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".


  1. Hi Erene,

    I hope you had a wonderful day. It was a great day for me. I would want to go there again but I wouldn't want to go the way that we went. I would just want to be on the roads. I was getting dizzy a little, when we were getting up. Did you get dizzy on the way? By the way great post. I really enjoyed reading it. My favourite part was when you said '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'. It is the best part for me, in your story. Keep up the good work.

    Your Sincerely,

  2. Hi Erene,
    Another great piece of writing. You are really good at sharing your inner thoughts and feelings in your work which makes your personal writing so exciting and interesting to read. I really liked the final paragraph where you were singing in your head to help you climb to the summit - Awesome.
    Keep up the fantastic writing Erene.
    Love Mum