Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Camp - Friday

Written by Keylen When I woke from my deep sleep I got up, got my gear ready and pack it into the bus. We were off again. Today was our last day on camp. As I was getting onto the bus I thought to myself "Mmmmmmm! Today at the prawn farm I'm hopefully going to catch a prawn at the prawn fishing area." When we arrived at the prawn farm a tour guy showed us around. He showed us where they put the different prawn pools. Some of the prawns were 3 quarters the size of my arm. Next prawn fishing. Yay! I said to myself as we were going to get our gear for prawn fishing. I caught quite a lot of prawn at the prawn farm a few years ago, I was hoping to do the same again this year. We had to use a bamboo stick, good tight string and a hook. We also got a cup of prawn food. We were starting to throw our hooks out I looked over and saw Cole had already put his in and Bam, he had caught a prawn that was about half of the size my arm. About two minutes later I got a bite and Ka Pow! I pulled and pulled but rod but it flung out of the water. The prawn took my food and got away, I was so disappointed. After about 25 minutes of fishing it was time to put our gear away and head to Turangi. At Turangi we went to the Trout Centre. The trout centre had thousands of trout in their pools and ponds. There was a guy that told us how different breeds of trout, what they eat, and how many they breed. It was amazing how many trout they have. We got to feed the trout and where ever you put the food they all come rushing to you. After that we started to head back to Wanganui. On the way we stopped off at Raukawa Falls to have lunch. Raukawa Falls was way different to Huka Falls because Huka falls is much bigger. We started to head home after that. The ride back was so fun because me and Cole were just talking and making up jokes. What a great camp!

Camp - Thursday

Written by (Isaiah)

Woohoo! Today was the most exciting day of all, we were going to the new camp in Taupo but first came all of the most painstakingly boring cleaning jobs ever. After a long and painful experience, it was time to pack up and leave.
First up on the list was Redwood Forest. Once we arrived we were blown away by how ginormous the trees were. It took 10 people to wrap right around the whole trunk of the tree. Afterwards we went on a scavenger hunt and had an explore around. 
Next on the list was the Lava Glass Studio. The vases were amazing. We even got to go in and watch the artist make the ornaments and glasses. The artist was awesome at making vases especially when it comes to adding details. He was making them in less than ten minutes!
Finally it was lunch time so we stopped off at Huka Falls. The first thing I did was shove the delicious bread roll into my mouth. It was so juicy and delicious. Afterwards we had a quick look at the falls and hit the road again.
Next was the Honey Hive. We arrived and had quick lesson about bees and how they work. Then we headed off to explore the place. The first thing that came to my eyes was the film that was playing. So I sat down and watched it.
 Oh yeah next on the list was the Volcanic Activity Centre. This was the most interesting place because we were watching a screen which showed where earthquakes were happening and it showed the scale of them too. After that I headed to the earthquake simulator. It shook us so badly that I fell of my seat. Finally it was film time so we went into another room and watched a film about the earthquake in Christchurch and the Mt Ruapehu blowing its top.
Last but not least we went to our new camp. It turned out to be quite a cool camp. By then it was dinner time so we headed and had a beautiful BBQ for dinner. But desert topped everything we had a giant ball of candy floss bigger than our heads! Afterwards we played board games then went to bed.   

Camp - Wednesday

Written by Tarron

Yawn! At 7am in the morning we all climbed out of bed and slowly dressed and packed our day packs and headed off to breakfast.  For breakfast we had a choice of crunchy toast, cornflakes, flaky Weet-bix and Rices with a milo. My group had to do our duty. It was mopping and sweeping up the floors after breakfast. Once we finally finished our duty we made lunch for the day it looked yum.
When we were all ready we hopped on the bus and left to go to smelly Kuirau Geothermal Park. Kuirau Park had a lot of mud pools and boiling hot water, it was smelly. After we looked at the mud pools and boiling water we went over a bridge, it took us across very hot steaming water. It was awesome.
Everyone was really excited because when we left Kuirau Park we arrived at the gondola/luge. I think it was the highlight of my camp. First we went up the gondola and had morning tea. What a sight it was looking over Rotorua. After morning tea we all got our helmets and headed to the luge. First we all did the really slow beginners track. Nick my group leader and I were the first to cross the line. After the beginners track I went on the advanced track, it was so fast. I felt like a Cheetah. There was one part where I crashed, it was on a sand barrier because I did a jump and forgot I had to slow down.
After the Luge the class went back down the gondola and left for Paradise Valley Springs Lion Park. When we arrived at the Lion park we had lunch and went in and had a look in the shop. As soon as we walked in we saw a fluffy soft giant stuffed Kiwi. The first thing my group did was look at the young lion cubs. We even got to pat the lion cubs, it was awesome as. After the cubs we went and met the donkey, we named it John key the donkey. We carried on walking until we came to the trout feeding area and fed the trout. After that we looked at all the other animals. After that we all had an ice block each. Finally it was time to see the lion feeding, there was a really greedy lion king called Max. He kept on eating all the other lion’s meat. It was funny. 
YAY! It was time to have a swim we all got out of the bus and rushed to the changing rooms. When we got changed we all ran to the pool and dived in. It was funny because Wiremu did a funky bomb into the pool and we all laughed.
After the swim we all got dressed and jumped back in the bus and left to the camp grounds. When we all arrived at the camp grounds we had a fun as game of tackle bullrush. It was funny because the smallest person in our class, Kahu played it. Kahu got passed around 10 people and we all cheered for him, it was amazing. After bullrush we had dinner watched another movie, the Muppets then went to bed. My cabin didn't go to sleep straight away because we kept on talking, it was funny. What a great day!

