Friday, December 14, 2012

Wheel Crash

Six people were on the hamster wheel,so I had to go on the end.With that amount of people on board I knew that it would be fast but not that fast.

We started jogging but it soon turned into a sprint.We were all going as fast as we could,my heart was thumping, my legs were pumping!Then I tripped, tumbling all over the place, I managed to snake half of me off the wheel.With all that running power the rest of me whizzed off as well. I thought I had
cracked a few ribs but really I knew that I had only had got a few bruises.

The water hole

The crystal water glimmered in the sun. I dashed over to the water hole. My legs still aching from the bike ride. My toes touched the chilly water. After I stood there glaring at the clear water for a while. Then Lucy calls me to come in. I took one step forward.  A shiver rushes up my body. I trudged over to the other side, my legs turning numb. I clamber up the slippery rocks.

As I stood there I thought to myself, "Should I jump in or not?"

Then Lucy jumped in making a big SPLASH! One after another the class jumped off the rocks.

1, 2, 3...I jump off into the clear water. The water makes my body panic and I quickly shoot up to the surface. My head pops out of the water and I feel like an athlete that has just finished a swimming goal.

mountain biking at pine valley

Camp breakfast

I sat staring at the food half asleep as the breezed past me. I yawned in tiredness I tried to keep warm. Whaea Jane finally called out our table. I wandered up to the food and took some corn flakes. I returned to my seat. the spoon travled to my mouth like a robotic sloth and then I strolled up for a nice hot boiling milo to wake me up.

camp pics on comic life

Camping Wordle

Camp Collage


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

William's Poem

W hispering stream lures my body

I dling through picturesque country

L eaning down the steep corners

L abyrinth of tracks

I nhaling deeply

A zure skies shine down upon my helmet

M agical scenery races past me

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


On Monday we went rafting. We stopped at a river on the way to pine valley where we were camping. We made them out of rope, tarpaulin, rocks, willow, broom and sticks. First we collected a lot of willow and broom. We then stuck sticks in the ground marking our raft a large circle on the outside and a small one in the middle. Then we put the willow and broom in the middle of the circles and tied the broom and willow together. We had a circle out of broom and willow the sides need to be big so that the water didn't flow in. We put big sturdy sticks in the middle to sit on, then we got our tarpaulin and wrapped it around our raft. Then we took it into the river and floated down. Some of ours sunk but only one didn't make it. When we got to the end we took them apart and had a swim in the river. We jumped off the rocks and into the water.


Josie,Hannah,Lucy and Leah enjoying the waterfall.

On Tuesday we went mountain biking we stopped by a swing bridge then got split in two groups. One group at a time we went up a ten minute walk to a waterfall. People sat under the water as it was not strong. I did, it was so cold! The waterfall was falling down over a big sort of cliff that was covered in green wet moss. At the bottom of the waterfall was a clear pool of water. It was really nice to stop for the walk because its definitely worth it. This track is located at pine valley which is in between Picton and Blenheim.Jade

Monday, October 29, 2012


We arrive at Neal Park. Games of Ki-o-rahi were set up every where. I looked round at all the teams some of the teams look fast. We had to sit down and listen to people explaining the rules. We had 2 Teams Mahana 1 and Mahana 2. We all went to the feild that team 1 was playing at. Team 1 had to get tips of team 2 when they where playing. Then the hooter went and it was team 1 turn to play.

By tiarne

Pet day

On friday the 26th of october we had pet day.  You could hear all of the diffrenet animal noises.
There was allot of animals there like pet rocks, chickens, dogs, horses, bunnys, teddy bears and more.
There was also some quiz's . There was some games you could enter your pet in like a agility course and what pet can do the best trick. Everyone who entered in on of the quiz's got a lolly pop. lilly-mae bought her friends and cousin. Pet day was awsome fun.

by Tiarne

Pets Day

Pets Day

On Friday the 26th was Pets Day.
There where dogs, cats, chickens, horses, calves, soft toys and lots more.
Me and Lucy desinged an agility course, it was supposed to be for dogs, but
chickens, horses and soft toys ended up doing it too. The course was made up of two benches for jumps, poi from Ki-O-Rahi to weave in and out of a hula hoop to jump through also a tipping bench, and balls for fetching.
There where lots of Competitions, for the Pets, also Vote for your Favourite Pet.
There was also a Treasure Hunt where you had to find the pets listed on a sheet the people who did that won a lolly pop. Then there was overall best pet the winners won giant chocolate fish.
There was also a sausage sizzle which was yum.
I think Pets Day was awesome this year.

