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Ma'a Nonu visits Russell School

Ma'a Nonu is a great Rugby player.  I am a big fan. He came to visit our school last Wednesday and it was a surprise.  I got to tackle him onto the mat.  I hit him hard. His arm was broken in a Rugby game but it is healing now.  He has played for the All Blacks, Hurricanes and Blues.  We talked to him and we did the Haka,  We played lots of games with Ma'a and cheered and made lots of noise.  Ma'a and his cousin cooked a sausage sizzle for us and gave away some signed Rugby Balls.  It was alot of fun.

By Max

Te Papa Senior Trip

On Thursday the 13th of November the senior block went to Te Papa to see the Dinosaur Exhibition.
There was a container with a strange noise in it but we didn't get to find out what was in it.So we went in side to see the dinosaurs. First we had to put dinosaur cards in there families mean while we got sheets to fill out. I learn't that a meteor hit earth and struck out the dinosaurs. We all had alot of fun and would love to go back with my family before it finishes.

By Soane


Last week our class wrote some poems about Armistice and the soldiers who fought for our country. Here are a few from the kids in our class....

As i was walking i can't hear any soldiers talking to each other, but i can hear soldiers boots as they line up and salute and i know that there is a tribute.
When i look up in the sky, i remember the soldiers that died to sacrifice as we all thinkg twice and we all start to be nice.

By Drew

Soldiers in a group shooting their guns.
Angry Soldiers fighting and yelling.
Helicopter’s are flying low.
Tanks are booming through the forest.
I can see blood  pouring off their heads.
Smoke covers my eyes.
Soldiers die to protect the people.

By Max

As i was walking i could hear the soldiers talking.
When i look at the sun it reminds me of the romantic times with the soldiers wifes.  
When i look at the soldiers it feels like they risked their lives and when i look back it feels like i will be able to survive.
When i am around the sun i will always be the one. 
In heaven you will lay and always on Armistice Day

By Telsie

I see the colourful colours in the sky like yellow and purple but yet the ground is foggy. 
I can also see big guns shooting at people.
I can even hear the guns scary, booming. 
I can hear people shouting for help and screaming in pain.
I can hear the ground rumbling from the tanks.
I feel like i cant breath or feel my heart beating.
I do not know what to do, but stand there ans watch the soldiers die.
Blood pouring from their bodies that show the colour of the poppies.
I am lost but i am not hurt.
Just broken hearted.
Lest we forget!!

By Faamalele

Russell School Heroes

In Room 7 the children have been writing about Heroes.  Matua Rob has asked the children who they think is a Hero in there eyes at Russell School.  This could be a teacher, student or a teacheraide.  This is one example.

My Russell School Heroes

Soane is my hero because he is a kind and hearty person who will quietly get his work done and shows all the HEART values.

Matua Rob is my hero because he is a good teacher and he helps people and he taught me to breath through the Alopha Program.

By Max

Tokelau Language Week

Malo ni,  On the week of the 29th October we celebrated  Tokelau language week.  I performed a Tokelau dance which is called a Fatele with the performing arts and Tokelau group.  Throughout the week we did different activities like the food tasting and a best dress fashion parade and we had a whole school shared lunch. We had Koko Rice and Panikeke and it was sweet yet delicious.  Parents from the school also gave up there time to fundraiser for our trip to Te Papa by putting down an Umu.  We sold alot of Umus and it was fantastic.  We had also had a Vaka race in the hall.  It was students verses the teachers and the winners were the students.....the race was on!!!
A big Thanks to Veronica for coming in and teaching us the Fatele and tokelau songs and for helping with the food.  Also thank you to all the other parents and helpers for all you did during this week.
And a Huge thank you to all that supported and purchased our Umu.

From Eleanor

<<Matua Rob and helper preparing the Umu.

(Below):Siose, Tau, Tony & ReAnne holding the Tokelau Flag

The kids watching the Umu.

