Sunday 11 December 2016

Concert Night

             Concert Night
 All of term 4 our school has been practising for our school concert. On Tuesday the 29th of November we performed our item. Some year levels had cultural dances or different kinds of dances like the Y4's Feel Better when I’m Dancing. There was even a sausage sizzle and some juicies.

This year the year 6’s did kapa haka, we started off with He Honore then Ka Pioioi and the very last one Tika Tonu which is the haka. When I first got on stage I was nervous. This year was the best concert of all years. My favourite dance or performances were the teachers and the drumming. All the year levels that preformed did a good job, they worked hard.

Thanks to all teachers and helpers who helped the children get there performance over and done with and a very big thank you to Kere and Demitrius for helping us with the haka. Also thank you to the kaea’s - Leon and Leilani, they worked hard to lead us and the girls sang nice and loud on that day as well as the boys.Well done to the people who won the scholarship awards for next year. I had a great time and all others did to.

By Skyler

Wednesday 30 November 2016


This year the year six girls and boys from Dawson school NZ went to the softball tournament at Rongomai Park. First off we had a practise and a warm up so that when we play we will be pumped. First we versed Flat Bush then St Johns after St Johns we versed Rongomai and finally we versed… Bairds Mainfreight we lost against them but we won 3 games. We came second overall.
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By Israr.

This is a photo of me accepting the award!

Concert Practises

Concert Practise

Screenshot 2016-11-24 at 9.39.53 AM.pngToday the whole school got together to practise our concert routine for Tuesday. It was a hot day for us. Everyone was sitting quietly except for some of the year sixes. We had a great  view of every performance that our school did. The first act was the year sixes, the haka. The whole school has great acts I especially like the bollywood dance. The last dance was the year fives. They did a Cook Island dance. Everyone had great dances and everyone was hot so mostly everyone ran to the taps. After we cooled down in our class room with the aircon on.
By Dontay

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The Concert Practice!

On Tuesday the 22nd 2016, all the classes in Dawson Primary were practicing the School Concert.

The practice started at 9:15, Mrs Funaki started off by saying the first group to do their dance was the Year 6. The year 6 did a Maori haka, the next year level was Year 1. One thing that we noticed that the year ones were splited into 2 groups, one was Rm2 and Rm1 and the other one was Rm3 and Rm4. The first group was Rm1 and Rm2, they did a African Dance. The second was Rm4 and Rm3, they did a Maori Dance. The next year level was the year 2, they sang a christmas song and signed language to the song.

The next year level was the year threes, they did a Niuean dance which was actually cool because they used actual things they use to dig. Next was the year fours, they did a hip hop dance called better when I’m dancing by Meghan Trainor. Afterwards it was the year fives did a cook island dance, it was really fascinating.Image result for cook islands words

At the end Mrs Funaki told the children to go back to their teachers. That was the end of our Concert Practice!
By Salarina

Cooking and Gardening

Cooking & Gardening
Every 2nd Wednesday we go to Cooking and Gardening.  Group 2 was in the kitchen with Sera and Miss Zeier and Jack, Kirsty and Cinnamon. They were making Chocolate Crackles, Club Sandwiches and Pesto Salad it was delicious. My group was in the garden, we were watering the gardens and picking out beetroot and spinach to take in the kitchen. The recipes we have cooked: Zucchini/ Courgette Slice, Sweetcorn and Silverbeet Fritters and Flat breads etc. My favourite recipe was the Anzac Biscuits, Crunchy Lemon Muffins and Xmas Picnic in the gardens.

By Fusi              

Sunday 6 November 2016

Cross Country

On Monday 31st of October all the students in the school had to do a run according to their year level. Year one and two’s run started on the field by the gate on the left, (everyone was sitting inside the field) then they had to go out the gate straight down past rm 13, past rm 10, cut by rm 6 then one lap of the field. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 had one lap of the field, outside the gate up the hill, past rm 10, around Mrs Funaki’s office then one more lap of the field (it was very tiring!).

The crowd was standing up, shouting the kids names and cheering. Everyone got in trouble mostly because they weren’t sitting down, mostly it was year 6 that got growled at. It was an exciting event, everyone got to run and be cheered on.

I was feeling pumped to run in the Cross Country. The thoughts that ran through my head were like get ready to run, don’t use your power on your first lap.

