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Stone Cottage Adventure

Stone Cottage Adventure

On Tuesday Morning my class was excited to hear that we were visiting the old Panmure Stone Cottage across the front of my school. Everyday I come to school and I see the house. I have always  wondered what’s inside. Today was so exciting because the class and I got to see the old famous Panmure Stone Cottage. Two classes went before our class arrived.

Stone Cottage Museum is considered by many to be a jewel of Panmure, because it is so well kept and just like the houses that the fencibles used to live in many years ago. It was built around 1854-1857 and relocated from Mt Wellington to its current site at 1 Kings Road, Panmure in 1971. 

The people who lived in the house were John Herbert Harrison, Phoebe Ellen Dunn,William John Dunn, and Ellen Churches.

It was my class’s turn to go and visit the Panmure Stone Cottage. We walked from my class down the gate to the Stone Cottage. We were met by a lady named Terry And Patrick. They were our guides. Patrick was a historian and he was telling us the background of the old Cottage.

When we went inside we went inside the Cottage and went inside the parlour of the house which in the olden days means living room we were greeted by an elderly lady named Josephine. Terry was showing us all the photos of the previous people who lived in the Cottage. Terry  told us they used to drink beer there and sit near the warm fireplace. 

Then Terry took us to the next Room which was bedroom number 1.

Terry took us to the next room. We entered the room and the first thing we saw was a bed with heaps of old fashioned clothes on it. Terry showed us the clothes first, which were donated by other people. She said they were made with mostly cotton and silk. We also saw a few creepy dolls that looked like we’re staring into my soul.

“Let’s head to the kitchen,” Terry Said. We headed to the kitchen and we saw a sewing machine and a table, more dolls and a cupboard filled with old plates.

We wanted to see the upstairs so we went upstairs.  The stairs were so narrow and my head almost hit the roof .  We went into bedroom number 2. It got turned into an artifacts room that had a lot of cool artifacts in there. There was a typewriter, corset and some more old stuff  from back in the day.

We were heading to the last room which was the kids room. Inside was a bed, a mannequin and some more dolls and old fashioned clothes. Patrick told us more stories about Panmure and the bedroom.

It was time to go back to school for morning tea. We all said our goodbye to Terry and Patrick and our thank yous. It was a nice  trip and I hope we have the chance to find out more about other jewels in Panmure.

My Cycling Adventure

Yesterday morning, on a bright sunny day, my class and I had the opportunity to take bicycle lessons. Kyla and Kate were  here from the Auckland Transport company of Bigfoot Adventures to teach us the safety of riding a bike. They introduced themselves to the class. Before we started they did a quick clothing check to see if what we were wearing was good for riding the bike.

Kyla told us to follow Kate outside and line up along the fence at the top court. We all lined up and Kyla told us to get a helmet and then she showed us how to put it on safely. We all got our bikes and I followed Kate to her group under the Canopy because I was less confident about riding a bike.

First Kate wanted us to learn how to balance on the bike while it was moving. We all passed it easily. Next we had to try and use the pedals while the bike was moving. That was more difficult!!

Kate told me to try and pedal on the bike while it was moving so I tried but I kept failing each attempt. Then Kate said ” maybe try and look up while reaching the pedals because if you look down you might hit an object that is in front of you”. After a few more attempts it worked and I could ride a bike around the canopy in just one morning.

It was a great experience to learn how to ride a bike. I’m so glad Kyla and Kate came.\







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

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.

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