Friday, 20 October 2017

Seasons Writing

This week we have been working on personification. here is Madison's spring poem.

The last flake of her winter
Good bye snow, now let my flowers grow.
Birds and bees and leaves on trees.
My birds are back, grass is out.
Buzy bees are in the trees.
Wake up beautiful brown bear, the leaves
Are green, the snow has melted, and now my
Birds can sing returning from the south

It's my turn now, can you allow me to take over.
I will warm you up, so you won't need that cup.
No hot chocolate for you, let me give you a clue.
Im dressed in colors, with a flower on the side.
So cheer up little one, all the mud is dried.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Christchurch Stadium

Am I ‘for’ or ‘against’ building Christchurch's Stadium?
By Summer Hannah

I am ‘against’ building a new stadium in Christchurch because if they spend all that money on a stadium people who have run-down houses from the big earthquake will be homeless.  Plus, if they have heaps of money to fix the stadium then why not buy more houses or spend money where it would be truly needed like public libraries, schools, medical centres, hospitals?

Firstly, the homeless living in Christchurch are still sleeping in cars. At the moment the Christchurch City Council only have $253 million for the Stadium project. Christchurch City Council could fix up houses or even maybe build more brand new houses.  This will help the homeless to move out of sleeping and living in cars and into actual houses.    

Secondly, some people who have houses are still waiting for renovations to be done.  When it is winter time, people have cold homes due to poor conditions.  This can impact on them having sick kids or even just kids feeling cold every single night.

Thirdly, just imagine yourself living in a car. You still have to pay bills and go to work. There's a problem with comfort and interior decor, that problem can be solved with a HOUSE. People - come on! - no one cares about the stadium.  There are people are out there, on the side of the road, living in cars. They even have to drive to the laundromat every day to do their washing (i.e. pillows, tops etc.).  

Why not spend all your money on helping people not get cold or sick? The homeless of Christchurch can actually be warm and cozy and have a house.   They can have family fun and most of all, be healthy and have a good night's sleep.  So if you are a good person, you would do the right thing and help the poor.

My opinion on the Christchurch Stadium argument.
By Noah Clewlow

The AMI stadium at Addington was only designed to be used until this year.In Christchurch, there are still 1000’s homeless from the earthquake which devastated the city in 2011. I can't believe that the Christchurch City Council are actually considering building a $253 million dollar stadium when there is still 1000’s homeless in their city. It’s just ridiculous! As I said, this stadium would cost $253 million dollars to build, and yet they already have a stadium for rugby. This stadium has a very high cost and people are looking at the value and saying that the value of the stadium would outweigh the cost, I think otherwise. The cost of this stadium is so monstrous in terms of Christchurch's situation, the fact that the council is even considering building something so expensive seems stupid.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Animals in zoos

Information Report Example 1:

Families from all over the world come to see different animals at the zoo. They enjoy going to the zoo and look at the meerkats, seals and elephants. The first animal I will be talking about is meerkats.

Meerkats are little creatures that normally build their burrows underground.  They stand on their hind legs to look out for danger.  They are brown and their fur is short.  Seals also have very short fur, they will be discussed next.

Seals live in water.  They are extremely good at swimming.  They have very short ears.  They hardly have fur on their skin.  Some people train seals to do tricks.  Both seals and elephants have grey skin.

Elephants are big animals.  They have humungous ears and a long trunk. They use their trunk to spray water over them.  They have 3 toenails on each foot.

I think the zoo is a great place to see lots of animals, and to have time with your family.  You can spend hours watching animals and have lots of fun.

Written by: Joanna Armstrong.

Information Report Example 2:

Lots of families go to the zoo. It is a great place to have a good time looking at animals that come from all over the world. They look at the giraffes, tigers and meerkats. One of the animals I will talk about is the giraffes.

Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. They can grow up to 5.5 metres tall. Their long necks helps them reach the green leaves at the top of the trees. They live in places like Africa and desert- like places. Tigers also lives in similar places.
Image result for sad tiger in zoos
Tigers have orange and black stripes and they are the largest cat species in the world. They mainly eat meat and like to play around just like meerkats.

Meerkats are small brown animals. They like to live in small underground holes and are mammals. The meerkats come from the mongoose family and like to play around in the sun. Often they stand on their back legs to look out for danger.

Going to the zoo is a great place to spend a nice summer's day. You can feed some animals and get close up. The zoo is a great and fun place to spend your holidays.

