Thursday, 30 June 2016

New Zealand National Anthem in NZSL, Maori & English

God Defend New Zealand

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God Defend New Zealand
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National anthem of New Zealand

LyricsThomas Bracken, 1870s
MusicJohn Joseph Woods, 1876
Adopted1940 (as national hymn)
1977 (as national anthem)
Music sample
"God Defend New Zealand" is one of two national anthems of New Zealand, the other being "God Save the Queen". Legally they have equal status, but "God Defend New Zealand" is more commonly used, and is widely albeit incorrectly referred to as "the national anthem". Originally written as a poem, it was set to music as part of a competition in 1876. Over the years its popularity increased, and it was eventually named the second national anthem in 1977. The anthem has English and Māori lyrics, with slightly different meanings. When performed in public, the usual practice is to sing the first verse in both Māori and English.



Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Whistle While You Work

As part of our Oral Language and "Chill Class" work we have become more aware of our breathing. We found out that it helps us calm down, manage anxiety and project our voice.

We heard that some whistling practice might help us get better at controling our breath and practice projecting sound.

Here is some information to help you learn how to whistle.   

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Big Bird watch out the Haast's Eagle has landed

 Look out Big Bird the Haast Eagle is here and it might eat you up for morning tea.

It is a short week in the class because we are doing the art show for two days. Our new reading text is about a big bird. (Not the Big Bird you used to watch on Sesame Street) 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Reading Comprehension Text for the week

Comprehension Group Learning Task

Here is your reading comprehension text for the next week. 
Smart students can read ahead and get their friends and family to help them with the questions and tricky vocabulary.  (words)

Sommerville InterACT Festival is this week

See you at TE ORO on Thursday or Friday this week.

Sommerville Special School
InterACT Festival

Thursday 30 June 9.30 am  - 6.30 pm

Friday 1 July 9.30 am - 2.00pm

 Te Oro Music and Arts Centre for Young People
98 Line Rd, Glen Innes

Headway Water Skills

             Water Skills            

We have been exploring the hot area at the Glen Innes Pools.

As part of our Headway Water Skills Unit we have learnt how to safely use the spa pool, steam room and sauna room. 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Who is looking at our blog?

On Friday afternoon we had received 1986 visits to our blog during the last month and 57,859 visits since the blog was started.

Where in the world do our visitors come from this month?

Friday, 24 June 2016

Gym Fitness 2016

Every morning we do some workouts to keep fit. Before we workout we warm up to get our muscles ready to exercise. 

Troy likes using the dumbbells. He likes using his muscles to workout.

Katy likes the bike. It gets the muscles in her legs fit.

Lauren likes doing the Lat Pull down machine because she can stretch out her muscles.

Finn likes doing the sitting press. It makes his muscles stronger.

Dillion likes the bike. He enjoys going faster and faster.

Michael likes exercising his legs. They are getting stronger.

Bradley likes doing bench presses because it helps him build up his chest and arm muscles.

Joseph likes riding the bike because it is cool.

Jordan likes dumbbells because to increase  my arm muscles.

Blue without you...

Get Well Soon Connor

We miss you.


We are reading Junior Journal Stories online for our daily reading and language skills lessons.

We learnt:

Llamas can spit. 

Llamas have two layers of hair.

Llamas can be very friendly.

Llamas like eating grass and plants.

Llamas can walk over steep mountains. 

Llamas can walk 15 to 25 kilometers each day.


Welcome Back


I missed you Joseph. - Lauren

Joseph .. You weren't here! We need you. - Michael

I wish you would come back. - Troy

How was your holiday? - Katy

Come back, we will make Edgewater great again! - Bradley

I missed you so much. - Finn

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Te Oro - Sommerville Interactive Art Show

We are working on our Blotch Art to get ready for 
the Sommerville Interactive Art Show on June 30 & 1 July

Come and visit us at Te Oro at 98 Line Road, Glen Innes  

We are using the heat gun to melt crayons for our "Hot Legs" artwork.

See you at the art show.

The Secret Life Of Pets - This weeks episode is on Animal Communication

We are enjoying learning about pets in our Headway Animals Unit.

Each Thursday we watch The Secret Life Of Pets to learn more about animal behaviour and how to care for pets.