Congrats to everyone who ran.

By Raphael

Wednesday 2 November 2016

App testing

We are testing out an app on our iPads called Mythical Creatures -Eru & Gwaii for Kiwa and Arcania. It is about a New Zealand and Canadian myth or legend.  We have been reading the story and doing the follow up activities. We are really excited to find out more about the mythical creatures and give feedback on the app.

We can't tell you  too much about it just yet as they are still developing the app and we are some of the lucky ones to get a sneak peek!

By Jaydyn

Softball Fridays

                                                Softball Fridays

We all know softball is a sport, well my class (rm15) plays that sport, it’s  fun, hard and it takes  team work. Every Friday my class goes to softball. We met our instructor Josh, he’s  fun.

He taught us 3 moves the monkeydile, alligator snap and butterfly. You have to use the butterfly catch when the ball is in the air and you have to use the alligator snap when the ball is on the ground that is the same as butterfly catch. It was sore because we didn’t have a glove and the ball was hard. After that Josh (our instructor) split us up in 4 teams and we played a game where we had to aim at the ball inside the square.

My name is Reana and I am playing for the girls softball team. I am trying out for pitcher. You throw the softball using a windmill technique and throw underarm. I am learning to throw it hard directly at the bat to strike them out.

By Reana

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Y6 Kapa Haka

Every Monday during school time the year 6 Boys/Girls have Kapa
Haka Practice for our Dawson Primary School Concert. Our practice is after morning tea approximately 11.30 AM. For our practice the boys/girls are doing a song called Kapioio e. Also our leaders or teachers are Demetrious and Kere, Kere is Maori and Demetrious is Samoan. We also have actions to the song Kapioio e. We have another song called He Horene. The boys are lucky we get to do a Haka called Tika Tonu. This link will take you to the song on YouTube called kapioio e hope you enjoy this song. This song has a catchy tune.

By Leon

Monday 31 October 2016

Art Exhibition

Art  Exhibition

At Dawson primary we have been doing our art so everyone can see it
up in the hall.

In Room 15 we did vanishing point art. Some of us did sunsets and night time. There was also some people who did hills and tunnels. We had lot of practice before we could go to our real art piece. So then we copied our practice one on to our real one.

When we had finished our art then we had to show our teacher, we talked about if it needed more trees or more buildings. When our pencil drawings were finished, she said yes which meant you can go on to painting with your watercolours. We learnt to blend, mix and dab colours.

When we finished we waited until it dried, then we outlined by going around the edges with a vivid. We worked on our art for weeks. We were so proud of our classes art.

By Rita

Thursday 27 October 2016

Weta DNA Analysis

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On the 26th of October 2016, Rm 15 had visitors from South Sci, MBIE Science and Curious Minds.

When the visitors came in, we recognised some of the visitors from our last Weta day. Before we got started this man called Stephane  (one of the visitors - a scientist from Unitec) asked some of the children in Rm 15 to help get some sciency stuff. Rm 15 was going to learn about wetas and their DNA, when Stephane and the students returned with the stuff he had to set everything up. While he was getting everything ready our teacher Miss Zeier split Rm 15 into two groups. Once he was finished setting up group one had to put gloves and science coats on.

IMG_0071.JPGSo when the first group went to do the weta DNA the other group had to finish their weta slideshows. Meanwhile, many of the children were taking pictures to remember that day. During that Miss Zeier, Kalolo, Leon, Fusi and Skyler got interviewed.

IMG_0212.JPGWe were waiting till it was our turn, soon it was our turn to go and work with Stephane. While we were with Stephane we had to do more of weta DNA, before we started me, Herbert and Raphael had to go find the weta boxes. We got to go with nearly all of the visitors to look for the boxes, we could only find one weta box and all that it had in it was poo. Maybe it was even weta poo.

IMG_0138.JPGWhile the others were doing weta DNA I got to look at Kalolo and Leon getting interviewed by Vic (short for Victoria). They were telling Vic what they wanted to be in the future.

When we were finished doing the Weta DNA Analysis Rm 15 had to say goodbye and a BIG thank you to the visitors. On that day my favourite part of the day was having fun with the visitors and learning more about wetas.

