Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Whānau Aparangi - Year 8 2021

Welcome to 2021! We are pleased to have six classes of Year 8 students spending their final year at Balmoral School. Life in the Intermediate is engaging, fun and busy. It is our hope that our students will maximise the opportunities offered to them before this year. We are excited for the year ahead and where our learning journey will take us. 

Year 8 Teachers 
Hub 1 
Jacqui Bailey 
Stephen Slater-Brown 
Joe Teague 

Hub 2 
Dan Allen 
Alexandra Hunter 
Abhishek Singh 

We are supported by: Trish Cullen AP 
Mary Rea SENCO 

Important points to note for Year 8 students 
We are encouraging students’ self-management. 
- Bringing PE gear on the correct days. 
- Bringing PLENTY of food for morning tea and lunch. 
- Students keeping you informed of events ahead of time. 
- Students being reliable with bringing permission slips back in for CZ sports, clubs and outings.

Learning in Year 8 
In the hub: 
Philosophy programme 
Maths Literacy (integrated within Inquiry) 
Health and wellbeing 
PE and Sport 

In the specialist rooms: 
Science with Craig 
Multi materials with Lauren 
Music with Alex U 
Food Tech with Mrs Afosa 
Making the most of opportunities in Year 8 
We are encouraging connection through the many involvements that are available to Year 8. Students who are involved in school life have a much richer experience here and have access to some amazing mentors. We have many staff who give up their lunch times and weekends to support students with co-curricular activities. 
Bands and Choir 
Cultural groups - Kapa Haka, Pacifika Group 
Dance Club 
Drama Club 
Many sports - trial and have a go 
Tough Guy, Tough Gal 
Writers Festival 
Book Club 
Service opportunities - Tuakana/Teina, Librarians... 
Chess Club 
Dungeons & Dragons 
Running Club 
Magic the Gathering 
Many more... 

Please read the communications that come from the school, teachers and students: 
- Hub newsletter led by the students - twice a term 
- School newsletters every fortnight 
- Aparangi blog 
- Incidental emails from the class teacher 

You can book a face to face meeting or phone call with your class teacher by emailing us. Please make early contact before small issues escalate - we will do the same. 

Feel free to pop in and say hello and please come to school events throughout the year. We would love to see more of our Year 8 parents. Please consider joining the PTA or becoming the class PTA liaison. 

Home learning 

We recognise the importance of getting into good home learning habits before high school. 
- Read for 20 mins each night. 
- Plan out and work on a Rich Challenge throughout the term. More info to come. These projects will be shared in class. 

Any student who wishes to do more maths study in their own time can access the electronic resources on the maths page of the Aparangi blog. 

Camp - Save the date! Motutapu Island Tues 11th May - Friday 14th May. Info to come very soon. We are seeking parent helpers so please consider coming to camp with us.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Inquiry in Hub 1

By Zach and Fletcher, Hub 1

We started by listening to Selina Tusitala-Marsh’s poem called ‘Unity’. We created doodles in our learning journals to record the themes from the poem such as nature, culture, history, unity, navigation, ancestors and enviro issues e.g pollution. Some lines stuck out to us: ‘Nature’s model of unity’, ‘U and I make Unity’, ‘What we do affects the sea’.  During week 1 we were able to explore lots of activities relating to natural resources - a herb tasting science investigation, harakeke weaving, exploring the fibonacci sequence in nature, manu tukutuku/kite making and some cooking for Matariki (rewena bread and also scones to test out the new oven). Our reading and writing has linked to our Inquiry - analysing the poem and also creating our own concrete poems using some examples from nature. In week 2 we looked closely at the poem again and recorded some of our wonderings, mostly relating to how and why people use resources, cause and effect, how cycles work and models of unity from nature.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Who's Who - Problem Solving

One to try at home with your whānau...

Home Learning in Year 8

The home learning requirements in Year 8 are as follows:

Reading - Own novel, article, non-fiction book...
20 minutes per night. 
Students looking for extra reading tasks may wish to draft and submit a book review for
the Aparangi Blog or offer their services to Liz and Nicola in the library.

Rich Challenge - 8 weeks during the term
The Rich Challenge should be planned, carried out and completed over a sustained period. There will be a minimum of two checkpoints with the class teacher during the term where the student will have to describe their progress so far.
Student's own choice of a passion project from the following categories:
Giving & service
Excellence in the Arts
Business & enterprise
Physical activity and the outdoors
Exploring our world
Exploring technology

Incidental tasks
From time to time students may be invited to apply for roles or activities eg; applying for house captain. Drafting an application for these types of activities would take place during home learning time.

*Students wanting maths practice are very welcome to use the links published on this blog - see the Mathematics tab for useful parent and student resources.*

Maths Links for Students and Whanau

These are tried and tested resources to help support students at home and school. The content aligns with our NZ Curriculum. If you require any support accessing these, please get in touch with your child's teacher.

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NZ Maths Digital Learning Objects

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NZMaths Family Maths

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NZ Curriculum - Supporting School Maths

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NZ Curriculum Revision

Jo Boaler - Stanford - Parent Resources

Mathematics at Balmoral

Mathematics (A message from Jesse McBride, Whānau Turanga)

We are all about growing the mindset of our students, especially in the area of Maths as this
can be an area where we may put up perceived barriers.
At Balmoral, we want to create a Mathematical Mindset Community, where...
- Teachers and students believe everyone can learn maths at high levels
- Communication and connections are valued
- The maths is visual
- The maths is open
- The environment is filled with wonder and curiosity
- The classroom is a risk-taking, mistake valuing environment
We want to ask questions like...
Why does that answer make sense?
Why does that method work?
Can you prove it? Visually?
Can you predict what would happen if... ?
Did you make any interesting mistakes?
Please follow these links to help bring investigative, growth mindset building maths into your
home. The first video is especially valuable and explains this approach more fully (for adults).
The second video is aimed at students.
Both of these websites contain hundreds of investigations that can be levelled and sorted
by subject:
Lastly, this approach (sometimes called 'Common Core Maths') is explained by Dr Raj Shah
using a multiplication problem.