Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Reading Creations

After reading the journal story 'The Vege Car' the J.K. Rowling reading created their own environmentally friendly cars. Here's a look at a few of them.

The Roald Dahl Reading group created their own Taniwhas after reading and discussing the journal story Awarua: The Taniwha of Porirua. Here's what Johanna, Madeline and Andrew came up with.

What Happens to Your Rubbish??

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

By Tvisha and Naysha

Nike, Ubereats, Adidas, MAX and Rembrandt just some of our modern day brands. Imagine your grandparents when they were young, biking to the nearest supermarket. Nowadays, our generation is too lazy to get up and buy their own ingredients, let alone cook their own meals. All they do, is tap on a few buttons and their meal is on it’s way.

Packaging, packaging, and more packaging is all they get. Every time they shop online they get more rubbish that they are unable to reuse. When you take a trip to the supermarket, you could help the environment by taking a reusable bag. Thankfully one of the supermarkets out there is planning on going plastic bag free in the near future.

Visualise yourself back in the 1900’s, asking your parents for some useful scraps of cardboard or wood, or going off to your grandmas and requesting leftover bits and pieces of fabric and material and letting your imagination run wild. So why do we not do that now? There is so much fun to be had and so much more we could be doing instead of adding to our already over polluted planet.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

How to be creative with rubbish By Siya & Moksha

Do you know what happens to all your rubbish ? Are you sure you can’t reuse it ? Well have I got a suggestion for you. Instead of throwing out all your rubbish, you can be creative with it. After all being wastewise is a good thing and everyone should help, so let's get our imagination hats on and reduce, reuse, recycle. Our class put our heads together and and decided to make a tipi out of things we would usually throw straight in the rubbish. As we are now experts, we’ll teach you guys how to make a tipi. From trash to tipi.


First of all, what do you need? hmmm... no you cannot just go grab all your rubbish.
  • Wood approximately 2 ½ metres long and not too thick (ours came from the rubbish skip )
  • Rope / string, duct tape 
  • Plastic bottles ( milk, fizzy, shampoo bottles etc)
  • Hoola hoops ( broken are fine) 
  • Old clothes or pieces of material.
  • Spare boxes( cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, coffee boxes etc )
  • Coffee cups
  • Bottle taps
  • Drill and screws, gun stapler
  •  Cans
  • Plastic bags (paper bags too) 
Steps :
  1. Braid your pieces of rope .
  2. Tape together your broken hula hoops ( If they are not broken, you can skip this step ).
  3. Gather all the materials.
  4. Using the pieces of wood, make the skeleton of the tipi (an upside down cone shape) 
  5.  Drill them together with screws and some rope and double check that they are sturdy.
  6.  Sew or knot your clothes / material together to make a blanket 
  7. Now pull that over the top of the tipi and make sure that it is covered evenly. A gun stapler can be used to help attach it (You want to leave some space for the entrance)
  8. Squash down all the milk bottles and cans .
  9. Get all of your plastic bags (or paper bags) and staple them together .
  10. Put plastic bottles on top of the paper/ plastic bags.
  11.  Attach  all your braids on all the bottom corners of your tipi which will make it nice and strong.   
Learn how to tie different knots before you start making the tipi. To decorate you can add fairy lights or glow in the dark sticker stars inside the tipi.
If you want to hide the staples or any other bits you can glue bottle tops on top of them.
For the perfect location you can probably keep it on top of a rug then add some pillows, blankets or toys (depends what you want to use it for).

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Coke vs Teeth

If you saw our earlier post about busting myths, you would have seen that we wanted to know whether or not coke-a-cola would cause our teeth to rot or if it was just something our parents told us to keep us to stop us from drinking it. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the results are in!! Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Post Camp info

Looking forward to going to camp Year 5's?? Well here's a bit of post camp
information by Moon Hee, Jaiveer and Kiki
       Experts Guide to Going to Camp
Hi my name is Jaiveer and today I am going to tell how to have a successful camp.

  1. Fill out all the forms you are given and return them as soon as possible. The longer it takes to bring your forms back, the less chance of you going to camp, because nearly all of the forms have to be sent to camp MERC.
  2. Get mom or dad to pay for camp. If they say no do some chores or try and convince them. If you don't pay you won’t be going to camp. There are 3 ways you will know if your parents have paid. 1: you will see them paying for camp or be with them while they’re paying.  2: they will let you know that they have paid and 3: you will get a receipt from school.

 3.  Get everything you need on the list. The list will tell you everything you need so make sure you have everything on the list especially warm clothes. Also, if you don’t bring a dessert bowl and spoon you can’t have dessert and cereal and you don’t want that.

