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  1. page Thursday 2015 edited Wednesday 28th October 2015 Kia ora koutou, The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the las…
    Wednesday 28th October 2015
    Kia ora koutou,
    The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the last few weeks of Term 3 and this will definitely continue into Term 4! We have a number of visits and visitors planned, plus preparation for our sharing evening in Week 6. Over all the Term is going to be varied and challenging.
    Week 3. 27th, 28th & 29th October: We are very pleased to be welcoming Paul Campbell from Makerspace into the classroom for a full day workshop on using Arduinos. Arduinos are small computer chips that can be connected to other hardware and then programmed to perform tasks. I really recommend searching YouTube and having a look at some of the amazing things people are able to achieve with this relatively simple device. The children will learn how to connect hardware to the device and to write code to programme it. Each student will be given an Arduino kit that comes complete with the hardware they need to programme some simple circuits. After which they will be able to take them home to keep for free!
    We a very thankful to Paul for this opportunity. We welcome keen parents and teachers to join us during these sessions to get their own taste of how Arduinos work.
    Week 4: 3rd, 4th & 5th November: As a part of our Concept Curriculum topic on Biomimicry, Pakiki will be taking a trip to the Architecture van Brandenburg headquarters in Princes St. AvB are a group of architects that use nature to inspire the designs of their buildings. They are most notably famous for their Marisfrolg
    Headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Nina Daniels will give us a guided tour of how they work and give us some good insight into how Biomimicry is used to solve real problems and give inspiration.
    Week 7&8, 24th, 25th & 26th November and 1st, 2nd & 3rd December: Anna Murphy STEM programme. For these two weeks we are very excited to invite Anna Murphy to Pakiki to run a series of STEM sessions - Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths - where the children will have the opportunity to design, create and test their own two-stage rocket. Anna’s programme has a strong emphasis on problem solving through hands-on trial and error - isolating key variables to test and change.
    As for our curriculum areas, Pakiki this term has the following focus:
    In Personal Development we’ll be looking at comparing a ‘Growth’ mindset versus a ‘Fixed’ mindset - identifying how our attitude towards learning can affect our motivation and growth. Understanding that if we don’t understand something, we don’t understand it ‘yet’ - but this can change!
    Concept Curriculum has a continuation of our Biomimicry topic and we will starting our sharing day projects in small groups. Here, students have to agree upon an approach to design something using nature as inspiration. They can either start with an interesting natural organism and identify challenges that can be solved from its traits, or begin with a challenge and find examples of solutions in nature.
    There is also a strong focus on communication, delegation and organisation with their work - applying their particular skills to suit the group as a whole.
    In Talent Development we are focusing on setting ourselves achievable goals in their chosen area each week, and being able to communicate this appropriately. This also includes strategies to find solutions to problems as well as inspiration and motivation. The kids need to set themselves regular deadlines and book in sharing sessions and work on feedback they receive from their peers.
    Here’s to a busy term!
    Na,
    Brendan

