Wednesday, 13 November 2019


A Kaleidoscope is a tube containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns when the tube is rotated. Can hands be used to emulate a kaleidoscope?

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Term 3 P.E.: Boxing

This term we have been learning various skills in Boxing with our sensational coach Pax from Sticks X Stones. At first many of the children were nervous about trying this sport, however, with the wonderful support of Coach Pax they have come along well. Here are some photos and video of one of our last classes.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Canon Ball Challenge

This Wednesday from 8:30am until 8:45am our school held a scavenger hunt in association with Canon NZ. 3 rugby balls were hidden in various spots around our school which children had to find and return to claim a prize. The prize? The winning Canon Ball Challenge kids will spend a few hours with Damian McKenzie in a skills and drills session at North Harbour Stadium on the 15th September. There will be face painting and a sausage sizzle on the day. They'll also take home an A2 photo printed on-site on a Canon large format printer and a bag filled with goodies. Here's how it all went down.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Drama In Schools with Auckland Theatre Company

During the course of this term we have been receiving extra special workshops aimed at boosting our reading comprehension skills. Caitlin and Stacey have been running these workshops once a week for the past 3 weeks now and today our children were tasked with creating a memorial for a deceased character from the story "The Treasure Box" by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood.

By exploring emotive language, imagery and their own emotions our students have discovered a deeper connection and understanding of the story.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Ki O Rahi Tournament 2019

Yesterday was special for our children for several reasons: First because it marked the end of Matariki, secondly because the inaugural Ki O Rahi Tournament took place. Here's what April had to say about the day:

"Ki O Rahi is a game that represents a legend of “Rahi and the Patupaiarehe”.

Rahi and the Patupairehe is a legend about a man (Rahi) whose wife was stolen by fairies that live in the forest ( The Patupaiarehe). Rahi had to find his wife.  So then Rahi packed food, water then went on his Journey. He crossed a desert, met a giant hawk who saved his life.

Saint Patricks went to a Ki O Rahi tournament. We played lots of games, we saw hundreds of schools. We won our first game. Then it got a lot harder. At the end we ate sausage rolls (hotdogs), drank drinks. Our coaches from Kelly sports were supporting us.

Thank you Kelly Sports and Coach Ronnie, Coach Shanice, and also Georgina Gatenby (from Sports Auckland)."

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

How Do We Get Our Markers To Work?

Mr Bell is always sending us up to the office to get new whiteboard markers for our class. He was telling us about something someone had posted on the Facebook Teachers NZ group and we wanted to try it. Ellma even explained how you can try it with your own worn out whiteboard markers.

Check out the video below:

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Ki O Rahi Training

During Term 2 Room 7 are learning about the legend of Ki O Rahi and how to play this game. Thanks to Kelly Sport coaches Shanice and Ronnie, we are working hard to learn all the names for the zones, developing the skills and enjoying our journey. There is a tournament coming up on 26th June, so we are hoping to bring at least two teams along to enjoy the day.

Friday, 3 May 2019

F Is For Friendship And Respect.

When our seniors go for their Cross Country running they help out our littlest students by offering encouragement and support around the training course. It is lovely to be out in the sunshine and fresh air.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Rippa Rugby Tournament

On the 4th of April two teams of Year 5 and 6 students participated in the Tamaki Cluster Rippa Rugby Tournament at Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve. This was our first time being involved with this sport and quite a challenge for our children.

Although we didn't win all our games, our children thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot about teamwork, sportsmanship and supporting each other.

Our heartfelt thanks to our coach Hamish Fraser from Marist Rugby Club, the expert referees from Pro Sport Auckland and Megan Grayson of Auckland Rugby for such a wonderful opportunity.

Next up...KI O RAHI.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Census At Schools Time.

This past Monday morning Room 7 filled in a survey about themselves, their lives and opinions across a wide range of topics. The survey results were entered into the Census At Schools database.

Yesha has shared on her blog more details about her experience.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Big Plans To Help Us Improve Our Writing.

This week Room 7 have learned a new way to plan, edit and craft our writing. We like to call it "St. Patrick's School Writing Process". Each student used their presentation skills to create Digital Learning Objects to help us remember each of the steps.

Click here to see what Aleenah has to say about the Writing Process.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Using Drama To Check On Our Learning

In Religious Education we have been learning about God's call to Abraham and Sarah. The class decided to create a short skit in stations to demonstrate their understandings of what they have learned. Here's a quick video of their performance.

How Does Maths Occur In Our Everyday Lives?

This past week our class have been identifying the many ways that Maths and Maths language feature in our lives. Take a look at these examples from our Maths Wall.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Reading: Week 1 2019

This week we read the first chapter of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. In this chapter we learned a lot about what the Iron Man was like because the author describes him very well. He said the Iron Man was as tall as a house, his head was shaped like a dustbin and was as big as a bedroom so we know he is very big. We enjoyed the way the chapter introduced the character and want to read more because there are so many questions we need answered now. Things like where he came from, what he is doing here, who made him and more Overall we really like this book.