Wednesday, 21 December 2011

School Newsletter 9 December 2011

School Newsletter 9 December 2011

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Using Garageband to Create Radio Advertisements


A small group of 10-11 year old students had the opportunity recently to spend 3 days working with Carol, through Natcoll's NET Programme. The focus was on using Garageband as a creative multimedia tool - of course there was a lot more learning involved than that!

This is one of the fun, but challenging, activities they worked on - to create a 30 second radio advertisement. Being the last week of the year, they didn't quite have enough time to fine-tune their work in terms of being precise with timing. Nevertheless, they did an awesome job, first time up! These are amazing radio advertisements - just like the genuine article.

Simon's Dreadlocks have GONE!

Teacher, Simon Dakers has had his dreadlocks for more than 12 years!

But today he shaved them off to raise funds for child cancer (and raised over $1000). Isn't that amazing?!

Donations were made for the priviledge of cutting off a lock. Simon's wife and his dad helped with cutting off the locks, and teacher Rachelle Watson did the finishing touches.

Simon says his head feels a lot lighter. Doesn't he look handsome!

Monday, 12 December 2011

The Little Red Hen - performed by Springston Junior School Students


Teacher Rachelle Watson and our very talented junior students have presented two outstanding performances of the traditional favourite, 'The Little Red Hen' (from Class Act Productions).

Well done to all the students who worked so hard over several weeks, practising and learning their parts for this very entertaining production. We hope you enjoy this video of the final performance!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Springston Junior School presents... The Little Red Hen

School Newsletter 2 December 2011

School Newsletter 2 December 2011

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Well done, Nanobots!

 

The 8 members of the 'Nanobots' (Springston Robotics Team) are back from their whirlwind trip to Auckland over the weekend for the National Finals of the FLL (First Lego League) robotics competition, and can pat themselves on the back yet again. 

The team was placed 9th out of 20 teams in the Robot Game section, and gained 1st place and another Lego Trophy for their research in the Project section. Each student was also given an FLL Medal.

They represented the school like true ambassadors and Carol was very proud to see how they interacted with others and had exemplary behaviour wherever they went. Well done!

The trip wouldn't have been possible without the support of our parents and wider community, who fundraised to help us get to Auckland. And special thanks must go to our two parents who came and looked after us while we were away - Jill and Tim!

Talking to our new friends in Canada
Today we had a Skype call with another FLL team.... from Sudbury, Ontario, in Canada. They wanted to meet us and compare notes about the competition. It was great to meet them and find out how much we had in common. We talked about team roles, our projects, robot design, the team challenge, and which robot missions each team had been able to achieve. We wish them luck for their National Finals on 15 January!

Next week we will be welcoming some students from Freeville School, who are wanting to get started in robotics, and they are coming to see how it all works!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

School Newsletter 18 November 2011

Newsletter 18 November 2011

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Friday, 18 November 2011

First Lego League (FLL) Robotics - what is it?!

An excellent new video about FLL has been released that will help you understand what the FLL Robotics competition is all about.

Food Factor® Tournament Video: What is FLL® and Core Values

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Springston Nanobots win Christchurch section of FLL Robotics Competition


Congratulations to our robotics team, the Nanobots! These 8 students only began robotic programming this year, and entered the FLL (First Lego League) competition for the first time.

The video below shows Nanobots' third and final round of the robot performance challenge. They had scored 100 points in Round 1 of the challenge (the top score for that round). In Round 2 they got 70 points, and were lying in 5th place by the time their final turn came up in the last game of Round 3. How thrilling to then score 127 points!




Earlier, they had done an excellent presentation of their project inquiry on an aspect of Food Safety, and taken part in a challenge to see how well they worked together as a team.

The following two videos show the awards ceremony, with the Nanobots receiving the award for Robot Performance. And then, the overall award for the Christchurch competition (all round excellence)!





