Thursday, December 16, 2010

Garden Club Harvest Sale

Our Garden Club harvested all our vegetables and herbs, then our member helped sort and bundle the vegetables and herbs. We were amazed by how much our garden produced. Our sale was very successful and we raised $150.00 for the 2011 school garden club.

Pearl- Being in the garden club was really fun because we get free vegetables and I love getting my hands dirty.

Shradha - I really enjoyed being in the garden club because we got free vegetables.

Catherine-I love to be in the Garden Club because we get a bit dirty and harvest the food.

Sheetel- I loved how we got our hands dirty and gardening is good for the summer

Sharnika - Being in the garden club was a lot of fun because we grew lots of vegetables and had our biggest harvest which we made over $100.

Team 17 wish you a merry Christmas and have a fun, safe holiday.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Top 100 classroom blogs

Team 17's blog is famous once again. Top 100 classroom blogs is a website for teachers and students to find good examples of classroom blogs. We are proud that we can share our learning with other classes and to be one of the Top 100.

Junior/Middle – International
Bailey Road Team 17 - Shaun Wood teaches a Year 6 class in Mt. Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand and has been blogging in his classroom for the past two years.  ”I started the year using modeling and shared writing on our class blog. Now most posts are written by the students.” This classroom blog was also recently nominated for the 2010 Edublog’s “Best Class Blog” award. Recommended posts: “Trash 2 Fashion Challenge” and “Sign Language.”

Thursday, December 9, 2010


On the 9 of December our class went to Swim-a-rama (swimming.) It had the Hydro Slide, Commando course,diving and normal swimming pools plus a playground.
What we had to bring:
-Water Bottle
-2 towels
-Morning Tea

We had a lot of fun and we wish we could stay there forever.
Akansha And Shradha
Water dropping on people.
Hydro slide (Note: It's dark inside).
Henrica & Bernie on the Commando (Note: Green thing is hard to get on and is slippery.).

That's it for Thursday and we enjoyed it!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


In kayaking we learnt how to paddle a kayak with paddles. It was easy but Kiu's left shoulder got sore. Some people fell out a lot: Steven-5; Kiu-5; Isaiah-4; A.J-1; Nick-9 times.
During kayaking we learnt how to change direction using the paddle and we played games.

My most fun moment was trying to climb over people to swap kayaks.

It was also cool and fun because we also got to jump off the kayak. I loved jumping in the water because it was hot day. By Kiu,Nick,AJ,Steve,Isaiah

Saturday, December 4, 2010

2010 Edublogs Award for Best Class Blog

Congratulations Team 17, we have been nominated for a 2010 Edublogs Award for Best Class Blog! You should be proud of yourselves as every one of you have contributed, commented and created, and you made our class blog what it is.

Thank you to all our readers and co-learners out there, you nominated us and we are honoured to be finalist in this award. We will continue to try make you proud.

Please vote for us here, and spread the word.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Garden Club Harvest Sale


On the first day of summer The Garden Club harvested their fresh meadow green silver beet.

Mr.Wood took them to the teacher's staff room so we could sell them to teachers and raise money, so the next time we grow our garden we could afford to buy seeds to keep on the fantastic progress.

They have been growing for 7 weeks and we have decided to harvest them. So that the next time they are fully grown (in week ten) we will harvest it again and hopefully it would be a lot bigger.

I would just like to thank all the Garden Club members for making sure the garden is always watered and 
healthy as it is their responsibility.

Post and Photos by Mapili

Why we blog

Today we got a question from a university student in Germany who wants to use our blog as an example to show her teacher. She had some questions for us and we answered her in this blog.

When did we started blogging?

We started blogging in the beginning of the year. We first had just a class blog that we all added to. Now we also have our own blogs.

Why did we started blogging?
We wanted to learn more about the internet and e-learning. We are also able to share our writing and learning with our families and the world.

Do we like blogging?
We do like blogging it's really awesome, we love writing our own blog. And we love reading and commenting on other class blogs. We really like getting comments.

