Thursday, December 19, 2013

Last Blog of the Year 2013

This is the last blog post for Team 3 2013. And we would want to say Thank you for all of the Teachers and Students that had fun this year and thanks to Mr and Mrs Power for all the great teaching and the students hope you have a great time at your new school.
(By the way, we are moving to room 5)

By: Brittney and Shania

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Secret Santa !!!!

Room 3 is doing Secret Santa tommorrow and most people have already brought their gifts to school, and if you don't know what secret santa is, then this is what it is: Secret santa is when some one writes down the names of the people doing it and puts them into a hat or a bucket and the people that are doing secret santa line up and pull out a name and they have to buy them a present or they can give them something from home, and there is usually a price limit for the gift you're getting. Tomorrow is when our secret santa ends because some people might be finishing tomorrow.

By: Brittney and Shania

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Brittney And Shania's Favourite Memories

Brittney started Nayland Primary School in 2008 in Year 0. Shania started Nayland Primary School in 2011 in Yr 4. Brittney's favourite memorie was Year 6 Day because it was very fun and I was thinking about how I got up to this year as a year 6, the thing we did for year 6 day was we went to Nayland pool and have a sausage sizzle and a big water fight at the end of that big day and also having lots of fun with Shania. Shania's favourite moment was when she first meet Brittney because she was the nicest person. Then the variety show because it made her more confident to speak in front of a big crowd.

By: Brittney and Shania

Monday, December 16, 2013

Awards Assembly

Tomorrow is the awards assembly and the Road Patrols, Peer mediators, Librarians and House Captains get awards, and don't forget to come and see your children get their awards, and also the final assembly is on Thursday.

By: Brittney & Shania

Thursday, December 12, 2013

YEAR 6 DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday was Year 6 Day, at the start of the day we did a Powhiri at assembly, all the year 6s got a certificate that appreciates all their work around the school and how swag we are , after assembly we had morning tea. After that we went to Nayland Pool, we swam for 1 hour and a half, we had so much fun. When we got back we had sausages with bread and mustard and tomato sauce, after that we had the talent show, then after all the amazing acts we had the WATER FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was really wet, in the water fight the firemen came and 2 of them got there high powered hoses and... SPRAYED EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Sadly though that if you got too close to the hoses it was PAINFULLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) after that we had to clean up. But it was still a awesome day.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

School Ending

School is ending very soon we end on 20.12.13 at 12.30  we get about  5 weeks of holiday and we come back on the 04.02.2014. Lots of the people are going away for either Christmas or the holidays. It will be very sad for the year 6's leaving and going to new places and schools.

By: Caitlin and Anna

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yr 6 Day on Wednesday

On Wednesday we are having a yr 6 day where the yr 6's celebrate and have fun, on the end of the day we will be doing things in this order:

Yr  5/6 Mihi
Yr 6 assembly with National Anthem
Yr 6 speeches 
Principal's speeches
Year 6 certificates
Farewell Waiata: Po Atarau
Morning Tea 
Swim At Nayland Pool
Sausage Sizzle BBQ
Big DAY Out Concert/Music
Outdoor Games
Water Fight Starts at the top Field
Clean Up / Pack Up
Debrief / Reflections Of The Students.

 This is what the yr 6's get to do for fun tomorrow (on Wednesday 11/12/13)
but the year 5's have to wait until next year (sadly)

 By Anna and Caitlin

Monday, December 9, 2013

Annoucement of House Captains

Last Friday we had people from each house from the seniors to share House captain speeches!!
From Spooner were: Tate, Clay, Caitlin and Jacob.
From Heaphy were: Anna, Ilaria, Liam and Sarah.
From Brunner were: Levi, Tai, Kenya and Carlee.
From Cotterel were: Matthew, Mackenzie, Hannah and Connor.
The Teachers said it was a very hard decision because everyone's speeches were very good (as the teachers commented).We will find out who will be the house captains at the following Tuesday's  special assembly. There are two house captains and two deputies so almost everyone will at least be a deputy, it is usually a girl and a boy for captains & deputies, so not everyone 
will get a place.

