Day 2 is underway! Go! Kiwi Kids Go!

By lunchtime yesterday, children from across the globe had collectively answered over one million questions! We thought that was pretty amazing until we took a look this morning…over three and a half million questions!

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This is an awesome achievement and everyone taking part has every reason to feel enormously proud. Of course it is made all the more special as every answer given represents another step a student has made towards mastering a new maths, literacy or language skill!

Whilst we are delighted with our collective performance, it is the accomplishment of individual territories that will determine the overall winner and New Zealand is ready for the challenge!

This is how the leader board looked yesterday –

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The amazing effort by St Clare’s Primary School on day one meant that they managed to hold on to the top spot despite a strong performance from Team GB’s Knockloughrim Primary School. Team New Zealand’s Greytown School and Papakura Normal School did well and secured prestigious places in the top ten as did Team USA’s Beverley Manor Elementary. The seemingly unbeatable Roseville Public School, St Michael’s School, John XXIII Catholic School and Yugumbir State School stayed in the top ten but it was ‘all change’ only hours later –

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Papamoa School pulled out all the stops to edge their way into the top ten for Team New Zealand – incredible effort! Can Team New Zealand pass the half million mark?

Team GB and Team USA have their work cut out – watch this space!

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3, 2, 1, Go! The World Cup Has Started!

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The wait is over, the 2016 Skoolbo World Cup has commenced!
Team New Zealand have made a flying start, although the time difference has given you a few more playing hours (as it stands). But it’s only day one and we have already surpassed the global one million answer mark! Fantastic!

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Australian schools have dominated the leader boards on the first day. As it stands, St Clare’s Primary School are looking hard to beat but a concerted effort from two Kiwi schools – Greytown School and Papakura Normal School could topple them. Team GB have nudged their way into the top ten and their day isn’t over yet. It’s all still to play for…

LeaderboardTeam New Zealand, you have made an awesome start, let’s aim to continue the momentum tomorrow!

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Brain Breaks – New From Skoolbo!

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Introducing Skoolbo Brain Breaks! Get 20 great songs for students to sing and dance along to in class. Ideal for ages 5 to 8, these two minute bursts of activity between lessons can be beamed up on a data projector, interactive whiteboard or a TV!

You can install Skoolbo Brain Breaks once on your PC or Mac meaning there’s no need for an internet connection in your classroom!

Key Pedagogies

  • Encourages singing, dancing and drama
  • Develops gross motor skills
  • Promotes vocabulary and imagination
  • Builds memory and articulation
  • Gets kids active
  • Wonderful class bonding and lots of smiles
  • A fun break between lessons!

 

The team behind Skoolbo Brain Breaks

Melissa Georgiou leads a team of super-talented singers and performers from across the world. The team has more than 50 years of combined experience in teaching singing and dancing to young children. We are passionate about children being active and developing their singing and dancing skills. Find out more.

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Pukete School set in the historic Pukete area (Hamilton) opened originally in 1879 and moved into it’s new site in 1973. It is a contributing primary school for students from Years 1-6 with a role of over 430 students.

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Pukete has a proud history and in 2015 – Pukete Pou was erected and unveiled in the school grounds, by Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. The main top figure depicts Wairere who was an important ancestor directly linked to the origins of the name Waikato following his birth during the 1600s.He was a famous chief and had many numerous descendants. His tribe, Ngati Wairere are the local iwi upon the lands that Hamilton City is built upon. There are several other representative figures on the Pou including the four individual faces of the winds (Nga hau e wha) which depict the journeys and travels of people from throughout the nation and across the world who associate with Pukete School. Another figure depicts Koura, She was an outstanding leader. She was has chosen as a deity for developing a strong leader.

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Reaching the 1 million mark was helped by the fact that Pukete School are very well resourced for digital learning. All classes have screens that can be used for teaching, and sharing digital learning. Across the school they have a variety of devices available for learning including iPads, Apple TVs, laptops, Chromebooks, and desktop computers. These are integrated into classroom programmes as tools to extend learning, access information, and work collaboratively.

 

Pukete School loves Skoolbo and it shows, with an average improvement rate of 33.5%, and the help of 17 Super Champs (Individuals who have answered over 10,000 questions), the students have also managed an amazing 14,448 Personal Bests.

 

You rock Pukete School-keep up the awesome work.

 

GO PUKETE SCHOOL GO!

 

Super St Claudine Thevenet School – 1 Million Answers!!!

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St Claudine Thevenet School is based in Wainuiomata. The school opened in 2005, as a result of St Matthew’s and St Patrick’s Schools merging.

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St Claudine is another school that has embraced the new Technical age with both hands, one of there main lines of communications now is through the St Claudine Thevenet School App.

Here is St Claudine Thevenet in house Skoolbo leaderboard with very strong results coming from D2 and B3, not that we can ignore C2 and C3 who have also gone beyond the 100,000 questions mark.

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St Claudine Thevenet School is a decile 3, Full Primary School (Year 1-8), with over 266 students on their roll.

Reaching 1 million answers was helped by 16 Skoolbo Super champs, students that have answered over 10,000 questions. Throughout the St Claudine Thevenet School has managed just over 12,200 personal bests and an average improvement rate per student of over 35%. Wow incredible stuff!

