The dark cloudy sky! Today we had basketball. It was our first lesson. Our instructor was Steph. First we played statue. Steph told us to run when she wasn't looking, and when she turns back, we have to freeze. If we don’t freeze we have to go back and start again. It was so awesome and funny because when people freezes, they fall down. Some of us were out because Steph did tricks to us by pretending to turn around. After that it was to do some skills. First skill was left and right hand. Left and Right was hard because we had sit down and bounce it with just one hand but with our left or right if Steph tells us to. Next was drum ball. That was one of the hardest skill because you had to do it very fast. That was a very exciting morning.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
It is very important to learn how to swim because if you're somewhere in the water and you don’t how to swim, then you might drown. Learning how to swim is one of the safety rules. There are some people that drown in the water a bunch of times because they don’t know how to swim. People never learn how to swim because they think they are good at swimming. I'm sure that swimming is important to you because if you’re ever in trouble and can’t swim, swimming lessons is what you need. Make sure you to the nearest pool and ask for swimming lessons.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Splash! What a overcast morning. On Friday the 7th of February we had our Water Fun Day. It started at 9:00am and finish at Interval. First Mrs Ripata told us the names of the 7 activities that we will be doing. Mrs Ripata told us that every activity will on be 10 minutes. When that 10 minute is over we will hear a whistle. Everyone was splitted into house colours. The colours were Rata, Kauri, Nikau and Kowhai. My house colour was red.
First activities we did was obstacle race. It was very tricky because when you get your water, you have to go under the chair and then run to our house colour bin. My team were all soapy and wet because we got wet by the hose. Every one were screaming, yelling out loud and supporting their teams so they could win. It was so enthusiastic. Ten minutes was over.
Next activity was the water slide. Everyone was excited. Of we slide down on the soapy slippery water. Sprinted to our colour house bin. It was cheerful and gleeful. Our team was supporting each other. Finally it was over. Time to do our zig zag. Almost every team ran out of breathe because you had to zigzag around the cones down the hill and sprint to the house colour bin and back up the hill. Ten minutes is over. Off to the sponge activity. The sponge activity was hard for because we had only three people. We had to swap every time. We were keen to do it because we didn't want to lose.
Afterwards our last 3 activities were so short because we ran out of time. The 3 last activities were 3 hand race, through the legs and walk the plank. Every single person was soak and wet and soapy as.
At the end everyone had to gather around the court to listen who were the winners. Mrs Tofa said, in fourth place was Kowhai and third place was Nikau. We all clapped for them. Mrs Tofa said that there were 2 teams that was in a tie. The teams were Rata and Kauri. We Were relieved to hear that Rata and Kauri came as a tie. We were all surprised. Mr Nath our leader in Rata, did a funky dance with the whole school. We all started laughing and we all said”, YEAH! YEAH!
And there was our water fun day experience. Wish we could do it again. Thank you to all the teachers who put their effort into making this day happen especially Mrs Tofa and Mrs Ripata. Thank you.
Socially Responsible Person
A socially responsible person need to use their manners at all times. Socially responsible people need to make sure that they help out people in the community and to support each other.
To be a socially responsible person you need to treat others the way you want to be treated. If someone is asking you to do something, do it straight away. I think that you need to take on tasks that are important. Show respect to other family members and be on your best behaviour at all times. Use manners everywhere you go and show kindness even if you are angry at them. If you are angry at a specific person, don’t express your anger at the person, tell someone about it so you are letting your anger out. Be kind and responsible for your actions towards other people.
If you are trying to be a socially responsible person,then you will need to be kind and respect to others around places. Make sure that you commit to things that you might be doing. A socially responsible person never puts others down but gives them advice and supports them. Also socially responsible people help those in need, not turn them away and make them feel like they’re a waste of space.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Read the included article.
Find the definitions and synonyms listed at the end.
Answer the questions at the bottom and blog it with a link to the original article.
What does Waitangi Day mean to me? abridged version. For full article read here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/opinion/9665624/What-does-Waitangi-Day-mean-to-you
by KIERAN BULLOCK 30/01/2014
I woke up today and found my Facebook feed jam-packed full of "Happy Australia Day" messages. I've lived in Melbourne for nine years, so unsurprisingly a large majority of my Facebook friends are Australian.
