Monday, 21 September 2015

Term Three

This term I have learnt a lot about fractions. I have learnt how to divide, times, plus and take away fractions with different denominators. Through my environmental project I have learnt many statistics about New Zealand birds. In religious education I have learnt about the mystery, power and love of God through the story of David.

Next term I am looking forward to learning about what high school is like. A challenge for next term is learning more about ratios. I am also excited about having a week away for school camp. But first I will enjoy the holidays.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Canoe Polo

Last weekend at the Oamaru town pool the South Island High School canoe polo championships were held. I was lucky enough to view the action. There were mini soccer goals hanging off the ceiling at ends. The players were allowed to use their hands and paddles to control the ball. The goalie held their paddle above their head; as close as they could get to the center of the goal. While the oppisition threw the ball towards the goal.  

Sunday, 28 June 2015

In April I went to the National Ploughing championships in Palmerston. There were both horses and machines ploughing. I mostly watched the horse ploughing. I found it interesting to see the way farmers would of worked their horse to plough a paddock.

Friday, 26 June 2015


Today I played football at Awamoa Park. My team Saint Josephs  United  played the Awamoa Spurs. We had an exiting game with a player scoring from a corner kick. I played midfield and striker. I had two shots on goal but the goalkeeper was quick to catch them. I really enjoyed the game which ended in a 5-0 win for us.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

My Holiday

Last school holidays I had a snowy Autumn holiday in Nasbey. As I entered Nasbey the car was engulfed with snow. I got a bit bored staying inside so I convinced Dad to go biking in the forest. We biked up the 4 wheel drive track to the top of the forest. It was hard work but we didn't get hot. We biked down some mountain bike tracks, which was exciting but challenging. I had an adventurous time. 

Stormy Ride

This afternoon I went horse riding on my horse Copper-Rose. We went along the road to ride in some large paddocks. We went through a pond after much needed encouragement. Copper-Rose was full of energy because of the changing weather. We had a good gallop which she seemed to enjoy. A few raindrops fell on my face so I decided it was time to go home. By the time I got home it had really started to rain. After untacking her and putting her in her paddock I went inside and snuggled up by the fire.

Highlanders Day

Today at school we all dressed up in Highlanders gear, to show our support to our local team. We sung the Highlanders song and waved our flags. In the afternoon some people from North Otago rugby came to see us. We did some passing and kicking drills. Some people received Highlanders flags. I had a fun highlanders day at school.      

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Friday, 19 June 2015


My mothers warm arms fill me with heat,
The glow of the fire is an illusion yet tidy and neat,
My eyes are dancing with the flames,
I dance gleefully "this is nice," the flame exclaims.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Riding At The Beach

Last weekend I went to All Day Bay near Kakanui with my horse Copper-Rose. My Dad led Copper-Rose out of the float and I tacked her up with her saddle and bridle. After mounting I rode her into the waves, which she didn't mind. When I looked down I couldn't tell if she was backing out of the sea or if it was the tide.
We trotted along the beach until she seemed to slow down for no reason. I looked behind me. There was a change to deep hoof prints. There were a few sand hills which were firm enough to pick up the pace and have a smooth canter. After we had slowed down we found ourselves at Campbells Bay right outside Kakanui.
After a rest and a taste of seaweed for Copper-Rose we started to make our way back. We trotted more, but after reaching All Day Bay we started to canter which felt more like a gallop. To cool down we had a calm trot in the waves. I had an awesome experience with my horse at the beach.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

