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The Task: To give my opinion; state my ideas and beliefs about something.
I strongly disagree with dad that I’m not responsible enough to have a guinea pig as a pet.
My dad thinks that I can’t look after a guinea pig, because he thinks that I don’t know what to do with it.
I believe that I do, because I studied guinea pigs and I found out not to feed it too much lettuce or it will have diarrhea.
Mum, dad and I discussed it and they said that if I make sure that the cat and dogs don’t eat it, if I cleaned out the cage whenever it got dirty, and feed it twice a day they would say yes.
This Saturday I am going to Japan. I am excited because I am going to see my cousins. Mum and Akito and me and my sister are going first because dad is going with his friends. Dad is driving the van. It has lots of seats. There are eleven seats in the van. I like planes because you can see through the window. My brother is scared of planes because they start moving up. I just say ‘relax’. It is fun on the plane because they take us everywhere. My brother likes cars, not planes.
My Holiday Favourite – Mountain Biking.
‘Happy Birthday Mum,’ I said jumping on her bed. We were in Hanmer on a hot, sunny Friday when Mum told us we had to go for a bike ride. I was a bit annoyed because I felt like sleeping in. I had no choice but to go and have heaps of fun. Once we got to the St James Walkway I asked Mum where we were. She told me ‘We’re at the Saint James Cycle Way.’ I got on my bike as soon as it came out of the truck and began to bike around excitedly. It was to involve the whole family.
We started biking through huge puddles of water and patches of thick mud and shortly I realised that I was actually enjoying myself! We kept on climbing up the hill and finally reached a point where we could sit and eat lunch. I looked out to all the views. It was AMAZING! I felt spoilt because not many people get to do what I did. When I got back I ditched my bike and sat quietly in the truck until we got all the way back to the unit we were staying at. I was so exhausted, and flopped onto the couch for a rest. Mountain biking was my favourite activity in the holidays because I rarely get to go biking with the whole family. I loved it. I hope we get to go more often and get even muddier!
By Billie Rm 1
‘Tutanekai’s Day Out’
On Friday Rm 1 went on a boat trip. The boat was called Tutanekai.
The morning: I got up at 7.30am. I already packed my lunch that night. I got dressed etc and went to Sam’s to get a ride to school. I arrived at school and handed in my consent form. Then the class got rides in groups and went in cars to the Waikawa Bay wharf. We first saw the boat and then we saw Mr and Mrs Beech. They told us to hand the bags in one by one. Eventually everyone was on so we put orange life jackets on and headed out. I got to sit up the front first with Georgia and some boys. We headed out to Betty Rowe’s house. On the way we saw some Hector’s dolphins. It was awesome. Half an hour later we were at Betty’s place. She greeted us with a big smile and said, ‘Hello.’ Soon after that the cameramen came to film us for TV3. They filmed us taking life jackets off and getting off the boat. It was a cool experience. Betty told us her goats aren’t normal goats. They are Spanish. They are like a goat and a sheep put together. Betty mentioned how ‘Miracle’ a goat got its name. ‘Miracle’ got stung on the back of her neck when she was little. She started looking worse and worse. Betty thought she wouldn’t make it but she was still alive the next day. Betty knew that she was a miracle. She bought out some photos and told us Captain Cook left the Spanish goats on the island. The island she lives on is called Arapawa Island. At the end Betty gave us a book to have at our school. We were very thankful. Soon it was time to get our bags and have lunch. Later we had a paddle. Miss Boudier said we could get changed on the beach and go swimming. That was cool. Soon we left Betty’s place and went to Blumine Island. We walked up the track and looked at some buildings. The army had built some buildings. We had to look back on the boat and went back to Waikawa Bay wharf. Mum and Crystal picked me up.
By Amber Room 1
Imaginary Writing by Room 7 children:
Hurray it’s the holidays. We are getting our scooters.
My dad yelled out to me and AJ. We zoomed back to him. There was a wild octopus. My dad was surprised, he had a smile on his face. He had not had a smile on his face for hours.
Once upon a time there was a little classroom by the sea. Instead of having a swimming pool they used the sea as a pool. When the day came of school swimming all the children raced out into the breakers. Suddenly a fin cut the water. It was a dolphin. Then all the children raced over to the dolphin. One child even grabbed the dophin’s fin, but that was a bad idea because the dophin was going out to sea and there was a big drop one metre out to sea! Suddenly the dolphin dived and the boy was pulled under water! The boy’s friend jumped into the water and started swimming, but his teacher pulled him back to shore before he reached the drop.
