Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Planting Sunflowers and Potatoes

 On Wednesday, we planted some sunflower seeds in our garden.
We sprinkled the seeds in the soil and then we covered them up.
We used the seeds from last year's sunflowers.
We all had a turn to put some seeds in the garden

 Then, we planted some potatoes in the next garden.
We had to put the potatoes in a different garden to last year.
We had to dig a row for the potatoes so they are deeper in the soil.
We put in some potato food with the potatoes to help them grow.
Then we covered the potatoes with more soil.

We patted down the soil on the gardens.

Now we have to wait and see what happens next.

This week, we asked Dugan to water our gardens for us.
This will help them grow.

The gardens will need lots of water and sunshine to make them grow.

By Room One

Nude Food Day


We had a nude food day. Lots of us brought nude food in our lunch boxes. The whole of Kauri team went down to Putikitiki and had a nude food picnic. It was great we only had to bring a worm bin.  If we had a nude food every day we wouldn't need any rubbish bins.                                    

Bringing fruit is a good way to have nude food because is has a natural wrapping. 
Most fruit has a skin that can decompose. 

Did you know that it takes an  
average of 500 years for a plastic bag to decay? 

Let's try and bring nude food every day.

Post created by Katarina

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nude Food Day

Today is Nude Food Day
Room 14 is celebrating it by not having any wrappers in their lunchboxes.  Instead we are using containers or nothing.


Here is a lunchbox without wrappers. It just has a container to put the food in. We are trying to help care for the environment by having less packaging.
By Tarn and Eva
Room 14

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Stairs

During the holidays there was a Stair Building workshop at our school. Tim Newton from the Hamilton City Council knows a lot about Gully Restoration and how to build stairs. We were really lucky that he has been able to help us with our Nature Trail. People from our local community came to find out how to build stairs too and together they built these AMAZING stairs.
Now we can get to the Nature Trail safely.
Have a look at the photopeach to see how it was built.
Stair Building on PhotoPeach
Thanks to Acorn Building Supplies for cutting the wood to size for us.
Also a big thank you to Pippa, Mrs Blair, Miss Lee and Dugan for being such great helpers too.

Friday, September 16, 2011

We love NZ

This week was Conservation Week in New Zealand. 
The theme was We Love New Zealand.
Today Room 14 hugged our Redwood tree. It is the tallest tree in our school and its trunk is massive. The Redwood tree provides shade and a home for birds.

Take a look at our vimeo of our Kidpix drawings of what we love about New Zealand.

Our school had an art competition to celebrate Conservation Week. The artwork had to show what we love about our school. Ryan and Tahniah's artwork were in the top 11. They won a marigold plant and Ryan also won a trowel to help him with his gardening.
 Artwork created by Ryan. 
This is our playground on Putikitiki.
Artwork created by Tahniah. 
This is the trees by the Kowhai sandpit.

Blog post by Room 14

Monday, September 12, 2011

We love New Zealand

This week is Conservation Week. 
Click on this link to the Conservation website and you can see what else is happening around New Zealand. There are also some great games in the kids section.

Makaela wore this great t.shirt today.
What do you love about New Zealand?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paper 4 Trees

Our school is part of "Paper 4 Trees". 
This means for the paper and cardboard we recycle we earn trees which we can then plant at our school. This year we chose raspberry plants, flax and a rewarewa tree. We think that the raspberries will be great in our Kitchen Garden. We hope that the tui and rewarewa attract more tui to our school.
You can click on this link to find out more about Paper 4 Trees.
Here is a vimeo of the trees being planted.
Paper 4 Trees from Ham East on Vimeo.
You can also look at our photopeach to see the tree planting.
Paper 4 Trees on PhotoPeach

Monday, August 29, 2011

Plum Tree

Today Mrs Leeson gave Hamilton East School a plum tree to plant in the Kitchen Garden. 
We planted it behind the dental clinic because one day this could be a great orchard area.

Look at the roots of the plum tree.
Thankfully Dugan had dug a hole for us earlier. We put fertiliser in when we planted it. This will help it grow faster. Then we piled more soil in the hole.

Mrs Leeson had thought of everything, not only, did she have fertiliser she also had worm juice. We mixed this in with the water to help the plum tree grow stronger.

Look at gorgeous Room 14 with the new plum tree for our school.
Here is a vimeo of Room 14 helping to plant the tree.

Plum Tree from Ham East on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Treemendous School Makeover

Here is our "movie" for our Treemendous School Makeover application. 
We would love some help with making over our Nature Trail.
You can click on this link to have a look at the Treemendous website.

Our Nature Trail from Ham East on Vimeo.

Kowhai Tree

This is a blabberize of the spade Room 12 used to plant the kowhai tree.
Please help us look after our tree.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Our Gardens

The footage in this vimeo was filmed by Shakshi and Tarn using a flip video. It was their first time filming with it and they have done a great job. 
Listen carefully to the birds when they are filming in the Kitchen Garden.
Our Gardens from Ham East on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mother Duck

Guess who is back?
Mother Duck.

Mother Duck comes to our school every year to lay her eggs. Last year she laid one egg and the year before that she lay 10 eggs. We always have to be quiet when we are around her. When Mother Duck is laying her eggs she lays them in her nest.
By Yusuf.

Mother Duck 2011 on PhotoPeach

Kidpix picture of Mother Duck by Tremaine

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Welcome back to Term 3

While we have been on holiday there have been changes around our school.
We have new soccer goals. Flowers have started to grow. We even saw a hedgehog snuffling around middle flat playground.
Take a look at the photopeach to see some of the changes.

Term 3 on PhotoPeach

Friday, July 15, 2011

Planting Tree Onions

Today we planted our tree onions in the Kitchen Garden. 
We had to go out in between the rain showers so we had to plant quickly before the rain started again.

We had to take the onion bulb out of its pot carefully. Then put it into the hole.
The tree onions will be ready in late summer.

Here is a vimeo showing giving some tips on how to plant tree onions.
How to plant a tree onion from Ham East on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our school at lunchtime

We are really lucky at Hamilton East School to have such a wonderful learning environment. Here is a slideshow about the different areas of the school we play in during our break times.
Our School Environment Term 2 2011 on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tree Onions

Last Thursday Room 14 planted some tree onion bulbs that Anna's Dad gave us. We had to call Anna's Dad to find out how to plant the tree onions. Luckily Anna put on loudspeaker so we could hear.
This is what the tree onions looked like. We used a trowel to put potting mix in the pot.
We had to gently put the tree onion in the soil. You have to make sure 1/3 of the onion is showing at the top.
Today we noticed that some of the tree onions have started to grow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Swan Plants

When we went on the bank outside Room 13 we noticed these seed pods on the swan plants.
Inside these pods are seeds that look like this.
Room 14 is going to try and grow some swan plants from these seeds.
We wonder if it will work.