The team would like to thank the many people who have helped them over the past few weeks of competition preparation:
  • Annette, Claire and Tom for getting the team started with programming and robot design
  • Annette and the Russley LOL team for lending us their old table, and letting us run a practice on their new one
  • Jason Kyle (Kiwi FIRST) for lending us a robot and lego set
  • Chris Clarke (Manager of New World Lincoln), and the rest of the team there
  • Katherine Ironside (Tegel)
  • Pete Barrowclough (Lincoln Ventures)
  • All the parents for their support of the students in so many ways
  • Springston School class teachers for allowing students to practise during class time
  • The PTA for purchasing our first lego robotics kit
  • Liz (our Principal) for her encouragement and support in countless ways

Thursday, 10 November 2011

School Newsletter 10 November 2011

School Newsletter 10 November 2011
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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

What a WONDERFUL day! Pet Day 2011


Today we had another fantastic Springston School Pet Day!

This year our 'A Team' invited students from Christchurch East School, and organised a wonderful day in the country for them. We also hosted a special group of elderly visitors, family, friends and other members of our local community. Several reporters from local newspapers came to see the fun, and some students were even interviewed by CTV. We were SO lucky the weather turned out to be perfectl, with a lot of heartache involved in making the decision to go ahead, at 7 in the morning when it was still raining!

Special thanks to all who made the day such a success: Our judges, the sponsors who supported the A Team in providing lunches and other treats for our Christchurch East guests (more on that in a later newsletter), our generous parents who did baking for the day, the children who all took part and brought along their treasured pets (and the parents who supported them), and all the staff who took on a role for the day under the guidance of our chief organiser of the event - teacher Allana Taylor.

Our Christchurch East guests were absolutely thrilled to be presented with a new Wii to take back to school - the result of generous fundraising by our community. The last photo in the the slideshow below, puts it all in perspective...


We would love your comments (below) of what you enjoyed most about Pet Day this year!

Friday, 28 October 2011

School Newsletter 28 October 2011

School Newsletter 28 October 2011
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

School Newsletter 7 October 2011

School Newsletter 7 October 2011

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Advice for our All Blacks - iPad animations

What would a group of 6 and 7 year old rugby enthusiasts ask our All Blacks if they had the chance? Let's see!

A group of 10 students from Rooms 2 and 3 (Years 2-3) had the chance to work in pairs to test-drive our new iPads, using the built in camera and the PuppetPals HD app. They were asked to come up with an animation showing them giving some advice to some of the All Blacks.

Carol cut out and made some cardboard All Blacks for them, using some models published in The Press recently. No scripts were used, just thinking and talking 'off the cuff'. Drawing around their characters was quite hard, so next time we might try out a stylus pen instead of fingers. They've come up with a pretty good result for their first effort, and these are certain to make you smile :-)

TIP - don't wait for all the videos to load - click on a play button and see if a video starts playing).

By Graeson and Nathan:
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By Brodie and Claudia (Daniel Carter's mum teaches at our school, hence the wee gem at the end of this video):
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By Zaden and Phelix:
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By Liam and John:
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By Jack and Regan (this animation is quite long, but there are lots of little gems amongst it, so it hasn't been edited):
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Friday, 30 September 2011

Robotic Chaos at Springston School!

One of the robots we've built for the FLL (First Lego League) Robotics competition went crazy after school today - luckily everyone had left for the day!



Oh my, what have we unleashed?!


From an idea on the Google Maps Mania Blog, Robots are Attacking on Street View.

Put in your own street details at the Chaos in Your Town website.

This could make a great story-starter (or finisher), if it's not too scary for younger students!

Senior Learning Team Celebration

The Senior Learning Team recently celebrated and shared their inquiry learning for the term, by holding an evening where parents could call into classrooms and take part in some of the ways we can feel empowered to contribute to decisions made in our society. Parents could then go and hear the speech finals. Here are some of the displays from the evening.

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School Newsletter 30 September 2011

School Newsletter 30 September 2011

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Springston School Speech Finals 2011

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Last night our speech finals were held. A large audience was educated and entertained on a range of topics related to "If I had the power..." by our talented Year 4 - Year 8 finalists. Topics ranged from mobile phones, and banning animal cruelty, to magical journeys around the world and the trauma of being a middle child. A finalist was chosen from each room, and then an overall winner (Emily W) was announced. Congratulations to all who took part!