‘Seeing the Seal Selebreties’
Yawn! It was a very sleepy time as we were driving into Kaikoura for Mother’s Day. We suddenly stopped! We were at the beach just below the Orehau Walk, famous for its seal pups! We walked down to the beach, across the fresh water stream and started wunning (half walking, half running) toward the rock which had two adult seals sun bathing. What we didn’t notice was the seal sentry standing or guarding the two others. BARK went the sentry and boy we high-tailed it out of there and back to the car. We were going to get the camera but disaster…the batteries were flat. Phew! Crisis averted, dad’s phone was fully functional. We started walking up to the end of the Orehau Point Walk we saw tiny seal pups. They were about 40cm long. The next group we saw were about 80cm long. We saw two males fighting and a female pointing its nose up to the heavens in a lazy sort of way. As we were coming back I spotted a seal pup down in the bushes. We climbed down the rough scree slopes and started saying hello to the baby seal. Sophie called him ‘Curious George’ after the movie. We came back up to the track and what do you know……he followed us. ‘Flap, flap’, he hesitated, and then kept following us again. He stopped this time and put up his flipper. Sophie shook hands with it and dad took a photo then shook hands with it and made a feeble little bark. We kept walking but he went back to his little spot to sunbathe. After that we left. It was a GREAT day.
Oli Rm 1
Picton Primary School
5 Buller Street
Picton School 28/10/08
I loved reading your letter, and I was excited too, and I’ve never had a penpal before – I like it!
Now I’ll tell you about WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Wrestling is a sport where people come from all over the world to compete for WWE titles. The names for the titles are, WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, United States X Champion, World Tag Team Champions, and finally Cruiserweight (light weight) Champion. Each week it’s in a different place.
Now I will answer your questions….
1. A Blue Cod is a middle sized fish and they are blue and silver and very tasty. White bait are so tiny you can hardly see them sometimes – they are yummy in patties. You need 20-30 to make one patty.
2. Yes we do train in rain, sun, wind and hail. This season was the wettest in 10 years!!
3. No, I do not have any dislikes.
4. Greymouth is about 41/2 hours away from Picton. It’s on the West Coast.
5. Picton is in Marlborough. Marlborough is famous for wine.
6. No we do not have a school uniform. I’m glad about that. The college where I go next year has a uniform.
7. Rugby Union has different teams like the New Zealand All Blacks, The Australian Wallabies and the South African Springboks. The rules are a bit different too.
8. No I have not broken a bone, but I have got grazes and bruises chasing aound in fitness. I run fast and sometimes hurt my ankle.
9. Yes I do know some info. Captain Cook, I will write about him later on in my letter.
10. I have been to Christchurch in the holidays, to see my Dad, and we went swimming and heaps more.
Now I have some questions for you:
1. Can you blink?
2. Were you born with no eye lid muscles?
3. Do you like Tech Decks? (I will send you a gift). We like them here.
4. Do you play sport?
5. Do you have any pets?
This is about Captain Cook: He was the first Englishman to discover New Zealand but it was actually spotted by one of his crewmen called Nick. Captain Cook stayed at Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds, because there was shelter and fresh water. He arrived in NZ on October 6th, 1769. Captain Cook has a memorial at Ship Cove. It is big and white and looks like an anchor. Captain Cook’s ship, ‘The Endeavour’, is on our .50c coin. We’ve got a park in Picton named after the ship.
Holidays, by Beth R7 Wow! It’s the holidays. Now I can sleep in and I don’t have to go to bed early! My sister and I watched ‘Shrek Forever After’ at the movies. We sat in the front seat. Shrek and Fiona were funny. Also Mum, Dad, Pem, Libby and I went to Kaikoura. We went on a track and saw lots of seals. At the end of the track was a big, big, big waterfall, a ball and lots and lots of seals! Dad and I climbed over the rocks and got to the ball and threw it to the seals. The seals bought the ball back. There were little and big seals and I nearly fell in to the water with them! I didn’t pat the seals because they might bite but I got to go really close to one of them. Most of the seals were in the water playing with the ball. When I got back from the seals we went down the hill by the fence and there were more seals! We stopped at the beach and we had a pie. When I finished my pie I went to play on the beach and Libby and Pem came with me. Libby threw seaweed at me and I threw seaweed back at her. She nearly got me with a yellow sponge but I ran and she missed me.
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