Have you seen a silver dragonfly necklace? It is a thin silver chain and a tiny silver dragonfly with baby blue coloured crystals, if found PLEASE return to Year Six.
Friday 5th October saw the whole school come together to show their week’s work involving recycled plastic. New Mills Primary School’s first ever Sculpture Park was themed around the Ocean’s plight. All pupils from Reception to Year 6 did their part to help make our fantastic park. Parents and friends of the school visited on Friday afternoon, offering donations to wander through the outdoor display. They could also buy little maps to show them which way to walk through the park and where the different sculptures were. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 made big class sculptures. Year 3 and 4 made little sculptures which were put together to make bigger sculptures. Year 5 and 6 worked in groups and designed and made sculptures of various sizes. The money raised will go to the school ????!
Hi guys! It’s Lily here (like always) and today’s blog is about the nature in NZ. While here we’ve seen loads of animals, plants and insects. So up first is the mighty Blue Whale! These bad boys are the world’s biggest creature even bigger than any Dinosaur! Pretty big if you ask me. Now the Blue Whale has surprisingly a really small throat so when the Whale comes up to the surface to breathe, he swallows every thing in front of him. So if he ate 1 Coca Cola bottle… (he might) DIE!
Onto the Sperm Whale, this animal has a few world records like ‘the world’s biggest head’ and ‘world’s biggest brain’. The Sperm Whale’s favourite food is squid ???? especially giant squid. This Whale has lots of 28cm teeth only on the bottom of his mouth.
Now it’s the scary Huntsman Spider, if you would not witness this paragraph skip it and move onto Bottle Nose Dolphins. Some might know because I commented on a blog but when we stayed in McBirney’s Place there was a huge Huntsman Spider in our bathroom! They are known by this name because of their speed and mode of hunting. They also are called Giant Crab Spiders because of their size and appearance.
Next is the Bottle Nose Dolphins, they are given their name Bottle because their nose looks like a bottle. They feed in groups called pods and are very playful! Ripper was the dominant male and he slapped his tail to show the younger dolphins who’s boss! There were a few dolphins with names like:
There was a few more but I can’t remember their names.
The next animal is the black and white Orca. Some call it a killer whale but it is a dolphin so it should really be called the killer dolphin! It is the world’s biggest dolphin and eats fur seals and whales and other fish.
Finally it’s the albatross – a big and beautiful bird which can have a wing span of up to 3.6m or 3 tall adults stood on top of each other! Wow ????, we saw a few different species of albatross like the wandering albatross and the southern royal albatross and the Buller’s albatross (and a couple more). When we fed them they loved the frozen fish guts.
So there you go, just a bit of the nature in NZ. Just a little more to tell you, some English birds are a little different here like the robin, it is black with a yellow tummy and swans are black and their beaks are red! That is all from me for today. See you soon
Wednesday 10th January
Kia ora! Hi….
For this blog I will be telling you about earthquakes and the geothermal reserve the Agombar’s visited.
New Zealand is a very volcanic place because it sits upon 2 tectonic plates, so that means they have earthquakes and a risk of tsunamis. It is a very geothermal place to live in! Now around 1 year ago there was a earthquake in the South Island of NZ which lifted up lots of rock, in some places 18 metres of rock raised up out of nowhere! In the picture of the ‘geothermal NZ’ I stood on the newly lifted rock. (Top left corner) If you don’t know how earthquakes are made here you go:
When the plates of the world rub (smash) into each other it makes a earthquake (thanks Mrs Plant for teaching me that).
Onto the geothermal Park, while there I can tell you this was the most smelly place ever (rotten egg smell!). It is where magma is close to the surface, and heats up water and mud to make it bubble and steam. It was in the North Island. The acid green pool was called the devil’s bath and the orange and green pool was called the champagne pool because it was bubbling with boiling water.
Monday 8th January 2018!
