Monday, December 3, 2012

Why children should have ipads / ipods at school.

How can parents and teachers live their life knowing they are keeping children from using ipads / ipods at school? I don't know but I am starting to think they don't WANT us to have them. I think that we should have them and here are some reasons why:

They take up less space than laptops and computers, they are portable where as computers are not, the battery charge lasts for a long time and MANY other reasons.

They also have educational games and apps that can help with spelling and math. The speakers and camera allow kids to record / make videos of thier learning. You can get an internet app so that kids can reaserch information they need for certain subjects. Some even have wi-fi.

Have you ever wanted something that was small, portable, has internet, long lasting battery and doesn't need cables? That's precisley why I think kids should have ipads / ipods at school.

By : GrT

Friday, November 30, 2012

Why children should have ipad/ipod at school

I think chirdren should have their own ipad or ipod at school because when they need to research something they have to ask the teacher.But you know sometimes the teacher says no.Isn't that so uncool.So I think children should have their own ipad or ipod at you know why.Because teachers can also download helpful school apps for children to help them with there own learning to get better.While different teachers can show kids videos about what they or we are learning about.The most important thing to the kids are still having a blast ( a wonderful time inside ) when it is a rainy day.So I think that children should have their own ipod or ipad at school because they don't need to go to the computers to use up energy and use money to pay for the internet or network.Last of all we can use some of the school money for more other stuff for our own school.

By Giane

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Children Should have iPods, iPads and iPhones At School

Parents say "No you'll lose it at school" tired of your parents saying that. Well give this to your parents, teachers and even your principal and see their reaction, I’m sure you will be able to take the device to school.

Your children’s interest in learning can increase big-time. Instead of book, pen/cil and other stationery, you only need your finger. This device can last your child’s learning yeas from primary to high school, and it can cost less than stationery. It is boring working from a sheet, the iPods and iPads/ iPhone learning games are interactive. If you get it wrong it will give you a strategy to help you, so you will get it right and understand it better.

If children aren’t aware of the future technology then when they grow up they will not know how to use the device. If they want to become something good (I mean in a job) let them have any device. They will know and get more chances of getting into a good job. If they don’t know devices they won’t communicate, play, and work in the new version and will get stuck in the old fashioned way.

Teachers can give kids homework, check it and talk through it. With Facetime, teachers can tutor or help kids with their school homework.
There are new & improved, school & homework games for teachers, parents & students, so that means better, exciting and interactive learning games. These learning games also can help disabled people to recover and learn.

Concentration is a very important thing, bringing this device can increase your or your child’s concentration. The games and learning games are interactive, exciting, funny, creative and child safe. How can your concentration increase you say? Well the game focuses you on one subject/topic and you are actually concentrating. Book and pen/cil is not such a well focusing tool (I say) you get easily distracted.

So it can be good, I think iPods and iPads and iPhones should be allowed at schools for learning, concentration, improved learning games and future tech.     



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Children Should have iPads and iPods at School

Hi, I am Ellie and today I am going to convince you that iPads and iPods are allowed at school. Although that doesn't sound very school like and educational I am going to convince you!

Firstly iPod touches and iPads can be very educational because you can download educational games. There are a variety of learning games in the app store. Many are free. Kids enjoy iPods and iPads so kids would love it. iPods have educational songs so you can learn lots.

iPods and iPads can be very handy because if the teacher needs the children to do something on the mat the children could do it on their iPad. iPads are very useful and popular so we kids would enjoy it.

Having iPods and iPads at school is wonderful because children like me, can learn more about technology. iPods and iPads can be spontaneously fun, funnily enough. Kids love swiping and touching iPads so kids can be extra nice to the teachers if the teachers say that if you are naughty you can't go on your iPod/iPad. Teaching can be very easy.

On a wet day iPods/iPads can be breathtakingly fun.On a wet day you can't go outside so iPods/iPads are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! Great entertaainment!

Why sit and play a boardgame when you could be playing the latest game on your iPad? Why listen to someone reading when you could be listening to a famous actor reading it? Why take technology lessons when you could be playing a game? We are modern now, so act modern?

By Ellie

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Friendly Classroom and School - A Storybird

My Friendly Classroom and School on Storybird JC shares what she likes about our class.

Guardians of the Diamond of Truth - a StoryBird

GuardiansOf The Diamond Of TruthPart 1 on Storybird Another fantastic story by Kayla.


I saw Kelsy push in a trolley that belonged to Sally (our instructor). She should us the ways our streams are being destroyed. 
We learnt about Super Bugs and how they eat bacteria. She also told us that people don't realise that they're  killing our oceans and our atmosphere.  
She also told us about the pond on the side of the motorway she told us the she works on the other side of the pond. It is a factory that cleans water. It takes sewage and makes it clean stream water. 
So she then she talked about eels and these kids who would take care of them. She told us that one morning the kids went down to the pond and the eels had burns on their skin from cement that people are lazy and have just poured in. 
It was a great day.


Our stream trip

Aaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!, I find a Leech  - the girls are screaming. Mrs McGhie comes and tells them to stop. We got split up into groups. Sally, the Watercare teacher, comes.  I ask her if it was a blood sucking Leech  or not and she said that it wasn't a blood sucker.

