Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Zealand Soldiers!

Room 19 has been searching and learning about the New Zealand Forces with knowledge. Our class task was to write a piece of writing about it and we were all interested in it.

The bodies of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan have begun their journey to return back home in New Zealand. Afghanistan would've been Luke Tamatea's (Corporal) final tour of duty. His family and friends did not have a chance to welcome him home. He was only 31 years old alongside medic Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, of Christchurch, and Private Richard Harris, 21,  On the 4th of August, Lance Corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer were killed during an ambush in the area of Bamyan. 10 soldiers have been killed this year and I bet you that the families eyes are filled with tears.

You may be thinking/wondering, ‘How were they killed?’ Well, the soldiers that passed away most recently were killed on the road-side with an I.E.D bomb which stands for, “Improvised Explosive Device.” Our New Zealand Soldiers have been in Afghanistan since 2003!! They will be staying there until 2013. So that means they have been there for about 9 years. I feel very sorry for their families. From above, there is a picture of some soldiers that has passed away.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Exhausting, Strenuous, Arduous, Wearing, Demanding, Laborious Cross Country! The Worst Thing I've Ever Done!

Recently, Pt England had their cross country and I had no choice but to run it.  It was nerve racking for me because there were some fast people I had to face and run with. All of us (the Juniors, Seniors plus the Teachers and Parents) Walked down to the hard-court for the 2012 cross country. It was that time when nearly everyone gets scared and doesn’t want to run.  Anyway I was in the Red house, ‘Te Arawa.’

Guess what happened to me? I was trying to hide but then I got court from one of the parents.  “Oh... I don’t want to run.” I said.

Still sitting on the hard concrete having butterflies in my stomach, I was finally allowed to get up and support my cousins. While they were running, it pressured me!  I was too nervous so I went to my friends. I felt better after all.

It was our turn to run.  As soon as we heard Mr Burt say, “GO!” we ran our hardest and not even 2 steps it was already slippery and our shoes were already muddy.  Serena aced it. “Around the cone guys”  Ms Squires said.   I tried to stop at a big puddle of mud but I couldn’t because if I did I would have came last and that’s embarrassing. My shoes were muddy all over. I was disappointed!

We had to run 3k’s. First we ran around the trees then we got to the Pt England Reserves and that’s where we got too muddy.   We ran around the reserves and we ran into the forest/bush. It was exhausting and I ran with difficulty!

A lot of people ran past me. One of the teachers, 'Miss V' said, “You're not half-way yet!”  "Oh My GOSH!!: I replied.  Sometime later Toreka caught up to me and it was cool to have a friend running with me.

After the VEEEEERRRrYyYyY!! LLLOOnnnggg RUN! I I finally finished with an aching leg. I felt proud of myself. It was the worst thing I've ever done.

Thanks to Vanila Fa'amausili for checking my work.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Made Up Story Which I Wish Will Happen!! "The London Games"

I never knew I was going to be one of these. I also didn’t realize that we were going to it.  ‘We’ are my family and I. My sister Valerie is competing in the Olympics again.  She has been competing in shot-put event for lllooonnnggg!   
One day, Valerie came and told my family and I that there was going to be another Olympics and just reminded us NOW!!  “We are going to LONDON!! Woo  Hoo” I shouted while I was excited. I went over excited that that my father told me to hush up!! I couldn’t wait because we are leaving in 2 days.

It was time for us to leave and finally it was that time when I get over excited to go to London. The last time I went to London I was spoilt and hopefully I get spoilt again.  We were on the PLANE!! UP UP UP and AWWAAAY we go!!!  

“Sanah, Sanah wake up we’re in England now.” My mum said. As soon as I heard it, I got up straight away and there I was on the beautiful place, ENGLAND!  My family and I plus our representers, went to a beautiful hotel in England and it was the same hotel we were staying in before when we came for a holiday. We were at the hotel at UK.

Finally it was the Opening Ceremony and I was sitting in the best seats with all the others.  There were lots of performances and it was amazing to see famous athletes and while they were going around and around in between the crowd, I saw Usain Bolt! The fastest man in the world.  it was cool and one of the best Olympics I’ve been to.  After a long night,  we went back to the hotel and rested until the next day where sister is competing tomorrow.

We woke up early and left the Hotel. It was no where near time for Valerie to compete so we went and watched the athletics and I was surprised to see how fast Usain Bolt ran.  After all, it was time for Valerie to ace it again in shot put. We went to watch her game at night time and it was cool. I was so spoilt and feeling good while we were watching her.  Finally, she got a medal but this time, she came second. I was proud of her but things get complicated most of the time.

All that time has passed and it was the closing ceremony.  There were lots of other performances. The famous Emeli Sande sang for the athletes and she performed really well. Next there was a cool performance by this band or church thing but they went very well. It was great and amazing to see the other famous people even One Direction were there singing “What Makes You Beautiful.”

I felt happy and hopefully I will get to go again to the next Olympics in Brazil.

We were at home again. We were shocked to hear good news. Valerie actually WON!! She talk the GOLD MEDAL!! Why? Well, because the girl that beat her took drugs which was called, "Anabolic Steroids." "YAY" It was a touch of greatness.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

What Makes a Champion?

My opinion is that good athletes have natural abilities and work hard.  Its got to do with good training, desire, dedication and having a positive attitude.  Why I am thinking this is because many athletes we see or watch on television,  they have self-motivation and you can see that they had practise, practise and PRACTISED!! I am hoping that I will be a good athlete one day only if I work hard and have ‘good’ genes.   

Have you seen the man who beat the world record in the “HIGH JUMP?”  I was amazed as soon as I watch it this morning.  Did you know how high it was? Well it was like, double Mrs Nua’s height. Cool right, I wish I was as fit as that champion. That man had a very tough life. He didn't have a fridge in his house before he won medals. To be a champion is to have faith and believe in yourself a lot. Athletes are good role models to others because they try their best to achieve their goals but most importantly,  they might have to be more keen, have determination and have the willpower.  All athletes will have to  a have coach that will push them forward,  give them skills and teach them with discipline.

What makes a good athlete?  Well they will need the genes and have potential. ‘Potential’ means having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future.

I think that everyone can have the right to be a great athlete.  Great athletes make the most of their time and I feel like an athlete after all. CHAMPIONS NEVER GIVE UP!!