Sunday, 5 July 2020

William Pike Challenge Y7 & Y8 Students

Students have been working at completing their challenges during the term and will continue till the end of its completion. Students can work on these challenges from home as long as they log in on the challenge hub their activity. There are three challenges to complete, Outdoor, Community and Passion Projects. Link to William Pike Challenge

Monday, 15 June 2020

SBHS information home today

The Shirley Boys High School Prospectus should be coming home with your son today.  Inside are enrolment forms.  Information about enrolment and online enrolment can be found here.
Although there is no open night, you can take a virtual tour here.
SBHS offers three scholarships for year 9 boys, academics, music, and sports.  If you are interested in trying out, information can be found here.  There is an online application process that closes at 3 pm Friday 19th June - that's this week.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Secondary School Enrolments Yr 9 2020 Information

Year 9 Enrolment Information 2020

 Kia ora

 I hope this finds you all safe and well. I know you will have a lot on your minds at the moment, in this strange new world we are living in.

One thing that we usually do at this time of year is send home information to parents of year 8 students about open nights and enrolments for Secondary School, 2021. This year, for obvious reasons, the secondary schools will not be holding their usual open evenings.

Some schools have already opened their online enrolment procedures, others will be taking enrolments soon. For most schools, enrolment closes Friday 31st July but PLEASE check with your preferred school for their closing dates as some differ.

 In the list below I have included some links to school websites and/or enrolment information from some of the schools that our students go on to. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all available high schools, nor us promoting any particular school. For a comprehensive list, please follow this link:

 We will continue to pass on information as it comes to us. If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact the school directly. They will be happy to make time to talk to you about your child and their learning.

 If you need any support, please email myself or one of the other year 8 teachers. If you don’t have access to online enrolment, paper copies can be picked up from the high school offices. Or contact us and we will organize some for you.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Make a weather machine - Friday Challenge

LEARN: A Cloudy Lesson
WALK: How were the clouds made in the video? What was the device they used? Did it work well? Is that really how clouds are made? Imagine you were in charge of making a device for other types of weather: rain, thunder, lightning, wind - what sort of device might you use to make those? What would it look like? How would it work?
CREATE: Design your own weather making device.
Plan, draw and label a device that would allow you to create a type of weather. Choose between rain, thunder, lightning or wind. Make sure you label the different parts and what they do.

Enjoy this timeless and cloudy tradition passed down from grandfather to grandson ending with a wonderfully warm twist of creativity. See this and more great...

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Centre of mass sculpture - Thursday Challenge

LEARN: How to Make Balancing Sculptures.

TALK: How do the sculptures manage to stay up? What it the 'centre of gravity'? How can it be used to make a balancing sculpture? What objects could you use to try and make your own balancing sculpture? How many items do you think you could add to it?

CREATE: Make a balancing sculpture.
Collect different, surprising items from around your house and put them together to make your own sculpture. Try adding more or less items. Did it work? Why or why not?

SHARE: Share your balancing sculture on your blog.

Physics! Engineering! Kinetic sculptures! Snacks! Learn about the science of stability (and instability) while making these delicious DIY balancing

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Puppet Show - Wednesday Challenge

WATCH: The Handrils
You can make puppets out of anything: Socks, wooden spoons, paper bags, paper and sticks, some pen drawn on your hand, or just your hands, some movement, and practice.
Decide on a theme, write a script and create your own puppet show.

A hand puppet piece by Sarah Nolen. Created in 2018 while attending Alice Gottschalk's workshop, "The Language of Material and Objects" during the National P...

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

If superpowers were real - Tuesday's Blog Challenge

WATCH:If superpowers were real...
TALK: What if super strength wasn’t just the stuff of comic book stories or Marvel movies? Is it scientifically possible to be super strong?
DO: Ask yourself - If you woke up one morning with 1,000 times the strength you had the night before, what would you need to be the most careful about? Choose your own power and create your own comic with yourself as the superhero.

What if super strength wasn’t just the stuff of epic comic book stories? Is it scientifically possible to be super strong? In this series, Joy Lin tackles six superpowers and reveals just how scientifically realistic they can be to us mere mortals.