Ski Camp

Last week room 8 and room 3 went on ski camp to Mt Ruaphehu. All those who were going on camp met at the back of the school by the car park at quarter to eight.  At eight o’clock, we were assigned to our cars; after a brief chat by the teachers and adults, we set off.

Two long hours of travel later, we arrived at Taihape to stretch our legs and to do some gumboot throwing. A short drive later, we pulled up at the National Memorial of Tangiwai where on December 24, 1953, one hundred and fifty one people died  because of a la har that came down the river, destroying a bridge that trains crossed, causing a train crash. Ohakune was our next stop; we had our lunch and changed into our snow gear.

Excitement was growing in proportion to the mountain as we neared our destination, Turoa ski area. Our vehicles finally arrived at a large, shallow, slushy ice pond – the car park.  Once everyone had arrived, we regrouped ourselves and trudged on over to the entrance. As soon as our classes were allowed entry, everyone dashed towards the snow to make snowballs and waged war on each other. After twenty minutes, our principal came back with some sleds. Of course, everyone wanted a ride but there weren’t enough to go around so the rule was that each sled was shared between two people. Screams, yells, and cheers were the main noises that were heard by everyone at the sledding area. After 2 hours, we stopped the sledding, returned the sleds and got back in the cars. We all arrived at the Ski Haus which was at the  National Park where our accommodation was. We unpacked our bags and went inside. Inside the Ski Haus there were a number of cabins that were lined up against the wall; the boys cabins were on the left and the girls cabins on the right. It had a pool table, log fire and conversation pit.  We devoured our dinner, washed our dishes, changed into our pajamas and went to bed, for we all new that the next day was going to be an early start.

Having been kitted out with our skis and snowboards, we started our lessons at 9:00 am the next morning at Happy Valley. Our first lesson was about how to clip your boots on and off the snowboard; this took about 10 minutes, then we moved on to balancing and steering. Next, we worked on braking and bringing ourselves to a stop without falling over; this was accomplished by when moving forward, putting pressure on your heels and when moving backward, putting pressure on your toes.  Finally, after much anticipation, we were allowed to snowboard down to the bottom and take the chair lift back to the top. We were having a fantastic time going up and down as a group but it was slow movement because some were slow learners so we had to wait around a lot.

Our adrenaline was at its max. We were just waiting for our teacher to say we were free to go and when he did, we zoomed off down the mountain, shouting and yelling with huge enthusiasm. We didn’t make it to the bottom unharmed -half of us landed on our bottoms, the other half  landed on our faces but that didn’t stop us. We were on fire! Since we had no teacher now, we had to wait in line for the chair lift at the bottom with everyone else;  before,we were able to just jump to the front of the queue and didn’t have to wait. The one advantage of the wait was that it built tension so when we got to the top we would be all psyched up and would bolt down towards the bottom again. How time flies as you’re flying yourself!  We had already been there for 4 hours. We had lunch, got ourselves refueled and snowboarded for another 3 hours. Unfortunately, we had to return our gear and go home because the mountain closed at 4:00 pm.

After our visit to the Turangi hot pools, we came home, got dressed and walked off to bed for it was extremely late.  We all fell asleep content with our day.

Twelve o ‘clock the next day we started our tour at the Waiouru War Museum; the guy who was taking a us around was hilarious and knew a tank load of information. He told of the tragic things that had happened during the war and how awful it was. An hour and a half later, we were back on the road packed with new knowledge and facts. In Levin, we made a quick stop at the Adventure Playground; after an hours play, we were on the final stretch of road and heading to our school where our parents were waiting to pick us up.

As our cars pulled up outside the school, we were greeted with hugs by our parents.  When they asked us how our trip to the mountain was,  we all answered in our separate ways, “Fantastic!”

 

By Joseph

Why children should watch the Olympic Games

 

Why should children watch the Olympic Games?

 

Having our children watch the Olympics, exposes them to the numerous sports that might appeal to their strengths which they might take up and pursue further into there lives. A young judo player may join the local judo club after viewing and enjoying the Judo Competition.

 

The Olympic Games are educational for children. Kids will learn the major sports of each country;New Zealand’s major sports are equestrian, hockey, shot put, rowing, cycling and running. Children soon learn the places of the countries competing, their national anthems, and the different competing countries’ flags. The opening ceremony shows the host country’s culture to the rest of the world.

The participating athletes show children, that the way to success is not by cheating but by struggling, overcoming the obstacles and by sacrifices such as; dieting, training everyday for hours, not going out with friends and partying and having the will to persevere.New Zealand runner Nick Willis came ninth in the 1500m final, he was disappointed with the result but it only increased his resolve to try harder.

