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.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween by Tumanako

The tradition of halloween is to celebrate the friends and family that have passed away. Halloween is taken way back, like in the olden days when there was an ancient celtic festival known as samhain. During medieval times in Ireland and Scotland, the Samhain festival was held at sunset on October 31st and lasted through daylight on November 1st.  It marked the ending of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “dark season.”people believed that the dead would return as ghosts so people would put food and wine outside of their house for the ghost’s to take. People would dress up as ghosts so they would be mistaken as one of them. Halloween was brought to the US by Irish and Scottish immigrants during the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
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Today people celebrate halloween by putting pumpkins with carved faces in them spider webs around their houses and other things that scare off people for halloween. People still dress up as ghosts but they also dress up as monsters, vampires, the devil and other scary things too. As for the kids, they dress up in fairy tail people like, princesses, something mythical, something off a kids movie or anything that relates to being a kids costume. They go around house to house saying “trick or treat” and to be funny “trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something nice to eat”. They walk around with pumpkin buckets or anything else they can store their lollies in. As you can see over the time traditions began to change.
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We can carry on celebrating the way that we are because there is nothing wrong with how we are celebrating but there might be some people that
are dressing up in costumes to blend, in but really they're just doing that because they want to kidnap a child or person! They could even be the people that live in the houses that your kids going to! So the parents are letting their children/child go by themselves/self, DON’T because one day they won’t be coming home!

In Mexico they celebrate Días de los muertos or Day of the Dead on November 1st.  It is a big celebration that honors family and friends who have passed away.
In Hong Kong Halloween celebrations are known as Yue Lan  meaning Festival of the Hungry Ghosts. During Yue Lan celebrations fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to angry ghosts looking for revenge.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Halloween by Dekorah

Why do people celebrate Halloween?

As you know Halloween is a holiday event that happens once a year at the end of October,but does anyone know why we celebrate it,or what even is Halloween? Did it have a name before Halloween?  Here is an explanation about what Halloween is and it’s history.

Halloween all started with a tradition that was celebrated over two thousand years ago. It was known and named as “The day of the dead” or in other terms “All Hallows”(this name was called by the saints on November the 1st.)The tradition of celebrating All Hallows was believed that the dead ascended from a door that lead into the underworld opened and let all sorts of spirits through.People believed and that the spirits would come and bring harm to their town’s and families.So during the Samhain festival people would leave offerings and food outside their houses so they would take the food instead of the people.Towards this people dressed up like a ghost or a dead being that made the spirits think that they are dead and would let people pass by.When people did this they could enjoy their times by passing house to house celebrating the festival of Samhain.

In in this event other countries also celebrated it but named it different things,and believed in different reasons.Here are what some countries celebrated it like,and what they called it.Halloween was accompanied by a Celtic festival of Samhain on which was called by “Summer’s end” for it was to be the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter,this was also a common reason why they celebrated this festival of Halloween.Medieval times in Ireland and Scotland,the Samhain festival was held at dawn on October the 31st towards the daylight of November the 1st,it was called “Dark season” which meant it highlighted the last day of harvesting,and the new day of winter. Over time Halloween was brought to the US by the Irish and Scottish people living in the united states during the 18th and 19th century.Ever since then traditions began to change.

Now Halloween is just celebrated by going other people’s doors and saying “Trick or treat” to get candy,or Halloween is just to have a family get together party,or even just partying.In the modern days though this event is mostly popular with children,in the original days trick-or-treaters mostly received fruits,nuts,money, and wine to contribute to their delight.In the present days Halloween Trick-or-Treaters became more popular in the US for all of the shops went all out of selling products contributing to Halloween,and sells 6 million each year just because of Halloween and its contents.

There are more and more reasons to why Halloween is celebrated and how other countries had celebrated it back in the day.We shouldn’t forget why is was created and all of its history,for Halloween has more to it than just getting free candy and sweets by just saying a phrase at someone’s door.