Saturday, 29 June 2013

Friday was wheelie good!

This Friday gone was another designated 'Spirit Day' and the theme was Wheels and aptly named 'Carlton in Motion.' Students were invited to bring their bike, scooter, skates, skateboard or any item that had wheels to school. Courses were set up around the school for the wheeled items to be ridden. They school also had the swing riders, huffy sliders and go-carts out to play on. They students had the entire afternoon to 'wheel' away to their hearts content. Many of the Awesome 1's brought their scooters, bikes and heelie shoes.

Bike fun on the soccer field track
The scooter track
There were also special vehicles on display throughout the day for the students to view, sit and ride on. These included a New Zealand Army troop transport truck, a 1944 tractor, a classic stockcar, a motorcross and track bike and finally a Kenworth transport rig. Wow, what great vehicles for the Carlton and Awesome 1's students to explore!

Enjoying the tractor

Awesome 1's lining up for the classic stockcar

Cindy and Ryan on the Kenworth truck

Tyrone the speed racer

Caleb dirt biking it!

Mikayla giving the bike a go

Natalie wasn't sure

Chloe revving it up

Caleb WA very at home on the dirt bike

Katrina looking the part

The Awesome 1's lining for a seat in the army truck

Getting into the army truck
What a great day and everyone had so much fun playing, looking and learning. We can't wait for the next spirit day and the possible return of 'Wheels Day 2.'

Awesome 1's help Hockey success!

Two of our Awesome 1's assisted the 'A' Hockey team in reaching the final of the Contributing Schools Hockey Tournament. Sadly, they lost the final to St Johns Hill Primary School 3-1 but did incredibly well to reach the final.
Awesome 1's Riley (3rd from left back and Sophia (Harry Stiles) Rogers (2nd  from left in front).
They played well in Pool A, losing only one game out of the five played. They played Gonville Primary School in the semi's and won it 2-1. They final was against St Johns Hill and although Carlton played well, they ended up succumbing to the multi rep player team 3-1. Sophia scored 3 goals from on the wing during the comp and Riley defended the goal with die hard commitment. 

On the attack during pool play
The team were great ambassadors and did the school proud. It was great to have two of our Awesome 1's assisting in this achievement.

Stand up and be noticed 2013 Contributing Schools Hockey finalists and eventual  Runners up.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Fun reading about fungi!

The 'Vikings' reading group have been learning all about fungi over the past two weeks. Their journal story was about a particular type of fungi found on tree stumps, trunks and rotting trees. They are called bracket fungi because brackets support shelves and the fungi look like shelves sticking straight out from a tree trunk.

Byron found some bracket fungi growing at his house and some more growing on the trees at school. This was great as the students were able to examine the fungi up close and compare it to the images and diagrams in their journal story. The students also completed research booklets about bracket fungi on Google Docs. Having the real thing really helped support the Vikings understanding about this type of fungi.

What a great learning experience for the Vikings reading group!

Some of the Vikings reading group examining the fungi
Bracket fungi up close
Comparing with the journal information

Happy with their discovery

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sport was the winner this week...

Carlton School were very busy with sporting commitments occurring left, right and centre, and of course the Awesome ones representation was plentiful. On top of the Saturday netball, the Carlton Diamonds had a match against Rutherford Junior High on Thursday. Sadly they went down against the older team 24-4 but learned a lot in the process. They are currently leading their primary competition.

Awesome 1 Rebecca clearing out the shooting zone vs Rutherford.
Our school were also involved in the contributing primary schools rugby 7's competition on Tuesday. 13 schools competed and our boys made the semi-finals only to finish fourth. Still, a great effort.

Our great rugby 7's team.

On Wednesday afternoon our rippa rugby team competed against Kai Iwi Primary School beating Kai Iwi B 13-8 and drawing with Kai Iwi A 10-10. The team played really well and have a chance of making the main finals later this month.

Shiloh directing the way in the rippa game vs Kai Iwi A.

All three of our hockey teams won this week with the Carlton Rangers beating Waverley Primary School 5-0, Carlton Stars won 3-2 and the Carlton Flames won 4-0.

Carlton Stars vs Kaitoke School.

Our two senior basketball teams won while our pee-wees went down for their first loss of the season.

We also have students playing for clubs on the weekend in rugby and soccer.

The Awesome ones that are involved in sport this week....

Hockey - Sophia, Riley, Ryan, Chloe, Nikita
Netball - Ashan, Rebecca, Ariana, Nadine, Katrina, Mikayla
Basketball - Byron, Tyrone, Ashan
Rippa Rugby - Nadine, Shiloh, Ariana, Wiremu
Rugby 7's - Ryan, Wiremu, Caleb
Soccer - Corey, Dylan, Shiloh, Ilish, Caleb
Rugby 15's - Wiremu, Joshua

19 Awesome ones out of our wonderful 29 students were very busy this week. Well done Awesome 1's and keep competing in sport as it is character building and you promote the school  and yourselves well.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Matariki and the museum

The Awesome 1's have ventured out into the public again. This time to further their understanding and knowledge of Matariki and the Maori new year. Room 1 visited the Whanganui Museum and were introduced to three different aspects related to Matariki. First were the origins and meaning behind it. Then they were introduced to the night sky in the 'Cosmodome' and studied the position of the stars and their movement. Finally, Room 1 were taught how Maori used the stars to guide their jobs, seasons and cultivation. The class were given a great opportunity to use traditional maori gardening implements outside the museum - what a lot of fun that was!

The meaning behing Matariki is as follows:
"Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters;  and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New Year."

"The Maori new year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. This next occurs on 5 June 2008."

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The Awesome 1's had a great time and learned a lot in the process.

The Cosmodome

Digging with the Ko and Timu