Monday, 3 December 2018

This trip we took was fascinating and fun at the same time!

St. Patrick’s School -  the oldest school in Auckland, is situated in the heart of the suburb of Panmure in Auckland. It’s surrounding area offers many opportunities to learn about the past - together with numerous chances for family outings.
One key feature of Panmure is the Panmure bridge. But the bridge that stands today is not the original! Auckland Provincial Council in February 1857 for a bridge to get across to the other side, without having to rely  on boats and boatmen, or crossing at Otahuhu.
In 1864-65, the first bridge was constructed of stones, imported from Melbourne and iron from Sydney.

Every Thursday, room 8 would walk outside the school and find information about the original Panmure bridge built in 1864-65. We call it E.O.T.C. (Education outside the classroom). During one of our walks, we found an alleyway, not far from the panmure library. In it, was a mural, which is a painting wall. It was a mural of history in panmure during 1920. We all read the the writing that was authorized on the wall and started taking notes.

The History of Panmure:
A volcano caused the panmure basin to sync. Mt Wellington was created by an eruption in 9,300 BC. We also found out that volcano soil is very fertile. The Maori, Tamaki area is possibly the largest Maori town in the 1,800’s. The first arrival of the Europeans was in 1820, Samuel Marsden. Aboard the ship was 79 families, 71 of them were catholic. Then, the catholic built St Patrick’s School in 1840, St Mathias was built in 1865 and Panmure district was established in 1875 and the Anglican school stopped enduring. St Patrick’s School is still a flourishing school, meaning it is still developing rapidly and successfully. Sadly, none of the original buildings are in existence, meaning it does not exist anymore. The mural was painted by Billy McQueen in July 1997.

Facts about the Original Panmure bridge:
Between 1864 and 1865 the first bridge over the Tamaki River was built here. The bridge was officially opened on October 20th 1065 by Robert Graham. The first bridge was constructed of stones imported from Melbourne and iron from Sydney. The first panmure bridge was designed by William Collett and William Weaver supervised the construction. The original panmure bridge was 195 meters long and 6 meters wide.

After all of us were done taking notes and reading it to make sure they haven’t missed anything, then we all walked back to St. Patrick’s school the same way we came here at the alleyway. Then, we had to write a report of what we have seen today. Some of us wrote in their notes they took during the walk. Others looked up information on their chromebooks. After a few minutes, our teacher, Ms Dines asked some of us to share their report about the walk.

Today was a very exciting day. I have learnt a lot during our walk. It was also good exercise. I hope something like today happens again soon!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

This game was a real challenge to get through!!

“Students don’t learn much playing this
game called Astria – Countdown to Impact:
Their time could be better spent doing other things”.
After playing the 'Astria - Countdown to Impact' game,
My partner and I learned to stay focus and concentrate
on the important information in the text we read in the 
game. It was really challenging for my partner and I, 
but we managed to get through it and finish the game.
We had some struggles on what the text was trying to
say, but we had to read it again, and again and again
until the sentence sounded right to us. I disagree on how
students don't learn much by playing this Astria - Countdown
to Impact and that their time should be spent on better things.

Now I know a strategy to finding out how many days there are in all the months of the year!

Today, Summer and I learnt a new rhyme which reminds us of how many days are there in each month. We were wondering how many days there were in November because we were trying to figure out which day the 1st of December would be on. The cause of this was because St Patrick's School was preparing for a party on the 1st of December. We were going to probably play ukuleles during singing carols in front of a HUGE crowd. Summer was saying there was 30 days in November and I kept assuming there was 31 days. So Summer searched up if there was 31 days in November. It didn't really help us when we saw the results, so she searched up 'Month rhymes'. The results was really interesting, so we memorized the rhyme so that we would always know how many days there was in every month of the year. Here is how the rhyme went:

30 days has September, April, June and November. When short February's done. All the rest has 31..

There was also another month rhyme, but we didn't memorize it. If your curious about what this rhyme sounded like here it is:

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31. February has twenty-eight, but leap year coming one in four.

