oxygen on this planet? There was a bit of a problem though... Mercury often gets hit by flying rocks! Do you know what another name for flying rocks are? Read more about Mercury on this link!

Chris Hadfield is such an interesting person. It is awesome learning from his youtube videos about how to do normal Earth things in space! I think my favourite video of his is how to make a sandwich in space! 

It is interesting listening to the news at the moment. President Trump wants us to send another space craft to Mars. We spent some time reading about life on mars... I wonder if it will ever become a reality? What do you think? Read more about it here!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Welcome back to Term 2!

Hey guys! 
I hope you all had a fantastic break and did lots of really interesting things. I am impressed at some of our students who have been blogging throughout the holidays. In particular some amazing posts made by Kareem, Hunter and Elijescha,  as well as, some great comments made by Kay-Lee. 

This term is an exciting one... we are working on our topic of Space and we are learning more about how to create interesting DLO's to share our learning. 

You can see what we have been learning on the Senior base camp site and can see what the students have created on their blog down the side! 

Looking forward to sharing some fantastic work! 

For starters... 
Check out Noah's first screencastify on the Sun, Moon & Earth! Here is the link to his blog 
That's all for now... 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Term One in a Nutshell!

Today we decided to make a cool poem about Term 1 so far - summarising it in a nutshell. We also added slides about what we have learnt so far in each subject. Hopefully the students will have theirs up by the end of the day!

What is the best thing that has happened to you this term? 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

25 Ways to Make Someone's Day

Last week during Kiwican Rata class watched this awesome video about things you should say more often - Here it is
and it got us thinking....

What are 25 ways that you can make someones day? Here are our ideas

Made with Padlet

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Update! Sorry we havn't posted in a while!

Today we are looking at our school values of Being There, Choosing the Right Attitude, Making Someone's Day and Play.

Miss M saw this really cool video online of a teacher who had different handshakes with each student and wanted to try doing this with our class. We are going to do it a bit differently but the idea is that we all have something that makes us special or unique.

If you could do a different handshake - what moves would you want to include? 

We will upload ours at a later date :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Teaching How to Care for our Chromebook

We are learning how to care for our devices. To share what we have learnt we have made slide animations. Here is Miss Morgan's example:

I love doing animations, although they do take a lot of time to get right!!!! 


In Rata we have been learning the definition of new words for Geometry!!!! Here is a slide to help you remember!!!

I like learning new words and making the connection to help me remember!!! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Miss Morgan

Miss Morgan is the teacher in Rata class.
She really likes emails from students, tidy classrooms, polite children and Gilberthorpe School. She also enjoys spending time at crossfit, dancing around the house, the smell of freshly baked cookies and exploring new places.
She recently got a puppy called Cooper and she thinks he is just perfect! But does not like when he chews on her fingers...
Other things she does not like are killer MOTHS, the sound of people biting their finger nails, boiled veges, and slow internet!!!
Recently Miss Morgan has been spending her time watching endless hours of Dance Moms! She knows that it is not doing much for her education but is mesmerised by the skill of the young dancers on the show!
Her weekends are spent looking after Cooper and Andy and seeing all of her amazing friends.
When she grows up she would love to be fit & active... as well as a traveller of the world!