Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Talking Tamaki - Episode 4

Laura interviewed Lem and Abraham to find out about their thoughts and feelings of 2008 and their hopes for the future. Watch the video below to see what they had to say and leave a comment for them.

Talking Tamaki - Episode 3

Kupakwashe interviews Kyle to find out how he feels about this year and his hopes for next year. Please leave a message for us.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Talking Tamaki - Epsiode Two

Kupakwashe wants to find out how Ma'ata feels about her first year at interemdiate and her hopes for the future. In this second episode of talking tamaki she interviews Ma'ata and finds out her views and opinions. Special thnaks to Moli for great filming and Laura and Gaifo for their great assisstnace. Please leave a comment for us.

Haka Waiata - Day 2

Today was the second day for haka waiata performances. Today each house performed infront of primary schools. Each house wished to put on the best performance possible for these students.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Learn To Speak Shona - Lesson One

Kupakwashe is from Zimbabwae and speaks Shona. In the video below she teaches Laura a few phrases in Shona. Watch the video below to learn how to say hello, thank-you, how are you and few other useful phrases in Shona.
The words are written on the screen in Shona and English for you to practise along with.

Written and produced by Kupakwashe from room one. Special thanks to Moli from room six for her great filming.

Haka Waiata - Dress Rehearsal

Today the whole school had a dress rehearsal for haka waiata. Every house put on a great show. The talent of some students is outstanding. Go calliope, achilles, leander and orpheus!

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EOTC - Day 3 - Ice Skating

Today rooms 1,8, 9, 11, 12 and 16 went ice-skating. The students had an awesome time at the ice rink. Some students even had a barefoot race on the ice! It was great to see students helping each other up when they fell over and helping each other around the ice rink. The students have had a fantastic 3 days of EOTC thanks to the teachers, support staff and each other.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

EOTC - Day 2 - Wave Pools

Today rooms 1, 8 and 9 went to the Mt Albert Wave pools. The students had a fantastic time at the pools. The students enjoyed the hydra slide, waves, lap pools, rubber tyres and the bombing platform. A great and enjoyable day was had by all. Some of the teachers even went swimming!

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Monday, December 1, 2008

EOTC - Day 1 - Kiwi Valley Farm

Today rooms 1, 8 and 9 went to Kiwi Valley Farm in Henderson. The students had a fun and wonderful day. The students got to feed the animals, pet the animals, go for a horse ride and get lost in a maze.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Talking Tamaki - Episode 1

Kupakwashe decided to interview room one students on their reflections of 2008 and their hopes for 2009. In this episode of Talking Tamaki she interviewed Laura, Braxton and Chris. Please leave a comment for us.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Agents of Change

Agents of Change
On Thursday November 13th our cluster of schools held a film festival at Tamaki College. Our entry was a movie we created using the song 'Agents of Change' which we sang at the combined choirs festival. You can see all the other movies shown at the film festival by clicking this link.
On Monday the 24th of November Dylan Elise performed an amazing drum show in our school hall. Everyone absolutely loved the show. His showmanship and musical ability were an inspiration. Dylan is influenced by jazz. At 18 he is already an accomplished musician. Highlights of the show are shown below.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Year 7 Science Fair

Today Year 7 students presented their science fair experiments. We were very impressed with the effort and quality of the presentations. Have a look at the photos below and leave a comment.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Foaming Monsters

Hello. For our science fair experiment we wanted to find out what ingrediants would make the best foaming monster. We mixed equal amounts vinegar and dishwashing liquid with 1 teaspoon of baking soda for one monster. We made another monster with 3/4 of dishwashing liquid and1 /4 vinegar and then added one teaspoon of baking soda. The last monster had 3/4 vinegar to 1/4 dishawashing liquid. We observed to see which mixture was best. The monster with more vinegar made the best monster. It had a lot of foam and exploded out of the bottle. Please leave a message for us.

By Jane, Fine and Amelia
Room One

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Science Fair Investigations

Room One has been busy getting their science fair projects ready. Levi invesitagted what vegetable travels the furthest in a potato gun. Abraham found out if the shape of a parachute affects the time it stays in the air. Lem and Tony want to know what ingrediant dissolves fastest in boiling water. The photos below show you what we have been doing for our science fair projects.

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Growing Crystals

For their Science Fair investigation Laura, Kupakwashe and Nooroa wanted to find out in which condition did crystals grow the fastest. They used one cup of boiling water and three tablespoons of copper sulphate to grow the crystals. They mixed three solutions and put it into three jars. They put one jar in a dark room, one in a fridge and one in the sun. Sabrina interviewed Kupakwashe and Laura to find out what they did and what happened. View the video below to find out where it grew first. Please leave a comment for us.

