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This month saw us celebrate Heaton’s 6th year of commitment to Fair Trade with our annual art exhibition at Trade Aid Merivale. We were also joined by Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, as they celebrated their first year as a Fair Trade School. A number of joint art workshops were held where we shared skills and developed our ideas for a body of work to be exhibited. These were huge fun
An initiative this year, by Art Extension, was to introduce a poetry competition. A selection of the best entries became art works in their own right.
Last week Art Extension led our assembly as the Fairtrade Poetry Prizes were handed out, poems read, a rap performed and a slide show of work and students helping on World Fair Trade Day was watched.
Below is the link to this slideshow. The music is by kind permission of Gareth Davies-Jones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHfQurBD2wQ
Gaylis, the shop manager from Trade Aid Merivale, came to hand out the prize winners’ certificates. She spoke about how honoured and grateful Trade Aid was to have Heaton students involved in World Fair Day. Gaylis also commented on how many members of the public had been overwhelmed by the
Mickey Mouse? Captain America? What is going on? It’s World Free Comic Book Day! On 6th of May Heaton held a Comic Book Character Day to raise money to buy new graphic novels for the LRC.
Each class entered in the recycled superhero competition. Everyone worked in groups to make a superhero costume out of recycled materials. At lunchtime a fashion show was held for all the class finalists in the hall. Mrs Noble-Laffey and Mrs Knight judged all the amazing 18 entries but in the end there was only one winner from each year group; Pipe Girl from Room 15 for the Year 7’s and Garbage Guy from Room 18 for the Year 8’s. Both these classes won the shield for their houses. Overall, the day was very entertaining and there was lots of laughter everywhere.
By Tess and Lucy
Five years ago in a small town in Canada, a boy wore a pink shirt to school and was bullied for his ‘girl like’ appearance. His classmates knew that this wasn’t right, so the next day they all wore pink shirts and stood up to the bullies. Now yearly, there is a national Pink Shirt Day to stand up against bullying. Last Friday, Heaton students and teachers wore pink to show their support. There was also a competition for best dressed in pink. Well done to Jade and Sarah from Room 3 who won this and created an original poem too! Thank you to everyone who participated in Pink Shirt Day. We are hoping to show our support again in 2017. A video of the class competition can be seen on the following You Tube clip.
Professional, is the only word that could describe Papanui High School’s Roadshow when they came to perform for us on the 12th of May. The five performances showcased their incredible performing arts and music department, through their concert band, flute ensemble, jazz ensemble, jazz band, and Year 13 dance group.
The highlights were how the flute ensemble was always in harmony and the amazing drumming. The musicians’ enthusiasm really captured Heaton’s attention. Their sensational performance came as a shock to the audience because most of them were unaware that Papanui had such a strong music department. We really appreciated them coming to our school to perform for the Year 8’s.
Room 8 were thrilled to be included in the May issue of the Interface magazine which follows ICT learning in New Zealand schools. The editor of Interface offered us four different websites and web tools to look at over Term 1. We were asked to provide thorough reviews of these four, commenting on both their strengths and weaknesses. This gave us all a chance to see ways that we could use these as well as think about how they may be helpful to other students and teachers around New Zealand. The information we needed to gather was timely as it provided us with some new tools in which to utilise BYOD in our school.
Through Hapara and Workspace we were able to use a planning and crafting process which resulted in our final evaluations. This review process also gave us an insight into the tough world of editing and publishing. Feel free to click on the link below to check out our opinions and reviews.