Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sam the Koosh 2

Here is our long-awaited sequel to Sam the Koosh. This one stars Sam's clumsy nephew Francis. Enjoy!

This is my pet rock Stanley. He is a very rare Painted Green Bumblebee Rock (Verdantus Bumblus). His only defence mechanism is to flip upside down and expose his unpainted side, thus making him look like an ordinary rock. I have had him for as long as I can remember and he has been my loyal friend for a very long time. Rocks make good pets because they never need feeding, exercising, toilet training or baths. They aren't very cuddly though!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Last week the year seven eights, went with Whaea Jane and Emma to Kaiteriteri to do some mountain biking.
It was very fun. At first I didn't want to go because I don't like biking much and I'm not very good at it, but this was really good!
We did the 10m track three times then had a few rounds on the push corse( which is a small bmx corse with lots of bumps and corns where you can't pedal and you just have to shift your weight and push to move), and worked on some small balance games, we even played biking limbo ( I got in last round) It was really fun.
Emma was great as well really encouraging with everyone, and fun to be with.
After these things we went on the big corse, which varied from intermediate and beginners level of difficulty. At the top of the hill we could all of big kaiteriteri it was amazing ( but very very hot ) so when we got down the hill (super fun just so you know, I love down hill) we all went swimming in our cloths because none had brought togs! :)

I had soooo much fun because it was challenging as well!
I'm going there in the weekend with my family!
So i think even if your not into that sort of stuff give it a go anyway!!!!


(sorry I don't have any photos)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mahana Pet Day 2011

Some images from our Pet Day. Thanks to Immy and family for pony rides. Orion's pets were really quiet and well-behaved. Great training. We enjoyed a shared lunch, then in the afternoon, everyone got creative and made all sorts of fabulous vegetable novelties, flower arrangements, decorated footwear. Check out the rest of the photos coming soon...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Last Wednesday Marty came to our school and he set up a mountain biking coarse for the school.There were some ramps and a seesaw. he brought some little abd BMX bikes for the people who didn't have any bikes. There were some skinny planks and a raised board walk.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

RockFest photos

If anyone else has some photos from this day, feel free to share them!! There are links to the video of the band playing on the 'Mahana School Facebook' page. Enjoy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fashion Island Project Funway!

In the fist week of the holiday I entered a competition for Fashion Island, called 'Fashion Island Project Fun-way' We ( the people who entered ) had two weeks to make and design a outfit/dress using only 1 white sheet, you could die it, cut it , sew it, but only use buttons and zips for fastenings!

I made a pale turquoise knee length dress with big petals for the skirt dipped with ocean blue on the edges.With a shoulder strap bodice with flowers (white,ocean blue,turquoise) coming down the strap.
It was hard sewing the bodice and skirt together so mum had to help me a bit because it was a lot of fabric and I had to hand sew it.
It was fun to make though.

But guess what i came second and i had to model it on the runway(yuck)
I won $250 for coming second so it was definitely worth it!
I can't wit till next year!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


In the second week of the last holidays ,
My family + Aunty, x3 cousins and I went to Greymouth for a holiday.
We stayed at the Greymouth top ten holiday park, for 4 days and 3 nights.
It was really fun!
One night we had hired the spa out an it started to rain so we after the spa we went an jumped in the rain on the "jumping pillow" which is like a giant bouncy castle floor with no walls, it was awesome.
We did lots of different things, like going to shantytown, where we all dressed up in olden day clothes an got some photos taken.On the way back from shantytown we stopped at a little jade factory, it was cool this man Garth Wilson carves all this amazing jewelry, an sculptures they were so beautiful!
We even went to Hokitika an had lunch on the "beach" ( I'd hardly call it a beach more like where the sea meets the land an thats it compared the beaches i know but it was still fun)

It was long journey home but we stopped to see the seal colony an saw the pancake rocks in Punakiaki.

There are lots of photos from different place of me and my cousins!
P.s the toilet one is my mum ( left ) an Aunty ( right )

All together it was a great trip , with loads of fun with the family!
( sorry a bit cheesy)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Stoke school Rockfest

On Tuesday the Mahana School band 'Wet Cement' entered the Stoke School Rockfest and performed about 150 people. We played New Divide, Rolling in the Deep and Bang, Bang, Bang.

