Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Most likely awards for 2018. Today the Year 8 students had their graduation. Rather than just walking in, the students voted on most likely awards for themselves. It was a lovely ice breaker to start off our graduation ceremony tonight. Congratulations class of 2018

Its the end of year and this time last year Anita travelled to Samoa to visit her family. She wrote a recount about her first day early this year and she has chosen this piece of writing as her favourite.

I bravely entered the aeroplane. Warming smiles were given by the flight attendants as I went to sit on my seat. “We’ll be taking off now, please put your seatbelts on” was all I heard before the aeroplane began to roughly jolt. I turned to my sister on the right,
“It’s normal” she said. I let out a breath of relief. Just a few seconds later, the aeroplane began to sore in the air. I looked out the window and saw multiples of clouds. The sea was just as expected, astonishingly beautiful. I was admiring the view, when suddenly a tall woman figure stood in front of me. She pointed onto a table filled with delicious types of food.

 I guess, it was time to eat.  

I politely grabbed a plate of eggs and bacon with rice then shot a smile at her. I then began to eat. When I finished eating I then laid my head down on the chair while my eyes travelled outside, just then I drifted off to sleep.      

I flattered my eyes open and then noticed everyone was standing. I looked around for my siblings when my dad interrupted my thoughts.
“It’s time to get up, we’re here” he said while taking the luggage.
As exhausted as I was, I tiredly stood up and walked outside. Just as we went outside, the hot air began to sweep over us. The heat was incredibly unbearable but I continued to walk.

We walked inside a little house, where we got the rest of our luggage. We walked outside and saw my auntie. She screamed immediately when she saw us. Not caring of the rest of the people staring, she gave us big hugs and sloppy kisses on the cheeks. After a few minutes of talking, she led us to the car and we drove off to town.

Our first stop was at the food market. As we entered, the delicious aroma of food suddenly ignited our sense of smell. I immediately followed the scent as it led to a store selling pork sticks. I’d have to admit, I was pretty hungry and so I ordered a few sticks for my siblings and I. We walked around for a bit when then decided to head to our next destination, my grandmother’s house. We parked our car right in the entrance. Just as we hopped out of the car, a few familiar faces approached us. I took them into my embrace as I noticed it was my two little baby cousins, whom I haven’t seen for along time. We were then ushered to my grandmother’s room. When we entered, we all immediately greeted her. We all talked together for a long time, as well as play with each other.

It was already night and we were all feeling exhausted. I got the beds ready for the whole family, just as we laid down we all decided to tell scary stories. My brother volunteered to begin. We were already a few minutes into the story and we were all quite afraid. My brother continued, when suddenly we heard a scream. We all looked at the person who screamed and found our baby cousin curled up in a ball.
“Can we go to sleep now?” he asked as he laid his head down on the pillow.
“Okay” my brother chuckled as he laid his head down on the pillow too. We all nodded and did the same.
“Goodnight” I said as I drifted right off to sleep.

This was my first day at Samoa.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Novel reading in Room 7

We have posted a few posts about our class novel. We ended this year by reading Refugees by Alan Gratz. It was a novel picked by the boys for the class after the girls chose Dawnraid by Pauline Smith. 

Refugee follows the stories of three children who were leaving their countries to find refuge in other countries. All three characters are in different time and location settings. 

We highly recommend this book.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

An act of kindness from Glen Taylor School

This week Room 7 have been fortunate to receive an act of kindness from Mrs Fa'alili and some of her students at Glen Taylor. Moni a student at Glen Taylor e-mailed Mrs Tofa about their project where they are doing an act of kindness for people in the community and they chose Room 7. The Glen Taylor students gave wrapped treats they had made themselves which were brownies, cookies and a chocolate. They also attached kind and motivational messages for each student in Room 7. We are very grateful to Mrs Fa'alili and her students. We wish you all a great end to this year and very Merry Christmas.

Telesia our Manaiakalani ambassador had her last presentation on Wednesday 28 of November. She has done a great job of being an ambassador for our school. This is her presentation about responding to current events.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Argument writing by Davarni about the teacher strike which is causing a lot of debate in the media and communities.

Do Teachers Really Need to Strike?

The last recent teachers strike was held on the 12th of November. Teachers argued about the workload, salary, and unnecessary tasks they’ve been given. Addition to that, teachers don’t get paid to do extra work. But do they really need to go on strike?         

As a student, I thought that teachers only needed to teach students about maths, reading and writing. But, I was wrong, teachers have additional jobs like: caring for the students' feelings, making sure everything is alright at home, and maintaining their behaviour.

Teachers are what structure our future for the next generation, by that I mean, they educate the youth for the sake of their lives and future. Without teachers, us children wouldn’t be getting the learning needs they demand. So, in order to keep our teachers ‘safe’, they need some consideration from the government, education minister, and prime minister.

It’s not just money teachers need, they also need resources such as, books and sports gear; Of course this is for the students, to help them learn. These resources are very useful to those who need them.

To finish off, I personally think teachers have every right to protest. Keep in mind that they’re doing this for themselves, their students, and their families.