Monday, 6 August 2012

Olympic Badminton

Today we met Daniel Shirley. He is an olympian badminton player and played in the Athens Olympic Games. He started playing lots of other sports from when he was 8, but badminton was his favourite.

You play badminton with a racquet and shuttle and you hit it to each other over a net. To win a game you score the most points, it also has a time limit.

Daniel said to become an Olympic champion you need to train a lot. Daniel trained very hard, 6 hours a day, every morning before and after school. He also said that you should show the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship.

We loved talking to Daniel and he inspired us to try badminton and be our best.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Inspired by Our Olympians

As a class we were interested in the Olympic Creed. So we explored the part ‘Not to have conquered but to have fought well’.

Together we came up with some of the qualities the Olympians would need to fight well:
  • Sportsmanship,
  • Determination,
  • Ability to  push past pain,
  • Self motivation,
  • Honesty (Integrity),
  • Confidence,
  • Willingness to push to your limits,
  • To be tough,
  • To be enthusiastic and have that desire to win.

Our Olympians strive to win and to do very well, this is what matters. They are there to participate and they want to conquer. We don't believe our Olympians go just to participate, they all have their eyes on the medals. And so they should! 

We are proud of our Equestrians and Rowers. We sympathise with those who struggle and faced challenges like when a paddle broke for our rowers, bad weather disrupting preparation for a horse, tired horses, competing against better teams and having to live with the  mistakes the umpire makes. However our Olympians have participated fully, given their all and it is natural to feel disappointed when things don’t go to plan.

Our Olympians inspire us to:
-follow our dreams although it will take effort and might be painful,
-live to our fill potential,
-focus and put in the hard work daily,
-never let age be a barrier to reaching our dreams.

What goals are you striving for this year? Are you prepared to make it happen?


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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Olympic Maths!

Our class are investigating length and weight this week so we are exploring this through the Maths Olympics! We have 10 events and we have made a short video of some of our investigations. 

We hope you enjoy it!

What other events do you think we could have added?

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Haka at the Olympic Village

Marvin's Mindful Monkeys of Maraekakaho School are very lucky to have their own Olympic correspondent bring then the latest news from the Olympics. Nikki's Aunty Helen is a physiotherapist for the New Zealand Olympic team. She is living in the Olympic Village at the moment. 

The Olympic village is where the athletes and some of the people that help them live while the Olympic Games are on. She has sent the Mindful Monkeys some clips for us to watch. We are really excited to share a couple of these with you on the Pass it On blog. 

The first is one of a haka being performed as the Women's Football team enters the village. Everyone is greeted with a haka when they come to the village. On this clip is a reply to the welcome haka by the Football Ferns.

The second video shows the Canoe Slalom course and show our paddler going down part of the Olympic course.

What is the sport that you are looking forward to watching at the Olympics?

Friday, 27 July 2012

And the Olympics begin!

Olympics Kick Off!

Almost there...the countdown is into the HOURS now! Wow! What would it feel like to be an Olympic athlete, ready in the village, preparing for the opening ceremony? How would you feel to be Nick Willis, ready to carry the New Zealand flag out into the stadium, leading the hopes of New Zealand as you lead the athletes?

Honey, one of the Year 3 students in our class, has been thinking about the Olympics a lot. Her dad is a chef and he loves to bake too so they have made these awesome cupcakes to celebrate the start of the Olympic Games 2012. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2012



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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Olympic Games

In R3 at Russell Street School we have been learning lots of different things about the Olympic Games.

Today we learnt about the Olympic Creed. Here it is: "The most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

We watched this video which we think is a great example of the Olympic Creed at work! Check it out!

We have also been learning about some of the cities that have hosted the Olympics. We made a Google Map with their locations. Check it out!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Olympics Values

As part of learning about the Olympic Games, we are also examining the qualities of an Olympic athlete and the values that the games aspire to bring out in others. Each day, we have a medals ceremony and 3 people win gold, silver or bronze for their efforts in displaying these values.

Here are our first winners of this week:

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Olympic Flame Facts

Olympic Flame Facts

Click on the image above as it is an Olympic Flame Fact book that we have made.
It is full of information that we have written.

What did you learn by reading our facts?

You may be interested to watch this You Tube video showing the different ways that the cauldron 
has been lit at the Olympic Games opening ceremonies throughout the years.
We can't wait to see how the cauldron will be lit this year!

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Passing The Torch

Here's the next challenge...what are the most interesting facts you have found about the Olympics?

What would you like to know about the Olympics?

What is your favorite Olympic sport?

Who is your favorite Olympian?

What predictions can you make about this year's Olympics?

What are the pros and cons of being the host nation?

What is is the purpose of the Olympic Games?

What were the Ancient Olympics?

Let's see if we can add some really interesting facts and finds as well as our curious questions and then pass-on-the-torch to another class to see what they can find out! OR what they can ask!

Keep the torch burning...