Friday, November 17, 2017

Sailing on Lake Brunner - Reported by: Bridget, Catrin, Tess, Mary and Lucy.

Sailing on Lake Brunner

On Thursday the 9th Ruma J went sailing with Volvo sailing… Have a go! Run by Yachting New Zealand at Lake Brunner’s own Yacht Club. We went sailing because  it was an opportunity to take advantage of our local environment. It was a great safe, and fun way to get out on the water! It was a great way to learn how to sail, with your friends to help you too.
Firstly we walked down to Lake Brunner Yacht Club to meet our instructor, Simon, who was friendly and easy going.  As we met him he gave us instructions as to how to construct a yacht. It was the first time most of us constructed a yacht. I think it was a great idea to learn this. Next we were assigned our wetsuits, life jacket and jackets. We all had fun squeezing into the tight, damp wet suits. Once we got on the water we sailed out a little, we found there wasn’t a lot of wind so we played a game. We split up into two teams with a ball. The game was basically just soccer on sailing boats. We think the game was fun and a good experience to become more confident in the boats and on the water! After the game the wind still hadn't picked up so Simon towed us back to the boat ramp with the safety boat. At this point of the day some of us left at the lunch break and some of us stayed for the whole day!
On the second half of the day the wind started to pick up, now the more confident students of Ruma J could sail quicker. After a while we got towed behind the boat and we travelled to a shallow part of the lake where we played another game. The aim of the game was to collect 10 balls and then, you would receive a water gun. Tess and Tylar won the water gun first. During the game, some of our water guns broke, so we used our bails. During the madness we all got soaking wet and a couple of us even fell out of the boat, or even capsized! Once the game died off, we sailed back to the lagoon and started to put away all of our boats and gear.  We were eager to jump in the hot showers!

Sailing was a fun learning experience for all of us, we had some good gusts of wind near the end of the day some so strong we found ourselves falling out of the boats - purposely, and accidentally! Even though the water was chilly we still laughed and had a great time.
There were not that many negatives about sailing. The one negative would be that there wasn’t that much wind. It was cold when you went in the water. The wetsuits were annoying to get into and really tight. We also found it sad that during the water fight not the all the water guns were working.
We all enjoyed this experience of sailing and we think other children should go sailing in the future. We would like to thank the teachers and staff for giving us this opportunity and also we would like to thank Volvo Sailing for taking us sailing!
Reported by: Bridget, Catrin, Tess, Mary and Lucy.



TranzAlpine Train Journey Reported by: Breagh, Theo, Emily and Jakob.

TranzAlpine Train Journey
On Wednesday the 1st of November Ruma J went to a special event. It was the TranzAlpine 30th anniversary celebration. Ruma J travelled on the train to Greymouth to take part in celebrating this marvellous achievement. Ruma J was privileged to get taken into town on the train courtesy of Kiwi Rail.
We left Lake Brunner School at 11.30 and drove down to the Moana Train Station. When the TranzAlpine arrived we boarded the train and sat down in our seats. Before the train began its journey, we sang happy birthday to TranzAlpine, Jannet, an employee of KiwiRail, then gave us all a slice of cake. We were then allowed to explore the train. Miss J took some of the class onto the viewing platform. The view gave us a new perspective of our home, a place we thought we knew. We ate our packed lunches on the train. When we arrived, there was a speech from Tony Kokshoorn, and a wonderful performance from a Kapa Haka group. After they performed, Ruma J sang Tutira Mai. Before we got back on the train, the media interviewed many guests, including past TranzAlpine staff and train drivers. Then the cake was cut and split among guests. More speeches were said then we were off. We boarded the train and went to our seats. Alan - an employee of KIwiRail - gave us all ice creams to eat on the journey back.
We all enjoyed this wonderful experience. The best part about the day was that everyone enjoyed themselves, and it was so special that the TranzAlpine invited us. Special thanks to Phillip Barnett for organizing this opportunity. We will all remember the train ride forever. Thank you for this opportunity, and letting us take part in the 30th Anniversary of the TranzAlpine.
Here's to another 30 years!
Reported by: Breagh, Theo, Emily and Jakob.


Midland Line Athletics Day Reported by: Prakriti, Niko and Hamish

Midland Line Athletics Day
On the 6th of November Ruma J and Ruma M went to Midland Line athletics at Anzac park, in Greymouth. The Schools we competed against were Kumara, Paparoa Range, Barrytown and Awahono. The weather was atrocious the night before but it came out fine before the events started.
At around 10:20 the age groups split off to their starting events.They competed for half an hour before rotating to the next one (although they were a bit behind schedule). The events on the day were shot put, 400 metre run, sprints, long jump, discus and high jump. The 12 and 13 year olds started off with discus. Lake Brunner did well for such a small school, as Niko and Theo took first and second place, their own mini brother-on-brother competition driving them to the limit. While this was happening, the ten year olds competed in the 400m fun run. Bridget was in there, but unfortunately slipped over at the start, causing first place to slip out of her grasp (she still came third though).

After lunch the 12 and 13 year olds went to the high jump, where we lined up on opposite sides for left and right footed jumpers. On the first jump, Kahi approached from the right footed side, jumping right into the bar. He noticed then, that even after all his practice on the right side, he was a left footed jumper. After swapping sides, he easily cleared the jump and went on to be one of the top high jumpers! Other highlights included making new friends from different schools and supporting our fellow school mates.
Overall Lake Brunner did really well and had a great time competing against schools in the Midland Line district. The bad weather that was forecasted stayed away which made the day even better. Something we enjoyed was watching and cheering on the year 4’s as they performed well in all their events for their first time at athletics. The day was a successful final athletics for the year 8s. Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for West Coast Athletics- Makaiya Bishop, Patrick Raymond, Eden Watson, Mary Duran, Tyler Davey, Lucy Foster, Ridge Steegh, Bridget Rooney, Zak Klempel, Tess Morgan, Niko Barnett and  Theo Barnett.

Reported by: Prakriti, Niko and Hamish

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WALT: divide fractions - word problems solved by Theo

Today we tried out the writing tool on Kahn Acadamy. It was worth giving it a go, but we thought it was hard to write on the screen using our Chromebook!