Saturday, 21 September 2013

Aims Games

 In the week of Sunday the 15th  to Friday the 20th of September, Tauranga hosted the 10th annual Aims Games. The Aims games are a sporting tournament between intermediate and middle schools from all over New Zealand. This year a few schools from Australia and one from Rarotonga came too. The Aims Games consist of 16 sports which are Swimming, Football, Hockey, Netball, Waterpolo, Golf, Rugby Sevens, Rugby League, Multisport (Kayak, Mountain Bike and Run), Cross country, Badminton, Basketball, Gymsport, Indoor Bowls, Squash and Tennis. Cross Country was the only sport to compete and finish on Sunday. In total 6500 children competed.

The opening ceremony was from 6:00 to 7:00 on Sunday evening. It started with a very good local Kapa Haka performance and the other items were a boys choir, a long speech on the history of Aims, a crazy performance by a Polynesian group called Delicious and an inspirational speech by Dillon Boucher, a professional basketballer who used to play for the Breakers. Finally we finished off with the national anthem and the mayor of Tauranga officially opened the Aims Games 2013.

The individual sports, apart from the cross country, competed on Monday and Tuesday while the team sports played all week. I went for swimming and didn't do very well. Swimming didn't start until 3:00pm so we had ages to hang around and relax. The draw back was racing didn't finish until 9:00pm so we did a lot of sleeping in. Aims was a great experience and I will work hard to go again next year.


Monday, 26 August 2013

Gwynne Shield Rugby

By Jake
The first week of the school holidays I had a thrilling week of full on representative rugby from Sunday to Sunday. I played a game of rugby each day of the week and all the games were held in Cambridge.

The Gwynne Shield tournament is administered by the Waikato Primary School Committee.  Children are selected into teams based on the school that they attend (not clubs they play for). Waikato Central Rugby administers the 4 Hamilton teams - they are Eagles, Tigers, Panthers and Wasps.  I represented the Hamilton Eagles.

Before the Gwynne Shield competition there were trials held in Hamilton to select the best players. This was held every Sunday over three weeks. The Eagles are made up of 12 schools from around Hamilton.  There were about 35 boys who trialled and 12 didn't make it.  I was very pleased to get in to the team.  One of the rules was that you had to be 57 kg and under.  I weighed 48 kg!

The Gwynne Shield are made up of 10 teams from all around the Waikato from as far north as Huntly to Tokoroa. The teams were split up into 2 pools - A and B.  Hamilton Eagles was in Pool A. We won 7 out of 8 games, but came 5th overall. 

The toughest  team of the competition were the Hamilton Wasps, who had won the competition 2 years in a row.  The first half of the game they dominated.  We dominated the second half but their defence was too good for us to get another try.  I was the only try scorer in our game against the Wasps.  Sadly we lost the game, our only loss for the whole tournament.  The finalist teams were the Tritons (Tokoroa), and Morrinsville.  It was good tight game, and it was a great game to watch. But in the end the Tritons won and were the champions of the 2013 Gwynne Shield tournament.

At the end of the 8 day tournament I was proud of myself for accomplishing a whole week of rugby and competing against really tough guys.  I made heaps of friends and enjoyed the experience and to be able to represent my school.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Futsal Nationals

By Logan 

On Thursday 18th July, I journeyed down to the ASB Stadium in Wellington to play in the Nation U14' Futsal Competition (for those of you who may not be too sure about what Futsal is, keep reading). 

Our first game was against Capital Yellow who had a considerable size advantage, like most teams we played, and they won 6-2. Our next game we played Mainland Nelson and we lost 7-1. We then returned in the evening to watch the Futsal Whiles play the Futsal Roos, unfortunately NZ lost. 

The next day was our chance to win a game and we played Central and just lost 5-3. We then played Northland who won, very roughly, 5-0. The final game before playoff the next day was against Capital Blue, it was another close game, but they won 4-2. 

For the playoffs we ended up in the lowest position due to our not finishing our shots, so we played he second central team, and with a goal in the last second we drew 2-2. Out final game for the tournament was against Capital Blue; we both wanted to win, and with a final score of 4-2 we left the court victorious. I had a great time with the team, even jumping in the freezing cold pool at night, and I hope to go back next year.

Here is a Youtube clip explaining Futsal:

Cyber Manners

The Internet is already a huge part of most of our lives at home, and it's something we all use at school.  Coming up in ICT we'll be looking closely at Cyber Safety, but I also think it is important to have good manners when we are online, and this infographic is a good reminder of this.

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter the online Netiquette Do's and Don'ts infographic.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Kate Sheppard - Biography

By Eva

“We want to be natural just for a change... we must be ourselves at all risks.” These are the words of Kate Sheppard. On March 10 1847, Liverpool, England, Catherine Wilson Malcolm was born. Also known as Katherine (preferred spelling term) or Kate. She was named after her grandmother. As a woman, Kate felt strongly towards women’s rights. She didn’t hesitate at changing the world for the better for women.

At a young age, having Scottish parents, Kate, her mother Jemima Crawford Souter and her father Andrew Wilson Malcolm moved to Scotland. She was raised and educated there. She was given a good education  for a girl at the time. But unfortunately in 1862 Kate’s father passed away.

In the late 1860’s she moved with her family to New Zealand. They arrived in Motoaka at Lyttleton in February 1869. The family settled in Christchurch where Katherine’s sister, Marie Beath, was living. Kate soon met a young man called Walter Allen Sheppard, a grocer and general merchant, the love of her life. Two years later on July 21 1871, at the age of  24, Katherine and Walter were pronounced man and wife. On October 8 1880 their only son Douglas was born. During the early years of her marriage, Kate Sheppard was an active member of the Trinity Congregational Church. She gave her time to church visiting, fundraising and bible classes. She became a secretary of the Ladies Association. In 1885 she co-founded New Zealand Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).

Working with the organization immediately shed light on the rights for women to vote. Two years after the WCTU was created, Kate was named leader of its suffrage campaign. Eventually Kate promoted the benefits of cycling and other physical activities for women. With the support and care of her husband, Kate was a very busy woman, giving out pamphlets, giving speeches and pushing a series of petitions before Parliament, in an effort to secure the right to vote for women. A number of petitions failed but she didn’t give up then.

A year later she returned to Parliament with a what she described as a ‘monster’ petition. It contained more than 30,000 signatures. On September 19 1893, Governor Glasgow (Sir David Boyle) signed the bill, making New Zealand the FIRST country in the world to let women have the right to vote.

We are very lucky here in New Zealand because some countries are just letting women vote this year. Kate Sheppard changed the world for the better.


Hi, I thought this week I would do something a little different and tell some jokes.
1.     What did the fish say when he swam into the wall?

2.     Why is it hard to play cards in the jungle?
Because there are too many cheetahs!

3.     Why did the jelly baby go to school?
Because he really wanted to be a smartie!

4.     What did one eye say to the other?
Something between us smells!

5.     Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
Because chickens weren’t invented!

6.     What did the stamp say to the envelope?
Stick with me and we will go places!

By Ella