    Thursday 17 September 2015
    ...
    each week.
    We have also had a couple of visitors join us in the Pakiki classroom:
    The exceptionally talented Scout Liu joined us to show us some of her anime artwork, and how she uses photoshop to draw, edit and process amazing pieces of artwork. Scout is also in the final stages of her studies in micro-biotechnology, and it was very interesting hearing her thoughts on switching from her 'science brain' to her 'creative brain' between her studies and her art work.
    We also had Tosh Ringland-Stewart, Doctor of Philosophy (currently based in Suva in Fiji) come in to speak with our Thursday class on what it means to be someone who works in Philosophy - a question that raised more questions than it did answers!
    Most recently, we have had Louise Wallace - editor of Starling Magazine - come in on Wednesday to discuss with the kids about what it means to be a career writer - most notably how submissions of work take time to be accepted. Several of our writers are hoping to be able to submit some writing to Starling in the future, in the hope they might get published. Skype interviews are set for next week on Tuesday and Thursday.
    ...
    their creation.
    Finally, we have taken the opportunity at the end of the term as 'John Appreciation Week'. John Calder has been diligently coming in to coach the kids in chess for a long time now. His passion for the game certainly encourages the kids to work on their strategy and game sense skills, and I have found myself being beaten by the kids on several occasions. We celebrated with a 'High Tea' party, where we drank hot chocolate, and ate some snacks and talked in posh accents with our backs straight, elbows off the table and pinkies not touching the cups. Fun times!
    Monday 3 August 2015
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    2:57 am
  2. page Wednesday 2015 edited Wednesday 28th October 2015 Kia ora koutou, The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the las…
    Wednesday 28th October 2015
    Kia ora koutou,
    The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the last few weeks of Term 3 and this will definitely continue into Term 4! We have a number of visits and visitors planned, plus preparation for our sharing evening in Week 6. Over all the Term is going to be varied and challenging.
    Week 3. 27th, 28th & 29th October: We are very pleased to be welcoming Paul Campbell from Makerspace into the classroom for a full day workshop on using Arduinos. Arduinos are small computer chips that can be connected to other hardware and then programmed to perform tasks. I really recommend searching YouTube and having a look at some of the amazing things people are able to achieve with this relatively simple device. The children will learn how to connect hardware to the device and to write code to programme it. Each student will be given an Arduino kit that comes complete with the hardware they need to programme some simple circuits. After which they will be able to take them home to keep for free!
    We a very thankful to Paul for this opportunity. We welcome keen parents and teachers to join us during these sessions to get their own taste of how Arduinos work.
    Week 4: 3rd, 4th & 5th November: As a part of our Concept Curriculum topic on Biomimicry, Pakiki will be taking a trip to the Architecture van Brandenburg headquarters in Princes St. AvB are a group of architects that use nature to inspire the designs of their buildings. They are most notably famous for their Marisfrolg
    Headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Nina Daniels will give us a guided tour of how they work and give us some good insight into how Biomimicry is used to solve real problems and give inspiration.
    Week 7&8, 24th, 25th & 26th November and 1st, 2nd & 3rd December: Anna Murphy STEM programme. For these two weeks we are very excited to invite Anna Murphy to Pakiki to run a series of STEM sessions - Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths - where the children will have the opportunity to design, create and test their own two-stage rocket. Anna’s programme has a strong emphasis on problem solving through hands-on trial and error - isolating key variables to test and change.
    As for our curriculum areas, Pakiki this term has the following focus:
    In Personal Development we’ll be looking at comparing a ‘Growth’ mindset versus a ‘Fixed’ mindset - identifying how our attitude towards learning can affect our motivation and growth. Understanding that if we don’t understand something, we don’t understand it ‘yet’ - but this can change!
    Concept Curriculum has a continuation of our Biomimicry topic and we will starting our sharing day projects in small groups. Here, students have to agree upon an approach to design something using nature as inspiration. They can either start with an interesting natural organism and identify challenges that can be solved from its traits, or begin with a challenge and find examples of solutions in nature.
    There is also a strong focus on communication, delegation and organisation with their work - applying their particular skills to suit the group as a whole.
    In Talent Development we are focusing on setting ourselves achievable goals in their chosen area each week, and being able to communicate this appropriately. This also includes strategies to find solutions to problems as well as inspiration and motivation. The kids need to set themselves regular deadlines and book in sharing sessions and work on feedback they receive from their peers.
    Here’s to a busy term!
    Na,
    Brendan

