Saturday, July 30, 2011

African cats+ the suitor art gallery

On Friday my family and my friend went to see the movie African cats, and look around the suter art gallery!


African cats was amazing!
I loved it how it just focused on the two different cat families not a whole bunch.
The main characters were... ( the cheetah family) Sita and her cubs, ( the lions) A lioness from the river pride and her cub Mara, Fang ( the river prides leader, male ), Callie and his four sons ( the north prides leaders).

This is an amazing story, I think it is really great how they gave the animals names it made them more real and interesting.
Even though this is rated G I think that its probably not good for younger kids, me and my friend had our eyes covered a lot.
African cats, is very intense, but it makes you realize what they have to go through and how tough it must be!
I really in joyed this movie.

I really in courage you to go and see African Cats!


At the suter they had an amazing exhibition on, all about human hair through history, Featuring a lady called "Victoria Mclntosh" And how she expresses her feeling through art and hair!

Victoria was adopted.
She has always felt like she doesn't fit in with her family, because she has
auburn hair and her family doesn't.
Since Victoria doesn't know anything about her history what she does is finds things in op shops or vintage stores and she collects them things people no longer want, with a hidden history.
What she does with these is amazing she creates them into her own by threading or attaching her hair into them, and turning them into art.
This collection of art work she has called " My invented history"

One of the pieces was an old christening gown, victoria has made buttons out of her hair , and threaded her hair around the sleeves and neck line, it looks amazing yet so simple.

But its good to know that she still loves her family very much and is very happy with them!
I think she is amazing!

I also learned some other interesting facts!
Did you know?
.In the olden days they made cufflinks out of a loved ones hair!
.In the olden days they would use the hair from a girls first hair cut, for her first china doll!

If you don't know what to do, one weekend try looking around the suitor or going to african cats
trust me its well worth it!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sherbets new hutch

Recently My Grandad, my mum, and I made my rabbit Sherbet a garden/hutch in our back yard!
It took us about three days or so to complete!
I am normally not a gardening type but this was actually really fun!

It is roughly six meters long and 2 meters wide, very big for one little rabbit!

First we chose the area and then marked out the size, next we cleared the space.
I was in charge of the rock garden in the center Miki my sister helped me move the rocks (they were very heavy) the agapanthus was already there so we just worked around it, My little sister Millie planted a small tree in there as well!
Then we spread the gravel around, Sherbet is very fluffy and he sometimes gets dags on his feet from the mud so the gravel will hopefully prevent his hutch from getting too wet!

Next we cemented the posts in and attached the chicken wire to the wooden frame.
For the roof we stretched grape netting over the top, we left a corner free so we can get in and out to give Sherbet his food.

This was a very cool project for the holidays and was great fun!
Sherbet loves his new home!

Taylor's skiing trip!

On Wednesday my family+my cousins,
went to Rainbow ski field for the day!
It was very fun.
It took about two and a half hours to get there but it was definitely worth it!
I have only been skiing twice before and once when I was very little, so I am a bit new to it!
We went on the beginners course.
Holding on to the tow rope that pulls you up hurts your hands and it cut through my gloves but it didn't matter!
After I had gotten used to skiing my mum and I went up the poma, though when I got to the top it was much stepper than it looked from the bottom!
At first I was nervous , mum helped me (she is really good at skiing) as soon as I had gone about one meter I fell and tumbled over and over for about two meters down the hill!, mum helped me get up and I just kept on going it was sooooooooooo FUN!
Once I had been down a couple of times mum taught me how to turn and controls the skis properly!
I spent the rest of the day going up and down the poma, its really fun getting pulled up!
Yes I fall over lots but it was mostly on the beginners when I was using the tow rope.
I got better and better as the day went on.

I love skiing and I had a great time, we all did!
the best part was having mum skiing too because she normally wouldn't have joined in , just helped millie and watched us, I know she had fun too!

Next time i want to try snow boarding!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Reaction

Joy, pure joy!

Congratulations Dicer Chicks

Mahana School Dicer Chicks are the South Island Regional Champions! Well done Josie, Izzie, Harriet, and Safari. We are all very proud of you. It was just brilliant to be there with everyone to celebrate your achievement. You are the Champions! You can re-live the moment by visiting

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Snake's Adventure

This is our snake's adventure. It took us half a day to make it.

Sadie the sunflower

Today Josie, Kristal, Hannah and Molly have made this awesome movie about Sadie the sunflower and how she grew through the day.


This is our movie about a flower growing with a bright sun in the back ground. The flower in the back ground starts from nothing and grows into a nice land.
p.s Sapphira did the scream in the music.

Sam the Koosh

Today in the Kotuku room, we made animations with pieces of classroom equipment. This is our animation using a Koosh.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

West Coast Birthday Treat

I went on the glacier because it was my birthday present from my Mum. It was freezing and there was a mini blizzard with rain, not snow. We went in a tunnel that was large enough to fit a car inside it. About 400 years ago the glacier was 2kms longer than it is now. Walking on the glacier was exciting and fun!

We also did goldpanning and I found some gold at Shantytown. I made a knife at Barrytown which you can check out on my next blog post!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fun in Christchurch!

On Thursday, Harriet, Safari, Izzie, and Josie traveled to Christchurch for the Maggi Kitchen Showdown semi-finals. We had a great time and did really well with our dish. We made a salmon and spinach roulade with roasted vege noodle baskets. The judges said that we should have boned the salmon before we seared it and the butter in the roulade was a bit burnt. They said the salad was a let down to our dish, as we didn't have any dressing. But the colourful, eatable flower petals that Tasman Bay Herbs gave us were delightful on our plate.
If we did well enough on Friday, we will go to Christchurch again to cook our meal and a dessert. But we get to fly down and get free accommodation, with all expenses paid for! We are looking forward to it and will find out if we are in on Friday 15th July on the Erin Simpson Show at 4:30pm. Please go to www.erinsimpson and vote for Mahana School. We'd really appreciate it.

Not only did we cook in Christchurch, but we did some amazing things as well.
We went shopping and had sooo much fun trying on cool clothes and buying great stuff! We each got given $10 to spend and we drove to Dressmart to shop. Whaea Jane, Karen and us kids had a mind-blowing time taking photos of us all dressed up!

We also went to Karen's relatives house and got DIVINE desserts! Debra is a chef for weddings and she kindly offered to host us at her house. She made incredible food that made our tongues tingle! We had Pear and Red Wine Sorbet, Fig Cake with Custard, Orange Meringue, Biscuit Cone with Chocolate Velvet Mousse. YUM!!!

On Saturday morning, we went to Adrenaline Forest and swung through the trees like monkeys! Literally! We were connected to wires by carabiners and had a pulley at our left side which we unclasped and used as a flying fox. We hooked it over the wire and zoomed from tree to tree. There were obstacles up sooo high that you clambered and crawled through. We had such a terrific time there!
After Adrenaline Forest, we jumped in the Hilux and headed back to Nelson. The time went by so fast, we didn't want to leave so soon!

Thank you to all the people who helped us fundraise for our trip and the people who were so supportive! We really appreciate it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Today in the senior room we were making a piece of music for a particular emotion. This is our casual Jazz-by the TJs.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Today I busked with my Eklipz dance crew and we had sooo much fun!!! The 7 of us are performing at the Shakedown Competition on the 16th July. Aaahhhh! That's two weeks away! I'm very nervous but I will do it. We needed to get money for our uniforms, so the best way to do that is to busk. We raised 200 dollars by dancing for 30 mins. Afterwards, we shopped around and got a pair of pants and a bandanna each. We will busk again sometime and go and buy shoes and tops. It was a great day!