Monday, 30 September 2013

Orange Week

Room Hana came dressed in Orange and raised money for Arthritis NZ

Monday, 9 September 2013

Young Authors and Illustrators Seminar

Young Authors and Illustrators Seminar

We all stumbled out of the car, at last fresh air!
We reached our destination at Owairaka School,
and we were gathered in the hall.
Ready like professional Authors and Illustrators,
we spied out Donovan Bixely and Des Hunt talking
like they were ready too.
First of all we were led off by Donovan Bixely the illustrator for the day.
He introduced himself by saying -
“Donovan’s my name, I wear a hat to make sure my brains don’t fall out.”
Everyone giggled. He announced his latest illustrated book - Dashing Dogs,
with Margaret Mahy.
He taught us everything a good illustrator needs to know and learn.
With tips like :
1. Read the book
2. Sketch, Sketch and Sketch
3. Perfect
Hopefully our illustrating has improved from that learning discussion.

We chomped on our morning tea, and had a brief look around, we could tell they are a VERY green school. They even accommodate bees!

We rushed off to our next session, with Des Hunt. [The author]
“Growing up in the war times was very hard” he said.
“I was always interested in adventure stories, but got very annoyed that all these adventures were set in other countries.” Said Des.
So of course he wanted to change that!
He was nuts over chemistry and was extremely good at it, but remained wanting to write a New Zealand based book. And he did, and called it the ‘The Last Tuatara’
but he came to realise after being rejected 7 times from publishers his book was wrote very poorly. And poor Des realised why, after being a physics at
Hawawera High School for so long, he wrote it like he was teaching the reader more than telling a story.
Des told us what makes a good book, and went through some thrilling experiments!
And has now published over 80 successful books.

After a sensational discussion with Author - Des Hunt and Illustrator - Donovan Bixley we arrived back at school with some great tips and tricks up our sleeves, as shown by this report by Katie  and Claudia!

Monday, 19 August 2013



WALT use similes to present our ideas in poetry. Here are some of our poems.

Waves as BIG as MT Everest 
Waves as POWERFUL as a Sumo wrestler falling on you
What a day for powerful waves !
We wax our boards and say
            SURFS UP!

by Harry


 Frosty snowflake falls like an elegant ballerina

 Sheep curled up as quick as a lightning flash

 People lounged like lazy dogs having a nap

 Clouds  as dark as night

The snow fell on the earth like a blanket


Monday, 12 August 2013

Term 3 2013

Term 3 2013


In Room Hana we are using our imagination to write stories, speeches and explore visual arts. Visual ideas and works of art motivate and inspire us.

  Maths Week 2013 12 -16th August

We are learning to work together to solve problems.This week is maths week at St Ignatius 
and instead of buddy reading we do buddy maths.
We explore different maths websites and do math games with our buddies.Some of the games we played are maths tiggy and mathletics. It was fun.
by Jared and Bella

Monday, 6 May 2013

Term 2 Learning

Welcome to Room 7 Hana's Blog

Term 2 2013
We have been learning about the properties of materials.
Some of us discovered how to make a garment or bag
Using materials to create a garment