By Meila

Thursday, September 13, 2012

luke paint ball

Jed and I were running through the bush trying not to get spotted. A bullet whizzed
past my ear. We started firing we heard someone scream. chewy and I went to this screaming guys aid. When we found out he just wet himself we left. then the horn blew and we knew we had won our first game of paint ball.

paint balling

PAINT BALLING My nerves grow bigger as the hooter signals the first round has started. Our attackers sprint out into the Field. We listen to paint balls splatter against the immense barriers. We wait for our opponents to assault us. We fire rapidley. as they shoot back at us. we attempt to protect our base and the flag. We take them all down but only just. our attackers stroll back covered in paint then we swap over,it's our turn...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Challenge Yourself To Blog

Challenge Yourself to Blog is an international initiative to remind us that there is a world-wide audience at our fingertips. The challenge is a 10 week event with different ideas available online each week. Participants are encouraged to connect with other students and classes around the world, leaving quality comments on their blogs. Click here to see Challenge #1, and give it a go.

Read It, Loved It

Sometimes it's hard to know what book to choose next. 'Read It, Loved It' is a website chock-full of tried and true books for 10year olds and over. I encourage you to check it out. I'm sure you'll find some ideas for new authors and books as well as  some of your favourites. You could also write a review on 'Our Book Reviews' page to encourage others in their quest for choice books to have a crack at. Bottom line...enjoy reading!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

A visit to the marae

First it rained and then it cleared up. After the powhiri, Whaea Sue walked us into the wharenui. She told us about all the time, effort and history put into the wharenui. I think that it is quite amazing how they built the marae out of an old hospital in Nelson. That was transported in the early hours of the morning. They also designed the wharenui to look like a great ancestor of the Maori. After we had the little tour of the wharenui we had tea, games, then bed. In the night I was awaken by a loud noise. While I was half asleep I thought it was a truck on the road beside us. But then I realised that it was Mr Neal's snoring. How I knew this partly because my dad had experienced this with Mr Neal on the camp in Wellington and also because half the people in the room were awaken by his snoring. But apart from the snoring that kept me awake half the night, I enjoyed my stay at the marae.

Tea at the Marae

We make our way to the wharenui for tea. A wave of children rushing to get some kai. We seat our selves on two long tables put together using smaller tables. We say our karakia. The the older kids line up at the table with the food on it. They grab plates and pile food onto them until they have got all they want and go sit on the seats spread along the tables. We place our plates on the table then they continue going down until they get to the junior room. Then everybody tucks into their food. When they have finished it's time to go up for more. I don't think we ate everything but I am sure we were full.

marae vist

On Tuesday the 4th of September our whole school got an amazing opportunity to stay the night at Te Awhina Marae. When we first arrived it was raining so we did the powhiri inside. After the powhiri we all had something to eat, then we set up for night time. After that we got to play some board games then we had dinner. After that it was time for pudding (yummy yummy). Once our bellies were full, we went to bed. Well some of us did, the rest of us were awake from Mr Neal's snoring. After that night we were all tired, so we set off to the beach and that was were our journey ended. By Eylish

Te Awhina Marae

Yesterday the whole school stayed the night at Te Awhina marae. When we got there we walked out to the front gate and the powhiri started. Once we go inside there were lots of wonderful carvings.  Everyone at the marae stayed awake all night because Mr Neal snored all night. In the morning everyone was stumbling around because they were so tired. Breakfast was really nice and there was hot milo and some of us put some coffee in our milo to wake us up. Next we went to Kaiteriteri and had a BBQ on the beach and played Ki-o-Rahi on the grass which was lots of fun. Then we went back to school and slept all the rest of the day. 

marae food

Yum pies, little red sausages , bread. I could go on forever but instead I am going to get to the point or I will never stop. One by one we pile into the dinner room on the marae. As I looked around there where tables like hogworts from harry potter. There was some long tables all set up with food in every space. when I had finished the last piece of bacon and egg pie I got really full that I could not eat any more. When I heard that we where going to have dessert my tummy growled at me. When I saw what was on the table my tummy made some room before we where told to go up. Yum dessert was yummy I could nearly go for 4ths but instead I didint. after that we went back to the room we slept in and got to get ready for bed we got our pj's and our tooth brush also hear brush so behave when you next go to a marae
by Tiarne

Marae visit

On Tuesday the school went on a trip to Te Awhina  Marae. We stayed the night at the marae, I had the worst spot because people kept on stepping on my head. It was interesting to learn about how they made the carvings and how a church got burnt down by a candle. The church is about 100 years old. We had a massive dinner, it was basically a feast, it was great. Then we went to the the beach and went home then fell asleep.
It was awesome, really fun, and sort of scary staying over night but over all it was great.

