Friday, 15 December 2017
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Room 2 (and Mr. T) have been working on a piece of artwork for the majority of Term 4. It shows our story throughout our Year 6 journey, using nothing but pictures and symbols. These symbols show important moments of our Year 6 journey. For example, our 2 koru’s represent nurturing and Room 2 and the pink shark teeth show the 27 kids in our class (The orange tooth represents someone who left earlier in the year). The azure shark teeth and emerald flowers show the number boys and girls in our class. Some pretty cool symbolism, right?
We have worked very hard with this piece of art and on a side note, we haven’t just focused on our Year 6 journey, we’ve also focused on moving forward into intermediate and even High School. Now, it would probably take ages to explain all the symbolism but I hope you enjoy looking at our artwork.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Hey Future Year 6’s,
I have been fortunate enough to have an amazing journey at Halsey Drive. My last year has been a whirlwind of a ride (Rainbow’s End Pun Intended). It’s time for me to spread my wings and leave the nest. And now, it’s time for YOU to be the leaders of the school. I know that when I was in Year 5, I wish somebody would have given me some help and thanks to me, here is your guide. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an incredible adventure but now it’s time to pass on my pearls of wisdom. So, sit back, relax and read this letter to the very end!
Unlike other Year 6’s, I started off my year a little differently. You see, I missed 2 WEEKS of school and everyone was already well acquainted with each other by the time I arrived. I had to work very, very hard to catch up. It just goes to show how hard work pays off. In fact, on a side note, you’ve heard about the Rainbow’s End trip right? Well, what us Year 6’s may have not told you was... that it is a REWARDS trip. Meaning: If you don’t deserve it and earn it, you don’t go. Make wise choices!
Teachers, teachers, teachers! The core of every school (besides us students, of course). Your Year 6 teachers for next year are . . . Drumroll please! . . . Mr. Tomokino, Miss. Richardson, Miss Mistry and you won’t believe this but a NEW teacher. Now, I can’t say anything about the other teachers but being in Mr. Tomokino’s class has taught me one VERY IMPORTANT thing . . . DON’T MESS WITH HIS HAIR!!!
Term 2. The term of fidget spinners. It was all the rage back then. I’m sure you remember it. WE WERE ADDICTED!!! Fidget Spinner - Lunch, Fidget Spinner - Dinner and so on. Anyways, onto more important things like . . . CAMP!!! I swear, everyone and I mean everyone was scared of at least one thing at camp but we faced our fears. Camp was a great way to start boosting our individuality and helped us learn what life was like without our parents. I’m sure you’ll learn just as much as us at camp! Now for an important notice - there is one thing you will need to bring from Year 5. YOUR BRAINS!!! Be a role model, act wisely and just know that you will need your brain for absolutely everything!
You may be wondering about how else you can become a successful year 6. Well the key is: Take part in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Extracurricular activities as in activities outside the classroom. Multicultural, choir, sport (netball, basketball, rugby etc). Try and be involved but don’t take on too many activities that you can’t commit to. Let me tell you, in my experience, you won’t get anywhere without trying for something even if you think you won’t get in, you just never know. In Year 6, there are way more opportunities for you to explore.
Term 3 and 4 went by like a blur and honestly, I wish it hadn’t. I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE!!! Although, I do remember some of my friends making some not so cool decisions. Luckily, they shaped up which is what you should do from the very beginning. Remember, your year is all about you and what you make of it. In all honesty, Halsey Drive is like a second home to me and I can’t wait to see, and hear, what you lot get up to in your last year of HDS!!! Who knows, maybe next year, you’ll shape the next generation of Year 6’s!!
Bye (and good luck),
Dear future year 6’s:
As an experienced year 6 student, I know Term 1 is pretty exciting. In fact, I know the first term might be nerve racking seeing new faces but they might just suddenly become your friend. The first thing that’s going through your mind is probably going to camp, Rainbows End and having a whole lot of fun. But I don’t think anyone has mentioned that Rainbows End is a rewards trip? so, you need to work hard for it. It is really important that you are a good role model to all the juniors and other seniors. Try new things because you might not know what your good at or what your not good at until you try. By the way, just letting you know that there’s also a new teacher.
Term two and three you are finally introduced to everything and you’ll have a lot of opened doors. You can be a librarian, house captain, councillor, in the multicultural group and a whole lot more. So like I said before, try everything you can and work hard. Try not to commit to too much or else you will get stressed and possibly growled, but let’s forget about the growling part. As the year passes by and heads towards term 4, you will forget about all the other terms.
Term 4, the term where you almost go to intermediate. The easiest term of all. You have worked all year for the fun trips but it doesn’t mean you let all your standards and values down. You might think I missed probably the most important part and the thing you do everyday - work. You might think it’s boring because it is, but you still need to keep your grades up with everything including reports. Also focus on class rather than just outside or wanting to play. It’s not just work, work and work, there is lots of time to play and have fun.
Hopefully you took in all the wisdom/advice i’ve given you. Remember… Keep Calm And Go To School!!!