If you don't understand what the last part of the rhyme meant, it means that usually, February has 28 days, but after every four years, there will be 29 days. It was really fun saying the rhyme! Our teacher Mrs Dines suggested to blog the rhyme and what you were arguing about, instead of saying it out loud so much. We figured it was a good idea, and started blogging. It wasn't something the whole class was talking about, it was something that just came to mind. I guess I was wrong about November having 31 days. Now I know...

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

My 10th birthday celebration was a special time I spent with my friends and family!!

On Saturday the 18th of November, my family,
friends, next door neighbors family, my friends
from church and I celebrated my tenth birthday
at Grace International church.

First, we all woke up with excitement to celebrate
my birthday. It was going to be a really big party
because loads of friends and family were invited,
like my grandparents, my cousins, the next door
neighbor's family, my best friends from church:
Elizaly, Jackson, Eden and Lily and my best friends from
St. Patrick’s School: Anamaria, Angelina and Summer.

Next, we got dressed in our most finest clothes.
We didn’t wear dresses or high hills or earrings
though. We were wearing nice casual clothes,
like jeans, shorts, tops, jackets, sports shoes and
sandals. After that we all gathered around the table
and started to eat breakfast. Then, my mum and I
drove to pak’n’save to buy the cake, the balloons
and the party bags. After that we drove to Grace
International church.

My mum and my Sunday school teacher, Cecilia
helped sort out the room we were going to use for
my birthday party. While the party was getting arranged,
two Chinese men started to pump up a bouncy castle
outside of the room. It was so huge that it nearly touched the roof!

After the bouncy castle was pumped up, my friends
that lived inside the church played inside until my
family and my friends from school arrived. The first
to arrive was my grandparents and my two cousins
who came along, Fano and Margret.  I happily greeted
them and hugged them. They put there presents they
bought for me in the room on a small table in the left corner.

A while later, my friend from school, Summer arrived,
then Anamaria and then Angelina. I introduced them
to my friends from church. We all played, talked and
laughed in the bouncy castle.

After a while, we were all called to come inside the room
because the party was starting. Firstly my dad gave a
speech. Then my grandpa said a prayer in Samoan and
in english for the food we were about to eat and for all of
the people that was in the rooms blessings. Then we all
sang happy birthday and ate the food that was spread
across the tables we were sitting at. There was chicken,
chocolate sticks and bluebird chips. Then we cut the cake
and served it out to everyone of people that were in the room.

After we all finished eating, my friends and I went out to
play in the bouncy castle, while some adults stayed in the
room to talk to each other. Then it was time for my friends
and family to go home. I handed out the party bags and
thanked everyone for coming to my birthday. My mum,
dad and Cecilia cleaned up the room while some adults
took some of the food home.

My favorite part of celebrating my tenth birthday, was
when all my friends and family came to celebrate it with me.
Also because of the yummy food my mum bought for us.
I can’t wait to celebrate my next birthday.

Should we treat the animals that are called pests with more respect?

The task that we did independently was based
around the idea that other groups, including the
Department of Conversation are working to take
action that NZ is predator-free by 2050.

Today, the whole class participated in a online based
about how I felt about the decision of a group called
Nature Watchers, who think that ‘animals that are called
“pests” by the predator free group should be treated with
more respect.’

I was asked to agree, disagree or express my thinking
based on the information provided and supporting
information I found online. I partly agreed.

I partly agree with the Nature Watchers group because feral cats eat the rats and mice. It is not their fault that
they kill some of NZ native birds. It is because they do
not have an owner to care for it, feed it, or train it in any
other way. I think cats should get more respect because
some of the cat owners around here do not fix their cats
because it is too much money, so they start to multiply, causing
most of them to make themselves feral cats, who roam around the

I partly agree with the Nature Watcher group because
rabbits, who are so called ‘pests’, can be fixed at the pet
store so they can stop multiplying. It’s a lot of money, but
you can start saving. If you still don’t have enough money,
you could start being generous and give away some of the
young rabbits to your friends and neighbors. If they don’t
want them, you could give them up to the pet store. Rabbits
also have predators themselves, such as eagles, hawks, owls,
falcons and kestrels. It’s surprising that birds can also be a
predator to those who people call ‘pests’.

Where do you stand on this issue?