Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Financial literacy with Price Waterhouse Cooper

Reuben and Daniel from Price Waterhouse Cooper are our tutors this year. They arrived yesterday full of enthusiasm to teach our class about being smart with money. Yesterday we learnt about saving, borrowing and Kiwisaver.

Today we learnt about being a responsible borrower. When you are a responsible borrower you only buy what you need and what you can afford to pay back. You also have to be trustworthy to pay and return borrowed items back on time. We did some skits in class to learn more about being a trustworthy borrower.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Neil Armstrong the first man to walk the moon.

Dekorah has been learning about Neil Armstrong. Her reading group have been reading about the Apollo 11 mission. She decided to collect more information about the first man to walk on the moon. She created this Google drawing to share her learning.

Sailing have a go!

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to take 24 of our senior students to have a go at sailing. This was on Tuesday the 16th of May. We departed Glenbrae School at 8.30 am and arrived at Okahu Bay Sailing Club at 9 am. We were then introduced to Justin and Maria from Yachting NZ as well as Gavin and Gary from the Rotary. The day was full of learning, fun and challenges. The students were challenged out of their comfort zone to sail in pairs. There was much laughter and excitement once they were confident in controlling their sail boat. What a fabulous day we had. Thank you Rotary and Yachting NZ.

Here is a slideshow of our fun day.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Reading Toitoi with Price Waterhouse Cooper

Charlotte who is from Toitoi came along with some volunteers from Price Waterhouse Cooper. Price Waterhouse Cooper pay for Glenbrae School's subscription for every Toitoi edition. Our class were separated into small groups and went with a volunteer. We read many stories and poems from the Toitoi books and also looked at the amazing illustrations. All the work in Toitoi books are from students in around New Zealand. Our class are trying to have some of our work published in Toitoi too.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

K Pop. What is it? Who listens to it?

We often have Wonderings time where we all inquire into a topic of our choice. Salote and her friends are fascinated with K Pop. She created a poster to teach others about what K Pop is. Do you like K Pop as much as Salote does?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Space inquiry

This term we started off our space topic study. We are so excited about this topic. This is a poster Alex and his group created about Saturn.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Term 1 Inquiry presentations

Term 1 we studied Sound. We learnt so much about hearing, sound effects, musical instruments, hearing aids and looking after our ears. End of Term 1 we had the opportunity to show what we learnt. Collaboration was the key and we pulled off great presentations.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Duffy assembly

On Thursday 30 of March, Glenbrae School had the opportunity of to see Georgie again and also meet Keanu for the Junior Warriors. They were our guest speakers for our Duffy Assembly.

They both shared how important reading is to them. Playing in professional rugby league teams they have to read itineraries for trips, nutrition plans, their contract which also has their code of conduct and many other information about their sport.

It was a fun assembly and some of our students were lucky enough to win some spot prizes. Vainikolo from our class won a prize which is a water bottle.

Our class is focussing on reading for enjoyment. We currently have a reading challenge called Around the World Challenge. The winner of the challenge is in to win one of three prizes. Every single option for prizes is a wonderful treat for the winner. We are really looking forward to reading our way around the world as the Duffy song says.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Loto's reflection about his understanding from our reciprocal reading discussion with his group.

Today my group and I learnt about animals and their hearing. I learnt that dogs can hear a lot more than humans because they have larger ears and can capture  more sounds. Big animals like elephants can only hear low pitched sounds because they have thicker eardrums.

Monday, 12 March 2018


We have been learning about how sound is produced. We have read an information report called 'Can you hear that?' and have had reciprocal reading discussions to share our understanding. Here is Fasi's drawing to show his understanding about sound waves.