Tuesday, April 30, 2013

  Shakespear Volunteer the Second Time!

Would you believe it after the first time volunteering I couldn't bare not to go back! It was a tremendous experience and the sad thing was that we (my sister and I) were the only kids there. I personally think that more kids my age should get out there and help! 

This time was a whole different story, we herded and counted sheep, there was 360 ewes and one lamb from last year! We also cut back some flax at the duck pond at Waterfalls Gully!(One of my favourite places in the park). My favourite part of this day was counting and herding the sheep with the Park Ranger Bruce. I will definitely come back again when I have time to spare!

By Brooke

Look at my secetair skills!

Beautiful Waterfalls Gully!

Me with the sheep counter!

 The lamb from last year!

 We counted sheep but didn't fall asleep!

The sheep we herded!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Shakespear Regional Park

For my inquiry I have chosen to help volunteer at Shakespear Regional Park in the Whangapaora Peninsula.
This park is no ordinary park it is a wildlife reserve full of native birds and plants! I have done some research and found out that they will release brown kiwi into the tracks!
Shakespear is a great place for camping at the camp site, going for bush walks, and having a swim! It's not just for natives; down by the beach there's lots of peacocks, also in the tracks are hundreds of sheep! There isn't just one track there's around 30 tracks and long ones but you don't have to  do all of them or the whole thing!
The photos below are just a few pictures from what I did volunteering at shakespear regional park!
Here is me volunteering!
By Brooke


The rangers truck I rode in!

Help save the Kiwis!

 Help save the Kiwis!

In class we had to do an action, but before that we had to do an inquiry on birds. We chose to research about Kiwis. We then developed an interest in Kiwis. So for our action we grouped up together to help save Kiwis.

We had to book an appointment with our principal, Ms Neal. In the appointment we asked if we could fundraise for Kiwis. We told Ms Neal some of our ideas and she said yes about having a Mufti Day, "Yay". 

We booked our Mufti Day on the 17th of April, and our goal is to raise over $250 but on the last Mufti Day our school raised over $500 so we're very excited about it.  Our families are also donating to us, so that means even more money. All the money raised is going to the Department of Conservation.

To tell people in our school that we were having a Mufti Day, we wrote an article to go in the newsletter and we put posters around the school. We also announced it in our school assembly which we have every Friday.     

We hope that we raise as much money as we can to save Kiwis. We know that Kiwis are endangered and we'd hate to see them go.

By Holly,Kirsty and Izzy!

Monday, April 8, 2013


Have you ever craved pork with gravy and Yorkshire pudding ? Have you ever wanted to ride in a double decker bus? Well so do we and we're here to tell you some traditional foods and icons that are in England.

Here are some traditional foods: lamb,pork,beef,chicken and fish served with potatoes and other vegetables. Now here's some mouth watering desserts: trifle,apple crumble,jelly and ice cream,biscuits and tea and cakes. Common foods are: pies and bubble and squeak.

And now for icons...

Big Ben: Big Ben is the bell not the clock (mostly people think its the clock) and it is in London. Big Ben looks like a humongous, tall, big,brown building with a clock at the top and a bell behind it. Big Ben is the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament.

Double decker buses: In the olden days double decker buses had poles at the back of them so if you were late you would hop on the pole. Double decker buses look different to other buses as they are red and look like two buses stacked on top of each other.

The London Eye: The London Eye is a ferris wheel and is 135m tall! It is located in London. It's obviously a Ferris wheel but bigger, and in the winter the inside sparks up with a glowing green light. The London Eye was built to mark the millennium and was built in 1998.

The Queen's Guard: The Queen's Guard are responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace and St. James's palace. People say that if you try to make them flinch they will do nothing. The Queen's Guards look like men in red suits with a big bushy afros and a gun their hand. The Queen's Guards are chosen by joining the army. The Queen's Guards change at St James' palace at 11:00am.

Well those are only some foods and and icons but unfortunately we can't tell you them all you'll just have to discover the rest for yourselves.

By James and Tim

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Irish culture by Kirsty


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     Myths                                   Celebrations                                   Interesting facts                  
    -----------         ---------                    --------     --------                 --------               --------
   changlings       bashee                        may day    halloween                 Emerald Island      castles
           -----------                              --------             ------                 
            children of lir                         christmas              funerals              

Changlings are female fairies                 May day is a celebration of          Ireland has a nickname, the
they give birth to problem                   for the workers. They celebrate    nickname is Emerald Island.
children, then they go into the mortal          it on the 1st of may.                     
world and swap their child for a                                                                      Ireland has many castles
normal child.                                    On halloween they serve a dish           like Blarney, Bunratty,and doe
                                                        with a ring, coin, and 2 pins in it.        castle. Blarney castle you have to
Banshee is a old women dressed in    The ring means you have to get married    walk up to the top and
rags, sometimes people see her as       withn a year. The coin smybolizes wealth.   lean over backwards
 a beatuiful young girl and sometimes   The two pins mean you are not aloud to marry.   over a 10 story
 people see her washing clothes that                                                                             drop to kiss the
are covered in blood. Her scream         They celebrate christmas just like us with        stone of Blarney.
 kills anyone who's heard it.                 presents and a christmas tree.:)

The children on lir. Lir was the lord of the        For funerals the whole family
sea, his wife had 4 children. When his wife     comes and dines, they also share
died he married his old wife's sister, Aoife,       funny memories about the person
Aoife was jealous of the children so she took   who'd died.
them swimming in a lake and turned them into
 By Kirsty :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Scottish culture by Holly M

        Traditions                                                    Beliefs                                                         Foods
     -------------                                               ------------                                                --------------  
Haggis       Piano                                           Spirits      Faries                                         Tablet         Bridie
-------      -------                                          ------      -------                                        -------        ------
Rowan      Accordian                                  Ghosts       Witches                                       Lorn          Gullen
Jelly                                                                                                                               Sausage       Skink

Haggis is a  traditional                                Spirits, Faries, Ghosts                                  Tablet, Bridie, Lorn
meal, so is Rowan                                      and Witches are cretures                              Sausage and Gullen
Jelly.- Piano and the                                    that they believe in.                                       Skink are some
Accordian are two                                                                                                         other meals they
traditional instruments.                                                                                                   have.

By Holly M