Tuesday, September 14, 2021

 The Impact of Fred Hollows

Australian-Kiwi man Fred Hollows lived the life changing the lifestyles of others through his skill as an ophthalmologist. This remarkable story of his has been expressed by me in this poem I wrote about his accomplishments and how much he provided to this world. When reading it, have look and find a little quote he said in on the phrases. Hint: The words are the first words for each phrase near the ending bit.

Friday, August 27, 2021

He Tried to Walk on Water By Aleenah

 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. 

Vaccination Time-By Augustine

 Vaccination time

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

Emily's Backpack

Who left the backpack in the cemetery? 

A question buzzing around Room 8 as we unpacked the backpack, reading the letter left inside to see who it might belong to and how we may be able to help. 

This begins a unit Room 8 are working on through Mitey (Sir John Kirwan Foundation) to see the difference between: 
 Running To Vs Running Away 
and the personal worries we might have that reflect the choices we make... 

 Emily's Backpack is a unit on supporting others and our own Mental Health! 

 Watch this space to see how we develop and work with Emily and how we might be able to help and support not only her but our peers and  loved ones too.

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

Fluffy Egg Nest

 Yum, is all I could think as I sat down the back of the classroom smelling the delicious aroma of eggs and toast cooking. Not a pin could be heard dropping as my Year 7's enjoyed eating the fruits of their labour! What a way to Break the Fast!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Gone Sailing


Many thanks to Rotary St Johns and Yachting New Zealand for the wonderful experience our Yr 7 & 8 students had off Okahu Bay yesterday. Arriving with a bunch of excitedly nervous children and leaving with a crew of sailors was testament to the fabulous learning and hands on experience delivered to us by Kim, Robbie and Molly. Although the wind decided to play it low for a while there was still a lot to learn and of course water to plunge into! Thanks to Gary (and Harriet), Penny and Leslie from St Johns Rotary for coming down and meeting with us so we were able to say 'Thank You with so much gratitude' in person! Thanks also to Colin for putting it all together to make it all possible! 

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:

"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

Congratulations To our SLJ students!

 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

What's for dinner...

 Low cost meals... what can you cook that is economical? Let's try using mince or sausage meat.

How about a delicious meat loaf, rissoles or scotch eggs? And of course served with a heathy salad! 

CPR and Sports Injuries

 Thanks to St Johns and Nicoli for teaching us how to manage risk in our sporting endeavours and how to save someones life if they are unconscious and not breathing. Such important life skills! 

Lent and a time for New Beginnings

 This week we welcomed the arrival of 11 new baby chicks from Living Eggs. Two females and nine males. Thanks to Room 6 for hosting the hatchery and brooder! We were all amazed at the fast development of the chicks compared to human babies! 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Making a Loaf

 This week Yr 8 had to design a loaf to sell at a school Fair. A variety of flavours were made with the most memorable (because of the delicious aroma that filled the room) being the coconut loaf! 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Our New Leaders

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' 

Duck duck goose for ALL!

 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!!! 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Welcome to our new classmates!

Our first week back and a time to enjoy each others company while doing a bit of team 'art building!'


                                                   From a little piece of the puzzle... 



                                                        to the finished product...


               We loved our finished product even better than the original!!