Thursday, 23 November 2017

Matoua X

In term 3 for Enviro Planning Day we had Matoua X come and show us how to make re-usable bags from old Tee shirts. It was a lot of fun and it is very easy so we can make it whenever.
First we would lye the shirt down flat.
Next if there is a collar then cut that out so you have a bigger neck.
After that you cut off the sleeves at the line where it has been sewed together to make the handles.
Now at the bottom of the shirt cut strips the width and length of your finger and continue flattening the shirt.
Last of all tie the top and bottom strip of the shirt into a knot, the very first and last strip needs to be cut down the middle so that you can tie it properly.
You have now finished your bag.

I really enjoyed doing this and involving the younger students.

Year 7 Camp 2017

Year 7 Camp.
 On Monday we drove to the Auckland War Memorial Museum and we had some sessions about Tapa and Ciwaewae and Polynesia. It is amazing how long it took to make these. After that we traveled to Ferg's Kayaks to borrow some roller blades. It felt so unnatural rolling down the street it took me a while to the hang of it.
We divided into three groups, confident to go all the way to Mission Bay and back. Second group was confident enough to go half way and third was 100 metres and that was me.
Once we had finished roller blading we got back in the vans and had dinner in Mission Bay. Subway was good as. We had a sit up contest at the fitness playground, I did 20 and the winner was Jesse with 40. My legs were falling off after that. We arrived at the YHA Youth Hostel and slept.

On Tuesday my dorm group weren't woken up so we just played cards until we thought we better get downstairs. We explored the Maritime Museum and all about these boats from the Pacific and the shipwreck of the Orpheus in Manukau. we saw the boat Black Magic which Sir Peter Blake rode on to victory in the America's Cup. Next we hopped onto a Ferry and had a Ports of Auckland Tour. It was really cool seeing all the giant container ships and the cranes that carry the containers. We nearly went under the Harbour bridge but we didn't. Soon after that we had to walk all the way to the Sky Tower and it was an awesome view looking the the glass in the floor. After a while we took the elevator down to the bottom floor and went on a scavenger hunt around Auckland and to meet in Wynyard Quarter for dinner.

On Wednesday we had to wake up earlier to catch the Ferry called Starflyte to Rangitoto Island. We had a great tour around the island in trailers behind tractors and walked up to the summit of Rangitoto, I saw Motutapu and surrounding islands. I saw the crater of Rangitoto now filled with Pohutakawa, Manuka and Lichen. Once the tour was over we left on the Ferry and traveled back to school in the Vans. I had such a great time with all the activities. I wished I could do it again, I probably will in the holidays.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Production Reflection 2017


Production this term was very inclusive for all people, I was in the choir for most of the production and I played as a contestant for Rotorua's Got Talent. I played in the trio 'Triple Trouble' with Ben on the clarinet, Lucy on the saxophone and I was on the trombone. Together we played James Bond Theme. I really enjoyed the production 'Annie the New Zealand story'.

 On the last performance on Tuesday night I had to fill in for teacher (who originally would be Courtney) 10 minutes prior the show started. I simplified the lines so it would be easier for me. Mrs N was about to say thank you to me at the end but she wanted it to seem like it was meant to be. Mrs N said it was just like a real acting situation. I had a great time and I had a lot of make up on as well over the four performances. The light green  eye shadow actually suited me. Now that I know what it is like to speak in front of an audience I really would like to do it again. I am also glad it is over. The 80's theme really suits me.

Pirongia Annie Production

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Hockey 2017

This year we have been doing hockey in our class. Today (9/08/17) we learnt to do a straight dribble, criss-cross dribble and a left handed dribble on our right side. We also learnt how to balance the hockey ball on the stick. After about a minute we tried juggling the ball on the flat side of the stick as well as on the edge. Joseph (more commonly known as Jofish)  showed us some really cool tricks. Around the world, swap sides, and he said if you feel really good you can juggle the ball and through it up with the stick, make the stick flip twice and continue bouncing the ball on the stick. It was out of this world. I found that juggling the hockey ball on the edge of the hockey stick a lot easier than on the flat side. Near the end of our session we played a game and you had to get rid of other people's balls and by the time Jofish counts down if you don't have a ball. I had heaps of fun.

Friday, 30 June 2017

My Science Fair 2017

Science Fair 30th of June 2017

This term my science board has now been completed and my hypothesis is partially correct. When I looked at the results the E. Coli, Nitrite and Nitrate had not increased or decreased after Te Awamutu, from before the town. I found it interesting that Te Awamutu didn't make a difference to the results. To get a very accurate result the samples need to be taken frequently over a period of time, to really find out the average amount of Nitrate, Nitrite and E. Coli. 