Camp - Tuesday

Written by Kahu

My eyes burst open on Tuesday, I leapt out of bed and splashed sub-zero cold water onto my face and packed all of my stuff, double checking that I had everything and I went straight to school. I packed my stuff into the bus and we left for camp.
The bus trip seemed never-ending until finally we arrived in Raetihi for morning tea. We had a play on the playground and then left for Taupo. When we got there we had lunch at a playground. After a good stretch and run-around we headed on another long trip to Rotorua.  
In Rotorua the first thing we did was the duck tour. That took us around Rotorua, it was REALLY smelly. We went into Blue Lake, it was also called lake Tiki Tapu because a maori woman lost a sacred tribal necklace in it. The driver told us about each place we saw.
After the duck tour we headed for Keswick Camp. When we arrived we unpacked the bus and set up our gear. Once we set up we could go and play. After we had a play we went into the dining hall for dinner. After a delicious dinner of roast beef and veges we brushed our teeth, got into our pyjamas and headed over to a room with our sleeping bags and watched a movie, School of Rock. It was LOL funny. After the movie we all went to bed and got a good night’s sleep.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Interschool Athletics

On Monday the 19th of November a team from Carlton School went to the Interschool Athletics. They all tried really hard and some lucky people got a placing. Way to go everyone you should be very proud.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shape Monsters

In class we have been learning all about Geometry. We focused on shapes. To show what we have learnt we created a shape monster. We created a 3D shape from a net then added 2D shapes for eyes legs etc. here are some of them.


Yesterday was the Senior School Team's Athletics day. We had high jump, long jump, vortex, shot put, long distance and sprints. Everyone had a go at every activity. It was great to see everyone having fun and trying hard. I wonder who has made it to interschool athletics.

Assembly Item

Last week we had an Assembly Item, Two Pigs, a Wolf and a Mud Pie! All of the boys had a part and dressed up. They worked extremely hard and presented a fantastic play. Well done boys.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Blogging King

Our Blogging King this week is the one... the only... Tarron. Well done. You put a lot of effort into your blog. Keep it up.

Striving for Accuracy

Again, this one was easy to choose. Congratulations Josh. You created a fantastic piece of artwork. I'm sure your buddy in Room 12 can't wait for you to help them create theirs.

King of the Den

Monday, November 5, 2012

Our New Habit

Today we started our new, Finding Humour. We talked about how its good to have a laugh but we need to know when its appropriate and when its not. To help us find humour we researched some jokes. Here are a few the boys came up with.


Teacher: Billy stop making ugly faces at other students!
Billy: But why ma’am!
Teacher: Because when I was a child, my parents told me that if I kept making ugly faces my face would stay like that!
Billy: Well, I can see you didn’t listen then!

What do you call cheese that’s not yours?
Nacho cheese!

What do you get when you cross a sheep and a kangaroo?
A woolly jumper

Blogging King

Congratulations Isaiah. You always ensure your blog is updated and looks great. Keep up the great blogging.

King of the Den


Last week we started swimming. It was heaps of fun.

Risky Characters

The Habit of Mind we have been focusing on is Taking Responsible Risk. This week we discussed books which have risky characters. Everyone then chose their favourite book at identified the risky character. Here is Jakes one.

For our habits of mind we have been doing responsible risks. So for our habits of mind we got a picture of someone who takes responsible or irresponsible risks from a book because without a risk taker it wouldn't be a fun or interesting book. For my character I did Trap from the book Geronimo Stilton. I think that he is an irresponsible risk taker because he always does jokes on Geronimo that could be very frightening or could even injure him very badly. Trap does jokes like putting a whole bottle of chilly sauce in Geronimo's burger.

Trap, a very bad joker.


Yesterday we walked down to the Springvale Stadium for Badminton lessons. We are going every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks. Yesterday we reminded ourselves of some of the basic, how to hold a racket and that we only need to tap the shuttle. At the end we got to put up the nets and have a game. It was lots of fun.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bike Safety

On Monday and Tuesday Constable Val came in and talked to the class about bike safety. On the first day we discussed how our bikes and helmets need to meet the legal requirements for them to be safe. On the second day we completed an obstacle. We learnt how to indicate and turn corners correctly and what to do at a stop sign. Constable Val is coming back next week to do more with us. I wonder what it will be.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blogging King

This term, each week, I will be looking for a Blogging King. Someone who has ensured their blog is updated with relevant information and ensure their blog looks good. Our blog of the week this week is Casey.

