Thursday, 17 October 2019


We were lucky to have Stella Schmid visit for our Duffy assembly today. At the age of 10 she couldn't read. She didn't go to school 80% of the time because she lived with her grandparents. When they passed away, her family realised she couldn't read. She didn't have the opportunities to read when she was you get, so she reads at every opportunity now. 

She now owns 3 businesses and travels New Zealand sharing her passion for reading and the environment.
Her message to us today was about how important we are. 
"Someone in this room has the potential to be the prime minister one day."
"Someone in this room has the potential to be the future minister of conservation."

She talked about the kereru and how it is the only bird large enough to eat some of the seeds for our big trees. Once it's extinct, the trees will be too!

The huia is already gone.

By the time you wake up in the morning, 170 species will die.

There are 3 species of rat in New Zealand. 

- One came with Maori and was a major food source.
- Ship rat originally came from India. It kills 26m native birds and insects every year. It has the potential to have 10 babies every 2 months. 
-Norwegian rat can swim. It eats the birds and insects I. The canopy of the trees.

Possums come from Australia. It was brought here for its coat. There are more things that have been brought into our country, than the things that belong here. 

Stoats come from Europe. They were brought here to fix the rabbit population. The rabbits were brought here by gold planners to eat. They over bred and ate too much grass then dig up farmland. The farmers demanded stoats were brought. On average 40 kiwis are killed by stoats each day. It's cousin the weasel is the same, but smaller. The ferret is from the same family. He was brought here for its mink coat. They were farmed. When it was decided that they weren't welcome here, they weren't sent back or destroyed... 4700 were released back into the forest.

The Kauri has been here for 250m years. We used to be covered in them, yet 1% is left.  

Native-made its way here on its own. 
Endemic - can only be found in one place in the world. 80% of our native population is endemic.
Introduced - brought here by humans.

Why are we important? Because we can help. 

Kiwi Can

The focus of This term is Positive Relationships 
We are starting to look specifically at positive communication first.
"Kiwican says communication say the word,
Use your words so you can be heard.
No need to Arthur, listen and see,
clear understanding is the key."

Our energiser was a game of Ninja. The game started with all group members saying "Ninja Ha!". To coincide with that, each person made a ninja stance. They then freeze.
One person starts and makes one movement to try and tag another person's arm. They can make a movement to dodge it. Each movement must freeze afterwards. If you're tagged, you put that arm behind your back. When both of your arms are tagged, you sit down. The winner is the last person standing.

If there were problems, like someone getting carried away and hitting a bit too hard... we needed to use respectful communication by using our manners to ask them to settle down. 

Everyone has different points of view, meaning that we all have different perspectives and opinions. We need to listen to our friends and come to an understanding.

To practice listening to other group members, we played "Wizard Giant Dwarf".

Wizard beats Dwarf
Giant beats Wizard
Dwarf beats giant

Fanimals in da house!

We were lucky enough to have Jess and Molson visit from Fanimals.
Apparently, Molson is quite cheeky and is probably the naughtiest! 

Where do they live?

There is an animal carer, who trains the animals. Many of them live in her house when they are not working. Tina & Tama the geckos, as well as the Fish,  live in the studios. The other animals get brought in for filming and then go home again. Molson lives with... our another family.

A German Shepard can jump really high! That's why they make great police dogs.

There are a couple of species of goldfish that x can survive in both freshwater and saltwater, but you wouldn't find them in a pet store. 

The fluffiest animal is a ChouChou. It is an Asian breed of dog. It is like a Pom Pom. It has a black tongue. It's going to be on the show next Tuesday! 

Tuesday, 17 September 2019


We are beginning to learn about Challenges for the remainder of this term. 

Challenges... we manage themWe take them on and tackle them.

Our energiser was All in Tag. Some of the challenges we faced were:
- people being over-exuberant in their tagging
- goose guarding
- timing for rock scissors paper
- getting tagged as soon as you are free.
We needed to deal with those challenges and move in. This is the same in real life and at school. Sometimes we say we'll do something to help, but we don't realise how difficult it was going to be. 
In the playground, we might be nervous on a new playground because everything's bigger. It can be challenging when everyone wants to use the same equipment. 

Challenges with our friends.
Making decisions about what we want to play. We don't want to upset them by not doing what they want to do.

We role-played some scenarios. We thought about what the long term effects of the choices made might be.

1. Everyone had different ideas about what they wanted to do. They started arguing and then came up with quick ideas to solve the problem, but then cheated. Long term, they might not want to be friends anymore. These problems get taken back into the classroom and it affects your learning. Others choose to get involved.

2. Two people wanted to stay inside and get their work done at morning tea, but their friend wanted to go outside and play. She was impatient and trying to get them to go out too. The teacher wanted them to solve the problem themselves. We need to go to the teacher with solutions rather than problems all the time. 

3. Two people wanted to play fight but the other two weren't interested. They tried to physically force them to go. When that didn't work, they called them jerks. They were trying to peer pressure them into doing what they wanted to.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019


We are looking at resilience, in particular self-control.

Kiwi Can says self-control, it's up to me,
Keeping calm with strategies.

Energiser: Paper Scissors Rock War

We had to jump into each hoop with both feet until we met the person from the other team. We had a paper scissors rock war, then the winner continued until they met another person. If you crossed onto the start dot, your team gets the point and another person starts.

We practised mindfulness to calm ourselves down after all the excitement. Slowly we came back together as a group on the mat.

We got into groups of four to solve a problem. We had to sit with our bottom on the floor and our feet flat on the floor. We weren't allowed to use our hands. Our feet needed to stay flat on the floor.
We needed to show self-control by waiting to discuss our ideas without jumping in and doing it. We also had to focus on other people's ideas and not just our own.

We need to recognise when we need to regulate our emotions and calm down. Practice our mindfulness. Then think about how we react. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Self control

KiwiCan says Self Control is up to me, keeping calm, with strategy.

Just a couple of rules: we had to be on our knees and we weren't allowed on the other teams side. We were only allowed to throw one piece at a time. When Owen says "freeze" we drop any paper in our hands. The team with the least "rubbish" on their side wins!
Owen showed us the jar of glitter he made. He talked about how we sometimes get all frustrated (shaking it up) and that it's okay but like our emotions, it takes time to let them settle.
We made a chatterbox that linked to our zones of regulation. We put emotions on there and then wrote strategies to go with them. 

Monday, 12 August 2019

Kiwi Can

Last week we talked about feelings and did an anger map to talk about how we deal with that emotion. 

This week we are talking about unmanaged emotions. Everybody has emotions and that's ok, but we need to be able to manage those emotions.

KiwiCan says...I have emotions and that's okay, when I deal with them, in a positive way. 

We played "Switch".  Somebody stands st each of the 5 cones. When you hear the word switch, you have to try and get to one of the four orange cones (not the yellow cone in the middle) if it's close, we do paper scissors rock. If you don't make it to an orange cone, you sit down and watch. The new person always starts at the yellow cone.

It was really frustrating and some of us were finding ourselves in the red zone. We were under a bit of pressure.

For our next activity, we had to complete a puzzle. The timer wouldn't stop until 5 puzzles are completed.
Some of our pieces were missing... and we had extras of others! We needed to go and ask other groups for the missing piece. It took us 3mins 59secs to complete all 5 puzzles. Ngakaunui did it in  3mins 25secs. We had to work as a group. Some people had more experience with jigsaw puzzles than others. We needed to show resilience.