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My Swimming Experience

For the past 2 weeks my school went to swimming lessons at  CLM The Bays. On the first day we just learned the basics and got to know our instructor. My instructor was Izzy. We first learned how to get into the water safely. We have to sit on the edge, then turn our bodies around and slide down. When we got into the pool we had to just get wet. After that we had to swim from the start of the pool to the platform which was 12 metres away and halfway down the pool.

The next day we did our usual routine where we changed into our swimming togs and then headed to room 7 and played a couple games before heading to the bus.

When we got to the pools and it was so cold outside it felt like Iceland. We got inside the pool safely as usual and greeted our coach and got wet. We learned back stroke, breaststroke and freestyle and swam halfway to the platform.

Unfortunately I got sick and was unable to go to the last lesson. Swimming is fun and I am feeling way more confident each year we go.



Matariki Stars

Last week my class made Matariki stars for Matariki. At first we watched a video of how to make these Matariki stars. The first step was to cut a piece of cardboard into a circle and cut lines about 1.5 cm all around like a clock. Then we wrote numbers 1 to 12. We slid the  first colour of wool into the first slit and took it all the way down to the opposite side. We did this until we had completed a full circle around the circle. After this we took a second colour of wool  and created alternate star points gas you can see in my photo.) Eventually you get a Matariki star that looks like this and you can also add some more colors to your star and keep going until it is very colourful.

Characterisation of Storm Boy


I am young and I am most known in my town called Goolwa. I pick up shells from the seashore especially when they are washed up on the tides. I love playing in the drizzle as the rain hits my eager face. Sometimes it sounds like a sizzle on a hot day. I don’t go to school but I have a friend whose name is Fingerbone Bill and he is like a teacher and friend to me. My dad’s name is Hideaway Tom and we live happily together in our humpy on the Coorong.

I am……………………………………………STORM BOY

Anzac Biscuits

On Thursday morning I was so happy to look at my class timetable to see ANZAC cookies after lunch. It was after lunch and my teacher Mrs Agnew gave each of us an Anzac cookie and also a list to brainstorm on. On the list it said history, ingredients, looks like, smells like, feels like, and tastes like. We had to write about each of these things. What I did for history was that during WW1 in 1915 women would bake ANZAC biscuits for the men who were fighting a long way away from home. Next we looked at the ingredients which are Golden syrup, butter, coconut, and baking soda. We moved on to what it feels like, and I thought it felt like the craters on top of the moon and the bottom felt as smooth as a human skin. Finally it was time to taste it. I took one bite and my mouth was filled with so much joy. I was surprised at how good it tasted – it was so crunchy, hard as if you were biting on to a big, brown, hard Crunchie bar. I was in heaven.


Our 175 Year Jubilee

On Friday morning on St Patrick’s Day I woke up with so much energy. Only because today was the beginning of our parish and school’s 175th Jubilee celebrations. I was so excited to celebrate these special events. 

Our school went to mass in the morning. I was called by Mrs George to serve for Friday mass. I got ready to serve on Friday. My job was to carry the candles and offer the bowl and towel to Father. I was kind of nervous. After mass Father asked 2 students to dig up the time capsule from 25 years ago. We saw a photo of our school from 25 years ago. Everyone saw their parents in the photo. The box was very heavy and dirty and it had been buried in the front of the church. We went back to school after digging up the time capsule. We got back to class and did anything we wanted to do before morning tea.

Out of nowhere the bell rang for morning tea. We all went outside to eat morning tea. After morning tea the entire school sat under the canopy to play sports for St Patrick’s day. All the teachers prepared for our St Patricks day activities. All the teachers were at each activity. I was in Daniel and Feao’s group. We went down to Mr Bell’s activity first down at the bottom court.

Eventually we finished all the activities. It was a long day and we were all tired so as a reward for doing our best we got ICE BLOCKS. Mine was so cold and delicious

On the second day of our 175 jubilee which was on Saturday, 

I went to mass at 7 am. I went to the back of the church to change into my altar serving gown. I was kind of worried because none of the other altar servers had arrived. But 3 minutes before we had to go in, the other altar servers arrived. After mass we went back down to the school and I saw Angelina, Jazzmin, Grace and Francheska. All the teachers came too. We ran in a three legged race, soccer, played Freeze and then had a sausage sizzle and ice cream. There was face painting as well. I went home with a classmate’s mum.

I had a nap before I had to come back for the 5pm Mass. My job this time was to carry the candles. Afterwards we had to go and practise for our dance tomorrow.  Then there was a buffet dinner that was set up by all the people. We had peas, lamb, chicken, mashed potato and more. For dessert we had cheese cake, strawberry pavlova, flavoured ice cream. We all danced and had so much fun. There were even balloons that we popped that were filled with candies. The music was so loud, my ears nearly went deaf. Only at 2am did the night end and we went home.

The sun rose up so bright on Sunday. Today I was helping with the towel and bowl. It was amazing to see the Tongan community coming down the aisle carrying a little girl on top of the fata. They were dancing and singing. 

After Mass we all went to the hall. My school did and dance and also sang three songs for the parish. After that the Altar Servers danced to a song called Wayno Samoa Siva 2K22. At 2pm our Jubilee celebrations ended. I had so much fun this weekend.