How we use it? Our teacher (Mr. Wood) made us our own personal blogs and the class so we just log in and write a blog post about our learning or our own interests. We always put something about what we are learning each week on the class blog.

What we don't like about blogging?
We don't like it when we write a whole big paragraph and when we write the same thing on the blog it looks really short.

Will we continue blogging when we're older? Most of us promise we'll keep blogging.

Thank you Helena for asking us about our blogging.

Do you have any more questions for us???
Written by: Akansha and Shradha

Sunday, November 28, 2010

How To Make A Quill Pen

On Monday the 29 November, a student named Mapili, who made a Quill Pen by followed these steps.

Step 1: Find a large feather and ink.

Step 2: Cut the Quill diagonally ( an angle ) .

Step 3: Dip the Quill into the ink well.

Dab the Quill on a spare paper to prevent blobs.

Step 4: Write gently and try not to smudge.

Written by Mapili,Pearl

Photos by Mapili.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

What have you learnt?

Podcast Week 7

Shawn, Priyasha and Akansha decided to do a video podcast this week.  What did they do well? How could they improve?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Trash 2 Fashion Challenge

Team 17 had a challenge today to create fashion from old newspapers, be creative and work together as a team.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Podcast for week 6

A bit later than usual but we had an exciting week. To find out more listen to our podcast.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vinegar Volcanoes

Vinegar Volcanoes
The Blog Dogs have done a volcano experiment like the one we read about in School Journal P2N2 2002, "Make a Volcano" by Jan Trafford this week. In small groups Team 17 compared them, and made 'Same / Different' T-charts of the two methods?

The group members choose roles of 'Narrator - Recorder - Actor - Supervisor' before planning their ingredients and method. Once they had set-up and practiced, ready were to record. The teamwork and cooperation in the groups was amazing. 

What do you think of our volcanoes below?

Volcano experiment

Hi my name is Nicholas and we did an a experiment. In my group was Kiu, Sam and Isaiah.
first we got a bottle and painted it to make it look like a real volcano.

Secondly we put half a cup of baking soda and a few drops of food colouring. We got a camera and filmed Sam pour the vinegar, when he poured it in the volcano exploded and went everywhere.

By: Nicholas

***The Best Volcano Experiment Ever***

Our group had Shawn, Henrica, Mapili and Sharnika. We were doing a volcano explosion experiment. What we were trying to do is making a volcano explode using chemical reactions.

Our ingredients were:
A small bottle
A bit of baking soda
1/4 of a glass cup of vinegar
1/2 of warm water
3 drops of red food colouring
and scrapings from crayons.

We took a video and 2 photos on our experiment. We had to do an re-actment since we didn't press the record button long enough. But this time we had more explosion.

In my group is Me (Loretta), Saylor, Jan and Viola we made a volcano erupt.

These are the ingredients
1 half of backing soda, red food colouring and vinegar.
This is our test that we did.


Today Team 17 made volcanoes.
We had to get into a group of three. The people in our group were Pearl, Akansha and Priyasha.

How to make a volcano is to, get all the stuff you need.

What you need are:
1. Baking soda
2. Bottle
3. Vinegar
4.Measuring cup
5. Red food coloring
6. People

1. Get a bottle
2. Half fill bottle with baking soda
3. Pour it in the bottle hole
4. Few drops of food coloring
5. Mix with half cup of vinger
6. Pour over it with baking soda
Here is a video of our volcano eruption.

By Pearl, Priyasha and Akansha .

Our Mini Volcano

On the 19 November 2010 Catherine, Sheetel and Shradha made a mini volcano.

These are the stuff that you will need:
-Baking Soda
-Red Food Colouring

And this is what happened.

The Garden Club's First Harvest

On the 19th of November 2010 the garden club got their first harvest of silverbeet.

We had 20 big bundles of silverbeet. We still have some silverbeet growing as we harvested the big silverbeet leaves. We have such a big group and have a roster for each day, lunch and morning tea.

Each garden club member took home a bundle of silverbeet, and we gave one to our principal.

Previous garden club posts here.