Finalists were:

Room 5
Alice M - Room 5 winner
Georgia G
Callum S
Tom H
Haidee M

Room 6
Brook C - Room 6 winner
Libby S
Macaulay H
Lucy C

Room 7
Emily W - Room 7 and overall winner
Hannah D
Oliver G
Kes B

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Video Challenge

A few students learning how to make movies, have created super hero videos, within a 3 hour time limit and working effectively as teams.

Both videos did take rather a lot of inspiration from ones made from students last year...

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Monday, 19 September 2011

RWC Players

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With all the interest in the Rugby World Cup, students were invited to draw a rugby field in Kid Pix, and then have themselves photographed in front of the green screen as if they were playing in a game of rugby. This photograph was then put into Keynote, where the instant alpha tool was used to remove the background, and the student's photograph was then placed in the picture they had drawn. A few Year 1 students took up the challenge, along with a couple of others.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Rugby World Cup Radio Commentary Challenge

One student took up this week's challenge, to invent and record a radio commentary of an imagined part of a Rugby World Cup game.

Macaulay (Year 5) chose to create a commentary about the All Blacks, playing Australia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. This wasn't written down and read out, it was created 'on the hop', as he imagined it in his head at the time - much harder to do than you think. Garageband was used as the tool for this, with built-in sound effects chosen.

Listen to his recording of the tense final moments of Macaulay's imagined game, and find out what happens!


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Photo shows our 'commentator' with his local rugby hero.

School Newsletter 16 September 2011

School Newsletter 16 September 2011

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Springston School Health Consultation - Survey for Springston Parents

This survey has now closed. Thank you for your feedback.

Please follow the link to complete the Springston School Health Consultation
- Survey for Parents.

If you are unable to complete this online survey, please pick up a paper copy from the office.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Dan Carter's Canterbury Crusader shorts!


Dan’s mum Bev teaches at our small country school in Springston, just south of Christchurch and after a dig around in his bedroom in the family home at Southbridge, she has kindly donated a signed pair of Dan’s old Crusader rugby shorts to the PTA to put up for a fundraising auction.

The Springston School PTA is a dedicated group of parents in the process of fundraising for the development of the slightly tired school grounds. Our role has increased in recent times, partly due to the events in shaky old Christchurch. It has been a few years since the playground
has had an upgrade, and with more children at the school, there is a real need for better activity-based outdoor options at break time.

Part one of the wishlist includes a sand pit and an off-road bike track and senior students are now working with a Neighbourhood Engineers Programme to put together their design ideas. Go the All Blacks, how can they lose with Dan the Man in the team?

Good luck bidders and thanks for supporting Springston School’s fundraising efforts! We also have a signed pair of his brand new Adidas boots up for auction as part of our fundraising efforts so check out our other listing and help our students get the awesome outdoor activities area
they deserve!

Follow this link to the PTA's fundraising auction and Daniel Carter's shorts could be yours!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Two Hour Video Challenge

We have had another two hour video challenge (Breaking News), and this time students from the Media Team have been teaching other students how to make an iMovie. They got them started last week, and then this week the new students had to finish the movie themselves. What you see is what they managed to complete in a total of about 3 hours across two sessions.

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Please look back for more videos to be added to this post soon.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

School Newsletter 2 September 2011

School Newsletter 2 September 2011

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The 2 Hour Video Challenge

Students in the Media Team had a 2 hour challenge last week; to plan, film, edit and complete a 30 second Sunsmart TV advertisement for an audience of young people. They were allowed to use humour to convey what is really a serious message. Here are the final videos!

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Book Week 2011

Our Book Week Parade has come and gone for another year. Are you in this slideshow?

Lincoln Zone Netball/Rugby Tournament



On Tuesday 23 August a group of mostly Year 7 and 8 students attended the Lincoln Zone Netball/Rugby Tournament. The tournament had been postponed a week because of the snow storm in Canterbury.

Mixed teams competed against teams from other local schools.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Friday, 19 August 2011

School Newsletter 19 August 2011

School Newsletter 19 August 2011

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

RoboCup Competition - 3rd Place!