Written by: Amber Wotherspoon

Friday, 7 July 2017

More Family Recipes

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

By Sarah Niven

Peppermint Hot Chocolate is one of my favourite treats during the holidays.  Made with real semi-sweet chocolate chips and a dash of peppermint, this makes the perfect treat for Christmas morning.  Mum usually makes a go-to-batch on the night we drive to look at Christmas lights.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Serves 4)

2 cups of milk
2 cups of heavy cream
1 to 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
Whipped cream
Crushed candy cane

  1. Measure chocolate chips into a large heatproof bowl.
  2.   Heat milk and cream over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
  3.   Stir occasionally while heating.
  4.   Once hot, pour mixture into bowl over chocolate chip.
  5.   Add vanilla and peppermint extract.
  6.   Whisk until chocolate chips are completely melted.
  7.   Serve with whipped cream and crushed candy cane sprinkled on top.
Recipe Note:  For richest chocolate flavor use 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips. I prefer the recipe made with just one cup of chocolate chips.


It was Christmas day, my favourite time of the year.  I woke up early and looked outside not the Christmas day I was hoping for I thought.  I was hoping that it was going to be sunny not freezing cold!  “Oh well”, I muttered as I went to get breakfast.  Suddenly I had an idea.  I got the hot chocolate container and started making a hot chocolate but I stopped in the middle of it.  I saw the bottle that had the pepper extract in it  and decided to put it away as well as the hot cocoa container.  I couldn’t hold it all and the pepper extract spilled right into mum’s cup.  It was only a drop but I grabbed it before it became more than one.  After everything was cleaned up one at a time, I put all the ingredients away then I added cream and ( I don't know why) crushed up candy canes and took it to mum. “It’s really good!” mum says and passes it on to daddy “ tastes like peppermint!” he said and asked for one.  I hopped happily to a kitchen and got everything for my peppermint hot chocolate.

Lemon Sour Cream Cake

By Bradley Vincent

Lemon is Dad’s favourite flavour and it is very east to make this cake so we make it all the time.


125g softened butter
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup of sour cream
Icing sugar

  1. Place butter, lemon rind, sugar and eggs together in food processor.
  2. Mix until thoroughly combined.  Sift flour and baking powder and add to first mixture and sour cream.
  3. Blend until well combined.
  4. Pour into a lined 20cm round cake tin.
  5. Back at 160 degrees for 45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  6. Leave in tin for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  7. When cold dust with icing sugar

Bacon and Cheese Quiche

By Harlan Roudon


1 cup of milk
1 Refrigerated pie crust, softened
4 eggs beaten
¼ teaspoon of sugar
¼ teaspoon of pepper
8 slices of bac
¼ Shredded cheese
Chopped onion


  1. Heat oven to 350*F. Place pie crust in 9-inch plate as directed on box for One-Crust filled pie.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix half and half, egg, sugar and pepper; set aside. Layer bacon, Cheeses and onion in crust-lined plate. Pour egg mixture over top.
  3. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or when you put a knife through the centre in comes out clean. Let it cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Cut into wedges


My Nana and Mum could not find the recipe so this is a brief recipe. She used to bake it for my Mum and Uncles/Aunties.  My Mum now bakes it for my brother and I. My Nana used to love baking quiche and when she came home late or something she could just bake quiche. We mostly have this dish on a cold winter day to keep our family warm.  It will be held down by generations and generations.


By Aaron Daysh

500 g Lean Lamb or Beef mince
420 g can Wattie's Chili Beans Mild
400 g can Wattie's Mexican Style Tomatoes
Nacho Cheese Corn Chips
1 handful Grated Cheese
½ cup Lite Sour Cream (optional)
1 Tbsp Chopped Chives or Spring Onions (optional)

  1. In a non-stick pan, heat a dash of oil and brown mince in batches.
  2. Return mince to the pan, add Wattie’s Chili Beans Mild and Wattie’s Mexican Style Tomatoes to the mince. 
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Place corn chips into individual bowls, spoon over nacho mince. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Place under a hot grill to melt.
  5. Top with sour cream and chopped chives if you wish. Serve with a salsa or fresh green salad.

When I was younger, on a cold day in winter it was so yummy to come home and have nachos for dinner.  I recommend you try this recipe as it is a good one!

Sustainability with Clothing

By Bailey Ogle

My film for being ‘Sustainable for Tomorrow” was focused on recycling old school uniforms.  I was interested in choosing this topic as I understood that the world is running out of space for landfill and one of the biggest issues is how often people throw away useful items that can be recycled or reused.

I wanted to ‘make a BIG difference’ in my own school, therefore I looked at what could be done with our ‘old’ Stanley Avenue School sports uniforms.  One idea that was very good, was giving our old sport uniforms away to be used by anyone who would appreciate them.  At Stanley Avenue School we have been ‘lucky’ to receive up-dated sport uniforms.  Rather than just putting them away in storage, our school had a very good idea on how they could be useful etc.  

The photos that are shown, have come from a school in Fiji.  You will see that our Stanley Avenue School old sports uniforms have been sent from our school to theirs and the Fijian students have been very happy to receive and be ‘wearing’ these sport uniforms.

