Thursday, 22 August 2019

A thank you to Graeme Edwards

Glenbrae School
103 Leybourne Circle
Glen Innes

Dear Graeme Edwards,

My name is Candice and I am writing this letter to you, to show my appreciation for your effort to sponsor our Duffy books.

Thank you for taking it upon yourself to sponsor our Duffy books. Your kind act shows your willingness to help us with our education. 

Duffy books are great for our education because it enables us to read for enjoyment at school and at home. I like having the opportunity to pick any books I want. The selection of books are always exciting. 

Your sponsorship means a lot to us and we are very grateful. I know it will cost you financially but hope you will be able to understand the impact your kindness has on our education.

Yours sincerely

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Gratitude for our Duffy books

Glenbrae School
103 Leybourne Circle
Glen Innes

Dear Rotary Pakuranga,

Thank you Rotary Pakuranga for sponsoring our school for the past few years for our Duffy Books. Through your assistance we have enjoyed reading many educational and fun books. 

Thank you for allowing us to choose which books we would like. The selection of books are always exciting and new. 

I have enjoyed taking my Duffy books home. Some of my favourite books are Bad guys, Amulek and Tom Gates. My friends and I have really enjoyed reading these books. 

I wish you all the best for the future.

Yours sincerely

Friday, 2 August 2019

Silent time, testing time, all is calm, brains are bright...

Mrs Tofa just thought she'd make up a song while observing Room 7 take their Maths test today (refer to blog title). We have been doing a lot of learning in Fractions and today, Room 7 took part in a test using Google forms to test how much they have been able to learn. Reflections of test videos will be up soon.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

AJ's information report about the beginning of life on our planet

The beginning of life

Three and a half billion years ago life emerged in the oceans. Then 425 million years ago living things started to move on land. Therefore, life first started in the sea. 

The four elements which made life possible are water, air, light and energy. Life began with simple organisms and have evolved throughout time to the complex organisms living today.

Vegetation covered our planet earth and throughout the millions of years an amazing variety of ecosystems and habitats developed.

Different creatures evolved to survive and thrive in different habitats. The creatures have developed strategies to adapt on land, they also evolved as allies, adversaries and enemies. Life has changed throughout the past billion years, creatures went from a blob until it started to form and evolve into full creatures. 

For the past 162 million years Eutherians evolved into primates. Primates learned to hunt, love and fight. Primates lived for about 2 million years before evolving into humans.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Candice writes about preserving our planet

Preserving our planet

Man did not weave the web
of life, he is merely a strand
in it. Whatever he does to 
the web, he does to himself.

Life started in the sea 3.6 billion years ago. Sea creatures lived in the sea and moved to land 425 million years ago. Scientists believe that humans came really late. Humans came 8 million years after the earth was created. 

Each living thing on the earth is important for the survival of all living things. For example, if the bees and other pollinators disappear, the tiger will vanish within a year. Mankind will disappear in three years and all other life on earth will soon follow. 

Bees and pollinators are vital to the survival of planet earth because they spread pollen and help the regrowth of plants. Plants are essential to the survival of animals and humans. 

The implications for humans is to help the survival of these important living things. Pollution is causing many negative effects to planet earth. If we don’t look after our planet, more living things will become extinct and human survival will be impossible in the future. 

Friday, 5 July 2019

Information report by Siosaia

Evolution of life 

Three and a half billion years ago, there was nothing on planet earth but nucleic acid, lying in the sea. About 1.6 billion years later, bacteria formed in the sea, along with archaea and eukaryotes. At that point, life began in the sea.  About 7 million years later, living things in the sea formed, creating new species such as octopuses, snails and worms. About 600 million years later, animals from the sea, began moving to land thus creating life on land.

The first fish to walk on land was called Tiktaalik, but unfortunately, the Tiktaalik species went extinct long ago. Overtime, fish from the sea would evolve to new, different species. Two hundred and thirty million years later, Tetrapods, amphibians, Marsupials, Reptiles, Birds, and Eutherians became new species. Over time, those species evolved into a lot of different species such as Tuatara, Kangaroos, Elephants and much more.

Eight million years ago, Eutherians later evolved into primates. Primates learned to fight, hunt and a lot of other things we learn now (besides modern-day things), therefore, making primates smarter overtime. 

After two million years, primates evolved into humans. Overtime, humans gained more intelligence and started creating modern technology we use now.