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Visual Literacy: ‘Lighthouse’ (Animation) – Charlie Short & Ming Hsiung

Recently, we have been spending some time concentrating

on our comprehension and our writing.

This week we have been learning about Cause and Effect and Predicting, just two of our comprehension strategies. To help us, we watched a beautiful short film by Charlie Short and Ming Hsiung, called Lighthouse. This short movie, Lighthouse, was full of many events centered around Cause and Effect, as well as Predicting. 

When we finished watching, we discussed the movie, including the type of music and the lighting used. We then wrote words for the movie, and created our own short story picture books.

We really enjoyed the short movie clip. This short movie was about many things, especially about responsibility, and what it means to do the right thing. The lighthouse keeper was responsible for keeping the lighthouse operating. He was responsible for the safety of the passing ships.  He is devastated when things don’t go to plan. The Lighthouse is also a short movie about ‘pitching in’ and helping others. It is all about what can be achieved when everyone helps out.

We hope you enjoy watching the movie, and reading our short stories about the Lighthouse.

Congratulations to Shayla, Aaron and Christian for having their illustrated short stories published on the blog!

REMEMBER: The movie is included in the PowerPoint below.

What did you like the most about the movie?

How did the music add to the suspense?

How did the facial expressions of the lighthouse keeper

tell you what was going to happen?

Were you able to predict what was going to happen,

before you watched the entire movie?

How many different causes did you spot in the movie,

and what were the effects?

Write back and tell me what you thought.

We invite you to read our stories, and welcome your comments. 

Goal Setting

reach for the stars

This Week we focused on what our goals for Semester two will be.

We also had to think about what our goals in Semester One were.

Did we reach our goals? Did we succeed?

What else did we have to work on?

We had to choose one behavioural goal, and one academic goal.

For each goal, we had to write the steps we would take to achieve each goal.

We used the S.M.A.R.T. chart.


smart goal setting concept

It is great to be able to set our own goals and write them down, because in this way, we can actually see what we are trying to achieve. Also, our parents and teacher can see what we want to achieve, and they can help us if we forget sometimes.


Dance Around the World!

“The more you get into music, the more you get out of life”

I hope you enjoy watching and dancing to this video.

It is a great video which will make you smile!

There are happy people out there. Not everyone is fighting and killing.

It is a trip around the world and will put a smile on your face.

Enjoy! Turn it up loud!

The Power of One – Anti-Bullying Show

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Yesterday our whole school watched an interesting and entertaining show called the Power of One. It was all about bullying and how to deal with it. We all need to know about bullying. We all need to stand up and stop bullying around the world. We saw that often the person who is the target, may in the future also become a bully. There are three types of bullying: the physical, exclusion and cyber bullying. In the bullying cycle there is the bully, the target and the bystander.  The bystander is as much to blame as the bully, since they watch and don’t do anything to help the target. If you see someone being bullied, stand up for them and help them. The Power of One means that you can stop the bullying because you have the power to do it.                                           by Kevin


Yesterday the whole school watched an anti-bullying touring show called the Power of One. The show was entertaining and captivating. Everyone learnt a lot about bullying and how bullying happens. Bullying is when an action is hurtful, purposeful and repeated. The two actors ran the whole show. They also asked for volunteers. There are three types of bullying: physical, exclusion and cyber bullying. Physical bullying is when someone is physically hurt, punched or pushed. Exclusion happens when someone is deliberately excluded from activities or social circles. Bullying on the internet is called cyber bullying. The people involved in the cycle of bullying are the bully, the target and the bystander. The steps you can take to protect yourself from bullying is to stand up and tell the person to stop, don’t do anything to the bully and tell an adult. The power of one means that you have the power within you to stop the bullying.                                        by Christian

power of one

Our whole school watched a show yesterday called the Power of One. It was an anti-bullying touring show. Everyone found the show entertaining, educational and especially meaningful. The two actors who presented the show really engaged the audience. There is physical, exclusion and cyber bullying. Physical bullying is when you hurt someone physically. Exclusion bullying is when you deliberately leave someone out of a group. The third type of bullying is cyber bullying. This is when you post something nasty about someone on the Internet. Often bystanders don’t do anything to stop someone being bullied.  The target is the person being bullied. We all have the power within us to stop the bullying and we all need to stand up against bullying.                by Roshan


Yesterday the whole school watched an anti bullying show called the Power of One. The show was entertaining, amazing and fantastic and I know everyone learnt something about bullying. The show had three types of bullying: Physical, exclusion and cyber. We also saw the bully circle: the bully, the target and the bystander. The power of one means that you can stop bullying, it is within you. YOU can stop the bullying if you stand up. I will try to stop the bullying by not being a bystander and stand up for others. I learnt that if you are a bystander one day you might also become the target and then maybe even the bully. Bullying is when an action is hurtful, purposeful and repeated. Let’s all stand up against bullying.  

by Vi

Problems by Ariki

I regret the day I just watched from the sidelines without doing anything.

My whole life became miserable after that.

They stripped me of my dignity and my strength.

I finally decided to fight back.

They ran away and left me standing.

I could never forgive what they had done so I took it out on others

I then realized that fighting back was never the right thing to do.

I should have told someone about my experiences,

But I kept them secret.

I regret that!

All you who are reading this,

Never do what I did, and remember

That YOU have the power to stop this all!


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R.E. – Declaration of Human Rights

Hi all, thought I would include these You tube videos on the Declaration of human rights.
It fits in perfectly with our R.E. unit on Justice and Compassion.
Have a look at the videos so that you can have some understanding of what the Declaration of Human Rights is all about.
It is very interesting and gives you much food for thought!

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Social Emotional Learning – Resilience

We have been discussing resilience in our classroom as part of social emotional learning.

Two of our students came up with some very deep and meaningful thoughts.

We now share them with you.

Happiness keeps you sweet.

Trials keep you strong.

Sorrows keep you human.

Failures keep you glowing.

But only God can keep you going!

by Kimi


Thank you Kimi for your profound insights!

And yet another insight!

Dear You. Yes, YOU!

Sometimes life might be hard but don’t give up so easily. Okay? 

Life can be full of hardships, but you have to learn to cope with them.

After all, resilience makes you stronger. Bad things happen to people but God knows that you can cope with it and that you are strong and that you won’t break down easily.

Being strong and having the courage to face your problems will set you up to be a much stronger person in the future.

Don’t give up and never give in!

Be strong! Be resilient!

by Shayla


Thank you Shayla for sharing your thoughts with us.

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In our class so far this year we have been looking at Social Emotional Learning.
We have concentrated on Self Awareness.
This has helped us to learn more about ourselves and how we respond to different situations.
Follow the link to a great You Tube video which explains what Social Emotional Learning is all about.

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