Food at the Marae

Food at the Marae
Mmmmmmmmmmm Pizza, Sausage rolls, Salad, Rice, Bacon and Egg pies 
Sorry, I could go on forever. Anyway back to the point now I am here to tell you all about the food at the Marae in Motueka. Here goes. We all piled into the dinner place for dinner there were two long tables with chairs all down the sides the teachers thought It looked like Hogwarts of Harry Potter
 and on another table was all the food.We grabbed a plate and tucked In.

As I munched into the last bite of my pizza I swear I couldn't eat another bite.

Again we rushed into the eating place for breakfast. There were Milos, Weet-Bix, Peaches,Fruit and much more. My breakfast was Weet-Bix ,Peaches, a Milo and Toast with Jam YUM.
That's my food report from the Motueka Marae.

By Meila

Mr Neal snoring at the marae

Today the purpose of my writing is to embarrass Mr Neal.
Mr Neal snores loud as a train and anyone who stayed at the marae will agree with me.
I had just gotten to sleep when I got woken up to the sound of a train, thunder and a stomping herd of cattle all rolled into one.
the sound was startling.
When the snoring quieted down I compered Mr Neal to my Mum. But my Mum would have sounded like a purring kitten next to Mr Neal.
Next I compered Mr Neal to my sleep yelling sister who has told me and one of my brothers of in her sleep.Next to Mr Neal her voice would be a sigh in the wind;
After compering Mr Neal to my Mum and sister that only leaves one more loud sleeper in my family. My brother.
I always thought no one could out snore my brother.
But sorry Mr Neal you out snored him to.
So that leaves Mr Neal the only person I know who has out snored my whole family.

By Sapphira Harrington   


On the fourth of September we left the Marae and headed off to the beach. Everyone was exhausted from the night before, but people were still looking forward to stepping on the sand. I for one couldn't wait. When we arrived the playground was filled with kids from Mahana aged from five to thirteen. The notice said that only children aged under twelve years were allowed, but I ignored that rule and went on anyway. The kids were hogging the playground while the adults cooked lunch.
After most of us were sick of the playground we moved on to a game of ki-o-Rahi on the field. We ran around for about 25 minutes. After  that we just wanted to fall down and stay there until we had to go home, but then they called us over for lunch and that made us move. Once we had eaten some of us went on the flying fox. After a few turns we had to head on down to the beach. Once everyone had been amused on the beach it was time to get back to school. On the way home some of the young kids fell asleep in the cars. When we got back we packed up and left to go to home and sleep. Over all everyone enjoyed their time away from work.

By Lilly-Mae.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Takaro Maori

Some action shots from our get-together with Mapua yesterday. Fun and games after an awesome powhiri!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

People Savers First Aid

Today the Year 6, 7, and 8 students learned First Aid. Here are some of the more gruesome pictures.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mahana Reds with Theo's Dad!

This is really cool and is really important to our school. Apples are why Mahana School is here in the first place after all. Let's get behind the Mahana Reds, and it makes a really cool name for our school sports teams.

Braden's Awesome Mahana Red Apple Video!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Power of The Blog

I came across an amazing blog recently. It is written by a 9 year old girl who decided in April to blog about her school lunches that were served at her local school. Overnight, her blog got more than 20,000 views. Since then, there has been a plethora of interest in her blog including Jamie Oliver, her local town council, other famous chefs and thousands of 'tweeters' who protested the ban that was subsequently placed on her blogging.

Not only has she had an impact on her local community, her blog has been successful in raising thousands of pounds to help feed hundreds of people in Malawi. You can check out her blog NEVERSECONDS here. Last time I looked, her blog had more than 5,800,000 views. Incredible!

This is a timely reminder that when we blog something, it has a potentially world-wide audience. How exciting to be able to share our learning, ideas and experiences with so many people.  Also, the fact that Martha's blog has raised money to help others is inspirational.

Take a moment to check out the NEVERSECONDS blog, and associated news items. It would be great if you could leave a comment on this post sharing your thoughts on Martha's blog and to share any ideas you have for blog posts for the future.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fun with Maths Problems

Whilst browsing some local blogs, I found this link on Moturoa's (Appleby School) to some cool problem solving questions. Notice that the title of each extra link gives you a clue on how to solve them, eg. Draw a Picture, Make a Link. Check them out here.

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Test Post

This is a check that the email alert function from the blog is working. If you got an alert as an email could you please let me know at



Friday, May 25, 2012

Every Picture Tells a Story

Enjoying reading with our buddies!

Frantic Searching

As part of book week events, there was a frantic search for special events from the newspaper. Papers were flying as kids skimmed and scanned for all sorts of items ranging from birth notices, weather reports and political leaders.