Year: 2023

My experience with Blake NZ-VR

On the 24th of May the school invited a program called BLAKE NZ-VR which is from Sir Peter Blake a New Zealand yachtsman, Who is known for winning Whit bread the round race in 1989 and has many victories in the America Cup, But unfortunately he died in 2001 and BLAKE NZ-VR is created to show the love and care for the sea by help teaching children how to help the ocean and what humans do that harms it.

When we are all about to go in the library we saw VR (Virtual-Reality) headsets on the floor next to each other then a guy named Thomas asked all of us to down behind a headset after he introduced what Blake NZ-VR is he told us to put on the headset.

With VR headsets you can get a 360 degrees look when your watching a video that can allow 360 camera movement.

I first saw a group of fishes at the bottom of the ocean then Thomas switched it to a video it was a montage of a short clip of every video we were gonna see and I saw dolphins, sharks, whales, rainbow fish, penguins etc, When the first actual video played it was dolphins swimming near the surface and the camera was connected to a boat after the video another played I saw a whale swimming and heard it sing then a another whale came and singed and a another one followed then there was 3 whales singing the same song when the video finished, I was stunned how the whales could sing then after that we saw what looked like a kind of seals in a pond.

Thomas explained some facts about the creatures we saw like whales comes back to a spot every year to sing a song and they take some parts of each others songs and put in their own song and the whales were called southern right whale and the seals were called New Zealand sea lions. We saw a lot more like creatures like yellow eyed penguins, killer whales, sting rays, sharks, hump back whales and pilot whales.

But the most important part of why he wanted show is this is because humans hurt the ocean and the creatures in it like polluting the ocean with oil and over fishing etc, We can help in a lot of different ways like putting a limit of how many fish we can catch or never litter again. The ocean is very important to the earth the ocean feeds us with it’s creatures it regulates our climate and generates most of the oxygen we breath.

I felt very excited at the end after knowing what to do to save and protect this ocean of ours, Maybe you can help it too by checking out BLAKE NZ-VR.

Bomb Gone

It’s only 5 minutes till the detonation. Everyone is rushing to the port side deck to get ready for the explosion. I quickly got the last pair of goggles and ran fast. I can’t possibly describe sitting down on the deck. I saw everyone sitting with their backs to the sea so I followed them and turned around. I remembered my last meal and my family. At that time when everyone was running to the deck my heart was pounding like crazy. I heard our commander shouting and repeating “ALL HANDS ON DECK.” There was a broadcast saying “TWO MINUTES TILL THE BURST.” I saw my friends panicking and terrified cause, this was our first time on a frigate. 60 seconds till the burst. Everyone was closing their eyes and counting down from 60…… .1 “BOMB GONE was shouted.” There was an explosion. My eyes were closed. I saw the bones of my hands like I had X-Ray vision. Another broadcast counting back up “1, 2, 3…15” “OPEN YOUR EYES, -OFF GOGGLES, -STAND UP-and FACE THE BURST.” I immediately followed the instructions. I opened my eyes, took off my goggles, stood up and faced the burst. A mushroom cloud appeared in the sky. I regretted my choices as I knew that the British were just using us for test dummies.

I felt my body getting weak and tired and put my hands on my ears to silence the sound of the explosion as it got louder and louder.  At that time, I was now thinking about my future and how I may have destroyed it.


Room 8 Experiences Canoeing 2023

On the 15th of March the Year 7 and 8’s went to the Manukau Outrigger Canoe Club to have a go at canoeing.

When we all got off the bus and sat down near their garage we made teams of 5.  The coaches taught us how to use the paddles and what to expect in the wkak. We all walked down to the canoes and got to our positions.

We started paddling, it was pretty fun until after 5 minutes and my hands were hurting like crazy. I hit my hands on the canoe by accident slamming them with the paddle. The salty water got into my eyes, just everything was hurting. Our coach told us to not paddle any more, have a break and enjoy the sea. He talk about the back story of the area. It was a nice time just chilling out from all the paddling and looking at the beautiful sea. It was only for 5 minutes UNTIL WE RACED THE OTHER TEAM. We had a lot of strong people on our team and they have mostly girls but the thing is we didn’t HAVE ANY COORDINATION while the team we were racing against were counting every time they paddled. They were incredibly in sync while we are off time. Our coach didn’t say anything but it ended in a tie cause our brute strength still kinda worked.

After that the second race happened it was basically the first race but we were extra tired as we didn’t get a break after, and we lost to be fair they had better paddles with wood and a better canoe I’m just trying to make an excuse for why we lost. Then 1 minute after the race, the third race we used our hands which we actually won cause we had a lot of boy’s on our team with big hands.

After we got back to the shore our coach immediately chose me to get off cause I looked the most tired and the others who were tired I wasn’t even mad…I was tired. When they were all done canoeing we got the canoes back in their garage, changed, ate our morning tea and got to the bus to go school safely. It was a good experience I do want to learn more and I can’t get more excited when we go again in Term 2.

Clay Work 2023

This year Room 8 is reading a book based on World War II following a Jewish child named Georg trying to survive in Nazi Germany and his evacuation to London.

On the 10th of March we used clay to make a critical moment from the book. My group chose the scene where Georg, the main character, sees the destruction of London and his favorite place the Library is gone.

The Library was his favorite place as he liked the children’s books that taught him about animals and helped him learn more English. There was also a worker who cared about him and treated him with kindness.

HELLO – 2023

Kamusta my name is Justin and I’m a year 7 at Saint Patrick’s School  in New Zealand. I’m Filipino but I spent most of my life in New Zealand. I live with my parents and with my brother and sister. My favorite subject is math because its fun to use numbers symbols and algorithms. My hobbies are playing games with my family and friends and spending time with my cats. And that’s all I have to say about myself but I hope you come back for my blog posts.