Jul 17, 2017

Our alevin are hatching!

And what are alevin you might ask...they are the baby salmon that hatch from the salmon eggs that are in the tank - we are raising some chinook salmon as part of Southland Fish and Game's 'Schools to Streams' program.


We had hoped the eggs might start to hatch before the holidays started, but that wasn't to be...Mrs C has called into school today and this is what she has discovered! It is very exciting!






At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Jul 3, 2017

Delivering speeches

This week we are thinking about how to deliver a speech...and looking at a couple of examples from last year; we are considering such things as movements/actions, use of our voices, and use of cue cards.

We are also checking that we have written interesting introductions, suitable conclusions, and have got lots of relevant examples or information in between!


2016 Arden's speech from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2016 Chloe's speech from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2016 Sophie's speech from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.
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Jun 30, 2017

Our salmon fish eggs have arrived!

Today Erin from Southland Fish and Game brought us our salmon eggs for the tank that she set up for us yesterday in our classroom.

This is part of the Schools to Streams project that is being run by Fish and Game; we look forward to watching the eggs grow into salmon fry that we can then release into the Mataura River.

It will be a fascinating, relevant project!

When we come in on Monday we should start seeing 'alevin' appear from the eggs - they will be small, and won't do much - just lay around in the basket/tank feeding off their egg-sacs. By the time Term Three starts they will be bigger and ready for us to start feeding them.

We will all take turns to learn how to measure the pH levels of the water and to feed the fish.

This is a video of where our eggs came from, a hatchery up in Canterbury.

At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Southland Social Sciences Fair


This week we completed and presented our Southland Social Sciences Fair entries. What a satisfying feeling to finally see all our hard work on display - we enjoyed being able to share our work with the rest of the school as each team called into Room Six to have a look at our 'mini-museum'.



Everything is on display at the Invercargill Working Men's Club until 2pm on Saturday 1st July.  We haven't had any official results but Asha has been along for a look and has spotted that Shaelin's project about her whakapapa has earned an award, and that Gabby and Amethyst have also gained a Merit for their project comparing life in Edendale with life in Dubai.



Have a look at our blogs to see what we each worked on!






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Football kicking skills with Bodean

Our Eastern Southland Sports Coordinator, Bodean Cowley, is at school again today helping us with our kicking skills and header skills.























Jun 29, 2017

Learning maps

Writing/drawing our thoughts onto our maps.
Last week we spent time creating our Infinity Learning Maps to share our own thoughts about our learning - in our map we share: who helps us learn, places where we learn, and tools that help us learn. Then we make connections between those things to explain how they help us.

Making the connections between the items on our maps.

After we talked about our learning maps with our classmates we then thought about a change we would like to make with our learning (anything that we might be finding tricky or having an issue with to do with people, places or tools) - we also had to think about what we would do to make that change happen, how our teacher might help us with it, and then how our whanau (family) might help us. Now we are all having a go at making that change happen.

Looking at our maps and comparing our ideas.
Some examples of the changes we hope to make:

  • "keeping my pencil safely in my pencil case so I always have it ready for doing my tasks"
  • "learning about how to use decimals in multiplication or division"
  • "sitting with responsible people in class time so I can learn better"
  • "to count to ten and take deep breaths if I start to feel angry"
  • "make sure I do my homework every night"
  • "read for 15 minutes every night"

Videoing our explanations of our maps.
This was our first effort at sharing our thinking with this method and we look forward to trying it again next term. Mrs Coyle is learning about this process with the help of Mary Wootton from Infinity Learning Ltd and Mrs C will be getting some ideas from Mary about what to do next early in Term Three.


At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.