Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Dripping, dirty dogs

The clear blue sky stretches on for miles above the deep green and blue sea.  A single puffy white cloud sails across the sky as my feet sink into the warm sand, it’s gritty, golden grains getting between my toes as the white sea foam swirls around my ankles.Seagulls soar above me like hungry eagles, shrieking on a hunt for the chips I can smell.  The warm, oily smell of chips and the salty smell of the sea are overwhelmingly delicious to my senses. A couple of dogs come bounding down the beach wearing a shining coat of glass, one black as night with a white head and belly, the other white with a ginger head.  They're as dirty as a pig.  They splash through the water in front of me, one of them pauses to shake its coat off on to me.  The shimmering droplets of water fly through the air sparkling like diamonds in the sun.  I cringe as the cold drops hit my bare skin and slither down my legs like snakes.The dogs continue to splash in front of me for a few more seconds before they chase each other off down the beach barking and yapping.  Splash, woof, splash.


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Run

Part 4
The creature looked a bit like a dwarf with a red beard but it kept flickering like it was a ghost or a hologram.
"I am Charlimine, the spirit of safety and courage.  My secret tunnels appear to anyone who is really in need of  a hiding spot, welcome to my humble abode, follow me." Said the creature.
"Do you really think we ought to follow it?" I whispered to Kian, "suppose it's trying to take us back!"
"I doubt it," he replied, "but what's the worst that could happen?!"
'Actually there's a lot worse that could happen, but over all we could easily end up six feet under, and at the moment it seems like we're well on the way!' I thought grumpily.

***

So we stood up and dusted ourselves off, but before we had a chance to move there was the thunder of footsteps above our heads and the dead silence as the wolves stopped and sniffed for our track.
"I think we lost them," whispered Kian.
"What are you lot waiting for?  Lets get a move on 'fore they find you again!" Said a rather irritated and impatient Charlimine.
So off we went, following that flickering spirit as we descended spiralling staircase after spiralling staircase, going deeper and deeper into the ground.
We finally arrived at what looked like a large under ground lounge with various doors leading off in all different directions.
"Where do all these doors lead to?" I asked no one in particular.
"Oh, they just lead to all my other tunnels," Charlimine grunted absently. "So where do you guys come from and where would you like to go?"...


Look for more soon! 

Friday, 20 September 2013

Should experiments happen in schools?

Has your child ever come home angry about a racist experiment?
Did your child learn empathy from it?
The other day I read an article about an Intermediate school that said blue-eyed students were more superior and more mature than brown-eyed students.  That school had just done an experiment and the roles were never reversed.


Experiments should happen in schools because it's good for kids to have that experience and opportunity to learn about racism, empathy and discrimination.  But the experiments should be fair and everyone should get a turn otherwise people might get angry and won't be happy with the results.

Children need to know what it feels like to have people be racist to them so that they can learn to be empathetic to others so that they're not racist.

Experiments should only happen in classrooms if the teachers and students have given their informed consent first.  The children's parents should also give their consent so that they know what is going to happen and how it's going to work, otherwise people could get upset and angry about what happened.


Experiments should happen in classrooms but only if they are fair, done right and properly thought through because no one wants their kids coming home angry because of some racist experiment that no one was told about before hand.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Eleven before 11

Eleven things children should do and experience before they turn 11 and what they learn from it.

1.Spend a week camping outside.  They will learn about astronomy, how to build a bivouac, how to put up a tent and how to cook camp food.

2.Visit a foreign country like Russia and learn about the history and experience new cultures and languages.

3.Meet the Prime Minister or someone else important and learn about their jobs and how they contribute to the country.

4.Make and eat bread.  They will learn about fermentation and warm bread is nice on a cold day.

5.Plan and paint a large mural with others.  They will learn about the colour wheel and contrasting colours and how to make different colours with the primary colours, some maths and how to collaborate with others.

6.Write, make and film a short movie.  They will learn how to write a script, memorise lines, how to use a camera and how to edit film.

7.Visit a library and issue a book to learn about the dewy system, how to find books and what books you like.

8.Write a short story to learn about spelling, grammar, similes and interesting topics and mystery's.

9.Plan and teach a game to a small group of people to learn how to give clear instructions, how to talk to a group and how to be confident.

10.Keep a journal of the things they do.  They will learn writing, spelling, handwriting and recount writing.

11.Take part in a Google Challenge to learn how to effectively get answers from google without typing the whole question in and some history about the subject and question.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Hey Diddle Diddle?

Reporting a strange night in Wellington last night.  People have been reporting some very strange things going on, no one really knows what's been happening but animals have been involved in all of it.  Someone even said they thought there was a mad scientist running around giving human traits to animals!


People have mysteriously started saying "Hey! Diddle diddle!"  If you hear someone say that ask them why they said it.  HQ is desperate for answers here!
There were sightings of a cat playing a fiddle, it was a tortoise shell colour with white paws and the fiddle was of average size.  The cat was said to be playing a very nice concerto by Mozart.

The moon was as large as an elephant last night and there was a cow...A COW!? That randomly started jumping rather high, It was said to jump over the moon! Highly unlikely but who knows? Lots went on last night.

There were reports of a normal brown dog laughing to see such fun. A laughing dog?  What?  Apparently it was laughing so hard that it woke up the cutlery and bowls.

So from that dog laughing we got reports of a dish and spoon on the run-eloping so to say but the spoon was engaged to the knife in the drawer so the knife got very angry at the spoon but is now worried about her, but she fell in love with the dish long before she was engaged to the knife, so they thought this unusual night was the best time to run away.  But you all knew that dishes and cutlery could talk didn't you?  It was just a matter of time really.


So if you hear someone say hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon, the little dog laughed to see such fun and the dish ran away with the spoon, you know where it came from.  This very unusual night in Wellington has formed a very well known nursery rhyme but very few know where it came from and you are now one of them.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Tawa's Terrifying Tempest

It was a fairly normal night in Tawa as far as I could tell, wet and windy.  I had just been to the Tawa College open night when 'Bang'! there was a huge crash of thunder and flash of light.

It was so bright I was temporarily blinded and then I realised something was wrong.  The lightning was green!  I sprinted after Mum through the pouring rain- it was so heavy it felt like it was raining cats and dogs!  I jumped in the car and Mum started the engine as the car rocked like a toy boat in the ocean.  "This is the worst storm we've had for ages!" Mum said very profoundly.  There was another flash of lightning and then all the street lights flickered.

When we got home I remembered that Dad was away so we had no one to protect us against the wild weather.  I turned on the TV and started watching Doctor Who.  It was one of the more scary episodes about weeping angles- weeping angles are stone statues of angles that look like they are weeping, but the moment you blink, turn away or flick the lights they move and stare into your face.  Then they either kill you or send you back in time.

I was getting ready for bed when there was a particularly large gust of wind and all the lights went out.  Suddenly I thought of the weeping angles and how they can move when no one can see them.
"Helen, are you okay?" asked mum.
"Yeah," I replied.
I got into bed with my book and torch and then all our lights turned back on so there was nothing to worry about any more.

It rained all night and all the next day, but then it finally stopped and the sun even made a brief visit to Tawa again.