Monday, May 31, 2010

A Pokey Situation

Hokey Pokey is a funny word. It reminds me of the ice-cream Hokey Pokey. But on Wednesday the 26th 2010 everything changed when we made Hokey Pokey. I'll begin.

Firstly, we went to the kitchen with lots of excitement. I didn't know for sure what this was. but I knew that the name says it all. Mr Hunia told us to go around him and watch what he would do. Mr Hunia took out a saucepan and started to add sugar. He then put some golden sugar in the pot and constanly stirred the mixture. All of a sudden , the suger and syrup dissolved into a kind of golden, yellowish( Must be because of the the syrup). Baking Powder was added in the mix and froth rised, because of the Baking Powder caused a chemical reaction. Then the mix started to rise and grow in size and change in colour and shape.

We then had to wait for the mix to cooldown, which didn't take long. The Hokey Pokey was cooled like lava cooling into scoria rock. The Hokey Pokey was funny looking when it came to the eating part. It was really lumpy too. But the taste was pretty much syrup with too much sugar.

This is a experiement that can help to understand lava a bit more. I would rate this event 6 out of 10 because the taste was under average but at least I enjoyed it, and who knows. Maybe if you do this you might enjoy it to

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Summit

Thursday the 20th of May 8:15. It was a blank day as my cousin, brother and I walked to school in the mist. As I entered the school gates I wondered what surprise awaits for me today. The entrance of the school was under construction so that forced me to go around. Then I walked to the ICT lab and I saw Kayde and his brother Gabrielle. As we worked on the the computer there was a big silence in room. Unexpectedly, Mrs T'elea told us to log in as Rm 12 and head back to class. At that very moment I remembered that today was field trip day. We were going to One Tree Hill, or Maungakiekie ( mou-nga-ki-e-ki-e).

8:55 Mrs Garden told the whole class to sit down and be quiet. We all were split into three groups and two of the people that were in my group, were my best friends Joshua and Aidan. We were told to go to the hall and then from there we went to the bus that waited on the side of the sidewalk. My group was called "Group 3" and we were the last ones on bus three. Some of the Rm 14 students were then part of "Group 3".

9:10 We were finally on our way to One Tree Hill. It took a while, and the road was a bit bumpy too, but at least we got there safely. "Group 3" was the lucky ones because we could climb the mountain first (this is good because we can be the first ones to get it over and done with). We started our quest for victory as we climbed the mountain. Our goal was to climb up and then back down successfully. Our quest was hard, steep and challenging. There were a lot of people on the extinct mountain. There were people on bikes, skateboards and people running. I said hello to them all.

I then continued to climb as I kept a pattern in my head going " 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2". We crossed a corner and pushed some branches out of the way. To my amazement, I saw the height of success. The pattern got faster "1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2". I was so close to the top when I saw a steep hill. I almost dropped faintly when a song at the back of my head played. It was Michael Jackson's "On The Line". All of a sudden, I could feel my tank re-charge. Then I pumped and pumped with the song still in my head. Then as I pulled myself up I stood on a stack of bricks, stretched my arms and then looked at the view as I went down. I smiled and knew I had reached the height of competition, in other words "The Summit".

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The Temptations are a very successful band because they have had so many hits like "My lady's soul" and "Treat 'em like a lady". Me and my friend Kayde really like this band, because they catch my ears. So whenever I turn on the radio and I hear the Temptations I turn it up and listen. The Temptations has also been on a successful programme called "The Fresh prince Of Bel Air". The Temptations come from Detroit, Michigan America. Their genre is R&B, Doo Wop, Funk and of course, Soul. There has been lots of classic songs such as My Papa was a rolling stone, Ain't to proud to beg and My Girl. Did you know that the song My Papa was a rolling stone was chosen to be part of the Rock'n'roll Hall Of Fame's Songs That Shaped Rock'n'Roll. The Temptations were part of Motown records. The People that were part of this soulful band was David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams and a favourite called Eddie Kendricks.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Podcast: "Help! I'm Trapped in my Teacher's Body!"

"Help! I'm Trapped in my Teacher's Body!" by Todd Strasser
Kayde and Erene