The Extension Writing Programmehas started over the last couple of weeks. Four separate programmes are available, one each term. Selection for each group will take place at the end of the previous term to provide for those students who have collated data that shows talent in this area.
It provides opportunities for the further development of each student's writing skills through teaching clinics, experiences, and through collaboration with other able writers.
The Latin programme has just started as well, firstly for the Year 8s who are continuing their Latin learning. This week, we will also be offering the Programme to any student involved in the GATE Programme at Raroa. Details of the programme can be found on the Latin blog.
It has been great meeting new and returning students to the GATE Programme for 2017.
Remember to come and see Ms Sime in Room 18, or Mrs Dunn in Room 8, if you want to find out more. The Pythagoras Maths, Ext(reme) Writing, Philosophy, Latin programmes are beginning with more to come. And also more great students yet to join us.
'Metrosideros Springfire', similar to the Pohutukawa.
It is a broad spreading tree, with abundant bright flowers and native to the Pacific Islands. Known as the Pioneer of the Pacific, it produces thousands of tiny seeds that can be held aloft on the slightest breeze and dispersed long distances. Not only that, the seeds are incredibly hardy, tolerating strong winds and most soils. But they can be susceptible to damp sites. Our GATE students are the future pioneers of the Pacific: bright, broad, hardy yet sometimes vulnerable, ready to spread across New Zealand and beyond, discovering their place in the world and embracing challenges on their journey.
Lots of great student learning continues under the GATE umbrella...
Latin, Extension Writing and Extension Maths continue as usual, with the added bonuses of groups discovering Philosophy, Game Theory, Shakespearean History (History/English), Genetics and Architecture. The final week of GATE Programmes will be in Week 7. In Week 8, "day" programmes will be offered and Week 9 is Electives Week.
Here’s a free online EdX course that might appeal to some of you
Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation
Learn about the most fascinating animals on Earth, their sophisticated senses and how sharks and their relatives have impacted human history and culture. Did you know that sharks have more senses than humans? Discover one of planet Earth’s coolest animals - sharks. Join researchers from across the globe as you track the movement of a wild shark on Twitter, observe shark habitats and learn about the fascinating biology that makes sharks incredibly unique.. Learn to think like a biologist as you explore human-shark interactions, shark evolution, and more.
A huge marble machine bolts together 32 possible paths for the 250-300 steel marbles that it’s made for. Measuring 3.7 by 2.4 meters, and standing 2.4 metres tall, the kinetic sculpture takes about an hour to set up or take down.
Have you got a marbles at home just waiting for your take on this???
Here’s a chance for those who’d love to meet, listen to and have books signed by a couple of renown writers
–Cornelia Funke and Sally Gardner –
along with their event chairs Mandy Hager and Anna Mackenzie.
Cornelia Funke- Her magical narratives have delighted children of all ages for more than 20 years, particularly now The Thief Lord,Inkheart and the Ghosthunters series are movies. Author of more than 50 books, including a series for children with dyslexia, Cornelia has recently founded her own publishing house, for her current Mirrorworld series. Sunday 13 March, 2pm, Embassy Theatre; Adult $19.00 Child $10.00
Sally Gardner- Multi award-winning British children’s author and illustrator of books including Maggot Moon,Tinder and I, Coriander, which have been translated into more than 22 languages. Sunday 13 March at11am, Embassy Theatre. Adult $19.00; Child $10.00http://www.festival.co.nz/2016/events/sally-gardner-maggot-moon/
Raroa has many budding scriptwriters, actors, videographers and editors and many are creating entries into the Roxy 5 Film Competition or for the Raroa Short Film Evening. See the Roxy5@Raroa blog to find out more.
We have NZ author Ella West (real name Karen Trebilcock) coming for a visit Wednesday 6 April for the morning.
Her book Night Vision is great andwon the Young Adult Fiction Award at the 2015 LIANZA Children's Book Awards, and also won the YA Children's Choice Award at the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Her sci-fi series Thieves is also really good and highly praised.
She will be taking a workshop with the Extension Writers as well as speaking to the school!
Wintergatan Marble Machine (video link here), a hand-cranked music box loaded with instruments including a circuit of 2,000 cascading steel marbles.The marbles are moved internally through the machine using funnels, pulleys, and tubes.
e.g.Yūgen (Japanese): gives a name to a mood in which one feels that the universe as a whole possesses a mysterious, elusive, but real, beauty. Moonlight, snow on distant mountains, birds flying very high in the evening sky and watching the sun rise over the ocean all feed this sensibility.
Science Unplugged a series of short videos that offer answers to questions about science
“Master Classes” which are short classes about various subjects (mostly in physics) that take a few hours to complete. Classes are free but you will need to register for this site to access them. Check with your parents first.