Friday, 29 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 3

The Post Wars (1951 - 1999)
Day 5 - Maintaining the Status Quo (The 1990's)

Activity 1 | Hiking Tongariro 

In 1990, one of the largest national parks in New Zealand, Tongariro, was listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a truly spectacular place to visit! Thousands of people go to Tongariro every year and hike the Tongariro Crossing. Visit the Tongariro website to learn more about the one-day hike.

On your blog tell us what you would need to pack if you were going to hike the Tongariro Crossing. What should you bring with you? Write a list of at least 5 items.

Hiking at Tongariro | What you'll need

> Of course you'll need plenty of food and liquid, especially in the summer when it gets hot.

> Strong sturdy boots to withstand the uneven grounds. 

> Sunscreen and glasses.

> A Map and your cellphone. 

> First Aid Kit.

> Warm clothing, for in the winter when it becomes freezing cold.

Other than making sure that you have the right equipment, what else should you do before heading out on a big hike? Click here to learn how to stay safe while you’re hiking.

Tips before a Trip

> Plan your Trip | Look at where you're going online and look at how long it'll take you while your on your trip.

> Tell Someone | Before going on your trip, tell someone your plans and date so they'll know when you haven't come back.

> Weather | Weather is unpredictable so check the weather forecast so you are alerted.

> Take Sufficient supplies | Make sure you bring enough of everything, because you'll never know what will happen. Also, make sure you keep some type of commutation with you.

Activity 2 | Leading New Zealand

In the 1990s, four different individuals served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand – Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley.

On your blog, write a short profile of one of our former Prime Ministers. Upload a photo of them with your post. Click on this link to find a copy of the template. Click on file and then click make a copy. This will save the blank template to your Google Drive so that you can fill it in. Post the completed template to your blog to earn points for this activity.

Leading New Zealand | Jenny Shipley

Click Here to access my Template

Bonus Activity | You have to pay to play

In 1990, for the first time in New Zealand’s history, universities and polytechnics started charging students money to go to school. Prior to then, it had been free to go to university or to a polytechnic. Since 1990, students have had to pay thousands of dollars to attend post-secondary (after high school) education.

The new Labour government have promised to give up to three years of free post-secondary education to all New Zealanders by 2020!

On your blog, tell us what you think. Should students have to pay money (tuition fees) to go to university? Why or why not?

Should students pay?

Well, I think students should not pay to go to university because it costs a lot of money, meaning some students have to find a job after college without any experience.
Plus, at university they give you more job options you can study about, so it's easier for you to apply for your dream job.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 3

The Post Wars (1951 - 1999)
Day 4 - Perms & Lycra (The 1980's)

Activity 1 | Hairy Maclary  

One of the most famous children’s stories to ever come out of New Zealand, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, was written by a kiwi woman named Lynley Dodd. The book was originally published in 1983. It is now sold in dozens of countries around the world. It features a small dog named Hairy.

On your blog, use the following sentence starter from the original book to finish the story.

“Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy…”

To earn full points, your story should have, at least, 8-10 sentences.

Hairy Maclary

Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, into the world where he had many inquires. "Look! Flowers I wonder what kind, I wonder what other things I can find." Lamp posts, bikes and people all around, hey! It looks like I just made it into town. "I wonder what other things I can find, let's take a look into this shop; I hope they don't mind." Wow! There are books so big they could be the same size as me! And inside are stories as long as the sea. I read the whole thing! It took me awhile, but I can tell you one thing at the end it did make me smile. So, I walked back home, back to Donaldson's Diary, where I had just finished my journey of inquiries.

Activity 2 | The Big "OE"

In the 1980s it became increasingly common for students to graduate from high school and take a year off to travel and experience the world. This year was often referred to as the ‘Big OE’ or ‘Big Overseas Experience.’ A number of kiwis headed to places like Australia and England to live and work before returning to New Zealand to finish their studies.

Imagine that you are a student in the 1980s and you’re about to graduate from high school. Where would you like to go on your big OE? On your blog tell us which country you would visit and give us three (3) reasons for your choice. Find some pictures on the internet of things that you would like to see and do in this country.

