Sunday, 31 March 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 8

Thanks to Shaun and the team we are now a Travelwise School! 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 7

This week's post is written by our Enviro Leaders:

The First Student Led EnviroSchool Tour

Last week our Enviro Monitors took  few teachers from Pukekawa School to show them our relationship with our environment. The Enviro Monitor was just newly formed a few weeks ago in the vision of keeping our environment clean.We all had a different topic to discuss with our visitors about. In pairs we collaborated and wrote our own short speech.

Power and Water
We discussed with our visitors how at HPS we are always trying to save water and power. We talked about our system where we recycle our rainwater and also told them about our sensors in our rooms that trigger the lights automatically on and off. This helps us save power because we're not burning off energy when it is not needed. We also showed them something not all HPS students know of - our water and power app. There we can track our monthly intake of hot water and lighting. From there we can take a closer look and compare how much water and lighting we use during different months and days.

Worm Farm
Here at HPS we have a worm farm. We use the food scraps to either feed the chickens or give it to the worms. The waste the worms produces are great for our garden and also the worms produce great worm tea for the school to sell for some extra money.  We are looking forward to buy a waste bin system as our school is overflowing with food waste. The waste bin will create great soil for our garden or future uses.

Kiwi Kai & Masterchef
At our school we have this thing called Kiwi Kai. We had a competition last year run by two students where they chose the name for nude food because we wanted our own original name. The winning name was Kiwi Kai. Kiwi Kai is when students are encouraged to have litter free and healthy lunches, because we are an environmentally friendly school. Also last year in about the middle of the year, we had a Master Chef competition, where students and teachers were encouraged to bring litter free and healthy home baking.

We have animals at our school, they are ,rabbits and chickens we also have wild rabbits in our gardens and a worm farm that we use for our garden and our plants. We give the worms and the chickens our food scrapes and the food that we don't eat. We also let the chickens eat the veggies from our garden,and find insects that we feed to them.   We have chicken chiefs that dedicate their time every lunch to feed the chickens and care for them. For the chicken coop one of our parents bought it for us and we had to construct it.  We extended a run onto it and gave then perchers.

Our students designed and built our vegetable gardens. We had a working bee and the community helped. My dad donated soil for the gardens.  We planted vegetables and then  harvested them. The rabbits and chickens love eating the vegetables too.

Waste and Recycling
We have four cube bins and they are all different recyclables, we have a paper, landfill,  recycling and food scrap bins. We give our food to the worm farm and the chickens. We also have three wheelie bins, one for recycling, another for paper and another for landfill. That’s what we empty our bins cube bins into. After that we empty the wheelie bins intou the bigger bin to be collected.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 6


Our motto is weaving our way - Tikaranga,  meaning to weave together the elements to take the right path.

One of the ways we weave our way is through setting goals. Goals are set and shared by us all at HPS and last week was a big week of goal setting and sharing with student goals being shared with their parents at our open afternoon, teacher goals being shared with me through appraisal, and my own goals being shared with an outside mentor. 

All of our goals link to our charter which details the direction the school is currently heading. This is with the Ministry of Education at the moment and will be shared once accepted.

Our goal sharing afternoon is an opportunity for parents to come into the studios and have their children share their learning with them. For some students this is through showing their parents around, for others it's sharing their goals on my portfolio, for others it's showing their favourite learning centre or piece of learning on the walls. We know that a strong partnership between school and home is a key component to a successful education and thank the parents who have come in and shared the afternoon with their students. We understand that not all families can come in at the allotted times so goals are shared online with parents through a 'secret url' which will be emailed this week.

We have had some great feedback about the open afternoon and parents relishing the opportunity to see their children learning in situ. While having additional adults in the studio and students involved with their parents rather than the normal learning programme does cause some limits to our programme, we do feel that the opportunity for parents to come in and see, and for students to show and tell, is well worth the minor disruptions. Several parents stopped to tell us how much they had enjoyed the afternoon and how valuable it was to see their children's goals while on the way home. 

We look forward to developing these learning goals with your children over the next 10 weeks or so and to seeing their progress and achievement as their goals are realised and new ones set, all contributing to our weaving as we all strive for our right path.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 5

Purple Power at HPS
On Friday our little school raised $487.20 for the Purple Cake Day charity; "kids helping kids through celebration, education and fundraising".

HPS students embraced the mantra of the charity through using design thinking strategies to develop celebrations and raise awareness of the needs of children in Kenya, Nepal and Haiti. Through this process they raised an amazing amount of money, had a lot of fun and learned about the needs of a child and the difference between first world and third world problems.

Our charities are chosen by our students and we support one per term, linking this to our learning through a "two day event" to inquire deeply into the purpose of the charity. Students will be invited to choose the charity we support in term two over the next couple of weeks from a list of charities nominated by our students. 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 4


I'm sure you will have noticed the bird boxes which have gone up around the courtyard bringing some colour and student learning to our outside environment. They are getting some fabulous comments from our vistors and we are hoping our feathered friends will enjoy them in the spring!