Thursday, 12 April 2018

Wild Winds

How were you affected by the wild winds and crazy storm? Here are some headlines based on how students in Room 6 were affected.

‘Uncontrollable winter winds  blow over Auckland’ ZamZam Chronicles

‘Trees down, power out, what's next?’ 

Z.A.M Times    Zaara, Anchal, Moon Hee

Shredded windows, smashed carsThree daily
‘Winds demolish buildings and construction sites’ Three daily Seung
‘Broken fences, Unsafe roads, Will there be more ?’ Halsey Times
‘Storm leaves a trail of destruction?’ Halsey Times
Siya, Moksha, Yohanna, Zahra
‘Punga trees run rampant’Three boys weekly
‘Rapid winds destroy everything in its path’
Three boys weekly    Bryan, Danyon and Jaiveer

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Let The Games Begin!!

Over the last few weeks we've taken part in some big sporting events organised by Miss Richardson. Here's a quick look at what went down at this years swimming sports and the year 5/6 Commonwealth Games Day.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Surfs up!!

Living in NZ and being surrounded by so many beaches, water safety is really important.  Our trip to Muriwai was not only a whole lot of fun but it was very informative. Here's a bit of what we got up to.

Muriwai trip!!!!!!!!
The school trip to muriwai was a dream come true! When the bus arrived at school, I sat next to my pal Jayshan. When we got to Muriwai, we all saw this huge house! It was like the size of a mansion! Actually, I think it was a mansion. As soon as we got inside we saw a whiteboard, some surf life savers and a timetable. The surf life savers were Joel, Louise, Bronte, Liam and Gypsy.

The first thing we did was take a tour.  Then we did some role plays in groups where we needed to act out different water safety rules. Our one was, ‘if in doubt, stay out!’ After that we had morning tea, and that’s when I spotted my friends from Room 3. Now here comes the best part ever….

SWIMMING!!!!! We didn’t have to do any learning or anything! It was basically like an hour of freetime. There were lots of waves and sand! But there was this one wave which everyone got splashed by.  I was walking to shore then SPLASH!!!!! I got pushed away by the heavy wave! It was so much fun.

On the 21st of March, the Year 6s from Halsey Drive travelled to Muriwai Beach to experience the currents and to learn more about being safe around the ocean.  Double-decker buses took us through towns, valleys and twisty roads to reach our destination. Muriwai beach had dark, black sand which burnt our feet when we walked across it.  In summer, the sand is even hotter and the sand really scorched our feet.
Teaching us about being ocean smart were five lifeguards, each of them were surfing masters and had been professional lifeguards for more than eight years.  Most popular beaches have two bright red and yellow flags, so we learnt to stay between them and heard a funny story about one of the lifeguards experiences.  We also performed skits, each one about the 10 rules of staying safe around the ocean.
When we finally headed towards the ocean, it was high tide. Big waves rushed towards us with great force, knocking over children or shoving them underwater. Currents were strong and large numbers of children were caught in what we thought were rips, pushing them towards the deep. After a couple of hours it was time to head back. We changed with great difficulty and urgency then ran towards the bus. It was time to leave. It was a great day.


Thursday, 22 March 2018

My Fantasy Classroom

How would you like to learn in a fantasy classroom? All the renovations going on around the school got us thinking about what our fantasy classrooms could look like. Here are a few thoughts from Zaara, kiki and Meera.

My Fantasy Classroom By Zaara

Dreaming in class was my favourite past time but what I dreamt that day changed everything. It was my dream classroom!! The pastel walls and the gold decor with a swinging chair that surrounded the room was breathtaking. Next, my eyes fell on the adorable puppies in the corner licking each other. Chilling in the frothy and colourful, scented spa next to the science lab were my best friends. Some of them were watching 'The Greatest Showman' in the underground tunnels. I saw glass stairs with a red carpet and a chandelier leading up to the luxurious beds, my fellow classmates were sleeping in the five star bedrooms before class. I also saw one of the boys in class stuffing his mouth with hot dogs from the free cafe next to the bedrooms.
Unwinding in the library was our Harry Potter loving teacher Ms Simpson. “It’s Harry Potter theme day!” she exclaimed. “Check this out" called the girl beside me as she took me to the top of the double story classroom and onto the coolest flying fox ever. “Yaaaaay!!" we  yelled. 'What more could there be?' I wondered. “Do you want some cookies, they are fresh from the oven” asked my friend. I glanced around and saw an amazing kitchen. Finally to top it all off was a glossy, perfectly shaped unicorn horn!!!!! “Earthquake, earthquake!” I screamed. “Wake up" I heard Ms Simpson voice. I was dreaming…

