Friday, December 18, 2009

Have a lovely Christmas and a happy safe holiday

Room 9 I will miss you
It won't be the same without you
I know you'll be very happy
And I wish you well.
(You know how to sing this song. It is the same tune as our Mr Martin song)

And away we all go!

This morning we cleared out the classroom. Some of our Big Buddies came to help. Thank you children for being such wonderful helpers.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A picnic at the end of school

Amy and her family gathered with some friends in the playground to enjoy a picnic after school today. Gosh, the summer holidays are nearly here and the sun is shining. Can you see another Room 9 star in the photo?

Final League match

Today at lunch time Mr Martin organised the final rugby league match, Year 8 versus the rest of the school. It was a very exciting game. Thank you Mr Martin for all the lunch time sports activities you have led.

A lunch time obstacle course

Our senior students very kindly set up an obstacle course for the Junior Syndicate to use at lunch time. Logan leads the way through the course. Outram School is the best!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Look at cool Connor keeping the beat

This afternoon we went to the resource room to listen to Connor play the drums. He is having lessons with Hannah. Connor you are terrific.

Wow look at this!

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It is great going to a country school. Look at this wonderful lunch time activity. It was such fun! Thank you for organizing this event house leaders.

What a splash!

This afternoon we had the water slide to beat all water slides. Huge sheets of back plastic covered a slope and water from two fire engines poured down the slope. The whole school walked down to the rugby field to take part. It was terrific!

Monday, December 14, 2009

His leaves got greener

Sam has got shifted outside behind the workshop. He is happy because he has rain and sunshine and has lots of friends. Keep growing Sam!!!

Photographer Emily
Web Master Alex S
Reporter Oscar

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fantastic Finn

Finn has worked hard all year at the Allen Centre Wiki Challenges. Today he was awarded a prize by Mrs Stedman for being the highest achiever. Look at his great prizes. Well done Finn!

Sharp thinking Shakera

The game is called "Drive ya nuts." You have to match all the numbers and it is very VERY difficult. Clever Shakera managed to match six pieces. Who can match all seven pieces?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My friend Josie!

We have another new photo of Pirate the cat. This time he is helping Josie tidy up the sandpit! Do you think cats get excited about Christmas? Think about being a cat and put on your black and yellow thinking hats. What are some of the really good things about being a cat? Now what are the bad things about being a cat?

More about dissolving

We have been experimenting with mixing ,melting and dissolving. I wanted to see if I could get the salt back after we dissolved it in water. I poured salty water into four bowls and I am waiting to see what will happen when the water evaporates.

Photographer Mrs Wright
Reporter Mika
Web masters Mika and Brianna

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Retro Day at Outram School

Today the School Council organized a Retro Day. Caitlin came as Michael Jackson. Isla came as Little Miss Naughty. Kayleigh came as Cher and Cierra dressed up. Connor came as a sports star. Everyone bought tins of food for the food bank.

Monday, December 7, 2009

How cool is that?!

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It was the teachers' water slide day today. Oh how brave they were! We hope Mr Martin didn't break any ribs.

Super Sam goes up and out!!!


Sam is growing a bud. Later we are going to put Sam outside because he is too big for room 9. Will Sam like it ?

Web Master, Photographer and Reporter: Amy, Ashleigh & Alex S

Friday, December 4, 2009

A new photo of Pirate the Cat

We love getting messages from Pirate the cat and now we have a new photo of him. What a handsome cat he is. Have you still got questions or comments for Pirate? We think you are the best Pirate.

Field games for fitness

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Today we had games on the field for fitness. Room 9 played Cat and Mouse. We will move on to the next game on Monday. I wonder what it will be.
Web master - Shakera
Reporter - Shakera

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Go Izaiah go!

We are so proud of you Izaiah. You have accepted the challenge and look at you now. Look at your straight arms and your head under the water. Do you think you can get your legs straight?

What a harvest!

Today the Gardening Club harvested their strawberry, potato and silver beet crops. These Room 9 gardeners are taking home big bags of fresh vegetables. Perhaps the gardeners could tell us what the vegetables tasted like.

