Sunday, 29 November 2015

Room 7 this year

I was looking back at our photo's from earlier this year, and realised how much we have all grown since February. We've said goodbye to a few people, and we've a few as well. But either way it has been a magnificent year working, learning, creating, sharing and having fun in Room 7. 
This year we have learned digital skills, new math strategies, more sophisticated sentence structures and language features. We've read and learned about the world, the solar system, history, and some stories we've read just for fun. Best of all we've made great friends to share all these experiences with. Ka mau te wehi Rūma Whitu!

Friday, 27 November 2015

World Trip ~ By Shannon

World Trip!

A few days ago Glenbrae School had gone on a world trip. Let me explain it to you soon. For our world trip we went to Room 3, Maru had come to our school, we were the 28th school they had visited out of the thousands of schools in New Zealand, so we were very lucky.

When we arrived, we could see a cardboard view master with a smartphone inserted. Mrs Parker and Maru explained what we had to do like hold it from both sides so the phone doesn't fall out and when we press the cardboard “button” down, it would zoom in. Mrs Parker controls the phone on a tablet, so where ever she presses on the tablet, we go there. When I put on the “Google goggles”, I didn't know it would look 3D, I thought it’ll just look like a normal smartphone screen, but no, it was 3D, because there were some glasses in there. Maru said that they’re still deciding if they want to release the app or not, so we kinda got a sneak peek and just to let you know they are real life photos… so we couldn't go to the other planets like Jupiter, Saturn and the others.

After that, Mrs Parker told us to carefully grab one and wait for her to take us to our destination. We first went to the Volcanoes, I got so scared, because it looked like I was standing in lava. It look SO REAL! We went to so many places, but I especially liked the Slovenia caves and space. I really liked space, because we I learnt that the Milky Way goes all around our galaxy. As I said before we went to so many places, but I can only write about two so let's talk about space now!

In space we saw the Earth’s atmosphere, the Sun, the Moon, Mars and the Stars/Milky Way. On Mars it was just grey and students were asking why it was that colour, because we all knew that it was a bright colour. Mrs Parker said “Because it is night time, during the day time it’s bright.” We also went on the Moon, and saw Neil Armstrong. It was really scary, because we were kinda like flying and it was really high.

After a few places, we went to the Slovenian Caves in Slovenia, near Italy, but I've been to the Caves somewhere in New Zealand. It looked really similar, but there were glow worms.

To read more of Shannon's work go to her personal blog

Google Expedition ~ By Luisa

Google Expedition

Has there ever been a time where you want to go to somewhere but plane tickets are expensive. Well, Google HQ created a special type of technology that can take you to different places without actually going. Room 7 took a world wide tour to amazing places with spectacular views. We used Google goggles called Cardboard viewmasters with a smartphone inserted. Out of those amazing places my two favourite places we visited was the Slovenian caves and the Great wall of China.

The Slovenian caves were mind blowing. Throughout the tour of the cave Mrs.Parker explained the different informations about the cave and how she had visited the cave three years ago. Turns out the cave is over ninety million years old, it’s even older than the dinosaurs. Some of us tried to get closer to the cave but just bumped into each other. We discovered that the cave creates these type of rock statues made by a special type of liquid. The caves were very large but had such low entrances with Stalagmites and stalactites hanging over which also create the rock statues.W

My second favourite place we had visited was the Great wall of China.  We visited the Great Wall of China when we were looking at the Seven Wonders of the world. As we were standing from a distance the view of the Great Wall of China was spectacular. The Great Wall of China was built 2,220 years ago and the wall is about 5,500 miles which would take a long time to walk from one end to another.

What a fabulous experience that was. To put on the view masters and going to all those places were so surreal. A couple of times I tried reaching out to touch the objects in front of me but was actually just waving my hand in front of myself. This a experience of a lifetime that I hope I can try again.

Read more of Luisa's work on her personal blog

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

World Tour with Google Expeditions

Today Glenbrae School went on the trip of a lifetime.... except we didn't really go anywhere. 
We stayed right here at school. But we each were given a viewfinder, with a Google Expeditions app loaded. Using the teacher console we were able to explore amazing places all around the world. We got to stand in a lava flow on the famous Russian volcanoes. We went deep into the 90 million year old Slovakian caves. We explored the Battleship Missouri and the Hiroshima peace memorial in Japan. We went out into the earth's atmosphere, and even further into Space. We landed on the Moon and looked back at the Earth and the Milky Way. 
It almost seemed real.... "We had a good experience using the google viewers Going to Mars and going to the moon" 
"It felt like I was really there but it was in my imagination, I'm thankful that Google provided this for us" ~ Charlie
"I loved learning about different layers of the Slovakian caves and how the stalactites and stalactites were made" ~ Charlie 
"Being above Earth was surreal" ~ Luisa

van Gogh variations...

This term we were exploring visual arts in context and attempting to understand famous art works, and why they became so important and valued. As part of this we developed our own ideas and created our own versions of Vincent van Gogh's famous Sunflowers painting that he did in 1888. He used lots of short dabbing brushstrokes to create the effects. Check out our masterpieces. 
Even better, come and see them for yourself. They are proudly displayed in the office foyer and in the corridor outside Room 7. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

What's been happening in Room 7

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. This blog post is a quick update on what we've been up.

Buddied up with our teina
Last week we had two trips out of school. On Wednesday the whole school went to the Manaiakalani Film Festival at Hoyts Xtreme Screen in Sylvia Park. We went there tuakana - teina style, so Room 7 got to take care of our new entrants children in Room 4. There we got to sit in the plush seats and see all Glenbrae School's films on the big screen. When we got back to school we got to re-watch our favourites and some we'd missed, and post thoughtful positive comments on people's films. If you would like to check out some of the films yourself you can view them on the Manaiakalani website.  Be sure to watch Room 7's "We're going to be friends" and "They're Coming"  

On Thursday last week we went on another trip, this time to the Auckland Stardome. Here we learned lots about the Solar System and in particular the way the earth spins on it's axis and orbits the sun. We discovered that this is what causes the seasons: Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring. 
Unfortunately we were unable to take pictures inside the Stardome, but we do have some wonderful pictures of us reading books on the bus ride there and playing in the playground during lunch time! 

Also yesterday, half of Room 7, along with half of Rooms 8 and 5, got to go on a special science adventure to Auckland University. Here we went into the Chemistry lab and got to participate in 5 awesome science experiments. It was pretty high-tech stuff, and I'm sure we have a few budding scientists in our midst. 

Friday, 13 November 2015

October Blogger of the Month is Setaita

Setaita has really taken to blogging this month. Even though she doesn't take her netbook home, she still logs on and continues her learning. Setaita successfully completed our Holiday 10 Day Blog Challenge and has begun putting extra effort into making sure her blog posts look good as well read well.

Congratulations Setaita and keep up the good work. You can see her blog at

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

They're Coming

Who's coming? Well the Glenbrae Kids film club were doing some investigating about topics that interested them. This took them on an amazing adventure ... an adventure of a lifetime.

We're going to be friends

At Glenbrae Primary School we value respect and work hard to respect one
another. As part of a happy connected learning community we made this
video to give you an insight into our world.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Manaiakalani Film Festival at Hoyts Cinema this week....

As part of a digital school we create things to share via digital mediums. 
This week is our annual film festival at Hoyts cinema. Every Manaiakalani school will be there showcasing their movies, and sharing in one another's learning. 

Check out the previews for our 2015 films. 

...and THEY'RE COMING... 
See the preview trailer below