Tuesday, 5 April 2016

How bees make honey

Honey is a sweet spread that can be used for many different things, honey comes from worker bees and usually live in colonies of usually 20 000  to 60 000 bees.
Bees move from flower to flower collecting nectar until their honey stomachs ,which are different from their food stomachs, are full. Once they arrive at their hive they pass the nectar through their mouths to the other worker bees who then chew it for about half an hour, this process is continued until the nectar turns into Honey.
When the honey is done they store it in honeycomb shells which are like tiny jars, however if the honey is still wet the bees fan it off with their wings and then seal it with a wax lid to keep it clean.

A queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day which can cause the hive to became a bit congested. If the Queen bee feels like the hive is too busy she leaves with half of the worker bees and they go form another hive somewhere else and continue with their jobs while the other half that stayed in the old hive gets a new queen and continues with their life.

In conclusion bees have a very important job in the world and work really hard.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

How a hot air balloon works

A hot air balloon is a big piece of special fabric that is tied onto a basket,
it floats by hot air that is produced by the Burner, The heated air
Causes the balloon to rise because it is lighter than an equal volume of cold
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A hot air balloon consists of 3 parts… The envelope: The actual fabric which holds the air ,
The burner: The unit which propels the heat up inside the envelope , The basket: Where the passengers and the pilot stands. The very first hot air balloon to ever be created was in 1783 made by the Montgolfier brothers and was the first successful human-carrying flight technology. Hot air balloons can be very interesting because they can come in all Shapes, sizes and colours.

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In conclusion a hot air balloon is a technical but interesting thing that has been around for many years and will always stay an interesting creation..

Thursday, 19 November 2015


Friday the 13th, athletics day had just begun. A great day where you got to compete against other people your age cheer on your house and have a great time with your friends. The heat from the sun was burning down on all 400 hundred of us as we did our best to win ourselves a ribbon.

The first event I did was high jump. Only Lennox had made the jump before me. I was really nervous because I am normally really bad at high jump and barely anyone had made it. But somehow on my first jump I actually cleared the jump. So at the end of the first hight only Lennox, Brody and me had cleared it. So we knew that 1st, 2nd, 3rd were going to go to us. I was super happy as I jumped my next hight and somehow again I cleared but on my last jump I couldn’t make it so I got 3rd.

My next event that I got a placing was discuss my favourite event in athletics day. I am pretty good at it and on my first throw I made was a really good though and it put me in first place. Everyone else had their throws and we found out the top 10. I was in it and everyone who was in the top 10 got to have another throw. My next throw I decided to do a full spin and I improved my throw by a few centimeters. I came first and I had lots of fun.

My last event that I got a placing in was shot put. I was alright at this but I didn’t think that I would do to well. I came 3rd and I had a few alright throws and overall it was pretty fun. Faronce came first followed by Lennox and then me.

Overall the athletics day went quite well with me and I had lots of fun with the rest of the events that I did. Big thanks to Mr Fourie for setting it up and a big cheer for all of the people that participated.


The first day of camp was my most stressful. Always thinking that I had forgotten something, sitting waiting in our camp lines (TRICKSTERS) waiting for the bus to arrive, talking to friends and campers just looking forward to camp. But still I had that doubt in my mind about if I had everything. Suddenly the bus had arrived getting all of my things together I started to head to the bus with Tristan, Finley, Jack and Tyrone, we sat down and started to get ready and make jokes about what was going to happen those next 3 days.

We arrived at camp, we all got into our camp group lines and we were introduced to the rules and regulations of the camp grounds. After that we were sent to put our things in our cabins and get ready for our first activity. In my cabin it was me and some of my good friends, Jack,Tyrone,Tristan,Jared and Mikil. We all started to have arguments on who was sitting where but while they were doing that I threw all of my stuff onto one of the top bunks and walked off to have a look at the rest of the camp.

My team's first activity was the initiative course, a really fun, hard course that was all about thinking and using your brain to try and figure out the problems as fast as you can. The first thing we did was the lava puzzle. You had to work your way to the finish by putting down planks into little posts with cut outs for each plank. The planks had to fit and each plank could only have 5 people on it at a time. It was really hard at first but eventually we worked it out. The rest of the initiative course was not to hard but it was still really fun.

Archery was our second activity and definitely my favourite of camp. I really didn’t think that I was going to do well but like normal I was wrong. Paul who was our instructor was giving us a demonstration on how we should shoot the bow. He did it without any arrows and bent the bow backwards and for about 10 minutes started to tinker with it to fix it, thankfully he did. Andre was first up from the boys, I helped him with it and we got a alright score of the targets. After Andre it was me, I knocked the arrow into the bow string and lifted up started to aim, pulled the string back and then after a few seconds I let go. It was a really good shot and it landed right on the target. My second and third were just as good. Throughout the rest of the activity I had lots of fun and did some really good shooting.