Maryanne showing HEART !

Sarai who is in the Performing Arts Group.

Tri nations language week

Fakalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu and Ni Sa Bula.....We are on day 2 of Term 4 in Room 7 and everything is AWESOME.  We are celebrating Whaea Rachels culture of Niue as well as acknowledging our Fiji and Tuvalu cultures who have celebrated there language during the holidays.  We are calling these, "The Tri Nations Language Week".  We will be learning all about these cultures and Whaea Rachel will be taking each class for Niue language lessons throughout the week.   Friday is going to be the most exciting day as we will be having a Tri Nations Fun Day with games and food from our Pacific Nations.  Yummmmo!!!!
Niue Flag
Fiji Flag
Tuvalu Flag

We also welcome back Whaea Sose who has been away on long holiday overseas.  Woop Woop!! Welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaaack!!!  : )  We missed you <3

Matua Rob would like to inform the world that in week 3, October 31st we will be having an UMU Fundraiser to help with the Dinosaur Trip to Te Papa.  We are looking for some AWESOME parents to help with this......PRETTY PLEEEEEEASE!!!

More details too come........please watch this space.

Tyrannosaurs Meet the family.

Cricket Tournament

On Thursday 19th September some year 4 and 5 children were selected to play in a Cricket Tournament which was hosted by the Wellington Firebirds.  There were 8 schools from the porirua area that played.  We were suppose to play at Linden park but the weather was horrible  so we played at the Kennel Club.  The hosts gave us morning tea and lunch and it was awesome.

"I was chosen to play in the Cricket Tournament and my team came 2nd. I had lots of fun"
"I kept hitting the ball far and i can bowl the ball too"  told by Max.

Police Museum Trip

On Tuesday the 16th of September, Rooms 7 and 9 went to the Porirua Police Museum.
 Room 9 went to Aotea Lagoon while Room 7 were at the Museum. We were greeted by Whaea Wai who told us some useful and interesting information about the Museum.  Thank you to our parent helpers too.

"I learnt about Finger Prints and how to do a Finger print properly."
"I had a photo taken of me, dressed up in a Police Uniform and sitting on a police bike."
"We went to the Lagoon and we were playing touch and it was cool."  told by Max

Matua Rob being attacked by a vicious dog. Lol.Top right:Me (Max) in uniform. I look good right?? Middle: The glass picture wall that greets you when you walk in...amazing.
Bottom  right: The boys waiting in anticipation to get started on finger printing.

My class mates waiting patiently and showing H.E.A.R.T.

<<Whaea Wai showing us how to collect finger prints from glass.

The police uniforms we get to wear>>

Brandon Visit

On Monday 15th September Matua Rob and Whaea Helaina escorted us to Brandon Intermediate for the year 6 transition visit.
It was an interesting yet eventful day for the children.  They got to meet new people as well as see old friends. The staff at Brandon were Awesome and hospitable.

"I learnt how to make a butterfly from wood and how to use some of the tools in the room"
"I learnt how to make and cook Mouse Traps which taste like Pizza"   told by Max
Max preparing his  Butterfly before cutting it out. 2MEKE!

Telsie and Faamanuia grating their cheese for the Mouse Traps.....yummmmo.


My Tiger 

A Tiger has very sensitive ears and quick sharp teeth.
Seeing everything, razor sharp teeth can chew through flesh like it wasn't there.
A Tigers fur is smooth, sleek and helps Tigers camouflage into the long wavy grass and the trees.

By Josiah Blackshaw

Me as a Tree

I start as a seed then it carries on growing.  As it grows i will put water on it.  When it grows and grows and grows I will need fresh things also I will need some fresh food as well.  I will give air to the Trees.  I also need to show responsibility to my tree as well.  Even my tree doesn't need cutting on the branches.  They don't need to dig in front of my tree, 'cause they might cut my roots.

By Patrick Solomona