Friday, 27 June 2014

Phil Jones Visits Hoiho

A big thank you to Phil Jones for coming in and visiting Benjamin today.Thank you to Mrs Nicholls for organising it.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

School Holiday Fun

MINISTRY OF INSPIRATION : Computer Science Camp. Garin College 14-18 July 9am-3pm $250/student. Amazing opportunity to learn Scratch and ALICE programming languages and join an online community sharing interactive media such as stories, games & animation. Creating with these programmes aids creative thinking, working collaboratively and reasoning systematically. Scratch is a 2D platform and ALICE 3D. Also get to programme SPHEROS. An very exciting new robotic tool.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Bike Ride to Rabbit Island

Bike Ride to Rabbit Island on PhotoPeach

Cross Country

Well done to Emma, Logan and Marcus who competed at the Intermediate Cross Country on Friday.  Other representatives from the senior syndicate were Anya, Teresa, Vanessa, Imogen, Eamon, Antony and Ashton.

Saturday, 14 June 2014


Our Canadian epals are about to finish their school year.  We have really enjoyed sharing emails with our new friends in British Columbia and learning about their lives.  Their teacher has sent me the following.

Our school year is coming to and end quicker than we want here in BC, Canada! Our union is in a bit of a battle for a new contract right now and we've voted in favour of a full strike. So, our school year will likely be over in about a week unfortunately:( 

I've had great time corresponding with you and your class this year! If you'd like to pick it up again next year, I'll have a new group of grade 7's in September and we'd be more than happy to continue the emails! Please let me know. 

We have computer time early next week and I'll make sure all of my students send a final email next week. If your students could send a reply back, my students would be much appreciative! 

Also, if any of the students want to continue their correspondence from home, I will periodically login over the summer and continue to forward emails on. 

Thanks and hope you have a great school year! 


Brazil is hosting the Fifa 2014 World Cup. 

What do you know about Brazil?

Read the following facts - Then think of some questions you can come up with for the information report you are writing on your world cup country.

Brazil's Geography:

  • The largest country in South America and fifth largest worldwide, the Federative Republic of Brazil covers 8,500,000 sq km of the east of the continent of South America.
  • The world's second longest river, the mighty Amazon, is 4,000 miles long and up to 15 miles wide, and contains an amazing 20% of the world's fresh water! It flows across nine countries from the Peruvian Andes to the Brazilian Atlantic coast, with the Amazon basin covering over one billion acres, including half of Brazil.
  • The rainforest provides 20% of the world's oxygen. Around half of all known plant species can be found here
Brazil's History:
  • Prior to European settlement, there were 1000 tribes of indigenous Indians.
  • Brazil was discovered in 1500 by Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabral, who landed in South America on the way to India.
  • The name Brazil derives from the hard wood which contained red dye used in clothing.

Brazil's Cities:

  • The coastal city of Rio de Janeiro contains a number of iconic landmarks such as Copacabana beach, the Maracana Football Stadium and the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Sugar Loaf Mountain. Each year during Carnival thousands of samba dancers in colourful costumes parade past huge crowds in a noisy procession.
  • Sao Paulo is the biggest city. Over 20 million people live in the metropolitan area, which is a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities, including large numbers of Paulistas with Italian and Japanese ancestry.
  • The capital Brasillia replaced Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s as part of a plan to encourage growth away from the coast.

Brazil's Sport:

  • Brazilian football is admired around the world with Brazilian footballer Pele considered by fans as the greatest footballer of all time.
  • Brazil have won the World Cup a record five times, last in 2002, and are the hosts for the next tournament in 2014. Matches will be played in 12 cities including Manaus in the Amazon region, where a magnificent Opera House was built from the proceeds of rubber plantations.
  • Rio de Janeiro has been chosen to host the Olympic Games in 2016.

The World Cup has begun!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

World Cup Soccer Time

This week sees the beginning of the Soccer World Cup in Brazil. 
Watch the following link.  We will have a class draw this week, maybe you will select the winning team!

 boa sorte!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Bottle Stuffing

Thank you to everyone who has bought in plastic bottles and rubbish to stuff the bottles with - keep it coming we have to stuff a lot of bottles to make our own earth bench in October.

 Items commonly found in bottle bricks: 
- Plastic Bags - Wrappers - Receipts 
- Cigarette Butts - Dental Floss - Twist-ties 
- Veggie stickers - Shiny paper - Mesh 
NO food or liquid goop.

Check out the following link for how plastic bottles can be used to achieve some amazing results.