Striving for Accuracy

Lots of people have been striving for accuracy so I found it really challenging to choose one. In the end the winner was TePaerangi for his shape picture, well done!

King of the Den

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Our New HOM

Today we started focusing on our new HOM, Taking Responsible Risks. We talked about what that means to us. What risk have you always wanted to take?


This term for maths we are learning about Geometry. We started off by going over what 2D shapes we know and learning a few more we weren't aware of like a trapezium and a parallelogram. The boys used there knowledge to create a shape picture.


Holiday Art

On the first day back the boys created a piece of art, using sharpie and dye, to show what they did in the holidays. They look great!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone. We have now fully updated our blog with all the lost posts and will be back in action for the rest of the term.

We have an extremely busy term. Lots will be happening so watch this space to see what we get up to.

Food For Thought

A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from Nova who is a food nutritionist. She came to talk to us about eating healthy foods. When she first came into our class she drew up a food pyramid  and then we had to figure out what foods we thought went in which part of the pyramid. Then the next time she came we each got a packet either rice snaps, coco snaps and wheat biscuits and we had to read out how much fat, sugar, energy, sodium and also how much dietary fibre the each had in them. We also went down to New World and were given an activity sheet to fill in. We had to choose a treat food or a every day food. It was fantastic.

Ms O'Connor's Milk Experiment

A few weeks ago Ms O'Connor come to our class to do a milk experiment with the class. We were in 4 groups and we had a bowl each. We filled the milk up to half way. There was four food colourings, we were only allowed three different colours. After that we put 1 food coloring in at a time. When we had put the last food coloring in we put the dish washing liquid onto one of the food colourings. It made little bubbles and swirled around. It was fun as.

Closing Ceremony

On Monday it was the Carlton School Olympics Closing Ceremony, that's when they hand out the medals to the people that got a gold, and for the people with second and third place you got a ribbon and a certificate. I got a gold in sprints because I am super fast and in vortex, I picked up a second place, it was just too hard to beat Cole because he has a strong arm. The gold medals were  made out of  wood and they were spray painted gold, on the front they said Carlton School Olympic Champion.
There was a special guest that came to hand out the gold medals, she was an Olympic athlete. Her name was Phillipa Baker-Hogan. She placed fourth in the wom'n;s double skulls rowing final just one place away from a bronze. That was in 1992. She also went to the Olympics in 1996 and got 6th in the womans double sculls final.
Over all I think every body did their best and I felt proud because I got a gold and silver medal.
All Room 15 did pretty well. Check out the winners.
By Keylen

Philippa Baker-Hogan

A few weeks ago we searched some information about Philippa Baker-Hogan because she was going to present the gold medals at the Carlton School Olympics, here are some of the facts we found out. She had a walkway named after her in Wanganui, she is now a member of the Wanganui District Council, she has won 47 rowing world titles and was the first female rower in NZ to get a world title, she used to be a rower in the Olympics and just missed a bronze coming 4th. She has won quite a few medals in women's lightweight singles and women's double sculls.

Olympics Heats And Finals

Last term on Monday it was the start of the Carlton School Olympics. There was 12 sports that we had to go around and try in our houses. We had to find the person that was the best at each one of those sports and they would go through to the final. On Monday we did 2 events. Then on Tuesday we had to do 5 events. But on Wednesday it was to wet to carry on so on Thursday we had to do another 5 events. It was very hard on Thursday because I got a pulled hamstring which was so sore that I had to go home. Then finally on Friday it was the finals. You could only go into the finals for three events. I won at soccer dribbling, hockey dribbling and I came second for long distance. It was an awesome week but a sore one at times but I think that it was worth it.
By Jake

Supermarket Visit

A few weeks ago we went to the supermarket with Nova for label reading. First we walked to New World and met Nova there. Secondly Nova talked to us and told us what we were to do and gave us a sheet. We found out what was healthy and what wasn't healthy. We read the labels on the back and found out important information about which food is healthy. After that we learnt about the different colour fruit groups. When we were done Nova said well done then we walked out to the bus and went back to school.   

Palmerston Trip

Last term Room's 3, 4, 5, 6 and 15 went to Palmerston. When we were there we went to the Regent Theatre to watch a show called Magnolia Street. The show was about a lady who meets a boy. The old lady teaches him to not be such an idiot. After that we went to the Esplanade to have lunch and to have a run around. When lunch was up we went to the Lido Aquatic Center to have a swim and play on the hydroslide. Once we had done that we packed up and went home.

Totara House Meeting

On Tuesday Week Eight, Totara had a house meeting about our house anthem and flag at the Carlton School Olympics. People from each house could put in a suggestion for an anthem and a flag. Totara's anthem was Queen "We are the champions" and our flag said Totara in the middle and had a koru at the top saying in the middle we are the champions. All of Totara had to learn the song of by heart and say that they will try their best.

By Isaiah