Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's the holidays!

Room 13 would love to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We would like to thank you all for taking the time to look at our blog as well as leaving comments this year. We hope you have a safe holiday break. Room 13 will be back in 2010 with a new bunch of children! 

But just because we are on a break doesn't mean you can't look at some of our more older posts. They bring back a lot of fun memories. Let us know what has been your favourite post (or posts) from Rising Stars during 2009. We always love to read your comments. 

Thank-you again and Merry Christmas,
Love from Room 13 2009

P.S. We will be back on the 2nd of February but may have some special posts before then, so watch this space. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Class MOTAT Recount


Wow! I was so excited when I woke up in the morning. Do you know why? Today we were going on a trip to MOTAT – Museum of Transport and Technology.

Miss Walters had explained to us last week that we were going to MOTAT because it fitted in with our ‘Celebration’ topic. Lucky Rooms 12 and 13 both got to go to MOTAT together on Tuesday the 1st of December, 2009. We travelled there on a bendy bus because it is quite far away from Pt England School.

After half an hour or so, our bus ride came to an end. We had finally reached our destination. As we assembled outside the gates we were greeted by a lady, called Catherine. She took us to the place we would play on the black locomotive (train) and eat our morning tea and lunch.

Room 13 got into their groups with their adult helper and made there way down to the sports exhibition, there were lots of activities. We also explored some of the other areas in the same building. This lasted for about half an hour or so, it was so much fun because it was very interactive.

Next we went to the tram stop and waited for the tram to arrive. When we got on it the tram driver got off and we wondered if we would even go for a ride, but thank goodness he came back. He talked to us about the tram and told us that it come all the way from Melbourne in Australia. It was so much fun, we went all the way past the Zoo to MOTAT 2 where the aeroplanes are and back again.

Finally it was to time to go into the classroom with Catherine. We learnt all about Christmas in New Zealand from the past to the present. Decorating the Christmas trees and looking at old Christmas cards was cool. The best part was making a chocolate lollipop to give away as a gift. It was so tempting to eat it ourselves! Luckily it was a lunch time so we could eat something else to stop us thinking about Chocolate.

After lunch we had an hour left to explore all of MOTAT and play some olden day games. We played tug of war, elastics, skipping and stilts. The stilts were so much fun but they were tricky to do, that was until Miss Walters should us her special tip.

By the end of the day we were hot and tired. Some people even fell asleep on the bus ride home. Overall it was a fantastic day filled with lots of excitement, laughter and learning. You should go their one day and experience all that MOTAT has to offer when you get the chance.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


On Tuesday the 1st of December, Rooms 12 and 13 went to MOTAT, also known as the Museum of Transport and Technology.
We went there to learn about how we celebrate Christmas in New Zealand and to compare how we celebrate Christmas now compared to the past.
Here is our MOTAT photo album - We will have a recount telling you all about our day for you soon!