I have noticed that from after Te Awamutu the amount of E. Coli  and Nitrite has dropped and the Nitrate has increased. The decreasing amount of E. Coli is possibly due because of the Riparian planting downstream that all the farmers are doing. The results show that the amount of E. Coli has increased from Sample 1A to Sample 2.  I found out that Peat soils hold more water than Maeroa Ash and Sand. Peat soils contribute to the amount of Nitrate in the water.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Integrity Games

Integrity Games

This integrity games have been a great success for the '4 shades of Awesomeness' group. I have been working very hard to make it simple and easy to understand for this age group.  The simplified version of volleyball twist was much more easier to play. Teamwork was a very important part of creating the game. We had a few hiccups, we needed to reunite a couple of times. Eventually got it back together. IT was definitely worth it. I knew that things in the game needed to be changed and I needed my team mates to help me do that. Everyone played a part in the Integrity Games. We had to fluently work to make it sooth and easily understandable for the kids to understand the rules, I had to explain the rules differently so suit each group. Everyone participated in the Volleyball twist and surprisingly in the weirdest stretch competition. I enjoyed my time and it was great to spend it with Ella, Julia and Olivia. We needed to tweak the Volleyball rules to enhance it, otherwise it was good. I need to work on my instruction giving skills to help them understand more easily. We think we should explain throughout the game so we can play more and be able to finish later before the bell for rotation rang. At half time we let them go and get a drink last one back was a rotten 2000 year old egg. (This definitely encouraged them). One group were exceptional in having fun and participating. A couple of unhappy attitudes but the rest of the group helped them with that. Each of us kept doing the 'chicken crossing the road' act but instead it was 'chickens and swag guys crossing the volleyball net. It definitely gave the Tawa team kids a laugh or a giggle. No complaints against the game. They didn't get distracted. One team were able to beat their own score when they had to swap sides. These kids were in Group F. Everyone came in to have high-5's at the end of the game. Can't wait to do it again. 

Asarina Johnson 

Friday, 31 March 2017

ASB Financial Literacy 31.03.17

ASB Financial Literacy

On Tuesday Callum from ASB came to Pirongia School and taught us about saving our money which we either earn ourselves or given to us. Everybody has to earn money otherwise nobody would get money to live off. We learnt a simple equation: Earn-Spend=Save. When you earn money you must pay GST ( Goods and Services Tax).  Usually this is for paying bills or food. Each of us learnt about a money pillow. It is handy to have this when you go travelling and when you find hidden costs you can pay them and still have enough money. Financial Literacy is helping kids to be safe and smarter with money. We figured out that McDonald's newbie's only need to be trained for a week until they've learnt pretty much all they need to know. Inquisitively, people in the class asked very good questions to Callum (ASB). Everybody has learnt how to keep money safe and to watch out for hidden costs and to make sure you make the correct decisions.


Friday, 24 March 2017


Asarina’s Reflection 24th of March 2017

This past week has been very jumbled up since I was away in Ohope on Monday and Tuesday. My feelings for the work that we have been doing in class are all okay the writing was quite fun thinking of similes and metaphors for the poem of describing something to something else. Math was questionable I needed some help for the first few minutes but I got the hang of it and helped other people out when they needed it. Reading: I haven’t really done anything for that except for the reading comprehension task with the Sandwich Fillings. (That was quite funny). I really enjoyed my Volleyball Integrity builder fun game. Lots of people joined in and it was great fun. Whoever joined in needed to read my instructions and Ben P was the ref.  I have been doing what I can to get things done. For tech arts I finished my receipt file made from wire. Next I need to finish sanding my Push me in, Pull me out. I am helping make the slideshow for Group B’s Visual art presentation with Connor. I am just really bummed out that I can’t do band, I hope Mr Gemmell gets better soon.

Friday, 17 March 2017


Hydrangea macrophylla

Blooming effulgent
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Pure white
Cleansing my garden

Soft Pink
Transcendent Purple.

Sublime Blue
Bowing towards the sun.

By Asarina


My first time Snurfing  crash.jpg
(Snurfing was found on Wikipedia)

Stiff boots mold my feet, walking limply across the snow. Strapping into the snowboards gripping braces, uncomfortably placing one foot on the board and remaining for the rest of the lesson. I thought it was quite simple but turned out more complicated than I thought. Stopping as well as the J-turn was actually hard to stay standing. Crippling snow smooths out to a sloping wonderland dotted with tourists and people smothering, by forming patches of groups learning to glide to the bottom of Happy Valley.
Painful ankles throb in the painful board straps. Interfering with my emotions the unobvious presence of a person coming out of nowhere. Jamming the trail that I am following down the mountainside. Toying with my mind  ‘What the heck was that for’ Slamming myself in the snow to dodge the bombardment in front of me.