Our group found lots of Back Swimmers. When I stepped on some grass it sank to the water and the water soaked my shoes and socks.

We tested the water with these paper things and there was a piece of paper that went from 14 to 1, 14 was the cleanest and 1 was the dirtiest. We got 10 which means that  it was quite clean. 

I wanted to find a dragonfly but I didn't have any luck - it was hard.

Thanks for reading my stream trip recount. Don't litter your rubbish so you can save our streams and the stream life.

By Blake

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Well last week on Friday 16th, a girl named Sally came to our school and she was showing us what fish would be swimming in if  we pollute the water.

First we got 5 little container cups, and in the first one we put water with car oil in it and it turned fully BLACK. The oil smells like Soya Sauce. Then is the next container cup we put orange paint, that turned fully ORANGE.  It smells like normal orange paint but just with water in it.  So in the next cup we put in canola oil and when we shook it, it looked like it was lemonade and the WHOLE class wanted to drink it... YUCK!  After awhile when the colour started to to go to the top it looked like yellowy water but then it turned white again. In the next one we did water with dishwashing liquid and it turned light green like grass, and then had nice white bubbles at the top. 


 Then on Thursday 22 of November I opened it and boy did it smell like CORN, BABY VOMIT MIXED WITH MUSHY MUSHROOMS AND ALL THE YUCKY FOOD THAT YOU COULD THINK OF.

So maybe you guys could try this method and then one week later get one big container and pour all of them into one big one and smell it... I BET YOU WILL GET A MASSIVE HEADACHE. Then pour it on the grass. 



Monday, October 22, 2012

Inquiry - Prior Knowledge

photo credit: loco's photos via photopin cc 

What do you know about water?

Introduction to Our Inquiry

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What is happening in this picture? 

Why do you think that?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


OMG!!! It is the 11 of September and the first production performance is in 7 days! Our performances are on the 18,19 and 20 of September.
I play the part of Emily and I am also involved in the dance troupe also known as the GATE dance group. We have been interupted with lots and lots of production practice which I'm happy about but sometimes it gets very boring.
The most exhausted person in the class (beacuse of production...) is probably Mrs Mac and Z.T. as Mrs Mac leads the choir and Z.T is the grandma which is basiclly the most important role in the production (out of the kids).
I hope to see you there!! (only iif you live in N.Z)

Simple Recipies- How To Make Merigues

This is a Recipie on how to make Merigues. It is very simple and easy to make ;). These are the Ingrediants:

2 Egg whites
A pinch of Cream Of TarTar
Half a cup of sugar
Whipped Cream(optional)

Mixing bowl
Whisk or Electric
Whisk (Electric Whisks will make it quicker to make)
Baking tray Baking or Parchment paper
Greaseproof baking spray
Spoon, Piping bag or Ice-cream scoop


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 100degrees celcius.
Step 2: Add your 2 egg whites to the mixing bowl and beat untill white fluffy peaks form..
Step 3: Once you have finished step two add a little bit of sugar, mix it and repeat this process untill you have no more sugar left and mixture forms stiff peaks. ( You can cheack by holding the bowl upside down, if the mixture doesn't fall out your ready for the next step!)
Step 4: Greaseproof spray your tray and cut some parchment paper. Lay the paper on the tray.
Step 5: Add a spponful of your mixture to the tray to create one merigue. (You can use a piping bag or an ice-cream scoop
Step 6: Leave in the oven for 1hour.
Step 7: Once it is finished turn the oven off and leave them in the oven to cool down for 1hour.
Step 8: Serve with whipped cream and strawberries! (optional)

Best Mate Group

Who is your favourite character in this story and why?

The first person to reply to this post needs to write the answer to this question in the comments section.  Before they post the comment they also need to add a new question at the bottom of their comment for the next person to answer.  The next person will do the same thing when they comment.

Make sure you put your first name (if you have that consent) or your initials at the bottom of your comment.

Scupper Hargreaves Football Genie Group

Who is your favourite character in this story and why?

The first person to reply to this post needs to write the answer to this question in the comments section.  Before they post the comment they also need to add a new question at the bottom of their comment for the next person to answer.  The next person will do the same thing when they comment.

Make sure you put your first name (if you have that consent) or your initials at the bottom of your comment.

Calamity With The Fiend Group

Who is your favourite character in this story and why?

The first person to reply to this post needs to write the answer to this question in the comments section.  Before they post the comment they also need to add a new question at the bottom of their comment for the next person to answer.  The next person will do the same thing when they comment.

Make sure you put your first name (if you have that consent) or your initials at the bottom of your comment.

Follow That Spy Group

Who is your favourite character in this story and why?

The first person to reply to this post needs to write the answer to this question in the comments section.  Before they post the comment they also need to add a new question at the bottom of their comment for the next person to answer.  The next person will do the same thing when they comment.

Make sure you put your first name (if you have that consent) or your initials at the bottom of your comment.

Hollie Chips Group

Who is your favourite character in this story and why?

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Make sure you put your first name (if you have that consent) or your initials at the bottom of your comment.

