Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Maori Discovery

Dating back to 1000 years ago, the Eastern Polynesians people were the first ever to cross the southern pacific ocean and discover Aoteroa (New Zealand). These people were called the early maori. Their vessels were 15-20 meters long and normally it would have one hull, but sometimes have two or an out-rigger. Finally, Aoteroa (New Zealand) was found.
The Eastern polynesian people couldn't navigate on their own, so they brought navigators to navigate them to their destination. They used the stars to navigate. They also followed birds in the day. Not many east polynesian people made it to New Zealand even though there were STORMY seas, they reached the land of Aotearoa.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"What A Sight"

We drove up the driveway, " Plonk Plonk Plonk Plonk". The Sun was shining and Mum and Dad decided to go out. It was the second week of the holidays and I felt like it was only the first. We went to a place called Butterfly Creek.

When we were in the car I read a book about World War II Heroes; where I read about Desmond Doss, a Medic in the war who saved almost 80 lives. We walked in and bumped into a big line that lead to the counter. Surprisingly, it only took a few minuets until we got what we wanted (our tickets). We went to look at the fishes. When we walked past the door I saw a little steering wheel that comes from a olden day ship. I pretended I was Benjamin Franklin sailing the Seven Seas. As I imagined me as a Sailor I got cut off as Mum and Dad walked away, so eventually I followed.

After we finished admiring the fish we made our way inside a doorway that led to a room full of butterflies. It was a big and hot room that had the heat of three heat pumps. There were butterflies in every direction I turned. It was amazing. Lots of butterflies landed on me and stayed on me for quite a while. One came on my head as well. The room was hot and stuffy but because I had made a new friend it didn't matter. The atmosphere in the big room was hot but since it's the winter in the southern hemisphere.

The alligators and crocodiles were my next subject and believe it or not, it was cool. You see, I reckon it was one of the best because at the end we got to take a photo with a Crocodile. That was pretty cool. But before that a man came out to tell us about the crocodiles, it's diet and lack of exercise.

Before long, we made our way to the farm animals. It was exciting feeding the animals. The goats tongues are pretty tough when met hand. We went to the train after that. Taking two rounds around the route, I used my time to wave at others and gaze at the farm animals. As I hopped of my little sister was full of enjoyment.

The sun set as the day folded into an end. It felt as though the time was going to fast but that is probably what lots of people think. We drove back and left a building full of lots of exciting things. We arrived home and rested for the rest of the night.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Mighty Assembly

I sat down on the floor in the hall. It was the first day of school for Term 2 and it seems to me like it would be a good and interesting topic this term. I looked around and saw another teacher called Mr Barkes, he was a Viking. The topic for this term was Mighty Mariners.

All of the teachers teams had to perform a play, skit or animation to give us students a little hint about this Terms Topic. All of the teachers did well, but out of all of them the best team that I liked was team 1. They did an animation and i thought that it was pretty cool. Their animation was about Kupe and how he brought the seven canoes to New Zealand Aotearoa. It was a good animation with a lot of detail and it was concise.

The Topic " Mighty Mariners" is a good topic we all can learn. I like watching sharkmen and lot's of channels on Animal planet so I am looking forward to this term. As I walked out of the assembly I wondered awaited for me later on in the term. At the same time I thought what "A MIGHTY ASSEMBLY".