Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kereru Camp 2012


It was cold at first.But when i paddled over to the other side it felt 
much warmer and when i got out i was freezing. 

It was so tiring because it took a long time to get there and i was 
sweaty when we got there. People were saying funny things
to the tourists. 

Abel Tasman National Park Camp

       We took off up the hill and banks to Tinline Bay. Smily tourists waving and saying, "Hello". Struggling and sweating, packs rubbing. When we got to Appletree Bay, I fell on the sand. Tent putting up didn't go well. Tents flying away in the darkness of the night.                                             



Monday, November 19, 2012

Pet Day

                                                 This is Leah  and her goat getting a piggy back!

                                                      by Millie - Rose and Natalie

Athletics Day

This is Jonathan doing a sack relay.

Kapahaka Fun Day

Kapahaka fun day at the Motueka Memorial Hall.
We had a fabulous time!
By Kyla Rayward

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pet Day Mahana

This is Jack's pet crocodile, Godzilla!On Pet Day we made a circle and passed around some dead and a live animals from Natureland.
This is my bunny, Pyjamas. She is the clumsiest, cutest bunny in the world!
From Pip Coakley.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pip and Meg's 3D drawings.

On the 11th of September I (Pip) did a 3D drawing of a horse pulling a carriage.

On the 12th of September I (Meg) did a 3D house.

These are them,

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wharenui at Te Awhina

  ancestors, backbone,
sleeping, snoring, singing
pou, tukutuku, food, showers,
eating, playing, running
amplified, fun,

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Warm Wharenui

Mattresses sandwiched together

Bodies twisting and turning

Sleeping bags rustling

Mr Neal snoring

Kids whispering

Giggles echoing

Bright stars shining in the black sky

Cosy and safe with the whanau

Reflections from the Marae

I saw:
...the church that was 100 years old
...the black, sooty sky friends and I playing caterpillars in sleeping bags
and people playing tag.

I heard:
...sleeping bags crackling like a fire,
...year 8s giggling
...people getting up and going to the toilet
...Whaea Sue telling us about art
and Mr Neal snoring like an angry warthog.

I could feel:
...the softness of the carvings,
..the soft, warm sleeping bag
and the warm air of the wharenui carving around us.

Meg's Poem/ Marae

Mattresses on the ground.

All snuggled up as a warm whanau.

Red-hot cheeks in the cosy atmosphere.

Aroha fills the room as we settle into our sleeping bags.

Everyone seems to be giggling, sleeping or whispering.

BY Meg Coakley.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Our New Bunnies!

Meg and I got some new bunnies on Saturday.
Their names are Bananas and Pyjamas!

Here are some pictures.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Raptor Neighbours

Jimmy is our neighbour for summer, he is a master falconer. He sleeps in a caravan with 2 dogs called Sam and Heather. He has 6 birds of prey, their names are Wally, Pella, Cactus Jack, Corky and Suguaro, he also has 1 more but it doesn’t have a name, Me and Heidi are helping Jimmy try to think of a name!

 Jimmy was 17 when he was interested in falcons and hawks so he got out some library books about them, then he found an injured falcon which he nursed to health. He got lots more and trained them in bird abatement, this means he flies them around the farm to keep robins, starlings and finches away from the raspberries and blueberries.  Jimmy is very helpful to farmers.
 He is from California and spends 10 out of 12 months traveling around the western states, to different crops as they ripen – cherries, grapes, berries, and also at rubbish tips and airfields to scare birds.  Jimmy only gets about 5 hours sleep each night, he takes his birds out at dusk and dawn – these are the critical times for bird scaring.
He has brown skin, his caravan has an American flag on it, it also has a grey flag that has a falcon on it.

His birds are harris hawks, peregrine falcons and saker falcons. They wear special hoods on their heads and have bells on their feet. They are trained to come to him when he whistles.
They do not hunt and eat the small birds, only scare them away from the orchards and farms. This is a very environmental way to keep pests away from the crops.

By Ella.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mahana School Olympic Cross Country

 Can you guess the Olympic teams from their flags?

 Go Pip!
 Eva, Cody, Reilly, Kyla and Alana looking really fit and strong.
 Hunter has great support on the up hill.
Millie - Rose, Bradley, Johnathan and Tristan fighting it out on the down hill.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Name Symmetry

We are learning to find the lines of symmetry in a variety of shapes and objects. We used our names and reflected them in the line of symmetry.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Week At Mahana School

Mahana School students and teachers dressed up as their favourite book characters.
 Can you guess which book characters they are?
 Can you guess who is who?
 They all looked fantastic!

 Is that a teacher under that hat?