Maui and the fingers of fire.

As part of our electricity unit this term, we looked at what life was like before there was electricity and part of that was looking at the Maori myth, “Maui and the fingers of fire” or “How Maui bought fire to the world.”

Each group of students made their own puppet plays of the myth and used iMovie to create their own movie of the myth. Check them out below.

Who is your hero?

We all have people that we look up to. When I was younger, I admired people like Julia Roberts. She is a great actress and I lOVE all her movies. Also from what I’ve read about her, she seems like an intelligent woman who I could be friends with.

However, as I’ve got older, I have realised that there are a lot of people who I admire who are not famous. One of these is my friend Rebecca. She is my hero because she is always positive and always makes people feel good, no matter what the situation. She is loyal, supportive and knows how to have a good laugh. I worked with her for ten years and when I had a bad day, she was always there to listen and cheer me up.

So who is your hero? Do you admire someone famous, or someone that is just a regular person? Explain fully why they are your hero and if possible add a picture of them.

Year 7 and 8 trip

Last Friday it was an absolute pleasure to take the year 7 and 8 students to Dunedin for curling and ice-skating. It was a lot of fun, although there would have been a few bruises the next day. Check out the student blogs to get their opinions and review of the day. Here are a few videos showing what we did.

The world around us

Ok, so we can’t travel overseas for a while due to Covid 19, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep learning about the world that is outside of NZ.

This week for blogging, I want you to choose a country that you are really interested in visiting one day. I want you to do some research about this country and create a blog about:

-why you would like to visit this country.

-the top sightseeing places in this country.

Include some simple greetings or sayings in the language of the country you have chosen as well as images to enhance your blog.

 

Holiday reflection.

Hi Team Tahi

I’m sorry I can’t be there for the first week of term, but I am really looking forward to reading your blog posts about what you did over the holidays. I hope you had a great time and feel relaxed and ready to come back to school.

My holiday was a bit different than what we had originally planned as my family and I were supposed to go to Fiji, but of course that was not possible due to Covid-19. Instead we travelled to my home town, Whakatane, and spent time with my whanau. It was just as good, if not better than going to Fiji.

We drove all the way there, crossing on the ferry, which was a lot of fun.

We did this so we could take all our mountain bikes as once in Whakatane, we went to the Redwood Forest mountain bike track which was amazing. I love mountain biking.

Another highlight was going fishing at Thornton beach. We put out the long line, made a fire while we waited, roasted some marshmallows and after an hour or so pulled the long line in. It was so exciting, especially because we caught lots of fish!

Please write a blog post about what you did in your holidays – make sure you add enough detail so it is interesting to read. If you have photos from your holiday to insert, that would be great too.

TERM 2 IS DONE!

Wow, what a term we have had with lock down learning, then back to school, flexi time learning for literacy and maths, tech for the year 7 and 8s, and speeches for everyone, just to list a few things.

While a lot of things have been strange this term due to the Covid alert levels, we have still done a lot of learning.

This week for blogging I want you to reflect on your learning. What have you enjoyed? Have you made improvements in certain subjects? How do you know? What are you most proud of? What do you think you could have done better?

 

Team Tahi are great writers

Last week you did a fantastic job of writing your odes to summer. I would like you to publish your ode on your blog so we can share them with the world. Please add some pictures to your post.

Although I didn’t write an ode to summer, here is my ode to Whakatane.

How I long to see

the lush, dense bush

that hugs the road to Rotoma .

How I long to feel

the moist blanket of humidity

which warms me through to my bones.

How I long to hear

the slap and splash of water

in Nan’s swimming pool.

Oh Whakatane

Why must you be so far away?

I feel the pull of your warm arms

as winter creeps up on us.

Winter is here

Well winter is definitely upon us now. This weekend the temperatures really plummeted (minus 5 this morning), but we have had such beautiful days – cold but clear. I’m not usually a fan of winter as I really don’t like being cold, but this beautiful weather has helped me overcome my dislike of winter. It’s hard not to enjoy being out and about in beautiful sunshine with not a cloud in the sky. This weekend my whanau walked around Cape Wansborough and then did an 8km walk/bike along the Alps to Ocean cycle trail. When we were walking the A2O my son found this impressive piece of ice in a puddle:

This week I would like Team Tahi to blog about what they love to do in Winter – or alternatively, what you don’t like about winter. It would be great to see some images to go with your posts.

 

Life is getting back to normal

Well, I don’t know about you, but things are starting to feel a lot more normal. This weekend I was able to go to the hairdressers, something that was VERY overdue and I went out for brunch on Sunday with my husband. Prior to Covid-19 and the lock down, these were both things I took for granted. I think one of the biggest things I have learned during this whole crazy experience of lock down is how enjoyable little things, like getting your hair cut, are, and how I never appreciated them enough before. I would like you to share what you did over the last weekend, and tell us some of the activities that you are really happy to be able to do again now we are out of lock down. You could write this as a piece of prose or as a poem if you like – maybe an acrostic, or a haiku. For example:

My weekend was great

Getting rid of my grey hair

Makes me feel much better.