That night we had the burma trial, it was nowhere near as scary I as   it was meant to be but still quite a lot of fun. It was really late at night but we could still see which was what stopped it from being scary. Me and Andre were at the front of the line of our group. We could see anything in the forest that moved. We saw different parents that were about to scare us and we would just point at them and they would have to stop. Only one parent actually scared our group and that was Nick's dad Paul. He jumped out of a tree and screamed and almost landed directly on top of me.

On the second day we woke up at 6:45 in the morning and got ready for the morning run. It was pouring down with rain but everyone still had to do it. We ran through the burma trail and it was really cool to see it in the light. All of the different streams that we fell into and all of the roots from the trees that we fell over. After that we all got ready for breakfast.

One of my favourite activities of that day was the air rifles. It wasn’t to hard for me because I do target shooting quite regularly and I knew what to do and all of that stuff. But it was fun watching the new people to shooting learning on how to shoot and also seeing the people who were actually quite good at it. I got 5 of the little silhouettes and the balloons.
I found the climbing wall pretty hard, but I still managed to do it. The people before me in the group did a pretty good job and that made me think that it was going to be easy, but of course it wasn’t. It was super hard to get grip and pulling yourself up was pretty painful. But it was still fun to cheer on friends who were in my group and get to the top.

Next we had the confidence course, basically a huge course full of obstacles that we would have to climb and move our way through and try to get to the end in the fastest time. I think that I did pretty well with it and it was super fun. It was really fun doing the tires swings because it was all about moving fast across. The day was lots of fun and I was looking forward to the next day… Snowboarding!!!!!
Snowplanet was the highlight of camp, it was super fun all day we just talked to friends raced and tried to learn how to ski or snowboard. I did snowboarding and found it really hard at first but later on in the day it became super easy. It was great just sliding through the snow going fast and trying to avoid all of the people who were crashing in front of me. I just want to head back there and do more and more.

Camp overall was a great experience and I had a lot of fun with all of my friends. If you are in year 7 or 8 camp is something that you just need to go!!!

Athletics 2015

BANG “I'm going to get a ribbon I know I can do it” I started sprinting,going as fast as I could to get into 3 place. When I got into 3 place I started to pace myself so that I could keep my placing I was so glad that I had finished the race and came 3.

It was Athletics day for Reremoana school at Massey park. The school was buzzing with excitement everyone was ready for this day they were all dressed up in there house colours and they were all ready to go to athletics. The first year group that was ready went on the buses first. When our bus was full we started to go to Massey park.

When we got to Massey park we put our bags on the stand and then started to head to our first event, high jump. I was surprised that they started the height at 1.10m but I did it anyway when I went I ran and jumped but I did very bad so I just sat out and started to watch the rest of the people jump. The next event we went to was the 200m sprint I started on the second lane at the front. ZOOM! I started sprinting. When we had finished I came 5th but I knew that I would never get a placing but I tried my hardest anyway.

After we had finished all of the other events we went and got our bags. Then we all had to line up on the grass in our class lines so that we could get onto the buses, when the bus was completely full we started to head back to school. When we got back to school we went over to the courtyard and Mr Fourie said good things about the day after he had finished I went home after a good day of Athletics.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Reremoana Athletics 2015
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“Hurry up, we want to get on the bus first”, is all I hear in my ears and we are doing the role before we hopped onto the bus. We get there and “Bang”, Dean shots the gun, and it goes off and the first time today. One of many, many more shots that we are gonna hear. Even though there is a long time, till my first race, me and some of the other go and warm up.

Massey Park was where Reremoana held our Athletics day on Friday. It was a perfect day with hopefully an amazing day to come with all my other friends for my last athletics day as a year 8 student. My first event came and I was warmed up and ready to go, although a couple of days earlier my heel had been hurting. After the race I just could not even hardly walk on my foot, and so I had to take a couple a panadols, so that I would be able to run my last relay for my house and for Reremoana School.

Probably one of my favourite events that I did was either high jump, long jump or my 1500 meter race. High jump because, it was a awesome atmosphere and everyone (All the years 8’s) were having and good time at there last Reremoana School athletics day. Long jump everyone had a great time, with milo face planting in the sand, which was the best face plant of the day. And then when zion SMASHED the record. And the 1500 meter race, cause even though I hurt my foot, I just love long distance running altogether.

At the end of the day, it was the perfect day to be having a school athletics day on and I’m sure was a day that everyone enjoyed. And I would like to say a Big Thanks to Mr Fourie for making this day possible, also Mrs van zyle. So to sum the last Reremoana school athletics day up in a few words Awesome, Friendships, Hot, and just GREAT!!

CAMP 2015

Image result for peter snell youth villageAs I hopped on to the bus the engine started. Everyone was ready for the fun to start! We had our camp booklets for a little quiz so we had to keep our eyes peeled open for any signs or buildings that were listed. We took a wrong turn taking us to long bay regional park, But after a while we arrived with an amazing view!

