Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Interschool

Last Tuseday the Intermediate students of St Josephs Oamaru went to Timaru to have an interschool with the intermediate students of St Josephs Timaru. We played touch first, which consisted of about nine games. We won five games to four. Both sides were quite even. Next we played Footsol which is soccer on a turf. We had heaps of fun and ended up winning 15-0. Next there was fastnet which is a kind of Netball. Which was won by us. Then we had cricket in the rain, so it didn't get finished. After all that we went to the gym and had a few nibbles. Then we took the bus home.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Skiing Trip

For a weekend trip my parents and I went to Roundhill ski field. I loved feeling the wind slicing through my frozen face, as I sped down the slope. I enjoyed going over the small hills at the bottom because I felt free being out of control. After going up the T-bar for five minutes the view at the top was worth the ride.There was a stunning view of Mt Cook which shone brightly in the sun. I loved the warmth of the sun on my chilly face. I had an awesome day skiing.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Bloody Sunday

I am a man from Northern Ireland,
My ancestors found this land,
We have fought off countries for a thousand years,
But one Sunday that all ended in tears.

Bloody Sunday is what they call it,
The British decided that us Catholics just weren't fit,
We marched a peaceful march saying who we wanted to rule,
But the British soldiers on the side of the street decided to be afraid of us all,
The British soldiers fired off all those deadly shots,
I saw my friends wounded and dead, there were lots and lots.

This land was all the British wanted I really don't see why,
They've got plenty of land themselves, this makes me want to cry,
Right down to this very day, 
The British still get their way,
But they have given us the right to vote,
Though that is about the only high note.

I know now today that we can solve this in peace,
When England has ended it's long term lease. 

The Department Of Conservation Volunteering

The Department Of Conservation (DOC) has many voluntary experiences throughout New Zealand. Earlier this year Karen, Brent and Maria Wallace volunteered for DOC on Ulva Island, which is near Stewart Island. The duties involved - checking predator traps, maintaining the track, painting the hut and talking to visitors to the Island.
Throughout the ten days the Wallace family were on Ulva Island, they had plenty of spare time. They enjoyed catching blue cod, gathering paua and mussels, going swimming, taking heaps of photos and exploring new tracks.
When they were asked if they saw any Kiwi’s, Brent answered “We got to see a Kiwi close up”, Maria said “It even pecked my boot!” Karen replied “It didn’t appear to know we were there as we stood still watching in amazement”.
Karen commented “It was a great experience for the whole family to see birds living without the threat of predators”. Brent said “I’m amazed at the sound of the birds dawn chorus”. Maria agreed it was awesome saying “It was great to be able to help DOC but have a holiday at the same time”.
For information about volunteering visit the DOC website.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was once in jail for fighting for equal rights, but then he became the first black president of South Africa. He believes that peace should be fought for verbally rather than killing each other. He fought for freedom for everyone. He thinks that everyone should have the same rights so that one nation can work together to help each other. He has a strong faith, he asks that God can help his country.    

Monday, 28 July 2014

Kittens In The Kitchen

‘Kittens In The Kitchen’ is written by Lucy Daniels and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. The book is set in a small town of Welford. This is a fictional, adventurous story which is the first novel of a series of different animal books.
This book a about a girl called Mandy, who lives with her veterinarian foster parents in a small cottage with the vets surgery attached. Mandy has a school friend called James, who she is often hanging out with. Together they try to find good homes for four kittens of the caretaker. In just one week. Will Mandy and James be able to help these kittens under the pressure of the temperamental caretaker or will he take things into his own hands?
The awesome thing about this book was that it was mostly about kittens but it had lots of humour in it which made it more interesting. One of the not so good things about this book was that it had some characters that were mentioned but not said much about.
I think that the author was trying to give a message that just because a person may not like animals doesn’t mean that they are mean or nasty.
I would definitely recommend this book because it is very funny and relates to cruel things that happen in real life. I also think it is a great book for both girls and boys.

Thursday, 17 July 2014


Do you like chocolate? lots of people do,
Once you've tried one chocolate bar you'll want another few,
It makes you feel a sensation of sweetness in your mouth,
There is chocolate everywhere you go east, west, north and south.
But chocolate isn't always in the shape of a block or bar,
It could be in the shape of a bunny, a house, a egg or a tar,
Chocolate sometimes looks smooth and creamy,
But when its just been made it may look steamy.
So if you haven't tasted the smooth taste yet go and have a try,
At the supermarket you'll find all kinds of chocolate you can buy.