Fernitickles Group

Who is your favourite character in this story and why?

The first person to reply to this post needs to write the answer to this question in the comments section.  Before they post the comment they also need to add a new question at the bottom of their comment for the next person to answer.  The next person will do the same thing when they comment.
Make sure you put your first name (if you have that consent) or your initials at the bottom of your comment.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Guess - A Storybird

Guess- A Storybird

Guess on Storybird This a story that my friend N.Z. and I (J.C.) made this story. We made this story on a very cool and awesome website called Storybird. This is a very neat website for use in schools. Why is that? Here are some reasons:
 1. Teachers account is enabled
 2. Teachers can make as many accounts for students in your class of pupils.
 3. Students can improve their writing skills using this website.
 4. Students will enjoy this fun websites.
 5. Other people give you the chance to use their art to make your very own stories.
 6. Pupils can make stories with other children in their class to make a collaborative story in and out of    

 And many other features. All these features are included in a regular account and a teachers account. Some features are locked on  pupils account. For example on a pupils account you can not post Storybirds on blogs and other places.

I hope you enjoy/enjoyed my story. Have a great time making stories!!!

By J.C.

The Magical Adventure - A Storybird

This is my Storybird and I hope you like it :D
By Manishka
The Magical Adventures on Storybird

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Writing Class

The whole senior syndicate is doing cross group writing classes. Every person goes to a different teacher for writing.My teacher is my class teacher. We're currently writing narratives. I have written one about a a haunted house. This is a drawing of it I did on paint.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Insane Recipes - How to make a mud cake By M.S

How to make a mud cake. What you need: 1 litre of wet mud 1 handful of grass (just grass not any roots) 5 cups of self rising flour 1 teaspoon of milk powder A very sunny day A lot of experience Method 1: Pour half a litre of wet mud in a bowl. 2: Pour all 5 cups of self rising flour in the same bowl as the mud. 3: Mix the wet mud and the self rising flour with your hands till it is light brown or very fluffy. 4: Pour the rest of the wet mud in a different bowl with the milk and mix it. 5: Pour all the mixture in a bake tin and let it stay in a sunny spot for half an hour. 6:Finish the mud cake with the grass sprinkled on top of the cake. 7: Hope you enjoy it :D REMEMBER:don't eat it

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Winter Sports Games

I am particapating in the Winter Sports Games for netball on Friday. It is at Kirstin PS and we play more than one game. 1 quarter is only 7 minutes so 28 minutes altogether,I hope we win all of even most our games. Mostly it is year 6s but apparently a few good year 5s are also coming so I am looking forward to go and the best part is that we will be there the whole school time and you don't have to study or work at school.

Production Practice

We've been practising for our Production.The name of the production The Button Box.  I am in the Choir. The Choir has a lot of singing and practises a whole heap of times and we also get to see a few parts of the production in action with bloopers, and it was funny when people tried to get attention. I'm in the Bollywood Dancing Group. We're just an ordinary dancing group but out dance is AMZAING! Mrs. Gopi is teaching us the dance.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Maths and Storybird

We have been exploring a new writing application called Storybird. Mrs McGhie challenged us to create a Storybird that would help children with Maths. Here is the one that Kayla wrote - didn't she do a fantastic job?

Maths is fun! on Storybird

Friday, June 29, 2012

Inquiry project

Today after morning tea Mrs Prangley came to our class to insepect our inquiry projects most of us made a slide show and some of us made a wind mill that picks up paper clips. I only made a slide show and it looked "awesome!" I was one of 15 kids that made one. I love doing things like that - making slide shows with animations and the credits it was so funny! I have made a production company that is called Electro Productions

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cross Country + Inter-School

“3, 2, 1, GO!" I jogged down the hill passing the other girls, and then I turned the corner. After turning the corner I had to run up the hill, boy that was tiring, but I wasn't puffed out yet! Now we went down a hill, through some trees and back in the bright yellow sun.

It was time to run up the big, tall hill. I jogged up the hill with sweat running down my face and a small painful stitch in my tummy. So far I was 4th.  Finally we got to go down the hill, Yay! Now we went back the way we came. Oh no! Another hill!

Before I knew it a girl passed me, oh how it would be a dream to come top 5. (I have never come top 5.)

I was back in the school grounds. Almost there! I was on the field still in 5th place. Then I decided that I could run fast enough to pass the two girls in front of me, and I did it! I was 3rd now. I hope I will stay in this position until the end! Oh, another hill, I jogged up quite slowly. Then I was close to the finish line. I jogged in the middle of the court, everyone was cheering, and...and... I made it! I was 3rd. my dream had come true! It was quite different this year because all the fast girls apart from one, didn’t come top 5! That was a change. Then it was all over. The intermediate I am going to next year you can choose to do cross country. Should I or should I not do it? Anyway I was so glad it was over. I had a great time then ever! (Because it was the first time I came third) I can’t wait until inter- school!


Even though it is the last day of term 2 and Inter-School was ages ago I'm still going to write about this fun and tiring event.

