Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Waste Performance

Save Yummy Land, Make a Plan. 

On Monday Matt and Andy came along to show us the importance of wasting and recycling. They told a story of a land called Yummy Land. 
In Yummy Land there was a worm. His name was Worm. He was very hungry and was looking for food scraps that had been thrown away for worm to eat. But no food was put away for him. Instead the food was put into rubbish bins and the piles of rubbish bags had overgrown. 
Therefore Yummy Land was turned to Stinky Bag City. In the end Worm was saved by a human, Simon. He gave all his leftovers to Worm to eat, his rubbish piles shrunk and Yummy Land was saved.
By Damien

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Interschool Soccer Competition

Football Tournament

Balls flying everywhere, supporters cheering here and there,  coaches shouting what to do, even though we scored a few.

After all the football games we played we felt weak. Then it was finally time for the manager to announce the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth placings. We were anxious for the host to report back where Ruapotaka School came.   Suddenly we found out that we came second. We were so amazed. Our team were all up and cheering. We were acknowledged for our second placing by being given posters and certificates.

We all had fun, even before it begun and now we are all proud, we started to shout out loud!!
By Elizabeth, Sini, and Damien

Friday, 8 May 2015

Tamaki College Orientation Day

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WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU FIND A PLACE THAT'S AWESOME?                                          
When we arrived at Tamaki College, excitement was on our faces. When we arrived in the hall we received our name tags. Not long after that we heard, “Welcome to Tamaki College!” We turned to the front and a lady introduced herself. “I am Kathryn Moore, one of the Deputy Principals.”
Afterwards she told us to look at our coded name tags to see what groups we were in.

Later on we were all looking forward to all the sorts of subjects there: English, Art, Food tech, Social Studies, Science, Maths, Music and P.E.

For interval, Tamaki College students prepared us with tasty snacks like juice, and yogurt. For lunch we had one sandwich, an apple, a bottle of water and other yummy snacks.

After we ate our lunches we had time to talk about what we did and also take photos on our netbooks. Later on after our conversations we had to listen to Kathryn because she wanted to tell the leaders at the end of the day to present a student in their group with either a Chrome Book Bag or a Wireless Printer.

Our school was really lucky because two year eight students received a printer and two students received a bag. Our school was really happy that some of our students received prizes. At the end two students from Pt England each presented a speech thanking the Tamaki College teachers and students for having us there.

By Estah, Ofa, Mika, Kolotina, Chance, Don and Damien

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Museum Visit


Seeing all the men and women that helped, fought and fell in the wars to save their country was sad and horrifying to digest.

Firstly the bus arrived at school and we set off onto the bus with our groups and the teachers we were assigned to. On the bus everyone was excited and it was a fast journey to the museum. Finally the bus came to a stop and we all made our way inside the museum.

Later we all split and went in different directions. Inside the museum there were many historical items like swords, guns and many World War One and World War Two  weapons.
There was a lot of helpful and interesting information that made us imagine how the soldiers lived, fought and survived.

All of the objects that were put on display were all very old and presented behind glass. Each of the items was separately placed in different topics of different wars around the world.

Each group ended at different stages at the museum. At last the groups met at the bus park. Now the groups were all exhausted some were chatting away on what they gazed upon in the museum. The students in the bus were saying, “We saw badges that were unable to be touched.”
Others said, “This was the first time I saw trenches like that in real life.”
Or even, “The water in front of the museum was cool to touch.”

Some students were asleep and some still  were babbling about the trip.

By Miria, Sini, Florida, Fotu, and Pita

Monday, 4 May 2015


Anzac Service at Ruapotaka

30 crosses laying in lines on the grassy field on a sunny Friday afternoon.

One by one Mr Reid inserted the 30 crosses in the grass that were given to our school by the RSA to commemorate those who fought for our freedom.  It was not only for those who fought in  World  War One but also in many other wars and those who have lost their lives.

All classes in our school were waiting patiently for their class number to be announced by Mrs Vickers on the speaker to make our way outside. Finally all the classes were instructed to make our way to the Anzac Assembly which was on the steep bank right outside our classroom, Room 12.

Right after everyone was seated on the grass our Principal Mrs Vickers informed us why we were there and why we had a special assembly. She said, “We are here to commemorate soldiers who fought for our country and it is the 100th Anniversary which is very important”.

Next to speak was the Senior Syndicate. The eldest year eights (us) had to read the introductory ‘Fields of Remembrance’. This was read by Miria. The following speaker was Sini who read out with pride a well known Anzac poem called ‘Flanders Fields’. Sini’s younger brother in Room 10, who was a year 5 student (nine years old) also read out a poem which he wrote all by himself.  
Later on was it was the Junior School’s turn. They had one student (Jessica) from Room Six who read out a poem. With expression she read, “Anzac poppy small and sweet, crushed beneath the soldiers feet, fragile petals red as blood, spilled upon the treacherous mud”.

Last of all was the Bugle Call. Before the bugle call could start there had to be silence and we had to all stand up, be still and pay our respects. Once the Bugle call finished everyone sat down. We waited for our teachers to instruct us to go back to our classes. At the end Mrs Vickers thanked us for being there and having respect for Anzac.

As each year passes no matter how long ago it happened New Zealand, Australia and Turkey will never forget Anzac day as well as what it stands for: Australia, New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)

By: Elizabeth, Cypress, Mikayla, Simon, and Raniera.