Vegetables for Vitality


Alex and Trevor have been a wonderful team leading our Gardening Club. Week by week the children have worked with them. Thank you so much. What would we do without you!

Lost soccer field

This morning we saw that the soccer field was being ploughed up by Mr Doherty. Now our field will be as flat as a table. Thank you Hayden for helping us.

Photographer - Mika
Reporter - Finn
Web Master - Brianna


Monday, November 30, 2009

Rhythm Interactive Show

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Today we had a wonderful show where we learnt how to use the drum. Everyone had their own drum. 230 drums sound terrific together.

Friday, November 27, 2009

You were noticed Connor

Today Kane noticed Connor working hard and using good thinking during the game of chaos. He said that you were running very fast!

Such fun with our big buddies

Every week we have wonderful activities with our big buddies. Today we had to dodge balls while crossing over the crash pads. We quickly learnt some clever strategies.

Player of the day for Finn



This week Finn was chosen as player of the day for the Town and Country league game. Mr Martin said, "Finny the man who never backs down in a tackle, physically small but has a massive ticker." We are so proud of you Finn.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sugar and Spice with Brianna

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Today Brianna told us about the fun she has at the Sugar and Spice group. She made this beautiful head band. What fun!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Look what we received in the mail

Caitlin's Grandma has sent us a calendar from Devon in England. Thank you so much. She has also made up a song for us that we are learning. What a great Grandma!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Super singing

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Some of our parents missed us singing at assembly so here we are, the Room 9 Singers. Enjoy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cosy nests


There are 7 nests in our classroom. Can you tell us what bird made the nest?
reporter Amy
web master Alex P
photographer Zeke

Friday, November 20, 2009

You are so clever Aidan!

Look what Aidan has been making! He showed us the portcullis on the side and the special door on the front. We think you are an expert castle builder Aidan.

Will it reach the roof?

Our Sam Sunflower is now 122 cm tall. Connor was wondering why the leaves at the bottom are dying while the leaves at the top look very healthy. Can you help us?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Go Alex go!

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Alex has learnt to ride a bicycle. Look at his brilliance! If you need help with bike riding Alex knows all the answers.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Assembly item

As part of our mixing and melting science unit we have been mixing paints. We shared our work in assembly and even invited some of our big buddies to come and try to paint our made up colours. We finished our item by singing Jamaican Farewell and Linstead Market.

Noticed by their big buddies

These children were all noticed by their big buddies because of the great effort they showed during the team games. Well done! Which game did you like best?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pirate the Cat

Pirate the cat has been writing to us again. Do you know that we are the only class in the whole wide world that has a cat that sends comments to our blog? I think he lives near Connor and Laurie. Think of a question you have always wanted to ask a cat. My question Pirate is why do cats hate water?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Art Show at Outram School

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We all looked at the drawings in the Outram School Art Show. Caitlin has chosen her favourite drawing. Listen and she will tell you why she likes it. Why not come and look at the rest of the drawings?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Helpful Mr Heenan


Mr Heenan is our new care-taker. He fixes the school. He does a great job.

Reporter Laurie
Photographer Isla
Webmaster Izaiah

Thursday, November 5, 2009

More remarkable recorder playing!

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We are still playing beautiful music. Keep on practicing those notes.

We are so proud of you Lilly

Lilly had a ballet exam this week and she was brilliant. Look at her shining! Next week she is going to dance for us in the classroom. Could you teach us a simple dance Lilly?

Town versus Country League Game

Laurie, Mr Martin, our sport's co-ordinator noticed you at the match on Tuesday. He said, "Laurie and his iron shoulder are not to be messed with." Gosh, keep shining Laurie!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hooray the Pool is Open



Great news the pool is finally open again. You can buy a pool key from the school office. Thank you to the parents that keep the pool clean. We are looking forward to swimming lessons.

Reporter: Ashleigh
Web Master: Connor G
Photographer: Oscar

Monday, November 2, 2009

The long jump pit


The long jump pit has changed. Now it is a sandpit. It is good for jumping in and playing in too.
Reporter Cierra
Web master Mackenzie
Photographer Logan

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Oh what a celebration!