Guide for the best classroom!!! By Kiki

OMG! Have you ever had to live in a boring room with plain pink walls and ordinary shelves? Well, fear not because the ultimate ‘Guide for dummies in classroom making’ is here!! So throw away those boring instruction books. Blergh!! Don’t worry, all you need to do is plan, get permission, buy supplies and organise grand opening. So what are you standing there for? Time is ticking you know! And when you finally finish, you won’t be able to recognise it. You’ll knock your own socks off!

Plan plan PLAN!!!
Step 1 (Yes this is all the boring stuff)
What do you want in your dream classroom? Perhaps a spa and an all you can eat buffet etc. (MMM BUFFET!)
Step 2
Now you need to plan all of those nicknacks that your gonna plonk down in your boring pink tin shed. (It’s not actually a tin shed, just in case) Where are you going to put your furniture and stuff? Hang on! You can’t do that! If you just put your mum’s 80’s checkered couches in there she going to kill you!!! Time to do some research. Find out what kind of furniture really attracts the eye. Then you’re ready to place your absolutely, fabulous furniture.
Step 3 (Not even close to finishing)
THEME! You can’t have random furniture lying around gathering dust. You could use a theme like underwater for example. Something bright and vibrant is always eye catching! Maybe a theme about rainbows would bring out those vibrant colours.
Step 4
Think about the layout of the room. You have to think of the dimensions of the room. How wide is it? How tall is it? Are you going to have an angled roof or is it going to be flat?
Step 5 (I hope you’re NOT asleep)
Wakey wakey! Now you should organise bulky builders to build your dream classroom. What exactly happens when you build something? Well that’s what your guide is here for! Different building companies would give different prices to build your property. For example you might get an offer from a building company that gives a lower price but another gives you a price that is higher but would be able to finish the build quicker. So get ringing because those builders are waiting for you!
Step 6 (Nearly there)

GRAND OPENING!!! I love those words, they’re so exciting when you go to them! Think about the party that you’re going to throw for the big opening!!!

We all need a FANTASY CLASSROOM By Meera

Do you realise, how boring the classrooms are, kids die of boredom!!  I guess you’ve forgotten what it’s like in the classrooms Mrs Ritchie.  Well, i’m going to tell you right now, the children aren’t loving it. This is why i’m going to introduce you to a fantasy classroom.  Think about it.

All of us youngsters would be more enthusiastic towards learning and coming to school, we would be excited because we could have a pet pig (looking after this pet would teach us to be responsible), a dance studio or even a kitchen!  Our minds are important as well and this classroom will encourage us kids to be creative.

As you may know, the building process can be pretty long but don’t worry we can always get through it and yes, I know what your thinking, it is going to be expensive, and I agree, no doubt. But imagine this, when the classroom is a fantasy classroom it would make more money and more kids will attend this school.  If this fantasy classroom does happen the the kids will have to stay focused or they’ll have to move to a different classroom.

So Mrs Ritche, what do you think?  The fantasy classroom would be a great help for this school and it wouldn’t just be the kids who would enjoy the classroom, but Mr Tomokino too!
Hope you agree.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Crazy Youngsters...

Our Pacific Community

This term we have been taking a closer look at the Polynesian community in Aukilani.  Here are some of our findings.

Pasifika Festival

The Pasifika Festival began in 1990; 28 years ago and is an Auckland’s award-winning festival. Celebrated since 1990.  Pasifika has grown to become the largest Pacific Island festival of its kind. This year Pasifika will be held at Western Springs - 859 Great North Road, Auckland. Pasifika in Aotearoa refers to people who are descendants of the Polynesian Islands.

