Brave & Beautiful…..
Kia Ora tatou. Speaking of Beautiful that there has been lots of in-
is the focus of our term. teresting facts and ideas
I am a basketballer by way
We have been looking shared in class. From this
of my dad who suggested
back through our books project students have been
I play when I was about
making sure our work gathering their informa-
12 and I have been hooked
standards are beautiful and tion to create a piece of
ever since (he was a pas-
that we are using rulers exposition writing. From
sionate player back in his
and red pen and pencils this piece of persuasive
day and passed his love of
where appropriate. The writing students have been
the game on to me!). But
students have helped out constructing a persuasive
RUGBY is the key word
around the school by speech as to why some
at the moment – especially
keeping the grounds tidy one should visit or live in
Irish Rugby! and by also keeping our their country.
There were Breens values corridor clean. There
We have been putting
seems to be a lot of un-
Room 20 Newsletter
displayed in that rugby
emphasis on capturing the
game in the past weekend claimed shoes and clothes
audience with our
where under dogs Ireland about the place – it would
speeches and expositions
managed to topple Austra- be great if students could
and there have been some
lia. The way Irish captain look to take all their be-
great ideas coming
O’Driscoll spoke at the longings home. At the
through - I can’t wait to
end of the match was most end of term all left over
items will be placed in lost hear them.
humble and gracious - he
would easily fit in the property. Thanks for your
BREENS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Brave and Beautiful help with this.
branches of the Breens
Tree and it is these role
models that our students Students have been work-
aspire too. ing hard on their RWC
country research project –
Room 20 Scheherazade Scene - Ali Baba
“Ali Baba was a wood their leader shouted - class is involved with this
cutter. One day he was scene - rehearsals look
chopping trees when a “Open Sesame””
band of thieves came in Ali Baba is being played
Tickets are on sale now to
his direction. by Alex Gillespie and
the performance for $5
Cassim his jealous brother
He was scared but he each. Get in early so you
is being played by Connor
wanted to see what would don’t miss out on your
MacLennan. Room 20
happen so he hid behind a seats!!
members are the band of
tree. The thieves stopped
thieves and the whole
in front of some rocks and
Inside this issue:
Bake Sale & recipes 8
• Week 8 - Room 20 Speeches
Casebrook Sports Exchange 2 • Fridays - sausage sizzle $1.50
ODT Quiz 2 • Sep 26th - RWC research project due
Gymnastics Photos 3 • Sep 29/30 - Fonterra Science Road Show
• Week 9 - Year 8 Speech Finals
Science Fair 6-7
• October 5th & 6th - Scheherazade Perform-
Fun Facts 5 ances
• October 7th - last day of term
Breens Tv 4
Casebrook Sports Exchange
Last Tuesday we had a sports exchange A big thank you to all your support with
with our friends from Casebrook Inter- sports from helping run teams, to com-
mediate. Breens was represented by ing along to games to cleaning the uni-
Hockey, Netball, Football and Rugby forms every week - it is really appreci-
teams to which we performed at a very ated!
high standard in some very close games!
A number of Room 20 students have
participated in winter sports over the
past 2 years and I hope everyone tries Rugby captain Blair Keith wins the
lots of other different sports when they toss in the match vs. Casebrook Inter-
progress to high school. mediate. Breens had a narrow loss 19-
ODT Social Studies Quiz
Yet another opportunity for students to Questions ranged from country flags to
get involved was in the annual Otago newspaper scavenger hunts to famous
Daily Times Social Studies Quiz. The people.
event is held every year at Breens in-
There is a Year 9/10 competition also so
cluding the year 5/6 competition. This
check out your high school notice
year 71 teams from a number of differ-
ent schools across Christchurch too part. boards next year.
Breens was well represented and Kevin,
Jayme, Connor and Jacob represented
Room 20 this year.
Members of one of the ODT teams
Page 2 R O O M 20 NE W S L E T T E R
As part of our Interchange programme
gymnastics has been our PE focus for
Our learning intentions have been based
around balancing, using apparatus to
balance, rolling, jumping and vaulting.
Here are some of the activities we have
doing - thanks to the various room 20
photographers who have taken some
amazing action shots!
(And just in case you were wondering
the photos are up the correct way, it is
the students who are upside down!)
WAHOO!!!!! Breens TV is back!!!
AND WE ARE LIVE!!!
We will be having the
Very soon on this site:
At this time we have a password
on the page for security and
Witten by Chris Russell
An example of an exposition...
As part of our writing unit we looked at writing persuasive letters to get our opinion across. One of the ac-
tivities we did was to watch a clip from Fair Go about a dairy farmer who bought some wet weather gear
but it just didn’t keep him dry. Dan Murphy wrote the following letter of complaint…..
