Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What is Economics?

Please investigate/research economics via the internet. Relate your findings here.

Define important terms like:
economies of scale
factors of production
opportunity cost

Please explain why a study of economics is relevant to a study of animal rights as we are investigating through the story of chickens [e.g. Jamie Oliver's "Fowl Dinners"]

Maths Legends

Who was the coolest mathematician ever?

Could it have been Pythagoras, Archimedes, or Eratosthenes?

What were their claims to fame? How have they influenced our world through their discoveries or theories? Do they have a particular thing they are renowned for?

Pick your favourite and say why :-)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why Do Room5ians Rule?

So could you explain for our guests on open night why Room5ians Rule?
What's different or exciting about the yr 7 GATE class?
Describe some of your opportunities or experiences this year that you think are interesting.
How is it different to a "normal" class?
Please also give us reasons why Peachgrove is a cool school.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Room5ians are made of sunlight

Can you explain this seemingly odd statement?

How does it relate to our studies?

Describe the scientific concepts and processes we need to understand to be able to answer this question.

There are some web site links here for you to refer to to investigate the science behind our project.

Have fun!

[photosynthesis and the cycle of life]

biology for kids

gardening and the interesting science behind it

a spider teaches us about the web of life...

how old is the water you drink?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Beginners guide to Kendo

Tomorrow night, 6:00-7:30pm at the School of Ed gym, beginner's kendo classes start. I'm going - anyone else?  
Here are some online beginner's guides:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Which part of the world...?

Which part of the World most interests you for study? 

If you are going to study ancient cultures, which ones appeal to you most? 
[I think this will change as you do your research over the holidays and early next term.] 


Which events have you really enjoyed?
Who are your favourite Olympians?
What would you compete in if you could do anything and be really good at it?
Have you paid any attention to the Chinese cultural aspects during the games? If so what have you noticed?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

You have a PXT from super mobile blogger, Snowy

Powerpoint animation expert and educational game designer, the Loganator, shares his knowledge and firms his reputation as the school's most popular boy.

Visit PXT World to find out all about PXT and create awesome picture messages!

Mobile blogging from Agent Snowy

"Mudpies" in foodtech, captured by our spy

Visit PXT World to find out all about PXT and create awesome picture messages!

Marvinator Awards!

The inaugural Microsoft Partners in Learning Marvinator awards were held at Peachgrove this week. Our very own Kittymilo was the supreme winner and very first "Marvinator"!
Well done to all of you. Thanks to Microsoft Partners in Learning [Annick and rOB] who have worked so hard to help enhance the Room5ians learning environment with all their ideas, use of technology and encouragement.

read our online press:

This is a mobile blogging PXT from Agent Snowy

Visit PXT World to find out all about PXT and create awesome picture messages!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Scandal at Peachgrove!!!

Tell us everything, girls. I hear there was great success!
[Must have been your dancing coach] ;-)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


We watched the movie McLibel because we are studying rights and responsibilities in term three.
Can you tell me what you think the central message of the film was. In other words, without focusing on McDonalds, what were the main issues? Put in terms we understand from literacy learning - i.e. What was the "author's" intention?

Check out the website from the film. There are links to animal rights sites too.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Politics and freedom in NZ

Did you hear the news? There is a general election coming up later this year.

Our electoral system is called MMP. What does it stand for? Can you explain what it really means? Compare it to our old system, which was called First Past the Post. What on earth might that mean? Do politicians run a race to see who gets into power?

There may be a referendum at the next election to see if New Zealanders want to re-consider the value of the MMP system and maybe think about changing it to something else. If you're interested. Share your research findings and opinions here.


Oh, by the way - who invented democacy? And do we really have a democracy?
By the way - I think Helen Clarke is a great politician who will be remembered as one of our best ever. I'm not so sure Che Guevara is quite the hero that people make him out to be either. This cartoon may not be entirely complimentary to Auntie Helen, and in fact I believe it is inappropriate to make such personal, public put downs about anyone [except Australian and English rugby players or George Bush] but at least in this country we can publish something like this without being executed or locked in prison. Our freedom is seen as a right. Other countries are not as free as ours. Can you name any countries where freedom is limited compared to us?


Who is MRS GREN?

Do you remember who Mrs Gren is?
Do you remember what she stands for? [clue: acronym]
List what each letter stands for.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Creative Ideas

State your creative assignment ideas here for the organic garden, permaculture, sustainability, worm farming and composting.
Or come up with a clever creative homework assignment to do with behavioural enrichment for the budgies or rats.
Or, suggest something innovative or creative to do with studying the Olympics.
Consider the various "multiple intelligences" or Bloom's Taxonomy when you think about designing a task. What level of task is this? Designing a project would be...?