Monday, January 2, 2017


This post concludes this amazing blog, which will no longer be added to.

I have had an amazing 12 years teaching at Muritai School, but it is time for new professional challenges, which I hope to find at Kelburn Normal School.  I am also very excited to be working again with the wonderful Mr Bird, Kelburn's new principal!

Thank-you to everyone who has made my time at Muritai a very special, unique experience. I doubt I will have the privilege of teaching at a school quite like Muritai again!

Haere Ra, Richard.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

This and That...

Apologies for the long gap between updates.

We have been very busy, before and after the October Holidays.

It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Making Masks!

Making water molocules

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016


This week we have been looking at basic programming skills. We programmed these bee-bot robots to move around different landscapes


Football in schools

We are into the third week of our "Football in schools" coaching programme!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Making Réwena Bread for Matariki

Rēwena parāoa (literally, "leavened bread,"[1] also spelled rewana) is a traditional Māori sourdough potato bread.

To conclude our classroom celebration of Matariki, we made Réwena bread and baked it in the hall kitchen, then ate the bread for lunch.

  It was DELICIOUS! (But Mr Dobson thought it needed a touch more salt!)

Temporary and Permanent changes

We have begun an investigation into the temporary and permanent changes of substances. We looked at what happens when bicarbonate of soda is combined with a weak acid (vinegar)

 What did we see?
 What did we hear? 
 What did we smell?
 Could we get the baking soda or vinegar back after the chemical reaction? 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Boats that float!

For optional homework this week, the 'make and create' option was to make a boat that floats and bring it to school to share. We had some amazing boats arrive at school this week and all took the waters of the classroom sink to prove their sea-worthiness!

Ella also shared with us the crystal she has been growing!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sea Animal Dioramas

We have been working hard all week on our sea animal dioramas. These people have finished theirs- don't they look great!