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!

Athletics Day

We have had a great day at athletics today. In the morning we took part in lots of fun activities that the teachers have organised. After morning tea, we completed our sprint races and had the house relays. Thanks to everyone who came to support us today!
We are especially proud of Jordan and Max who represented us in the 400m and put up a good race against some speedy year 8s. Well done boys!

Easter Egg Challenge

On Thursday, we were given a very important task from the Easter Bunny. He needed a device to help protect the Easter Eggs he was going to be dropping over the weekend. Last year he found that a lot of them broke when they were dropped. Room 4 and 7 decided that we were up for the task and spent the afternoon creating many different ways to protect the eggs from being broken when dropped from a ladder. We're always glad to help Easter Bunny!

Rippa Rugby Training

On Wednesday, we have a g tournament coming up. As part of our training we had a couple Turbos take us through some drills. Thanks for coming out guys! We learned so much!

Observation and Inference

In Room 4 we have been learning about the difference between observation and inference. We have been having a go at making observations in different parts of the school and with different pictures that Miss Main finds for us. 
We now know that observations are what we can see, hear, taste, smell or feel. They are not able to be challenged by others. An inference is what we make using what we know and our observations.
Today, we had a go using pictures taken in space!

Crazy Day! Week 11!

Science Assessment

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Week 8 Challenge

It was raining this morning so Miss Main set us a challenge of trying to build a person table. We had lots of fun and fell on our bottoms just a few times. We finally managed to do it and hold it for a whole minute!

Monk Cup

Well done to Shelby, who today at Swimming Sports wont the Monk Cup for the most improved swimmer. Shelby has worked really hard during her lessons and has improved in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Kia mau te wehi!

Cyber Safety

Today Constable Sarah came in to talk to us about being safe on the internet. We learned so much about the dos and don'ts of the world wide web. Here are some of things we learned today:

  • Tell your parents or teacher if you see something you don't like on the screen. (Emily)
  • Don't say mean things to other people on your devices. (Sarah)
  • Don't post things of other people without their permission. (Lily D)
  • Don't talk to people you have never met online. (Maia)
  • Don't go on apps that are over your age. (Daniel)
  • Make sure you don't have Facebook, use your parents account. (Sam)
  • Don't join in a help others bully by sharing mean things. (Lily S)
  • Don't download things without telling your parents. (Lucy)
  • If you see anyone being bullied online, tell an adult. (Jayda)
  • Don't share your passwords. (Jesse)
  • Get your parents to check new apps first. (Jordan)
  • Don't give out any personal information. (Sophia)
  • Use the 'grandma' rule when you post. (Isabella L)
  • Make sure an adult is supervising you when you are using Snapchat. (Shelby)
  • You have to be 18 to have a YouTube channel. (Jayden)
  • Check the age for each website and app before you make an account. (Miss Main)


Today during our swimming lessons, we were practicing what to do if we get into trouble in the water. The most important thing was not to panic!

Girls Football and Boys Swimming

While the girls were having their football lesson, the boys from rooms 2, 3 and 4 had great fun in the pool making giant whirlpools! 
While the boys were mucking about in the pool, the girls from rooms 2, 3 and 4 were learning some new football skills with Jess from Central Football. 

Independent Learning in Maths

During maths time, we have lots of different things we can do when we are not in a workshop or doing our follow up activities. These photos show we are experts at managing ourselves when we work independently!

Sport Survey

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Sport Manawatu has asked us to take part in a survey about how you feel about physical activity. Physical Activity isn't just sport that you play with a club or team. It also includes active things that you do by yourself or with friends or family, things like shooting hoops or playing cricket in the backyard.

Please click the image above to complete it.

How to be a AAA Kid!

2018 House Captains

Spider Day

Buddy Swim

Today we were joined in the pool by our buddy class, Room 7! We had lots of fun helping them to build their water confidence!

Camp Day 1

We have had a great first day at camp! We have learned about growth mindset, played games, had a swim, had burgers for tea and even a Milo before bed.

Kai Iwi

We had a great time at the beach. We learned lots about life at the beach and erosion on the coast. Miss Main set us a challenge of making boats out of what we could find on the beach. Then we floated them down the stream to see if they could reach the ocean. It was awesome to have a picnic with the whole school and then challenge ourselves on some of the exciting equipment on the playground. All in all a great day! Thanks to the parents and supporters who make these adventures possible!