~ Day 1 ~
IMG_1784.jpgWe found our cabins to put our bags in, and then went out to know what to do and not to do. Then we got on with Rotation 1 - Initiative course. I was in Tricksters. We had to work as a team to complete course. We had a few hard obstacles to past, but we work as a team and completed them. We laughed laughed until it was time for, Rotation 2 - Archery. Paul, a parent helper was in charge of archery. He was showing us how to shoot the arrow and then he broke the bow! We laughed and laughed but then we fixed it. I wasn’t really good at this, but I still had heaps of fun. The the buzzer went for dinner. We had Roast Beef, Peas and Sweet corn, Roasted Potato and Kurma, and for dessert we had mini donuts and cream. After dinner we got ready for the waterslide. That woke me up, that water was cold. After that we went on a beach walk and slowly the sun set. By the time we got back to the campsite it was dark and that made it the right time for us to go on the burma trail.
There were obstacles in the way and we had to get over them. We laughed as a team and helped each other as much as possible. Then it was lights out for Day 1.

~ Day 2 ~

We started off with Rotation 3 - Hobo Stoves. My team, the Tricksters chanted themselfs down into the bushes where we cooked the sizzling pancakes. We made the pancake batter and then we started to cook, they didn’t taste that nice. Rotation 4 - Rifles. I wasn’t the best at this but once I got the hang of it I started to hit the targets! Our team chanted lots and had heaps of fun! Rotation 5 - Rock Climbing. This was quite difficult but our team persevered and climbed. We chanted every single time a person got to the top and cheered them on! Rotation 6 - Confidence Course. The last activity for camp. We had obstacles we had to pass. They was a little flying fox that crossed over a river. Everyone went as fast as a cheater. They was swinging tyers that we had to cross. We walked over logs and ropes. We did bit by bit as a team and then we did it individually. We had heap of fun! It was now time for dinner, Rice, Chicken, Coleslaw, and for dessert, Rainbow jelly, and ice cream. Mmmm That was good! After dinner we had time to get ready for the Talent quest. The Talent quest started at 8 o’clock and my group, The Tricksters were first. I couldn’t stop laughing but I had heaps of fun anyway. We got to watch all the camp groups after. Then it went on to the other groups. My group , Jorien, Theane, Jani, Eden, Zion, Luke, Mitchell, Gabe were 2nd to last so we had to wait quite a bit. We performed and then sat down and watched the last group. Then it was prize giving, we were all waiting nervously to hear the results. For the camp groups in 3rd place was the Krew, 2nd place was The Superheros, and 1st was The Tricksters! We did our chant and then sat down with our prizes. The we did the prize giving for the other groups. 3rd place was Katie, Ashleigh, Olivia, Chloe, Shaun, Vishay, Keegan, Xander. 2nd place was BJ, Nick, Griffin, Istvan, Brody, Sam, Andre, Carl. 1st place was Jorien, me, Eden, Jani, Theane, Luke, Zion, Gabe, Mitchell. We collected our prizes and then sat down. Then it was time for bed.

~ Day 3 ~
We started the day off with the morning run. Then we all got ready for breakfast. After breakfast we go into warm clothes so we were ready for snow planet. We arrived at snow planet and got into the gear. I was doing skiing. Once we had our gear on we had a 1 hour lesson. We started with walking on one ski, then we moved on the two skis and then we eventually started skiing down a small slope. After 1 hour it was morning tea. They had many different types of muffins, and juice. Once we finished our morning tea we got to go out and practise by ourselves. I fell over a few times. During that time we had lunch. I had pizza, and chip. We still had a bit of time after lunch. I had heaps of fun, laughing and helping my friends. Once we got back to the campsite, the waterslide opened for everyone to go on. This time we went from the top. It went really fast! After we had dinner, Lasagna, Potato wedges, Coleslaw, Fried rice, and for dessert, Apple crumble, and cream. Then after dinner we had the Y games. My team, the Tricksters started off quite slow but when it came to the music quiz we got more points. Then we had the food and drink section. We had heaps of fun and laughed with people. Then it was prize giving. 3rd place Tricksters, 2nd place The stingers, 1st place The parents!! It was really late so we missed tea and biscuits and went straight to bed.

~ Day 4 ~

By this day we all were very tired but we managed to cope. We didn’t do the morning run this day because we had the big final camp clean up. I was cleaning up the hall. Once we were done we went for a final walk to the beach. Looked in the rock pools and played on the swing. Then it was top class event. There were many activities like Morning run, Initiative course, Confidence course, Archery, Rifles, and waterslide. I did a part of the Confidence course. At the end we had to get together as a class and make our room number. So of course my class, Room 3 made the number room 3. Room 4 was also there too. It was very close between the two classes, but we finally came out with a winner, ROOM 3!! Then it was time to leave the camp. Peter Snell is an amazing camp! It makes you challenge yourself if things are hard, but most of all you have so much fun! I loved every bit of this camp!

Also a big thanks to the parent helpers! Without you guys, we wouldn’t be able to make this camp the best. And another big thanks to Mr Fourie, Mr Munro, and Mrs Bailey! Without you guys, this camp wouldn’t be possible!