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Class turns into a Rainforest

A busy Term 2 is in full swing in the Intermediate department.

Highlights of our teaching and learning programme include:

  • debating contentious issues in our social science Rainforest unit
  • tackling challenges in the monthly mathematics Problem Challenge Competition run by the Otago University for Year 7/8 students
  • exploring ICT programmes and apps including Publisher to support producing a Spanish Fiesta brochure
  • investigating ‘volcanic explosions’ in science
  • using the online support tool Write that Essay to build confidence and competence in writing.



Ellie Knowles sums up her Term 2 experience so far:

“Even though we aren’t even half way through Term 2 we have already had so much fun, and learnt heaps. Our new social science topic is all about tropical rainforests. My class had the idea of decorating the class as our very own Amazon! Students brought in their rainforest animal toys. There are sloths, snakes and monkeys which gives our class an Amazon feel. In science we have been learning about volcanoes and earthquakes. We were lucky to spend a whole lesson making our own volcanoes and watching them ooze a pink mix of baking soda and vinegar. This term has been action packed and lots of fun, with House Drama and cross country still to come. I am looking forward to the exciting learning opportunities that lie ahead this term.”

Upcoming co-curricula events and opportunities for the girls to look forward to:

  • Life Education Van (and Harold) visit from 25 – 27 May
  • Woodford Year 7/8 Social – 4 June
  • Young Leaders’ Day in Palmerston North – 16 June
  • Winter sport quadrangular tournament in Palmerston North – 11 June
  • Mathletics problem solving evenings on 23-24 June
  • Science Fair competition – early Term 3.

 Ms Hayley Dustin, HoD Intermediate