Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Inquiry Reflection

In our inquiry we chose to research rubber trees.
My contribution to this project was that I did lots of the research. I thought of the questions and googled them to find out more information. I also created most of the presentation. 
 The thing I am most proud about is the presentation because it is really colourful and bright.

 The thing I would do differently next time is that I would have drawn a picture in the background.

We didn't make impact with our project because we didn't put our poster somewhere people can see it. 


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Letter of Advice to all the Year Sixes

My Room
My House
New Zealand

Room 15
Tawa Intermediate School
New Zealand

Dear Year Sixes
I have a few words of advice for you for next year when you move on to Intermediate.
Most of the work is just like Primary and there should be at least one of your friends from primary in your class, but there are extra curriculum activities that are really fun so you should try to get into as many as possible (you also get out of class for most of them).

We also have SPEC here at Intermediate, which are specialist activities including Workshop, Foods, Music and Art.
You may worry about not having any friends or drifting away from them but even if that happens, there are so many people that you will make loads of new friends.

Yours Faithfully;

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

White Water Rafting

At School camp we went white water rafting.

We were bumping down the rapids and then we were in the taniwha pool and there was a huge rock that was as high as the sky.  The instructor said that we had to jump off that huge rock into the freezing cold water.  I thought was he was kidding but he was actually serious, but when I got to the top of the rock I startd freaking out because it was sooo high ad there was a huge rock a few feet under the water and I was afraid that I would hit it.  I closed my eyes, held my nose and took a big breath and then I jumped.  I jumped as far as I could so that I wouldn't hit the huge rock, and then I was in the freezing water.  I started swiming as hard as I could for the river bank so I could get out of the water and dry off.  The instructor was yelling at us to hurry up because time is money!

Next we were bumping down the worst rapids and the instructor had us headed for a low ledge protruding from the cliff face just above the water, then we smashed into the ledge and we were screaming and laughing as we held on for our lives. But then there ws a scream and a splash from right behind me, so I turned around and saw tht our teacher had fallen out so I started laughing.  The insructor told me that I was supposed to fall out not our teacher.  So then I staarted laughing so hard I almost did fall out!

Thursday, 18 October 2012


Part 2

We crept down the stairs and past the kitchen, Madam Fallita and the cook were having a very loud discussion about something, so we were able to get past without being discovered.

"Shhh" I hissed, "We don't want the mutant wolves to drag us back this time, you've go to be quiet."  I led them through the dining room and out past the out house through a hole in the fence and then we started sprinting and desperately trying not to fall in the dark. Dream stumbled and cried out so Kian shushed her and picked her up and carried her over his shoulders like a rag doll. 'he's so strong for someone who hasn't seen decent food for weeks', I thought admiringly to myself.

"Quick over here, this is a good place to stay until dawn," I whispered to them as I led them to a sheltered little cave, in the outcrop of a massive rock overlooking a dense forest that had an eerie quality about it in the half light of a crescent moon, "as soon as it starts getting light we have to leave and travel south to the Dead Swamps, where we will find the witches of Nora.  They can help us find a way to awaken my magic charms so that we can fight the Brothers and rescue Rose..."

Look for more soon.


When your going to look
For a good fit book
Need I remind
That when you read between the lines
You can even hear the sound of a brook!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Statistical Investigation

This statistical investigation is about how many trees the children in Room 15 have planted.
This is important because people should plant trees so that we can sustain the oxygen that we breathe.

I found out that no one has planted 16 to 20 trees and the most people have planted 0 to 5 trees.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Books or Technology?

Books or technology, which is better?

I have to say I love technology, but I also love to read.

If you buy an E-Book you also have to buy lots of books that you can put on it and those books can be very expensive, like some can cost fifty dollars and just for one book! But if you buy a book from the book shop it only costs about twenty dollars.

You can get books out from the library for virtually no cost, but you can't rent an E-Book from the library.
The wonderful smell of new books as you walk into a book shop, and the huge variety of books that you can choose from is fantastic, the sound of cracking the spine for the first time and the rustle of the pages are peaceful calming sounds and you don't get any of those luxuries with an E-Book, it's just click, click, click, no spines to crack, no pages to turn.

