Monday 31 March 2014


Room5 construction writing Together with our Room 6 friends we had a wonderful time upcycling with our recycling. We used many different things to create new objects and constructions. Please click on the above photo to read our stories about what we constructed. The Room 5 Children.

Room 6 Recycled Creations

Click on the video below to see Room 6 's recycled creations, and hear them read their writing about their works of art.

Saturday 29 March 2014


Miss Johnston, our third year student teacher, has been took us for a unit on sculpting with a particular focus on  "Recycled Sculptures". After we had looked at a number of sculptures on our iPads, looked closely at a Pacific Island artist Michael Tuffrey and discussed the messages these sculptures might be portraying we had a go at planning our own.  Some of the criteria we developed for assessment included:
    -using a range of recycled (otherwise thrown to waste) objects and items
    - having a strong personal message that connected with the shape.
Perhaps the trickiest part with all of this was the construction and shaping of our pieces. We knew what we wanted in our minds but it was hard to get the materials to look exactly the way we wanted!
Here are some of the pieces we showed at assembly. We would love to get your comments and feedback on any of the sculptures and their messages.

Jackson Banks Yr 8: "Aim High!"  

Shoi Nagase Yr 7: "Cyber Bullying Hurts!"

Finlay Russel Yr 8: "The World Is Always Changing...Like The Clutha River"

Cameron Smit Yr 7:  "Stop Rhino Poaching!"

Abby Hecht-Wendt Yr 8: "Love Is Everywhere."

Madison Duncan Yr 7: 

Brylee Ryan Yr 7: "Sisterly Love"

Kathryn Smit Yr 7:  "I Love World Peace."

Wesley Day Yr 8:  "Two Bottles Could Create A Car Crash!!"

Noah Robertson Yr 7:  "Soccer should be noticed more and people should STAY PLAYING!"

Hamish Pearson Yr 8: "War Does More Damage Than You Think!!!"

Tazmin Hall Yr 8: "Protect Our Native Birds...Stop Spraying!!!"

Lee Leonard Yr 8: "When You On Your Motorbike...You're FREE!!!!"

Arden O'Donnell Yr 7:  "Poaching Will Soon Make Rare Animals Extinct!"

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Room One Envirochallenge!

For the last three weeks Room One have been collecting chip packets and other small packages that we have in our lunchboxes. After three weeks we collected 55 packets. Since there are 26 of us in our class we thought this wasn't too bad, only 3 or 4 per day.
We found out that it costs the school if we have more rubbish at school ,so we talked about what we could do to make less rubbish. We talked about different options....

Buy a big bag and put chips into zip bags which we can recycle - Madison

Put any packets we use back into lunch boxes to take home - Chloe

Put some loose chips into a lunchbox chip compartment - Jack

Pack healthier lunches without bags of stuff - Madison

Use a clip shut container - Emma

Limit your chips to once a week - Emma

Use paper bags - Mr B.

We are now going to see how many chip packets we end up collecting over the next three weeks! We hope it is a lot less!

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Wastebusters visit

Click on the book below to find out what Room 6 learnt from our visit to Waste Busters. 
Here is a short video to give you a glimpse of what the staff and volunteers at Wastebusters do with the things we recycle.

Junior School - Visit to Wastebusters

This morning we visited Wastebusters and learnt about recycling.

Have you ever noticed the numbers on the bottom of your plastic containers?  They are inside a triangle.  These numbers indicate the different types of plastic.  Number 1: soft drink bottles, honey jars etc can be recycled into pillow and sleeping bag filling. Number 2: Milk bottles can be made into recycling bins.  
Number 5: Yoghurt containers and icecream containers can be made into pegs and toothbrush handles.

Did you know that it takes 57 milk bottles to make one of our green recycling bins?