We played 12th out of thirteen bands. We went alot better than we thought we would. There were a few out of time moments but it was really good.

When all of the bands finished, there was the prizegiving. Everyone was given a $50 voucher from Music Planet. After that there was a draw for an electric guitar. Each school had a number from 1 to 13. Pete Mitchener shook the box with the numbers and one of the numbers fluttered out. He picked it up and read "Number 12, Mahana!" It was awesome. I went up to claim the prize. At school, people were queuing up to have a go on it.

In the end, it was an awesome day and I hope we'll do it next year too.


Tuesday the 1st of November our class went to the Primary School Rock fest in Stoke. When we arrived there were 12 other schools waiting in the hall listening to the music. Most of the class were starting to get nervous, including me. We watched the first few bands, they were really good. But I thought we still had a really good chance.

After about 5 bands, it was lunchtime. We were getting closer and closer to our turn. After lunch we had one more band to go. Even though I wasn't in the band, I was still very worried. The time came finally and 13 kids slowly walked up to the stage and got ready. I stayed in the audience with our Mahana parents as we watched them play the three songs. By the end I was so happy I couldn't stop smiling. They did so well and Whaea Jane was so proud of the team.

Finally it was done we could relax now. All we had to do was watch and see who would win the black guitar. While the man was placing the numbered paper into the box, one piece blew out. The crowd went quiet and the man said, "Well, that must be it." He picked it up and said, "Mahana School". A huge cheer went up. It was so awesome. Tom went up to get the prize.

When we got back to school, we still couldn't believe it. Our first band from our school at the Stoke Rockfest and we had won this awesome guitar. AMAZING!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Kotuku class has been practicing for just over two weeks perfecting our music and performance. We practiced three awesome songs, New Divide, Rolling in the Deep and Bang Bang Bang. With the last song Bang Bang Bang, we only had about three days to learn it and get it right!

On Tuesday, the first of November, we had the chance to show off our talents to twelve other Schools around the Nelson area. Three was some amazing performances including 'The Peasants' from Garin College who are the best secondary school in New Zealand! We played second to last in the day, so we were able to see all the other Bands rock out! When it came to our turn to play on stage we were all nerves. We set up quickly and were ready to perform in no time, and we did sooooo well, it all went smoothly and the crowd cheered us on. It was an exciting experience and I'm sure everyone thought the same too. Each School got given a fifty dollar voucher to Music Planet in Richmond, which was a bonus to all the schools.

At the end of the day they did a draw for an electric guitar worth two hundred and sixty dollars! So everyone was quiet as he shuffled the numbers around the hat, but as he did that one number fell out so they just used that one instead, it was the number twelve. Mahana's number.
So now we have a fifty dollar voucher and an electric guitar. I would like to keep going with the band, ( and why not? ) So to cut it short, I had an exceptional day!

stoke rock fest

On the first of November at 9:30 am around about 100 kids from primary and intermediate schools came together at stoke school for the 2011 rock fest. There were some good bands but i think that we were pretty awesome.

The first time that we had practiced we did not know what songs we were doing, but after a couple of weeks practice we had two songs sorted but we wanted to do three. So we came up with a few ideas and tried them. By that time the rock fest was two weeks away.At around about that time taylor came up with a good song that sounded awesome. We practiced it over and over again until we had it sussed. So now we had our three songs "New divide", "Rolling in the deep" and "Bang, Bang,Bang" so we were ready for the rock feast.

The day came I was not nervous at first,but when they called our name butterflies grew in my stomach.As we got closer to the stage I sat down on my seat, and we started playing.It sounded commendable, my nerves were fading as we went through all the songs.We waited for the other bands to finish.Then it came, the prizes.Every school scored a fifty dollar vouchers.

Then there was the awesome guitar.There were thirteen schools we were all numbered from 1 to 13. As they were picking out the numbers number 12 fell out of the box, so they went with that one. They looked down the list for number 12.Mahana school we had one a electric guitar whahoo!

At the end of the day we all had fun learned heaps off other bands

Rock Fest

Yesterday Mahana school's senior class went to Stoke school for a rock fest. Everyone was feeling the nerves, well I know I was. But when we got there we found out we were second to last, I hated the wait but at least we got to see how good the other schools were.