Australia Day falls on January 26, It wasn't until last year that I actually got to experience a full Australia Day celebration.
I use the word "celebration", because that's exactly what it is. Australians celebrate their national holiday, which was a bit of an eye-opener. I was invited to no less than three parties. The first two were great, and the third party was a picnic affair in the Edinburgh Gardens, just to the north of the Melbourne CBD.
The weather was gorgeous, about 30 degrees Celsius without a cloud in the sky. The park was staggeringly full.
Thousands of people decked out with rugs and camping chairs, with just enough room between groups to set up some backyard cricket or kick a football. The aroma of barbecued meats wafted on the breeze, carrying with it the excited chatter of several thousand people having an absolute ball. It was a celebration.
This year I will be in New Zealand for Waitangi Day. The last time I can recall actually making plans for Waitangi Day was about six years ago. I was home, on my university break, working full time. It just so happened that the Super Bowl fell on Waitangi Day, which meant we had the day off and could watch it.
I've asked around my friends here about their Waitangi Day plans this year and for the most part I get a similar response: A shrug. Ambivalence. Waitangi Day is a day off work for most.
In many respects Waitangi Day is a day far more worthy of celebration. It recognises the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the coming together of two groups to create the country we now live in.
Whilst some will argue that the document has been disrespected, ignored and mishandled over the years, the very fact that the Treaty was created and signed is undeniably important to all New Zealanders.
It has created an invaluable dialogue that can never be closed.
By contrast, Australia Day is the anniversary of the day the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Cove and planted the British flag on Australian soil. To the large indigenous community of Australia, the day infers that Australia became a nation proper only when the British arrived, and has henceforth been dubbed "Invasion Day" in protest.
Where Waitangi Day celebrates a forward step in cross-cultural relations, Australia Day arguably represents a step back. Australia Day is flawed.
For every "Happy Australia Day" message, there are just as many links to articles from various outlets regarding the dark history behind the day. The articles call for higher authorities to take action and right the wrongs of the past.
For many it is a day of celebration, for many a day of mourning and a day for protest.
Waitangi Day has its protests, too, and so it should. Everyone should have the right to protest if they feel aggrieved.
But what I feel Waitangi Day lacks is the celebration. Where are the barbecues, the backyard cricket matches, the clinking of glasses? If people want to use Waitangi Day as a national holiday to highlight what's wrong with the country, that's fine. But conversely, people should want to celebrate what's right with this country.
New Zealand is amazing, and Waitangi Day should be the day where we sit back, crack a gorgeous local craft beer and say, "It's not perfect, but we're proud of what we're doing here."
I believe, as a nation, we need to get behind Waitangi Day as a day of celebration. Even those who protest should do so, in the belief that their grievances can be aired, resolved, and progress made.
In my opinion our national holiday should be a day to focus on what's right with your country - and that's Waitangi Day. We have 364 other days to sort out what's wrong it. That should be enough.
Happy Waitangi New Zealand! Get out there and celebrate this fine country of ours!
Find the meaning for the following words, and one Synonym.
Once you have found all the definitions re-read the article using the synonyms to help you understand it.
Once you have found all the definitions re-read the article using the synonyms to help you understand it.
Tending to stagger or overwhelm
amazing, astonishing, astounding, mind-boggling, shocking, stunning
A distinctive, typically pleasant smell
bouquet, odor, perfume, scent, spice
The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
doubt, hesitancy, hesitation, indecision, uncertainty
Feel or show deep sorrow or regret for (someone or their death), typically by following conventions such as the wearing of black shoes
ache, agonize, bemoan, complain, deplore, fret, grieve, lament, regret, anguish
Originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country
domestic, endemic, homegrown, primitive
Feeling resentment at having been unfairly treated
disturbed, grieving, oppressed, persecuted, wronged
Introducing a statement or idea that reverses one that has just been made or referred to
Answer the following questions.
- What do you think about Keiran’s opinion?
- Answer: I think that Keiran’s opinion is right because there are some country’s that doesn't know about Waitangi here in New Zealand.
- What does Waitangi Day mean to you or your family?
- Answer: Its a treaty for the Maori's and the British
- How do you think New Zealanders could do more to celebrate Waitangi Day?
- Answer: They should make a plan by thinking about it and working together as a team.