Monday, 3 April 2017

My grandma

My Grandma's name is Jill Carver (nee Tresidder). She was born in Wellington 29th of March 1937.

Her eldest relative that she knew when she was born was her Grandfather who was about 65, she did not know much about him though. 

Her father fought in World War 2 and survived the whole thing, sadly unlike most people.

There were stories about her ancestors from Cromwell being pirates. 

In her opinion the most important thing she got taught from her parents was that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.

Haswell quarry

This is the Halswell Quarry, we went there on Thursday 14th of March.  It was created 15 million years ago and was created from magma (lava).  Halswell Quarry was mined 150 years ago.  

The miners hung off a rope and hacked at the basalt with a pickaxe. They got more technology and cars as the years passed.  As they got deeper they found older rocks.  The oldest rock they found was igneous which was 12 million years old, the latest layer, loess,  was formed not too long ago and is made from dust particles.  

That was not all I learnt at the Halswell Quarry. There were four stages that formed the Banks Peninsula - the main stage was the magma that rose out of the sea that formed Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbour.  Then all the small vents from the side of the land formed all the other small things like Mt Herbert.  Everything dried up and formed the Banks peninsula.  The last stage was when the the rocks from rivers filled the gap between the South Island and Banks Peninsula. 

We also learnt from the park ranger Robbie, how the Council decided what to do with all the land of Halswell Quarry.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


I just about passed out as I looked up at the start of the steep hill, regretting my decision, I couldn't  turn back now. I started jogging and my legs started hurting. I said to myself,  “This is not going to be fun”.

 I kept on striding on as a stream of sweat trickled down my face. I could see the top of the hill now, I shuffled up the steep slippery track.I stopped and took a long and helpful swig from my water bottle that had been in a sweaty backpack for the past half an hour - yuck! 

Minutes that felt like hours later, me and my mum had moved about 100 metres. As I ran, bugs and bumble bees zoomed past my face like Usain Bolt sprinting past the crowd.

 The sun shone on our faces as we lay down in the long grass taking a break. The grass swayed left and right as if it was waving to us, persuading us to keep going. So we got back up and started shuffling up the hill.  An hour later my skin had so many wrinkles it looked like I was a prune. The top was in sight, I started jogging step by step. I scuffled up the hill as the hot sun sizzled my face like a sausage.  We were getting closer and closer, it seemed to be taking forever, I couldn't bear it.  Minutes later we were finally at the top of the hill, it felt like I had won a half marathon. Now I have to go down the other side and finish.

Monday, 28 November 2016


His hair is a dull grey colour that looks like Donald Trump, except a bit more wavy and smooth, but his skin is  bright pink. He has a straggly, stiff and pointy beard that makes him look like a big, fluffy polar bear. He has a shiny bald spot sitting on the top of his head that shines like the sun as it rises from the horizon. He wears old, shiny glasses that glimmer in the light. He wears a blood red coat with sheepskin at the edges. He wears a big leather belt with a golden, glossy buckle that sits on his circular tummy. His bright red pants and bulky and his black shoes look like they get polished every afternoon as they glimmer when the sun lusters on them. 

He is a chirpy guy that is loud and energetic and never gets angry. His favourite place in the whole wide world is his cosy room. As he falls into the mythical land of his sofa, his rotund tummy protrudes under his T-shirt, looking like he is nine months pregnant. After a hard day's work he sits by the log burner watching TV while looking out the window but all he can see is the glass covered in thick white snow. He has a great talent of getting around the whole world in twelve hours. Zoom, zoom he goes on his amazing sleigh which holds the one billion presents he needs to deliver, with the help of his 8 friendly reindeer friends who pull the sleigh around the world, they are as strong as Muhammad Ali. Santa has one billion, 3 foot creatures that are the nicest people ever. They are the hard working and very accepting elves. He has a wife that is a great cook and makes delicious truffles, her name is Mrs Claus. 

“Hohoho, Merry Christmas” Santa says. He has a deep voice which is positive and broad, spreading across the room. It is loud and chirpy and it always flows really well and is never awkward. 

Santa has a lot of nice, loyal friends that he likes to hang out with, such as his wife Mrs Claus, his elves and of course his eight strong reindeer. He makes people feel more positive and happier when they talk to him. People would say that he is a bright and happy guy, they also might say that he is giving. He lives in a cold and comfy environment with a happy vibe. He lives in a gigantic, clean factory where he sleeps, eats and has a lot of bright, positive colours in his house. It is clean and has no rubbish or litter anywhere. He has a very special and important list that know one is allowed to see or touch.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Travis Wetlands

On Wednesday I went on an adventure at Travis Wetlands.  We saw lots of fascinating wildlife like eels in rivers and hawks gliding in the sunny sky. I chose this photo because it shows pukekos in their natural habitat showing how they survive in the wild. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Riccarton bush

We went for an adventure in Riccarton Bush, exploring nature and looking for mind boggling images and tall old trees. We took this photo and put it onto my doc because it was so deranged, crazy and bonkers  And shows nature at its finest

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Discovery time reflection

When I was doing discovery for the past two terms my favourite activities were woodwork because I could be as creative as I wanted.
I learnt a lot of new skills like nailing with my wrist instead of my shoulders and elbows. I also loved doing the sports that other people in my class organised because I worked with people that I usually wouldn't work with and I saw what skills other people have. 

I have encountered a few challenges from the two terms of discovery like when I was making a ramp with Jacob Y.  It was really hard to find a piece of wood that was the right shape and size so we joined two pieces of wood together to make it the perfect piece of wood. It was also hard to get enough people to play with us when we were doing basketball so we asked the people that were wandering around if they wanted to play. 

I learnt to take my time and not rush so the project was quality and didn’t look junky. It was hard for me to make decisions on what I was going to do for discovery because there were so many things to do.
 I overcame this by trying new things and joining in with people I wouldn’t usually work with, so I didn't waste my time.   I improved on taking time to achieve a better result than what it usually looks like. I feel I improved the quality my work. I would like a wider range of activities for term four.