What are you doing today?

What are you doing today?,
Are you going surfing at a bay?,
Or are just lying on the ground,
Looking at others as they go around,
Are you in search of something to do,
Or are you thinking about a place to go to,
Today I'm riding my horse,
Where there is a windy force. 

Rock Climbing

Last week I went to the Clip n Climb in Christchurch. I climbed a really high wall. It took me 15 minutes to get to the top, so I was pretty happy when I made it. I found it tricky at times because some of the handholds were very small. I really enjoyed going down because all I had to do was hang onto the rope and relax.

My Akaroa Holiday

When I went to Akaroa last week I walked the Childrens Bay walk. At the top of the hill there was a rhinoceros made out of old pieces of scrap metal. I also saw some giraffes made out of scrap metal. I got a great view of the sea from the top of the hill. It was a really hard climb up but it was worth it for the view.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Being Free

I gallop along in the hot summer heat,
Fire is my horses feet,
Being free is for me,
Galloping along in the high country,
We get up and down with the sun,
At the end of the day I can't even run.

We love going along as fast as we can,
My horse went on he ran and ran,
I stand up in the saddle to feel the breeze,
My horse goes on gracefully I feel at ease.

I've felt the power of the bond we share,
Let it go on year by year,
We love it in the high country,
It is the place where we are free.


'Boom', the thunder deafens the world, 
Flash the violent lightning strikes again,
The wind is a truck driving over trees, 
 Even the strongest of trees see their fate,                                        The creak is a raging torrent like someone had fired a water gun, 
After two long days the storm came to a standstill,
Their was a huge cleanup to be done.  


Winter rain all day long,
Stuck inside because sun is gone,
Puddles on the ground,
Leaves blowing all around,
Branches torn in the breeze,
Blanket of leaves under trees.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


Rugged mountains high and steep,
A place where shepherds muster sheep,
Snow in winter it lies around,
While sheep aren't finding solid ground.

Spring comes and new borns too,
Horses fitted a shoe or two,
Mountain flowers start their bloom,
Bright yellow in the broom.

Summer heat is hot and harsh,
Only slight green around the marsh,
All the sheep are out the back,
So the horses get a decent hack.

Branches torn in autumn breeze, 
Blanket of leaves under trees,
The sheep are brought in from the storm,
Snug in the shed cosy and warm.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

my writing

The things I write are the things I know,
It might be about a plant an animal or how to sew,
I might write down my dreams but in a ryhme,
I could write down a poem any time.

I might write a poem in the middle of the night, 
Just with a flicker of cande light,
I might write a poem when the sun does rise,
Now guess when I wrote this you might get a surprise.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Plant Growth

Plant Growth

Plants need a lot of different substances to produce new growth. But if these requirements are not achieved there can be serious consequences.

Interesting facts: Gases are just one of all the different kinds of substances that effect plant growth, the problem can be very serious because gases can limit the intake of carbon dioxide that plants breathe. Another problem is too much water: when plants have too much water their roots will rot and consequently the plant will not be able to get enough carbon dioxide from the soil.

  Too much water: Some plants get too much water.  When this happens their young leaves will turn brown. Plants won’t have any new growth if they are given too much water. Plants will look wilted when they drink too much water. Plants with too much water are at risk of having algae in the soil around them.

Light and temperature: Two of the substances that effect plant growth are light and temperature. Problems with too little light are stems that are stretched, leaves that are yellow and even lower leaves that go curly then dry up. Extreme temperatures can be harmful because plants can get a sharp shock which can effect the normal growth of a plant. Plants need blue light which they can receive from the sun outside. Plants make their own food through a process called photosynthesis.

Frost and wind: The effects of frost and wind on plants can be very harsh. The frost can make plants flower late or not even flower at all. Some plants have special hormones to stop them from freezing. When plants are frosted they can get dead tips on their leaves. The wind can tug plants roots and sometimes even pull plants out.

The summary: These are just some of the problems and special things that plants have. I hope you have learnt something new.

Glossary: Consequently: something that happens as a result of an action.
Photosynthesis: a process which helps plants to make food.
Hormones: product of living cells carried by blood to other cells.

This information was found from the websites Gardening Know How and Wikipedia.
By Maria

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Maria's Blog

Welcome to my blog where I will post things about my learning and I will also post some of my stories and poems.