Friday, 10 March 2017

Roxy5 Film Competition

We have 10 students preparing for the Roxy5 Film Competition - entries close at the end of Term 1 for their 10-minute film.   
Details are on the Roxy@Raroa blog.

Extension Writing and Latin

The Extension Writing Programme has 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.

Details of the Programme can be found on the Extension Writing blog.

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.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

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.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Hand Drawn Circles & 'Forest of Numbers'

 For those days when you forget your compass...

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Click here for some amazing tricks for 

drawing without a compass!


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         Wish I was in Tokyo to see this art installation of colourful hanging numbers. 

click here

Monday, 9 January 2017

Why is the blog called Springfire?

The blog is named after a tree called 
'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.   

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Term 4 @ Raroa

Lots of great student learning continues under the GATE umbrella...

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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.


The GATE students (and teachers) have been very busy lately and the poor blog has been neglected... :-(

Check out the Raroan for most of our updates:

Latin: Ancient Roman Feast                Raroan: 28 October 
Extension Writing: NZ Playhouse         Raroan: 28 October 
ICAS Writing Results                           Raroan: 28 October 
Tournament of Minds Team comes 2nd at Nationals   Raroan: 14 October
Ext Writing EOTC @ City Art Gallery   Raroan: 16 September
Mathswell                                         Raroan: 2 September
Tournament of Minds Regionals          Raroan: 2 September
Write Like an Author camp                Raroan: 2 September
Brian Falkner visit                             Raroan: 19 August
ICAS Science                                     Raroan: 8 July
Ext WRiters Poetry Cafe                    Raroan: 8 July

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Term 3 Timetable is up!

Welcome back everyone!  
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The new Term 3 Timetable has been posted and can be found on the right-hand side of this blog.

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Ext(reme) Writers

Ten of the Ext(reme) writers represented the group at a Young Writers Day of workshops at the National Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Conference at the CQ Hotel in Wellington.  

They were wowed by the authors, editors and publishers, and by the content of their workshops.
Check out more detail about it on the Extension Writing Blog.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Sharks - free online course starts 28 June

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.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Sandcastle holds up a car - mechanically stabilized sand!

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Reinforce loose dirt with some stiff material and it can hold a car, form a freeway on-ramp, or be the wall of a building! Great engineering video.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Term 2 Timetable

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The calendar to the right has been updated with Term 2 classes and events!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Marble Mountain X-Treme!

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???

I cannot believe they pulled this off: 

Space X lands a rocket back on earth after it completes a mission in space! 

If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Free online animation course!

This is BIG 
- a free online course from Khan Academy and Pixar Studios...
Check out the video below!
There’s no need to register for the course, nor a requirement to watch the lessons in order — just head to their site and start exploring!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Writing seminars in March

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 at 11am, Embassy Theatre.  Adult $19.00; Child $10.00

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Check out this opportunity!

This year the Space and Science festival is being held at Onslow College.

Roxy 5 Film Competition

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. 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Author Visit Coming Up

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 and won 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!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Love to Build? Check this out!

 The Ultimate Marble Run

Makes Music with 2,000 Marbles

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.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Unique Words From Other Languages

Looking to extend your vocab?

e.g.YĹ«gen (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: Master Classes

Immerse yourself in the World of Science

  • Science Unplugged a series of short videos that offer answers to questions about science

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  •  “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.

The current roster of lectures is impressive: MIT’s Alan Guth teaches Inflationary Cosmology; U. Chicago’s Michael Turner (who coined the term “dark energy”) presents the Dark Side of the UniverseStanford’s Andrei Linde takes you into the Multiverse; and Caltech’s Maria Spiropulu probes Nature’s Constituents, to name a few Master Classes. Meanwhile Brian Greene currently teaches two of the university courses: “Special Relativity: A Math-Based Introduction” and (highlighted above) “Space, Time and Einstein: A Conceptual Tour of Special Relativity.”