I sat in the car thinking of what inter-school was going to be like. When we got there I was so excited! ( The event was held at Long Bay Primary School) After we had a trial of the course the races began. When the 10/11 year old girls were up, my heart started to beat as fast as a cheetah running, I was so nervous.

"3, 2, 1, GO!" I sprinted as fast as I could. Through the muddy hill we went. Then around the cones, through the trees and up the hill. I sprinted down the hill as fast as I could, I was totally puffed out. Then it was time for the GINOURMOUS hill. I jogged up the hill with a big stitch in my tummy. Almost there! Down the hill we go, around the corner, and around the corner again, and I was back where I started. I ran around the field and... I made it! I was so proud of myself though I came 8th to last. I had a great day, and I got an ice block after school!

The Cross country

On Friday 25 May our school did the cross country. We had to dress up in our house colours my house colour is red. After morning tea we it was time to do the cross country. First 7 year olds, then 8 year olds, 9 year olds and finally my age group 10/11 year olds. We all lined up, people keep going over the start line because they were so eager. Then all of a sundder 3,2,1 GO!!. First down the steep hill. Then up a steep hill. I was just cruising along then suddenly 5 people passed me. I speed up as fast as I could I got passed them. I was really trying to beat my friend this year because when we do the practise I only beat him by like 10 metres. 500 metres to go i am beating him by 4 metres then suddenly he got a minor asthma attack I stopped went back walk a bit with him that didn't matter because I was beating the rest of the people by about 100 metres. I think I was coming about 8th at the time then he said "you can go on" So I did I got back I was not sure what I came but my friend Dylan came 1st ever since year 1 he has come 1st. I saw my friend come in he was alright he went home early. It was so fun. By Thomas

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tread Lightly Caravan

This Term we have been learning about Renewable Energy.That means stuff like Solar Power.Yesterday some people came to teach us about Renewable Energy.My favourite activity was when we got to go on a bicycle and try and power up appliances the lights were easy but the jug was so hard. Now I know how much energy it takes to power up a jug.
We also looked at stuff about the planet and pollution.
They told me that it takes 1 million years to break down a computer.
We played a game like snakes and ladders but with geckos. We had to answer questions about the planet I won in my group because of luck.We used a microscoe to look at nature it was so fun
 By Thomas

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ANZAC Biscuits

Hi Room 20 (and blog visitors),

Tomorrow is ANZAC Day here in New Zealand and we have spent the last couple of days researching the significance of ANZAC Day.  As promised I have posted the link to the ANZAC biscuit recipe we were looking at this afternoon.

Let us know in the comments if you have a go at making them, it would be great to hear how they turned out.

Mrs McGhie

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Oteha Valley school house challenges

Yesterday was the Oteha Valley School House Challenges. It was in the period between
morning tea and lunch. There are four houses:Batten the blue house, Rutherford the red house, Hillary the green house and Sheppard the yellow house, each based on a famous New Zealander. Every child in every class was in a different house.I was in Batten,Jean Batten's house. The Year 1's and 2's went first-they did a running race where you had to touch a green basin,then run back to the line. I'm not sure who won though, either Sheppard or Rutherford or Hillary.After,the Year 3's and 4's went.They
had to do a dress up race. They ran to a pile of clothes, got dressed up in them, ran back to the line, then ran back and took the clothes off before the next people in the other teams did.Then the year 5's and 6's went(Me!Ellie wasn't present(Sick)on the Monday)We did a sack race,then a tiring race where therewere 5 hoops,with 5 people in them,and we had to dance with them with a mini beanbag on our heads.Sheppard came first in the challenges,Batten second,Hillary third and Rutherford last or Rutherford third and Hillary last.It was exciting and FUN,FUN,FUN.
By Kayla

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Amazing Twilight Gala!

Finally the 16 of March, I have been waiting for the first ever Twilight Gala held at Oteha Valley School. I was at home getting ready for the senior kapahaka to perform on the court in front of everyone. one of my friends and I had to do a speech, but we jut didn't want to do it on the microphone. But we did it, it wasn't that bad. We went onto the court and we had some cones around us so that no one would get in our way and muck us up. So me and my friend had to try and squeeze through everyone so that we could get to our places. We wore pretty long maori designed dresses just for the senior kapahaka girls could wear. The boys wore a piupiu and a headband but made bigger and it was down the sides of their bodies. The girls wore a clip on earing, a moko and some more makeup. it took us about 1 hour to do the seniors and the juniors kapahaka

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Twilight Gala

On the 16 of March Oteha Valley School held their first Gala of Oteha Valley School History.
While I was home getting ready to go, the first thing I was thinking of was going on the SKOF slide. (I knew there was a slide because I saw it after school before I went home)