By: Caitlin And Anna

Friday, December 6, 2013

DIGITAL DEVICE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today is digital device day so people brang their tablets, phones, mp3's, ipods, ipads and other various devices (Josh even brung his RC helicopter!) , We are also having a shared lunch e.g. chocolate cake stuffed with cream, M & M Chocolate cookies, and Mr. Davis is buying us FREE MEMPHIS MELTDOWN ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Nat and Quaid

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Creative Books

Today we are making some cool art out of books by cutting, pencil/colouring, crayon, paint, collage, pastel, dye, pens/felts and paper construction; pop ups, tabs, windows and folding. We are gonna have a lot of fun using Dr Seuss and other fun books.

By Nat

Black Caps 'fizzing' but still have work to do

Ross Taylor
DOUBLE CENTURY: Ross Taylor takes the applause of the crowd after his star showing.

Three days. Eighteen wickets required. A mountain of runs to play with.
It all seems elementary for New Zealand in the first test against West Indies after another day of dominance in Dunedin, highlighted by Ross Taylor's imperious 217 not out.
But there must be the obligatory note of caution. Winning test matches hasn't been so easy this past year, and a flattening pitch and the broad bat of Shivnarine Chanderpaul still must be conquered when the West Indies resume today on 67-2 in reply to New Zealand's mammoth 609-9 declared.
New Zealand's three other 600-plus totals in test cricket have all ended in draws, against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 1991, India in Mohali in 2003 and India in Napier in 2009.
This winning drought of nine tests in 2013 needs to be broken, fast, so everyone can move on. It's over a year since New Zealand's previous victory in Colombo, when Taylor was man of the match, and don't the home side know it. They showed plenty against England last summer but couldn't drive in the final nail, leaving them still languishing eighth in the world.
"Everybody is fizzing for it. We really want to win a test, win the series, everybody is working hard and we're very pumped," said fast bowler Neil Wagner, who had the West Indies top order hopping around with Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
New Zealand probably would have won at the same venue against England in March but for long rain delays. This pitch offers more for the pacemen and seemed to quicken up yesterday, as Darren Bravo (37 not out) will attest after he was clanged on the helmet by Boult, and fended off a similar offering from Wagner.
"One thing about the Windies is they like to be positive. They do come at you quite hard so they're always going to give us a chance," Wagner said.
"We just have to keep smashing the deck as hard as we can and see what we get out of it. We're in a very good position and getting two or three quick wickets in the morning will set us up."
Boult was the pick of New Zealand's 24 overs at the West Indies top order in the afternoon sun. He nicked out opener Kirk Edwards, who owed his spot to Chris Gayle's injured hamstring and Kraigg Brathwaite's visa issues.
Kieran Powell gifted his wicket to Southee with a loose swipe, then Bravo would have been snared from leg-spinner Ish Sodhi's second ball if skipper Brendon McCullum had installed a silly point. Sodhi will also come into play if the pitch offers more variable bounce.
Samuels will resume with Bravo today, with Chanderpaul to follow, still averaging more than 50 in his 151st test.
After sharing day one with McCullum (113), day two belonged to Taylor alone as he equalled his highest first-class score and raced past his previous test best of 154.
Taylor was imperious and his only blemish was on 131 when he inside edged a Shane Shillingford delivery to Powell who dropped the chance at short leg. Most of his 23 boundaries came through the off side via his trademark savage cover drives and cuts, as he batted a tick over eight hours and faced 319 balls.
         By Quaid

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Flip at speed fails to deter boatie