Today we are going to have competition to see who can make animal noises. There are points prizes for the "Funniest Noise" the "Most Accurate" noise and for the "People's Choice".

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Term 2 Holiday Programme


Monday 18th - Friday 22nd July 2016
Term 2 Holiday Programme

Age: All ages
Cost: $87.40per day attended ( We do accept ACC & Carer Support as a form of Payment)

Pick up and Drop off Points: Papakura, Central and East Auckland

Monday 18th JulySNOW Planet (Tubbing only) (8.30am - 4.30pm)
(Please bring: Waterproof pants/jacket/gloves and shoes, Bennie and Scarf, spare clothes/extra socks)

Tuesday 19th July : Waiwera Hot Pools day trip…..(8.30am - 5.30pm)
(Please bring: Swimming togs/towel/warm jumper)

Wednesday 20th July : Newmarket Bowling and Pool (8.30am - 4.30pm)

Thursday 21st July: Movies and Shopping day (West Gate & North West shopping Centre) (8.30am - 5.30pm)
(Spending money for Shopping)

Friday 22nd July: ICE SKATING Botany (double sessions) remember Wheelchairs all go :) Electric & manual chairs… Slay & Frames hired
 (8.30am – 4.30pm)
(Please bring: warm clothes, gloves and hat, spare clothes for after ice skating, extra socks)

Main Centre Venue:

Venue: Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn Street, Onehunga
Time: Check weekly planner
Volunteer Support Staff
Time: Check weekly planner

Papakura - Transport
Time: Check weekly planner
Venue: Crossroads Methodist Church, 25 Broadway, Papakura. 
 Staff: Sarah McIntosh and Volunteers
Vans and taxi's provided for transport to Main Centre

East Auckland - Transport
Time: Check weekly planner
Venue: Xtreme Ten Pin Bowling,
Ti Rakau Drive  & Botany Road, Botany

Please Bring:
(Every day please bring)
Medication  (Cleary Labeled), Jumper, Raincoat, Drink, Packed Lunch, Spending $ (on shopping days) & Spare Clothes in Plastic Bag

It is essential!
that you confirm your place and send your completed parent agreement/enrolment detail forms and
payment one week prior to the Holiday Programme

 Janet McVeagh - Recreation
PO Box 13899
Auckland 1643

Mobile: 021 211 9882 (Kerrie O'Hara)

Tuesday, 21 June 2016



PLEASE NOTE: Creative Art camp is at OTAMAI this year!

Please Confirm your Spot ASAP please J and If you are not attending please inform us straight away….

Otherwise see you all Monday 11th July 2016  J
Cheers Kerrie and Team



Monday 11th - Friday 15th July 2016

Venue: Otimai Camp, 1 Kauri Loop Road  on the corner West Coast Road, Oratia, Waitakere

Drop off: Monday 11th July 2016-1pm Please have lunch before you arrive
Pick up: Friday 15th July 2016  12pm

Cost: $611.80

(We do accept Carer Support and ACC as a form of payment)...


*                       Group Photo for our most loved Creative Art T-shirt
*                       POLICE DOGS
*                       Lynda Scott - art workshop (Animals)
*                       Creative dance Workshop! Dance 4 everyone-Allie…… (Animal THEME DANCE )
*                       SPCA
*                       Mobility Dog
*                       Traveling farm
*                       Animal DISCO (Costume)
*                       Photo Booth
*                       DVD Projector Night

Please bring:

*Sleeping gear: Sheet, pillow, duvet and blanket (WARM)
*Hot Water Bottle
*Toiletries & Towels x2
*Enough Clothes for Duration
*Warm Clothes
*Animal Costume ideas! Masks, Onesies, African animals, favorite Cartoon animals, Bugs, Zoo Animals, Birds and Pets (hope this helps team :)…… please note: prizes for best costume..... come on parents lol! :)
*Spending Money for 1x Dairy run..
*Medication (Cleary Labeled)
*Plastic bags for Dirty & Wet Washing
*Special equipment e.g. pull ups, wipes, toilet chair, Cups etc.
*Art T-shirt
*Gumboots or old Shoes

   Please Email to Confirm your spot :)

Janet McVeagh - Recreation
PO Box 13899
Auckland 1643

Mobile: 021 211 9882 (Kerrie O'Hara)