Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Junior Master Chef!

Every second week, the year 7's and 8's at our school get to attend technology classes at our local high school. These classes are Hard materials (working with wood), Food technology, jewellery making - working with bone and greenstone, metal work, Fabric and sewing. The year 7's and 8's are split up into year levels and both learn new and very different things. 

Every trip this term the year 7's are making a wooden box for holding pens and pencils, crafting everything themselves,  even the cute little design on the front!  The year 8's (including me!) are doing cooking!  This is very exciting for me as I love to cook.  Last trip we made focaccia bread - from scratch!  If you don't know what type of bread this is, it's a flat Italian bread.  Some of the ingredients we used were: sundried tomatoes, olives, basil, and of course yeast and flour!  This week we made an Italian style fettuccine pasta.  The sauce we made included tomatoes, carrot, garlic, basil and lots of olive oil.  You can't smell it from the photo, but I can tell you from experience it tastes delicioso!

The finished product

We learnt how to make the pasta from scratch, and lots of different techniques for slicing and dicing.  I'm not sure what we are making next time but I am looking forward to it already!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Water Children!

Our school is very fortunate to have access to the Auroa community swimming pool, meaning all of  the classes at our school are able to have daily swimming practise.  This has been great recently because the weather has been so sunny!  Our class, Room 1, has swimming practise every morning at 9:30am.  In the afternoon a small group of students from our class, also get in the pool with the juniors to help with their water confidence, which I don't think they mind at all, as the afternoon gets very hot!

The kind of things our class has been practising are all four strokes, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.  Lately we have been focussing on survival skills and doing activities such as, sidestroke and treading water for a time limit of 5-10 minutes!  This has proven quite a challenge for some of us!  All classes are gearing up for our schools swimming sports in a few weeks time, I can't wait!  My favourite stroke is butterfly, what's yours?

Here is a picture of some of our juniors practising their swimming in the big pool with assistance from our seniors.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Student Council Results

I can finally breathe!

Firstly I would like to congratulate everyone who was brave enough to put their name forward for the council.  It takes a lot of guts to get up there and share your thoughts and ideas with the students in the senior syndicate. Then there's voting, even if your not a candidate there's still a lot of pressure, who will you vote for? will you pick the right one? You could smell the tension, maybe that was just sweat!  There were over 20 people that applied, that's a massive effort for our school and only 12 of those that applied gained positions.

Congratulations to the students that were voted onto the council, this must be such an honour! Kaiah, Michael, Isabelle, Meg, Lucas, Will, Riley, Alice, Dayna and James, congratulations to you all!  At our school we have a head girl and head boy position also, this year Tom was elected as head boy of our school!  So a big congratulations to him, and guess who head girl was........ (drum roll please) ME!!!!!  I couldn't believe our principal when he told me, I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with an awesome group of people this year!  For those of you that unfortunately missed out like Mr.C says, "never give up"!   

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

It's that time of year again.

Every year our school holds elections for the student council. This is a group of 8-10 students from years 7 and 8 that are selected as role models/leaders to represent the students of Auroa school at various events. The job of the student council also helps organize and run activities like Daffodil day to raise money for the Cancer foundation, Dress up days like Wacky hair and Halloween, the second hand 'op' shop and school disco's.  The student council puts the money that is raised into a project that will benefit the students of the school, last year the student councils major project was fundraising for the Outdoor sports board.

This is my second year applying for the council, last year I was lucky enough to be selected as a member. This was a great learning experience for me to discover and develop my leadership and organisation skills, it was also heaps of fun! To be successful in this process we have to submit a CV, fill in a job application form and present a speech to the senior school, as to why we should be elected onto the council. It's almost like applying for a real job!
This year I completed an electronic CV.
speeches are this thursday wish me luck!

Harold arrives at Auroa!!!

This week we are very lucky to have the life education truck with their mascot Harold the giraffe at our school. Our class, room 1, had our first visit today. We learnt about making choices that influence our decisions and we also learnt about peer pressure and strategies to deal with these situations. We played a great game about making choices and the outcomes that happen and things that can affect our decisions.

Tomorrow  we will be learning about our bodies and how they work, and also about looking after ourselves inside and out. I look forward to hearing another one of Harold's fabulous jokes! Harold will be at our school for 1 week, all of the classes are very excited! The life education trust is sponsored by many local and national businesses. The truck comes to our school every year.

Here is a photo of me and the life education truck, below is what it looks like.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Goal Setting!

Goal Setting Term 1 2014

1: Keep a stage 11 in writing
2: Achieve my Digi key

1: Interact with the juniors more
2: Make an effort to get to know the new Staff

1: Keep my netball skills up
2: Make good choices.