Raymond Hart's powerboat was travelling at speeds over 220kmh (136.7 mph) when he flipped it during a race on Lake Dunstan, Cromwell, but he emerged without a scratch.
The former South Canterbury man was competing in heat two of a national powerboat racing event on Sunday when the hydroplane he was driving, known as The Boss did a complete flip and landed upside-down.
Hart was trapped in the boat for several minutes as it filled with water. However, he said it was a good example of the safety apparatus working correctly.
"I'm not going to lie, the first 30 seconds or so underwater were pretty scary, but once I knew the breathing apparatus was functioning, everything was OK."
Hart was able to latch on to the breathing apparatus as the boat filled with water.
"This isn't going to stop me racing again. I'm getting ready for an event in Twizel [in February]."
Hart said the boat went from 80kmh(49.71 mph) to more than 220kmh(136.7 mph) "in under three seconds", but for some reason, it could not maintain the speed and got caught in the wind.
"It just went airborne. There were two other boats alongside me, they didn't get touched at all," he said.
"The damage to the boat is mostly cosmetic, we'll be able to put it back together again. It's made out of strong Kevlar material."
The safety boat with divers was quickly to his aid and helped him to safety.
Race organiser Denise Moughan said it was hard to process what happened.
"Debris was flying everywhere, it was terrifying. Ray did everything right from a safety point of view," she said.
"It all happened so quickly. The racers hadn't even reached the first corner. He was very lucky, it could have been so much worse. But he loved the speed. As soon as he emerged without a scratch, he wanted to help with the boat's recovery."
Moughan said the boat's cockpit was similar to one featured in an F-16 jet.
"That means it was really safe inside. These boats are built for speed," she said.
Hart, who said he was in his 50s, spent most of his life in Otaio, but moved to Christchurch about two years ago. He had been racing hydroplanes for about two years.
"There's nothing else like them, you will not see anything faster on the water. I'm not going to let that incident stop me from racing again.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CAR-L meets some lions

Photographer takes pride in buggy camera

Photographer's ingenuity goes viral

Last updated 05:00 03/12/2013
A former Southland man's latest photography assignment has been viewed by millions of people worldwide and taken international media by storm.
Media giants such as CNN, the Huffington Post website, television channels across Europe and newspapers in Canada have published Chris McLennan's close encounter with a pack of lions.
The former Gore High School pupil's video of the encounter has had more than 3 million hits on YouTube, with 2 million of those in the first 72 hours.
Two months ago he came up with his idea to put a camera in a four-wheel-drive buggy and using a remote control drive it towards a pack of lions in the heart of Botswana.
It was after his last trip to the African country, when he was confined to a safari vehicle, that he thought there must be another way to get up and close with the animals. And there was.
"I was just trying to think of how we could get something different."
He was on a photographic project for Nikon and Hewlett Packard when he and a friend came up with the idea and designed the four-wheel-steer and double motor buggy to hold his Nikon camera.
The main thing was to keep the camera out of the dust and lion-proof, he said.
They then set the device loose, steering it straight towards the pack made up of seven females and one male.
The lions' response was incredible, he said.
As the buggy made its way towards them, the pack got up to investigate, before eventually taking off with the device.
McLennan, 49, stayed about 20 metres away during the experiment, taking photos of the action as it unfolded. By the end of it, the lions had moved so close, he was barely five metres away.
"When they realised it [the buggy] wasn't worth eating they lost interest."
McLennan managed to reclaim the device. The camera, still intact, had taken some "awesome" shots.
"They did a lot of damage to the suspension and they chewed the tyres a bit."
"We were very lucky, I think the odds were against us."
Despite living north of Auckland, McLennan is no stranger to lions. Having been a professional photographer for 25 years, he has been to 45 different countries for photographic assignments.
After Botswana he travelled to Namibia to spend time with the Himba tribes before heading to Tahiti to photograph sharks.
Now he is contracted by multi-national companies, but his career began chasing his father driving around Southland race car tracks and snapping the action.
He set up a small photography business 25 years ago, taking family portraits and wedding photos in Invercargill.
His favourite photography assignments now are in the depths of Alaska during the salmon run.
While Africa was "pretty unique" he had a real soft spot for Alaska because of its similarities to the Southern Alps.
And it's the Southern Alps which will draw him home. With a section in Glenorchy, McLennan hopes to return to the south to retire.
But that's a while away.
"I am just kind of hooked. I am pretty fortunate."