E-Books make your eyes hurt if you try to read for hours on end, but with a book you can read for as long as you like without getting sore eyes.
Books can last for a long time if they are treated correctly and they don't have to be charged like an   E-Book does.

So keep it the way it used to be, keep reading your books don't chuck them out just to replace them with E-Books, we all love our books so: Happy Reading!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

'My Shoes are Haunted!' Special feature

This post is all about Charlie and Jessica from 'My Shoes are Haunted!' having a big fight and then making up again.

"Hey babe, you look nice today," said Charlie.
"Thanks honey you do to, but your hair is sticking up more than usual," answered Jessica.
"What!" Exclaimed Charlie, "Your so vain and shallow sometimes just thinking about looks!"
"Well so are you, you pig faced creep," Jessica muttered under her breath.
"What did you say?" yelled Charlie, "pig faced creep huh, well you're a stupid little miscreant! You know nothing!"
"Are you sure about that? yesterday you were saying how smart I was." Jessica dared to venture.
"Yesterday I wasn't mad at you!" Answered Charlie.
"Why are you mad at me anyway?" Asked Jessica.
"You have such a short attention span you...you. Yeah, what are we arguing about?" Said Charlie.
"I can't remember," answered Jessica "I'm sorry babe."
"I'm sorry too, hot stuff, do you want to go get takeaways and eat on the beach?" Asked Charlie.
"Sure, I'd love too handsome, let's go." Replied Jessica...........

Monday, 27 August 2012

Submission Reflection

I think the submission went really well and I hope that the M.P's seriously consider getting more digital learning devices and make classrooms bigger and better so that children can learn faster and more effectively.  In the future I hope that classrooms will be better and bigger with more technology and better, faster computers.  I hope they will make teachers go on learning courses that will teach them how to use computers and technology effectivly and fast so that they can know how to do it and not end up with having to learn it all from the students.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Last Winter: Part 2

The dream washed away rain poured down transforming the snow to slush, not pure white but brown and green with mud and grass.  The snow still flitted down mixed with rain and sleet turning the world into a massive grey cloud smothering the world in darkness and damp.

For the first part of this story go to Jade@TIS

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


The snow was drifting down, covering the land in a glistening white blanket.
"It's snowing!" I cried.
It was freezing cold, but it was extremely nice to curl up by the fire and read a good book.
I stayed nice and warm by the fire instead of going outside and getting cold and numbing my toes.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Verbal Submission Speech

Hi I'm Helen, I'm 12, I'm a year 7 and I'm here to talk about comfortable learning spaces.

Last week I visited Amesbury school in Churton park. I liked that the school has lots of space and different types of furniture. The kids at Amesbury loved school so much they didn't want to leave and neither did I.

Most New Zealand schools were built in the 50s or 60s, before I was born, so they are out of date with things like furniture and space.
Students in New Zealand need bright and interesting learning spaces so that they can be comfortable while learning and don’t just have to sit on the hard cold floor.

Children need more space so that they can move around and not just sit still all day so that they don't get hyper and start being naughty.

Schools these days are still based around sitting still all day and there is no space to move.

We should be allowed to draw and share our work and ideas on windows and doors. We need to have the options of small and large spaces so that we can choose to work with our friends or work independently.

Thursday, 26 July 2012


This week we have to publish our writing samples but mine is quite long so this is the first part...

Part 1
I'm running, running, always running from something, not quite sure where I'm going or what I'm running from, but this time it is impossible not to know what I'm running from!  I'm running in the pitch black of a new moon, stumbling over rocks and roots, desperately trying to lose the mutant wolves that are right on my tail.
I often wonder how it came to this, running from everything that comes my way.

"Aaaaaaahhhhhh!" I cried.  The mutant wolves are upon me dragging me back to where I am running from.  The Orphanage.  The most dreaded place in all of Syltania.  I am the very first person to escape from that awful place, but now I'm just being dragged back.
"Get off me you ugly thing!" I yelled at the one chewing at my shoe.  I gave it a fierce kick and it shrank back whimpering.

