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Parera – Year 6 blog

Vector Visit

To start our Science Week off with a bang (not literally, of course!), Watt the Robot paid Parera Class a visit to teach us how to stay safe around electricity.

We learned that our bodies are conductors because our bodies are 70% water.

So, playing near electricity can be dangerous as it can arc and jump through our bodies to try to reach the ground.

Vector employees wear special safety clothing to protect them.

Magnificent Musical Marvels

Roll over, Beethoven ‘cos the boys (and girls) are back in town!

What a wonderful, talented group we have in our class! From presenters to singers; from musicians to dancers – the talent on display at our annual Primary Festival was incredible. Not even the exploding sound mixer could dampen the atmosphere or prevent the show from going on.

Congratulations, everyone, on such a toe-tapping, foot-stomping, hand-clapping success!

Wellington Wanderers

The Year 6 class had an incredibly busy schedule for their Wellington trip last week. It was an early start for the airport and, once we had checked in to our hotel, we headed to the iconic Wellington cable cars for a quick ride and to admire the views of the city.

Walking with ANZACs

Our Parera Class have been lucky enough to acquire a box of WW1 artefacts – each with its own story attached. We have discovered the real young Kiwi men who served in WW1 and learned a little about their experiences before, during and after the war.

Official Records

An Epaulette

Old school and family photographs

Souvenirs from Egypt

Old photographs from the trenches

Badges and other memorabilia

Documents and maps

A violin string – returned with other personal effects

Chess Masters

Wow! Well done to all our brilliant chess players, who attended the Hibiscus Coast Chess Tournament – you played strongly and showed wonderful sporting behaviour – win, lose or draw!

Nailbiting tension as the tournament drew to a close…

Congratulations, Ananda! Tournament Champion!

ChessPower Knockout badge acquired!

Tiritiri Matangi

What a beautiful day to visit this wonderful island sanctuary, right here on our doorstep!

We picked up any rubbish we found on the beach.

We spotted so many different birds!

Not even the biggest wetapunga on the island!

Happy Holidays!

Wow! We finished the term in sp-egg-tacular fashion…

This morning we had a whole school technology challenge, where our groups had to make the tallest freestanding poppy they could using only 20 sheets of newspaper and some red and black paper for the flower.

This was followed by the last Y6 sausage sizzle of the year. Thank you to everyone who has supplied sausages, cooked or bought and eaten the sausages!

Finally, we made Easter Bunny baskets and filled them with chocolate eggs.

Well done on a great term, Parera Class – have a wonderful break and get ready for another busy term starting in two weeks!!!!

Speeding Ducks

Congratulations to Jessica, Brooke and Sam, who were selected to represent Wentworth Primary at the recent Interschool Swimming Championships. All three students gave it their best, with Sam making a number of Finals and placing second in 25m freestyle and butterfly; 5th in Individual Medley; 5th in 25m backstroke and 4th in 25m breaststroke.

Not Faulty Towers

The Pareras worked in small teams today to see who could build the tallest, steadiest tower that would safely hold a basketball for at least 20 seconds….and they only had newspaper and stickytape to work with!!

Well done to our winning team of Atia, Sam and Micah, with a stable and impressive 73cm construction.

We discovered that planning, teamwork and determined perseverance were crucial to being successful.

Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their Picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears,
The little teddy bears are having a wonderful time today…

And so are all the children! What a lovely time we had in school with our teddies, turtles, dogs, seals and all other cuddly toys – and, in the middle of all that fun, we also raised money for the Auckland City Mission.

Thank you, Year 6, for the lovely morning tea you provided!

It’s fun to stay at the…. Y.M.C.A.

The YMCA, Shakespear Park, that is!

Our annual camp was filled with fun, excitement, new adventures and teamwork. Students pushed themselves to climb walls, navigate rocky coastlines, cook pancakes on camping stoves and kayak. They also raced around to find markers, played games over UHF radios, mountainboarded and learned archery skills. Every student also gained their Safe Boating certificate by demonstrating knowledge of how to plan a journey and how to survive in the water in case of emergency.

Sport report

The Pareras have been investigating sports in our school community – asking questions about the amount and type of sport children participate in on a regular basis. We were interested to find out whether our data reflected the general trends in the Harbour region. We wondered which sports were on the increase and which were in decline.

Our students created and conducted surveys to discover the answers. They are working on their posters to present their findings.

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