    Thursday 17 September 2015
    ...
    each week.
    We have also had a couple of visitors join us in the Pakiki classroom:
    The exceptionally talented Scout Liu joined us to show us some of her anime artwork, and how she uses photoshop to draw, edit and process amazing pieces of artwork. Scout is also in the final stages of her studies in micro-biotechnology, and it was very interesting hearing her thoughts on switching from her 'science brain' to her 'creative brain' between her studies and her art work.
    We also had Tosh Ringland-Stewart, Doctor of Philosophy (currently based in Suva in Fiji) come in to speak with our Thursday class on what it means to be someone who works in Philosophy - a question that raised more questions than it did answers!
    Most recently, we have had Louise Wallace - editor of Starling Magazine - come in on Wednesday to discuss with the kids about what it means to be a career writer - most notably how submissions of work take time to be accepted. Several of our writers are hoping to be able to submit some writing to Starling in the future, in the hope they might get published. Skype interviews are set for next week on Tuesday and Thursday.
    ...
    their creation.
    Finally, we have taken the opportunity at the end of the term as 'John Appreciation Week'. John Calder has been diligently coming in to coach the kids in chess for a long time now. His passion for the game certainly encourages the kids to work on their strategy and game sense skills, and I have found myself being beaten by the kids on several occasions. We celebrated with a 'High Tea' party, where we drank hot chocolate, and ate some snacks and talked in posh accents with our backs straight, elbows off the table and pinkies not touching the cups. Fun times!
    Thanks to all!
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    2:55 am
  3. page Tuesday 2015 edited Wednesday 28th October 2015 Kia ora koutou, The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the la…
    Wednesday 28th October 2015
    Kia ora koutou,
    The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the last few weeks of Term 3 and this will definitely continue into Term 4! We have a number of visits and visitors planned, plus preparation for our sharing evening in Week 6. Over all the Term is going to be varied and challenging.
    (view changes)
    2:36 am
  4. page Tuesday 2015 edited Kia ora koutou, The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the last few weeks of Term 3 and thi…
    Kia ora koutou,
    The Pakiki classroom has been very busy over the last few weeks of Term 3 and this will definitely continue into Term 4! We have a number of visits and visitors planned, plus preparation for our sharing evening in Week 6. Over all the Term is going to be varied and challenging.
    Week 3. 27th, 28th & 29th October: We are very pleased to be welcoming Paul Campbell from Makerspace into the classroom for a full day workshop on using Arduinos. Arduinos are small computer chips that can be connected to other hardware and then programmed to perform tasks. I really recommend searching YouTube and having a look at some of the amazing things people are able to achieve with this relatively simple device. The children will learn how to connect hardware to the device and to write code to programme it. Each student will be given an Arduino kit that comes complete with the hardware they need to programme some simple circuits. After which they will be able to take them home to keep for free!
    We a very thankful to Paul for this opportunity. We welcome keen parents and teachers to join us during these sessions to get their own taste of how Arduinos work.
    Week 4: 3rd, 4th & 5th November: As a part of our Concept Curriculum topic on Biomimicry, Pakiki will be taking a trip to the Architecture van Brandenburg headquarters in Princes St. AvB are a group of architects that use nature to inspire the designs of their buildings. They are most notably famous for their Marisfrolg
    Headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Nina Daniels will give us a guided tour of how they work and give us some good insight into how Biomimicry is used to solve real problems and give inspiration.
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    Week 7&8, 24th, 25th & 26th November and 1st, 2nd & 3rd December: Anna Murphy STEM programme. For these two weeks we are very excited to invite Anna Murphy to Pakiki to run a series of STEM sessions - Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths - where the children will have the opportunity to design, create and test their own two-stage rocket. Anna’s programme has a strong emphasis on problem solving through hands-on trial and error - isolating key variables to test and change.
    As for our curriculum areas, Pakiki this term has the following focus:
    In Personal Development we’ll be looking at comparing a ‘Growth’ mindset versus a ‘Fixed’ mindset - identifying how our attitude towards learning can affect our motivation and growth. Understanding that if we don’t understand something, we don’t understand it ‘yet’ - but this can change!
    Concept Curriculum has a continuation of our Biomimicry topic and we will starting our sharing day projects in small groups. Here, students have to agree upon an approach to design something using nature as inspiration. They can either start with an interesting natural organism and identify challenges that can be solved from its traits, or begin with a challenge and find examples of solutions in nature.
    There is also a strong focus on communication, delegation and organisation with their work - applying their particular skills to suit the group as a whole.
    In Talent Development we are focusing on setting ourselves achievable goals in their chosen area each week, and being able to communicate this appropriately. This also includes strategies to find solutions to problems as well as inspiration and motivation. The kids need to set themselves regular deadlines and book in sharing sessions and work on feedback they receive from their peers.
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    Here’s to a busy term!
    Na,
    Brendan

    Thursday 17 September 2015
    The term is almost at an end, and we're starting to have some great weather which I think is putting a smile on all of our faces! We have had a very busy last couple of weeks, and have been working hard on our Talent goal setting and planning. The kids have been getting into the habit of regularly setting themselves targets to achieve and then reviewing how they went each week.
    ...
    Our topic of Biomimicry is well underway, and we have been looking carefully at different 'weird' animals in nature and how they have adapted to their environment. We have also been looking at different inventions which have used nature as a heavy influence to their creation.
    Finally, we have taken the opportunity at the end of the term as 'John Appreciation Week'. John Calder has been diligently coming in to coach the kids in chess for a long time now. His passion for the game certainly encourages the kids to work on their strategy and game sense skills, and I have found myself being beaten by the kids on several occasions. We celebrated with a 'High Tea' party, where we drank hot chocolate, and ate some snacks and talked in posh accents with our backs straight, elbows off the table and pinkies not touching the cups. Fun times!
    ...
    to all,
    Brendan/ Mr C.
    Monday 3 August 2015
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    2:36 am
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Wednesday, September 16