One school to go then it was us. Everyone was ready to get on stage. I think I went to the bathroom like four times. Before we knew it we were on the stage performing our first song "New Divide". I thought we did really well. We then played "Rolling in the deep" and then "Bang bang bang". Our best song was probably "Bang bang bang".

Everyone had a really great day and guess "WHAT" we won an electric guitar "YAY"! Everyone did a really good job and it was worth the two weeks of practice.

Our Band Wet Cement

Yesterday at 9.30am on the first of November, Stoke School held a showcase for primary and intermediate bands called RockFest. Thirteen bands participated. In our band there was Hunter, Tom, Luke, Taylor, Lilly-Mae, Izzie, Harriet, Leah, Eylish, Safari, Sapphira, Josie and I. The three songs that we played were, "Rolling in the Deep by Adele", Bang, "Bang, Bang by Christina Perri" and "The New Divide by Linkin Park ".
Before we started I felt nervous and worried about making a mistake. When I got up there I felt a lot more relaxed and I could concentrate on my music. Once we started, we sounded great and we played together really well.
As part of the day, the top band in New Zealand The Peasents played for us in the 11am to 12am break. At the end of the day Music Planet donated thirteen fifty dollar Music Planet vouchers which each band received one of. Each of the bands were numbered from one to thirteen and went in the draw to win an electric guitar which was also donated by Music Planet. We were about to go home when they did the draw for the electric guitar and even better we won it.
So after a long day we all went home happy and proud.

Rock Fest

On the first of November Kotuku went to stoke school primary and intermediate school rock fest. There was a Kramer Pacer guitar to be won at the end of the day. There were 13 schools and the top college band the Peasants preformed for all the schools.

Our band Wet Cement played 3 songs "New Divide", "Rolling in the Deep" and "Bang, Bang, Bang". For all the three songs we all were marvellous and had lots of fun. I think we were the best band there apart from the Peasants and Waimea Intermediate.

At the end Pete (the principal of stoke school) drew a number out of the box. Number 12 fell out and was picked up; Mahana school had won an electric guitar! http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XDZUq1yflDE/TBwgKZaj00I/AAAAAAAAAtA/hmK_Qrr_acU/s1600/kramer.kramerpacerft202s.kp20bmbh1-bm.jpg
We all had lots of fun that day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2011 Primary Schools RockFest

On Tuesday 1st November, Mahana school went to the 2011 Primary Schools RockFest at Stoke School, along with 12 other bands from schools all over Nelson. Organizer Pete Mitchener said "The RockFest has grown so much since it started. We have more bands every year. The quality has improved, too" The showcase featured an appearance by the Peasants, voted the best secondary school band in New Zealand.
The atmosphere in the hall was electric, with bands performing a wide range of songs. The support from the crowd was loud and powerful.
Each participating school took home a $50 Music Planet voucher and went into the draw to win a brand new electric guitar from Music Planet.


Yesterday on the 1/11/11 our class band "WET CEMENT" (Leah,Luke,Hannah,Safari,Josie,Lilly-Mae,Hunter,Tom,Izzie,Harriet,Sapphira,Eylish, and I)
Went to Stoke School for a showcase of primary and intermediate school bands called "ROCK-FEST"

It went from 9:30-2:30, so it was a long day but it was great getting to watch all the amazing talent.
Our band was second to last out of thirteen bands.Lots of schools performed and all did amazingly, there were kids from 7-13yrs so there was a big range in ages.
We performed three songs...
"New Divide" by Linkin Park sung by Tom + back up vocals.
"Rolling in the deep" by Adele sung by Lilly-Mae + back up vocals.
"Bang Bang Bang" by Christina Perri sung by me + back up vocals.

I think that we were all very nervous because we only had about 2 weeks to practice an we changed songs a lot , but in the end we all had heaps of fun even if we had the butterflies!

We even got to hear " The Peasants " ( NZ's best secondary school band" sing their new single "let go"+ at the end of the day they did a draw where every school had a number that was put into a hat an the man pulled one out an that person won a black electric guitar thanks to "MUSIC PLANET" an guess what we won!!!!!!!

So all together it was a great day!
Can't wait till next year!!!!!!