Thursday, 6 September 2018

Cultural Festival Today

Reporter: Lucas

This morning our Kapa Haka team has gone to Horncastle Arena to perform for the cultural festival and on the 5th of September our Kapa Haka team performed to our school a little preview of what they will perform at the culture festival.


Here are Charnz's the student leader of the Kapa Haka group's thoughts.

"It was fun to perform to our school and kind of nerve racking. It was exciting and it was also hard to focus sometimes. It's nice to be the leader of the Kapa Haka group because it gives me a lot responsibility and its fun and sometimes cool because people mention you. I am proud to be performing in the culture festival because I like representing my culture and I have done it too times so it will probably will be fun again".

The teacher in charge of Kapa Haka, Miss Gardner, had some insightful comments to make about the group. She said, "Kapa Haka has been going very well. It has been a busy time since we have been preparing for the culture festival. We have a very big group this year and it has been a bit tricky because we don't have a school hall but the beautiful, kind people at the community centre have let us practice there. We are all ready to perform at the big stage at Horncastle tomorrow."

Wishing our performers all the best for a great show today. Kia kaha!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Digital Tuakana Visit Scott Automation!

Reporters: Helena and Willow

On Thursday the 14/6/18 Mandy’s wonderful coding group went on an amazing trip to the Scott Automation company. Scott Automation was right near our school. It was on 10 Maces Road. The reason the coding group got to go was because they are learning all about programming and robotics and found out about this opportunity through Tyler-Jae’s (Pitau 3) parents.

Scott Automation design and build production line machinery for many of the world’s leading manufacturers and use robotics to automate manual processes. We really got to see Robotics in action!

When we arrived Mr Prince lead us to the board room to show us some videos about what their company does. Then we had to put on safety glasses and Mr Prince took us around the factory to see their latest Invention which was a production line that makes the frames for a very flash oven. We were so lucky to see this because next week it gets packed into approximately 20 shipping containers to be taken overseas!

Our favourite part of the machinery was seeing the robotic arms working. It was amazing how accurate they were.  Mr Prince talked to us about what these arms could do and we learned a bit about the servos and the hydraulic powered arms.

We couldn’t believe how big the place was and how many different areas there were. We saw the massive office where the designers work, the factory where the production line was set up, machinery room and the workshop where they do all of the welding.

Overall it was an amazing experience and we learned so much.  We also have so many more questions so hopefully we can visit again.

If you would like to learn more about Scott Innovation then you can visit their website: https://www.scottautomation.com/. 

They have lots of great videos you can watch too!


Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Health Team

Reporter: Cecille

We are very happy to welcome the new year 5 and 6 Bromley School Health Team. There are seven leaders: Milla, Levi, Jett, Madelyn, Marc, Cecille and Eddy.

During our first meeting, we went to see who was in the Health Team and about how healthy our school is right now. We did a ‘what it looks like, sounds like and feels like’ chart about Bromley School. From this we found that we think our school is very positive, we have great manners and we contribute and cooperate in things.

We meet each Monday at lunch and we starting to plan ways to improve our hauora / well being so we can make Bromley a healthy school. We are planning some exciting and fun activities to help keep us healthy. These might include yoga, fitness, jump jam, mindfulness and health workshops. There will be a maximum amount of people for each event.

In Term 3, the Health Team is having a visit to Wharenui School to talk about and show what we have been doing here.




Welcome the Bromley School Health Team.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Pitau's Visit To The Art Gallery And Museum



Reporters: Willow and Cecille

Recently the Pītau group got to experience their amazing trip to the Christchurch Art Gallery and Museum. The reason they went was because they were learning about themselves, their belongings and what kiwi identity might be. The Pītau children also looked at some significant New Zealanders, symbols and history.

The children made an art piece and they had to select some images that were significant to them. When they got back to school they put a picture of themselves in their gallery and they had to put important people of New Zealand in there.

Mrs McLeod said, “my overall thoughts on our art gallery trip is that it was very beneficial because it allowed the children to make connections to how they belong to New Zealand.”