Falling down over and over and just thinking ‘This is just not worth it.’ Annoying myself, trying again and again. I wait at the bottom of Happy Valley and just rub my legs (because I can’t touch my ankles which is the actual thing that hurts). Soaked feet inside the boots miserable lean back and forth just to keep balanced. Faith in myself continued to coach me to know what to do the next time I come down. Apparently repeating over and over, I race my friends on ski’s and always win… Except for once. Real embarrassing… ‘Do not give up’.

Now a ‘professional’ snowboarder I attempt to beat Mr Gemmell. For him- he has no protection except for a beanie, tee-shirt and jeans. (Classic). Quite skilled in the category of turning and stopping down on a mountain’s slope. Every now and then I need to really take action and swiftly miss the pole struggling to hold the heaving cables transporting the cable cars. Swaying dangerously above the horizontal landscape. ‘I really wish this thing would hurry up.

By Asarina



Skills of the Snowboard

To Board:
Learn from the Cheetah
Who swiftly manoeuvres
Unleashing the wild applause
Of pride within.

Snow.jpgTo Glide:
Learn from the wind,
Who defeats the boundary
Of unlimited success.
Destroy the feeling of anxiety.

To Stop:
Learn from a mountain
Who pauses forever,
Sloping towards a destiny
Be free to give happiness.

To Flip:
Learn from the eagle who
Strides through the sky,
Dainty but skilled in profession,
Leave the fear behind.

To Twist:
Learn from the vines
Who dedicate themselves to grip,
Growing up to become
Rich in faith.

Written By Asarina Johnson




Overseas experiences have been a lowly travel on a jolting aircraft heading to our destination. Turbulence unwilling to play with the unsatisfying mobile slowly passing by. For now it was a smooth ride. Disturbed senses a catastrophic meal bringing itself towards my seat with mum and dad.  Unfortunately they were a drift not hearing a single thing with headphones fluently bringing fake sound, incapable of moving the minds of my parents. Feeling abandoned a burp needed to be released. Bursting my insides if a balloon (which I wasn’t) and complaining with waving arms. A much needed hug was the only thing that would make me believe that they loved me.
Cattle class was not for me (even though I lived on a farm) I didn’t like it.  32,000 feet below was a miniature land of contemporary creatures which were not able to be identified.    

Allowance to move was a strict No! So I started watching a movie, later a man walked past and collapsed next to me, he was having a major heart attack. Thankfully sitting in front of me a female doctor who jumped from her seat and started CPR. Breathing into his mouth she asked me to hold his wrist to see if the pulse returned.
The pilot had to make an emergency landing on the remote island of Samoa.
The plane now falling… upwards! They rushed him to hospital (even though the lady had already gotten him breathing again). During this commotion the rest of the passengers, including me got to go to a five star rated hotel and lounged on an island beach.  

(This story is highly exaggerated)!!
By Asarina

Motivation Maunga

Eye of the BeholderPirongia.jpg

Confronted against mountains
Not meant to be moved
Verdant across the plains

Motivation, uncomfortable encouraging
Mystical with its borders
Harder journeys
Not all will climb
A perilous struggle, facing all heights
Harder than thought possible

A disturbance of birds echoes through a valley of mountains

Perseverance takes over
Controlling the mind and body.

Looking back, NO.

Radiance fills a setting sky.
A nectarine ripening while descending.

Look forward.
Becoming stronger.
Boot marks bruise the mountains steep trail.
Staining the landscape of determination.
Worth the climb.
Taking the risk.

Together We Climb,
Pikia to tatou maunga.
You’re seven eighths up.
The Summit is near.

Looking through the
Eye of the Beholder.

Written by Asarina Johnson


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

First week at year 7

My first week has been different compared to my past years at Pirongia School. We started with artwork of Mount Pirongia and continued with pastels. We are learning about being safe on our devices. Wednesday morning swim was cancelled because Leanne was cleaning the pool. Most of the time we chat about random things while we work and have a daily routine of art at the end of the day. Today we're doing the House Captain speeches. I'm really excited for Tech Arts, I'm starting with Hard Materials and Visual Art. Awesome. I'm nervous about the speeches but otherwise okay.