National Young Leader's Day 2015

I imagined heart racing thoughts as I sat among a crowd of over 1200 Otago and Southland students my age in the Dunedin Town Hall, listening to William Pyke. I had been tired on the bus trip from Oamaru with my fellow St Josephs year eight students, who were about to learn how to be good leaders. But as soon as I stepped out of the bus I was awake. Soon I would hear speeches from adventurers William Pike and Steve Gurney. I would also hear from clothing and accessories designer Tasmin Cooper, Chris Jupp a forty-hour famine helper and organiser and Jamie McDell a singer and songwritter. I would also hear from year twelve and thirteen students Phinox, Sarah and Sam. So I had many reasons to be excited. This was National Young Leaders Day 2015 and I was about to be a part of it. 
A truely inspirational leader to me was William Pike. William has been on many outdoor adventures with his friend James, but he is well known for his first attempted accent of Mt Ruapehu in 2007. William was terrified as he heard a rumble with which 1.5 million cubic metres of mud cam falling down the mountain side. His best friend James and William were cramped inside a den on the mountain face. Suddenly water flowed in and soon the two men were swimming. Abruptly the floor fell through and the men were no longer swimming but William's legs were stuck in the thick freezing mud. After realising they would need help James stepped up as a leader and left friend to go and search for help. William eventually asleep.
When William woke up he found himself in a hospital bed, minus a leg. His right leg had to be amputated just above the knee to stop the spread of infection. William was thankful to be alive but he was absolutly shocked when he found out he only had one good leg. After this accident William made up his mind to make the most of his life. He also decided to climb Mt Ruapehu using his steel leg, which he did three years later. William,s motto is "All Passion No Limits". His values are courage, teamwork, resiliance, compassion, pride and enthusiasm. Without these values William couldnt be the inspiring leader he is today.
Hearing William Pike speak reminded me of another adventurer Mark Inglis. Mark Inglis lost both of his legs to frost-bite in an attempt to summit Mt Cook, with his companion. Unfortunaly things didnt go to plan when extreme weather forced them to build and live in a snow cave for two weeks. William and Mark both had time in hospital to decide on what goals they had for the future. Both decided to conquer the mountain they were injured on. Both achieved this goal after much hard work but Mark Inglis went the next step and climbed Mt Everest. Now days both men help others in their own ways. Mark helps the Nepalise people that have lost limbs by bringing unused New Zealand limbs to Nepal and fitting them. William is a motivational speaker, inspiring other people to make the most of life.
Through this great experience I have learnt how leaders are made. They have values, mottos and goals, which made them the leaders they are. This has inspired me to make the most of life and opportunities that come my way.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Rosa's Diary

Day 12

I am lost.

Day 13

Finally I found an old lined book and pencil at the back of this cave. Sorry I forgot to tell you who I am. I am Rosa Andrea Norick. I am thirteen. I am from Bincock in Northern Edislind.
I have dark brown eyes with long dark eyelashes. I have curly brown long flowing hair. My hair is tanned from this tropical island sun. 

Day 14

I have found a bottle, so I shall rip these pages out and send them over this great ocean. I am about 10,000 miles west of the "Great Kingdom Of Dorinda". I hope you will come and rescue me. I think I will last another month on this food but I can't be sure.

From Rosa

Technology In Todays World

Looking from the past into today's world, I see a big difference in technology. People who used to say hello to me when I walked down the street don't anymore. Usually this is because they happen to be talking, texting or playing games on their technology. Lots of people agree that technology is helpful in lots of different ways. Children can use technology for educational purposes. They can type up a story then use programmes to help enhance their stories. Sites such as "Cool Maths Games" and "Mathletics" can help children with maths. Technology can be extremely dangerous. People can be concentrating on the song they are listening to on their technology too much. So they could walk across a street without even realising that a car had to suddenly put on their brakes to avoid hitting them. Technology has helped peoples lives become easier. People can now shop on line to buy just about anything that they want. People don't have to go to book shops to buy books. People can type in the name of a book, buy it as an e-book, then read it on their technology. Music is the same, you don't need a gramaphone to play songs from records, nor do you need a CD player to play songs from CD's. Instead of using a gramaphone or a CD player you can get all the music you want from i-tunes on most technology. Certain technology especially cell phones can be hazardous when driving. A driver could injure themselves and others when using their phone while driving. A problem with technology that has internet, is that people can get into all sorts of sites. There are sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat that you can chat with nearly anyone. People can chat with people who they think are their new friends. When people meet their new friends in real life they may not be so friendly. When people post things on Youtube or on their blogs, the whole world can see it. If someone posted something inappropriate they could be in a lot of trouble. Some of us think technology is great for doing nearly anything. While others think the world would be a safer place without technology. So if you do have technology try to remember to still say hello when walking down the street.