Friday, 14 May 2021

The Yellow Umbrella

Dear diary

As I lay on my comfortable pillow in my small room I think of my yellow umbrella. The day I gave the umbrella to the boy made me feel like I gave away a memory. It was a mistake giving him the umbrella. My family had it forever and if I tell dad what happened he'll get angry. I feel so nervous. My legs are shaking . . .
The smell of sawdust from his clothes is getting stronger as he got closer to my room.

My dad asked where the umbrella is...  

 I have to go. Goodbye.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Sailing away

 On Monday the 10th of May 2021, Room 8 went on a trip to the Akarana Yacht Club at Okahu Bay to learn how to sail. During the ride I felt nervous about whether I would get through the day without any mistakes and learn how to sail. 

Although the day didn't help us with no wind and rain that fell after lunch, it didn't make the senior class of St Patrick's School give up.  We learned how to get the boat ready by attaching parts together, how to steer and move the boat. We didn't really have enough time to jump off our boats for fun but we had a great time getting wet, laughing and playing games.

Room 8 sailing on the water

Getting ready to go back to school

Ready to go out to sail!

Looks like this boat had heavy passengers!

had a wonderful experience sailing and realised that I would like to sail again but with my family. When we got back to school we couldn't stop talking about the day because we had such a great time.
I would thank St Johns Rotary and Yachting New Zealand for giving all of us such a fun opportunity to learn some skills about sailing.

- No child got hurt - just wet.

Friday, 7 May 2021

Diary entry

 This is a diary entry I have written in response to a short animation video we are studying for literature.

The boy escapes

Dear diary
Today will be the day I will escape to find my parents. To get answers to why they left me. I can feel the chances of escaping is growing. The door bell jingles, squishy footsteps coming from down stairs. The orphanage head principal is now talking to the visitor. Now is my chance to run. I will write later diary. Bye

(30 minutes later)  
Dear diary 
I got caught. My plan failed. 


Monday, 3 May 2021

My favourite value - by Augustine

Today my class and I talked about what values do each of us have. So us students thought hard but simple and suggested what their favourite value was. My value was 'family' because they are the first people I would think about. After thinking it was time for creating. We used clay to make our value, like this:

- My value 'family'


Friday, 9 April 2021

Stations of the Cross 2021 - by Augustine

 Welcome to Stations of the Cross 2021

What we do and why we do it:  

During the time of Holy Week on the 1st of April 2021, Saint Patrick's school at Panmure, Auckland has kept their tradition, even during Covid-19, by observing and playing a part in the Stations of the Cross. As a Catholic school we share the journey of Jesus Christ carrying the cross and dying by putting on a performance for the school, so every year the year 7 and 8's participate by choosing and playing a part in the Stations of the Cross. There are 14 stations that lead to Jesus' death. This is a special time for our school and the whole Catholic Community around the world to give appreciation and respect to Jesus.

Behind the scenes:
Before the seniors performed in front of the school, they rehearsed the production 5 times. The first rehearsal was difficult for them because they have never been part of a reverent presentation before, but they never gave up. Without using costumes or items they practise and understand what they were doing and why they were doing it. The 2nd practise was usually the same, without any items and costumes. But the 3rd and 4th we practise in our school hall and that time with our items, the cross, the crown of thorns, and Veronica’s towel, and on the 5th rehearsal before we were going to perform in front of the school we used our costumes as well, and then we were ready.

The Stations of the Cross:
 While the school walked into the hall, the characters took their places, and the guards including Jesus were waiting for everyone to be ready. Then a few minutes later it was time to shine. The production was amazing. Falling on the floor, women crying, men helping, clothes taken off, the nailing to the cross, and finally death. Children taking crosses of their own infront of Jesus and left the hall reverently.

Friday, 26 March 2021

Escape Routes - by Augustine

Part of my reading was reading this book and doing this activity about Johnny Pohe and his journey through a Nazi Camp. The red arrows are the escape routes that the pilots used to escape the camp, Stalag Luft III, a Nazi camp for pilots during World War II.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Feedback loop - by Augustine

 The Ice Albedo Feedback Loop

The ice Albedo feedback loop is when the sun bounces of the ice back to space, because the ice’s colour is light. But because Earth's temperature is higher than usual the ice melts and the dark side absorbs the heat from the sun then the waters get higher and higher.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Christchurch Earthquake Prayer - by Augustine

 Dear people of Christchurch

I know how hard and scary the experience was for you. I know how you felt when you lost someone. I feel very sorry that young children suffered and came across a horrific incident. The parents that suffered for their children's safety, I feel you. So I wrote a prayer for you and those you lost.

Dear Lord

On this day, 12:51pm, many people died and many were traumatised.I pray together with lots of other people that this event won't happen again. We also pray for the souls that has been loved dearly by friends and families that are up with you that they may be blessed. May the people of Christchurch be blessed by you, Lord.

Have a blessed day Christchurch. KIA KAHA.

- Augustine

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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Malaria - by Augustine

 Malaria - by Augustine

What is Malaria? How is it caused?

Malaria is a fatal disease. This disease comes from a mosquito that carries Plasmodium parasites. One bite from this then it will travel through your blood, and within 10 -14 days it will keep developing.

What are its symptoms?

The symptoms are:

. High fever

. Sweating hard

. Headache
. Nausea

. Vomiting

. Abdominal pain

. Diarrhea

. Anemia

. Muscle pain

. Convulsion

. Coma

. Bloody stools

How is it Diagnosed?

Well the doctor will do some tests (blood tests). Only if you have symptoms.

Thank you for reading and keep safe.