Water Whānau Year 10 students had an incredible Day 2 out at Muriwai. Students learned the skills and techniques of surfing in order to catch some waves. And horse trekking along the black sand was a completely new experience for many. What stunning Auckland weather too!
Today, Year 9 Outdoor Education students completed a day of tree planting to assist a Trees for Survival initiative in Karaka. This time spent planting also contributed to their community service stream of the William Pike Challenge Award.
Year 7 Water Whānau students had a presentation from BLAKE today. BLAKE educators brought in a class-set of virtual reality headsets to deliver an inspiring session on environmental stability with a focus on oceans. Students had an underwater experience with the VR systems comparing pristine marine environments to damaged ones. An incredible finale to their Term 1 “Life in Water’ context.
All Water Whānau students will have a session with BLAKE this week.
On Sunday 25th April, Kristina Toleafoa (8C2) and her younger sister met the superstars of netball on centre court at the Pulman Arena before the Stars vs Tactix ANZ Premiership. Kristina is an up-and-coming netball player who won the chance to meet the two captains and lead the teams onto the court as part of the ANZ Future Captains programme. Congratulations Kristina!
Toesh Rawat (8F2) won the Howick RSA intermediate category poem/essay competition. This morning he presented his poem at the dawn service on Stockdale Hill and then later at the Howick RSA’s breakfast. His poem is below.
On the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula Our men stood steadfast As kaitiaki for whom no price was high enough Even if it meant laying their lives down E kore e whakarere
All around them The stench of death, loss and grief Comrades mere shells of men they had been Shadows of the lives they had led Contemplating the grueling conditions they endured The hope that war would end kept them going Every single day the memories of the tamariki, the kuia who wait and hope Hope and wait for their sons return. Hope and wait for their fathers to return E kore e whakarere
But these men had a bigger promise to fulfill They had to make the world a better place even with the smallest of actions. Even the smallest of actions changed the lives of the future generations Even the smallest of actions still affects us to this day There every action gave us the freedom we have now. E kore e whakarere
The day creeps by slowly and slowly with just the thought of their families Every single day they had to deal with the gruesome conditions. Every single day they had to fight for their families at home Every single day the soldiers have to fight for the future tamarikis Every single day the nurses had to help heal the injured All to help end the war E kore e whakarere
Putting their lives on the line Watching their friends die Shell casings everywhere Rationing their food
Dying of diseases All to help the future generations E kore e whakarere
Stuck on the edge of a cliff The sea on their back Turks above them Nowhere to go They still fight and won’t give up It is because of them, we live in freedom All to help us now. E kore e whakarere
When the war had ended, their sacrifices, not forgotten The death of their fellow comrades, not forgotten Everything they had done for our country, not forgotten E kore e whakarere
Congratulations to the MHJC ‘Miracles’ who took home the gold medal following a closely fought one point win over the ‘Heat’ in the Senior Boys ‘Keep Hoopin’ 3×3 module this evening. 🏀 Congratulations to (from back left): Leota Ivaiti, PJ Ainoa, Samuel Murray, Ross Raheke, Donovan Naidu, and Tawhiri Hetaraka.
Year 9 Coast Whānau students travelled to Okahu Bay today to participate in Waka Ama in support of their Term 1 Learning Context – The ME in Team. They also completed activities with Drowning Prevention Auckland to help grow their water confidence. Another great day out!
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