Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Open Night

On August 6 Freyberg High School had its Open Night, welcoming prospective Year 9 students. As part of the night three keen 9RA students helped out. Kea, Tayla & Madoka all helped to make a great night. Cheers you three!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Science Fair

Courtney Walker

The school science fair was held on Wednesday 30th July and 9RA had a number of projects entered. Well done to these 9RA students
LIVING WORLD: Courtney Walker (1st) Areth Dunlop (3rd), Sue-Ellen Mehlhopt and Hannah Day (Highly Commended)
MATERIAL WORLD: Stacey Gunn (1st) Kathryn Drew (2nd) and Madoka Yamauchi (Highly Commended)
PHYSICAL WORLD: Lizzie Frith (Highly Commended)

The Manawatu Fair will be held on the 22nd August, but we are still awaiting confirmation of our allocation before being able to finalise who is going through.
Stacey Gunn

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Arbor Day Planting

It was a beautiful June Sunday afternoon when we joined the Pit Park crew to plant out our Trees for Survival seedlings at the Arbor Day Planting. Numbers from 9RA were lower than anticipated, but Hannah and Tayla joined Mr Steed and some other Freyberg staff and families to plant the trees on the Tweed Street bank of the Pit. The Pit is undergoing further development over the next couple of years, including wetland area development. If you haven't been down there yet, its worth checking out. Another planting will be held on 20th July.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The first planting

On Wednesday after school a group of students stayed behind to prepare the ground for today's (Thursday) planting. The ground was pretty hard to turn but we all got stuck and and got in well turned over. Addition of a few bags of compost made for a nice soil ready for planting.

Then today we gathered the plants that had been donated (thanks Colin MacPhersons, Oderings & Palmers) along with a number of plants we had grown up from seedlings in our Trees for Survival Unit. With the skies blue above us and the sun on our backs we planned and planted out our garden, transforming a once barren plot, to a beautiful native garden.

We can now look forward to the big Arbor Day planting on Sunday the 15th June when we will plant more of the Trees for Survival plants at Pit Park.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Coke & Mentos Explosion - Revealed

With CREST projects underway I have attached a link to a useful You Tube clip showing how the Mythbusters team explored the main ingredients behind the Coke & Mentos fountain. They make great use of controlling their variables, so it is well worth a look.

Myth Busters

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A particularly interesting topic

We have started into term 2 by looking at the "particularly" interesting topic on the Nature of Matter. We have been discussing the arrangement of particles in solids, liquids and gases and how this affects their properties. We have then extended these basic concepts to discuss expansion, contraction, diffusion, pressure and changing states. The picture above shows one of the experiments we did looking at diffusion of colour (from pebbles) in water.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Testing plants for photosynthesis

As one of experiments this week we were looking at what would happen to geranium leaves if we put a piece of tin foil across and blocked the sun getting to the leaf. After a week we tested the leaf for the presence of starch (stained black by iodine). You can see a couple of amazing results where the foil prevented the leaf from carrying out photosynthesis and storing the products as starch...pretty convincing experiment!