Welcome to Room 6 2018

Welcome to Room 6 2018
Our first day of the school year!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Message in a bottle

Current events - retold by Room 6

Message in a bottle travels to Spain

8 years ago a boy at aged 7 launched a bottle with a message in it from Whangārei Harbour in the North Island.  Last month a lady found it on the coast of Spain.  She read it and made contact with the boys family.  They had forgotten that they had launched the bottle.  They were happy to hear from the German lady and they were surprised that it had gotten out of the Whangārei Harbour.  The bottle was relaunched again.  We wonder where the bottle will turn up next.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Richie come visit us in Room 6!

Dear Richie
We are counting on you to come to Brightwater school because we all love our Fonterra Anchor milk and we think you are pretty cool to.You might like to know we have a Anchor factory right here in Brightwater!!!
We really want you to come to Brightwater School.   Room 6 are excellent at making Anchor Milkshakes and we would be delighted to have you visit us and enjoy them with us.
We are all keen rippa rugby kids here and we would like to challenge you in a game.  You are a great role model to us and we all want to be great sports players like you.
We have a big field out the back where we play lots of different sports and we think it is the perfect place for you to land your helicopter and meet us all.
Please come to visit us!

From Room 6

Richie enjoying our milk shakes!                              Watch out Richie we are good at Rippa!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

weetbix tryathalon

Wow so many children from Room 6 went to the weetbix tryathalon on Sunday.  They swam, biked and then ran and got a lovely medal for their huge effort.  For most of our kids it was the first time they had done it and most said they definitely wanted to do it again!

You wont believe it but Ryder from our room won a prize!  He brought some of his prize to school which was a huge bag fill of packets of Weetbix!
Here is a photo of us having delicious fruit, milk and weetbix for breakfast at school today!

Thanks Ryder for sharing your prize with us!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

New Zealand begins 2018 census

March 5, 2018
Over the next couple of weeks New Zealanders will be asked to complete their census form on Tuesday 6th March
Every five years Statistics New Zealand takes a “snapshot” of the country by asking exactly how many people live in our towns and cities.
The results help us plan for our future and this year can be completed online.
The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand.
The census counts every person who is present in New Zealand at midnight on that night. Whether you’re a citizen, resident or tourist, you are counted. Census forms are delivered to hostels, hotels and even cruise ships to ensure visitors to New Zealand or those who are away from home can take part.
Forms are also taken to hospitals, camp grounds, workplaces, and the airport: Anywhere people might be found at midnight.
WHY DO WE DO THE CENSUS?By asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household, Statistics New Zealand is able to get a snapshot of who is living in, and visiting, New Zealand. It provides information to ensure good decisions are made for New Zealand’s future.
Yes, the Statistics Act 1975 requires everyone in New Zealand on census day to take part. If you don’t participate, or if you provide false or incomplete information, you could be fined. People who choose not to fill out their census forms can be fined between $50 and $500.
In 2013, Statistics NZ announced about 100 people would be prosecuted for not completing their census forms.
WHEN IS IT?The official day is March 6. Historically, the census has always been held on a Tuesday in March. According to Stats NZ, this is the month and weekday that New Zealanders are least likely to be travelling.
You will be asked all the usual questions: Your name, age, sex, marital status and how many children you have.
You’ll also get to talk about your ethnicity, iwi affiliation, birthplace, languages spoken, and religious beliefs, whether you smoke or have a disability as well as your education and qualifications.
There’s a section on location: That’s your census night address, dwelling address, usual residence, how long you’ve lived there and where you lived five years ago.
The census will also ask how many people live in your home, how many rooms there are, how many vehicles you own, and what you pay in rent.
This year there is also a range of new questions on housing quality, asking about dampness and mould.
Population information from the Census then helps determine how billions of dollars of government funding is spent in the community, McGregor said. It is used to make decisions about services like hospitals, schools, roads, public transport and recreational facilities.
Retrieved from:  https://kiwikidsnews.co.nz/new-zealand-begins-2018-census/