We got a quote from a student that went. She had told us about her favourite part and what she saw. Paige says, “we learnt about some pounamu and we went into a paua shell house and learnt about all the history that was in it.”

Building Redevelopment


Reporters: Sheldon, Lucas and Helena


Currently our school is going through a building redevelopment. This means areas will be blocked off and classrooms will be upgraded such as walls being removed and roofs being raised.

The play areas will be very compact as the entire field could be blocked off, meaning there could be different play times for Kākano, Pītau and Koru. Maybe some of the Cypress Gardens could be open for more play areas.

If you want to get to the field you have to take the long way around as the basketball area has been blocked off. But the PE shed is still open and able for kids to get equipment.

What are they doing at the moment?
The workers are working in the old koru 2 and the old room 15. They have put their offices and toilets and their vehicles in a fenced off area. They have cut down some trees and removed part of the fence in order to enter the construction site. They have done some surveying to mark out the area where the new hall will go.

These are some questions we asked Ms Nicholls, our Deputy Principal, who has been helping in organising the redevelopment at Bromley.

What are they rebuilding?
The old Kākano block the Koru block and other areas.

Where is the brand new building getting placed?
It will be going to be where the basketball court was near the PE shed.

How long will it take for the entire redevelopment to finish?
1 year.

How did you get this much money to do this?
The minister of education is paying for redevelopment of all schools in Christchurch and it would take about 20 years for all schools to be finished.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Prime Minister Comes To Bromley


Reporters: Sheldon and Helena

On Thursday the 22nd of February, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, came to visit Bromley School to announce mental health policy for Canterbury and Kaikōura children. It wasn't just Prime Minister Ardern, there were people from the government such as the Minister of Health, David Clark, and two well-known Christchurch MPs, Hon Megan Woods and Poto Williams.



Two of our Ariki leaders, Sheldon and Helena, got talk and introduce the Prime Minister and everyone that came. Some of the guests went to the library where Mandy and her coding group were working and to Pītau 1 to see what they were learning about.

Prime Minister Ardern came in a crown grey BMW. When she stepped out of the car, our Kapa Haka team welcomed her and her team. They did a wonderful job on such short notice.

 

Our Ariki then led Prime Minister Ardern to the staff room where she met Mr Kinley, some of our Board of Trustees members, parents, Wali the cat, and our lead teachers. She then spoke about the mental health care initiative.

Afterwards, the Prime Minister spoke to the media outside and some of the teachers and staff had photos with her before she left.

Mr Kinley says, “It was a fantastic day for Bromley School. Not only just to meet the Prime Minister in person and chat to her, as well as other very important Members of Parliament, but to hear about her announcement to support children in their mental health made this certainly a day to remember”.

We hope that initiatives like this really do benefit us children and we look forward to hosting more important guests who make important decisions about our future.

Beach Education Programme Makes A Splash


Reporters: Lucas and Kordae

In week 2 and 3 all of Pītau and Koru went to South Brighton Beach for Beach Education to learn many things.

They took part in many activities including everything the lifeguards had learned, a sand castle competition and going in the water.

The students were separated into 4 different groups to go around into four stations. On one of the stations they learned what the IRB is and that is an inflatable rescue boat that they use 70% of the time to rescue people.

Next is the medical equipment to help people that are unconscious or are having trouble to breathe. Another one was the inflatable rescue tube which they use 15% of the time to rescue people and finally is the knee boards, which they use another 15% to rescue people.

The sand castle competition that they participated in was a great event with working together very well with great designs with shells, sticks and dried up seaweed.

Finally the water time even though they didn’t have much time  they made the most of it with some huge waves chatting with their friends and having fun.

Mr Cron, who organised the event, said “I thought it was absolutely fantastic, the life guards related really well and children learnt important new safety issues involved with New Zealand beaches”.

Overall this was a great programme. Thanks to the lifeguards who ran it, as well as the teachers and parents for their support.