Dear future year 6 student,
As I move on to year 7 I would like to leave you with some words of wisdom. If your in trouble and you lie about it, when the truth really comes out you will be in even more trouble so be honest in everything you do. Another thing is that if you are in a situation where you can’t think of anything nice to don’t say, don’t say anything at all and if it keeps happening, just walk away.
At first when I came into year 6 I was very shy and quiet but I tried out for as many things as I could. I might not have got into all of them but I gave it a go and now I am more confident. Also if your teacher is not there for a day and you have a reliever don’t trick them so you get what you want because the reliever will tell your teacher about you and you will get into trouble. One of the most important pieces of advice is, DON'T BULLY PEOPLE , some people might think that it is cool to bully other people but it is actually REALLY,REALLY MEAN!!
Be a role model, don’t forget you will be the head of the school all the juniors will be watching you. They will copy every move you make so make your moves good!.
Lastly, I think that you need to remember to forgive. Don’t hold grudges because it just ruins your year. In year 5, I remember when I would go around and help the teachers which is another way to be a good role model. Being in year six I have had so many opportunities like road patrols, but be don’t be late. Camp was fun as well, walks on the beach bright and early.
I am so excited for graduation and final assembly and definitely prize giving. I LOVED Rainbows End but what you might not know is that it was a rewards trip and if you were misbehaving you wouldn’t get to go, so you should do your best and have an awesome last year!!!
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
THE POSSUM PROBLEM
Possums are everywhere. You may not think they are there but they’re just very good hiders. Bush, farms, parks, maybe even in your gardens. These are just some of the places you could possibly find them. These furry marsupials are nocturnal and can be found in their dry, hidden dens during the day. Did you know that European Settlers originally brought possums into New Zealand for their amusement and to hunt them down for their fur? That was not a good idea as now there are millions of possums all over New Zealand that thrive due to lack of predators. Many people consider these omnivores pests as they eat the foliage (rātā, kāmahi) that native creatures need to survive. As well as that, they also devour native creatures such as birds, bats, insects, lizards etc.
Possums are completely changing our forests (not to mention the food chain!)
These days, the Regional Council, Department of Conservation and many other groups are working together to decrease the population. People use an array of techniques such as shooting, traps, poison - to name a few - so they could eliminate the amount of possums living here.
Did you know how possums were introduced to New Zealand? Well, prior to 1837, in NZ, there were no animals for hunters to chase down. Hunters in Australia made good money selling fur and NZ hunters wanted that opportunity so they shipped tons of possums in for the fur trading economy. At that time, they thought it would be a good idea. While all this was happening, the Acclimatization Society brought deer in for sport, horses for transport etc. to help with trade. Years later, in 1917, possums started causing trouble. European settlers didn’t notice problems that possums caused to the forest but they did notice fruit trees getting ruined. The use of poison was also introduced at that time.
3 years later, in the 1920’s, people were fighting for the right to kill possums as the environment was getting worse and worse thanks to them. Australia was a very harsh environment and it was very hard for possums to maintain a steady diet but when they arrived in NZ, all the foods they liked was in bulk. It was an easy environment therefore they started causing major problems. Later on, in 1947, the government finally removed restrictions so people could finally use poison to kill possums. Meanwhile, the government themselves hatched their own plans to remove possums. Later on in the 1960’s another disaster struck. No one knew until it was too late, possums were carrying Bovine Tuberculosis which they got from infected cattle. Somehow they infected cows and billions of them died. Farmers had to pay millions of dollars to cover the funds.
Now there aren’t as many possums than before but there are still a lot of them. If we can work together to create eco-friendly possum traps, I think we’ll all be happy!!!
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
An important process of our writing is being able to recraft what we've written to make it more enjoyable for our audience. Here are some examples of recrafted work from Dawn, Nikita, Jolui, Aalya, Espen and Skye.
She has arrived. I must defeat her or she will defeat me. She had instructed for her companions to leave so it's just us. As soon as she sees me she closes her eyes and starts murmuring a chant , I’m start to feel dizzy, then everything turns black.
She has arrived. I must defeat her or she will defeat me.She came alone which means it’s just us. She somehow grew stronger I feel her strength even from far away, her repulsion against me . This is the battle to determine life or death and I’m losing. I’m starting to feel dizzy, then everything turns black.
Creeping through the dusty, forgotten tomb, the two boys made their way to the shining, mysterious light. Closer and closer they ran until they made out a distant silhouette. Cautious yet curious they walked hesitantly. ‘What could it be?’ Suddenly they saw it. Forgetting everything they start walking faster. A globe, but not any type of globe. This one had a magical feel to it. It almost made them forget everything. Reaching out to touch the globe their hand passes through it. ‘Could this be for real?’ As they turn back they suddenly notice their path is blocked. They’re stuck in this abyss with only each other and the suspicious, magic globe for company. They wonder for a minute. Why was this globe here and not in a museum?
