Room 9 Year 5 and Year 6
Room 9 is a class of 26 Year 5 and Year 6 children. There are 13 girls and 13 boys.
Year 5 is the first year of the Middle School at Hebron Christian College, and there will be many new experiences for these children.
The first major new event was going away on School Camp, in the seventh week of Term 1. For some children, this was their first time away from home without their parents.
A continual activity introduced at this level, is daily running around the school. The circuit is about 250 metres, so both children and their teacher are able to total the distances covered. Using Google Earth, the children get to see their progress from Auckland.. In past years, the class has run South and South East. In 2014, one year 5 student ran as far as Te Kaha, on the East Cape, while the rest of the class reached Whakatane or further! In 2015, the route was Highway 1, towards Wellington. By December, nearly all of the class reached Turangi, and six passed Taihape (410 km), while one boy reached Hunterville (almost 500km). This year, the goal is Cape Reinga (467 km)
Room 9 children are becoming proficient readers and enjoy sharing their skills several times per week by reading with their five-year old buddies in Room 8.
Learning Te Reo on a regular basis is another feature Room 9, as is the recitation of Memory Verses at school assemblies.
Our theme in term 4 is God is One God and wants us to co-operate
In Devotions, we will investigate in the Bible how God is a triune God and how He wants us to be united in our communities.
In Health, we will learn about Rest, Sleep, Food and Exercise, and how this cycle helps us to live in harmony as spirit, soul and body, as God lives in unity as Father, son and Holy Spirit.
In Science, we will study the Rocky Shore, and learn about the various creatures who share the same habitat and resources.
Room 9 Fitness
Everyday Room 9 children run around the school, which is a 250 metre circuit. The distances run are aggregated over the whole year and certificates given for reaching major towns in the North island. Every year, we try to run further than the previous Room 9 class. In 2011, one boy ran as far as Hamilton (126 km). In 2012, the first runner "reached" Rotorua. (232 km). In 2013, one boy passed Whakatane (300 kms) and started to "run around" East Cape! (375 km). In 2014, the whole class ran at least 60 km further than the previous class, and the whole class reached Whakatane. The fitness levels of all class members increase noticeably as the year progresses.
In 2015, the route was changed to Highway 1 through the middle of the North Island. It is expected that all children will run as far as Auckland to Turangi, (320 km) with the first six children running as far as Taihape. (410 kms)
In 2016, as some children "ran South" last year, the route was changed again to allow them to see the geography of their "running North" as far as Cape Reinga.
By the end of the year, most of the class will have "reached" Kaikohe (277 km).
Middle School Camp March 2016
Camp is such a spectacular time of the year when we come together and learn about God and His amazing creation. This year we went to Kokako Lodge at Hunua, right next to the Hunua Falls. As well as a having a variety of activities at the camp site, and spiritually challenging "Power Up" times, we had a wonderfully wet day to Cosseys dam, which was a good few hours walk up and back.. The last morning we had an interesting talk from a DOC ranger, who demonstrated various means of trapping pesky critters which prey on our native birds.
The Musical "The Shepherd King" 2016
Room 9 singing in the musical - being young does not make you insignificant!