Saturday, 10 November 2018


Everyday at 7.30am or 8am, it is preparation time in T25. 
A few of us are allowed in the classroom to help put down chairs and set up our books and other stationery for the day.
Every Monday at 10.40am we meet with our Team Manager Whaea Lois and the teachers of Tumanako to listen to the weekly announcements, give out certificates to address students who have been fantastic with their learning and behaviour and also to redirect some of our students who have not been so good with their display of Rowandale PRIDE values.

 This is one of our banners that we worked on together for our Visual Art presentation at our School
 show 'Sharing Our Taonga'. We studied the Philippines. On the left of this banner is the national flag of the Philippines and on the right are the two Gods from one of the famous Philippine myths and legends 'The Visayan Creation Myth'

Here is the second banner showing the God's four grandchildren. 
We would like to acknowledge Jesslyn Faitua-Avea and Lepupavolasina Melu, the two students 
in our class who contributed the most work shown on these banners.
If you want to know more about this creation myth go to to read the rest of this story.
We shared our learning with our buddy class Tumanako 10 and they also did some work relating to this myth. This is us with our buddy class on the stage in the the hall presenting our work to our parents.

After our show in the hall, we couldn't wait to go back to class. We are integrating our Science and English subjects so we get to do some investigating before recording our detailed observations and findings. The teacher shared with us our learning intentions and here we are, we are starting with our predictions.  WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN IF WE DO NOT ADD BORAX and HOT WATER TO THE REST OF THE SLIME INGREDIENTS?  We found this part quite difficult because it is so easy to write "I don't know'. We found it quite tricky to imagine what will happen if it's not happened yet. Elizabeth is thinking in depth - does it matter if the actual experiment does not turn out the way you predicted? No, what matters is that you are starting to think like a real scientist.

Mmmmmmm/ I wonder what will happen? This is great. I should be able to
write a great  scientific report after this investigation.
We mixed the PVA glue, food colour, glitter, shaving cream, dishwashing liquid, lotion and watched what happened.  This is fun. We get to pour, add, stir, mix, talk, observe and share opinions and views. Go Elizabeth and BLUE group.

Have fun Siala and YELLOW group.

Have fun Tresemme and RED group.

Have fun Louise and PINK group. "Oh wow this is not slime, it is very runny and watery" said Louise.
We kept stirring but we noticed our first ingredients were still very runny and watery. This is not what we were expecting.  So then what WILL happen if borax and hot water solution is added to this mixture? We want some real gooey slime to mould and manipulate by the end of today.
Let's go to lunch and have a break. We can dissolve the borax in hot water and add that solution to this mixture after lunch and see what happens.

We all walked out to play feeling very disappointed.

Then after lunch we came back to class anticipating and thinking what will become of this  experiment. A teaspoon of borax was placed in a cup, the hot water was added, we carefully poured this solution into our group mixture. We started stirring and to our astonishment - wosus oh, oh, oh, oh our mixture is turning into what we were expecting yes! yes! yes! We have slime yaaaay!

 So then of course we had to refer back to our predictions, discussed our observations and we recorded what actually happened.

Thank you Patsi, Miley, Amelia, Cullen and Eliza for dividing the group slime into sixths.
I did hear some of your whispering - this bag has a little bit more in it because it's going to be mine.
Now, now, now that will not be good maths on your part. 
The instruction was -take one whole slime and divide it equally into sixths, how easy is that.
We all had time to have a play with our slime before we we went home happily.


  1. WOW!! What an AMAZING and INFORMATIVE Week 4 blog, Tumanako 25! So much learning has taken place, all in a week! You all should be PROUD of your performance, I know that I was PROUD of YOU! The banners were amazing and certainly show-cased the very talented students of Tumanako 25. Great to see you all wearing your 'Scientist hats' and carrying out experiments. Keep up the amazing learning, kids!

  2. Great blog #Tumanako25 ... thank you for sharing about what has been happening at @RowandaleSchool #Philipines #Posters #Banners #SharingOurTaonga #Science #English your song was cool!

  3. Thank you Miss B Graham and Mr Vasau, we always look forward to your lovely comments.