Through the forgotten tomb, the two boys made their way to the luminous and cryptic light. One, two, three. They scrambled through the ash black darkness until they made out a distant silhouette. Walking hesitantly; the walls of the canyon hugged their bodies, clinging to their warmth.
The iridescent light was approaching. It was hypnotising and made them forget almost everything.The conflagrant glow was almost blinding. It was like a glimmer of hope. Reaching out to hold the ball of light, their hands passed through.
‘Could this be for real?’ They turn back, suddenly sensing something wasn't right and swiftly notice their path is blocked. They’re stuck in this endless abyss with only each other and a suspicious glow for company.
‘What could it be?’
Hi, I want you to meet my friend Desert. he is pretty wide and big. He becomes very dry, and never gets any water. He doesn't cry much because he’s a tough man. He also tells very dry jokes. Desert likes to play with sand, he’s always sleeping in bed with his sand like blanket.
Did you know Desert has a lot of friends and his best friend is Mr Scorpion and Camel boy. He likes to play with his cactus dolls. When he sneezes he creates a sand storm. Desert doesn't like mess and he also hates showers because he will get all mucky and soggy.
Hi, I want you to meet my friend Desert. He is pretty wide and big. He becomes very dry, and never gets any water. He doesn't cry much because he’s a tough man. I hate Desert's jokes though, they’re so dry. Desert likes to play with sand, he’s always walking around in his sand like blanket.
My friend Desert has a pet scorpion called Sam and he likes to play with his cactus dolls. When he sneezes he creates sandstorms that blow me away. Desert doesn't like mess and he also hates showers because he gets all mucky and soggy.
Vast clusters of ice loom ominously over the deep expanse of water. Gripping the lone bottom of the ocean, the crumbling pillars stand crowded in a line, single file. The steep bridge of ice perches at the mountain top unsteadily ready to collapse harshly into the intimidating body of water. Soon icebergs emerging everywhere floating across to the last chunks still standing tall and brave on the isolated land. No inhabitants can be seen but the feeling of terrorising coldness swarming around. The guarded archway no longer visible on the grand, blank page. No birds were identified soaring past. What will the future bring?
Vast clusters of ice loom ominously over the broad, unhospitable expanse of water. The extensive mountains stand like soldiers in the background. Gripping the deserted bottom of the ocean, the decaying pillars stand crowded in a line, single file. The steep bridge of ice perches at the mountain top unsteadily;ready to collapse harshly into the intimidating body of water. Soon frigid icebergs emerging everywhere sailing across to the last chunks still standing erect; tall and brave on the isolated land. No inhabitants nearby but the feeling of terrorising coldness swarming around. The guarded archway now no longer visible on the grand, blank page. What sort of future will befall this piece of scenery?
I would like you to meet my friend Forest. Just let me tell you a bit about him. He’s soo cool because he plays the same games as me; We normally play games like tag together. Sometimes he can get a bit emotional, I mean really, really emotional. But when he is happy he's really fun to play with. Also Forest and I tell funny jokes unlike desert. I don’t know about you but I think it would be fun having my hair dyed green so you can be camouflaged like forest.
I would like you to meet my friend Forest. Just let me tell you a bit about him. Forest meet Tom. Tom meet forest. He’s soo cool. He plays the same games as me. We normally play games like tag together. Sometimes he can get a bit emotional, I mean really, really emotional. But when he is happy he's really fun to play with. Also, Forest and I tell funny jokes unlike dessert. I don’t know about you but I think it would be fun having my hair dyed green.
Cotton candy fills the air as I wait in a line that goes on for miles. I hear screams and laughs coming from nearby as I sit on my seat. Up and over we go, through twists, turns and sharp corners. My stomach shrivels as I scream uncontrollably!
The smell of cotton candy permeates the air while I wait in a line that stretches for miles. Yells and laughs camp in my ears. Up and over we go, through twists, turns and sharp corners. My body collapses while I shriek in consternation!
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
How would you describe this image? Here are some descriptions conjured up by a few of the boys as they unpacked the image before them.
The GUARDSub-zero temperatures blanket the expanding glacier. Water flows lazily around no man's land snapping up anything that falls into the deadly drink. Pillars slowly crumble from as the waves slowly lick away at them. Shards of ice materialize on the wall of horror.
The pillars, like men, carry the 4 tonne beast of nature on their exhausted shoulders. They stand in the subzero lake getting colder by the second. The landscape is dull, almost like an old black and white movie. The hole in the middle showing us that some pillars have collapsed under the weight of the colossal assembly of ice above them. The seemingly calm waters could not be more dangerous, with uncountable amounts of deadly creatures swarming the abyss below. Any man who is unlucky enough to fall into these merciless waters will die in mere seconds.
The arctic sculpture, highly intimidating, threatening to collapse on anyone in it’s way. Pillars hold up the bridge shaped landmark while the white sky can be seen on the reflective water. This exquisite masterpiece can be seen from another galaxy. Chunks of ice start to melt and break from the Global Warming crisis but the archway patrols the area stopping enemies from entering the kingdom.