Who: Statistics New Zealand are doing a Census and are asking evey single household in NZ to fill it out.
What:  They are doing a Census to collect data on people and the houses they live in.  They do it every five years
When: 6 March 
Where:  The whole of NZ
Why:  To collect information to use to make life better in NZ
How:  By getting NZers to fill out a form online.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Stink Bugs

Stink bug invading New Zealand

February 27, 2018
An invasion of the brown stink bug has hit New Zealand.
Over 100 of the stink bugs were found last week by Ministry of Primary Industries biosecurity staff in three car carriers. These ships arrived from Japan.
The pest has the ability to devastate New Zealand’s fruit, vegetable and wine industries. Experts believe the cost could be around $4 billion if the bug established itself in New Zealand.
Stink bugs are a sucking insect. They use their proboscis to pierce the host plant in order to feed. It can cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops.
These insects are pretty harmless to humans.
They are called Stink Bugs as they produce an pungent odour that smells like coriander. The stink bug’s ability to emit an odour through holes in its abdomen is a defense mechanism meant to prevent it from being eaten by birds and lizards. However, simply handling the bug, injuring it, or attempting to move it can trigger it to release the odour.

retrieved from: https://kiwikidsnews.co.nz/stink-bug-invading-new-zealand/
What:  Brown stink bugs were found on ships from Japan.  These stink bugs have the ability to destroy NZ crops.
When:  Mid February 2018
Where: A port in NZ
Why: Because Stink bugs have hidden themselves on ships as stowaways.
Who:  The Biosecurity Officers from the Ministry of Primary Industries found them.
How:  They have very good checks at the port and they found them.  If they didn't find the bugs and they got into our crops they would devastate our plants.  This is very bad.
By Room 6

Monday, February 26, 2018

safe cycling!

We had so much fun today learning how to be safe on our bikes.

We learnt how to put our helmets on safely.
We learnt how to signal and check before we moved on our bikes.
We had fun with the chickens!

Thanks to all our instructors who helped teach us to be safe cyclists!!!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lots of frogs invading Papamoa

Frog plague hits Bay of Plenty

February 18, 2018
A plague of frogs is terrorising the residents of Papamoa beach in the Bay of Plenty.
For the second year in a row, the tiny green and gold frogs have invaded Papamoa.
The frogs let off a high-pitched screech when disturbed and are even coming into houses at night.
The frogs are small enough to squeeze under doors, but when stretching out to jump were the size of a hand.
Green and golden bell frogs are an Australian species. The frogs loved hot, wet conditions, and would be breeding in pools and ponds around Papamoa.
One female frog could lay thousands of eggs, and once the tadpoles turn into frogs they had to get away from water to avoid being eaten by herons and other predators.

Retrieved from https://kiwikidsnews.co.nz/frog-plague-hits-bay-plenty/

We had to discover what the word plague meant in this story as it has two meanings:


  1. 1.
    a contagious bacterial disease characterized by fever and delirium, typically with the formation of buboes (see bubonic plague) and sometimes infection of the lungs ( pneumonic plague ).
  2. 2.
    an unusually large number of insects or animals infesting a place and causing damage.

    "a plague of locusts"

    synonyms:huge number, infestationepidemicinvasioninfluxswarmmultitudehost
    "another hot summer has produced a plague of cat fleas"

    Retrieved from: https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=plague+meaning&oq=plague&aqs=chrome.4.69i57j69i60j0l4.7467j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

What and Where: A large number of frogs has invaded a town in the North Island called The Bay of Plenty on a beach called Papamoa.

When:  This summer 2018

Who:  Green and Gold Bell Frogs from Australia

How: We don't have any facts of how the frogs got there.

Why: This has happened because the weather conditions for breeding is good and mothers can lay thousands of eggs.

By Room 6