Oh no! they have dragged me all the way back, what am I going to?  Madam Fallita will kill me for sure!...

"Ahh Nesta, nice to see you came back,"  She purred.
"I hate you, you fat, ugly monster!"  I screamed at her.  My rage poured out of me like water from a tap.
"That is no way to talk to the person who raised and cared for you as a child."  She said in a steady, unwavering voice filled to the brim with silent anger.
"You liar!  You killed my parents so that you could claim me as an orphan and steal my magic charms, but you haven't got them yet!"  I  cried.  "Don't think you can fool me like you fooled everyone else in this pathetic  place you call home."
"How dare you?" She gasped, "get upstairs immediately young lady!"
"I hate you!" I screamed again, but the tears were streaming down my face and I could hold on to it no longer, all the hurt, hatred and suffering came out of me in big shuddering sobs.  I knew I would've been caught eventually, but so soon?  It was too much to bear, I just couldn't hold on.

"Nesta!" cried Dream, "I thought I'd never see you again!"
Dream is my little sister.  She has glossy, raven black hair and deep brown eyes set in deep hollows in her face.
"Dream! You look awful! What has she done to you?"
"She's been starving us." Came a whisper from the dark, shadowy corner of the room.
"Kian is that you?" I asked the shadows.
"Yes it is me." Came the reply.  "Nesta, we have to get out of here! Rose has been taken to the Brothers!"
"Oh no! not poor little Rose! She was so sweet and innocent, she's too naive to know how to handle the brothers! They'll kill her for sure!"  I cried.
"That's why we have to help her!" Dream was speaking quietly now.  "Let's go!"...

Look for more later

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

My Shoes are Haunted!

Chapter 3
 So I go out with a gourgeous girl called Jessica.
We were at the movies one day and I was still wearing the shoes because I still couldn't get them off and they made me stamp on her foot!
"What'd you do that for?" she asked me.
"I am so sorry!" I answered.  "It's these stupid shoes! I swear they are haunted!"
"Oh?!" She exclaimed. "Tell me the whole story."
So I told her it all right from the moment I bought the cursed shoes.
"Why don't you just polish the tips of the shoes and say those funny words?" She asked.
Untitled"I can't believe I didn't think of that!" I exclaimed.

So I set about polishing the shoes and reciting these words; 'take this curse and be gone messengers of evil!' Then you have to say it in Afrikaans because they are African shoes; 'hierdie vloek en weg is boodskappers van bose!'
You have to do it for how ever many days otherwise it doesn't work.

Look for the next chapter soon.

Thursday, 14 June 2012


The Government are cutting funding for SPEC and so many children are devastated because of it.

Class sizes will be increased by at least four students and will make classrooms to noisy and each child won't get enough attention from the teacher.
Too Many Hammers
There are so many Intermediates in New Zealand that approximately 1122 teachers will lose their jobs, causing the unemployed population to grow, there for making more people hungry or homeless.

Children in the 21st century need to learn more than just reading, writing and maths in order to get a better job in the future.  SPEC gives us lifelong skills that help us to develop and grow.

So, now I am really glad that the Government has decided to keep funding SPEC because we all really enjoy it.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

My Shoes are Haunted!

Chapter 2

So, now I am going to tell you about some of the things my shoes did to me.

One day, as I was walking to school I went to cross a road and as I was about to run across my shoes stuck to the ground and then forced me to cross right in front of a car!  I was so lucky that the car  swerved to the side away from me, otherwise I would have been dead.

When I got to school I was late for P.E and my teacher yelled his head off about tardiness and how you should never be late, so my shoes took control of my legs and made me kick him right in the  face!!! (Just between you and me it was actually quite fun kicking him!)

I was in sooo much trouble so I tried to pull the stupid shoes off but they stuck fast.

I was sent to the Principal's office and he was supposed to think of a suitable punishment for me, but he only suspended me, which isn't much of a punishment if you ask me, because it's more like a holiday.

That night as I was getting ready for bed I tried to pull the shoes off but once again they wouldn't come off'OH MY GOSHI thought, 'this is not good!'  What will I tell mum?!...

