Paora Winitana

Today a very important person came to our school. His name is Paora Winitana and he played basketball for New Zealand at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He is 6ft 4in tall. His youngest brother came too.

Paora talked about his family and growing up in a small community. He faced a lot of challenges in his life and spoke about how he overcame them.

He talked to us about always setting a goal and he gave us the challenge to make our own goals for when we grow up. He is inspired about always having a challenge ahead that he wants to achieve.

He believes that having good friends is the first step to achieving these goals so everyone should choose their friends wisely.

To be continued….


Day Four

IMG_0299We went to a park and met up with a man named Keith. Then we all grabbed a tray and a clipboard that had a piece of paper in it. The piece of paper had sea animals on it and we had to tick off the sea animals that we found. I went with Pippa. Pippa and I were the only ones who found a Rock Fish. I found a huge, colourful crab, we tried to get it out by, splashing water on the crab, but it did not work.

After that we walked to a Fish & Chip shop that was near Chaddy’s Charter and ordered some fish and chips. The fish and chips were really, really, nice.

IMG_0302Once everyone had finished their fish and chips we went to Chaddy’s Charters. Dave gave everyone a life jacket, then we all hopped on board. Dave said, “It feels like you’re on a train.”

Then we set sail, it was cool because there was a fishing line that you could chuck out and go fishing. On one part we caught a fish but then some how it unhooked itself. We went around an island and saw a whole bunch of seals  and we saw a seal swimming in the water. I was scared a seal was going to jump up and get me. After we went around that Island we went to go to another Island, but then it started raining, so we went back to Chaddy’s Charters. I found a machine that could turn one cent coins into a cool coin, that had a seal on it, everyone got one.

Then everyone ran to their cars and went to Puke Ariki. When we got there, there was a pieces of paper and a pencil at the counter so I grabbed a piece of paper and went down some stairs and went into a art gallery. We had to write down the artists names. Once we were done we had to go to the lady in the art room and check if it is correct and then go to the counter and get our badge. Tor and I did all of it together.  


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Day Three

On Tuesday we went to Puke Ariki. We met Anne and she showed us around the museum. We learned about all the water birds. Anne also told us how Mount Taranaki was formed. Going up the glass elevator was fun.

After our picnic lunch we went to the Aquatic Centre for a swim. We went the deepest part and swam there, played on the boats, swung on the ropes and cannonballed into the pool. Then they turned on the wave machine. It was like the big waves on the sea. It was amazing fun. We finished with a scavenger hunt by the sea.

By Tor and Keeva

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Day Two on Camp

On the second day of school camp the school went to Moturoa school. We got told that there was 104 children at the school! A boy called Anaru told us about their plants around some of the school and showed us where they do their propagation. After that we got onto a bus and drove to the port where the Navy ship, the Endeavour, was berthed. We went to the engine room, the bridge, saw the guns, we tied knots and then we played with the fire hose. We enjoyed all of that.

Pippa and Isla

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New Plymouth School Camp

On the first day of our awesome school camp, we went to Tawhiti Museum. We went into a cave on a boat trip and Kawana got shot by a cannon in the eyeball. After the boat ride we saw some old fashioned tractors. 

We saw a pistol. It was all rusty.IMG_2771

There was a really cool motor bike.  It was a Harley Davidson.IMG_2756

The kids cooked tea for our first night – nachos. Yum.IMG_0083

Photos and story by Bayden and Kawana

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We made dioramas a little while ago for Mrs Gilbert’s reading work. My diorama was based on the story Finnigan and the Pirates. The writer is Sherryl Jordan. I chose this book because Finnigan likes to dance like me! This is how you make a diorama.

  1. Get a shoe box and choose some paint.
  2. Start to paint your shoe box with the colours you chose.
  3. Let it dry for a little while.
  4. Now you can start making your characters and scenery. Draw them or print the characters. Don’t forget to colour them in before you cut them.
  5. Cut them out and make sure there is room at the bottom of them so you can apply glue
  6.      6 .Glue them to your diorama and push them down for 60 seconds.
  1. You are finished!



We made dioramas out of shoe boxes. They were made from books we had read. We painted them colors. I did mine green and a peachy colour with a cloud. I had two trees in it. My book was Aristotle. It was by Dick King-Smith and the illustrator was Bob Graham.  I like this book because it is cool.



