Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Art Rage Download

Here is an example of a painting Miss K did on the computer. It is made on a free download programme called Art Rage which you can download at home and play with.

Art Rage Web Site

Hopefully you can recognise this Nelson icon.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Kids for Kids Concert

Here is a reminder of our Kids for Kids Christmas Concert with Suzanne Prentice on Wednesday night at the Annesbrook Church and Community Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $16 for adults and $10 for students. Part of this money will got to World Vision. If you want us to book tickets for you you will need to get the money to school by Friday 27 October.

We have been practising three times a week and are getting to know the songs well. It will be a great night out.

Alyshia's Farewell Party

On Friday we had Alyshia's farewell party. Everyone had to bring something to eat. She is going to Ashburton to live on a farm. At the party we had cake, Raro, biscuits, sausage rolls, carrot sticks and dip. We hope the best for Alyshia in Ashburton.

By Maddison and Jillian.

Susa's birthday

On Friday it was Susa's birthday. Susa brought a very satisfying cake. It was delicious. The cake had lots of lollies around it. There were lots of lollies, marshmallows, fruit, biscuits and raisins. The party extreme!

By Tyler and Sam P

Monday, October 23, 2006

Cefn Fforest Podcast

Through our podcasting we have met some children from Cefn Fforest Primary School in South Wales. They are sending us a travelling Welsh teddy. Here one of the children holds the teddy and shows the link between our two schools.

Cefn Fforest Podcast

Here is a link to the Cefn Fforest School Podcast.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Two New Podcasts

We had the pleasure of being able to interview Dean Schneider, a New Zealand nature photographer, who had come to visit with us for an afternoon to learn more about the sorts of things we are doing with computers in our classroom. We were surprised to learn that Dean had taken the photographs for the school reader 'Helping the Hoiho' which was Dillon's favourite when he was younger. I think all NZ children would recognise that book.

To listen to our podcasts you can either click on this badge below or click on the link in the side bar.

We have been doing some great digital poetry. Digital poetry is when you write a poem and then take photos to illustrate your poem. We would have liked to make the photos move but some of the laptops were playing up. Gloria and Georgia did a great job of their poem about all the wonderful things Mrs Murphy does to help us around the school.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Great Nelson Trolley Race

Kakapo Reading Group was asked to write a quick newspaper report about a Nelson Trolley Race. By chance I had a visit from another keen blogger teacher from Mapua

Room One at Mapua's blog

who lead me to this cool web tool that allows you to make a report look like the real thing. How is that for 'just in time learning'!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Our Holidays Podcast

After you have downloaded iTunes you could listen to our latest podcast about what we did in the holidays. OR you click on the graphic below to hear it straight away.

How to subscribe to iTunes

A number of people have asked how to subscribe to our podcasts so they will download to your computer automatically. Here is a link to a page that will tell you how it can be done.

How to get our podcasts automatically

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Our new topic for maths is fractions and we are starting with halves and we had to write out a question that the answer is half and this is one.

If I had two apples and I ate three halves how much would I have left?

Here is another one.

How much pizza would you have left if you ate two quarters?

By Elliott and Jackson V

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Welcome back to Term Four

Welcome back to the last term of 2006 at Appleby School. I trust that you have had a good break and a chance to enjoy the warmer weather.

I really enjoyed and got a lot out of the Ulearn ICT conference in Christchurch in the first week of the holidays. I learnt a whole lot of exciting things for us to work on in the future. I hope you have a chance to explore some of the new features on our blog like the clock, calendar, post-it notes and games links.

The highlights for the term already planned will be the class camp at Bridge Valley near Brightwater on Thursday/Friday 14/15 December. Further notes about our camp will come out shortly so put those dates aside for a couple of fun filled days.

Our focus for our thematic studies for the first part of the term will be on the topic ‘What makes Nelson unique’. We will be finding out about the activities, places, icons and people that make Nelson such a special place to live. If you know of a resource that would be appropriate we would enjoy sharing it.

No doubt you will also be reminded elsewhere that children need to bring a wide brimmed hat for outside play in this spring term. Please also ensure that drink bottles are regularly, thoroughly cleaned and named.

Please call at any time and join in some of the exciting activities we have planned for the term ahead.

Miss K

Monday, October 02, 2006

New Blog Time Features

Hope you are all having heaps of fun in the holidays. The computer ULearn conference in Christchurch was really great and I learnt a whole heap of new things for the fourth term.

I am starting to plan for the class camp at the end of the term which I know you are looking forward to.

I have added a couple of new features to our blog to celebrate the start to daylight saving- a clock and a class calendar. The clock is always on the right side bar and the calendar is under the heading Appleby Links on the side bar. It will be handy for us to remember the dates for events that are coming up.

Also I have added a couple of new games' links on the sidebar as well.

Let me know how you are going in the holidays by leaving a comment or a post-it note :-)