Our new theme for the term, New Beginnings, is NZ is great place to bring up a family?
We fired up our Year 8 Blast Off Day by each receiving an anonymous folded piece of paper. These were our ‘Birth Certificates’ for the term. On opening them we soon found out that we were each members of seven different families differing in size, and had relocated to Auckland after leaving Christchurch. Our families are the Ridgeways, Tamakis, Wangs, Bartletts, Holmes, Peters and Faumuina. All of us will play a vital part in keeping our families afloat in Auckland. By lucky dip we each learned how much money we brought with us and were going to contribute this amount to our new ‘family’. After this, each family was given their place of accommodation (also determined by a lucky dip). Each place differed in price, space and facilities and ranged from a Motor Lodge, Camping Ground and a 5 Star Hotel. We had to figure out whether or not our family could afford the accommodation – if not we would have to find something affordable.
After this exciting discovery about our new families, the whole Year 8 group left school and walked down the road to the Lido cinema. We watched ‘Hunt For The Wilder People’. It was about an abandoned and troubled young teenage boy called Ricky Baker. Ricky had moved from the city to a small isolated farm for a change of scenery and hopefully a change of attitude. He started off despising his new life out in the country, but soon became close to his new welcoming ‘aunty’. His new uncle was not as enthusiastic. After settling in well and loving life in his new home, a tragic incident forces him and his ‘uncle’ into the native New Zealand bush with their two dogs. They soon learn to get along and work together to survive in the bush. This movie relates to our new topic ‘New Beginnings’ because Ricky had a new beginning, leaving his past behind and surviving.
To end our amazing Blast Off Day, Mrs Tomkins came to talk to the Year 8 group about applying for a career. This is just in time for us, as the adults in our new families will need to find jobs. She talked to us about her career and how she came to be the St Cuthbert’s Careers Counsellor. Mrs Tomkins gave us useful tips and instructions on the applying process. She also gave us great information on how to find the jobs that were right for us using certain websites. We are grateful to have such an interesting and helpful educator to help us on our way to getting careers. We all learnt a lot of useful information that will certainly help us to get jobs for the adults in our ‘families’ and also for us in the future.
By Chanel Mahon and Catherine Lord, 8WLS