Finally at 4:25, I took my first step into the school. Everything was WAY better than I thought.
I stared at the slide. It was taller than I thought it was. When the clocks all struck 4:30 it all began. I ran to the slide with my friends. I reached deep in my pocket. I took out $3 from my pocket. The man gave me a token to show that he knows I can have another turn on the huge slide and a blanket so I don’t get burned on my skin. . (It is a blow up slide) I climbed up and took a deep breath. When I got to the top I got in my blanket like a sleeping bag. I looked down, it looked so steep. I slid down screaming, it was like a straight line, how fun it was! After my second turn I reached down in my pocket again for $2. This time I went with another friend. We held hands and stepped into the haunted house. It was so dark and scary. Vampires and monsters would pop out of walls and scare you. When we found the exit Mrs Mcghie asked us if we wanted to go out or go another way for people that are brave.(Mrs Mcghie was on the Haunted House Roster from 4:30 to 5:00) We went the brave way. When we got out it was already 5:00. We raced to the Kapa Haka room to get in our costume. (We missed some cool things while we changed)

Finally at 6:00 we hit the court to perform. I was in the front line, fourth to last on the right. The show was awesome. The last thing my friend and I did was buy a hamburger for dinner, buy candy floss, and get a signature from CJ and Dillon. (NZ Breakers Basketball team)It was cool we got their signatures.

It was nearly 7:30 and we had no coins or notes left plus most of the rides closed. I said bye to all my friends and went in my car with my family. I can't wait until the next Gala.

By J.C

I hope you enjoyed my description about the School Gala

School Gala

At 4:30 the school gala started. This is our first gala ever. Most of the stalls were already set up. People not even from our school came! There was a HUGE red SKOF slide,Mini Jeeps,Water Walkers and the Haunted House. The Haunted House was set up by our school teacher Mrs. Holmes. It was seriously scary. Cookie Bear,Mr. Whippy, Mitre 10 and Cadbury supported our gala. Cookie Bear organised a teacup a ride, a mini Pirate Ship and Laughing Clowns. Our school also supported the gala. Children bought cakes,cupcakes,books,food,plates,burgers,hot chips and donuts. Since the gala was during dinner time, there were also drinks,croissants,Thai curry,sushi and meat. I met my friends there near the bike rack. My little brother played with all my friends. Kids under five don't have much to do there. That is why Mitre 10 Mega set up a bouncy castle for 5 year olds and under. Someone set up a Lolly Store. They sold sour powder power,slushies,sour rainbow strings, soda guns,wine gums,milk bottles,lollipops and chocolate fudge. There was a Kapa Haka performance by our school. Then there were cheerleaders from junior to senior performing. A family sold raffle tickets. At the end people gave away free Tutti Frutti popcorn and normal popcorn. Mr. Whippy sold FREE ice-cream! Here are two stalls I haven't talked about yet, the book stall and the Break a Plate stall.

The School Gala

It was the school gala and everything there was awesome. There was a SKOF slide, a teacup ride and a pirate ship ride. There was also a haunted house which was extremely scary, laughing clowns, and mini Jeeps were there (little cars) and water walkers. Everything was so cool. I went on the teacups, haunted house twice and I went on the SKOF slide. There were some stalls as well. There were stalls that sell drinks, books, ethnic foods, burgers, cupcakes, cakes, donuts and lots more. My mum was a volunteer and she helped with the Pineapple Thai beef curry which is part of the ethnic foods.Some of my friends were there. Ye Xin was there, Kayla was there, Jueun was there.There were a lot of performances. The was there and they did a dance. Cheerleaders were there and did a cheerleader cheer and our school kapahaka did kapahaka. The school gala was so much fun that is why I want another one.

By Ellie

Monday, March 19, 2012

Guess How I am Feeling

I’ve got butterflies in my tummy. I feel like a hammers pounding in my head. My hands are covering my mouth and my face is turning green. Yucky brown-green stuff is coming out of my mouth. It feels horrible when it comes out. OH NO! I think I will do it again. I hate it when this happens.

By Rory

Guess How I Am Feeling

It is time to do the performance, I walked slowly. My body was so sweaty and slippery. My hands slipped away from each other. The performance started. It was like butterflies were in my stomach. My heart started pounding in my chest. I took a big breath; it kind of helped me. I hoped no one laughs at me. “My costume looks funny” I thought. I don’t want to wear my costume. I looked funny because. I was a clown with a big red nose. It was fun in the end.

By Dylan


At home my brother calls me names. When my brother calls me names I feel angry. Sometimes my little sister is annoying but not all the time. My big brother is sometimes annoying too. My brothers are always calling me names and I don’t like them doing that. Sometimes it’s funny, but not all the time. My brother is sometimes good to me. He is sometimes annoying.


Oteha Valley Schools Twilight Gala

On Friday afternoon at 4.30 pm I came to school. It was like a carnival. I went to the haunted house straight away. I went in with Dylan. As soon as we stepped in we heard screaming. It was so dark. People jumped out of the middle of nowhere. Dylan fell over and people started stepping on him (Ouch!) Then we came out. Next I went on the super SKOF slide, just like the one at Lollipops. It took a long time to go up. After that I did Smash the Plate. You are suppose to smash the plate with a cricket ball. I got a lollipop because I hit the plates. My friend and I went to the silent auction and he won Rainbows End tickets for $65. I did other fun stuff and then went home.

By Thomas

Friday, March 16, 2012

How Was I Feeling?