 

The Olympics is an international drama and provides world- class entertainment. The emotion and excitement rushes through younger viewers, as they witness a close sprint to the finish line or as a world, record gets broken. The games are chilling, as a cyclist falls of his bike. You can almost feel the devastation of the losing team, or as a rowers oar snaps, or that Japanese Judo competitor who could not bear to leave the mat knowing that she had lost. The close competition and uncertainty of who will win keeps the children glued to the T.V.

 

As you can see children should watch the Olympics because: they are exposing variety of sports to them, they are educational, they are entertaining and they show character and that winning is by having the will to persevere.

 

 

Rugby Season

My rugby teams season has been going extremely well so far. My team has only lost two games so far and we are half way into the season.

Here are the scores:

  • Paraparaumu vs Poneke                            win     score 87-5
  • Paraparaumu vs Upper Hutt                  win   score  35-17
  • Paraparaumu vs Rahui                             win   score  42- 15
  • Paraparaumu vs Johnsonville              win  score   30-15
  • Paraparaumu vs Petone                           win   score 92- 0
  • Paraparaumu vs Marist St Pats              win   score 43- 13
  • Paraparumu vs Norths Canines           loss    score 42- 10
  • Paraparaumu vs Levin                             win   score  76- 7
  • Paraparaumu vs  Wainuiomata             win   score  98- 5
  • Paraparaum  vs Hutt Old Boys Marist win  score  30- 5
  • Paraparaumu vs Paremata                     loss  score 65- 7
  • Paraparaumu vs Upper Hutt                 win  score  22-11

My Rugby Tournament

During the holidays I had a Regional Representative rugby tournament. There were four teams including us who were competing in the tournament, there was: Hutt Valley, Horowhenua Kapiti, Wellington and Western Bays.

Our first game was against Horowhenua Kapiti which was a very close match but losing it to them by a last minute try making the score 22-25 to them.

Our second game was against Hutt Valley we got a thrashing of about 37-12 to Hutt Valley.

Our last game was against Wellington, who thought that they were going to cream us after they saw us lose to the other two teams when they had beaten the other teams by quite a lot but no they didn’t not win easily. Western Bays kicked off and immediately won the ball back. Our first five spun the ball out wide to me, scoring in the corner just making it to the try line; we then converted the try. Wellington kicked of again but won the ball after a knock on by won of our players. Wellington then scored down the blind-side making it 7-5 to us. Wellington ended up winning that game after the backs started firing the ball out to their wingers, who just boost away.

Even though my team came last in that tournament, we still had the time of our lives and never once gave up which is far better than winning.

My Reflection of a Consumers Guide Video

In term one I was involved in explaining about a consumer guide on how to make a good complaint to a trader about  faulty goods, and how to indentify typical consumers problems though a video clip.

 

I thought we covered our learning objectives,the video was about a person who had bought a TV one year ago but had since broken down. They had then gotten it serviced but had had no luck. The idea was to show how to use the Consumers Guarantee Act and how to take a statement telling you the right you have against a company whose goods were not of the expected quality. We then had to show what the next steps would be if the company disagreed with the statement, where to take it from there. The Citizens Advice Bureau was the choice we used to give an example of one of the places you could go to redress.

 

I liked how we had a variety of ideas to build onto our main idea, and how we had planned each person’s roles before we began filming the video. The team all took part in the editing and the writing of the script.Saharahad the role of reading the story line. Breellen and I had the role of reading the steps out, Daniel was our camera operator and we all took part in looking up the Consumers Guarantee Act.

 

What I think we could improve on next time would be speaking louder so that you can

be heard well, learning our lines better, and getting used to staring into the camera.

 

The Cheetah

What does this sound like? Racing  zero to ninety kilometres per hour (55 mph) in just three seconds… a racing car perhaps ? No, it’s the top speed a cheetah can reach from a standing start. It is the fastest land animal by far over a short distance. When it’s chasing, its high- speed rarely lasts over 15 seconds [ roughly over 500metres] or else it will give up. And its gratefully breathless prey runs away. Like the leopard the cheetah hunts on its own. The cheetah’s attacker is the lion’s pride. There are 4  species in Africa and 1 in Iran.The male cheetah is simply known as the cheetah while the female cheetah is known as  the she- cheetah. This wild cat makes a sound like a hiss and a growl .  So if you’re  holidaying in Africa, watch out for the cheetah because you won’t have time to run! 

By Joseph