Friday, May 27, 2011

20 Hour Famine Sleepover

Right now everyone is in the ICT lab at school. A bunch of year 5- 8 students from Pt. England School are doing the 20 hour famine. When you are our age you aren't aloud to do 40 hours. We are trying to support the people that are much more unfortunate than us, we are also doing it to see what it is like to go without food. I have joined the YELLOW team, and the celebrity team leader is Erin Simpson. Hopefully everyone succeeds!!

GO YELLOW!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


After our long day, sight-seeing, everyone was ready to have dinner. But it wasn’t just any dinner, it was dinner at the Wellington Koru lounge. We had been at the Koru lounge in Auckland that morning but we didn’t really have enough time to enjoy it because we had to board the plane. But when we got to the Wellington Koru lounge we still had another two hours until our flight.The room was packed with people in suits and laptops. Lots of people were looking at us because there weren’t many children there.

For my dinner I had rice with beef stew. It was really nice. But the dessert was even better. I had a little trifle, it had a little rasberry cake at the bottom with custard on the top. I also had a really nice louise slice. I can’t really explain it but, it was delicious.


Just before we had to leave Wellington ,we got to go on the cable car. It was so fun. The view from the top was AMAZING!! You could see everything. The ferries leaving the doc, people playing soccer and the sea. We tried to take some pictures that looked like we were holding the city and like it was in a heart. I hoped that I could come back to Wellington with my family, and for a longer amount of time.
(P.S the picture of the clouds is the view from the plane going to Wellington)


Te Papa museum was A-W-E-S-O-M-E! One of the highlights there for me was going on the high ride. It was so cool, you got to sit on these chairs and look at the big screen. The screen would show an activity you might be doing in New Zealand but it doesn't show anyones head so you feel like your the person doing it. For example there was a bit where you felt like you were in a truck going along a rocky road, your chair would be going up and down really fast. It was so fun. Check out these photos to see what else we got up to.


As we snuck around the back of Te Papa, butterflies fluttered around in my stomach. No one knew that we were coming to speak at this conference, they thought it was someone famous, but instead it was a bunch of kids coming to tell them about their school. Finally it was time to go onto the stage their was a huge round of applause as we walked on. My butterflies were flying around and round in loops. This was the moment.

Iran and New Zealand

My reading group, the kiwis, have been reading a book called "A Country like Mine". It is about a little boy named Ali who lives in Iran. Our task was to do a Venn Diagram comparing my life in New Zealand to the people in Iran. After that we put our research into a Picasa slide-show.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Redesigning My Netbook Bag

Our task today was to use our imagination and the B.A.R key to redesign our netbook bag. I made the whole case bigger, I added wheels and a remote .But the remote can also be used for the two screens on the front of my new and improved bag. I also replaced the zip for a magnetic lock that is strong enough to hold your netbook in but also fine to open.

The whole point of making the bag bigger was so that you can put things like your charger or your mouse in. Adding the wheels obviously makes things a lot easier, because it would save you time by you not having to walk a long way to go and get it. Having the screens just makes life fun, by having a screen to watch any movies you want and the other for your favourite T.V programmes, everyone would want something like this. Our zips go too far around our case so they take forever to open, that's why the magnetic lock is good,it looks smart and is easy and fast to open.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Marble Track Challenge

First we will roll up 4 pieces of newspaper.Two will be going vertical, and the other two will go horizontal . The tape will be used on the table and the 3 bends. Vivienne will be in charge of the cello tape and how much to use, Marvin will be in charge of the paper and making the tubes and I will be in charge of the structure and which way the paper should go. Our aim is to make it strong and stable.

What we did:
Vivienne cut the cello tape into lots of little pieces so that we would have more, Marvin rolled up the paper into thin tubes so that they would be easier to fit into the other ones. I was the one that made sure Vivienne used the tape wisely and that Marvin used the paper well. Our track was very successful and got shown in front of our whole class.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On the Plane to Wellington

On the morning of Thursday 18th of May I woke up at 3:30am and couldn't get back to sleep. I was extremely excited, because all of the ambassadors(Chante, Rita, Vivienne, Darius, Waata, Kingston and Crusader and I) were going to Wellington to present at Te Papa.

When we were boarding the plane, after our nice muffin and drink in the koru lounge, everyone was talking to their friends, luckily the pilot waited for us to get on. It took a while to get to our seats, because they were all the way at the back, but we got there. It was so cool that we got to use our netbooks on the plane so that kept us entertained for the ride.
Sorry I don't have a movie for you yet.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Super Swimming

Swimming, not exactly my favourite sport. But I guess it’s better than staying at school and doing work, plus it’s good exercise. And, maybe we’ll get free time, I thought to myself. Swimming can be pretty fun.... sometimes.

I was sitting on the edge of the pool, with my legs lazily dangling off the edge, when suddenly Mr Marks, our instructor in the big pool said, “Alright,Litia it’s time to get in the pool”. With a splash I was in the water trying to get warm by jumping around a little bit, until I got used to it. With my goggles on, and a powerful push off the wall I was off down the side of the pool.

Yay, I thought to myself as I looked up and saw the end of the pool was so close. I didn’t realize that I hadn’t been swimming for ages,so I was panting and wanted to just flop down and float in the pool. But I had to go back to the end of the line, so with a huge push I was out of the water dripping, and exhausted.

“Go Vivienne,go”, I shouted as I walked back to our line. Sitting down I watched my friends swim as I cheered them on. Whenever one of them stopped halfway, I made sure I kept cheering them on till they got to the end. All of them swum really, really well.

At first I didn’t really want to go swimming, but in the end I actually liked it and was looking forward to the next sessions.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gemma Finds A Kiwi

My reading group the kiwis, have been reading an article called "Gemma Finds A Kiwi". It is about Gemma, a golden labrador, and his partner Tom Herbert track kiwi. When they find them Tom puts a small tracking device and a small radio transmitter. I made this slide show with some facts I found in the article.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vote For The Best Introduction

These are two introductions that are for my holiday highlight writing. But I don't know which one to use. My first introduction gets straight in to some action, my second one is my thoughts and what I felt. Which one hooks you in more? Please comment and vote below.

I screamed louder and louder as we started spinning faster and going up and down more and more. I was having an awesome time at the Easter show, even though it was raining, with my Aunties, my brother,Isara and my sister,Tinei.

All sorts of exciting thoughts were racing through my head as we arrived. I had been to the Easter show once before, with my Mum , and could still remember some things, like the awesome rides and the stinky farm animals, so I couldn’t wait to get in there again.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Playing with Picasa

We have been playing around with a Google App called Picasa. We have learnt how to make new albums, upload photos and add captions to them. The photos get turned into a slideshow and then we learned how to embed them and put it on our blogs.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Artspace 17

My name is Litia and this is my flag. It represents me and what I think of Pt. England School. First we sketched the Pt. England logo, a border and we had to choose a word to put in beside it. We had a choice of respect,hope and joy. I chose hope because I think everyone needs it if they are going through rough times. After we finished sketching our flag we coloured them in with pastel and painted the big background. Then we went over some of the lines with a black pastel or marker to make them stand out. Now all of our bright and beautiful artwork is up on the wall where everyone can see it.