On Sunday 14 August the RoboCup Competition was held at Selwyn House School. Our team, 'Lightning Squad', entered and this was the first time a Springston team had taken part in a robotics competition. The team of Oliver, Freddie, Jasmine and Jake spent all day at the competition, participating only in the Rescue section. There was also a Dance section, and only one entry in the Soccer section.

There were 8 teams in our Junior Rescue (primary/intermediate school) Competition, and each team took part in four 2 minute rounds, where they tried to programme their robot to get through a course by following a line and changing direction on the green squares. They needed to get to the green 'chemical spill' area at the end, and push a 'victim' (tin can) out of the spill area. Marks were awarded for each tile successfully completed, and turns correctly made following the green squares. You could make multiple restarts within your 2 minute round. The scores from a team's best 3 rounds were counted.

Lighting conditions were extremely variable, and this made it difficult for every team to callibrate the sensors in their robot accurately. Nevertheless, the Lightning Squad rose to the occasion, firstly working hard on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to alter their programming for a rule we had not picked up on, and then not giving up after a low score in the first round. After a downpour of hail at lunchtime, the competition was almost reduced to just 3 rounds, so we were lucky to have the 4th round reinstated because we got a better score in that and could drop off our first round score.

The team was delighted to finish in third place on their first effort! Thanks to the parents who supported the team during extra practices throughout the holidays, and who came along to support them on Sunday. We would like to enter more teams next year if we are lucky enough to have more robots to work with. Our next robotics challenge will be the First Lego League Competition starting in September.

You can see our other videos from the Junior Rescue at SpringstonTube.

Thursday 18 August Update

Thanks to everyone who came prepared for the snowy and slushy conditions yesterday. School will be running as normal today, but please come prepared for those cold, wet conditions again.

Please check the Upcoming Events list on the side of this blog for dates for next week's special events.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Snowy Days

A slideshow of the photos you emailed to Carol. Enjoy!


Bus issues this morning - Wednesday 17 August

Thank you to those of you who notified us this morning about the bus not showing up, and children being out waiting for them in the cold.

Please accept our apologies for this unfortunate situation! The bus company was notified at 6.45 am this morning and confirmed that they would run an hour later than usual. They subsequently made a decision that they didn't need to leave as early as usual because they felt there would not be so many children on the bus... Unfortunately, they didn't notify the school of this alteration :-(

School to open Wednesday 17 August at 10 am

School will be opening at 10.00 am this morning. All children must have a change of clothes and shoes please.

The school bus will be running one hour late today.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Book Week postponed until next week

Book Week has been postponed until next week. The same timetable will operate, with Dress Up Day being next Wednesday 24 August.

In the meantime, snuggle up and enjoy some books now - share some reading with mum or dad, or brother/sister/friend.

Where will your imagination take you? What will you learn?

Snow Closure: School Closed again Tuesday 16 August

Update 6:45 am

School will remain closed today due to the snow.
Keep checking back here and to the News Blog for updates. Further decisions about the situation tomorrow will be made as we are able. We hope you are all warm and comfortable.

See yesterday's post below if you would like to send us a photo of a snowman or snow sculpture that you have made yesterday or today!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Sports Tournaments this week

The Sports Tournaments planned for this week, have now been postponed until next week. Please check the Upcoming Events list on the left side of this blog for new dates.

Snowman or Snow Sculpture

Take a photo yourself, and email it to Carol (just one photo per student please) of a snowman or snow sculpture you have created on MONDAY or TUESDAY when school was closed. Carol will put it on this blog. Send your first name and Room number with your photo.

Have fun!


Lachie (Room 1)


Fran with snow woman (Room 1)


Ashley (Room 2)


Romilly (Room 8)

Snow woman by Isabella (Room 2) and Anna (Room 4)



Snow Angel by Isabella (Room 2)

Snow Closure - School Closed 15 August

School is closed today, Monday 15 August, because of snow. Keep warm and stay off the roads. We will keep you updated about tomorrow.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

School Newsletter 5 August 2011

School Newsletter 5 August 2011

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Friday, 1 July 2011

School Newsletter 1 July 2011

School Newsletter 1 July 2011

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Library Survey for Springston School Parents

The various Focus Groups at school have been busy recently, gathering data from the community to help decide directions on matters relating to the use of ICT, school environment / playground developments, and now the future direction of our Library.

