Tuesday 12 September 2017

Our Fire Drill

How To Stay Safe During A Fire At Dawson School

Step One: When you hear the fire alarm sound, walk calmly outside and line up.
Step Two: Wait quietly and calmly in line for your teacher.
Step Three: Follow your teacher walking in line to the courts outside the lunch room.
Step Four: Sit down in your lines and wait for your teacher to call the roll.
Step Five: When your name is called say “YES” loudly. 
Step Six: Wait quietly for Mrs Funaki or Mrs Harding to tell us what is going on.

Step Seven: Wait for the next instruction from your teacher.

Thursday 7 September 2017

Squirtle The Turtle

I see the beautiful patterns on turtles shell. I also see the turtles wobbly legs shaking. 

I hear it's sharp nails scratching against the container. I also hear the grass making a different noise as the turtle crawls. 

I smell the yuck smell of the left over water in the container. I also smell the fresh air as it refreshes me. 

I feel the hard shell that protects the turtle. I also feel a little bit scared to touch it. 

I wonder what kind of turtle species he is? 

By Alexis

Meet Squirtle

On Thursday the 7th of September. A group of students looked at Mrs Brass' turtle who is called Squirtle. We were looking at it because we are learning to add more detail into our stories by describing using our 5 senses. See, hear, feel, touch, smell, and taste. We are also learning to conclude our stories with an I wonder statement. We got to take Squirtle for a walk out on the grass. We learnt a lot about him and his species of turtle. Afterwards we went inside and wrote about Squirtle.

By Alexis & Milika

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Our Diwali Celebration

This term Room 11 and Room 13 have been learning about celebrations and traditions from all around the world. We have been looking very closely at Diwali. How it is celebrated and why it is celebrated. As a syndicate we decided to complete Diwali tasks and crafts. We made colour sand rangoli patterns and made some lanterns out of jewels. We created origami elephants with fancy costumes as well as coloured in brightly a patterned elephant picture. After two busy afternoons have turns at the different activities we sat down and Miss E had organised us some Diwali snacks to try. One was very spicy, another one was like a milk biscuit and there was also one that was like a pancake but in the shape of a circle. 


Do you know about Diwali? well I do. When Hindu's celebrate Diwali they celebrate the good over evil and they use fireworks and they go and buy new clothes and it is beautiful and colourful.

Hindu people who celebrate Diwali go to other people houses during Diwali and say "happy Diwali"  to them and they give a delicious plate of food.

Did you know that they go and buy their clothes from the markets and they celebrate it in India and all over the world. They put beautiful lights over there homes.

By Ngatokorua

Monday 19 June 2017


A baboon is a mammal. They are big and hairy. Some baboons are yellow, grey, silver, brown and black. A baboon is about 10-37 kg and about 70 cms tall. Baboons live in the grassland, rocky desert or the rainforest. A baboon is a medium to large sized species of old world monkeys that is founding a variety of different habitats throughout Africa and in different parts of Arabia. Also baboons are large and powerfully built monkey that spend most of their time on the ground.

By L’Qhuer

A Penguin

A penguin is a bird but a type of bird that cannot fly. Penguins are around about 1.5kgs. A penguin has black and white feathers . It can weigh between 3-6kgs.

Penguins live in very cold places like ice and ocean. A penguin eats lot’s of things like krill, fish, and squid. Their predators are leopards, seals and gulls. The adelie penguin is the most easily identified penguin species. A penguins lifespan is about 10-20 years.

By Milika


A flamingo can grow up to 100cms-150cms tall. They can weigh up to 2kgs-4kgs. A flamingo’s colour can pink, orange, white and even blue. They have lovely soft feathers. A flamingo eats algae.

The flamingos stay in flocks of up to around 200 other birds and feeds on fish in still rivers and lakes. There are six different species of flamingos around the world. A flamingo is actually sleeping when it is standing on one foot.

By Selesa

Sunday 18 June 2017

A Red Panda

A red panda is a part of the panda family. Red pandas are red, brown and white. Its size is between 60-120 cms and its weight can be between 3-6.2kgs. They are covered in fur. Red pandas have four legs and a fluffy tail with stripes. Red pandas live in high altitude places like mountains, forests and the himalayas. A red pandas predators are snow leopards and humans. They are a mammal and they are omnivores. Red pandas mostly eat bamboo but do also eat some fruit, roots, berries, eggs and small insects. Red pandas have an additional thumb that is used to grab bamboo.     

By Jaylevan


A cheetah is a mammal and it is part of the big cat family a cheetah can grow up to 115 cm and a cheetah can weigh between 40 kg and 60 kg. Their colour is yellow and tan, brown, black and a cheetah  has fur.  They eat rabbits and birds. They are found in Asia and Africa. Their enemies are leopards and hyenas.  A cheetahs lifespan is up to 20 years. A cheetahs habitat is in open grass land. Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world and they can reach up to the top of speed around 113km per hour. 

By Ngatokorua

Tuesday 31 January 2017


Welcome students, teachers, parents and whānau back to school! Room 11 hopes you have had a fantastic holiday!
We have been hard at work already this year with some amazing projects underway ready to share with you shortly! Stay posted!!!!! Also on this blog you can find information about what we are learning inside and outside of the classroom, important notices for parents and whānau as well as plenty of the students work! 

Looking forward to the year ahead!