Thursday, November 28, 2013


In our literacy group we are comparing and contrasting our life to a person from another country. We have to compare our life to the life of Omar, a 12 year old girl from a country named Malawi.

Omar’s life at school is hard, because she has to wake up at 6:00 in the morning, and go to school. Before they start their lessons at 7:00 Omar and her classmates have to clean up the school.

Starting the day they sing the national anthem, gathered together in a whole school assembly, to start and finish their day well.

They have 2 breaks only during the day. The 1st one is at 8:40 and 2nd one at 10:40 and their breaks last for only 10 minutes. There are two  main sports that they play during school breaks , the girls play a game of netball and the boys love to play football.
A long time ago Omars parents died when she was a little girl that's why she and her siblings have to live with her grandparents. Omar has to cook for the family everyday, her chores also include fetching water from the well, tend the garden, pounding the cassava into flour and she has to help her grandfather too. He is a very important man in his family and also his village,  he’s the chief !

Life is hard in Malawi, schools don't have electricity and nearly all the kids can't afford textbooks. Some kids who are 16 sometimes stay on in the same class for years, because it  was too hard for them to pass school exams.

Girls have a very hard life in the village. Some girls are like mothers who stay at home and do everything for the little kids. Its hard for the girls to study  because there are a lot of things happening in their lives that they are expected to do.

In contrast to Omars school, our school in NZ has electricity and more money than Omars school. Her school doesn’t have any electricity plus, they don’t have much money. Our similarities are that we walk to school but, she walks 6 km to school, where as we only walk 5 minutes.

Another similarity is that at home we do chores too. Here at nz we do help or moms with chores but we don’t fetch water we get it from a tap or from the supermarkets.

At Omars school the girls favourite sport is only netball, but the girls at our school love to play rugby or Soccer even basketball or touch but mostly tag as well as netball. The boys at Omars country likes to play football, but the boys at our school love to play rugby.

There are more boys than girls at Omar’s school but, there’s an equal amount of girls and boys at our school (Pt England). The reason why there are fewer girls is that they are expected to stay home and help out the family. Girls in new zealand can’t stay at home otherwise their parents will go to jail or get fines. Girls and boys are treated equally in NZ.

NZ exams are different to their exams because their exams are at the end of the year, and if they don’t pass they have to get put down. In NZ if we don’t pass we have to do our test again but we still move up to the next class.

All though there are some similarities between our lives and theirs, we still a lot of different things in our lives.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Ki tenei kura ki te mihihihi,
to this school to greet,

I nga whakaaro pai.
the good thoughts.

mo to koutou kaha,
for your support,

ki te aro mai,
in attending,

ki tei awhina,
to support/help.

te reo Maori,
the Maori language,

e pa ana ki tenei kura,
concerning this school.

No reira e te whanau o tenei kura, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena ra tatou katoa.
So therefore, greetings once, greetings twice, greetings thrice to the family of this school.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


A super typhoon hit The Philippines and about 300 people died during the typhoon. Typhoon Haiyan battered the country over the weekends with winds of more than 200 miles an hour. Building have been destroyed, there were landslides and whole streets have been left underwater.

Experts in the Philippines think the death toll may rise to 10,000 people. If this figure is correct it will become the country’s deadliest recorded natural disaster. Meanwhile, a provincial official says another 300 people have been confirmed dead on Samar Island in the central Philippines.

The Philippines need help and they need a home and they also need protection. The're families are suffering without food and water.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Ronald heard a whisper but no one was there, he looked back, but no one was there. He kept walking, but he couldn’t see properly because of the smoke, but then............... A man named Oliver Kishimen came and took him to a really scary house. Oliver Kishimen is a wanted man, the police have been looking everywhere for him but he was just too hard to find.
Oliver took carried Ronald into the Spooky living room and tied him up in a chair and Ronald was shouting out for his mother but all the windows and doors were shut. Oliver gave him the sleeping gas to put him to sleep, and then Oliver hide him inside the closet.

Ronalds mother was getting worried that he didn’t come home so then his mother went searching through every house, she searched and searched but there was no one, until she got to the last house she could possibly find in her neighbourhood. She heard a whisper and it was Oliver, she looked back but no one was there, but lucky she knew karate so she could fight to get her son back.

Ronald opened his eyes and saw his mother outside the window, he felt scared that Ronald might come back to put him to sleep. Lucky Ronalds mother called the police with her own phone. Ronalds mother kicked the door open and shouted out Ronalds name and he answered and shouted, “I’m in the spooky living room mother!”

They both heard a whisper and that was Oliver. Ronalds mother was hiding at the back of the couch and she saw Oliver holding a knife in his back pocket then she jumped up and kicked him right in the face and kicked him again, and he was out cold.

The police arrived on time and arrested Oliver, and took Ronald and his mother back home safely, the police told Ronald to never walk home alone ever again and Ronald said that he will only ever talk and walk with people he knows. Ronald is know safe with his mother at home where they'll always be safe.

Friday, November 1, 2013


Number 22 I looked at the letter and I said, “Yes, I found the house.” The outside of the house looked creepy, it looked rusty, it had cobwebs, and it also had spooky statues, and the plants looked dead I ran up to the doorstep and i rang the bell, it also had a creepy sound to the bell. I pushed the door and it was already opened.

I saw an old picture of an old man on the wall. I took one step back and the old man was standing right there and staring at me I sprinted out the door but the door was locked, I shouted, “Help, Help,” the man was near me I could feel it, until I went to the living room I saw people lying flat on their backs, I was freaking out.

He showed up right behind me and said, “Welcome child.” Everyone jumped up and shouted, “Surprise, happy Halloween,” I had a big smile on my face, and all this time I thought my sister got kidnapped, but actually she was helping out some people for the Halloween party. Best Halloween Ever.


My first day of school and I’m so excited. I woke up Brushed my teeth and ate breakfast, and I went in the car to go to school. Feeling so excited, I opened the car really quick went my mother stopped the car, I ran to school with a smile on my face. I saw all the big kids playing with their tennis balls, and the little kids playing duck, duck, goose. I arrived at school at 8:00.

As I was going into my classroom I saw the teacher looking so excited to teach us kids. All of the kids were laughing and talking to each other non-stop. I was the loudest in the class so then the teacher said, “Zion be quiet please.” We had a fun activity on the first day, we made popcorn watched a movie and we also played games.

The movie was finished and our popcorn was finished too. It was morning tea time so we just went to play because we were too full to go and eat. Our teacher said, “Go outside and play kids, have a good morning tea.” I was playing at the playground, the sun was shining, the flowers were blooming and the kids were having so much fun.

It was the end of school because it was half a day and the rest of the days are gonna be normal. It was half a day because it was parent interviews. “First day at school, AWESOME!!,” I said to myself.