Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Closed for the Summer

Wow, the 2012 year has come to an end. What an amazing year we have had filled with many great opportunities. This blog will be closed over the summer as we all take a well earned break. All the best to Ignite@Midnight students for 2013 and beyond! I look forward to seeing you around next year. I wonder what amazing things we will learn in 2013. What are you looking forward to the most about next year? Have a Merry Christmas and a great holiday!

Saturday, 15 December 2012


Our last music session


During the term we have been showing Manaakitanga by sharing our knowledge, creativity and skills. We have been sharing these things by creating pieces of art together with XFactor5.

 On Friday, we made a display on the hall wall. We are really proud of all our hard work! Check it out.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Hands-On Homework

This weeks hands-on homework is to write a letter to Santa. With Christmas only being a couple of weeks away this could be a fun task! What do you want for Christmas? Click on the picture below to go to a website that can help you write your letter.

Friday, 7 December 2012

How to be a good buddy

We have been learning how to be a good buddy.  Watch this movie which shows us one way to be a good buddy.

Thursday, 29 November 2012


Yesterday we had our first swim for this summer.  We were very excited about it.

At swimming, we are learning survival skills in the water.  We pretended that we had fallen out of a boat into very deep water and all we had was a piece of wood to hold on to (flutter boards).  Some of us tried lying on our tummies on top of the boards, some of us tried standing or sitting on the boards and some of us lay on our boards hugging the boards.  We soon found that lying on our backs was the easiest way to float without using lots of energy.  We could float for ages like this!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Writing to describe

In Ignite@Midnight we are learning to write to describe. We want our audience to get a picture in their head of the event we are describing.

Check out the piece of writing we wrote together as a class about Ngaire's niece swimming at the beach. Tell us what you think.

My little niece, Alexis, and I went to the sandy, Auckland beach on the weekend. Alexis loves the feel of the soft, golden sand between her toes and fingers. 

As she ran down towards the water you could hear her delightful giggles from the anticipation of entering the water. Wavy water went everywhere as Alexis splashed about. After awhile she put her face right down and drank the salty water. Yuk! She didn’t mind though. 

After a long time of swimming, Alexis was shivering from the cold and she waddled off out of the sea to get dry and warm again.

Friday, 16 November 2012

We are learning how to be a good buddy. First we had to sit down and talk about what a good buddy would do. Then Jocelyn asked us what a good buddy is. We came up with a whole lot of ideas! After that we had to pick one idea that we had. Then we had to do a brainstorm about the idea we picked. Now we are up to doing a poster or making a video to tell more about it. This report is written by Aroha and Tabitha

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Put Up by Alex

This week we have been encouraging each other by giving put ups. Check out Alex's video showing what a put up is.

 Have you heard or given a put up lately? How did it make you feel? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Hands-On Homework

This week is we are using 'Put Ups' not 'Put Downs'.  So, your hands on homework this week is to take a photo, draw a picture, make a model or show me in some other way how you would encourage someone and give them a 'put up'. This fits in really well with our value that we are focusing on this term - manaakitanga!

 So get creating! I can't wait to see your amazing ideas.

Monday, 5 November 2012

What makes a good buddy?

At buddy time on Friday Ignite@Midnight and Illuminate thought about what it takes to be an excellent buddy.  Check out the ideas we came up with.  It is great to see that you know about many of the values we have talked about over the year.  Ka pai to mahi!

On Friday for buddy time we are going to choose one of these values and make a poster or video to show how this value should look at buddy time. Do you have any other ideas? Leave us a comment to let us know.

Love by Aroha

We have been writing poems. We chose an emotion and then used our senses to describe it. We then got to choose how we wanted to present it. Aroha chose to make her poem into a poster.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Glad by Sam

We have been writing poems. We chose an emotion and then used our senses to describe it. We then got to choose how we wanted to present it. Check out Sam's poem "Glad".


We have been writing poems. We chose an emotion and then used our senses to describe it. We then got to choose how we wanted to present it. Check out Jordan's poem about anger.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Jaiden's Poem

We have been writing poems. We chose an emotion and then used our senses to describe it. We then got to choose how we wanted to present it. Check out Jaiden's poem.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Hands-On Homework

This weeks hands-on homework is to practise sprinting.