  1. page Thursday 2015 edited Thursday 17 September 2015 The term is almost at an end, and we're starting to have some great we…
    Thursday 17 September 2015
    The term is almost at an end, and we're starting to have some great weather which I think is putting a smile on all of our faces! We have had a very busy last couple of weeks, and have been working hard on our Talent goal setting and planning. The kids have been getting into the habit of regularly setting themselves targets to achieve and then reviewing how they went each week.
    We have also had a couple of visitors join us in the Pakiki classroom:
    The exceptionally talented Scout Liu joined us to show us some of her anime artwork, and how she uses photoshop to draw, edit and process amazing pieces of artwork. Scout is also in the final stages of her studies in micro-biotechnology, and it was very interesting hearing her thoughts on switching from her 'science brain' to her 'creative brain' between her studies and her art work.
    We also had Tosh Ringland-Stewart, Doctor of Philosophy (currently based in Suva in Fiji) come in to speak with our Thursday class on what it means to be someone who works in Philosophy - a question that raised more questions than it did answers!
    Most recently, we have had Louise Wallace - editor of Starling Magazine - come in on Wednesday to discuss with the kids about what it means to be a career writer - most notably how submissions of work take time to be accepted. Several of our writers are hoping to be able to submit some writing to Starling in the future, in the hope they might get published. Skype interviews are set for next week on Tuesday and Thursday.
    Our topic of Biomimicry is well underway, and we have been looking carefully at different 'weird' animals in nature and how they have adapted to their environment. We have also been looking at different inventions which have used nature as a heavy influence to their creation.
    Finally, we have taken the opportunity at the end of the term as 'John Appreciation Week'. John Calder has been diligently coming in to coach the kids in chess for a long time now. His passion for the game certainly encourages the kids to work on their strategy and game sense skills, and I have found myself being beaten by the kids on several occasions. We celebrated with a 'High Tea' party, where we drank hot chocolate, and ate some snacks and talked in posh accents with our backs straight, elbows off the table and pinkies not touching the cups. Fun times!

    Monday 3 August 2015
    Term 3
    (view changes)
    9:41 pm
  2. page Wednesday 2015 edited Thursday 17 September 2015 The term is almost at an end, and we're starting to have some great we…
    Thursday 17 September 2015
    The term is almost at an end, and we're starting to have some great weather which I think is putting a smile on all of our faces! We have had a very busy last couple of weeks, and have been working hard on our Talent goal setting and planning. The kids have been getting into the habit of regularly setting themselves targets to achieve and then reviewing how they went each week.
    We have also had a couple of visitors join us in the Pakiki classroom:
    The exceptionally talented Scout Liu joined us to show us some of her anime artwork, and how she uses photoshop to draw, edit and process amazing pieces of artwork. Scout is also in the final stages of her studies in micro-biotechnology, and it was very interesting hearing her thoughts on switching from her 'science brain' to her 'creative brain' between her studies and her art work.
    We also had Tosh Ringland-Stewart, Doctor of Philosophy (currently based in Suva in Fiji) come in to speak with our Thursday class on what it means to be someone who works in Philosophy - a question that raised more questions than it did answers!
    Most recently, we have had Louise Wallace - editor of Starling Magazine - come in on Wednesday to discuss with the kids about what it means to be a career writer - most notably how submissions of work take time to be accepted. Several of our writers are hoping to be able to submit some writing to Starling in the future, in the hope they might get published. Skype interviews are set for next week on Tuesday and Thursday.
    Our topic of Biomimicry is well underway, and we have been looking carefully at different 'weird' animals in nature and how they have adapted to their environment. We have also been looking at different inventions which have used nature as a heavy influence to their creation.
    Finally, we have taken the opportunity at the end of the term as 'John Appreciation Week'. John Calder has been diligently coming in to coach the kids in chess for a long time now. His passion for the game certainly encourages the kids to work on their strategy and game sense skills, and I have found myself being beaten by the kids on several occasions. We celebrated with a 'High Tea' party, where we drank hot chocolate, and ate some snacks and talked in posh accents with our backs straight, elbows off the table and pinkies not touching the cups. Fun times!
    Thanks to all!
    Brendan/Mr C.

    Monday 3 August 2015
    Term 3
    (view changes)
    9:41 pm

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