Year: 2022

The Stolen Princess

At the beginning of the term we started to make potato people with our teacher Mrs Agnew after we read a book called the “Potato People” and she showed us a box of really scary, freaky, nasty looking ancient potatoes. They had long roots and looked like aliens.

My first  potato was a regular boy but then I changed it to a king  with purple material, glue, glitter, googly eyes and toothpicks. It was fun being creative and making the potato come alive as a person.

A week later we used our ipads to make a tiny stop motion movie to practice how we were going to create the movie we were going to do for the Manaiakalani. film festival.  There was a Director, Editor, Scene manager and camera person and we all had turns to do each job.

After that week we started to do backgrounds for our movie story. We all voted which background we  wanted to work on. I chose outside of the castle. My group was doing a  party for the princess. We made turrets, flags and blew up balloons for the party. We painted the castle (which was our old class puppet theatre.)

The Characters in the movie were the king, queen, princess, princess’ friend, and spies. We also used the very old potatoes as the aliens and the old box became the UFO. I thought it would be easy to make the movie but it was kinda hard because we needed heaps of help from Ms Toland. In the story the princess is talking to a friend about her coronation and how scared she is. The princess gets kidnapped by aliens and gets taken to their evil layer in outer space. In the end the spies manage to rescue her and take her back to her kingdom.

It will be interesting to see our movie on the big screen and I’m looking forward to it along with my classmates.





How to make a fruit salad

Introduction: fruit is healthy to eat

Equipment: fruit, knife, board, peeler, platter.

Steps needed:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Get all of your equipment  on the table.
  3. peel the skin off the apples.
  4. Now cut the apples in half.
  5. Then cut out the core.
  6. After that peel the skin of the oranges.
  7. Cut the oranges into small pieces.
  8. Peel the skins off the kiwi fruit.
  9. Then cut the kiwi fruit into small pieces.
  10. Meanwhile place the fruit on the  platter.
  11. Afterwards peel the bananas.
  12. Then slice them on top of the fruit.
  13. Empty the skin and cores into the compost bin.
  14. Then wash your hands again because they’re sticky.
  15. And finally EAT UP.

Legit or fake?

Today we were learning about Legit or fake

When we are online we need to be careful and know if this pop up or ad is a scam or not because someone might want to steal your important information.

The moral of the story was never talk to strangers and never judge someone based on there looks.


Swimming Lessons

Last term on a Monday we started swimming lessons. Every afternoon at about 12:15 we had lunch and the boys had to get changed so we could go swimming at 12:20. The boys went on the bus to go to the CLM pools. On the bus the boys form year 8 and 7 would singing songs. The  boys went first and the girls went last. We had to bring swimming togs, head caps, goggles and also some towels to keep dry. I was very nervous at first but then I got used to it.

When we got there we jumped into the pool and it was very warm. Our instructor’s named Parley and she taught us how to swim on our backs from one side of the pool to another. And we also used some boards sometimes to help us. Each and everyday they gave us harder and harder challenges to overcome.

On the 2nd day of swimming I felt a little more confident and Mrs Parley taught us how to swim on our backs. She said I was really good. I felt proud.

When we came back from the pools we were cold and shivering but we got changed and then warmed up by playing some games. We waited for the girls to come back from the pools. The girls came back from the pools and got changed and then we went home. I really enjoyed going swimming.

Ki o rahi

 Ki o rahi  


Last Thursday we were going to learn how to play a new game named Ki o rahi with our teacher and coach Chelsea. It was raining so we couldn’t play on the field. We also watched a video about a Maori legend about Rahi. We got into two teams and one was called taniwha and another was called kioma. We played tag and we had to get to the other side without your partner tagging you. Then we played octopus which is a tagging game.  Hopefully next week we can learn to play Ki o rahi. Here is a photo of us playing Octopus.                   

Pio Making my tree house

Last term we were creating our Tree Huts. I had a lot of fun creating my tree Hut. I was so excited and happy to be able to do it with all my friends around me. I made my own Tree Hut out of toilet paper rolls, cardboard, strings and ice block sticks and heaps of glueing. Then we were able to paint them and when we were done we were so happy. The last day was very busy, hard and fun. I really enjoyed it. My favourite part about creating my Tree Hut was painting it. Last term Our class room was a big big entire mess but we managed to clean it all. 


After three days of work we had to test our huts for success. We had to check them for wind, weight and water resistance and this was where it was tricky. For wind resistance  we tested all our tree Huts in front of the fan to see if it’ll tip over. Mine didn’t and the others also didn’t. Then we used 4 scissors to see if it would collapse from the weightl. Mine was strong and kept standing. Then finally we sprayed water on it to see if the water would go inside our Tree Huts. I was successful again. Here is a photo of me and my Tree Hut in front of the fan.