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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Niva Retimanu Duffy Assembly!

During our Duffy Role Model assembly our hosts were Luisa, Loto, myself, Mrs Raj and the role model, Niva Retimanu!

Loto and I had the opportunity to introduce Niva Retimanu to Glenbrae School and tell the school a little bit of information about Niva! We started by saying her name and what achievements she had achieved! I learnt that she grew up in Invercargill, a very cold city in New Zealand, with her samoan parents! Each day the weather was bad, she would go to the library and read with her brother! She has being in the radio news station works for 30 years and counting, and that makes her a definite role model.

Luisa also had the opportunity to introduce Niva and ask her to present the Duffy books to each class and then to sing the Duffy song! One student from each class came to collect their book and sat down, waiting for the duffy song to play! We all sang the Duffy Song in a beautiful tune and continued to smile happily! Niva repeatedly gave us reasons why it's good to read and also told the school about her motto, “it’s good to read, it’s good to achieve”!

Before leaving, she read a book that could be inspirational towards our students! Finally, she was thanked by Luisa for taking her time and teaching our students about the benefits of  reading!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Camp Photos!




Here is a short snippet of images that occurred at camp and some of the activities we did!

Model Credits - Year 7 & 8 Students from Glenbrae School and teachers/teacher aides
Song Credits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjRBkEaoh38 (Glenn Travis - Feel My Love)
Slideshow Credits - Animoto (Trial)!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pompallier Mission Visit

Pompallier Mission Visit

On Wednesday 23 August 2017, the year 7 and 8’s of Glenbrae School set off to Pompallier Mission to learn more about this historical place as part of the Glenbrae School Camp!

We arrived at the Pompallier House and first saw the entrance, which looked quite vintage with restoration from a length of distance. The groups walked in ease and slight tiredness towards the inside of the house, which was the printer room. In that room lays the printer that was originally made by the resident, Bishop Pompallier and his French allies. In the printer room, the printer is there as well as a donation that was given by French missionaries, the Mary and Baby Jesus statue. I was given the opportunity to actually use one of the objects that Bishop Pompallier and his allies used, which was a concrete/sand mixer that was used to help the complete majority of the walls for the house!

From what I could see the printer requires led and I was told that led in the olden days was very valuable and used to create stink bombs! Obviously, that means Bishop had to have a hidden compartment for the led or some place to hide this precious item, well there was actually a hidden compartment or should I say open wall and from the looks of it, led was probably the hardest object they would've had to hide. The printer room is very fragile and delicate so we weren't allowed to touch anything or objects unless we were instructed to.

We moved on from the printer and went to the tannery, which is where the leather parts were made. We walked around the building until we all paused and smelt that rancid smell. I walked directly towards the smell following our tour guide in a disgusted awe and saw many sheepskins and some racks with brown leather and also a mysterious barrel! Our tour guide told our groups some information about a tannery and what the process consists of. In a tannery, sheepskin is made into leather by soaking the skin, after it has been cleaned and all the fat is removed, in urine, yes urine, for a few weeks then pulled out and placed into a bark and water mixture. I was so surprised when I saw some sheepskins in the actual barrel and in the bark and water mixture. My group and I moved onto the next open box that had some skin that was ready to come out and dry up, to be moved in the Gym known as the Leather Working Room.

I continued to waltz (not literally) and entered the “gym” which was the Leather Room! Our tour guide mentored the students around the room and showed us the different types of materials or tools they used to re-size the leather and design it into their desired size. I touched and lifted one of the objects that were there and noticed a little bit of burden, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my desires, which was to stroke the leather with the wooden leather press block.

Our second to last stop was the book making room, which was an average travel, up to a long line of stairs! When we arrived I looked around the room and saw a lot of paper, which did look very vintage and also a machine that looked very antique but in good condition. Our tour guide told our students how the olden day people created book. I for example, well the majority of us, had the amazing opportunity to touch the books that were made and also look at the process. I learned some facts about those books, for example, all books that were made were all in the Maori Language. We all moved on and continued to learn about the books!

The last and final stop of the day was the adventure room, which was another learning room, but it was amusing! The room had a similar and more vintage look to an arcade look and had flashlights or things from the past that was used inside the box followed by a small information card that provided a little background story!

Overall that day was amazing and amusing! I learned a lot and definitely would want to go back to the Pompallier Mission House!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Maths - Miss Elia :)

Auckland Distances

  1. Warkworth - 57.8 km
  2. Whangarei - 157.9 km  
  3. Paihia - 227.3 km
  4. Russell - 232.1 km


If the bus travels at an average of 60km ph, how long would it take to get to each place from Auckland?

  1. Warkworth - 57.8 = 57 minutes and 8 seconds
  2. Whangarei - 2hrs 37 minutes and 9 seconds
  3. Paihia -  227.3 km 3hrs 47 minutes and 3 seconds
  4. Russell -  232.1 km 3hrs 52 minutes and 1 second

Put these in order smallest to biggest.

  1. 5.1, 1.5,  0.5, 5.05
  2. 1.25, 1.09, 1.099, 2.01
  3. ¾ , 0.72 , ½ , 0.45
  4. Write these fractions as decimals 1/10, 5/10, 6/10, 9/100, 45/100.
  5. Write these as fractions, 0.2, 0.25, 0.5, 0.9, 0.09


  1. 0.5, 1.5, 5.05, 5.1
  2. 1.09, 1.099, 1.25, 2.01
  3. 0.45, ½  0.72, ¾
  4. 0.1, 0.5, 0.6, 0.09, 0.45
  5. ⅕  , ¼  , ½ , 9/10, 9/100

Miss Elia gave room 7 some exceptional maths questions that we were assigned to complete! Sorry for the miss of blogs, but stay tuned for some Camp Blogs :)!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Camp Quotes :)

Since I have two sleeps until my school CAMP, I have some camo quotes and GIF's to show you for amusement and for fun! Enjoy :))
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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Our Wanderings #1 ~ DC's Legends of Tomorrow!



This is a new segment in my class called "Our Wandering" I love, wait, adore DC's Legends of Tomorrow and my I didn't entirely have enough space to place all the characters but I love Sara Lance and Ray Palmer, also know as Caity Lotz and Brandon Routh!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Grease Production at Auckland Girls Grammar School!

Grease Production at Auckland Girls Grammar School!


Today, Auckland Girls Grammar school kindly invited Glenbrae School to attend the Grease Production that was created or should I say re-created by them!


We arrived in an eager manner and was very excited, well I was! I and my class walked into the Auditorium and sat down waiting for the production to start. I liked the vintage look of Auckland Girls Grammar School and caught me by amazement!


We got the “all clear” look from the peers/year 13 girls from Aggs and was led to our seating, Glenbrae School sat near the left side and front row. The production was started by a fabulous ‘commentator’ which had rhymes and everything a show starter would be. Along the lines of the Grease Production, there were a lot of songs and singing vibes which were astonishing. The production produced by Aggs was truly alluring and definitely similar to the original and remake!

If you would like to learn or maybe watch a bit of the original Grease movie, click here!