Year: 2023

My Swimming Lesson Experiences

On Tuesday, the 1st of August, I was ready for school very early and for our first swimming lesson for the year. The things I packed were swimming shorts and a shirt and a towel. One of the things I was wondering was if it was going to be a notch harder than last year. After driving to school I wondered who was going to go first. The boys or the girls? I asked one of my friends, Marii and she said the boys and I did not expect that.

After changing I was ready to go to the bus which was taking us to the swimming lessons at “CLM The Bays.” Mrs Yumul told me that I should eat first for some reason but I didn’t really know why? After eating I went to Room 7 because Room 6 boys were going with the boys from Room 7 and 8.

In room 7 we played fun things like 20 questions, sadly I never got the chance to get the marker. After we played, we had to go to the bus to go to CLM The Bays. After the drive when we were there I didn’t bring goggles because my lenses had fallen out so I had to borrow one from the box. I went to the beginners because I thought that it was hard but it was really easy. The next day I went to ‘intermediate level’ because that was the next level up.

When I went to Intermediate, it was actually easy because I have swum for more than 2 years. After a week or two I went to advanced because my friends said it is easy and they forced me to do it. When I was in the advanced class it was actually pretty easy. Then when I was in week two on Thursday, we did a test. I was one of the first ones to do the test but I passed. Then the people older than me did the test after me. Some failed because they thought that it was funny but it is pretty serious. I would like to share my  story but I would like to end it because I want to end this story now. Bye!





Matariki is a holiday only in New Zealand. It starts around the beginning of the Winter months. This year it was celebrated on the 14th of July. This year I learned about the legend of Tawhirimatea and how Matariki means ”the eyes of the god.”

  I also learned that Matariki is a cluster which is called Pleiades and how Aotearoa has always used the Gregorian calendar, which was from Pope Gregory, and now is used in most countries which celebrate Easter and Christmas.  Maori New Year is in July because this is when they get ready for the summer months ahead.

I was also making a calendar on the Filipino holidays. One of the activities I enjoyed is making a Matariki star by weaving it with wool; I would hope to make it again.

How To Make A Good Email

Today we were learning to make a good quality email. The thing to make a good quality blog is to make a specific subject, use a greeting, keep to the subject, be positive and helpful and you have to proofread your typing and sign off. I have learned that if you want to tell something sensitive or personal to someone I have to tell it to someone trusting and I have to tell them in person.




Characterisation of Storm Boy

I am a juvenile person who has finished one hundred books even though I’ve never been to school. I have learned most of my knowledge from an elderly man who is a friend of mine and my father’s, Hideaway Tom. This elderly man is Fingerbone Bill. I love nature, I do everything in a carefree way.The world is my bedroom.

What does your digital footprint say about you?

Today we were learning how  to make an informed guess by reading what others share publicly online. People can see this information so we must remember to make this information with integrity.

To share information with integrity, we have to be kind, positive and helpful.

Share the content that will make you and your whanau and friends proud.

Make sure to remember to share with Tika, Pono and Aroha.

Our Ki O Rahi Tournament

Yesterday we were having a Ki o rahi tournament. It was happening after morning tea and I was so pumped up! When I looked on the list,

we were in teams of our houses, Rimu, Rata, Totara and Kauri. I was playing for Rimu. When  we were watching the house teams play, it was Kauri versing Totara. There are two teams in Ki o rahi, Kioma and Taniwha. The Kioma team has to run and touch a Pou or two and try and score a try. It was also our first time to do a Kio rahi tournament. For the Taniwha team, you have to chase and rip the two tags of a Kioma person. The only way to score a point is to throw the ball / ki at the Tupu / rock.

It also counts when the Kioma guardians touch the tupu. The referee was coach Trey, I was benched for the first round watching. I was thinking which team would win and  which team I would cheer for. When it was the first round, Kauri won, now it was time for me to play. I used all of the tips and tricks I know to play the 1st  game. When it started, I was on the Taniwha team. The other team was on Kioma so they started first. There were 2 room 8’s in the enemy team and in my team there was 1 year 8 person so it was clearly rigged and a little unfair. One of the things that I notice is that my sister was not there.

The  strategy I saw the enemy team use was that the person kicks the ball to the guardian. Then the guardian passes it to the person who kicks the ball or if they are blocked they pass it to another person. This strategy is really good because sometimes you can’t predict what’s going to happen. When I tried to block, I did not know who the guardian was going to pass to. This made the game really easy because their team is stacked with good people and ours was only a little.

Later at the end of my match, we lost but we tried our best. The following score they got was 17 points and I got 15 points. After all of those matches it was lunchtime now. I was crying after my 1st match because the game was too unfair and I didn’t want anyone to notice me crying so I went to the toilet and washed my face, trying to make myself calm down. I was really lucky because I had self control and I felt so much rage that I almost made myself think that I will punch them for revenge.

Meanwhile at lunchtime I had calmed down and ate my lunch. After I ate my lunch I practiced to block the key from hitting the tupu and hitting the key at the tupu. I also practised how to step or dodge people from ripping my tags. I also had a 2nd match which made me happy. After lunchtime I was talking to my friends and watching the matches, (my match was the last match.) When it was my last match, one of the teachers, told me to put my tags on the hips, that way when I spin no one can rip my tags off.

I was Taniwha again, this time I knew what strategy Totara was doing. I went and blocked off the room 8s in their team. They went and touched 1 – 2 pous, we tried to rip their tags off but they touched the ground. It didn’t matter until my team and I got the ki. We tried hitting the tupu but they blocked it. When I got the ball I threw it under and for some reason it hit and I got a lucky shot. When it was my team and it turned out to be Kioma, we got so many points, I was also playing for Kauri. After that match  we won and I finally got revenge. When it was the points for the house teams, Rimu and Rata were 3rd which made me feel useless.

When  Totara was 2nd I was so happy because I wished for them to not be 1st, and the 1st one was Kauri. I was so happy because I was happy for them. I was thinking, maybe it was luck I gave them because I gave luck to my friend in Kauri. It was the end of the day and I needed to chill out there but there were too many problems we had to do in class. But I hope you liked this long story!