Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cultural Festival Dress Rehearsal

On Friday the children from Te Tipuranga and Nga Matikao got together after lunch for a dress rehearsal for their performance at the Cultural Festival next week. They were all very excited. 
They will be performing at the matinee on Thursday 2 September. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cultural Festival 2010

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED to CULTURAL FESTIVAL 2010! Over 3,000 children are getting ready to ‘make a splash’ at this year’s festival which explores the wonders of one of our most precious resources – water. Showcasing a fresh lineup of multicultural performances, visual art and wearable art pageants from some of Canterbury’s most talented primary and intermediate schools, Cultural Festival 2010 is not to be missed! Tickets @ Ticketek or check out<> In the words of one of last year’s attenders - “…absolutely fantastic, the standard of performance was extraordinary!” 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Addington ESOL Television presents...

This week we have been reading Fairy Stories. Yesterday we read the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Then made up some questions to ask the characters. We put them onto a big chart using ‘post-it’ notes.
Today we pretended to be in a television studio. Sofi was the first to be the television interviewer and asked a very funny grandma Kabir some of the children’s questions.
We then all took turns at playing the different roles. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Digital Dialects

We have been using Digital Dialects in our first language programme. It is a website that features lots of free interactive games for language learning.  It is a great way to learn new vocabulary or to just practice what you already know.  Our Tongan children really like the 'Numbers Game', they like to try and beat the timer. 

We are now patiently waiting for them to add Samoan to the growing list of languages available.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Diving, Dancing Raisins

A glass jar

First we half filled a jar with lemonade, and then we added a handful of raisins. We then waited to see what happened. 
The raisins danced around in the jar; floating up to the top and then diving down to the bottom again. The reason the raisins floated to the top of the jar was because the bubbles in the lemonade, stuck to the sides of the raisins. This made the raisins more buoyant. If things are buoyant they are able to float more easily.
Once the raisin coated bubbles reached the surface of the lemonade, the bubbles popped, and the raisins sunk down to the bottom once more.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Magic: Run Away Pepper

We used a bowl of water, a sprinkle of pepper and detergent to experiment with surface tension.
We put some water in a bowl and then sprinkled it with pepper. Next we put a drop of detergent into the centre of the bowl. What happened?  Did the pepper change?
Yes. The pepper zoomed away from the detergent.
This is because the soap breaks the surface tension of the water and the tension on the rest of the water pulls the floating pepper away from the soap.