Today we did a experiment about volcanoes we used:

-Baking soda
-food coloring
-Drink bottle

By:Steven, Aj, Eugene and Anitesh.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sign Language

Recently Team 17 members discovered an article in a School Journal about sign language, and because everyone was so interested we decided to learn more about it.
Below are videos of some of our students trying out their own sentences in sign language. They are saying "Hi, my name is ______. I like playing ______."





Eugene and A.J

Jan and Henrica introduce themselves and sign 'sing' "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

What do you think of our sign language, can you understand it?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Podcast for week 5

Winning website

Today we went to the TVNZ6 Netguide Schools Multimedia Challenge awards at TVNZ building. We were finalists in the primary website design part.

We had to come to school at 8 oclock and left at 8:30 and we came back at 11:00.
It was cool shaking hands with Julia and Jeremy from TVNZ6. We also shook hands with Anne Tolley the minister of education. Jonathan Cotton gave us the prizes, our prize were MONOPOLY City 3D and $100 gift vouchers from Warehouse Stationary.

Our website is

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bailey's Got Culture Festival

Today we have just had our culture festival. Yesterday we had a dress rehearsal and the dress rehearsal was so cool. Here is the second half of the performance photos.

This is a little movie that I made.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Our bird feeder

Cisco, Sheetel, Shradha and Catherine made a birdfeeder. Shradha took the photos, Sheetel and Catherine mixed the peanut butter and seeds, and Cisco shoved the mixture into the pine cone.

If you want to make a birdfeeder this is what you need:
-pine cone
-peanut butter

Once you got your things ready, you can start making your bird feeder
1. First mix your seeds with the peanut butter (make sure you get plenty of seeds.)
2. Once you mixed the mixture, get the pinecone and shove the mixture in ( get them right in so it gets tricky for them to eat.)
3. Get the piece of string and tie it tothe pinecone.
4. Tie the pinecone ( that is being held by the string) to a tree ( the highest you can go)
5. Just wait till you get some birds coming to your birdfeeder ( this might take a while, like days)

And you are done . This is a slide show while we were creating the birdfeeder.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The garden grows more !!!

These 2 weeks have been amazing we have lots of plants and the plants have grown so big. Now we also have eatable flowers called marigolds. We think that the silverbeet and beetroot has grown big. Myah and Catlin love watering the garden every Monday.

Written by Myah and Catlin
Photos by Sharnika and Sheetel  

Our first garden club blog post here. See how we grow.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Podcast for week 4

Mapili, Catherine and Sheetel present Team 17's week 4 podcast. Shawn recorded and edited the podcast in Audacity.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Team 17 teams worked hard in term 3 using the TEACH inquiry process to explore cultures. In teams they created wikis to show their learning. We entered the top three into the TVNZ6 NetGuide Schools Multimedia Challenge. They had a huge number of entries and the judges found the process of choosing winners very challenging.

So a HUGE congratulations is due to Priyasha, Akansha and Sheetel for becoming finalists in the TVNZ6 NetGuide Schools Multimedia Challenge. They created a wiki about Indian culture. Well done girls, you have made Mr. Wood, Team 17 and Bailey Road School very proud. You girls rock!

Primary team (URL)
School: Bailey Road Primary and Intermediate
Student Name(s): Priyasha, Sheetel, Akansha
Teacher: Shaun Wood

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Podcast for week 3

Akansha and A.J present this weeks podcast about our learning.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Class Project

Mr. Wood showed us his own brainstorm of questions and information we needed to research and create. Each student was given responsibility for a part of the whole project. We all spent the day researching our areas and making our part of the project.
Earthquake Project on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Earthquake Games

We have this book Earthquake Games in our class library this term and after Mr. Wood read some the activities we tried them out for ourselves. We think they help us understand how earthquakes happen.
What do you think?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thinking Earthquakes

We have been learning about the earth's structure and how earthquakes happen. Christchurch had an earthquake a month ago and we Skyped Springston E-Team to ask them some questions about what is was like. These are some of our brainstorms, mind maps and posters.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Podcast for week 2

Loretta and Vivek podcast about week 2 learning. Below is a slide-show of our avatars.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Garden Club

Today was our first Garden Club meeting.. Everyone is giving up one of their lunch times to help work in our vegetable garden. Thank you Talo (our caretaker) for making this wonderful garden space for us.
We planted: tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, silverbeet, beetroot, beans, zucchini, butternut, celery, chives, and parsley. We also planted three edible flower types: calendula, marigold, and nasturtium. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is when your write something or text something mean. The equipment they use is a phone or computer.

