PJ and Hot Choc Day

The Plastic Problem

Last term, we sent letters to Jacinda Ardern to express our worry about single use plastic bags! Look what arrived in the mail this morning!

The Results

We have looked at the results from our experiment earlier in the week. All of our fruit was not edible anymore but some liquids kept them whiter for sure:

  • Lemon juice and orange juice were the best at keeping the fruit the whitest because the green apple and the red apple were whitest with lemon and the banana and potato were the whitest with orange juice. - Sophia
  • Sugar water was the best at keeping the fruit white because it was the whitest in 2 of the 4 samples. Max


Today we dug up our garden full of carrots. We washed and cut them carefully and then had them as a snack before lunch. Yummo!

Fat Mat!

We had so much fun on the fat mat in gym today!

TVNZ Breakfast!

Today Halcombe School had a visit from TVNZ breakfast show as well as Casey Kopua!
All the 51 netball players got to meet Casey and do some awesome drills with her and the
rest of the team. We got bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast. Maia and Lily were
interviewed by Matty from TVNZ on the on the morning show, Breakfast. They asked us
why we liked netball at Halcombe School? How old are you? and How exciting it is to
have a famous person like Casey Kopua at our school? We did drills like four corners, cat
and mouse and horse and jockey. The shooters did some practicing with our awesome
new gear. The most exciting thing that happened at netball was when all the 51 netball
kids got a ticket each to go to the ANZ Premiership Final on Sunday night. Thank you
so much ANZ!
By Maia and Lily

Brown Fruit

Today we started an experiment on how to keep banana, potato, green apple and red apple from going brown. We dipped each sample into different liquids to see if they could stop the samples from going brown. We put the samples on a tray in sections of different liquids. We have left our trays out to see what will happen. 

We have made a hypothesis, which is a guess about what we think will happen.

Fraser: I think that the samples dipped in oil will stay the whitest and the sample dipped in nothing will go the brownest.

Daniel: I think the sample dipped in sugar water will go the brownest and the sample dipped in lemon juice will stay the whitest.

Hannah: I think the sample dipped in lemon juice will stay the whitest and the control will go the brownest.

Shelby: I think the sample dipped in vinegar will stay the whitest and the sample dipped in nothing will go the brownest.

Sam: I think the sample dipped in vinegar will stay the whitest and the sample dipped in sugar water will go the brownest.

Tough Kids

Today we had the tough kids. This is the before photo. I can assure you we did not look as beautiful afterwards. 


Today, we were learning about our taste buds. We had 5 mystery liquids to taste. Each one of them made a different zone of our tongue react. The 5 zones are sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami.

Liquid 1 was salt water that made the front sides of our tongue react. (SALTY)
Liquid 2 was sugar water that made the front part of our tongue react. (SWEET)
Liquid 3 was lemon juice that made the back sides of our tongue react. (SOUR)
Liquid 4 was soy sauce which made the middle part of our tongue react. (UMAMI)
Liquid 5 was coffee which made the back of our tongue react. (BITTER)

We also learned that when we hold our nose it makes the tastes weaker.

Wednesday Sport

Wednesday sport looks a bit different this term in preparation for our inter school events that are coming up. Room 4 had students training in rugby, netball, soccer, and even some cheer leading!


Today we started our gym lessons. Thanks to our fab parents who came to help. We were a bit rusty today but it was good to get back into it. We will have our lessons on Mondays and Thursdays until week 6. Make sure you come along to our gym display on the 24th August!


As part of our strand work this term we have been learning about coordinates. We have followed a set of coordinates to find mystery pictures. This week, we have created our own set of coordinates for a buddy to follow. Today we shared them. We were so impressed that most of our buddies found our mystery pictures.

Taking Action

As part of our learning about the plastic problem. We decided to make a positive impact in our community. This afternoon Room 7 and Room 4 took to the streets of Halcombe to pick up as much rubbish as we could. This was a very eye opening experience as we collected 20 supermarket bags. We now know that we have done our part to stop this pollution going in to our waterways and damaging our environment any more.

Making Plastic

Today we carried out a science experiment. As we have been learning about plastic, we wanted to see if we could make it. We learned that the 'original' plastic was called casein plastic and made from a protein found in milk. We had lots of fun and hope our 'plastic' creations turn out pretty good.


Making Kites

On Friday, Room 7 joined us to make kites to help celebrate Matariki. We had a lot of fun helping our little buddies create and then fly them around the field.

Disco Time!

Using Evidence

This morning we looked at the science capability of using evidence. We had to look at different statements and decide if we agree or disagree with it. After that, we had to find evidence from the information that Miss Main gave us to back up our opinions.

This afternoon, we came up with our own statements about what we think based on the evidence and have made Pic Collages to share what we think and why.


We finally got a dry afternoon to get out start our Large Ball skills work for the term. Today, we had a go at Netball. Some of the skills we were getting better at were passing, catching, pivoting and shooting. Lots of us had trouble with not stepping but we gave a game a good go!

Ka mau te wehi

In assembly we performed this waiata with our buddy class. It is all about being awesome. It teaches us to lift up others and be strong wherever we go because we are all awesome!

Wheels Day

Even though the weather didn't quite do what we wanted it to, we still had a great time zooming around the school! Thanks Student Council!

What plastic?

Yesterday we looked at the properties of different plastics to identify what types they are. Today we brought our own plastic and tested them to work out what type of plastic they are. We were definitely getting better at gathering and interpreting data!

New Swing

Today the final part of the playground was put into place! We had lots of fun playing on the new swing!

Wheels Day is Coming!

Te Reo Kori

Yesterday we had a great time trying new things with the mau rakau. It was a struggle to get everyone listening and moving at the right time in the right direction but we got there in the end! 

Grouping/Classifying Things

On our science table this week, we have lots of different plastics to group. This morning, Emily and Sarah grouped them into reusable and disposable plastics. Jayda grouped them into different sizes. This activity helps us to develop the science capability of Gathering and Interpreting data.

Emily and Sarah:


Te Reo Kori

Today we made the most of the sunshine and worked on our rakau outside. Even after 30 minutes we are a lot better at throwing and catching with our buddies!

Term 2

We're back to school and already working hard. We hope everyone had a great break. We're ready to get into our learning!

CRaZy dAy!

Today is Crazy Day here at Halcombe School. We are all supporting our houses and having fun! Don't worry we are still working hard!

Jump Jam

This afternoon, we were so lucky to have Brett come to show us some Jump Jam. We had so much fun learning the routines and can't wait to do more Jump Jam!