Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cross Country

We had been practicing heaps, first running around the school and then out along the roads.  We had to go down Bradford St, along Kaikorai Valley Rd, up Glenelg, along Ronay, through the gate by Grason's house and down the hill to the finish line.  Phew!  It was hard work.

Then we had the big cross country along at Balmacewen Int where there were lots of other schools as well.  We were all really nervous.  The Year 5 girls went first.  Xanthe and Salani did really well.
                                                                                                                            Ready.  Set.  Go!

Then it was the Year 5 boys turn.  We were all cheering and yelling.  Cameron came 7th.

Next it was the Year 6 girls turn.  Lining up at the start was hard because there were so many people.  Everyone was pushing to see if they could get in the front.  When the clackers went, we zoomed off.  It was a long way round the field - you had to run all the way round the sports field plus up the steep little hills.  I was glad when I got to the finish line.

Katelyn and Krystal did really well.  Krystal got 9th and Katelyn got 10th.

The last race was the Year 6 boys.  By this time we were really yelling loud because Jacob was in second place at the start.  And - he was still in second place at the end.  He tried so hard to come first but he couldn't quite make it.  Well done Jacob.

It was a good day.  We all felt very pleased that it was over.

Abbie Fern (and Mrs T)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rocky Shore Trip

On the 9th March two excited bus-loads of children went to Warrington Beach.  We were all in small groups with a parent.

We were looking in the rock pools and we saw heaps of different creatures like crabs, sea stars, and chitons.  We were able to touch the animals and we patted some sea anemonies which felt like jelly.

Some groups found a cushion sea star and they picked it up to see the suckers on its feet underneath.  The barnacles were really sharp, one boy fell over and scratched his hands on them.

We also found snake skin chitons - we saw some at the aquarium so we knew exactly what they were.  They stuck to the rocks really tightly.

There was also paua there.  Jason told us that paua had to be a certain length before you were allowed to take it.  Some kids found empty paua shells.

When we lifted up some rocks there were hundreds of crabs under them.  They all tried to scuttle out of our way, but we weren't going to hurt them.  We had to carefully place the rocks back where we found them.

We also did a treasure hunt where we had to go all around the beach where we had to find all sorts of things.  My group won the smallest feather.

After we had lunch some of us built sand castles while others went back on to the rocks to keep looking at more creatures.  One group built a marae and it was really cool.  Some people dug so deep, they found water.  At the end we all got a lollypop.

It was an awesome day.