The school trip to muriwai was a dream come true! When the bus arrived at school, I sat next to my pal Jayshan. When we got to Muriwai, we all saw this huge house! It was like the size of a mansion! Actually, I think it was a mansion. As soon as we got inside we saw a whiteboard, some surf life savers and a timetable. The surf life savers were Joel, Louise, Bronte, Liam and Gypsy.
The first thing we did was take a tour. Then we did some role plays in groups where we needed to act out different water safety rules. Our one was, ‘if in doubt, stay out!’ After that we had morning tea, and that’s when I spotted my friends from Room 3. Now here comes the best part ever….
SWIMMING!!!!! We didn’t have to do any learning or anything! It was basically like an hour of freetime. There were lots of waves and sand! But there was this one wave which everyone got splashed by. I was walking to shore then SPLASH!!!!! I got pushed away by the heavy wave! It was so much fun.
On the 21st of March, the Year 6s from Halsey Drive travelled to Muriwai Beach to experience the currents and to learn more about being safe around the ocean. Double-decker buses took us through towns, valleys and twisty roads to reach our destination. Muriwai beach had dark, black sand which burnt our feet when we walked across it. In summer, the sand is even hotter and the sand really scorched our feet.
Teaching us about being ocean smart were five lifeguards, each of them were surfing masters and had been professional lifeguards for more than eight years. Most popular beaches have two bright red and yellow flags, so we learnt to stay between them and heard a funny story about one of the lifeguards experiences. We also performed skits, each one about the 10 rules of staying safe around the ocean.
When we finally headed towards the ocean, it was high tide. Big waves rushed towards us with great force, knocking over children or shoving them underwater. Currents were strong and large numbers of children were caught in what we thought were rips, pushing them towards the deep. After a couple of hours it was time to head back. We changed with great difficulty and urgency then ran towards the bus. It was time to leave. It was a great day.