Thursday, 23 November 2017

Sustainable Fishing by Anita

This week we have been discussing sustainable methods of fishing such as using a fishing line, spear fishing or even a sustainable fish farm. These methods ensure that we are not taking too many fish (over fishing) so that we are not putting them endanger. Unsustainable methods of fishing include using F.A.Ds (fish aggravation devices), bottom trawling (dragging a big net along the bottom of the ocean) and throwing dynamite into the ocean! These methods kill heaps of fish, dolphins, sharks and other sea animals  - which is putting them in danger!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Today we celebrated the end of our testing and Miss Stone's dissertation with a food technology lesson and pizza party. We have had a tough two weeks testing and we have all worked hard to improve throughout the year.

We decided to make everything, including the pizza bases ourselves so that they were more enjoyable. We started by mixing the ingredients together to make the dough.

After we left it to rise we floured our tables and began to knead it and roll it into a pizza shape.

Then we covered our pizza in the sauce and toppings of our choice: bacon, chicken, pepperoni, tomato,  mozzarella, pineapple, garlic and different types of herbs.

Miss Stone took them to the staffroom to cook and we prepared for our pizza party. We all really enjoyed eating the pizza that we had created.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Maui Dolphins by Salote

Maui dolphins have been endangered by fishermen’s nets and they need help because the number of dolphins is becoming smaller and smaller from them getting caught in nets or because of bottom trawling. People have been putting the dolphins life in danger because they also capture calves.

What  are Maui Dolphins?
Maui dolphins are the world’s rarest and smallest known subspecies of dolphins. They are the most endangered sea species in the world and there are a tiny amount of them left, they are also subspecies of the Hector’s dolphins. In New Zealand scientists have declared that there are only 55 dolphins left. That is a really small amount!

Why are they endangered?
Maui dolphins have been living with threat throughout their lives and they have been caught up in fishermen’s net including trawling. For example, Fishermen have trapped the dolphins in there set-net while they have been setting for fish. They scoop any sea-creature up and don’t realise what they have caught in their net.

What people can do to help them?
People could stop setting their nets or trawling near the dolphins to prevent them from not getting captured in their nets. People could also help by writing to the prime minister and to the minister for primary industries.

Help the Maui dolphins by stopping fishermen from capturing our native species and don’t trawl by the dolphins.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

In term two we learnt about the Treaty of Waitangi and we investigated New Zealand history. This prepared us for our school camp to Russell and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. We took some footage of the places that we visited and we used these images and videos as the background of our film festival movie. We wanted to create a movie that would teach other students about the treaty; to share our learning with them.
Thanks to Bensound (2017) for providing the Royalty Free Music that was used in this movie.

We hope you enjoyed our movie and that you learnt more about the Treaty of Waitangi!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Anita Kelly Tarltons Recount

It was October the 30th,the sun was shining and the wind was blowing gracefully. Both Room 8 and 7 were getting ready for there big Kelly Tarltons trip. Kelly Tarltons is a Sea Life Aquarium which is placed near the Auckland City and the Mission bay beach.The whole aquarium is runned through pipes under the ground. The reason why our fellow Glenbrae students  were going to Kelly Tarltons was because of one of our amazing topics,protecting animals.

When we got our lanyards and backpacks ready we headed to the hall for last preparations.Our deptitul teacher,Mrs Raj announced a variety of rules Kelly Tarltons wanted us to follow. After that we went straight to the bus which arrived a few minutes ago . We hopped in the bus and greeted our bus driver. We then headed for Kelly Tarltons.

When we arrived at Kelly Tarltons, we went through the entrance which led us to our first destination, Scott Base. As you might know Scott Base was named after a very special person,this person's full name was Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Captain Scott was a british royal navy officer and a explorer who travelled to Antarctica and surprisingly found a extraordinary fossil. This fossil which was found by Captain Scott contained a lot of information. This fossil was actually the only evidence to show that the world and all its contents and countries were all together as one.

After visiting  Scott Base we headed towards the Penguin Exhibition. When we walked in the Penguin exhibition,the smell of raw fish hit us and the wetness beside the tanks made it difficult for us to walk. We saw some penguins swim and some penguins waddle behind the glass. At this moment it was lunch time and so one of the people who worked at Kelly Tarltons were getting ready to feed each and every one of the penguins. The instructors even lured some penguins in front of us just for show! We moved down towards the end of the glass and there we saw some Penguin eggs ready to hatch any time soon, It was so fascinating. As we exited the Penguin Exhibition we had to take a quick break to have our delicious afternoon lunch.

A while after the Penguin Exhibition and Lunch time we went to the travelator which took us under a huge tank where fishes and other amazing sea creatures were. The travelator was moving slowly so we got the advantage to look at all of the sea animals while we passed. We all were watching the fishes swim by and then we saw a huge stingray swim over our heads. We then saw a huge shark swimming on the left side of us,most of the Glenbrae students thought it was really scary and so they kept their distance.

After a small ride on the travelator we got to go to the rock pools to feel some sea animals.We lined up and then one by one we touched a small,brown starfish and a coral. When I got to touch the small, brown starfish it felt bumpy and rocky. The Coral also felt weird and sticky. The Rockpools were inside a cafe  and so that gave us a opportunity to look out in the sea from a large glass window.

After the Rock Pools the rest of the Glenbrae students headed to the bus which was parked outside. We all walked in the bus and there we went straight to Glenbrae on time for the end of the day bell. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kelly Tarltons for inviting our school to learn about the animals among the sea. We saw a lot of beautiful animals and their natural habitats. We have learned alot from your aquarium,Thank you.