I went to mini-golf and when I hit the ball I hit it so hard it went into another course. Everybody looked at me and laughed at me. My face was burning. I ran inside to hide from all the laughing people. Finally they stopped laughing and I went outside. I had my second try and I hit it a little bit this time. I felt better.
By Francois

Show Not Tell

The whistle blows; the ball gets kicked from the middle of the field. My soccer teams coach calls from the side line,
“Come on you can do this it’s your first game”.
My coach put me in mid field one of my favourite positions.
I was one of the fastest people in my team. I got a stitch. It is one-all for the score. It’s three quarters of the game.
Now it’s the end of the game. My friend Sam passes the ball to me I go for a shot, and I score with ten seconds left. The parents cheer. My mum and dad are really happy for me.
By Blake

Guess How I Was Feeling

I was struggling to talk and I fell on the floor. Every one stared at me what my cousin said was so funny. People asked what was wrong.
Then I bumped my head. After that my other cousin started laughing
Then my cat stared at us I started to crawl. I really needed to go to
The bathroom but it was dinner time. I put food in my mouth.
He did it again! Food splattered out of my mouth.

By Niki

Guess How I Am Feeling?

I`m in the house and I am all alone. Mum`s at the supermarket, Dad`s at work, and my brothers are at their friends house I can`t sit still when I`m watching TV. I start moaning and groaning and I`m getting stressed at all times. I can hardly eat my breakfast and all I do is stare out the window and throw baseballs at the wall.
The phone starts ringing and I pull out the plug and I get angry to sad. I run around in circles screaming at the top of my lungs. Then I bang my fist on the table, shaking everything. I yawn over and over again. I felt like a broken doll in a rubbish chute.
I sighed as I stared out the window imagining what I would have seen outside in the mist. Then I saw Mum, Dad, and my brothers outside in the street. I read a few books and watched TV. Finally they came in the house. I wondered what would happen next.

By Jueun

What Is My Emotion?

I feel my hands clench together into fists. I feel the energy rush through me. I yell and stomp my foot on the ground as I scrunch up my face. I hear people telling me to stop but I don`t listen. I block the world from my mind and open my fists. I let the energy rush out through my fingers but for some reason I still feel enraged like an angry lion. I think what would happen if I did this, would I get in trouble or would I get away with it? I ask that question over and over again in my mind like a broken tape recorder. I hear one half of my brain telling me to stop and the other half telling me go ahead, no big deal, it`ll be fine. Fortunately I listen to the right side and calm down. I count to ten and walk away.
What is my emotion?

By Jordan

Show Not Tell

My whole body was shaking, like jelly. I couldn’t stand up straight. I was sweating madly as my mum was driving me to my new school. My heart was beating like a drum. I wanted to run and hide. As I walked out of the car I had butterflies in my stomach, I felt really sick and had a headache. As I walked into the class everyone greeted me with stony silence. When the teacher came up to me I stood there quietly looking at her. As I sat down everybody started looking at me.
“What should I do now?” I said in my head.
I introduced myself to the person next to me and then I started making new friends.
By Madison

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Can You Guess How I Am Feeling?

We have been learning to describe how we are feeling wih out telling the reader. Can you guess how i am feeling?

I was walking down the path and I saw a monkey. What the???? Why is there a monkey on the path in the corner? It was very weird. I wonder if it is nice. It was strange. It was scared but I wasn’t.
I went up to it and it jumped on me, I guess it liked me. When we got home it saw the chess board and it started playing it. Then it saw my homework and then the monkey started to do my homework for me and it got everything right.
I didn’t know what to say. He could do everything that a human can do. He was a smart monkey. It was so so.... Before I could say anything, he put on my brothers clothes. It was around night time and he ate my brother’s food and went into my brother’s bed. It was very strange. But I saw a zipper at the back of him and I pulled it down and it was a person??? It was my brothers fooling me.

By S.R

The Night of the Whales

It was summer and The Night of the Whales. The dusk was as pink as a flamingo. I had never seen anything like it. There were sharks, whales and dolphins and for the first time ever they hadn’t attacked each other.
My mouth dropped open. It felt like everything around me started spinning. My palms were sweaty and my hands dropped everything.
“I, I, I saw dolphin!” I whispered.
My mother said, “It’s a bottle nose dolphin.” My mind went blank but my heart went gold. I got to pat it, it felt slimy.
There were more than just the animals mentioned - there were also sting rays and jellyfish
By C.K

Christmas Thoughts

We have been learning to describe how we are feeling without telling the reader. Can you guess how i am feeling?

I told myself it was Christmas Day so I went out of my room and gave my mum a hug. I then... opened our Christmas presents. The first amazing present was for Tim and he got an iTunes card, iPod touch and iPod speakers. Afterwards my mum opened her surprising presents and she got a Microsoft and Windows card, iTunes card and a laptop. It was finally my turn to open my presents and I got an iPod touch, iPod speakers and a laptop. Afterwards Nic opened his presents and he got a fishing rod.
After we opened our presents we went to a friends house and we had Christmas lunch and opened presents there. One of my presents was a craft set, smiggle pencil case, a drink bottle and even a huge, cuddly soft toy. From my friend's friend I got a lip gloss and lip balm set.
After that I went to open my presents at my dad's house, and I got some books and board games. Last of all we all went to my grandad's house and opened some presents there and mine was a box of chocolates and a Farmers card.

