Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
A Failed Adventurer's Journey: Article from the NZ Herald
Another article has been read, and now it was about a man who tried to walk on water in Florida. Reza Baluchi, an ex-cyclist decided to use his extra time and a thousands dollars to create a hydro-pod in an ambition to travel from St Augustine, Florida to New York and possibly the Gulf Stream by WALKING ON THE WATER for 140 km. Though his journey was cut short due to his GPS cables being missing. Now, I was tasked into creating a map to show the journey of this failed adventurer. Underneath this text you will be able to see his planned voyage and where he stopped.
Modes Of Transportation
Another task was to research other unique transportation services used around the world. I had found three that created very strong feelings from me. Though most of them I had found really funny. They must really know what fun means.
Lockdown is hard, but testing and getting vaccinated will help us get out of lockdown quickly, and during lockdown I got something that will help me to protect myself, family and other people.
My mum and I wore our masks and just for safety gloves and hopped in the car and drove off. I felt nervous but willing to give it a go. We arrived at the place where I would, just like other adults, get my Covid-19 vaccination. We waited in the car for a few minutes just listening to music. I thought we would stay for a long time but later we got invited by people to walk to the marae. I was given a name tag and walked to where we saw not many people sitting down, probably waiting for their names to be called.
After 5 - 10 minutes someone called my name and told my mum and I to walk into the marae. We sat down again and waited. Then someone called to sit across from her. She asked me a few questions mostly about my health. After that I was told to sit down and wait again.
Just after 5 minutes my name was called to get my vaccine. This is the time where I will feel the pain. I sat down and felt nervous. But I knew it wouldn’t be very painful.
I was wrong, when that needle went through my skin I felt aching. I knew that was normal, but then the aching worsened, I almost bit my lip. After that we were told to sit down in a waiting room. I was tired of sitting and waiting. We waited for 15 - 20 minutes just to see if any side effects would occur. Nothing felt painful other then the aching. Finally for the last time we were told something that made me feel so happy, “You could go home now. Thank you”. I got up straight away and walked outside with my mum straight to the car.
What an experience that I hope I won't have again. But this was my first dose and after a few weeks, I will have to come back for the last.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Who would have thought the expectation for a book review could be breached and creativity blossom. Asinate and Giselle went over and beyond the expectation of their book review to create a poem about Auggie, a young man with Treacher Collins Syndrome. Todays lesson... never under estimate the power of compassion to drive creativity in our youth!
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
This past Tuesday roles were reversed... the youngsters were teaching the oldies!
St Patrick's students lead staff from other Manaiakalani schools through an animated video using process drama.
The themes found within the video were Difference, Fear, Hope and Love. Through many different drama conventions, cut throughout the video, staff were able to explore and experience character development gaining a glimpse of how vocab and inference could be developed... not to mention empathy, compassion and understanding.
Our wonderful students clearly articulated and shared their understanding representing St Patrick's and their whanau with pride!
We all hope the 'oldies' were inspired and took away an understanding that learning can be fun!
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Saint Patrick's had a fantastic day which we will remember for life!
Quoted from Aleenah's Blog:
"Last year the Year 7 & 8's were unlucky since covid struck and they couldn't go sailing. Now I am most grateful to St. John's Rotary & Yachting NZ for giving my friends and I the opportunity of a lifetime. It has sparked an interest in me and to maybe pursue sailing in the future."
Quoted from Augustine's Blog:
"I 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."
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
A summer spent relaxing, having fun AND doing some learning activities? Not possible?
With Manaiakalani's 'Summer Learning Journey' anything is possible! Our St Patrick's winners not only enjoyed their summer break but also the fun and creative learning they were a part of discovering the SLJ.
Our winners were Roneeza (now at Selwyn College), Tyrah and in top place Giselle! They all were awarded certificates and prize bags filled with exciting goodies.
Hoping we can have even more creative learners onboard this coming summer!
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021
Today we celebrated our first Mass for the year and also the inauguration of our new House Leaders.
The surprise factor on theirs faces was priceless!
Congratulations to: April and Desiree (Kauri), Giselle and Augustine (Rimu), Asinate and Paul (Totara), Aleenah and Angelina (Rata). Thanks also to the younger students of each house for lighting the candles for our Leaders to...
'Lead The Way'
Thursday arvo and Room 8 enjoyed the company of Room 2. After a few relay races and some tunnel ball we all relaxed with a game of Duck duck goose. There were only 3 rules and I think they were all broken with every turn taken! But Hey... rules are made to be broken and the main think was there were lots of laughter! Hope we can do it again soon Room 2!!!