On Friday we had a shared lunch to celebrate winning the blog competition. Oh what a feast! Oh what happiness! We are still smiling from ear to ear! It has all been such a surprise.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pet Day - the Grand Parade

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Today it was Pet Day. The rain stayed away until everything was finished. All the animals were judged and ribbons and prizes were given to the finalists. There was even a grand parade with bag pipes. We love being a country school.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Prize Winners

We are talking on Skype to Mr Greg Adams the editor of Interface Magazine. He has just told us that we are the winners. Can you see the Toshiba NB200 that is part of our prize? Gosh Room 9, watch us shine!

We Won!

The results of the Interface Classroom Blog contest came in and you'll never guess what! Our Blog is the winner! What a surprise! The other blogs were all so good! Well done to all the webmasters, photographers and reporters who have made ours such a fun blog.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Did you know that bumble bees sleep in?

We have bumble bees all over the garden and we all know where they are coming from!! But on Saturday morning there was still no sign of them by 9:45 am. Do they really sleep in? I don't know very much about bumble bees. Can you help me find out more about them? I didn't get too close for the photo because they all know that I'm the nest disturber!! Do you think they have good memories?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Mixing

Today we did some serious mixing of paint. Everyone had different colour combinations such as two teaspoons of blue and one teaspoon of white. We had to mix the colours and then paint a sheet of paper with it. Finally we named our new colour. Polly called this colour, "Love heart red." Oscar called his colour, 'Goldy yoke." Next we will share each other's colours and we will know how to make them.

New Equipment in the Playground



We got some new things in the playground this week. We are all having fun with it. The people who made this are called the Taieri Bloke's Shed. They donated the playground equipment to our school. Thank you for all your hard work.

Photographer: Brianna
Reporter: Elizabeth
Web Master: Kayleigh

Monday, October 19, 2009

Room 1 is great


Room 1 is new to Outram school this term. Mrs Buschl is their finest teacher. Isaac is Lilly's little bro and Isla is Hunter' s biggest helping sister.

Do you know anyone incredible in Room 1?

(Thank you Mrs Buschl for letting us interrupt perfect printing.)

Reporter Isla
Photographer Lillyanne
Web master Emily

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Guitar Players shine at Assembly

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The Room 9 and Room 10 guitar players had their first public performance at assembly on Friday. We played three songs. Listen to us playing "Rudolph the red nosed reindeer."

Kayleigh's Treasure

Kayleigh brought an abandoned bird's nest to school. Her Dad found it in the woodshed. All the eggs had gone cold. We looked closely at how the nest was made. It was amazing. We knew we couldn't make a nest with just a beak and two legs!

What is happening in the compost? A clue!

What has been hibernating in my compost heap? There has been lots of guesses. It is not worms, rats or mice, hedgehogs, kiwis, spiders, birds, or porcupines. I went back to the compost heap and gently brushed the leaves away with my broom. Oh dear! What a commotion! Look carefully at my photo and you might see what was angry about being disturbed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Watch us go!

One of our fitness activities is making railway tracks.
People line up in single file with a leader at the front.
The leader runs ahead for about five paces and then lies down and the rest of the team will jump over that person.
The new leader will run five paces past the person on the ground and then also lie down.
Whoever is the leader of the runners continues the same pattern, lying down five paces in front of the person on the ground.
When all the runners have passed over the last person on the ground, that person stands and joins the back of the line of runners.
In this way we move all the way to the goal posts and back, seeing how fast we can do it.

Learning to podcast on our blog


Monday, October 12, 2009

Athletics has begun

Look at this brilliant sprinting. We practiced hard to improve our technique. Remember to stretch those legs, move those arms and run straight.

Mixing, mixing, mixing

As part of our mixing and melting unit, today we cut up different fruits to make a delicious fruit salad. We then thought of definitions for mixtures. Lilly said, "A mixture is when things are mixed together and sometimes they can rub into each other."