We made an Amazing Diorama and I did mine on the Bad Guys. The author and illustrator is Aaron Blabey.  I chose this book because It is very funny . My scene is the bit when they were trying to get into the building.




The book I did my diorama on is The Little Angel Lily Gets Her Wings. This book was written by Elizabeth Pulford. I chose this book because Lily is looking for her  wings and  to have a good adventure.

Into my diorama I put two bushes, a Ginormous sun, a house, a tree, a statue of Mr Percy and Lily who is wearing fake wings and she is looking for her own wings.

By Victoria


I did a diorama.The book was Geronimo Stilton:the Red Bandit bY Geronimo Stilton.  I chose this book because it is very, very, very, funny (well at least this one!)  

I did it on the part where he nearly falls off the cliff.  

To do it I needed some P.V.A glue,a shoe box, white card, felts and paint and be careful with the scissors!  

First you paint your shoe box and then you make your character(s) then colour them in.  

Next you cut them out and put them in your shoe box.  



I made my diorama on The Bad Guys 5 by Aaron Blabey. I did mine about the front cover because it has all the characters on it. My scenery is yellow like the cover is yellow.

Everyone else made one too.

By Pippa



We made  dioramas. I chose How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel. This book is written by Cressida Cowell. I chose this book because it is a very interesting book.  How did we make the dioramas?

Step 1: First find a shoe box at home.

Step 2: Then find a book that you would like to do your diorama about and decide which scene.

Step 3: Then paint the background. Leave it to dry overnight.

Step 4: Once it is dry then you can draw your characters and scenery.

Step 5: Get a piece of cardboard and draw your characters on it. After you have drawn them you cut them out.

Step 6: Get PVA glue and put some glue on the pictures that you drew, then stick the pictures where you want them to go and then go onto your computer or your ipad, then go onto Google docs and write, who wrote the book? What is it called?  After you have printed it out glue it on the top of your diorama and then you are all done  ready to present.



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Delicious Nacho Sauce For School Camp

Our school camp is this month. The first night the class is making dinner and we want to have delicious nachos, so we have made sure we are prepared by making the nacho sauce at school.

We were all excited to start.

Step one – put oil in a frying pan and brown the mince.

Step two – add chopped onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes.

Step three – next add tomato paste and let it cook.

Step four – after that add canned tomatoes, water, bay leaves, Italian herbs and sugar.

Step five – cover the pan and let it simmer until it is cooked, stirring occasionally.

Step six – Once it is cooked take out the bay leaves and scoop the sauce into a container. When it is cold, put it in the freezer ready for exciting school camp.

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Our Worm Farm

On 25th of July 2017 we made a worm farm. It was fun. We put legs onto the base of the farm and we put the tap for the worm wee on too. We have put the farm outside.  The worm farm has worms in it. When we tipped the worms in some of them went on my foot and I screamed a little bit. We gave them some food scraps and then covered them with a worm blanket. Then we put the lid on.


fullsizeoutput_c32   On the twenty fifth of July Mrs Gilbert put on a video, showing how to make a worm farm. Once the video was finished we unwrapped the barrel and put the legs on. We all went outside on the deck to put everything into the barrel. Tor put on the tap and screwed on a circle octagon nut with a hole in the middle, for the tap. In this photo I am cutting up some cardboard and putting it on the bedding block. We put the tiger worms in next.  After that Keeva and I put on some food scraps.  Keeva tore up the tea bag while I tipped in the scraps. We also put the a worm blanket over the worms to help keep the Tiger worms warm. Then I helped Kawana put some containers under the legs. Kawana put some water into the containers to stop other insects from coming into the worm farm.



On the 25th of July we watched a video that how to make a worm farm.

The first step was to unwrapped the cardboard around the  worm farm.

Step two  – cut the cardboard into a big circle.

Step three – you will need a tray from your home to  put a bedding block in with five litres of water.

Step four – put five legs on the base and screw in a nut and tap.

Step five – put the cardboard circle in the base and then put the worms bedding on top of the cardboard.

Step six – tip the worms into the worm farms and put the food scraps on top and then cover with the lid.

Step seven – put five containers under the legs. Put water in each of the containers.

