SENIOR TEAM 2017-08-18T15:03:06+00:00

Meagan Flett
Mangopare Room
Year 7 & 8
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Kim Sutton
Mangopare Room
Year 7 & 8
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Holly Yeardleypepeketua
Pepeketua Room
Year 5 & 6
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Brydee Agatemokomoko
Mokomoko Room
Year 5& 6
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Term 3 Newsletter


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Intermediate STEM

During terms 2 to 4 our Intermediate students participate in week long intensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) units.
2016 focuses were:
*  Marine Ecology (Save the Penguins)
*  Astrophysics – Space
*  Biology – Genetics
2017 focuses are:
*  Electronics – Robotics
*  Matter
*  Geology (Earthquakes & Volcanoes)
STEM focusses on teaching these disciplines together not seperately. Real world problem based leaning is used to connect the STEM subjects together. All units involve hands on activities and incorporate NCEA style assessment aspects.
It is based around the 5 E’s:
    • Engagement

    • Exploration

    • Explanation

    • Extension

    • Evaluation

One of our earlier STEM units was based on Electronics -Robotics  

A few key activities were focussed on:

  • Atoms and Electrons
  • Static Charges
  • Circuits
  • Robotics





The most recent STEM unit was focussing on Matter

A few key activities were focussed on:

  • Forensic Science
  • Chromatography
  • Physical and Chemical changes
  • Particle Theory


What’s the Matter?- Inquiry Learning

Our inquiry topic for Term 3 is “What’s the Matter?”. The Year 5/6 classes have been investigating the properties of matter and how they can be changed or manipulated. We have conducted a series of experiments in the classrooms. So far we have looked at the density of hot and cold water, chemical reactions, non-newtonian fluids, testing the pH of substances and more.