Remote Learning – Team Ruru

Remote Learning for Team Ruru

Kia ora and welcome to remote learning with Team Ruru ☺

We are endeavouring to keep most of our learning delivery online. This does not mean that all of the work needs to be done online, it may be created in some other form or it may need to be depending on the tasks. You can take photos of work and upload it as proof if completed off-line or scan it up to your account.


All communication will be sent out via email to your child’s school email address and through Google Classroom. The children just need to sign into their gmail address and click on the email.

We have packs for those children who are not able to access devices and/or the internet. These will be available in a box outside the office door tomorrow. Please come and take one! A lot of the work that we do at school is collaborative as in working with other students and/or the teacher. We have tried to take the pressure off the students so that they can work independently on this work. All the teachers are able to be contacted via email and can also assist children when they are online by giving feedback as time allows with a whole class online.              Team Leader  phone 0272722227    Room 1    Room 1       Room 2    Room 13       Room 13

Great  online sites to use  – your child has their own log in new prompt for writing each day  – a site packed full of brilliant videos in a range of different topics (science, space, animals, food music, art and more)  – create and edit their own vlog using a phone, laptop or tablet share it back to their teacher

Ideas for things other than book/device work to do

Please remember there are many things that can be done at home that are hands on learning and all it takes is some discussion as you do it and great learning can happen. Some ideas are listed below.

 How to tie your shoes ( you’d be surprised 😉 )
2. How to follow a recipe
3. How to make a meal plan & grocery list on a budget
4. How to write a resume
5. How to look after the house ( mow the lawn, do the recycling, budget & pay bills)
6. How to be a good citizen ( mow your neighbours lawn, take them a meal)
7. How to read ( ask them questions about what they’re reading, read together, make predictions, discuss why characters behave the way they do)
8. How to write ( keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)
9. How to advocate for positive change in the world (write a letter, sign a petition, join an online group)
10. How to maintain a vehicle ( how to check the oil, how to change a tyre)
11. Build physical literacy ( do yoga, play catch, play frisbee, kick a soccer ball, shoot hoops)
12. Build Fine motor skills ( draw, colour, knit, crochet, cross- stitch, sew, weave)
13. Go outside! Walk, hike, paddle, bike, most outdoor activities keep you at least 10m away from other people.
14. How to exist without the internet ( unplug it from 8-4 everyday )
15. Spend time with your kids! Talk to them – ask them about their hopes & dreams & fears.
16. Have them research things they’re interested in ( a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn)
17. Have them do a STEM challenge ( build a tower, boat, bridge) out of random materials around the house

 From all of us in Team Ruru please stay safe, look after each other and we look forward to seeing you all, when you are back with us.

Di Meyler

Deputy Principal

on behalf of Team Ruru

Colour your day & Swimming sports results!

Congratulations Joe and Greer for coming 1st (Boy and Girl) in the Intermediate category for swimming sports! We are so proud of you both and wish you the best of luck for Thames Valley!

Well done to all students who participated, and those that got a placing and received a certificate today. For more details check out our school newsletter! 🙂

“Colour your day” fundraiser for St. John NZ

St John NZ are a great cause that are so very important especially in our small rural community. It was also a time to remember the tragic events in Christchurch and
celebrate the coming together of New Zealanders as one! We raised $302.50. Well done Stanley Ave!

Year 7/8 Camp – This Monday!

Here is the camp Gear List for our Year 7 students that are off to Camp Epworth on Monday! Please make sure you are at school by 8:30am.

For our wonderful Year 6’s, Miss Malone will be in during the week as well as Mrs Corrigan who have some super fun things planned!

Well done to all our students who participated and competed at Swimming Sports on Wednesday, Mrs V is so proud of you!!

Complete Class!

Check out this good looking bunch. 24 students ready to take on the year!

This week we delved into the Treaty of Waitangi and started learning about events and people who took part in this historic day. We made links between the Treaty of Waitangi and our own class treaty.

This Friday we will be sharing a class video at assembly. If you are unable to make it we will post it on the school YouTube page for you too see!

Here is a snapshot of an awesome photo that we took using Gaebriel’s drone!

Establishing our new class

We have had lots of discussions, team activities, brainstorming and sharing this week as we get to know each other as a class.

Mrs V and Miss Malone want to say a big thank you to Room 13 for a great start to school.

Watch this space for our class treaty (which is in developing stages) and hopefully a complete class photo soon!

Swimming Monday!

No school Thursday (Waitangi Day)

Assembly item Friday!

Welcome to Room 13 2020!

Mrs Valencia and Miss Malone are extremely excited to be teaching in Room 13 this year. We will see all of your bright eyed and beautiful faces on Wednesday 29th January! 🙂

Friendly Reminders:

(Photo credit: Found on google images,

Expert Advice

When working on any project it can be helpful to get some tips or advice from an expert.  Ruru syndicate was lucky enough to have had Mr Ben Hawken from the company ‘Game Kings’ come and speak to us about designing a game.

After answering some excellent questions,  Mr Hawken kindly took a look at some of our games and gave us some great feedback.

Trial and Error

Well, we are happy to report that our games are starting to take shape. After a lot of researching, designing and discussion, our first prototypes are ready for testing.

With the help of Room 2, we (Room 13) spent a block testing our games. By doing this, we were able to find out how well the gameplay works, how easy it is to follow the game’s instructions, and how enjoyable our game is. Now that we have played through our game with other people, we can start to reflect on what parts might need to be adjusted or changed.

As you will see in the videos below, some games were very successful and a lot of fun to play.