We appreciate your input, so please help us with this one further survey. This survey is for Springston School parents only.

You can access the survey at Library Survey for Springston School Parents. Thank you.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

We're into Lego Robotics!


Congratulations to the 9 students who have been successful in getting into our first ever Robotics Team.

Oliver G
Freddie G
Alice T
Jake D

Caitlyn R
Jasmine T

Jack M

Annabelle B

Ethan K


Four of these students will be chosen to take part in the RoboCup Rescue in August, and the whole team hopes to take part in the First Lego League (FLL) Competition later in the year. We have never had Lego Robotics at school before, and so this is a new experience all round!
Mrs Kendall is learning with us!

We have just started learning the basic skills involved, and will be spending some time after school on Thursdays while we try to catch up in our learning with help from experts such as Mrs Ward from Russley School, and Mrs Horncastle.

Friday, 17 June 2011

ICT Survey of Springston School Parents - May 2011 - Summary of Results

ICT Survey of Springston Parents May 2011 - Summary of Results

Our thanks to the 53 families who took the time to complete this online survey. The survey has now closed. We hope you find our Summary of the results interesting. Simply click on the image above, to read the Summary. Double-click to zoom in, click the corner of the page to turn to the next page. Or download as a pdf.

Included in the Summary is the ICT Focus Group's brief commentary of thoughts and questions arising from the results, for each question in the survey.


If you would like to add any further comments or insights to what is in this document, feel free to leave us a comment here on the blog, using the usual 'comments' link below this post.

School Newsletter 17 June 2011

School Newsletter 17 June 2011

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Watch 'After the Quake: Nigel Latta's Guide to Helping Children Cope'

Image thanks to TVNZ

If you missed this evening's programme, you can still watch it
here. An excellent, 30 minute programme with lots of common sense and good tips.

Further resources supporting the programme are available on the 'Safe & Sound: Helping families cope with disaster' website.

Monday, 13 June 2011

13 June Earthquakes - keep checking this post for updates

Image thanks to Geonet

Update 8 pm: School will be open tomorrow as usual. You will be informed immediately if there is any change to this plan.

We are sure you are all safe and well with your families after today's earthquakes. You can keep up to date with news on the quakes at
Canterbury Earthquake and the Christchurch City Council. The Ministry of Education has earthquake updates too.

Don't forget to watch Nigel Latta's programme on Wednesday evening (see an earlier post).

Sunday, 12 June 2011

After the Quake: Nigel Latta's Guide to Helping Children Cope

Image from TVNZ

TV One

Wednesday 15 June
8 pm

A 30 minute programme that follows Nigel Latta's visits to Christchurch, where he gave a series of talks to families on how to help their children through the stress of the earthquakes.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Science Alive Comes To School

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The girls have worked hard on their video news report - lots of firsts here (iMovie, cutaways, new videoing experiences). They've put together a great report!


Reporters: Anna, Bailey, and Georgia

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Fun Multi Skills lessons for Springston Students

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Another example of students learning to use cutaways to enhance the way they report news. Interviewing skills were important in this report, too.

Reporters: Kes and Madison

Car Boot Sale

On 22 May the PTA held a Car Boot Sale to help with the funds for the sandpit. A total of $907 was raised on what was a wonderful, fine day.


Reporters: Hannah D and Courtney


Friday, 3 June 2011

Work and Play Focus Group Survey for Springston School Families

This survey is now closed. Thank you for your ideas.

School Newsletter 3 June 2011

School Newsletter 3 June 2011

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Springston School a winner for ultra fast broadband!


Check out the Rural Schools Big Winners article just published in The Press. Great news for Springston School - to be joined to the ultra fast network within the next year!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

House Leader Games

The challenge for our Media Team recently, is to present a video news report that includes cutaways. We have used iMovie to achieve this.

Cutaways are shots that are inserted in a video, but with the previous or another sound track continuing as the new shots are shown. We have used cutaways to illustrate what the news reporter is talking about.


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Reporters - Hannah D and Courtney