Thursday, May 6, 2010

Camp Adair 2010






Hi readers, sorry for not blogging regularly. Ive been pretty busy since my last post. Ive started intermediate and Ive just come back from camp.

The camp that I came from is called Camp Adair and it is near Papakura in South Auckland. We did activities like archery, a mudslide, confedence course, kayaking, trapeze, rambo bridge and many more. Archery was the best activity for me because I nearly got a bullseye in the practice round. When we had to compete for real, my group lost!!! The groups agreed in the begining that the losers had to eat dinner that night with a spoon or our hands. It wasnt really a punishment for me because I wasnt hungry.


Our first activity for the day was the mudslide. Imagine at 9am when its freezing, sliding down a black slippery tarpoline into ice cold disgusting muddy water. I waited patiently in line for my turn and then I got a shock as I entered the freezing muddy water. Everyone was shivering when they first touched the water. My Dad told our group that if we rub mud on our butts, we will slide down faster. Cooper was the first one to try it and boy did he zoom down!


These two activities were really fun for me at camp. Unfortunately we only got to do 9 activities out of 18. I would love to go back and try the other 9 activities.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Nearly one thousand visitors or more!!!

Imagine standing up more than forty times doing a speech about what you are good at!!

Well that is what some of my friends and I did. Each time about 10 visitors or more came to hear our speeches. Some times a whole bus load would come at once! My speech was about video conferencing. There were 5 things we talked about. There was P.E.N.N {this stands for Pt England News Network}, podcasting, our own televison show called schoolTV and even blogging. Down below is a movie which shows me saying my speech.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Tolerance Show!!!!! Presented to you by Tanielu and Leoden

Duing this year the Point England Extension Group have been involved with Rock Our World. Just like our school, they have topics for the terms. This terms topic was about tolerance. We had to make a movie about different scenarios. We had to choose to tolerate or not to tolerate. Our scenario is.......... actually find out what our scenario is by watching our movie. video

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"The Toy Shop on Zip Zap Avenue"

"Hey everybody, its show time!" shouted Sione and Jordan P. They were two of the main characters for our school production "The Toy Shop on Zip Zap Avenue". This production was about a toy shop that comes alive when the shopkeeper leaves and the toys celebrate a superb friend that had been sold just before the shop closed.

It was crazy getting ready for this. Pupils were coming in and out of the classrooms and the library. Man, the first night was absolutely stupendous. Everybody was nervous. When the the MCs said those words, it was everyones time to shine. We had to sing the theme song for the production. I was ready to go like a racing car at the start line. I had an ecstatic kind of feeling. I had heaps of energy and at the same time was a little nervous.

My part in the production was playing the recorder and also playing the guitar. I got dressed up as a rat when I was playing the recorder. I felt like a real rat when I was in costume. Instruments are cool because if you play them properly they make a really good sound.

On the other two nights I got better and better at playing the two instruments. I could feel them dance to the music that was being played on the sub woofers. This was an experience that I will never forget.
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Here is some footage of me playing the recorder and the guitar. Above is a video of The guitars getting played and down bottom is me playing the recorder like a rat. You can not see me when i am playing the guitar because i am hidden by Kalim a friend of mine that is singing but in the production they call him tiki.
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Camp Bentzon was AWESOME!!!!!!!

We've had heaps of things happening in term 4 like testing,our school production
athletics and now we get a rest from all that. Last week, year 6s went to camp. There was a lot of preparation for camp. Mrs Flavell said that a guy named Mr Coop would be important because he will be making our food. Peter and Erin {the managers} helped us with our activites. We went to Kawau island then onto Camp Bentzon. We had travelled one hour on the bus and about the same amount of time by
water taxi.


After all this travelling, we finally arrived at camp Bentzon. Some of us were very tired and then the teachers said we were going for a walk to have a swim at a very nice beach. I thought it was going to be a short walk but I was so wrong. They said it was a walk NOT a very steep hike! At least when we were walking we had beautiful views and
the beach was amazing. We had a sand competition and my group won with a koru
design.

Man we had a cool first day, and that was only the first of the 4 days. It was Wednesday and Mr J woke us up for a morning run up a hill and he warned us people have gotten hurt running down the hill. Mr J even told us that one year, some boys
thought that they were "the man" walking up the hill so they decided to run down the hill and then he said "the man at the top and crying baby at the bottom".It was in the morning and before breakfast and we had to run up a steep hill. I felt like a very hot baked bread coming out of an oven when I finished.


Breakfast time is the time when you enjoy nice food and guess what, we had to sing to get our yummy food. Some groups had to sing 2 songs or more but most of the time, the groups only had to sing 2.


