Thursday, February 25, 2021


Chinese New year
Learning to draw Dragon heads from a tutorial.
Dragons, dragons everywhere !

Creating and sharing

Monday, February 15, 2021


      Room 14 - Learning, Creating, and Sharing in Week 2!

Learning:  The class was given a Math Problem. They read it, discussed the question in pairs, then shared their thoughts with the class to check that everyone understood the question.

Now the thinking, strategizing and creativity begins!  Some chose to go at it alone, while others worked collaboratively to solve the problem.

   "Creativity is intelligence having fun!"

There was definitely a lot of thinking going on!  

"Mistakes are proof that you are trying."


A-Ha!!!  We realized there were so many ways you can figure this problem out!

We were onto it!... 👀

-We wrote down a multitude of equations using different operations.

-We even drew pictures to help explain our reasoning.

-It also helped to write down words to clarify our mathematical thinking.

             "Believe in yourself!"

Creating mind maps was a great way for Elvis to make sense of all his thoughts.

  (Love the big cloud and all the connections it's making! 💙👍)

"Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong."

Finally, it was time to share our learning and mathematical creations with the rest of our whanau.

Archie was very proud of his problem solving skills.

Looks rather impressive with all the operations utilized quite cleverly in the waterfall of equations!😲

The equations kept flowing and flowing.

"It's only when you take responsibility of your life, that you discover how powerful you truly are!"

Arin with his fantastic solutions to the word problem!

Here we go!  Arin doing a great job sharing his problem solving solutions with our whanau.

(Just look how proud Ofeira is of Arin's sharing).

Arin breaking it down for all to understand and appreciate.

"Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you've got to give it."

That's all folks!  Watch this space for more exciting learning, creating and sharing adventures with Room 14 whanau. 👍

(I think I'll take a back seat next time and let Arin teach our next DMIC lesson). 😌 

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Welcome to our Class


Watch out for Room we come !👻

We are a lovely bunch of Year 3 and 4 students, bright and lively, ready to learn. 

Our teachers are Whaea Rhoda and Mrs. Southcombe. 

We like to begin our learning with our class Karakia.

Karakia Timatanga

Manawa mai te mauri nuku 

Manawa mai te mauri rangi

Ko te mauri kei au

He mauri tipua 

Ka pakaru mai te pō

Tau mai te mauri

Haumi e, hui e, taiki e!

Embrace the life force of the earth

Embrace the life force of the sky

The life force I have gathered is powerful 

And shatters all darkness 

Come great life force

Join it, gather it, it is done.

On the first day of school...

We are learning more about each other, by sharing information about ourselves.

We are on our way to....The New Windsor way.

Being Confident

An important part of our day is solving numeracy tasks with a partner.


Listening to each other and showing respect.

Thinking and planning.
We are being collaborative
Showing respect for other's ideas.
 "It is your turn now"

Our first visit to the library this year.

Our goal was to look for new information and share it with the class.

Learn, create and share.

Waitangi day- We gathered information, created our publishing and here we are sharing it with you.

Welcome to Room 14!     

Dear Parents and Students of Room 14,

Mrs. Southcombe and Whaea Rhoda would like to welcome you all back to school and to our beautiful akomanga (classroom) this year.  We hope you are all well-rested and ready for some fun, exciting, and creative learning!

A warm welcome to our new students Adriana and Elvis.  Nau Mai, haere mai, to our school community. You are now part of our New Windsor Whanau.  We hope you enjoy your new learning environment and create new lasting friendships within our school.

This year you have the privilege of two teachers who will be working collaboratively with you all, and we are excited to get to know you better as we begin our journey together of learning, creating, and sharing.

Class Programme:

The school day will be divided into 4 blocks with 3 breaks in between.

1st Block:  Waiatas, Roll, Administration, Numeracy

2nd Block: Reading, Spelling, Word Study

3rd Block:  Writing

4th Block:  P.E & Health, Social Science, Art, Handwriting (spread over the week).

*We will have Library and Spelling test weekly on Friday.

It was a pleasure to meet some of our parents on the first day of school and we hope to meet and greet all our parents over the next couple of weeks.  We look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure our children receive the best learning experiences possible.

If you need to contact us or have any concerns about your child, please feel free to email us or approach us before or after school, we’ll be happy to assist. 

We look forward to forming a happy and positive relationship with you and your child.

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Southcombe & Whaea Rhoda

Mrs. Southcombe:

Whaea Rhoda:



  Chinese New year Learning to draw Dragon heads from a tutorial. Dragons, dragons everywhere ! Creating and sharing