By Tor

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  1. We put the legs to the bottom of the worm farm.
  2. Then we put the tap on to the worm farm.
  3. Next we put the tiger worms in the worm farm. There were 1000 tiger worms in the box and two escaped out of the plastic.
  4. We had to put food scraps into the worm farm.
  5. Then we covered the worms with a worm blanket and then put the lid on.
  6. Kawana


On Tuesday 25 July 2017 we watched the video on how to make a worm farm. First we opened the whole thing. Then we put the coconut bedding in the water for half an hour. Then we went outside put the worm in and the cardboard and then I put the scraps in. Isla put the worm blanket on and then we put the lid on it. Then we put six containers under the legs and filled them up with water so the bugs can’t get in.   

By Keeva


On 25 / 7 / 17 we watched a video about worm farming! I put the 5 litres of water in a tray and put in the coconut bedding to soak. Then we put on the legs and tap.  We next watched the video through and then we got back to work. We brought the body of the worm farm to the front porch. The worm farm looked like a black water tank. We put cardboard in the base and then the bedding on top. We put the worms in next. When we put the scraps in, it smelt yuck! We put the worm blanket on top and then shut the lid. Bayden


On the 25th of July, we watched a video on how to make a worm farm. It told us that we first had to cut out some cardboard. Then grab the coconut  bedding and put it into 5 litres of water for half an hour. After we had to attach the legs and tap to the bottom of the first tray. The legs were hard to get in. By now the coconut padding had dissolved. It felt weird and wet. After that we grabbed the base with the legs and the tap attached to it and took it outside. We brought the coconut bedding and squeezed it to see if any water came out and some did. Then we put it into the base and made sure it was level.  After that we put the worms in with some vegetable and fruit scraps, then the blanket (I wish that was my blanket). We had to put some small containers filled with water under the legs so no enemies of worms could get in…The lid went on last.



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Native Tree Planting

Yesterday Pukeokahu School and some of the Playgroup went to River Valley Lodge to measure the trees we planted two years ago.

fullsizeoutput_bf2Then we all down to the old slip area, behind the Lodge’s  vegetable garden, and Brian Megaw showed us how to plant a native tree.


All the trees had been spaced out ready for us to plant so we went and stood beside the first tree we wanted to plant. Brian and Janey dug the holes for us so we could plant them.

First we put in a fertiliser pellet at the bottom of the clay, then we covered it with soil. We measured the plant in the hole to make sure it was deep enough and then we took the plant out of its pot, loosen it’s roots and then placed it carefully in the hole.


Then we packed soil all around the plant. A coconut pad was put around the little plant to stop the grass from growing over it.


The next step was to put a plastic tube around the plant and then put four canes inside the tube to hold it in place.


Once we had finished our first tree we were able to go and plant another. We planted about five or six trees each. We will be going back to check on them.

Tor, Kawana and Pippa


My mum is in the photo. She is digging a hole for me to plant a tree. It was so much fun. One of my friends was helping me. Keeva

On July the fourth, 2017 we went down to the slippy and slidey native tree area, of River Valley Lodge, where we last planted trees. They were taller than us now. When Isabel and I went to see our flax  Isabel said “ run from the pink zombie!’’ the pink zombie was Pippa. Then we went to our next  tree planting area on the old slip. There were a lot of trees, but we did not get them all done. At the end Isla thanked Brian.  Bayden


Two years ago Pukeokahu school planted lots and lots of trees at the lodge. So on the 4th of July we went back to measure them.  All of us hopped in the cars and went down to the golf course and walked up a big hill. My Grandad (Brian) showed us how to plant a native tree. First you dig a hole and put the plant in it to see if it is the right size hole. Then you put a fertilizer tablet in the hole and put some dirt on top. After you pull off the pot if it doesn’t budge squeeze around the pot and pull the roots of the soil. Then you need to place the tree in the hole and place soil around it. (If you see worms in that’s good).  Afterwards you place the coconut pad around the tree. Place a plastic tube over the tree and put for bamboo sticks into the coconut padding. Once you have done that you are finished and ready to start all over. That was a really fun day we will come back there in two years time and see how big they’ve grown. I thanked Brian, my Grandad, for letting us plant all of the trees.  Isla