End of the Rainbow

I heard a loud banging sound at the back of the car. My dad was trying to close the boot. I told him to take out the huge vine plant. So he took it out and put it in the garden. In the car I was sitting with my 4 year old friend Rolland and my 11 year old friend Tiffany. In the front seat my sister was sitting there texting her friend Georgia. My dad opened the car door and said “Let’s go!” When we got to Rainbow’s End I immediately opened the door, one step and I could smell glorious candy filling the air. Rolland shouted,
 “Look at the bird!”
 I said “That’s a huge bird!”
Above our heads flew a beautiful white bird. Its wings were about the size of 1 and ¼ of my head. We went to the entrance and my dad gave the women our tickets. Another woman stamped our hands. The stamp said F.P. We saw Rolland’s mum and dad and Tiffany’s mum and aunty.
The 9 of us went to the first ride that caught our eye. It was the journey ride. The ride ended in about 2 minutes. It was about 6 we decided to go on the Pirate Ship. It felt like I was about to vomit. We were rocking so high I got winded.
After the ride we went to CASTLE which is a park for 4 to 11 year olds. Rolland, Tiffany and I were basically the only ones playing. We first played Mini Fear Fall. There were four seats on it, my sister joined us. It went up and down and up and down and up and down and... you get the point. After we got off the Mini Fear Fall we went to the Invader.
Here is the list of rides we did: the Gold Rush and Bumper Cars - which had a really long line, Log Flume, Power Surge, Motorboats and the Corkscrew Rollercoaster.
 In between the Log Flume and the Power Surge, we had dinner. All I had were chocolate donuts and fish with chips. All of our parents went to Joe’s Buffet Line. They all got the same dish. In the dish there was salad, butter and bread,2 lamb chops and a selection of wine. Tiffany and Rolland ordered some non- spicy samosas and some coke. My sister ordered noodles and salty fries. For drinks my sister and I drank some Fanta.
At about 10:30pm we hit the Gift Shop. I bought a yellow Rainbow’s End top and a dark blue Rainbow’s End cap. I also bought a flashing Rainbow’s End wand.
At 11 we all went home.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guess How I Am Feeling

The Invader was one of the coolest rides at Rainbow’s End. As I climbed onto the platform I was so excited that my knees were trembling. While l was waiting in the queue, I thought, “It will be a very exciting ride!” Finally, when it was my turn, I hopped onto the dark-blue machine. It started when everyone was strapped in and ready. It got faster and faster, until all of the riders, including me and Dad, were shrieking as the ride swirled around the blue track taking us all with it! Finally, the ride slowed down and came to a stop. We all staggered off the Invader, which was now swirling other people around its fast track.

By Kayla

Show Not Tell

I was freaking out, my heart was pumping fast. My whole body was sweating and I was shaking. Suddenly I ran and hid behind a chair then everyone started laughing. All around me I heard laughter - Ha ha ha ha ha HA!!!!!! My stomach felt like there were giants moving around inside. I couldn’t bear to face the crowd. Then suddenly the laughter vanished like thin air, because there was a girl on stage singing like a kea. Everyone there was so enchanted by her voice that she blushed red. Then she finished and everyone was quiet. Afterwards she went back behind the curtains and a joker came out of the curtains. After a while I knew why everyone was laughing at me, that was because I was I was supposed to be a joker – I’d done the wrong thing. I went out of my place where I was hiding after the other joker went back in the curtains. Then I started telling jokes and everyone started laughing again.
By Giane

Guess How I Was Feeling

My family went to my uncle’s house - there was a swimming pool. Liam and I were only two or three years old. My dad and mum were chatting to my uncle and we were playing tag. It was fun for a while then I asked my dad if I could go for a swim. I took my clothes off, and then I put one foot in and then the other foot. It was warm so I went down one step, then I went down another step... The water was past my head so I drowned! Travis saved me like he was a lifeguard.
I was crying when I came out.

How Am I Feeling?

As we watched the video, I had shivers and a trembling feeling travelling through my body. The movie was giving me a headache so I turned it off. “Hey!” said my friend as she walked over to the scooters. “Let’s go on these then,” she muttered slowly. I felt my pizza coming up as I flew in the wind. The cold breeze in my face was so soft and silky. As we went round a wiggly park, (now I could definitely feel my pizza). I saw teenagers; my friend whispered to me,
“Turn back now they are obviously up to something bad as you can see it in their faces.” I shivered several times as I turned around, “Let’s go home now” I answered.
How am I feeling?

By Zoe

Show not Tell

As I walked onto the stage I started to twirl and twirl. I had a smile on my face. I leaped and spun and the audience cheered. It felt great. I walked of the stage. I watched some of the other dancers dance while I was sitting on a chair. The other dancers ended it with a bow. It was so fun watching the other dancers dance. Then it was my turn to go back on stage. I spun around and jumped and landed in first. This is so fun I thought. I went off the stage. It was the end of the show and I went home. It was a really fun day. At home I danced more. It was one of the best days of my life.

