Showing posts from 2017

SPCA Mufti Day this Thursday

2018 Leadership Applications

A reminder that all 2018 leadership applications are due in tomorrow! We are looking forward to reading them all.

Fractions Activity

Mufti Day Next Week

Isabella Gordon Blog

The link for Isabella's blog

Lots of educational posts so far.


The Karakriki and Kowhai Reading Class have been learning to analyse the visual elements and the language features of infographs. Here are some simple ones that they have created of their own using the web tool Infogram ...

Infogram Tyler

Infogram Zoe

Infogram Paris Welcome: Your first project


A post shared by Meir Kay (@meirkay) on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:52am PDT

The Rapaki Challenge

My Outdoor Ed group today...

What a brilliant, encouraging, and supportive diverse group of young people!

I loved spending the afternoon with these cool kids.  We were the only group who completed the full Rapaki Challenge with heavy gear in tow, ensuring the load was shared equally with everyone. They were determined to make it to the top with no complaining...but possibly a few sore backs and legs tomorrow! Outdoor Ed is a wonderful opportunity to develop the values of caring and personal best.

You had to be there to share an insight into the banter and heart warming conversations and interactions we had along the way.  Learning and working together that is just as valuable as pen to paper and extra curricular activities.

What a blessing our jobs as teachers are, to offer a range of opportunities that bring out the best in our future generations.

Thank you, Mr P for all your work in organising these events.

More awesome book reviews


Last term we had the privilege of having Ildica Boyd come to teach us how to Zentangle. 

Here are some links to Zentangle designs on the web:

Today Rm 13 are trying out their skills for their calendar art.


It is so exciting to see what the students in High Fliers 1 are currently working on for their science and technology projects. Some experiments and models are looking pretty impressive.
Please see below the invite for our Science Fair. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reading Challenge Book Reviews

All students should have set goals within their classrooms and be beginning to produce reviews for the books they read.

The first two are by Finn H.  Nice one Finn, for being the first in High Fliers 13 to complete two!

Olivia Mc
Annabel B

Finn HFinn H

Swimming Reminder

 Hi Everyone 

I imagine everyone enjoyed the first 3 swimming lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Just remember we have 2 more lessons 1 on Tuesday and 1 on Wednesday.

Cake Sale Tomorrow

Bring $$ for Rm 18/19's cake/cupcake sale!

Bob's Books Blog and Recommendations

Recommended Books for our POC Reading Challenge:
One-Half from the East, by Nadia Hashimi - Story of an Afghanistan girl who just wants to be a boy
Horizon, by Scott Westerfeld - Story of a group of kids keen on Robotics
Into the White, by Joanna Grochowicz - Current  #1 NZ Book Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic Adventure
Shooting Stars, by Brian Falkner  - NZ Fiction about a boy who lives by The Code and is tested with this code during his adventures. Book 2
Pig City, by Louis Sachar - A story of school, secrets and rivalry.  By the author of Holes.
Mechanica, by Lance Balchin - Set at the end of the 22nd century, Mechanica imagines a world without wildlife. 
What not to do when things are invisible,  by Ross Welford - One day, the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception.
Spy Toys, by Mark Powers - Ahilarious, action-packed book about faulty manufactured toys.
Nightfall,  by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski- A…

2017 Football Teams

NOTE: The reserve squad will play for both A and B teams across the season (possibly the C when needed).  There is a permanent spot up for grabs in the A team which we will seek to fill from the reserve squad over the first few weeks, this will be according to the strengths they will bring to the team and how well they communicate positively on and off the field.  All team and squad members should have a decent amount of game time. Team captains will also be selected on the above strengths.

The Extra Champions

Congratulations to everyone who got their letter to the editor published in the April edition of the Otago daily times EXTRA. Well done to Finn and Eden for their awesome letters to Cadbury. Also, Well done to Annabel, Vismaya and Hayden for you awesome letters about national pride

We had an extra awesome person Penelope, who got her national pride letter to be the letter to the editor, guest editorial. Well done Penelope.

Here is Penelope's awesome letter to the editor.

Let's up our game New Zealand
By Penelope

I am very disappointed that there are not that many recognised events on Waitangi day.
It should be one of the biggest celebrations in New Zealand. We celebrate Chinese New Year and St Patrick's day more than our own national day. America is proud to celebrate thanksgiving, Australia celebrates Australia day we in New Zealand, need to step up our game and be proud of Waitangi day and celebrate it more. Waitangi day should be a holiday where we show off our national pride…

Easter Egg Mufti Day


Mathletics awards week 9

Our first gold certificate for 2017 was awarded to Ruairi. Ka pai.
Other certificates were obtained as follows:
Silver - Finn H, and Aleesha
Bronze - Kayley, Charlie, Poppy, Penelope, Maddison, Sally, Lara, Vismaya, Daniel, Ben, Connor, Rata, Petra, Finn J, Olivia, Gabriella and Yuji.

The overall participation rate increased to 57.5%. A much better effort than the last two weeks. Keep it up over the holidays.
Mathletics Week 8

Mathletics certificates were awarded to:
Silver - Jenine, Rata and Gabriella.
Bronze - Chloe, Penelope, Rebecca, Sally, Liam, Ben, Petra, Olivia, Phoebe, Genevieve, Rose, Rauri and Yuji.
Participation rate of a disappointing 41%

Mathletics Week 7

The good news is that 26 students engaged sufficently in Mathletics to obtain certificates this week. Well done to the following students:

Silver - Sally, Isabella, Genevieve, and Rose
Bronze - Connor,Isaac, Keegan, Thomas, Rebecca, Eliya, Lara, Jenine, Finn, Vismaya, Penelope, Tyler, Petra, Rata, Aleesha, Gabriella, Olivia, Ruairi, Theo, Pete, Lewis and Yuji.

