by Sarah Gilbert

Middles News


This week we have been swimming and each year we are always at how much progress children make in only a few days. As you will be aware there is maintenance happening on the pool on Monday and we will now be swimming from Tuesday to Thursday next week. 


We have our trip to Tirohanga on Friday and are still waiting on a number of permission forms to be completed. To find the link, just click the image at the bottom of the message that was sent out by your class teacher on seesaw. If you are having problems with this please contact your child's class teacher.


In anticipation of our move into the new building next year, teachers have spent much of the year learning about collaborative teaching and the Middle teachers have also spent a considerable amount of time gaining more professional development in writing. This week we have put this learning into practice to plan and teach collaboratively. This has meant classes have worked together to learn the language and structure of information report writing and have also been involved in small group workshops on a range of writing skills. The children have been really engaged in this writing and as teachers we can see how it will work really well in our new space. See below for some examples of our writing about the water cycle.

Have you ever wondered what the water cycle is? It is a cycle of stages that water goes through. 

Have you ever seen when it rains and steam rises from the ground? Well of you have it's called evaporation. Evaporation is when heat from the sun warms up the water on the ground and turns it to a gas called vapour. Evaporation is the first stage of the water cycle.

Condensation is the second stage of the water cycle. Condensation is when the vapour from the ground rises up to the sky. When it's up in the sky, the vapour turns into a cloud.

The last stage of the water cycle is precipitation. Precipitation is when the vapour turns back into liquid and falls back down. It can fall as rain, sleet, hail or snow. Another stage is call crystallisation. Crystallisation is when a liquid turns into a solid like hail, snow and sleet.

The water cycle is very important and we would not be here today without it.

By Ella Jones

Did you know the water in your bottle was from a cloud? That is thanks to the water cycle. The water cycle is made out of three stages that water goes through: evaporation, condensation and precipitation.

Evaporation is the first stage in the water cycle, and it is when the heat from the sun warms up the water from lakes, rivers, oceans and any place with water and turns it into vapour (gas). Vapour rises up and collects in the sky.

Condensation is when vapour cools back down, and that makes it turn into liquid but it gathers together and makes a cloud so it prevents it from falling right after evaporating. Clouds also have different shapes.

Precipitation is the last stage of the water cycle. It is also known as "raining". It is when the liquid droplets get too heavy and the cloud bursts which causes water to fall down. 

There are some extra stages in the water cycle that sometimes happen and they're called "transpiration" and "crystallisation". Transpiration is when plants sweat out water and it evaporates, and crystallisation is after precipitation and the water is too cold so it freezes.

So that is all the stages of the water cycle! Now that you know all about the water cycle, you're probably asking yourself "why is this important"? The water cycle is really important because it recycles water, so we can have infinite water. If we didn't have it we would run out of water.

By Hanh Minh Pham

Imagine you were driving down the road and it was a rainy but sunny day ......

Evaporation, Condensation and Precipitation - these are important parts of the Hydrologic Cycle.

Evaporation is when liquid changes to steam or gas. Condensation is when gas or steam gets cooler and starts turning into clouds.  Precipitation is when all the water turns into heavier drops and falls down.  Accumulation is when the water collects on the ground and in the rivers and flows to lakes and to the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean.  

The Water Cycle is amazing, right? Wait till you get some final facts about the Water Cycle.  First - if we didn't have the water cycle the earth wouldn't be a thing.  Second - the water cycle has been for over one billion years!

by Theo Cole-Leyden

The Water Cycle is an amazing thing.  Did you know that water gets recycled?  The water that you've drunk could of been in a dinosaur or your friend or in your dad!  

Have you ever seen steam rising up off the ground?  Have you ever wondered why that happens? I used to but now I know why.  It's a stage of the Water Cycle called evaporation.  You may not be interested, but what if I tell you that dinosaurs were part of this?  I know that I mentioned this in the introduction so I am going to tell you some more.  Evaporation is when all the water on the ground goes up and turns into gas.  This gas is called vapour.  Vapour is a big part of evaporation.  

Condensation is when the vapour turns into clouds.  There are different types of clouds like Straatus, Cirrus and Cumulus.  Clouds are always moving.  

Precipitation is when it comes down, sometimes in different forms like rain, snow, ice, sleet and hail.  Crystalization of water molecules is sometimes involved.

The Water Cycle never ends.  Without water we would lose such a precious resource that we would die.  We are lucky to have water in our world.

by Reid Houghton

Aria Jolly’s Water cycle Report

Do you know how the water cycle works? If not… today is your lucky day.

Evaporation is when a liquid heats up by the sun and turns into a gas. Also known as water vapor.

Condensation is when the water vapor comes together. The higher it goes, the colder it gets. It comes together to form a cloud.

Precipitation is when the cloud gets heavy and the rain pours down. Sometimes it can come down in more than one form. Like hail, snow, or sleet.

Thanks for listening! Hope I see you soon. 

By Aria Jolly