How to make a Jar Compass

Room One made a jar compass. To make this at home you need one needle, cardboard, string, one jar, one stick or pencil, one magnet and one compass. The experiment works beacuse the Earth is a giant magnet. The needle once magnetised is attracted to the North and South poles. In the video below Tyson and Laura demonstrate how to make a jar compass. Please leave a comment for us.

By Laura, Tyson and Luke
Room One

Electrical Circuit

Room One made an electrical circuit to demonstrate the flow of electricity. Each group used wire, batteries and a light bulb. We used a paper clip as a switch. When we connected the paperclip the electrical current flowed through and the lightbulb turned on. When we opened the paper clip the electrical current did not flow and the lightbulb did not turn on. This practical activity helped us to see how electricity flows and what substances conduct electricity. View the photostory to see our demonstration and the fun that we had. Please leave a comment for us.

Room One

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fun With Science

Room One has been busy with Science Fair this term. Students are getting ready for the exhibition on the 21st of November. In class we have been doing several science experiements and investigations. Here is a sampling of photos of the crazy science we have initiated this term.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

How to make a lemon battery

Room One made a battery from four lemons. We used the lemons to light a small LED (Light Emitting Device). To do this experiment at home you need lemons, a LED, some wire, copper nails or pennys and zinc nails. The reason that the lemons can work as a battery is they contain acid. Please view our photostory to learn about the magic in our experiment. Edmond and Braxton Room One

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Crazy Science

This term, Room One students are working on projects for the Science Fair. To get started we did a class experiment. Our aim was to find out in which liquid salt would dissolve the fastest. We used water, lemonade, milk, vinegar, oil and soy sauce for our experiment. We put one teaspoon of salt in each of the liquids. The majority of the students hypothesised that salt would dissolve fastest in water and lemonade. We did the experiment and found out in which liquid salt dissolved the fastest.

If you would like to find out what our results were, view the photostory and check it out.
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Ma'ata, Edmond and Jackson

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Loud Shirt Fun

Loud Shirt Day

Students and members of the staff at Tamaki Intermediate school dressed up in loud shirts on 19th September 2008 to bring about awareness of the hearing impaired people and their needs. Not only were we dressed in brightly coloured shirts, we wore accessories that made us look great! We wore ear muffs to experience a soundless world around us. We appreciated our sense of hearing. We also used sign language that day to understand how the hearing and speech impaired people go about their normal lives. All of us who dressed outrageously donated a gold coin towards buying more hearing devices for the hearing impaired people. Thanks to Ms Walley and Ms Tauri, Room 1 won the prize for best participation and cute and loud shirts.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Year 7 Cultural Expo

Learning about Festivals and Celebrations in New Zealand and other parts of the World was a great experience and was fun. Room 1 studied about the festivals, celebrations and ceremonies in the United Kingdom. Students researched information on St. Patrick's Day, May Day, Guy Fawke's Day, the Royal ceremonies etc. Room 8 studied about important festivals and celebrations in India. Room 9 studied about the culture of the Aboriginal people of Australia. Room 11 studied about Japanese clothes, food, and celebrations in Japan. Room 12 learned all about South African people, places, festivals and celebrations and Room 16 researched information about Chinese celebrations and other general topics about China.
All students in these rooms were grouped to research information using the following steps. Locate and collect information, skim read the information, note take main points, plan a presentation and prepare a presentation based on our theme 'Festivals and Celebrations in NZ and other parts of the world'. We learned a lot and had fun putting our projects together for a common Cultural Expo for all to see. We invited students from other schools to view our projects and share our learning

By Chris, Leilani, Courtney, Laura, Mele T, Seneti

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Term 3 'Exciting Times'

We thought term 3 was the best term so far. We had some good times and really enjoyed learning about different cultures. We studied Maori, Polynesian and even Japanese culture.
In week 5 the Pacifica drama group came to our school to perform. It was really cool. They performed dances from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga and even Hawaii. Some of the students from our school got on stage to perform with them.
This term we have been learning about Japan and we have found out some very interesting facts about Japan. We are even writing to pen pals in a Japanese school! They sent us letters a few weeks ago answering all the questions we had about Japanese life. In week 8 we also got to make sushi as a class. It was delicious!
This term we have also been working on our physical fitness. We have been training hard for cross country and working on our large ball skills in house sports. Two people from room 11 came in first on the beep test! We also did really well on the cross country run.
For next term, we want our goal to be to work hard as a class and achieve things we did not achieve this term.

