18 August 2017

YAY! Look what's coming!

South Mak Exchange

What an interesting day Wednesday was, with the annual South Mak sports exchange. The weather was crazy to say the least, but boy it created an experience for our kids. Everyone played awesome in their sports, despite the weather, and there was plenty of skill and excellent sportsmanship on display!

16 August 2017

Mathex Challenge

Yesterday, Rooms 4,5, and 6 took part in a mathex challenge, as part of New Zealand Maths Week. The questions were tricky but we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Mrs Simpson and some of the senior mathematicians for organising this event for us!

Week 4 Wonder-ful Wednesday

What do you wonder Room 5?

Made with Padlet

11 August 2017

Buddy Class new addition!

This afternoon we went for a visit to our buddy class to meet their new addition, Fluffy, the guinea pig. It was awesome hearing all the wonderful learning that Room 1 are doing about having a pet and how to look after it. Fluffy is very, very cute and we certainly enjoyed meeting him! We also loved having cuddles! Thanks Room 1

03 August 2017

New Zealand Playhouse visit

Today, The New Zealand Playhouse visited us here at Halcombe School. The play that they performed for us was called Puss in Boots -Pet detective. We had such a good time watching and they certainly were talented and funny! Such a great show!

Year 6 photography

This week, the year 6's worked on a project in groups photographing and making a collage of 'what makes Halcombe School special/awesome?' They found many things that are special to our school and the things they value about our school!

Check out their collages!

28 July 2017

Year 6's Friday photo challenge

Today, our yr 6's made a start on our photography unit. Each Friday we are going to be working on loads of mini projects using a camera and different programmes and tools to be creative. Here's what we did as a warm up: what do you think?

Turbos Visit

Yesterday we were extremely privileged to have the Turbos rugby squad visit our school! We had an awesome time competing and watching them face off against our kids in gutter board, hoola hooping, the limbo and a team relay race. It was so great to see them here at our school! We were all very excited! Thanks to the Turbos for coming to visit and to Miss Simpson for organising!

27 July 2017


Our year 7s began their technology programme today. They are in rotation groups and are going to be doing soft materials (sewing), food technology, hard materials (wood work) and CO2 cars. They have made an excellent start and are having a great time learning lots of new skills!

25 July 2017

Antarctica Inquiry!

In Room 5, we are kicking off term 3 with inquiring into Antarctica and how/why people live there, and their influence on the environment.

To start off our inquiry, we did some brainstorming of all the curiosities we have and the things we wonder. We played a new sharing game called Give 1, Grab 1 which we used to identify our common wonders/questions and share them each other. Together we collaborated and worked together and came up with all these questions. We will be doing lots of inquiring and using of information skills to learn about life in Antarctica.

Dance is underway!

Term 3 has kicked off well and we are straight into dance for PE. We join with Room 6 and are learning a whopping 20 dances that include line dancing, partner dancing and some modern grooves. It's good fun and we have great dance teachers from Room 6 helping us out!