Sunday, September 30, 2012

Non-Breaking News

Good afternoon,

I just thought that the children of Room 2 might like to know that I played this morning at church without breaking a single string on my guitar!

Mr Grant

Friday, September 28, 2012

Frantic Friday

Well, I don't know about the children, but my head was spinning!

Good afternoon,

This morning kicked off with a wee poem...

The Cardboard Fort

By Kenn Nesbitt

I found an empty cardboard box.
I made myself a fort.
I had to squeeze and twist and turn
and crumple and contort
to climb inside, but now I'm quite
embarrassed to report
I'm stuck inside this cardboard box
that's clearly much too short.
Has anybody got a box
that isn’t quite so taut?

...then some fitness with Room 12. Well, a game of seaweed really.

The rest of the day was spent arranging, practising and performing our assembly.

Thanks for the support all term, and have a well deserved break.

Mr Grant

Oh, by the way, the boys wanted you all to see their handiwork.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Puppet Thursday

Good afternoon,

After a wee Sacrament post test...

2012 J Team Sacrament Post Test

...Room 2 trotted over to Room 6 for a couple of puppet shows. Complete with popcorn!

Thanks Mrs Au!

Mr Grant

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Shaky Wedensday

Good afternoon,

This morning started with a pretend shake up, as we participated in the first national earthquake practice day...

...and continued with some more 3D shape maths.

For reading today White Group started to read The Ant and the Grasshopper, and so, since we'd done a bit of work on it earlier in the term, they performed some interpretive dance in response...

...with varying degrees of success!

After lunch we spent some time describing the symbols of baptism, using a SOLO describe map.

I hope it sunk in, we've got the Sacrament post test tomorrow!

  1. Name two holy objects (and why)
  2. What is a ritual (and why)?
  3. What are the four symbols of baptism (and why)?

Speaking of tomorrow, we've also got the opportunity to watch some puppet shows put on by the Year 7 and 8s in Room 7. Must remember to get photos of our children's faces as they watch it...!

Have a nice evening,

Mr Grant

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fun Day Tuesday

Good afternoon,

We had a bit of a gamesy/fun type day here in Room 2.

First with maths, where we tried to describe shapes to each other using the language of geometry...

...and then outside with Room 12 for P.E....

...interspersed with some singing from the OLA School Choir as they practised for their next big event.

Alas, this meant that the J Team missed out on their last music lesson with Mrs Oorshot, as she was doing this fine work with the choir. And a lovely job she has done too. As indeed have the choir children!

CU tomorrow,

Mr Grant

Monday, September 24, 2012

Absent Monday

Good afternoon,

Well, our planning day has been quite productive. We're doing ancient civilisations next term - I'm picking either Romans or Greeks/Macedonians. Alexander the Great. Macedonians with a hard 'c', just like they would have said it. Actually, they are more likely to say "us" and "you lot wat we 'av just dun over"...

Room 2 did some Geometry this morning...

...and some R.E. in the afternoon...

...with other stuff in between. Thanks Mrs Hooker.

And before I go, a message just in from Melissa...

Anyone interested in playing touch?

We need boys and girls
  • Friday nights at Halswell
  • Under 7 Mixed
Please email Melissa on or 0272441799 with your child's name and room, or for more details.

Its $20 per player for the season.


Mrs Harlan
CU in the morning,

Mr Grant

P.S. I don't often pass on email stuff, but this is actually quite important...


A wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to cover a fire in a pan!

This is a dramatic video (30-second, very short) about how to deal with a common kitchen fire...oil in a frying pan.

At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8-oz. cup at the end of a 10-foot pole to toss water onto the grease fire. The results got the attention of the students.

The water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty-foot high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast.

Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.

Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One-cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

Umm, just one thing, they show the announcer at the end of the clip. She's a burn victim, with a disfigured face.

Parents, you may want to watch it first, and then decide whether you want to show your children...just a thought...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Room 2 Newsletter for Term 3 Week 11

Good evening,

Here is the Room 2 Newsletter for Term 3, Week 11.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Grant

OLA Athletics Day

Good afternoon,

Well the biggest news of the day is that the Teachers won the Teacher/Parent/House Captain relay!  And this time I remembered to pass the baton (unlike 2010...)...

As for the House Relay, well...

...Yellow won, followed closely by Green.

The rest of the day, from my perspective, was all about the junior long jump.

Which kinda kept me too busy to take many photos.

Still...a good time was had by all!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Grant

(It appears I've found a work around with placing the photos where I want them, but still...this new Blogger interface is still rubbish!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Life Ed Thursday

Good afternoon,

This morning was all about Life Ed.  We went first up...

 Then back to the room for some shared writing as a class...

...before heading back to the trailer for part 2...

...and then consolidating their learning using the Life Ed resources given them.

After lunch we started learning about the symbols of baptism.

...before tying off the theoretical part of our On a Level Playing Field learning.

On A Level Playing Field Self Assessment

On to tomorrow.

You may have noticed the updated timetable that I posted this morning...

Athletics Day Timetable, Take 2
...well, that's pretty much how it's 'sposed to run. colour t shirts.

Bye for now,

Mr Grant

I hate this new Blogger interface...can't get my photos in the centre...