The not quite so good news is that our overall participation rate dropped to 47.5%. Furthermore there remain some students that have not taken advantage of the learning opportunity Mathletics provides. We look forward to these students getting started.


ICAS Exam Applications are due in tomorrow. Please hand in at the office.  If you have lost your original copy, please email me and I will send you a scanned copy to print off at home.

Miss M

Mathletics awards week 6

The number of students engaging with Mathletics this week increased from18% (dismal) to 59%. More than three times as many students putting in some extra yards at home. What made this even more pleasing was a number of these students had not previously engaged with Mathletics this year. Well done to all those students that are taking responsibility for their learning.

Certificates were achieved as follows:

Silver - Petra and Daniel

Bronze - Chloe, Keegan O, Mariella, Ella, Gabriella, Rose, Genevieve, Olivia, Finn, Vismaya, Miles, Lara, Sally, Rebecca, Rata, Yuji, Lewis, Pete and Ruairi

Mathletics awards week 5

The following students achieved awards in Mathletics this week:

Silver - Ruari
Bronze - Eliya, Isabella, Vismaya, Olivia, Gabriella, Aleesha, Petra and Leo

The overall participation rate was 18%. This means there are a lot of students that have not engaged with Mathletics.

Swimming Sports

Our school swimming sports are to be held on Monday 6th March.  Students are expected to come to school in their school uniform, and preferably with their togs already underneath their uniform.  
Students must bring a towel, a drink bottle, and a swimming bag (goggles and swimming cap if they have them).  Students may wear a house coloured t-shirt to wear between races. No other house items e.g. face paint are to be worn - unless waterproof.  A crumb free snack, such as a piece of fruit can be brought to the venue.
We will leave school at 11:30am. Races will begin at approximately 12:15-12:30pm. We will return to school by 3pm.
It is compulsory that students enter at least 2 races either width or length. Only students who complete in the 50m (2 length) races will qualify for the zone event if they receive a placing.
If they are unable to swim or have a health issue and cannot participate in races, then they are required to have a note to explain why they are unable to participate. They wi…

Calling all Young Writers and Artists

Do you want your work to be published in the Journal for Young Writers? Check out the website below
Submissions due April 13, 2017

Cadbury Petition

The link for the Cadbury Petition for Rm 13's Letters to the Editor

Mathletics achievement - Week 4

The following students completed Mathletics home learning tasks and were awarded certificates:

Silver - Charlie, Vismaya and Gabriella.
Bronze - Billy, Eliya, Lara, Sally, Isabella, Finn, Olivia, Rose, Aleesha, Rata, Petra, Annabell, Ruairi and Yuji.
Overall 41 out of 75 students completed some Mathletics home learning during the week.


Meet at 8am in the hall.
Bring your baking and put it on the stage or in the boxes that will be available.

See you in the a.m!!

What Now opportunity



Please read...

Your Gear List has been emailed to your school email account.


Please ensure you have a bucket hat NOT a cap!Wear light coloured clothing for the tramp.Bring a comfortable backpack for the tramp.Carry your antihistamines (if required) in your backpack.Bring sunscreen.2 Litres of water per person.
This is all in your camp notices - hopefully you've read them!



Tomorrow is the school duathlon!  Come to school in your house colours and appropriate sportswear. Bring your school uniform to change into at lunchtime. Bring deodorant, water bottles, lots of energy boosting healthy food, hats, wear and bring sunscreen.

Individual event 
Line your bikes up at the correct age/gender cone as soon as you get to school - no riding bikes on the courts please!
Go to your classroom teacher to sign in. 
Line up on courts at 9:50am in your age/gender.

Team event
Cyclists, place your bikes in the school bike racks as normal. 
Attend class as normal in the morning. 
At 10:45am cyclists will collect your bike and line up on courts to go down with Miss M and Mr LM.

Get a good sleep and have a decent breakfast.

Camp and Year 7 Technology Notices


Year 7 Technology notices are due tomorrow.

All camp notices due on Friday.

Habits of Mind - Persistence

A few snapshots of Highfliers 13 working on a task to highlight the importance of Persistence.

Home Learning

This year, we will largely use Mathletics for Home Learning.  Students have set tasks to complete weekly.  It is important that they access Mathletics every day and aim to achieve at least 1000 points per week. I t is critical that students keep up with their task completion so they do not fall behind. Where possible, we will align tasks to the in-class focus.  Tasks should be balanced between easy (revision) and more challenging tasks - if your child feels that the tasks are consistently 'too hard' or 'too easy', they are encouraged to discuss this with their teacher to get them reset.

This will be set-up and ready to go after camp.

Students are expected to have a novel on the go.  It is important that students read at least 10mins per night.

Home Learning Challenges 
Aligned with the Senior Success Awards
We will share this year's Home Learning Challenges on this page next Monday. 

Students are required to set up a new Google doc in their…

Haere Mai and Welcome to 2017

Welcome to the High Fliers One Blog

This will be our key method of communication for reminders and notices for students and their whānau.  Please visit this page regularly. You can sign up at the bottom of this page to receive emails when posts are made as well.

We hope to train student Bloggers to control this site in the coming weeks.