Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Last week, Ruru and the year 6`s from Piwakawaka Learning Spaces went to Camp at Kokako Lodge in the Hunua Rangers. It was definitely a great oppurtunity for the students to push their boundries and step outside their comfort zone. Our favourite activity was the High Ropes. It built up our confidence and challenged us a lot. Some of the other activities we did were Kayaking, Abseiling, Raft building, Archery and Orienteering. On the first day we did the Hunua Hunt which was basically a 5 hour tramp. The only difference was along the way we had to find fifty places and mark them on a map. At night there were three different activities which were the Gloworm Walk, Burma Trail and Spotlight. These activities were also much enjoyed by the students. We would like to thank the parents for cooking the meals, supervising us at all times, transporting and making camp much more enjoyable.

By Madison and Lauren
(Ruru Learning Space)

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Definition Poems

What is Passion?
It is affection
It is a desire to accomplish a dream
It is a love and an attachment
It is a fierce fondness that helps you through the hard times
It is something you would be helpless without
That is Passion

By Lauren

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Cross Country

     Yesterday morning I was up early, trying to find everything. Suddenly I realised that the time was eight o'clock on the dot.
     When I arrived at school, all the Cross Country runners had all ready arrived. I couldn't wait until it was time to set off.
     Finally we were in the car, ready and on our way to the school (Paparimu) in which we had the Cross Country at. When we were at Paparimu School we set up our Gazebo.
     All the schools that competed had to gather and have an assembly. We then were showed all over the course where we had to run. As soon as we got back to the Gazebo, the year fives and sixes had their turn to run. I was screaming for all of my Ramarama School mates to do well. I had hoped that none of them would come last. When I saw the saw the competitors come up the soggy, moist mud, I then realised that I saw Sonny. I was yelling. He obviously heard me because he looked back, with a face so sour.
     It was soon my turn to run. I tried to sprint across the sharp rocks, but my feet wouldn't let me. The sharp rocks lasted most of the way on the course. When we came up the last hill, I was already tired. But I saw everyone from the Ramarama School Cross Country team. The last lap I tried to do the best I could. I ran past a lot of girls. As soon as I got back on the sharp rocks I slowed down. I felt my red, hot and sticky face pounding. At the end I now knew why Sonny had pulled such a sour face. Everyone was so noisy, and all I wanted peace and quiet.
    The day went fast, and I came twenty-sixth. I was so relieved I had finished the race.

By Sophie

School Speeches

For the last few weeks we have been doing speeches for the school speech competition. My speech was on Bacteria. Writing my speech was quite easy I searched through books, went on the internet and i ended up with pages and pages of information. I read it through and put it on to my speech but, it was too long so i had to cut it down. Once i did that I typed it up and set it out on to cue cards. Then i practiced and timed myself and my time was 2 minutes 47 seconds which is good. I practiced so much I actually knew it off by heart. Then the day came where I had to say the speech in front of the class. I was very nervous I did not like saying my speech in front of any body not even my mum! Well I did it and I think I did alright but i could of stopped moving around I think I have a habit of doing that. Also I kind of needed to slow down and speak a bit louder but I nearly got in to the semi final. Overall I think I did a great job and I sort of hope I get in next year because it seems very fun.

By Jaime

Friday, 24 June 2011

Term Reflection

I have had a great term, apart from the fact that Mr Clarkson was away for two weeks!!! The cool thing was that we have done another presentation to do with our topic, 'Migration'. Mine was on 'Le Francias' (The French) and how they immigrated to New Zealand. I did my presentation with Charlotte and thought we did pretty well over all. Next time though I think we could improve on getting some of our facts right. We have also been doing 'The Beep test'. The Beep Test is a fitness test. To do 'The Beep Test' you have to run 20 metres before 'The Beep'. My highscore is 13.1. We have also been working on pamphlets. The pamphlet has to convince people to come to NZ. Mine has pictures and a short paragraph about Whale Watching in Kaikoura, Maori Culture and The Sky Tower. This term I also performed in the school production (The Little Mermaid). Mrs Rowe and Miss Deed put a lot of hard work and effort into the school production. I played the role of 'Flow' in 'Neptunes Court'. I think I performed well and hopefully I will get a main part in the next production.
By Madison.