Our school athletics day is coming up in week 4 so lets get practising.  Sprinting is a great and easy thing to practise at home or at the park.  So what are you waiting for?  Get sprinting!

Junior Jokers

We had a really fun assembly this morning because we found out that we won the Junior Jokers contest that More FM were doing with McDonalds and The Turbos. Ronald McDonald, The Turbos and More FM surprised us at our assembly to give us our prize. We won $4000 worth of ICT gear! Thanks to all the people that supported us with your votes. Congratulations RSS!

Term 4

Welcome back to term 4 everyone. I can't wait for some great learning with you this term! Ngaire

Monday, 24 September 2012

Dance NZ Made

Wow, what an amazing day we had on Friday at Dance NZ Made! The night was a great success with RSS coming 2nd. Congratulations to everyone who was involved. You made us all so proud!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Welcome Back Sophie

A big welcome back to Sophie. Sophie was with us for a week way back in March. We are happy that she is back with us for another three weeks. We're sure we'll learn lots from you, Sophie. We hope you learn lots from us too!

Hands-On Homework

This week's hands-on homework is to do some baking and give it to someone. It is always fun to do some baking and it is even more fun to give it away to someone! So what are you waiting for? Get baking!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Check out part of our assembly from Friday

Streaming video by Ustream


For our inquiry we have been learning about showing spirit and determination. This video is an amazing example of determination.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Hands-On Homework

This weeks Hands-On Homework is to create an Emergency Survival kit.  The Christchurch earthquakes have shown us how important it is to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Click on the picture below for a list of the recommended items for in an emergency kit.

If you have already got one that's great!  Remember to take a photo of your emergency kits and bring them to school.

Friday, 31 August 2012

I11uminate and Ignite@Midnight's Assembly

Today it was I11uminate and Ignite@Midnight's assembly.  Everyone did such a great job at sharing their learning and doing their different roles.  If you want to see the assembly click here or go on to the Russell Street School Website and click on the School Assembly link on the left hand side under Learning Links.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Ben's Award

This morning David came to our classroom with a package for Ben.  Ben got this package by entering a competition.  It was a Kidsline create a badge competition.  Ben won first place!  The competition was sponsored by Nestle so Ben's prize was a box full of Nestle treats.  Well done Ben!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Tallest Tower

We are learning to work together as a team and to show determination in a challenge.  Today we had a challenge to make the tallest tower we could.  All we had was one newspaper and cellotape.  The tower had to be able to stand without anyone holding on to it or without it leaning against something.

Koru Art

Check out our koru art.  We practised forming the koru shape and we have used pastel to make them bright and bold.

Hands-On Homework

This week's hands-on homework is to go onto Mathletics.  Mathletics is a great website with heaps of fun maths activities.  Once you have finished the set tasks you can go on live mathletics and compete against other children around the world.  Mathletics is free for us to use until the end of the week.  Have fun!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Hands-On Homework

This weeks hands on homework was a drawing competition.  The class could choose anything they wanted to draw.  Today we looked at all the pictures and together we judged whose we thought was best.  We each got to vote on our favourite drawing, but we couldn't choose our own!  Harrison and Thomas both got the most votes for their pictures.  Check them out!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Hunter's Number Story

Can you solve Hunter's number story? Leave us a comment to tell Hunter how you solved it.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Hands-on Homework

Last week's hands-on homework was to learn to juggle.  On Friday we had a juggling competition.  Well done to Iggy who came third, Harrison who came second and Olly who came first.

Adam's Multiplication Problem

Adam had 10 bags.  there were 7 lollies in each bag.  ho many is there altogether?

Leave a comment to show Adam how you solve his problem.

Friday, 3 August 2012


Yay, we won flags!  We are so proud of ourselves for the great teamwork we had!  Well done to Salah who was the player of the day for keeping his eye on the ball.

The Turbos

Guess What?  The Turbos came and visited us yesterday!  Jaiden won a drawing competition so he was given a season pass.  How lucky!


With Jennifer yesterday we were learning to make a rap using a beat.  Check out Maia S, Ben and Cam's fruit rap.

Working as a Team

As part of our inquiry we have been learning to work as a team.  We had a challenge where you had to get your whole team across the river without falling out of the hoops.  Each team only had 2 hoops.  You had to communicate with each other, care for each other, work together and and encourage your team mates.  It was hard to do but when we did it again it was easier!