After doing my film, I have come to realise that we are ‘very fortunate’ to live in a wealthy country like New Zealand.  We have plenty of food, clean water and a roof over our heads.  It has made me more grateful for my Mum than I could ever be, as she is able to provide myself and my siblings with money and food etc.  I have learnt that being ‘more sustainable’ can change the world, just by making a donation or caring more about our environment.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Term 2: Weeks 4 - 8


Over the past few weeks Room 1 has been looking at 'Sustainability for the Future'. Here are some of our students and what they think about Sustainability.

What is Sustainability?

By Madison Given

Sustainability has helped me understand the consequences that we will have to face if we don't take care of our environment, respect all our items and most importantly our safe, healthy water.

Sustainability has also made me think of the earth in a different way, for example, our earth can lead to danger just by littering and not caring for things. 

Sustainability is a huge part of all of our lives.  If we don't grow our own crops and vegetables than we could go very low on clean and healthy products.  I am always making sure I am being sustainable, but not just myself but everyone around me. 

In my animation film for ‘Sustainability for Tomorrow', I covered the following questions:
How to be more sustainable as a child? How to recycle? How to live sustainably?
I think it is going to teach kids and adults to be more aware about this situation.

The three camera shots\angles I used were: 
Long shot, mid shot and level angle.  I also used a low angle a few times in my video/slide show.

My Understanding Of Sustainability Is...

By Caleb Stockley

It is about the environment and caring about things because if you don't, you can cause things like global warming and there are much more other things that are not being sustainable like gas, smoke, factories.  A lot of these things are not sustainable and there's many more things that are not sustainable as well.  

There are different types of pollution like: air pollution, water pollution, gas pollution.  These types of pollutions affect the environment badly, but there are things we can do to stop it. People have already invented electric cars and they don’t run on fuel, which means that it won't cause air pollution.  This is one good way of being sustainable.

For water pollution, we need to stop littering in the ocean.  Then there won’t be rubbish floating in the ocean and that could help stop the water pollution.  I understand that there are  a lot of things we can do to stop polluting but no matter how hard people try to stop other people littering they don’t seem to listen and keep on doing it.  Every day, it just seems to gets worse and worse.  A lot of factories are also making a lot of smoke and this air pollution makes a lot of  people feel very unwell.

Water pollution is killing a lot of fish and I understand that some things that get chucked in the water can take up to 200 years to disintegrate which is really bad.  Land pollution is another grave concern, as all the landfills have become really bad for the environment.  With all the sewage, the sewers are normally tipped into the ocean which is also causing water pollution.  This is my understanding of sustainability and how we need to be more sustainable particularly with our environment.

The Definition of Sustainability Is ...

By Chloe Keene

Sustainability is the ability to maintain a level to keep forests and wildlife living for a long time or even forever!  

Sustainability means putting things in the rubbish.  No littering, recycling, walking or biking to school or work and trying to maintain from polluting your city.  For example Zabol, Iran is so polluted that children play in clouds of dust that can damage their lungs in around an hour and may lead to death.  Another fact is, that the dirtiest city is Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The airport itself was voted most dirtiest in the world. It also had unhelpful staff, broken air conditioning vents, lack of seating compared to anywhere else. The people living at Port Harcourt are also considered to be at serious health risk because the waste disposal is contaminating Nigeria’s rivers.  

In New Zealand, we are lucky that we have fresh green grass that is sweet. We also have good skies and don’t have much pollution like China or Zabol in Iran.  That is why we should look after our country and not pollute or trash our community. It also helps to keep clean because it will help with any body odour that lurks around.

What Sustainability Means To Me….

Written by Jasmine Vong 

Sustainability means using resources without the resources running out.  People need a better environment, this means green spaces, play areas, no litter, nice gardens, decent homes, less noise and less pollution.  People also need a better economy.  This means jobs, reasonable prices, cheaper heat and light.  Lastly, people need better social conditions.  This means good leisure facilities, lots of community groups offering sports and arts.  The global textile industry uses over 99 billion gallons of water each year and 145.5 million tonnes of coal.  The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world, the first being oil.

By Upokoina George.

To me, sustainability means to try keep and respect the environment.
It's about not littering and keeping our nature clean so we don't kill our native environment.
In our film:
We did a film about ‘not littering and trying to care for our land.  We had 3 actors and 1 cameraman.
We should not be littering so we don't kill animals.  A lot of animals eat litter and they can get very sick and maybe die.  The same is with humans.  At Stanley Avenue School, we all need to try and care for our school environment and this can continue across the world.
Camera angles and shots used:
                                    High angles/
                                    Low angles/
                                      Mid shot/
                                    Close shot/
Thanks for reading.

 Post by Jonathan Voss