Monday, May 31, 2010

We will miss you Jessica

Today was Jessica's last day at Outram School. Jessica presented the class with four Pamela Allen books. Already we have read two of them and they were great. We had a delicious shared lunch together. Before the lunch we sang a farewell song and gave Jessica a card. We will miss you Jessica.

Our Wet Sandpit

The sandpit has got lots and lots of leaves in it. We could make a big leaf pile if we picked up all the leaves out of the sandpit but it will be a tricky job because it is really wet in there.

Photographer: Gabriella
Web Master: Willow
Reporter: Jessica

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Can you find out where I have been?

Last weekend I drove south into Southland. Can you find out where I went? Here is a clue. It is 20 minutes drive north of Invercargill and it is a 6 letter word beginning with W.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Well done Jacob

Jacob presented his prepared talk today and we all loved listening to him. He spoke clearly and confidently and was very well prepared. A great effort Jacob! Next term everyone will present a poem to the class. Which poem will you choose?

How high can you go Gene?

What a great activity for a wet lunch time Gene. Why not measure it and we could have a competition to see who can go the highest.

Let's share our dances

An important part of our "Anti Litter" dance was to share it with another class. Room 1 was chosen and they were a brilliant audience - in fact they joined in the dance with us!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New crystals idea from Mrs Meehan

Today it was our turn again in the Allen Centre and Mrs Meehan showed us another crystals idea. We can make a very saturated solution and hang a pipe cleaner shape into the mixture. These crystals were made from epsom salts. Is anyone going to try making a crystal shape?

Three more brilliant prepared talks

Today we had three more prepared talks. Gene shared about his holiday at Glendu Bay while Ben talked about his soccer team and Riley shared about his busy weekend. Thank you boys we really enjoyed your talks.

"Let's not litter" dances

Today we decided to take another action to keep our school clean. We made up "Let's not litter" dances. Some of us worked on our own and some worked in a group. They were brilliant. Now we have to choose a class to share them with.

We had heavy rain and it made a big puddle. Gene even slipped over in the mud. WATCH OUT for the big mud puddle at Outram School.
Photographer: Erin
Web master: Gene
Reporter: Mason

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We are even getting comments from Planet Earth!!

We have now had two comments from Planet Earth thanking us for our help. These comments make us feel very pleased and proud that we can help. We keep remembering the famous ten two letter words - if it is to be it is up to me!

Yoohoo Room 2

We have started getting comments on our blog from Room 2 at Ravensbourne School. Thank you so much. We love your encouraging comments. Can you tell us about your class and what you are doing this term? Did your school get very wet with all the rain? We spent all day inside today except for Jump Jam. What a good thing that we have plenty of wet day games.

If it is to be, it is up to me!

Which poster do you like best George? We hope they will help keep our school litter free.
Joel made a great poster. Look at him working so carefully.

We decided to make anti-littering posters to help keep our school clean. Here are the Year 3 girls hard at work.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Keep Outram School rubbish free

Today Gabby arrived with a song that she has written that asks us to keep our school litter free. We all sang it to the tune of Jingle Bells. We all felt very special having a brand new song today.

Disney Land in Hong Kong

Today Joe gave a most interesting talk about a trip he had to Disney Land in Hong Kong. He had prepared a very colourful poster showing us the highlights of the trip. Thank you Joe.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Where have I been this weekend?

I drove south this weekend and spent a night in this place. Who can be a detective and find out the name of this town? The town has four letters and it has a famous music festival.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Player of the day

Erin was player of the day for her netball team and received her certificate yesterday. Erin only started netball this season so this is a great start!

Plastic wrapper free lunch boxes

On Thursday we found out how many plastic wrappers we have in our lunch boxes. Today as a challenge we had plastic wrapper free lunch boxes. Look closely at the clever ways these lunch boxes have been filled. Great effort everyone and remember you can use your containers again! Reduce, REUSE, recycle!

Wacky Hair Day

What do you think of Todd's hair? Todd is one of the school councillors who helped arrange the event.
Yesterday the School Council organized a Wacky Hair Day to raise money for the rescue helicopter at Dunedin Public Hospital. Well done Ella-Rose and Damien who won prizes.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A great prepared talk George!

Today George spoke to us about a family holiday in Otematata using the key words on his paper. What a good way to have your information. Well done George and we were so pleased to see your Dad.

The crystals are growing

A beautiful blue crystal is growing in the copper sulphate solution but nothing is happening in the magnesium solution. Can anyone help to explain why?

Lunch box check

We decided to see how many plastic wrappers there were in our lunch boxes today. "What a mountain of plastic!" said Trent and Kimberly. Tomorrow we have a challenge to see if we can have a plastic wrapper free lunch box. Tune in tomorrow to see.

What happens to rubbish?

We dug a hole in the garden and buried plastic wrappers, banana skins, a bread roll, paper, cardboard, and a cup cake. We covered them all up with soil and leaves. We have been busy making predictions about what will happen to them. What do you think?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gene is an artist

Gene loves to draw and paint. He is part of the sketching club at school. Today he shared some of his work with us. Well done Gene the artist.

Crystal making in he Allen Centre

There are always wonderful things happening in the Allen Centre. Today we made saturated solutions out of magnesium and copper sulphate. Now we are going to wait and see if we can grow crystals in our classroom. Emma and Trent were chosen as helpers.

Another chord for the guitar club

Today we learnt to play E7 so now we know two chords. Our new song is "Rock my soul." Thank you Amy for coming as our Big Buddy.

Marvellous Mason gives his prepared talk

Today Mason gave a great talk about his holiday at Waikaia in northern Southland. Can you see the medals he won in the races? Well done Mason.

Disco day is nearly here

This is our amazing hall . We are going to have a disco next week. We might dress up as a rock star or as a cow boy or cow girl.

Photographer: Ella-Rose
Reporter: Riley A
Web Master: Kimberly

Monday, May 17, 2010

A real rubbish investigation

After playtime we did a rubbish hunt in the playground. Oh no! Look how much we found. When we sorted the rubbish we found that most of it was glad-wrap and plastic wrappers. What are we going to do about it? We all washed our hands very carefully!

Co-operation and teamwork in the sandpit

Damien, Mason, Jacob and Jade spent the lunchtime building wonderful roads for their cars in the sandpit. It is great to see friends co-operating so happily.

Gabby's prepared talk

Gabby's Mum and Dad came to listen to to her prepared talk today. She told us all about her new baby that will be born later in the year. It was a great talk Gabby.

The Great Allen Center

The Allen Center is where we get our books from. We get one or two. We are not allowed to run. It is a nice place.
Photographer: Trampus
Web Master: Riley D
Reporter: Anna

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Quiz

Yesterday I drove 290 km to the largest lake in the South Island.
1. Can you name the lake?
2. What does the name mean?
3. In 1948 an extinct bird was found near here in the Murchison Mountains. Can you name the bird and the man who found them.