What is it about?
Over the years, Pasifika has featured fashion, theatre performances, pop operas and sport competitions. Pasifika now has 11 different villages, each with their own stalls, markets and performances. These villages represent The Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Aotearoa, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Tonga and Tokelau. This annual festival now attracts more than 60,000 visitors.  

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Why is Pasifika important?
People wouldn’t like to forget their culture, so they created a festival to celebrate their country.  Imagine moving somewhere else, away to a different country and forgetting everything about your own culture.  Pacifika also brings other cultures together so people can get to know more about this culture.

What impact does the festival have on people?
Non - Pacific  people                                                               Pacific people
People would want to learn more                                     Pacific people can learn more
about the Pacific people.                                                    about their own cultures.
They would be exposed to the                                         Their culture would not be forgotten
Pacific culture.                                                                           
Due to Pasifika, people have now learnt more about Pacific cultures including the many languages, dances and traditions. Overall, the Pasifika festival is a great way for people to learn more about the Pacific culture, whether they are Polynesian or Non-Polynesian.

By: Tvisha, Bryan and Micah


Polyfest includes music, dance , costume and speeches provided by different Auckland secondary school students.  Polyfest goes on for 3 days. Only Pacific islands and Maori is included. There are different stages which showcase Tonga, Cook island, Niue, Samoan and Maori arts. It is a celebration of youth performance, and a showcase of New Zealand’s diverse cultures.

Polyfest has been going for 43 years and everyone has been part of it. There are more than 9000 kids from 59 different schools.  This festival was created at the Hillary collage in Otara on the 20th of October 1976. Polyfest was not only for dances but to become involved in performances and celebrations too. Many schools host Polyfest,  for example; The Mangere College hosted the Polyfest in 1997 and this year Polyfest will be hosted by James Cook High School .

Students compete along five stages, showcasing traditional performances. This includes students from cultures such as Cook Islands, Maori,  Niue, Samoan and Tongan. Polyfest is very important because if we didn’t have Polyfest, not as many people would get to learn about different cultures.     

The impact on people would be is that everyone is learning more about the Pacific culture , and it also helps us celebrate diversity.  We are learning about Pacific languages, dances and traditions

By Sean, Maddy, Danyon, Hersh and Meera.

Pacific Languages

Friday, 9 March 2018


Can you relate to any of these emotions?
My good friend excited, he’s always so hypo.  Him and his cousin Joyful never frown, but instead they both smile, with the happiness in their eyes. They love to read books and share pleasant sayings.  He comes from a family of never getting angry. When I hang out with him he always puts me in an unforgettable mood. He is one of the friends I hope to never lose.  Whenever I see him an amazing smile is put on my face, not once have I got angry at him or his family.

One of the things I love is that he is never cantankerous, but his step brother  Tedious, well he’s so annoying! I’ve only met him once and I had wear ear plugs the whole time. He always tries to make Excited cry but all Excited does is stay in a sweet mood. Tedious is a dreadful person.
By Brian
Joyful, the one and only best friend you could ever have. This girl is extremely admirable because of her many fascinating traits like the fact that she can make anyone smile just like that. She has bright, radiant yellow hair with tidbits of golden glitter. Joyful is always bouncing around with a large, delightful, cheery smile which will always lighten up your day no matter how depressed you’re feeling. She has many other relatives such as Mad, Sadness, Lazy, Cantankerous and Anger that all envy her incredible qualities. Like her name, Joyful is full of joy and is always willing to do anything to to help out her peers.
Joyful can sometimes be a bit too over the top and we always wonder where she gets her bundles of energy from?? The question is however, will her joyful charm ever run out?
By Tvisha

My Pencil is stuck inside my hand, refusing to write. Coldness fills my body leaving me alone and confused. I know what I did was wrong but it’s too late now. What have I become?... Shame.
Eshaan and Siya
Guilt, the feeling of shame and not knowing.  Sadness flowing through your face as you sit there.  Confused.
Tvisha and Danyon