Monday, 20 February 2017

Welcome to 2017

Hi everyone,

Welcome to 8CS's blog for 2017. This is a place where we will document our learning, connect with the world outside our classroom and share the fun of being part of Year 8 at Selwyn House. Thank you for popping in; we hope you'll be back. In the meantime, here's a photo of us on our first day in 8CS with our friends next door in 8PR. We had an awesome Book Tasting. What is a book tasting you might ask? Well, follow this blog and you'll see a post on this very soon!

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

South Island Ballet Awards

My name is Jessica and I am a Junior Full Timer at Canterbury Ballet (CB). Being a Junior Full Timer means I go to school in the mornings till 12:45pm and then start dance at 1:00pm. I do this everyday but Wednesday. During the week we do Open classical class, Repertoire, body conditioning, Exam work, contemporary, Jazz and lyrical.  

And my name is Sophie and I’m a part timer at Anneliese Gilberd Academy, this means that I do 3 full days at school, and 2 full days at ballet! These days include, contemporary, rehearsals, class, and strengthening classes that go from 9.30am to 8.00pm

We both have a major passion ballet, we could dance all day everyday.
These photos are from the South Island Competition held in May. There were 31 competitors  in the junior category.

We both used a classical dance called peasant pas for this competition, then in the second part of the competition, we did a different dance like a Neo Classical which Sophie did and Jessica’s second dance was another classical dance called Sleeping Beauty The Dream Scene. Both of us got into semi finals which was narrowed down to 15 dancers in the semi finals. We then had to repeat our classical dance peasant pas and from there they announced the finalist which Sophie was one of the lucky 9 out 15 to get into. We were both extremely happy with how we did in this competition and was a great opportunity for both of us.

By Jessica and Sophie

Monday, 5 September 2016

Itinerant Music Concert 2016

Every year we hold itinerant music concerts. For this we have many different instruments playing and LOTS of different songs as well. Here are some of the photos from our latest concert held last week.

Here we have a year 6 playing the violin

Here we have a student playing the piano. 
Here we have a student playing the glockenspiel


I would like to congratulate the people that performed and announced in the concert. You ALL did a great job. It was amazing to watch! Well Done

Monday, 29 August 2016

Netball and Hockey Canterbury

On Thursday the 25th the hockey Y7/8 A hockey, Y7/8 A netball and Y5/6 A netball team went to CPSA (Canterburys).

To qualify for Canterburys we had to go to a independent schools tournament. You then have to either come first or second to qualify for canterburys. Our 7/8 hockey girls came second and the y7/8 netball girls came first and the y5/6 girls 

came second.

Both netball and hockey girls did really well. Everyone really enjoyed this experience. Congratulations to all the girls who participated.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Our Hockey Season!

On every Thursday Afternoon, the A hockey team go to Nunweek Park to play a 40 minute game of 6 aside. Our team is made out of year 7 and 8 girls. We have won all of our games. We also have 2 other teams, the B team and C team.

The A team has also been to the zones and we were so close to winning! We lost by one point to SMC. We came second which is a big improvement on last year and now we are going to the Canterburys! We are very excited.

I think we have done very well this year!

By Lilli

Robocup 2016

On Saturday the 20th of August, Robocup was held. We had three year eights competing in Junior Robocup Theater as a team called the Selwyn Mad Hatters, and also 1 year five and three year sixes in a team called the Selwyn Cinderella competing in the same competition.
Selwyn Mad Hatters Performing on Stage

Alice, Abi and Julia did Alice in Wonderland. We had three different robots. We had the Mad Hatter, Alice, and the Cheshire Cat all as robots. We had to create robots that moved around a 1.8 meter board. We had made a lot of different props including a LED light up bush with roses on it, a backdrop with a picture of the white rabbit on it, tress, roses
and much much more.
Some of the Mad Hatters Props

Mad Hatters Backdrop

Mad Hatters Bush Wiring
There were judges who we all had an interview with us before our performance, and then they watched our performance and marked us. We were marked down one point for every time we touched our robots. Then afterwards at the prize giving they awarded the prizes. We were really lucky to have the Selwyn Mad Hatters win 2nd place out of sixteen teams which was amazing. Unfortunately our Cinderella team did not place but they still did really well.

Selwyn Cinderella Performing

Participation Certificate
Mad Hatters After Being Awarded their Prize.

Mad Hatters Getting their Award