Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hundertwasser Art

We learnt about the artist Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser. He was born in Austria, lived in other countries and in his later life he lived in New Zealand. His artwork was individualistic and unique and he did not follow tradition art rules. He gave a name to this creative and unique process as “transautomatism”. In his work, he rejected straight lines and was fascinated by spirals, as he noted that here are not straight lines in nature. He commonly used bright colours in his artwork. We created our own Hundertwasser inspired artwork using paint and felt pens.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Rutherford Visit

Last week we were lucky to have some students from Rutherford Junior High visit us. They came to tell us all about their school and what they could offer year 7 students next year. Their school band played two songs to us too. We were able to ask questions to the teachers and students. It was great to see Coral and Rajveet who were at our school last year who are enjoying Rutherford this year.

Thursday, August 23, 2018


Check out our monster art! We planned monsters in our art books.

We chose our favourite monster and created a bog version with crayon and dye.

After that we used our clay skills to create a 3D version.



Did you know some of our boys have been writing the Midweek column. They always get it checked by Ms O'Connor before it gets sent off to the paper. Pretty clever huh! Here is their latest column.

Friday, August 17, 2018


We have started back at Rutherford again this term. For active learning we are cooking, sewing and creating something at woodwork. We are having heaps of fun learning new skills. Watch this space to see what we create!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Museum Visit

Last week we went to the Museum to learn all about organic pigments and natural tools and Toi Māori (Māori Art).
We worked with Margie and explored different ways we can make paint and what we could use to paint with. We had a go at painting with feathers and we made our own brush from harakeke. We used onion skins and walnut pods to make dye. We also used paints made from ochre. We used the pigments and tools to create our own tapa patterns.

We also work with Awhina to learn about Toi Māori. We looked closely at different whakairo. We learnt they were used to tell stories and show history. We explored all the different patterns and discovered that different places around the country have different styles and patterns special to them.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cave Paintings

For inquiry we spent some time looking at cave paintings. We were really interested in learning why we have cave paintings and what was used to create cave paintings. We looked closely and how people were drawn and why they choose the animals they did. We then used all the information we learnt to plan and create our own cave paintings to tell a story about what might of happened in New Zealand many years ago. Instead of using natural paints made from limestone and ochre we used crayons. They still look great!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Celebrating Puanga

Today some us got up super early to meet on the school field to celebrate Puanga. We all stood around a bonfire. Mr Ohia spoke then we all sung a song. Some of us sent some lanterns off into the sky. We then went into the hall for some share kai. After that Mr Ohia's Ropu shared some facts about Puanga and a waiata. We then spent the morning in our houses doing lots and lots of fun activities. What a great way to spend the day!

Art Gallery and Library

On Monday we were lucky enough to be able to visit the District Library and Art Gallery. At the Library we got a tour and some of us were issued a library card. We really enjoyed looking through all the books and issuing them on their fancy system. At the Art Gallery Seitske showed us an art exhibition. We looked at all the creatures that were made from clay. We were then given an opportunity to create our own creature. We had such an awesome day!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bike Saftey

This week we have been learning about bike safety. Some of us brought our own bikes to school to use and some of us borrowed the ones our lady instructors provided. We learnt what to check on our bike before we went for a ride, how to check that our helmet was on correctly, keeping to the left when we ride on pathways and roads, use our arms to indicate which way we are turning and many more safety rules. We all had lots of fun learning and practicing what were learnt. For writing next week we are going to create a poster to share what we have learnt with others. Look out for them on our individual blogs.

Friday, June 15, 2018


We are lucky enough to be having tennis lessons with Gene Ridgeway this term. We are learning lots of new skills including the ready position, overhead serve, forehand and backhand ground stroke. To a partner we can serve the ball and have a rally over the net. Our skills are developing and our coordination is improving the more we practice.