Thursday, April 30, 2015

Letter To George Bollinger

This is a letter that I wrote during Literacy to send to a NZ soldier who fought in WW1 if he was still alive. George Bollinger was of German blood, but just wanted to help fight for New Zealand! People from New Zealand treated him differently from everyone else during the time when he was alive.
Iisa Mikasho
Pt England, 1027
30th of March 2015

George Bollinger
Taranaki

To George Bollinger,

I have heard about your story, and I want you to know that I hold sympathies for you. You were a very brave person who is putting his life on the line for his new home. The member of parliament was unnecessarily mean and wrong. You were not disloyal, you were most certainly loyal.

You have shown us bravery and made us all think twice before judging each other. It was such a shame that you had to go and fight, knowing that people just couldn't accept you. I hope that you know that no matter what, you are always a part of New Zealand.

Your’s Sincerely,

Iisa

Writing vs. Writing

Today I was going through some old posts of mine, and I was pretty disappointed with writing. So I took it upon myself to grab my old stories, and write a better version. There will be more of these coming soon, so, enjoy!

2011....

11.P.M, some people saw a brilliant light 7 kilometres long.This had illuminated the sky.Then it exploded with a sonic boom that was heard from Auckland to as far as Wellington.It was a great experience for space scientists.

2015...

11 p.m. in the depth of the night, people who were still awake got the chance to see a bright, illuminating light that was believed to be 7 kilometers long. Can you guess what it was? It was a meteorite, being pulled towards our planet because of Earth's gravitational pull!

Because of the atmosphere, the meteor exploded with a sound so loud, many people from Auckland down to Wellington think it to be a sonic boom. That was a most certainly a great experience for astronomers and anyone else. Who knows when that will happen again?

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Battle Of Somme

This picture here is going to play a part in the upcoming ANZAC WWI timeline. Our task was to get into groups of 3-4. We would all be given a time during WWI, and we would make a drawing with 5 facts, a timeline, pictures, and our names.

In my group was Jordan and Faaiua, and our date was the 15th of September, 1916. We went onto http://ww100.govt.nz to find out information, before making the drawing. The 15th of September 1916 was when The New Zealand Division takes part in its first major battle.

This will be a small but hopefully meaningful part of the timeline.

Poppy Day

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The Completed Mermorial
24th of April, 2015. Nearly 100 years ago was the landing of the ANZAC troops in Gallipoli. On this day, Pt England had a memorial for the soldiers who fought for us, 100 years ago.

After assembly, we all gathered outside on the future basketball court, where the memorial was. All of us Prefects had a job to do. My job was to say a karakia for the soldiers. After the Last Post, the English & Maori Ode, I said my karakia.

The reveille was next, after a minute of silence. You could tell that lots of people were beginning to cry. I was too.

The following poem is for the soldiers that died. The first 3 verses were mine, but the last one was an altered version of the Ode Of Remembrance. May your deaths not be in vain.

Fighting for their country,
The soldiers of ANZAC
Some of them died,
and never came back.


Dying for us,
They were our shield.
They now lie,
In Flanders Fields.


25th of April,
That is the time.
They landed at Gallipoli,
To help stop World War crimes.


They shall grow not old,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the dawn,

We will remember them.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Thoughts And Feelings - ANZAC memorial

This memorial picture was taken before the memorial was finished, so I am sorry about the picture. Underneath this picture is the finished one. This is my thoughts and feelings when I see the memorial.














Wednesday, April 15, 2015

400 Blogpost Special: The Story Of My Blog

I'm on 400 posts! This is a milestone for me. Going back to 2011, the first blogpost I wrote was about my holiday. You could tell that I had only entered year 4, as my stories were not that good. Most of my posts from 2011 - 2013 had jokes in them. I had put way too many jokes, and most of the time they weren't even funny.

I guess the main reason I started putting in jokes was because I had gained confidence. And with that confidence I was able to do embarrassing kind of acting and still smile. Luckily, last year I got a grip of everything.


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At home, I rarely have time to finish blogposts, or even classwork. This is why I am thankful for the spare time I have at home, the holidays, and time at school. Usually, I am able to complete stories just as much as my classwork posts, as this chart shows.