Welcome Josiah

A big welcome to Josiah who started in our class this week.  Josiah has come all the way from the UK.

We are excited to learn about the UK from you, Josiah!  We hope you enjoy being in our class.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Weekly Reflection

This week we reflected on the conferences we led this week.  We used two stars and a wish to think about what we liked and did well and what we want to do better.  Check out Jaiden, Maia B and Aroha's reflections.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Can you solve Kaleb's number story?  Leave us a comment and let us know how you solve it.

Thomas had 5 pizzas. On the pizzas he had three pieces of pineapple. What does it make altogether?

Chewing Gum

Can you solve Jewelian-Paul's number story?  Leave us a comment and let us know how you solve it.

There were 3 boys siting at a park. One of the boys said “My mum said bring these chewing gum to your friends so you can share them.” There was 3 packets of chewing gum. In the packets were 5 chewing gums in each packets. How many chewing gums altogether?   

Jaiden's number story

Can you solve Jaiden's number story?  Leave us a comment and let us know how you solve it.

Ben had 9 packets with 5 pieces of money in each. How much money does he have in each.

Aroha's Number Story

Here's Aroha's number story.  Can you work it out?  Leave a comment and let us know how you solved it.

Keona had 4 friends. Each friend had 2 dogs. How many dogs are there all together? 

Bags of Chocolate

Here is Ana's number story?  Can you solve the problem?  Leave a comment and tell us how you solved it.

Mille had six bags there were three chocolates in each bag. How many chocolates are there all together?

Oliver's Number Story

Here is Olly's number story?  Can you solve the problem?  Leave a comment and tell us how you solved it.

Liam had 10 MGPs and each one had 3 stickers on them. How many stickers were there altogether?

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Hands-On Homework

This weeks hands-on homework is to learn to juggle.

Practise during the week and on Friday we will have a contest to see who the best juggler is.  I wonder who it will be?

So come on, get juggling!

More Persuasive Writing

Here are the rest of our persuasive writing.


Friday, 20 July 2012

Persuasive Writing

We have been learning to write persuasively.  These are the things we need to include in our writing.

We read a story together as a class.  It made us question, should we get paid for doing chores around our home?  Some of us thought we should and some of us thought we shouldn't.

Check out our stories by clicking on the links below.

Maia B
Jordan and Salah
Maia S
Alex and Olly

What do you think?  Should you get paid for doing chores around your home?  Leave us a comment!

Let's Celebrate Maori Language Week

Maori Language Week is the 23rd July - 27th July.  You can celebrate it by using Maori greetings and phrases in your class and at home.

Hands-On Homework

This weeks hands on homework was to visit the city library.  The library is a great place where you can read books, relax and play games.  Check out these photos of some of the children who visited the library.  It looks like they had a great time.

Who visited the Palmerston North City Library this week?  What was your favourite thing about the library?

Korero Mai RSS Style 4 - Maori Language Week

Friday, 22 June 2012


This weeks hands on homework was to make a story using Storybird.  Click on the children's names below to read their story.


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Cross Country Adam

Here is Adam's cross country writing.  We are learning to describe our experience so that the audience gets a picture in their head.

Cross Country

Check out Bella's final copy of her cross country writing.  She was learning to use descriptions so the audience got a picture in their heads.


We have been learning all about shapes.  In this activity we made our own shapes and then wrote some of the attributes the shapes have.  Check out Alex, Sam and Thomas's finished pieces.

Monday, 18 June 2012


This weeks hands-on homework is to write a story using Storybird.  Storybird is a cool website where you write your story and add artist pictures.  Give it a go!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Maia at Te Manawa

Check it out.  Last night Maia visited Te Manawa Museum.  Here are a couple of photos she took.

What was your favourite thing you saw Maia and what did you learn?

Hands-On Homework

This weeks Hands-On Homework is to visit Te Manawa.  Te Manawa is a fantastic museum where you can see some great exhibitions.  Check it out!

Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Lorax

This is the message that Jordan took from the Lorax.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Create a Bookmark

This weeks Hands-On Homework is to create a bookmark.  You can make it out of card or on the computer it's up to  you.  I can't wait to see all your amazing creations!