Look for the next chapter soon.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Book Review

The Hunger Games

This story is about a girl called Katniss Everdeen.
Her sister Primrose Everdeen gets called up to be a tribute in the Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games is a big entertainment thing where the Capitol takes two tributes- one girl and one boy from each district (there are 12 districts) and they have to go into an Arena and fight each other to the death and the last tribute standing becomes the victor.

UntitledTo make the story interesting the characters are always doing daring and dangerous things like blowing up the Careers supplies (the careers are the tributes from districts 1, 2 and 4).

Peeta is the most interesting character because he is always doing crazy things like professing his love for Katniss in a public interview.

Katniss is always thinking of winning and how she promised Rue and her sister Primrose that she would try and win for them.

I recommend this book for people who are 10 and older because it's to scary for anyone younger.

By Helen

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

My Shoes are Haunted!

Chapter 1

Hi I'm Charlie and I'm going to tell you a story about my shoes.  I swear they are haunted.

Once upon a time...
Wait, hold up, this isn't a fairy tale, It's a flippin' night-mare!!!

So, my shoes are orange and green with black tiger stripes and they have gems sewn into the side.

Now these are definitely not normal fancy shoes they do all sorts of nasty things to you.
When you put them on you can't take them off again for the next twelve hours, they force you to walk where you shouldn't go and when you really need to move they stick to the ground. One good thing about them is that they can also make you fly but only when you really don't want to.

There is only one way to get all the bad spirits out of them and you would think it is really quite easy but it's not because you have to recite a long complicated line and polish the tips with white shoe polish, then you have to wear them for forty eight hours and repeat that for at least ten days in a row.

Look for the next chapter soon.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Katniss's Diary

 6 . 3 . 28
I just got out of the arena and now I have to go straight back in!
The Quarter Quell for this year is that the tributes for the hunger games are taken from the pool of victors that have previously won the games.  The deal has always been that if you won the games you are out of them for life, until now.
The Quarter Quell happens every 25 years and it is when something different happens.  My mother has told us about last time when double the amount of tributes was chosen- two female and two male from each district.  That was when my mentor Haymitch won.  That was the first time that a tribute from district twelve won- and the last for 24 years.
There are two males that can be chosen from district twelve- Haymitch or my fiance Peeta.
If Haymitch is chosen then Peeta will simply volunteer for him but then either him or I will get killed.
I HATE THE CAPITOL!!!!! No, no I shouldn't say that, if the Capitol get their hands on this diary I am dead for sure.
Oh,well I manged to win last time so this time I am going to save Peeta even if it means losing my own life.

Sunday, 29 April 2012


Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.  Commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour and remember the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I.  Now it more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.
 Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day is one of the most important national occasions in Australia and New Zealand.   An instance of two countries not only sharing the same remembrance Day, but having both countries in its name.

We remember ANZAC Day because so many men and women lost their lives fighting for our  country so that we could remain free.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Ugly Shakespeare Company

On Tuesday last week, the Ugly Shakespeare Company came to Tawa Intermediate to perform Hamlet.

As we walked into the hall, I could feel the excitment in the air- this was the day we had all been waiting for.
Three strange men walked onto the stage wearing crazy, old fashioned, pouffe shorts and black tops.  One of them pretended to answer a cell phone and discovered it was the vet calling about their pet unicorn that had leprosy that it got from a leprechaun, and its horn had fallen off.  Then he told the other two, and one of them started to cry so they went backstage, and one of them came out and tried to make a distraction.  He started to recite a crazy poem and then he turned it into an island style song and the other two came out playing ukuleles.  They were singing a love song and one guy jumped off the stage and blew a kiss to a girl in the audience.
They finally got round to the point and said that they were going to do Hamlet to honour their pet unicorn.

The play was really funny and at one point they stopped because no one would play Polonius because they were all angry at each other and one guy had vanished.
They all did an apology song and dance so that someone would play Polonius.

The Grand Finale was so funny because bang, crash, boom the whole set fell over because they were trying to kill each other and saying that they were going to die last and they just kept arguing.

By Helen