Friday, 19 October 2018
Monday, 15 October 2018
School finished not too long ago and it was time for our two week holiday. I had already known that it would be the same routine. Eat, sleep, work and more sleep. As boring as it seems, the two weeks holiday were hectic. This is how my holiday went.
During the two week holiday, my sister and I joined my parents in a cleaning job. This meant waking up every morning at around 3:00 am and coming back around 4:30 am. It was very hard to prioritize our sleeping hours as we came back from day activities at around 10 or 9. The cleaning job was a restaurant named Mission Bay Pavillion. We mopped the floor, cleaned the windows, cleaned the toilets and mopped some more. Talk about Cinderella alright!
Cleaning was alright, but the best part was getting to walk along the beach and watching the sunrise after everything was all done. Sometimes we even got to dip our feet in the cold sea. It was so beautiful, the sunrise I mean, not our feet. Unfortunately we didn’t receive any money ourselves, but we were happy that the money that we earned was used to provide food that was very much needed for our family.
After working in the early morning, the majority of the day was spent at church. Our family rode back and forth from St Bernadette Mt Wellington Catholic Church which was crazy due to the amount of family members we have, and the addition of our cousins who tagged along. At church, with our Tongan community, we practised a maulululu for a special performance coming up. Our practises were super fun and exhilarating. Other than that, we had a normal mass on Sundays and Saturdays.
During our break we took the opportunity to spend time with family. We played outside in the cool breeze, played card games and watched movies at night. My little siblings always roamed around our backyard singing songs which always entertained us. Usually after spending time outside we played card games such as 500 and drum. At our house, card games were intense and competitive, so winning was such a big deal. It felt as though my sister was always a hostile competitor which was so intimidating. But at the end of the day, my sister and I walked out of the lounge being the kings of 500 and drum.
I had a thrilling two week holiday and am looking forward for the next one.
Friday, 7 September 2018
Room 7 really enjoy their music lessons every Monday mornings with Miss Bashnee. We have been learning about instruments, genres of music and also reading musical notes. Salote created a google slide to share what she has been learning.
Monday, 3 September 2018
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Monday, 27 August 2018
Thursday, 23 August 2018
In Writing, Mary's group have been focussing on writing to and for a specific audience. One of the topics was to address the issue of having a liquor store so close to our school. The Ihimaera writing group all chose a specific audience to write their letters of concern to. Most wrote to the owner himself but Mary decided to write to our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern. The letter was e-mailed to her office and an automatic reply came through that the letter has been received. Also around this time, Jacinda Adern had her baby so there was a delay in her reply. However, on Tuesday this week an e-mail came through with a written reply from the Prime Minister to Mary's letter. Here is a letter and we are so excited appreciative that the Prime Minister replied to Mary.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
A shared class novel is a must in Room 7. Everyday after lunchtime we have our shared novel where Mrs Tofa reads to the whole class. It is a time of listening, thinking, imagination and sharing of ideas about the book. Right now we are about to finish Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl.
It has been an entertaining book and we are very excited to see where the story ends. Right now we are on chapter 20 where Danny and his father have completed their big project on Mr Hazel's pheasants. However, the turning point is when Mrs Clipstone came with the pheasants in the pram but the birds were flying out of the pram because the sleeping pills were wearing off.
Does your class have novel reading? If so what novel are you reading right now? We would love to keep sharing our shared novel with any classes so do let us know.