 

GO ST CLAUDINE THEVENET SCHOOL GO!!

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NICE ONE – NEW LYNN SCHOOL ON BECOMING A MEMBER OF OUR ONE MILLION CLUB!

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New Lynn School is based in Auckland. They have a rich history opening in 1888 with 61 pupils and one teacher (that’s one very busy teacher!). Children originally came to school on horseback.

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New Lynn School has embraced there cultural diversity, opening a Confucius Classroom. “Being a Confucius Classroom means you can have an even better Chinese programme.”

Janine Chin, Manager at Confucius Institute also said she commended Greg Roebuck, the principal and the school teaching staff on their Chinese language commitment to date which has seen students grow and use their Chinese more confidently. “Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world” she said. “Learning Chinese enables you to learn many new things and make lots of new friends.”

We expect the Skoolbo Mandarin Language dragon is well used in this classroom!

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New Lynn School is a decile 4, contributing (Year 1-6), with over 365 students on their roll.

Reaching 1 million answers was helped by 18 Skoolbo Super champs, students that have answered over 10,000 questions and 16 classes that have answered over 50,000 questions. Throughout the school New Lynn has managed just under 10,000 personal bests and an average improvement rate per student of over 31%. Wow incredible stuff!!

GO NEW LYNN SCHOOL GO!!

Super Sherwood Primary School! Welcome to the Million Club.

Sherwood Primary LogoSherwood Primary School is located in Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore. It has a role of around 460 students from new entrants to Year 6.

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Sherwood School has a strong focus on the use of technology and eLearning to support children’s education and each classroom is well equipped for this. With this in mind it is no wonder that the talented students have answered over 1 Million questions on Skoolbo.

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Sherwood school has over 11,359 Personal best on Skoolbo with 23 Super Champs (Students that have answered over 10k), they have 2 classes sitting above 100,000 answers and the whole school has an average improvement rate of 35.6%.

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In June this year Sherwood School had a fantastic visit from Mr Stu Duval where the students had 2 sessions with him on storytelling and cartooning, it is so wonderful to see that not only do the children, work hard on their literacy and maths skills but also take time out to explore their creative side.Sherwood Stu Duval

 

GO SHERWOOD SCHOOL GO!!

Good Going Glen Eden School to Reach 1 Million Answers on Skoolbo!!!!

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Last year Glen Eden Primary School celebrated its 100th year anniversary, what a fantastic milestone for the school, in 2016 we are celebrating yet another milestone, the students reaching the Million Club on Skoolbo!

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Room 12 are not far away from yet another wonderful celebration, with just over 8,500 questions to go, their class will have answered 100,000 questions!

Glen Eden Primary School is based in West Auckland and has a role of 360   students. Part of GEPS vision is;“We believe that all children are capable of achieving and encourage them to do this to the highest standard. We find ways to make children’s learning exciting and meaningful in an environment that is both stimulating and inviting. We provide authentic contexts in which to learn. We know that everyone learns differently and at different stages. We provide programmes that challenge children and push them to think. Our major emphasis is on literacy and numeracy”.

Glen Eden School takes great pride in the different cultures that their children represent, last week they had both the Kapa Haka and Samoan groups perform in the Kelifest.

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During term 4 the students will get a chance to try out new activities through their elective programme, Garden to Table, weaving, mural making, ice skating and many more! What a fantastic way to finish the school year and to make learning both fun and rewarding.

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We are sure that they will still find time to continue on their fantastic Skoolbo learning journey and to grow their numbers from 8,412 Personal Best and an average improvement rate of 28.7%.

Go Glen Eden Primary School Go!!!!

 

High Five to Hillcrest Normal School!!

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Answering one million questions on Skoolbo is an outstanding achievement and we are excited to welcome the students of Hillcrest Normal School to our Million Club, they join an elite group of 31 NZ schools. Only 233 Schools worldwide are members of this club!

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With a role of 415 students and a school vision of “Developing lifelong learners who are confident, connected and actively involved in their learning”.  No wonder they have answered over 1 million question with 11,359 Personal Best, and an average improvement rate of 35.6%.

This kind of success doesn’t just happen and we know that reaching this level requires great determination and self-belief on behalf of the students. We’re sure they have also had wonderful enabling support from some pretty fantastic parents, carers and teachers.

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Not only are the students from Hillcrest Normal School whizzes on Skoolbo but they are also amazingly active and super creative!!!!

 

Go Hillcrest Normal Go!!!!!

The Skoolbo World Cup is just around the corner! Let’s WIN NZ!

The Skoolbo World Cup is back for a third year! Children in NZ will be competing against other Skoolbo-ers in classrooms across the USA, UK and Australia.

Running from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th of December, your students’ avatars will wear a new Team NZ uniform. Every question your students answer correctly puts NZ one step closer to victory! There will be an automated tally on the Skoolbo website homepage so you can see the results live.

This is a great way to motivate and engage students to learn by answering lots of maths and literacy questions.

Let’s have some fun as we join together to take on the world in the Skoolbo World Cup!

Stay tuned for more news on the World Cup coming in the lead up to December 6th…

Go Kiwi Kids! Go!

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