The most posts based on one thing on my blog is.... Minecraft. Space comes second by one post. I have played Minecraft so much, blogged about so much, so I thought it would be fitting to end my 400th post with a Minecraft quote. I hope to achieve 500 posts by the end of the year.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Unknown, End Of Minecraft.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Step It Up - Year 8 Leadership Camp 2015

As year 8's at Pt England, we are automatically the leaders of the school. To help us step up into that role, we have a camp. Usually this camp is at the end of the year, but we were lucky to have the camp in term 1. The name of the camp is Step It Up - Year 8 Leadership Camp.

In the week before the camp, we had meetings. In one of the meetings, we were put into our groups. I was in Ruakaka. I was a bit sad, because most of my friends were in the other group, Marsden. Because the camp was in Week 9, there were only 3 days to do everything.

Day 1

During the 3 hour trip to Marsden Bay Christian Camp, I got motion sick. This was the first time ever for me. I have been on 3 hour road trips before, but that was different.

Later, we arrived at our destination. We unpacked and had a tour around the camp. Next, we had Morning tea, before moving into our cabins. I was in Cabin 7, with Lee, Faauia, Frank, Zion, Isaaka and Isaiah. There were 8 beds, so we used that as a lie down place.

There was 1 workshop before lunch. It was about teamwork, timing, and communication. It was a blindfold activity were one of us would be blindfolded, while we were guided by our teammate.

After lunch, we had free time to play around until dinner. Our cooks for dinner were Mr & Mrs Coop. They were our cooks for Kawau Island as well. They had already set standards for us, and they exceeded it most definitely. 

After dinner, we had camp concert practice. Like all the other camps, prizes were up for grabs. So we all got into our groups and went off to practice. Unfortunately for Ruakaka, our group had terrible chemistry, unlike the other groups. We were able to fit in 2 chants before our next workshop.

After the workshop, we were given a choice. We could go to sleep, or watch a movie for a few minutes. Most people chose to watch the movies.

Day 2

Some girls were up brushing their teeth at 4 a.m. Lee, Faauia and I were going on a 5 km run with Ms Tito at 6:30 a.m. Because we didn't have any sense of time with us, we all got up and jumped out of our sleeping bags.

"Ha ha!" shouted Lee. He ran to the door, opened it and ran out, to find Mr J right there! Faaiua and I removed our shoes and jumped into our sleeping bags. Mr J forgived us for being deceived, and told us that it was 4 in the morning before leaving.

Later, at 6:30, we got our shoes on and got outside. Some more people came, and we ran off. Lee, Mr Wiseman & I were in the lead. After the run and stretch, Jonson, Lee and I walked to the main hall while Mr Wiseman waited for the others.

Our actual wakeup time if we aren't running was 7:00. As we entered the main hall, the beugel went. 7:00. We had the morning news, and went into our rotations.

My favourite rotation was the waterslide. Our group kept doing chains, and Lee, Isaiah & I were able to make it over the little bump. Josephine was so intent on making it past the bump, and in the end, she did.

After dinner was a 10 minute item practice. After the 10 minutes, we all gathered in the hall for the concert. Unfortunately, like I mentioned earlier, we had bad chemistry, and so nothing more than a 30 second item was accomplished.

Our team came last, but some light remained shining. Quasia and I got best dressed, and several people in our group got other cool awards.

The concert finished at 9:30, our bedtime. So we all got changed, and nodded off for the night.

Day 3

Lee and I were up at 4:00 again. We got dressed and jumped back into bed. Later, Mr J played the buegel. Time to get up. I was so cross. There were many people who were rubbing their victory in our faces.

After breakfast, we got our togs on underneath, got all our items and crowded out by the porch. After greeting the cooks and the owner, we got on the bus and went to Parakai pools.

Once there, we had a roll call before permission to go gallivanting off around the pools. There were 2 slides. One was high and fast, and the other one was low and not as fast. As any year 8 would do, we would go on everything there was.

After 2 hours of sliding, swimming, and making noise, it was time to go back to Pt England. You could tell that everyone wanted to stay. We later got back at 3:30 on Wednesday. Riverside was on, but none of us year 8's wanted to stay and play. We were exhausted. 

I really enjoyed camp. Our team may have come last, and most of my friends were other teams, but that didn't mean that I couldn't have fun. I really do hope that another camp comes up soon for us year 8's. Then all the fun will come and probably repeat itself!