By Room 11

Term 3 was fun!

In room1 the first week of school we had a show and tell of our culture. Everyone was anxious about what each other would think. We each showed an item that represented our culture. We also created a class tree. Each leaf has our name and where we come from, it looks so cool.
The QUEST performance was marvellous. Laura was one of the three blind mice and dwarf. She looked very appealing. Ma’ata was goldilocks she was the best looking girl on the show! Kupakwashe was baby bear and a dwarf. She looked cute in her bear suit. Nooroa did a good job with the sounds. Abraham was great and actually looked like a pig from Texas. All four performances were great the hard work real paid of!
In week 5 we had cross country. From our class Chris came 1st and Ma’ata came 3rd. Ma’ata and Chris went to compete in the Eastern Zone championships. It was very tiring yet good practice going out for a run around the field.
All term we read the novel stormbreaker in for shared reading. It was an interesting story full of action. Once we had finished the story we got to watch the movie it was really cool.
In week six and seven Miss Walley went on a school trip to the Cook Islands. They had a great time in the sun and sand. Levi went as well and had a really great time. The rest of us spent our time at school and missed Miss Walley.
When Miss Walley came back we had piles of work to do on our project. We split into four groups and did projects on St Patrick’s Day, Royal Ceremonies, May Day and Bonfire Night. We even made a Guy Fawkes man. Our class had the most magnificent projects - thanks to Mrs Walley, Miss Walley and Mrs Tauri. When it was time for the cultural festival everyone adored our projects, even Mrs Raj thought we did really well. Laura, Levi, Jackson and Nooroa dressed up in costumes. We put a lot of hard work into this project of learning about festivals and celebrations in different parts of the world.
This term, two new wonderful class members called Jackson and Justin have joined Room 1.
By Ma’ata and Kupakwashe Room 1

Our Term 3 Memories and Reflections

Here are the Term 3 reflections of what we did and achieved at school.
Term three has been full of glee and everyone enjoyed it. It was full of excitement due to the trips, our cultural Expo and many more.
Technology was awesome this term because we had Art. We learnt about the elements of art. We also had food technology in which we made food that was yummy, scrumptious and delicious.
Tamaki today was magnificent because we got to learn a lot in terms of video taping in an appropriate manner. Mrs.Raj supported us in uploading our awesome work on to This motivated us to produce quality work and also complete our work on time.
Quest production was brilliant. Our parents were very impressed about the show directed by the Tamaki intermediate’s music teacher Miss Dekker. It was awesome entertainment for all of us.
Basketball was exceptionally marvellous because some of the girls drove down with Mr Webb and Ms Curren to the basketball Nationals in Tauranga. They challenged numerous schools and came seventh out of all the schools that were there. They played fabulously.
One of our students went to Rarotonga on a school trip and had a lot of fun.
For our BP Challenge we had to make a business suit for both genders. We developed designing skills and critical thinking. We enjoyed being creative and the outfits looked great.
We also went to an exciting place called Maritime Museum. We were so lucky because our whole class got to go. We learnt to make different kinds of knots and went on a cruise to the Harbour Bridge.
We had earthquake drills at least 3 to 4 times and I think we are getting better and better every time we learn it.
Our China projects took us incredibly long to complete and display. But in the end we were thrilled that we completed it just in time for our year 7 expo. We made a model of the great wall of China, lanterns, dragons etc. and learnt a lot about the festivals and celebrations in different countries. We also developed a sense of respect and tolerance towards the other cultures.
Year 7 Expo was great because we had a countless number of schools and parents visiting our expo. While we were there we made videos and took photos.
That’s all the excitement we have had for term 3 and we can’t wait for next term.

By Daniel and Patricia Room 16

Thursday, September 25, 2008

U.K Celebrations and Festivals

Room One studied U.K festivals and celebrations this term. This slideshow is a result of Jackson's research about the topic.

Fathers' Day Poems

Sharma and Seneti wrote activity poems for their fathers.
They enjoyed reading their poems out to their mates in Room 16.
Hope you like them.
Mele V

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fathers' Day

Poems composed by students from Room 16.

1. Father’s day!
Making breakfast in bed

Father’s day!
Big hugs and kisses

Father’s day!
Buying gifts and presents

Father’s day!
Playing family games outside

Father’s day!
Calm and relaxing

Father’s day!
Preparing special dinner

Father’s day!
Handing out special gifts

Father’s day!
Appreciation of fathers’ deeds

Father’s day!
Is soon going to be over, but how are you going to celebrate fathers’ day with your dad?

