Tag: Writing

Our visit to stone cottage

Yesterday, room 6 children went to visit the cottage opposite St Patrick’s School at 10.00 sharp.  When we got to the cottage there were two people there, Terry and Patrick who were going to show us  around the cottage. 

The first room in the cottage was the living room or the parlour which is what it was called a long time ago. Terry said that visitors would come to that room. The men liked to drink their tea in that room and we saw old pictures of the old streets of Panmure on the walls.

After that we went to the bedroom where the parents used to sleep, and then Terry said that there was a potty that the people used as a toilet. Then Terry showed us some clothes that the women used to wear which were pantaloons or undies! We also saw old dolls which were about 100yrs old.

Later we went to the kitchen where the mum used to cook the food. They also planted sweet potatoes or kumara in the backyard. We also saw a frame with a lot of men in the photo with  mustaches surrounded by lots of fragile plates and cups.

Then Patrick showed us what the kids used to play with.       They were called stilts. Stilts where what kids try to stand on in the olden days and they looked like they were really fun. Then  after that  Patrick led us upstairs to two more rooms, one with artifacts in it and the other a bedroom for the children.

I really enjoyed our outing across the road because there were so many old items to look at that I have never heard on or even seen before. It was great.






My Cycling Experience

Yesterday Kate and Kyla were here to show us how to  to ride a bike safely. First Kate was showing us what shoes to wear and the five s’s for safety on a  helmet. The five s’s were shell, styrofoam, straps, stickers and safety.

After that we all went outside  stood along the fence and we got ourselves a helmet. Then Kyla showed us the A, B, C, D and Q for our bike safety check. The letter A was for air in our tyres, when we had to push the palm of our hand down onto the bike tyre to check if it was flat or not. The B was for brakes. Kyla showed us if the brakes were steady enough when she held the bike and moved it back and forth with the brakes on and it stopped.  So mine were okay. The third letter was C which was for control/chain  when we had to check the chain if it was  greasy  but it was not too bad. The D was for the drop test when we had to see if everything was secure when we picked the bike up and dropped it. The last letter was Q for the quick release test when we had to move our bikes back and forth to see if they were moving freely and they were.

After that each of us got a bike.  Angelina and Jaeden each got a silver bike and the medium people got the green and silver bikes. The tall people got the big bikes called the Black Thunder which are our school  bikes. After some time they asked if those people who were confident enough would go with Kyla and the ones who were not confident enough would go with Kate.

When we went with Kyla we had to put two fingers on both brakes gently because if you do it too quickly you might fly over the handle bars. We need to use our brakes well so if anyone crashes we can quickly use our brakes to stop in time. After that it was morning tea and me and the boys were playing soccer

Later we put our helmets on and Kyla showed us how to do hand signals and sign. She asked us to look over our right shoulders to check for cars and then put our hands out to indicate when we wanted to turn. At first it was quite tricky but we got it after a couple of goes.

We thank you Bigfoot for coming and teaching us how to ride a bike safely. We hope we can do it again next year.

















The Story About How Matariki Started

Papatuanuku and Ranginui were surrounded in darkness crouched together with their children between them.

They were annoyed and irritated with living this way and they began to wonder  what could be done. Tumatauenga, the god of war suggested to beat their parents to death however tane mahuta wanted to separate Ranginui  to the sky and Papatuanuku to the earth. Tane prepared himself by lying flat on his back. He stretched his legs above forcing his father up into the sky to stay there forever. When their parents were separated they saw a glimmer of light appear and in no time the world was visible.

Tawhirimatea the god of wind was angry and he pulled out his eyes as a symbol of his love and hurt throwing them into the milky way above. To this day Tawhirimatea the blind and unseeing god, moves around New Zealand blowing his anger wherever he moves.

This is my Matariki star I wove using wool and a circular piece of cardboard.and  It was so fun.

Characterisation of Fingerbone Bill


I am old. I am wise and I am an investigator of nature. My body is old and wiry and I brush my teeth daily. I am knowledgeable too. I have a jolly black face, which is wrinkled, and unfortunately I can’t see properly anymore. I love Stormboy as my own son. I am black. I am reliable and not dependent on other people.

I am………………………………………  Fingerbone Bill

Our ki o rahi tournament

Yesterday on Tuesday Mr Bell set up a ki o’rahi tournament. We had to be in our house teams which are Rimu, Rata, Totara and Kauri. I was in the kauri team.  There were 6 rounds and first was kauri vs rata and my old coach, coach Trey was  the referee. He told each team the rules of the ki o’rahi game. There has to be two guardians to protect the tupu  – tupu means the rock and two teams are called Taniwha and Komai. I was not playing in the first game  but at least my other team mates got to go.  So after coach Trey said the rules to each team they were getting ready to play ki o’rahi each team were doing so great me and Theo were cheering so loudly. We were doing the Russian dance for the kauri team.  After the first game it was time for the second round until all the teams had played one another. After we had finished the game the ref counted the points and the Kauri team won. We all jumped up and shouted ‘hooray.’ Then after that Mr Bell told the  house teams to  come to the canopy  so Coach Trey could give fake money to my brother and his team.out of his pocket.

Our 175 year Jubilee

On Friday when I woke up my Mum reminded me about St Patrick’s Jubilee for 175 years. So my siblings and I were getting ready and then our Mum dropped us off at school. Then we went to our classes followed by walking up to mass. After that Ms Kyle said that we could read or we could draw because it was nearly morning tea. I was about to read but….. RING! RING! RING!!!!!!! The bell rang and I was shocked. So I put my book down and I got my snack and went outside. 

After morning tea, all of the students came out to the canopy so Mrs Bullot could call out the teams which were all Irish names. My team’s name was Apricots. After that we rotated between all the teachers who had prepared different games for us to play. 

Then the next day was another celebration at school. My family was too busy to come but I could only come at the end.

On Sunday we all got ready for the big day. I was excited. We went to mass and the Tongans, Samoans and Filipinos had prepared amazing rituals and it was so amazing. After that we went to  the hall so we could sing and entertain the guests as a school and different ethnic communities. There was a delicious lunch too. Happy 175 years, St Patrick’s School and Parish. 




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