4. Pack your things in your backpack and suitcase.  Make sure your bags are a suitable weight because you have to lift them up and down the stairs by yourself. Also, don’t take such a big suitcase but take something a little bigger than carry on bags.

5. Have fun enjoy your activities and just relax. Make sure you do all the activities! they are so much fun!
P.S In Stack’em, try and join the ‘13’ club, with Mr Tomokino.
Now, you guys should know some of Camp MERC’s staff nicknames.

Dean- Jeffery and penguin.   Ash- Ashburton.
Charlotte- Charcoal.

Oh yeah I nearly forgot this.
When the Lights turn off  Don’t Talk at Night!!!
If you do, you will be in massive trouble…
Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!

Bodyboarding By Anchal
Putting on my wetsuit was quite tricky. The soggy, flimsy material rubbed against my body as I tugged on it as hard as I could. Eventually I slipped on my wetsuit and checked to see if the other girls were ready. It took quite a while to wait for each other because we all struggled. After we helped zip each others wetsuits, like a girl gang, we ran outside together and looked at the boys being so impatient with us. We all took a body board and meandered down to the rippling waves.

We came upon a river on the way to the beach. It had gotten bigger and deeper from all the rain we had. Placing one foot in, and then the other, I howled in my mind. The sharp shelly sand scratched my foot in pain. All the others got hurt too but as soon as we got out we were fine.

Once at the right place to go bodyboarding, everyone hoped in the waves and had fun. For some reason Ayden didn’t want to do it and just watched quietly on the shore. Zaara didn’t want to come in the deep end ( although the deep end was not even deep) because she didn’t want to get too wet but  if she didn’t want to I was okay with that. As the voluminous waves of water were really big it was so fun. The first couple of times I failed a bit though. The water wasn’t that cold wich was the best thing; maybe because I was wearing two wetsuits?? A couple of times Khushi, Jiya and I caught the biggest waves and zoomed to shore. Splash! It was so much fun as I rode the waves.

Eventually it was time to go back to camp so after everyone caught their last wave we raced back. We tumbled past the river with our sore feet and tried to take our wetsuits off. It was stuck on me like super glue and I thought I needed some help but I managed. As all my body heat was taken away from me, I dunked my wetsuit in to the bathtub to wash all the sand off and went to put the wetsuit back. I ran towards the dorms with my dry shivering body, grabbed my clothes and got changed. Wow! What an exciting day.

Guide to modelling at the most extraordinary / worse camp fashion show of the year:
Ever heard of a fashion show at camp? Well, you have now! Follow these simple steps to model at the most extraordinary / worse fashion show of the year!

Step 1: Have a ¨good¨ team
To start your journey towards your fashion career, pick a team that will not make you strut down the runway with expensive handbags, but instead force you down the runway in a frilly, lilac tutu and navy beach towels.

Step 2: Clothes
The clothes are the most important thing of all because that’s what you're modelling in the first place. People will have flashbacks to your fashion show and think about how you modeled all the amazing (hopefully) things you could find.

Step 3: The Model:
Pick someone that will strut down the catwalk like no one before. I recommend gangster behaviour, flossing and dabs, because apparently that’s ‘in trend’. Don’t pick someone that would just flick a strand of their hair and run away in embarrassment. ‘Real’ model’s wiggle their hip and throw their arms in the air excitedly!

Step 4: Makeup
Don’t hire Kandee Johnson to make you look like Angelina Jolie or Zac Efron, instead hire a 2 year old to scribble your face in felt tips, glitter pens and more than a hundred layers of lipstick! (Miranda Sings would approve.)

Step 5: Hair
Hair is everything. If you woke up late for your shoot and your hairstylist has no time for a ponytail, cover your hair in a clown wig! It would surely make a ‘good’ impression for the next generation of models.

Step 6: Catwalk/ poses
As mentioned in step 3: Don’t pick a model that would just flick a strand of their hair and run away in embarrassment.

Step 7: ( almost there! ) Embarrass yourself.
This step is very self explanatory.

Step 8: ( The last step!) Congrats!
Congrats for making it through this guide and hopefully, you’ve starting enrolling for modelling!

P.S: Remember, this guide is  to have the most extraordinary/worse camp fashion show of the year. Bear that in mind when reading again.
By Moon Hee

Friday, 1 June 2018

Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoan Language week 2018

Here's a snippet of what we got up to for Samoan Language week.
'Kindness Given, Kindness Received'


Do bigger balloons go further and faster when you let the air out? Does coke-a-cola really rot our teeth?? These are a couple of myths we'd like to bust!

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Haere Ra Camp MERC!

We all had such a great time at camp making new friends, laughing until our sides hurt, stepping out of our comfort zones and learning more about ourselves. A huge thank you to the parents who came along and to the Camp MERC instructors!