Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
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.
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!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Monday, 12 December 2011
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
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
|Talking to our new friends in Canada|
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
Friday, 18 November 2011
Food Factor® Tournament Video: What is FLL® and Core Values
Sunday, 13 November 2011
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 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)!
- 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
Wednesday, 2 November 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
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
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:
By Brodie and Claudia (Daniel Carter's mum teaches at our school, hence the wee gem at the end of this video):
By Zaden and Phelix:
By Liam and John:
By Jack and Regan (this animation is quite long, but there are lots of little gems amongst it, so it hasn't been edited):
Friday, 30 September 2011
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!
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Alice M - Room 5 winner
Brook C - Room 6 winner
Emily W - Room 7 and overall winner
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
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
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!
Photo shows our 'commentator' with his local rugby hero.
Thursday, 15 September 2011
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’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
Please look back for more videos to be added to this post soon.
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
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
Thursday, 18 August 2011
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.
You can see our other videos from the Junior Rescue at SpringstonTube.
Please check the Upcoming Events list on the side of this blog for dates for next week's special events.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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 :-(
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
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?
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
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
Sunday, 26 June 2011
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
Congratulations to the 9 students who have been successful in getting into our first ever Robotics Team.
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
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.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
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
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
Wednesday 15 June
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.
Friday, 10 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
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
Friday, 3 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
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
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.
Monday, 23 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
The survey below is for parents of students who attend Springston School.
We are keen to gather information about ICT use by your family to help us better understand how to develop your child's ICT skills at school.
An important part of this will be teaching students to become information literate 'cyber citizens'.
If you are a school parent, we'd appreciate you completing this form by Tuesday 31 May. Thank you.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
These Room 6 students are nearing the end of their Term 1 Inquiry ('Power Up'). They have decided to create videos to share their learning and teach others what they need to know about how to be healthy.
They have been putting their A+ Learner skills into practice in many ways. They have worked on their presentations in groups and used Flip video cameras to film the scenes they have planned. Most importantly, they have worked hard to share out the different roles and cooperate in a group, taking turns and planning the next step.
Here is a list of just a few of the skills these students have been developing today with this activity:
- Work cooperatively in a group.
- Plan a presentation cooperatively.
- Plan scenes using a storyboard.
- Plan a video that is manageable in size for the time available to make it.
- Write scripts and sequence ideas clearly.
- Choose actors and take turns with the videoing.
- Convey their inquiry findings in their presentation.
- Manage tasks in small steps rather than run around like headless chooks. eg - video one short clip at a time.
- Work quickly to meet a deadline.
- Be accepting of other people's ideas - reach a consensus or take turns with the decision-making.
- Smile on camera.
- Acting skills.
- Speak slowly and clearly, and loud enough for the camera to hear you.
- Write down what they need to remember - spelling, punctuation, grammar, neat writing that you can actually read when you're being videoed.
- What things people need to do to keep healthy - eat a good lunch, take brain breaks.
- What things NOT to do if you want to be healthy.
- Operate a Flip camera - on/off/record/play/delete - what to do if it freezes!
- Take a video that can be seen and heard (be close enough, don't use zoom).
- Try things out, and if they don't work try something different.
- Adapt to the busy room around you.
- Be quiet when someone else is recording.
- Count down to start the recording so everyone knows when to start.
- Download video clips - not delete what you've just done.
- Delete the clips not needed.
- Transfer clips to the server as they are created so they are not lost.
- Undo on the computer.
- Open different windows to move files between.
- Take turns with each task.
- Import video clips into iMovie - add clips to the timeline.
- Play and stop a clip in iMovie.
- Trim a video clip to remove the parts not needed.
- Put the clips in order.
- Play and review what has been created.
- Add a title to a video clip - spelling, choice of font/size/colour for the viewer to see clearly.
- Add transitions between clips.
- Make the transitions or titles slower if they are too quick.
- View the video and check for errors.
- Enjoy the job completed and well-done!
The first day was all about learning what a great leader is with challenges in between a slideshow of what being a leader means.
On the second day Yaldhurst school came to us and we joined together to make four determined teams. Together we faced hard, challenging tasks that tested our leadership skills and communication. These tasks included much creative thinking and teamwork. Getting to know the other people in your team was very important. The first five challenges were on the field using planks of wood, barrels, rope and lots of ammo boxes. The final two challenges were water tasks using wood and inner tubes to make a bridge across the pool and filling a barrel with holes to the top with water.
All in all the day was great fun and the whole A Team really enjoyed getting active and using all their leadership skills!
Reporters: Courtney, Hayden and Madi
Yesterday, Tuesday 12 April, Rooms 5 and 6 biked either 22 or 13 km to raise money for new sports equipment. It took about 4 hours to bike 22 km from Little River to Motukarara and about 2 hours to bike 13 km from Birdling’s Flat to Motukarara.
Parents came to bike with us. Some parents took our bikes in their trailers instead.
Thanks to the Room 5 and 6 teachers for organising it and also thanks to the parents for volunteering to help!
It was a FANTASTIC day!
Reporters: Anna and Georgia
Freddie, Billy and Oliver have been learning to construct and program a robot using a lego mindstorms robotics set. The set is made up of lego pieces that resemble the Lego Technic kits, 3 interactive servo motors and various sensors including the colour sensor, light sensor, ultrasonic sensor, touch sensor and the sound sensor.
The robot can be programmed to do just about anything, from dancing to playing soccer!
There is a robot competition, called the Robocup. There are 3 categories: Rescue, Soccer, and Dance. We plan to enter this competition, which is part of the reason the school bought the set in the first place! There is also a competition called the FLL (First Lego League). We hope to enter teams of students in these.
So far Freddie, Billy and Oliver have succeeded in building a robot that is sturdy, robust and, most importantly, can follow black lines, part of the rescue section of the Robocup. They are continuing to make more advanced and effective programs for the robot and have high hopes of doing well in the competition! More students will have the chance to learn how to program the robot next term, before we look at who will be in our team/s.
We thank the PTA for donating the money that bought the set.
Reporters: Oliver and Freddie.