On Wednesday and Thursday we did our activities that the teachers had organised. There were heaps of activities like abseiling, sailing in a optimist dingy, a Burma trail,a confidence course and a few more. There was also another activity that was not on the list and that was bombing off a little platform. In our spare time there was a few other
games like a cricket set ,a rugby ball for touch and about 3 tennis balls.


Items. Everybody knows what an item is in New Zealand but for some reason when kids try to sort out a item sometimes we argue because we don't like each others ideas. Its also cool to watch what other people have come up with. This is one of the best things at camp Bentzon because you do not know what they are going to do. They might do something funny or serious, depending on the situation.


After all this we had to pack up and leave. We made our lunch and jumped on the water
taxi. Nearly all of us missed kawau island and also missed our family.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What a SHOCKING game....

The ultimate Storm win the Grand Final, I still can't quite believe it. They have won 2 times in the last four years. They had just beaten the Parramatta Eels to take the title. A team that has won 10 of their 11 games before they had been beaten last Sunday.

The first half was domanated by the most experienced team, Melbourne Storm. When the Storm had gotten their first try, the Eels looked determined but unable to hit back. After a little while, the Storm were setting up for their second try and then they had gotten it. Now the Eels were in shock. They havent been in this situation for a long time, this through them off. Their kicking game was no good. They could'nt make some good yardage and their plays could not get them through the defence line. The Storms defence was very very strong.! At this stage, I was quivering with anticipation. Iwas thinking "I wonder what kind of magic the Eels are going to produce, actully, I wonder if there was going to be any magic?". At half time, the Storm were leading 10-0. I decided to try and cool myself down because I was getting angry at the scoreboard.

aT halftime, the Eels coach must of given some pretty good commands because I saw a spark in their play when they came back on. After 10minutes, the Eels put some points on the board, the score was now 10-6. Melbourne came back and scored another 2 tries with the Eels answering back with one of their tries. The Eels coach Daniel Anderson, decided to bring his big gun back onto the field, Fuifui Moemoe. In less than 5minutes Fuifui had stormed down to the try line and had gotten a try to put some hope back in Parramatta. The Eels were now down 1 converted try. The game carried on when Fuifui Moemoe had just made a beautiful tackle around the legs of Billy Slater who then dropped it. The referee called it a strip when it wasnt. When we watched it in slow mo, I could not believe my eyes. It was such a important time of the game for the referee to make a dumb decision. I was devastated for my team and angry at the referee. 5 tackles later, the Storm kicked a field drop goal. When it went over, there was only 2minutes to go. I knew the dream of winning the Grand final for my team was over. 2nd place is still awesome for a team that has not won since 23 years ago. WATCH OUT FOR THE PARRAMATTA EELS IN 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Electric Parramatta Eels slither to the GRAND FINAL

"Wooooooo!!!!"went the hooter. Did you know that the Bulldogs lost against the Parramatta Eels last night? Everybody thought that it was going to be a close game but the final outcome was 22-12.

The first half was messy for both sides but in the 4th minute the Bulldogs managed to get a try. The worse thing for the Eels was their star player Jarryd Hayne was put on report for a knee to the upper body of Bryson Goodwin. I hope Jarryd does not get a suspension for the last game of the season. The Bulldogs had an opportunity to get an 8 point lead but Hazem did not get one of his conversions. The Eels did not give up and then finally made their first try of the game. This evened the score up, so now it was 6 all but the dogs came back with determanation and scored another try. At half time the Bulldogs were leading 12-6.

I could tell that Daniel Anderson {their coach} was telling them to do this and that when the Eels were in their changing rooms for half time. The commentators were talking nonstop about the first half.
The Eels were all listening hard because they wanted to win the game and so did I. I was feeling nervous because what if they did not come back to win? What if they get a beating?

The nervous feeling started to go away because they scored another try in the 2nd half. That means that the score was even..... again. After about 15 more minutes they got another try and that feeling went away again then a new feeling came inside me. Can you guess what it was? If you guessed happiness and proud you would be right.

My Uncle Matt said that his team {the Bulldogs} would win. He mocked my team before the game started and he said "...Can you guess what bulldogs eat for breakfast? Smoked Eels....". when he said that I did not mind because I knew that the Parramatta Eels would win anyway. When another try {the last} and conversion were added for the Eels, I said to my Uncle "what were you saying about smoked Eels?" and he said "Yeah yeah" then we both laughed together.

In the grand final it will be the Parramatta Eels against the winner of The Brisbourn Broncos or the Melbourne Storms who are playing each other today.

THE SERGE OF THE PARRAMATTA EELS, WATCH OUT BRONCOS OR STORM!!!!!