Monday, May 6, 2019

Rich Challenge - Term 2

Dear whānau

This term we are continuing with the Rich Challenge as the main component of our home learning programme. Rich challenges encourage a student to think more deeply about the value of existing extra-curricular activities, or to try out something new.

Alongside the Rich Challenge, your child will be expected to spend time reading and practising maths in various ways e.g. cooking, measuring, online tasks, playing card games, using money etc. Student wishing to do maths revision may like to explore the links on the maths page.

- Together, select a challenge from the list that is coming home in week 2. Complete the goals and return it to your class teacher by Monday 13th May.

- Document the process and experiences, collecting evidence along the way. There are many ways of recording this evidence.

- Complete the challenge by Friday 28th June and be ready to present to your classmates.

With thanks,
Whānau Aparangi

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Opportunities for young authors and illustrators

The Balmoral Young Authors and Illustrators club runs every Monday lunchtime in Shire 4. A quiet space and mentoring is provided for those students who are keen to create their own writing or illustrations. Some students choose to create pieces with the view to entering competitions. These competitions may include (but are not limited to):

Toitoi magazine (NZ)

Fabostory (NZ)

The Elsie Locke Writing Prize (NZ)

Stone Soup (Intl)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Can you caption this?

The students of Shire 4 have been practising the skill of adding a caption to a picture. We've noticed that good captions add new information for the reader, usually include key facts, are succinct, match the tone of the photo and are usually in the present tense.

Have a go at adding a caption to this picture... You'll find some of our examples in the comments below.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Aparangi Camp Tuesday 30th April - Friday 3rd May

We are now working through the organisation for our Year 8 Camp to Motutapu Outdoor Education Centre in Term 2, Week 1. Please bring in the last remaining camp forms as teachers are beginning to collate this information.

Outdoor education is a core component of the Physical Education and Health & Wellbeing programme at Balmoral Intermediate. Students attending camp benefit by participating in outdoor activities that build self-confidence, resilience, collaborative skills as well as building their knowledge of the world around them. At Motutapu we are very lucky to develop knowledge of environmental and social science concepts while making even stronger connections with our classmates.

Our aim is for all Year 8 students to attend school camp. Please talk to us if this is difficult.

Students may wish to start locating some of the items they will need for camp. They will also receive a paper copy later in the term:

Aparangi Camp Gear List 2019
All items must be stowed inside a large pack or suitcase.
No sleeping bags or pillows attached to the outside of luggage.

AmountGear required
1Ice-cream container of baking OR 1 bag of fruit to share
1All medication in a named snap-lock bag
1Day pack
Day 1 - Packed morning tea, lunch and full drink bottle required
1Sleeping bag
1Fitted sheet (optional; mattresses are vinyl covered)
1Set of pyjamas to sleep in
1Torch (with fully charged batteries)
1Named water bottle (at least 750ml)
2Towels (showering and swimming)
1Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo & conditioner,
sunscreen, insect repellent, hair ties (hair tied up on all activities), sanitary items.
1Raincoat (must be waterproof with sealed seams)
2Woollen jersey or fleece
4T-shirts (including at least 2 that are old and can get dirty)
1Trousers/Trackpants (no denim)
2Polypropylene top
1Polypropylene long johns
1Warm beanie
1Togs + rash vest
1 setNight clothes ie very warm pants and tops (for evenings and after activities)
2Shoes (lace up running shoes or similar) for walking to and from camp, an old pair that can get muddy, wet shoes for kayaking are optional.
4 pairsSocks
2Bags (swimming bags or similar to carry muddy clothes)
1Tea towel
1Set of eating utensils in a bag: dinner plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork, spoon
1Book or other quiet activity (s)
0No devices
0No other food (no lollies)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Whānau Aparangi Newsletter - Term 1, Week 1

Tēna koe e te whānau! Greetings to our students and their families. Is is wonderful to see our Year 8 students back at school and ready to learn. The teaching team have had a great week getting to know their new classes.

Our school-wide focus this week has been on building relationships. We are aiming to support students in making strong connections with their peers and their teacher, in order to further build the spirit of community at Balmoral. That strong sense of community is one of the highlights identified by the ERO team when they visited our school last term.

Our teaching team this year is:
Jacqui Bailey Shire 4 (Whānau Leader)
Dan Allen Shire 2
David McGrath Shire 6
Janelle Palliser Room AR
Vanessa Counsell Rm RL
Joe Teague Rm 31

Meet the Teacher Evening - Mon 11 Feb, 5:30pm
Please come and meet your child's teacher on Monday evening. We will be starting in the Specialist quad area at 5:30pm. You will hear some organisational information and you'll have an opportunity to visit your child's classroom and meet the teacher. We are encouraging our Year 8 students to also attend this event so they can show you around their class.

There are a number of ways to stay informed of Year 8 dates and events:
- The school calendar is located on the Balmoral website: This calendar can be added to your own electronic calendar.
- Our Aparangi blog is regularly updated with news about our learning. You will also find home learning guidelines and information about mathematics there.
- The Intermediate newsletter is emailed once a fortnight
- The Aparangi newsletter is available online 2-3 times per term

Opportunities in Year 8
Our focus this year is to encourage our students to join some of the many clubs, sports and cultural opportunities on offer in the Intermediate. You will hear more about these on Monday night. The students are already reading the daily notices in class each morning to learn about upcoming opportunities.

Ngā mihi nui,

Whānau Aparangi
Jacqui, Dan, David, Janelle, Vanessa & Joe

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. Completed books will be added to the student's individual reading log.
Students looking for extra reading tasks may wish to draft and submit a book review for
the Aparangi Blog.

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.*