Tag: Writing

The stone cottage in Panmure

On Tuesday morning my class went to the stone cottage by our school. Around 10 am it was my classes turn to go to the cottage. Luckily for us the cottage was only across the road.

Once we got there we met these two people named Terry and Patrick. Terry showed us a few pictures of Panmure back in the days. She was telling us the history of Panmure and one of the things she told us was that the stone cottage used to be by the McDonalds that we now have in Mt Wellington.

When she was done telling us the history she let us inside. Once inside we went to the first room which was opposite from the bedroom. It was the parlour or sitting room and we were greeted by this lady named Josephine. At first I thought she was a mannequin until I saw her eyes blinking. There were  lots of pictures in the room which had a lot of history.

We finished and went into the other room. The room we went into next, had a lot of old fashioned stuff like old dolls, clothes and some old fashioned bed covers. There  were two old fashioned dolls which were really creepy.

After that we went into the kitchen and the lady showed us some antique cups and bowls. Most of the bowls and cups were really pretty and elegant. In the kitchen there was this really creepy doll sitting on this old highchair.

We went upstairs and looked in this one room which had a lot of antique stuff like typewriters, a Faberge egg, perfume bottles, a corset and a man’s boots and some more old stuff.

We went into the second bedroom which had another crib with a doll inside of it and there was another bed. There were 3 mannequins with different clothes that had been donated over  the years. They were old.

At the very end my class went back down stairs and went outside and took a few pictures. It was really nice and interesting there. I have often wondered what was inside the cottage




My Cycling Experience

Yesterday my class had the opportunity to take cycling lessons. We were introduced to two people named Kyla and Kate who were the coaches who were going to teach us how to be safe while cycling. They first showed us the proper clothing we should wear when cycling. They said that we should wear vibrant colours when cycling so cars can see us easily on the road. The shoes they recommended to wear were closed shoes and not  crocs or sandals

After that they told us to go outside and find the right helmet that fitted us. Once we got our helmets they told us to line up from shortest to tallest by the fence. They got our bikes for us and then split us into two groups. One group were less confident people and one for people who were more confident riders. The more confident people went with Kyla on the top court and the less confident went with Kate under the canopy.

The  first thing we did was riding around the top court in a circle following one another. After that we played a few games and one of the games was called ‘red light green light.’ Once we were done we played this other game where you had to be the last one at the finish line to win but it was really hard to do it since you couldn’t touch the ground and if you did you were out.

After more games we finally played this one game and it was really fun since we had to have a bean bag on out heads while cycling around all these obstacles and if it fall you had to run back and get it. We finally finished but we had a few minutes left before lunch so we played this game called “buddy up” where we had to get a partner and do some challenges like you had to piggy back your or go under them.

I had a lot of fun and I hope we can do it again soon. It is very important to feel confident on a bike and feel safe.


















My Swimming Experience

For the last 2 weeks we’ve had the opportunity to do swimming lessons. The things we had to bring were our  togs, goggles, towel, swim cap and a jacket which was optional. We started our swimming lessons on Tuesday 1st of August and ended on Monday 14th.

On the first day of swimming we had to get changed and then go on the bus to the swimming pool. When we got there we got split into different lanes depending on how good we were. The three lanes were beginner, intermediate and advanced. I was in advanced class with a few of my friends. The first thing we did was freestyle which was kind of easy. Then once we finished we did backstroke. After we did that we did some diving.

On one of the last days of swimming we were able to go on a boat which was really fun because we got pushed off  it and we also went under it. When we finished we went to this other activity where someone has to pretend to drown and we have to save them with life jackets, a rope and the rescue bag.

One of my favourite things we did were breaststroke and diving. On the last day we just did our normal swimming. It was really fun and I can’t wait for next year to do swimming again.




Matariki Stars


How to make a Matariki Star:

The things you need are cardboard, wool (2 colours), scissors and a pencil.

First cut a circle around your cardboard shape. Next  cut 1.5cm  slits that have an equal distance between them. Now get your  first colour of wool and slide it into the first slit, leaving a tail on the other side. Begin making your way around the shape, passing through each slit several times until you have your desired look, leaving enough space to tie a loop.

Use your second colour of wool to weave a different side of the star from 1 to 6 etc. Above is my star which I like a lot and looks good with all the other stars on our display.












Characterisation of Storm Boy

I am free and easy. When I’m surrounded by nature I am overjoyed with happiness. I really love animals and many unusual fish, shells and birds have become my friends. I know everything I know from Fingerbone Bill. I look like a child but I understand many things that happen around me more like an adult does. I am unafraid and love living where we do.

I am…….. Storm boy

Our ki o rahi tournament

Yesterday Mr Bell organised a ki o rahi  tournament at school. It was our first ever ki o rahi tournament and after a term’s lessons, we were now going to play games against Rooms 7 and 8. After morning tea we got into our house groups and Mr Bell  called out which groups were going to play first in the tournament. The first teams were kauri and rata.  After Mr bell called out the groups the games finally started down on the field. My class went down and we started watching the game. Once the game ended it was time for the next round  so the teams got ready for that. That is how the tournament went until lunchtime.

I enjoyed playing my game because we were all mixed and we played pretty well. In the end, we were all sweaty and tired. Thanks to coach Trey for  helping us to get better at ki o rahi, and for giving Willietony fake $100 from monopoly.




ANZAC Biscuits !!


Last Thursday, my class tried ANZAC biscuits. They were very hard like rocks but they were surprisingly yummy.  When I tried them for the first time they tasted a little weird but when I took the second bite it tasted better but a lot of crumbs came out of my mouth! They tasted like coconuts and oats mixed together. Back in World War 1 in 1915, these ANZAC biscuits were made by the women back home because they could travel to Europe without becoming rotten. The soldiers enjoyed receiving these gifts.  ANZAC biscuits include coconuts, oats, butter, flour, golden syrup and baking soda. The ANZAC biscuits are round like a sphere and have little oats sticking out . The texture of the top of the biscuits was as rough as the bark of the tree. I can’t wait for the next ANZAC day so I can hopefully try another ANZAC BISCUIT. !!!

Last weekend St Patrick’s celebrated our 175 jubilee and we also celebrated St Patrick’s day at school on Friday. That was the start of the festivities.


On Friday morning I woke up very tired but then I remembered that today was St Patrick’s Day, so that made me wake up easier. I started to get ready for school and when I was ready I went to school. After a while the bell finally rang, so my class washed our hands and went up to church. When we got there we went to sit down, and when I turned around there were alot of people waiting for the Mass to begin. We finally started church and started to sing some songs we had to practise for weeks before.

After church we went outside and we started to dig something up that had been buried for 25 years. Once we finally dug it up it was in a box, a very dirty box. We opened it up and there were alot of old pictures in it. Once we’d finished looking in the box we went back to our class. When we got back we started to do the normal things we would do until the bell rang for morning tea.


After morning tea the whole school went under the canopy and our principal called out our groups that we would be in since we were going to play some games. The group I was in was called the Celts and all the groups were Irish words.Once I got in my group we started to play some games. After we played some games we went back under the canopy and we were finally able to eat the popsicles that we had been waiting for since I was very hot.


On Sunday I woke up and got ready. I went to church since it was our parish’s 175 jubilee celebrations. We started the Mass and one of the most amazing parts of the celebration was when this girl was sitting on this Tongan platform called a fata. She was also holding the bible. After the Sunday mass we went to the hall and sang some songs and also danced to one of the dances that we had to practise for many days. After my brother and I danced and sang some songs we went  home.


I really enjoyed this jubilee celebration.



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