By Ellie

Show Not Tell

I stepped into my room all I saw was with a big fat ugly troll sitting on the bed. I started screaming at her - it was my sister! I felt like a big monster with a volcano in my tummy. I ran down the stairs screaming, I was so upset because I had been cleaning my room for the whole afternoon. Would you like it if your brother or sister came in your room and messed it up? I bet not. Also, guess what! She did not even tidy it up! So I kept annoying Mum but she said she was too busy and Dad was at golf. So I was a troll and did to her room what she did to mine. Guess how I’m feeling?
By Nikita

Can You Guess How I Was Feeling?

The ride started, I couldn’t get off. I felt the safety belt, it squeezed me really hard. I saw my friends going round and round, we were getting dizzy. We looked like we were going to slip off our seats and fall on the concrete. We were very high above the ground; I heard screaming all around me. I felt the butterflies fluttering in my tummy. Finally it stopped, I felt very dizzy.

By Sana

Can You Guess How I Was Feeling?

I was in the airport saying goodbye to my family, my eyes were pouring out with tears. As I walked into the plane I thought what a lucky child I am, but I was not that lucky because I was leaving my friends and family. That night as I was going to sleep my mind just burst out with memories. I couldn’t stop thinking about my family. Then my dad, sitting next to me, said I must take deep breaths and relax. In the morning I woke up and ate my breakfast. Then my dad told me that we were in Dubai.

By Shanna

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Show Not Tell - Guess How I'm Feeling.

I was freaking out (in a good way). I stepped inside my room, because my parents said
’’Don’t go in there...’’
’’Why couldn’t I go in there my parents were frightening me Ohno!’’ I said to myself
That was what I heard them say or I just didn’t hear it properly. My heart was pumping faster than a cheetah running, faster than a person crying wait...that’s not even fast but you get the picture. I had an iPod!
OMG, I just could not believe that, I also had an alarm clock, radio, charger altogether. Then suddenly I heard footsteps
My sister said
’’Happy birthday big sis, I hope you enjoy your surprise gift.’’

By Manishka


My cheeks were as red as a rose; my face went from white to crimson. I had just done something in front of the whole school. The room went from silent to a type of fun house, people laughing at me everywhere I looked! I wanted to run! I wanted to hide! I wanted to yell - STOP!!!!!
By Taylor


It had been 2 hours since the clock chimed twelve. My friends were still having pillow fights and throwing pop-corn around, they were also playing loud thumping ROCK&ROLL music and were dancing around. The pattering feet were making a continuously annoying noise and tickling feathers from the pillows were wavering in front of my nose. HOW was I get to sleep? I shrunk deeper and deeper into my sleeping bag and YAWNED- mouth opening as wide as a hippopotamus. Looking around, I saw a pair of earmuffs. Quickly, my fingers crept out and reached for them. I nabbed it just before someone was going to see. Putting them on, I buried my head inside the blankets and slowly drifted off to sleep......

By: N.Z

Can You Guess How I Am Feeling?

We have been learning to describe our feelings without telling the reader

I told myself not to look down, I was at Tree adventures. I was so high up my hands were shaking. I thought the plank would collapse and the harness would break and I would fall. I felt like I was 100 metres in the air but I was only like 40 metre high. My head had a picture of nothing. I did not know what was going on. My friend Jordan helped me across; I was so relieved that I made it across.

By Thomas

Moody Moments . . .

As I slowly walked on the smooth grey path near the bakery I stopped, I sniffed the air. My tummy began to gurgle and grumble. As I stared at the food in the bakery my mouth began to water, sweat trembled down my cheeks. My tummy rumbled and squirmed even more, it wouldn’t stop. Before I knew my face was sitting right against the glass window. I licked my lips. I rubbed my hands together, sweat appeared. I couldn’t stop my nose, tummy, hands or sweat, it just kept carrying on. I couldn’t help it, plus there was nothing else to do, so I followed the delicious scent into the bakery.
By J.C

Monday, March 12, 2012

Can You Guess How Im Feeling?

We have been learning to describe how we are feeling without telling the reader.

I kept on pushing myself I couldn’t handle any more. I kept my place in fifth. One more lap to go I could do it. But soon I had to breathe through my mouth; and it felt so dry like a parched desert my legs felt like jelly. I could see the finish line barely on the horizon fifty strides and then I could make it. But for some reason my legs suddenly felt like steel blocks but I didn’t stop I kept on pushing myself and then just then... yes I did it I crossed the finish line!

By Manaal

Can You Guess How I Am Feeling?

We have been learining to describe how we are feeling without telling the reader. Can you guess how I am feeling?

I was in Samoa; my grandma gave me some raw fish. My stomach was grumbling at me, everyone was staring at me. I couldn’t move anywhere, unless someone would carry me. My stomach was grumbling more and more. I was thinking in my head, “Why did I ever eat that fish?”
I had butterflies in my stomach , my face was turning red, I was getting really hot and I couldn’t sleep. My brother had told me that everyone was praying for me to feel better.
I woke up the next morning; I was bouncing off the walls like nothing had ever happened to me last night.

By Hana-Maraea