To whom it may concern. My problem is that on the If you can not do this I
day after I worked in the would be happy to try an-
clothes happy that I would other pear of pants and a
On Tuesday the 24th of be warm and dry the whole jacket for the same price.
March around the time of day. Around 3pm that day You will find my receipt in
5pm I arrived at Kath- my leg started feeling wet the envelope.
mandu to purchase some and I was upset that this
waterproof pants and gear did not keep me warm
jacket for my dairy farm- and dry. I knew that I just Thank you
ing. couldn’t go home and Dan Murphy
chuck on a pair of track-
pants cause that would be
The lady who served me
even worse then the Gortex
was very lovely, I told her
what I wanted and needed,
and she pointed me in the
direction of the Vortex wa- I would like a full refund
terproof jacket and pants. of $738 for the price of the
jacket and pants, in the
time of a week if possible.
Some Fun Facts...
Did you know? 1830 ketchup Coca cola used to be
was sold as a green!
Pearls melt in vinegar. medicine.
A pregnant goldfish is called a
Dogs have 4 toes on their back
If you yell for 8 years 7 months legs and 5 on there front. By Alex and
and 6 days you will have enough
sound energy to heat up 1 cup
Polar bears are left handed.
Elephants are the only mam-
mals that can’t jump. Snails can sleep for three year
with out eating.
Only one person out of 2 billion
will live to be 116 or over!
Page 5 ROOM 20 NEWSLETTER
The Science Fair 2011
The science fair was a huge success with almost the whole
school participating in it. Alex Gillespie came first in the year
8 category of the science fair Alex says “Well my project was a
water purifier. I drilled a hole in a bucket and then I placed a
piece of fabric in the bottom. Then I layered it about 4 times
with sand and charcoal in that order then the last layer was sand
due to the fact that charcoal floats. I then tipped dirty water on
top and an hour later it came out clean at the bottom.”
(Above is a picture of Alex’s science fair project)
Bradley Hinman got Highly Commended on his science fair
project he says “he did it about teeth witch is the worst soft
drink for your teeth he drinks used are Power-
He used paper, specimen containers, calcium, filtered paper,
drinks, measuring, cups, mortar and pestle, gloves, kitchen
scales, measuring spoons and a science board the total price for
the materials $39.20 .
A huge thank you for your support with Method • 1 t vanilla
the Breens bake Sale - an amazing as- Line a large rectangular baking tin (23
sortment of baking was brought along -25cm) with baking paper. Blend oil • 1 t baking powder
and all goods were sold at the end of the and sugar, add eggs 1 at a time. Mix
day. in remaining dry ingredients. Add
baking soda mixture. Add carrots last. 1) turn oven on to bake
Over $700 was raised to be donated for
the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and in Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 2) cut butter into 6 pieces
exchange for this donation the school 55mins or until a skewer comes out
was gifted a Samsung Tablet (a mobile clean. Cool then ice with cream 3) put butter into a jug,
touch screen computer device not a type cheese icing. cover and put in micro-
of medicine) wave for 20 seconds
A big thanks to Tayla Clifton from 4) scrap butter into a large
Cream Cheese Icing:
room 22 who won the tablet from the bowl
Radio Station More FM. 50g butter
5) add sugar, condensed
Looking for a fail safe carrot cake? 100g full cream cheese milk and vanilla
Here is a secret recipe from my Mother 2-3 cups icing sugar
in Law “Mrs D”. I made this for my
6) cream mixture
mum’s birthday and it was an absolute Pinch of salt 7) gradually stir in baking
winner! Lemon rind powder
Secret Carrot Cake Recipe 1 Tbsp lemon juice 8) stir in chocolate chips
1 cup oil Water as needed 9) put spoonfuls of mixture
2 cups brown sugar a tray with baking paper
Beat butter and cream cheese until
4 eggs (small) smooth. Add remaining ingredients - on it
1 cup wholemeal flour rind last.
10) put in the oven for 10
1 cup plain flour minutes or when the
1/4 tsp salt edges and brown
2 tsp cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 tsp mixed spice You will need
1 tsp ginger
• 100g butter
1 tsp instant coffee
3 cups grated carrot • 2 T condensed milk
2 tsp baking soda in 1Tbs of or- • 1 cup of flour
ange juice (or lemon juice)
• ¼ cup chocolate chips
• 1/3 cup sugar
An Apple a Day….
Some students have been asking about the fruit bowl and if we can
reintroduce it. Students really enjoyed sharing fruit after our fitness
time and so if you willing for your child to be part of this it would
be great if you could send a piece of fruit along to be shared with
The licenses programme has undergone some changes recently. There are
now 3 levels of license - Silver, Gold and Platinum. There are also differ-
ent levels of license rewards and house points that correspond with the 3
levels. It would be great to have as many Room 20 students licensed be-
fore they leave for high school!
As always if you have any questions about your child’s learning please
feel free to come in our make an appointment.
Ka kite ano,