Anyone could be a cyber bully, even your friends could be one too. The reason why they bully you is maybe because they are jealous or they just want to be mean.

For the victim he/she might feel sad, weird or they might even cry, plus they might want to be alone.

Things that I would do is go and tell my parents or the principal because they will help you.

Mind map and writing by Henrica

Team 17 Podcast Term 4 Week1

This weeks podcast is hosted by Henrica and Bernadette, assisted by Viola and Anitesh.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

More Blogging Buddies

Welcome back to term 4 and I hope you are rested. People in Christchurch have had little rest since the first big earthquake with tremors happening almost daily since then. 

Springston E-Team: Endeavour are a class from Christchurch who have experienced the earthquakes and blogged about them. We are going to read their stories and Skype them in a few weeks time to ask some questions. Thank you Springston E-Team: Endeavour. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Culture Masks

For technology this term we studied masks from different cultures. We explored how they were made, what made them unique and their cultural patterns. After that we designed four draft sketches and finally created a full colour drawing. Eventually the long process began as we drew the designs on with pencil, which was harder then doing it on paper. Some people painted their background first and others filled them along with the designs. Then we painted many layers of fill and outline to get strong colour. 

See our last blog post about how we weaved flax which many have added to their mask. We did a self-reflection using a rubric and have blogged our mask photos on our own kidblogs.

Our masks reflect our cultures, can you guess some of them?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Inanimate Alice

After a term of exploring the digital stories of 'inanimate Alice' all our groups finished their stories this week. We peer-assessed each others work then gave the groups time to work on our feedback. Today we watched all the 'inanimate Alice: Samoa' digital stories created in PowerPoint. You can see our learning journey on our Inanimate Alice wiki.

Steven, Nick and Isaiah who created the one below were voted the as for creating most exciting digital story that included all the 'inanimate Alice' elements. Well done boys!

We uploaded the PowerPoint to SlideShare, however all the music, sound effects and interaction has been lost in the process. We may provide the original file as a download at a later date.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weaving Flax

On the 20th of September we were weaving flax. First we read a article in the School Journal. The story was about weaving flax. When we finished reading we went to the native plant garden to get flax to weave and put on our mask. When we got there Mr Wood showed us the mother, father and grandparent leaves. Then we had to say a Karakia (Prayer). Mr Wood then started cutting the flax. We each got 2 flax leaves. We went back to the class ready to turn flax into flowers. When we finished making them we stuck them onto our cultural identity masks.




Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Inanimate Alice

Over the past 2 week Team 17 from Bailey Road Primary and Intermediate school have been making their own episode 5 of Inanimate Alice: Samoa. We chose Samoa because many of our class are Samoan and we also did some class research about Samoan culture. 

We have 6 groups for this challenge and we are still working on this challenge. We have already finished writing the scripts, getting sounds, writing the scripts on the slides, deciding who does what for the PowerPoint.

So far we are working on inserting sound, transitions, special effects and images. We are also adding the finishing touches. We will be sending all our digital Alice stories to Ian Harper the producer of ‘inanimate Alice’ and Mr Wood is going to enter the best Alice story into the Makeup awards. 

You can find more information on our wiki here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sharnika Plants a Tree

When I went to KIP camp I did gardening and planted broccoli in the vegetable garden. It was fun. 

I got a pahutakawa tree for our school and this is a photo of me planting it in our native tree garden. Sheetel, Vivek and my teacher helped dig the hole. Vivek took the photos and Sheetel helped hold things.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

AFL and cricket

Yesterday we played cricket and the game we played was batting the ball in the middle of cones you get 12 points. We learnt a skill about how to hold a bat and bat it. We learn another skill called hit the ball and bat it like a paintbrush.

