Clay Pennies for Hitler
My Class Room 8 is reading Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French. As part of our learning we had to choose a critical moment from one section of the book. My group chose the scene where the owner’s dog is dying. It has to be euthanised. Georg couldn’t bear to see this since he wanted one of his own. We create this scene in a day and our rationale for this choice was that it shows us that we have to let go of things we love for the common good. Food was scarce and animals weren’t as important as feeding people.
My name is Willietony, I’m 13 and a year 8 student at Saint Patrick’s School. I’m Samoan and I have 3 siblings. My Favorite sport is rugby but sometimes I try basketball… turns out that I’m pretty bad at it. I like almost every food in New Zealand like Fish and Chips, New Zealand lamb, Fruit Salad and Pizza. My hobbies are trying to become a better person to everyone in the school.
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My Hero: Sonyah Tuiala
What Inspires Me About Her:
Well… what inspires me about my Auntie is that she was grateful, she treated me like her own son. She had her own family to look after, but she was having a hard time looking after her kids, after all she had been sick for years. She was a brave warrior our family was helping my auntie the pain inside of her. Months past then one day, she died my Auntie had passed away for all those years she wanted to be there for her kids, I was heartbroken deeply. A Few months past I was sad but then I realized I don’t have to feel sad because the holy spirit is with her and that is why she inspires me.
The Good Things She Does For Me:
She gives me food so I don’t have to starve, She makes me laugh whenever I feel down. She is happy when were all happy, sometimes when I sleepover at my aunties house She would kiss me Goodnight. She Donates Clothes to the people who don’t. She would have so many journeys ahead of her. While she was sleeping in her coffin before she went to her final rest. All I wanted to say to her was…
“ Hey Auntie I’m sad I never got to spend more time with you, but I will remember the Good times we had together, You will always be in my heart
Your Nephew Willietony”.
Questions I wanted to ask her….
- What would you want to do in your personal life?
- What or who is special to you?
- What would you like to do in your spare time?
- Who did you wanted to be before you were a Mom?
- Who did you look up to?
- What was the important thing, you ever care about?
- What do you do during your free time?
- How do you feel when your an inspiration to other people?
- What is your biggest fear you have ever faced?
- What was Your Dream?
Memories when she spend time with me and her:
Walking to the park together
Reading at the Library
Brought hot chips and kebab for us
Visiting our cousins
Looking after our Nephews and Nieces
Having a great time together.
Mission Day Mass
Last week on Friday we celebrated Mission day. We had Mass down at the canopy to raise money and non- perishable food to donate for the Holy Angels Orphanage it was quite a blast, each class donated some money for the Holy angels Orphanage. After that we went back to class and had a test in each class in our own Bubbles. In Room 7 we had a Te-reo-athon no time limit and we took our time, I thought these were really hard but I actually ace that test because I have been practicing with my Te Reo sheet.
During morning tea there were Raffle tickets in the canopy for three prizes for the seniors and juniors. Next it was Lunch time we had quite a play, we went back to watching our movie called “Spirit away” it was a interesting movie, at 2:20 we pack up our class then Each class went down to the canopy announcing the prizes I didn’t know what was the juniors prizes but I was sure it was fun prizes, the senior prizes was so cool the third prize went to Lupe in Room 8, the Second prize went to me Willetony I was happy my prize was a yoyo and spinning tops the first prize went to Sulia who was in my class.
Dear Sister Lorraine…
Today we celebrated Sister Lorraine’s last day coming to Saint Patrick’s School because she was our last mission sister connected to this School, We sang a song to her to remember the memories she taught us, most of us were crying and sad. We said prayers about her to remember the good times then we gave a letter so she will treasure them and also after we gave the letter we gave her a hug or shook her hand. Then she said her speech in front of the classes, it was a bit funny and sad her family and friend came to support her. Then in the end we sang one special song to her to remember us.
Dear Sister Lorraine
Thank you for the teachings you gave us back when we were J.rs and I humbly grateful for what you’ve done for the community and this school we wish you safe travels and God Bless.
Epro 8 Challenge 3 Build a CaveMan Car
Today we did another Epro 8 challenge about a Caveman car with our construction equipment. A caveman car can move by itself with a long rubber band string onto the reel making it easy to move by itself, our group made a shelter to keep the “caveman” from getting wet and a seat where the caveman could sit and a motor to move. Before we made this we watched how it could move by itself making it easier for us to build, once we were finished we tested out the car if it could move by itself ( which was a success ). Then we took on a race with the other groups we liked won two times then came second on the last round. What I really wanted to approve of today was to make it go backwards. Today has been a nice day because I got to experience engineering even though it was that hard.
This shows the “Caveman Car” ( With no Caveman ) ( Sorry if you wanted to see it )
Epro 8 Challenge 2 Build a Bridge
Today Room 7 did another Epro 8 challenge to make a bridge that was about 2.5 metres long, 700mm tall, 400mm wide. It took a long time to build this. It’s been really tough this week because we’ve done only two activities, half of our class were already tired, some of the groups had bridges that were really about 2.3 metres long and some had just started doing the bottom.
My group made a lot of upgrades, we weren’t going to use instructions or a video because our teacher wanted us to see how we built this on our own, which I thought was a great idea. Once we were finished we made our own cars to test out the bridge, when we tested out our car it worked out perfectly except for the balance because it was a bit sturdy. The rest of the groups tested their cars on their own bridge which turned out the same way as us. It has been a wonderful weekend Engineering our own buildings.
A Prayer To Jesus
I pray for the Bishops, Priests and Pope that they stay healthy and clean, look after themselves may they bless the people who are weak and sick and guide them to make the right decisions even through tough times.
I pray for the Country leaders, Presidents, Governments and Prime Ministers to look after them and may they make the right decisions for their country and for the world. Also may they have a safe journey through tough times.
I pray our Teachers and Staff who are stress and tired, that work very hard for our school and the community may look after themselves and have faith that they will be safe where ever they are even when they are stressed and we hope that our missions sister will spread good news around the world.
I pray for the Sick, Poor and the Lonely may they have a home to not be homeless anymore and look after them when they have no shelter above them may they have a family that will take good care of them. Also may they have a life that will be remembered forever.
I pray for our Families and Friends please look after them when they are at home sick and when they are isolating may they do the right deeds for our community.
I also pray for ukraine who are having tough times through russia, may they have our blessing to them and pray that, they will have a safe journey around their country.
In Jesus Name