Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Inspirational ICT Day

I had an inspirational day at the ICT Lead Teacher meeting today. Allanah (ICT Facilitator) presented a huge range of websites that will be so useful in the classroom (and beyond!) I am chokkablok full of ideas and I need to take some time to sift through them, then pass them on.

Meantime, if you want to check some of the stuff out, go to: http://webtoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/

Leave a comment if you find something interesting.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Creative Scones

So creative and absolutely delicious!

Maggi Cook Off

On Tuesday, 9 year seven and eight's competed to get into the Mahana School Maggi Cooking Team. There can only be 4 people per team so we had to battle it off. We got put into teams of three and baked our hearts out! We each made scones and were judged on presentation, taste, and mainly teamwork. Our scones turned out great and the teachers loved them! We had 40 minutes to prepare, cook and clean up, then after the teachers were done we shared them with the class. The teachers had choosen Harriet, Safari, and Izzie so far but needed one more person for the team. So the next day we saw how fast the others could slice and dice! They cut up apples and timed them as they went. So congratulations... JOSIE! She made it into the team. Everyone did a great job and in our minds, they are also part of the team! We had a awesome day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Time In New Zealand!

Tuesday,March 15 2011

The reason that I came to New Zealand from Canada is because every four years my dad gets a year off teaching so this year we decided to come to New Zealand, five years ago we went to British Columbia. I am very happy that we decided to come to New Zealand this year! New Zealand is a great place to be I'm so happy to be here! So far we have gone to the beach a couple of times the beach is beautiful! Yesterday we did a event called "Muddy Buddy" we had to do a 1Km. race in mud it was quite challenging but so much fun! Today is my first day of school... I am really enjoying school it was really cool because today the year eights are doing a cook off there making Scones they look AND smell really good! Other than that it has been craziness we have been looking for a house, parents finding jobs, buying a car and so much more chaos. Anyways New Zealand is a lovely place to live in.

Canada is a much different country than New Zealand. It is different because in Canada it can get very cold like as cold as -25 degrees it is freezing! Canada is a country that is loves to skate and play ice Hockey my brother and I play hockey aswell it is so much fun! Canada can also get quite hot in the summer it can get as hot as +30 degrees. I think that it is very cool to be visiting different countries aswell. I think that New Zealand is going to be one of my favorite countries that I will visit over the years.

My time in New Zealand... So far

Tuesday March 16th. So far visiting New Zealand has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Starting off with arriving here everybody has been extremely helpful and friendly. We are still just settling in at New Zealand. There has been a lot of craziness going on at my house (parents getting jobs, getting us in school, banking, buying a car, and looking for a house to rent). Along with all of this craziness we have been able to fit in a lot good times like many beach visit's, climbing Mt. Arthur, seeing Golden Bay, and participating in muddy buddy, seeing some amazing scenery and eating at some nice restaurants. Hopefully everyone else will start to fall into place soon, but my time has been great in New Zealand.

We have traveled all the way from Canada, Newmarket, Ontario to come to New Zealand. Back in Canada there are many similarities and many differences. In Canada it can get as cold as -25 or even -30 with the wind chill and can get as warm as 30. The sports in Canada are also very different. The most popular sport by far in Canada is ice-hockey. Almost everyone there plays hockey. Another very popular sports are skiing and snowboarding, I play both of these sports, and my favourite is hockey. I also play basketball, soccer, baseball, and volleyball. The land is also much different. Here there are many mountains, in Canada there are not nearly as many mountains. There are also more big cities in Canada.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Quinn Earthquake Diary

It's Friday now... this is my last blog I'm not sure what to expect when I go home ,school,friends,mum and dad all i know is that I'm going home.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quinn Earthquake Diary

Me and Eve are going back to Christchurch in the weekend. School is back on Monday. I'm going to miss Mahana School and all the people that go there. We miss mum and dad and not to mention my friends. I'm not actually sure if my friends are all right I'll find out on Monday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Quinn Earthquake Diary

Once I got back from the walk we had lunch and played some cards. Then we started talking about me going up to Nelson. I really wanted to go so I rang up nan and pop and asked if I could come up. Once it was ok we went to the neighbours because they had a generator so we could charge mums phone and MUM WANTED ME TO GRIND SOME COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!! I did it and she had some coffee and watch the news.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Eves earthquake diary

Dad wanted to go around the neighbourhood and check if everybody was all right. I really wanted to go with him. I asked him so much he ended up not going. I felt bad about it. We brought the chairs over to the safest place outside the house for Nan and Pop to sit on. I was having breathing problems because of the trauma of the event. Mum had to race inside to get my inhaler.

A few hours later Aunty Ady and Uncle Chris arrived
to take Nan and Pop up to Nelson. I really didn't want to stay in Christchurch so I went up with them as well. My parents and my brother were crying as the car drove away. I started crying too.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quinn's Earthquake Diary

Can you believe it! I got in the Nelson Mail but they spelt my name wrong they spelt it Quinn michel but it is Quinn mickell it ok every body get it wrong.

The Nelson Mail page 3

Quinn's Earthquake Diary

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quinn - Earthquake Diary

The next morning when I woke up I thought I had to get up for school, but just then there was a huge aftershock and I remembered the screams and the crying, the pure destruction. But I managed to get up and have breakfast and i decided to go for a walk. I went in to my school and there was a helicopter there but i decided not to bother them and carried on walking.

It was horrifying seeing it all. The destroyed houses, cats and dog running around, people crying everywhere i looked. That is all i saw. I can't remember how I felt, or I don't want to.

Quinn Earthquake Diary

So, what happened next? It felt like every time we walked into our house there was another big aftershock. We had to fill up the bath because the sewers would go into our water system which would create disease. That night Aunty Ady and Uncle Chris came to pick Nan, Pop and Eve up to take them back to Nelson where they would be safe.

That night there was no electricity. We had candles and two wind up torches. We had no clue what to do, so we had a bit of a snack, played some Last Card, then went to bed.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quinn - Earthquake Diary

Dad was the first person there to pick up ther kids. When we got home mum was running down the driveway. Nan and pop were outside. I had to go through the house, my room was gone. Everything was on the ground. Once we were all together, Me and dad went to get the dog, we looked and looked and finally we found him. He was tied to a pole next to some people, we got him and said thank you and went home.