On Blast Off Day, the first day of Term 3, we did five different activities with the Year 7 teachers. One of the activities was art panels with Mrs Lawrence. For these panels we folded a strip of black paper in three. On the first square we drew where we came from, then a symbol that represented that place. For the second square we drew about our family, drawing something that represents our family. For the third and last square we drew what meant the most to us, like something we are interested in. We used pastels to draw with and we had to choose between using warm or cool colours. Everybody loved this activity. Blast off day was really fun!
By Lucia Lundon (7ELG)
Raku sticks originated from the Maori of Aoteroa. They were used as entertainment and for various other uses. On Blast Off Day, Year 7 had the chance to try them out. We learned how to throw, catch, and do tricks with the raku sticks. We had a few tries just doing it by ourselves, and then we went in partners to create a routine with the raku sticks. Ms Johnston was more than a little patient with us, I have to admit! Overall, it was fun to try and I think everyone would definitely use raku sticks again. Maybe next year. (Hint, hint.)
By Kate Lin (7ELG)
Blast Off Day was filled with so much fun, new learning and experiences. There were five interesting activities, but these are my top two. They were Te Reo words with Mrs Parsons and Tukutuku panels with Mrs Elgar! They were both so interesting! The Tukutuku panels. Basically there were some large popsicle sticks held together with chicken wire at the back. The symbol we made out of the colours red, white and yellow was the fish symbol in Maori. For this activity you needed to have quite a lot of patience because it took a really long time to complete. You had to weave the coloured string through the chicken wire in a crossed pattern.The hard part was, you couldn’t cut the sting off off till the end which could get quite challenging, but all girls had patience and persevered until they finished it!
Te Reo was very enjoyable because we got given a Maori word that we didn’t know the definition of. Then we had to search the definition, get it checked and then draw a picture that related to it. For some pictures you had to be very creative and get your brain thinking! At the end once it was finished we did a quiz on it. This was where the people in the class had to try guess what the word means by looking at the picture. Overall Blast Off Day was such a awesome and interesting learning experience and I am sure everyone enjoyed it!
By Renee Findlay (7ELG)