Hi it’s Lily,
This blog is about why we came to New Zealand (to visit our family). The Dunfords are made up of 3 people:
1. Mel Dunford
2. Josh Dunford
3. Ella Dunford
Mel is my auntie and Josh and Ella are my cousins. Josh is 10 and Ella 7. They have a fluffy, short hair silver tabby cat with yellow eyes. She is called Jazzy. New Zealand has 2 islands, they live in the North Island, in a city called Auckland. Because it’s so hot they have to wear sun block and a sun hat to school everyday. Above New Zealand the ozone has a big hole in it! That’s why it is super hot!
See you soon
Saturday 30th December
Kia ora! Hello, New Mills Primary. This is my first blog in New Zealand ???????? and it’s all about Māori.
Lots of words mean two different things like rangatira: Chief or owner. Here are some Māori words and their meanings.
* Kia ora – Hello, thank you
* Kei te pai ahau – I am good
* Nui – big
* Roto – Lake
* Haka – posture Dance
* Iwi – tribe
* Whanau – family group
So there is some useful words to impress your friends! Now I will tell you some facts about Māori.
Māori people came to NZ in canoes from Polynesia around 800 years ago. They have their own language, beliefs, crafts and arts. There are less then 1,000,000 Māori people in the world and that’s nothing compared to the 70 million people in the UK ????????. British people started coming to NZ around 400 years ago. Māori and British signed a treaty and NZ began!
We saw a couple of Māori performances (see in photo)
Thanks for reading
Friday 22nd December
Hi guys, today’s blog is about snorkelling!
This is a fun sport and is a great way to learn about fish and their habitats. While I was swimming I saw:
* Big Huge Massive Giant Trevallys
* Flat fish
* Angel fish
* Blue starfish
* Millions and Millions of sea cucumbers
* Pipe fish
* Giant Clams
* And lots which I don’t know the name of!
The sea is a huge place but our reef was so so so small compared to the big master ocean ????. Some of the reef was dead and regrowing to lovely colourful coral. It died a few years ago when the sea got too hot. In a kayak that came with the house we explored other islands and named them too.
DID YOU KNOW? Sun burn is damaged skin!
Thanks for reading another of my blogs
Hi it’s Lily here.
Today I will be telling you about the time the Agombar’s made Coconut Cream!
Step 1: First we needed some Coconut trees ????
Step 2: Next make sure you have the right size Coconut
Step 3: (not a sprouting one!!)
Step 4: Shake it to hear the milk ????
Step 5: Smash Coconut into a wooden spike
Step 6: Pull off the Coconuts husk
Step 7: Keep pulling!
Step 8: (this isn’t really a step but…) look at all of Bob’s husk! (I named our Coconut Bob)
Step 9: Dad really did a good job on Bob
Step 10: Chop open the Coconut with a machete (sorry Bob ????)
Step 11: Tip out or drink the Coconut water
Step 12: Use a Coconut grater to grate Bob. Ouch!!!
Step 13: Make lots of shredded coconut
Step 14: squeeze the shreds for lovely coconut cream
Step 15: EAT!!!
So there you go how to make Coconut Cream, here are some ways of using Coconuts:
You can use the husks for compost or matting; you can drink the coconut water; you can eat the coconut flesh and make yummy cakes; you can make cream for cooking and oil for frying and you can use it in your hair and for sun cream too.
Sunday 17th December
It’s Lily here, today it is so so so hot!
Chickens are very common in the Cook Islands ???????? We give them our food scraps like:
- Banana peel
- Left over coconut
- Watermelon rind
- passion fruit
- and orange peel
Hope all is good.
Friday 15th December
This is Thursday and Friday, they are the cats that live on the island
????Thursday is the youngest cat, she eats lots and jumps lots oh and wakes you up in the morning when she chases the chickens ????.
????Friday is the orange cat ???? and is the older and more sleepy one. Miss you lots.
Thursday 14th December
Hi, it’s Lily. My favourite room is the balcony, it’s breezy there are no mosquitos & you have a sea view; oh and not forgetting the hammock! There are nets on our beds to keep out the bugs. There is no glass in the windows and when it is stormy we shut the shutters to keep out the rain & wind. There are coconuts & chickens in the garden and two cats. There is no electricity or WiFi or phones and no hot water. We use rain water and wash in the sea which is really warm !!
Wednesday 13th December