2. Father’s day!
Breakfast in bed!!

Father’s day!
All about Dads!!

Father’s day!
Can’t be sad!!

Father’s day!
Lazing around!!

Father’s day!
Watching rugby!!

Father’s day!
Special dinner!!

Father’s day!
Special gifts!!

Father’s day!
Going to sleep!!

Father’s day!
Wish it was everyday!

Art Work

Some lovely art work by Tamaki Intermediate students.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fantastic artists of Tamaki Intermediate

Year 8 students have been exploring different media and ways of presenting their visual ideas. The theme was objects, shapes and forms found outside e.g. birds, trees, hill shapes or a simple lanscape. They produced lino prints, a painting work with hot and cold colours, pastel work and a mixed media artwork based around a tree shape.

Mrs. B (Art teacher)

Indian Festivals and Celebrations

Kupakwashe's slide show. View, enjoy and please leave a comment.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Democracy vs Communism

The students of Room 16 are learning about China. Faye and Boaza researched for information on Democracy and Communism and made this slide show. Watch and learn! What do you think of it? Do make a comment.
Democracy vs Communism
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Business Suits

Rooms 15 and 16 (Extension Team) took on a Challenge in Week 3 of Term 3. The aim of the challenge was to get students to think creatively and work as a team to produce business suits with newspaper, cellotape and a metre long string.
Watch the podcast to know more about how the challenge went.
By Melehifo, Mele V, Seneti and Daniel (Room 16)

Monday, August 18, 2008

How to make Sonobe Units

Below is the website that will help you create the Sonobe Units. Do try making these geometrical shapes. It is challenging but fun.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book Review

Here is a book review of the novel Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. According to the Times Educational Supplement, this novel is 'a page-turner, which will appeal to young people's sense of justice'. We highly recommend that all upper primary students read this book.
-Students of Room 16

Sonobe Shapes

The students in Room 16 made some complicated Sonobe shapes. This was a fun, challenging and exciting activity. If you would like to know how to make these shapes, do let us know through your comments and we shall endeavour to post the steps to make these beautiful shapes.

Monday, August 4, 2008

TV3 Workshop With Claire Robbie

On Friday the 1st of August we attended a workshop with TV3's news presenter Claire Robbie. In the workshop we were made to understand the steps that reporters and producers go through before the news is telecast.
It was a brilliant workshop and we got a lot out of it. Take a look!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our Trip to the Zoo

'Animal Adaptations' was the topic of our study last term. We researched information about the topic, visited the zoo and saw the adaptations that animals have that help them live in nature. We used all the information we had in writing information reports about animals focussed on adaptations.
A group of students then used the photos of animals that were taken at the zoo and made a movie. They used the information from the reports to write a script for narration. They used garage band to create the voiceovers. Editing the movie and adding music to it was a lot of fun they say. The students enjoyed the whole experience.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Adaptation in Animals

Here's what Anaise has to say about adaptive features of animals that help them survive. Enjoy and learn.

Adaptations in Animals

The Year 7 students are learning about adaptations in animals. Here's what they have been learning about. This presentation was made by Faulkner.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Guess what we made.....

Watch this Photo Story to see what we got up to in our Science topic - Temporary and Permanent Changes.

Making Butter

Room 1 made butter while learning about temporary and permanent changes. Levi explains the method of making butter through this photo story.

J.J's view of the monks

lJJ's take on the Shaolin Monks. View his movie and enjoy! Some important lessons to learn from the monks.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Shaolin Monks

The Shaolin Monks performed at Tamaki Intermediate School. They were fabulous!. To share the wonderful experience with you all, Seneti and Eli recounted the events of the show through a photostory.

Using the Shaolin Monks’ performance experience, we wrote a recount in class. Along with Eli, I learnt how to create a photostory on the computer using the recount. We began the story by importing photos. We sequenced the photos according to the events, added titles, created music and got excited as we previewed the photostory. The best part of all was creating the music to suit our story. Eli and I decided to choose a piece of music that sounded like Chinese music. I’m sure I’ll write more if I get to use the computer more often.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Our Trip to Samoa

In Term 3 2007, a group of students and teachers visited Samoa. It was an educational cum pleasure trip. We had fun and loved the beautiful island in the South Pacific. We did not want to return to NZ because it was lovely in this warm place. A group of students who went on this tour made this movie. Thanks to Elizabeth F, Lavinia L and Susana F.