On Wednesday we had AFL coaches and we played handball. We learnt to pass the ball by holding in in one hand and hitting it with our other fist on the x.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Netball Winners

This trophy was given to us by Oranga Netball because we won all of our games. We were  hoping that we could win this too, and win did!

The trophy below is an individual trophy. Everyone who played this year got one.

By Saylor

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Making culture wikis

This term Mr Wood told us about the net guide competition. I was so excited because I have not entered one before. This term everyone in Team 17 has been working on their wiki so hard to win.

Here are all the names of the wiki's, you can click on them to visit them.
Culture-Samoa: Bernadette, Viola, and Tyler wiki teaches us about Samoan dance.
India-rocks:Priyasha, Sheetel and Shradha's wiki on Indian culture.
Pasifica-goods: Henrica, Jan and Saylor wiki on pacific culture.
TheOceananas: Loretta, Pearl and Mapili explore some of the pacific cultures.
Tongan-kings: Shawn, Vivek and Sam explore Tongan culture.
Twoasone: Akansha, Shradha, and Catherine compare Indian and Philippine cultures.
SonsofSamoa: Eugene, Nick and Steven exploring everything Samoan.

What do you like about them so far?
What do you think they need to improve?

By Loretta

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Museum Trip

On the 24th of August we went to Auckland Museum. We went to see patterns and learn about different cultures.
First Sid showed us the Pataka. A Pataka is a old moari fridge. It usually has a few taniwhas on the outside to protect the food. The Pataka we looked at had 12 taniwha. Sid told us that only children under 7 were allowed to enter but first they had to recite their family history.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


On the 19th of August 2010 we had our school disco. The dico was awesome. My favourite part was the time we got into a big circle and had a dance competition "GIRLS VS BOYS" it was awesome.Though we didn't have a judge!!!. Anyway a boy named Alamain did a cool dance and we recorded his dance hope you enjoy watching it.I bet all of us had fun!and I hope you enjoy our photos.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Culture Close-up

Vivek decided to use his new found photography skills to show some close up photos of our cultural collection. I like it because you can really see the textures and designs.

Vivek said, "I took these photos from really close-up."

Can you tell what cultures some of these come from?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Maori Langauge

During Maori Language week we posted videos of us using Te Reo Maori. One of our board members is Maori and reads our blog. Matua Max visited our class to congratulate us on our blog and help us correct some Maori grammar mistakes. Thank you Matua Max for helping us learn.

What is this? That (in your hand) is a pen.
He aha tenei? He pene tena.

What is that? That (over there) is a pen.
He aha tenei? He pene tera.

Thanks to Loretta, Saylor and Bernadette.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Reflecting on our first podcast

Last week students from Team 17 created their first podcast. We had lots of comments and we decided to respond to this one, thank you Mr Chamberlain. Reflection by Saylor and Mapili.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Team 17 Podcast Term 3 Week 2

This Team 17 crew are the first to create a podcast at Bailey Road School. An amazing fact is that they have done this on their own initiative and in their own time. 
Please let us know if you enjoyed our podcast and if you would like to see more.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

NetGuide Web Challenge

The net guide challenge is a challenge to see the best website and animation for 2010. For primary schools a class can enter or three students as a team.

Every Thursday we learn a little bit more about the challenge and websites. Mr Wood is certain that one of the group will win in the challenge. We looked at 2009 winners and we think they are really good but we hope we'll be better. GOOD LUCK TO US ALL!

By Catherine and Steven
What features should a website have?... at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Te Mahi Kai

As you now know this is Te Reo Maori Language Week. Our class have been practicing how to it shows some of our students practicing Te Mahi Kai
(Food) in Te Reo Maori e.g Kumara/Pararewa

He aha tenei? What is this?
He iwai tenei. This is a kumara.

Video by Mapili and Sam. Blog written by Mapili.

These are other students asking what vegetables they are holding.