By Salarina

The Scientists Visit

20161026_090536.jpgJust the sound of chattering was shocking and unexpected for Leon and myself as we walked to welcome the visitors. Stephane from UNITEC decided to come down and resume our work on D.N.A testing on Wetas. D.N.A stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. During group 1’s turn Miss Zeier told us to use the iPads and take photos. It was awesome taking photos  of the project. One photobomb moment was when I was trying to take a snap of Orlando then, Ty randomly put his his hand in front and blurred the entire photo.

The most enjoyable part of the day was when Leon and myself were interviewed. My favourite part was when we took a quick stroll to the gardens at the back, we wanted to have a quick check-up on the Weta Motels to see if there's any Wetas in the motels. My favourite guests were Victoria and Sarah. When I got handed insect poop from the Weta Motel, our ‘French Scientist’ Stephane told us how to see if weta poop is actually from a weta - So that was cool.

We learnt that it takes a few minutes testing D.N.A off any insect just to see what it is. At the end of our session with Stephane and the other guests who came, Leon and myself we both said goodbye on the behalf of Room 15. When they left after morning tea we left to ‘Cooking and Gardening’ and ate ‘Pot Sticky Dumplings’. And that is what happened on Wednesday 26th of October.

By Kalolo

Weta Visitiors


On Wednesday, the 26th of October 2016, we had visitors came to Room 15 to teach us about Weta's DNA, they marched in, we stopped and watched in complete silence, then the visitors introduced themselves and set up the the things they needed for the weta DNA testing. Visitors from South Sci, MBIE  and Curious Minds were there to watch. Miss Zeier put us into two groups. One group went up to the table and put on the science  coats, while we were putting on the coats group two had to finish their slideshow about Weta.

Soon after that, Stephane  (one of the visitors - a scientist from Unitec) showed us what to do, then we followed. The weta poop smelled really horrible but I got used to it, I don’t know what most of the things were called because I forgot. So we had to mix the poop and put chemicals in it. It went into the DNA extractor and it spun around, then we had to swap over and do our slideshows but I was finished so I got to take photos of everyone (even videos ). Some people got an interview while Stephane was teaching group two the last few steps of the weta DNA.  I had a great time, it was soo much fun!!!!!

By Sativa

Weta DNA

Yesterday room 15 got a chance to meet a scientist from Unitec, he was a pro at science, he taught us about weta’s DNA and we also tested weta poop and it was nasty!!! Stephane told us about how weta poop can rot, he said that only ice can keep weta poop from melting, if there was not any ice the poop would rot up and stink. Throughout the lesson more people came in and were recording us and it was fun.
By Orlando

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Wetas DNA

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On Wednesday Stephane came into our class and he taught us about Wetas DNA. Stephane is a Scientist and there was some other beautiful ladies.

20161026_103502.jpgI was in number 2 group and it was very fun and we enjoyed having fun with Stephane. We wore white jackets and they were long and some of us couldn't fit them. There was a lady that told us that we all will be on tv channel 5.

I hope that they come back to our class so we learn even more about DNA tests.

By Israr

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Singing Competition


I had to sing into the phone because I was trying to get into a singing competition. I did beautiful singing. My mum was crying because I was singing so beautifully.
I got chosen to be in the final. If I win I will win an iPad and a chrome book.

I have been praying with my family. We have been praying for me to sing beautifully.
Now I will sing everyday to make sure I am ready for the final.


Wednesday 22 June 2016

Wig Wednesday

Wig Wednesday
Today it is wig Wednesday. We are wearing our wigs and raising money for child cancer. Some people look quite funny. Some kids are wearing mohawk wigs. Tulili is wearing a pretty purple wig. Israr doesn’t like wearing wigs because they ruin his hair. Mrs Ellis looks like she is Rapunzel.
Wig Wednesday is a fun day. We hope that we raised lots of money.

By Israr & Tulili

Monday 13 June 2016

PREP - Young Enterprise Programme

In week 9 we have something called our PREP market day. So PREP is a part of the young enterprisers programme. The market day is where you sell things for example money tins, food etc. Instead of real money we use Noswads. Noswad is Dawson spelt backwards.

Before we could make something we had to fill out a CV which stands for Curriculum Vitae. A CV is what we used to apply for a job. We could apply for jobs as a CEO, marketer, accountant quality controller or a designer.

Once we had our jobs we decided on a product we would make. We are busy making our products now. Come back and see what we made!

By Leon