I’d love to go to Switzerland and spend lots of time in the mountains, learning how to ski!

|| Brazil ||

> Christ the Redeemer | One of the most Iconic places in Brazil is the statue of Christ the Redeemer which I would love to go and visit. As a member of a church, I think it would be a very special and mesmerising event for me.

> Maracana | Since Brazil is well known for playing soccer, I would love to see one of their games. I have never seen a game, let alone watched one on Tv but I think it would be wonderful watching a soccer game in person.

> Ipanema | To end the day, I would love to go to one of their famous and fashionably beaches. Coming here when the sun is setting would be very beautiful, and would hold a memory in my mind forever.

Bonus Activity | The 4 O'clock News

In 1982, Te Karere, a Māori-language news show premiered on television. It has continued to stream live on TV to this day. If you would like to watch it, turn on TV One at 3:55 p.m. each weekday and you will see it. The show is often hosted by a man named Scotty Morrison.

Imagine that you were Scotty Morrison and you were able to interview anyone you wanted. I would choose to interview our new prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. I’d love to know what it is like to be the Prime Minister.  What about you? Who would you choose to interview and why? What would you like to find out?

Who would I interview? | Lorde

I would love to interview Lorde because I am very interested with how she made it to Hollywood. Being from a small continent where they don't have many opportunities for you can be hard, especially when your trying to make it to fame.

I would ask her: "Was it hard trying to become a well known singer across the globe?"

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 3

The Post Wars (1951 - 1999)
Day 3 - Groovy Man (The 1970's)

Activity 1 | Ready to Roll

In the 1970s one of the most common television programmes was called ‘Ready to Roll.’ It was broadcast on Saturday afternoons and hosted by a man named Roger Gascoigne. During the show, Roger would introduce music videos and then play them for the TV audience. He also invited famous people to come onto the show and perform songs that were currently popular.  

Watch the following three clips that were shown on the Ready to Roll programme:

When you have finished, rank the clips in order from your most favourite (#1) to your least favourite (#3). Post your rankings on your blog.

| My Rankings |

> #1 Ray Columbus and the Invaders | What I really liked about this band (and song) is the enthusiasm they put while they're singing, I also liked the harmonises they added to their song.

> #2 New Zealand Underdogs | This song was very relaxing and a song you could listen to everyday, I also really loved the guitar playing in the background.

> #3 Golden Harvest | What I didn't really like about this song is how long the intro took, I had to skip a few seconds to hear him sing. What also bothered me was that I couldn't really understand what he was saying.

Activity 2 | Bell Bottom Pants

Fashion in the 1970s was quite unique. Take a look at the pictures of a ‘typical’ 1970s outfit and tell us, on your blog, two things that you like about 1970s fashion and two things that you don’t like about the fashion of the day. I am not a huge fan of the patterned pants. What about you?

My Thoughts | 1970's Fashion

What I liked:

> What I thought was very intriguing was the bright colours the women wore, I think they would of been great for summer.

> I also liked the Button up shirts the men were wearing, I think simple colours suit men very well.

What I didn't like:

> One thing I didn't like about the shirts the men were wearing was how long the collar was, it was very unsatisfying.

> One thing I disliked about the women's fashion was the shirt the lady on the right was wearing, it was very unpleasant to see a shirt with a square front on a woman.

Bonus Activity | A Biliguial Schooling System

For much of the past century, schools in New Zealand taught students in only one language – English. In 1972, Ngā Tamatoa member, Mrs. Hana Jackson, submitted a petition to Parliament to ask the government to include the teaching of Te Reo Māori (the Māori language) and Māori culture in New Zealand schools. We still use petitions to this day when we want an organisation (e.g. a school) to make a change.

Think about your school. What is one thing that you would like change. Would you like to learn about different things? Maybe you think school should only be open 3 days a week?

On your blog, write a letter to your principal to try and convince him/her to make the change. Ensure that your letter is polite and respectful.

Dear Spx Principal

For years, our school has been open for 5 days each week just like any other school, but I would like ours to be the first to change! So I think our school should only be open 3 days a week. Why? Well, because students at our school start to feel very tired which is not good. This also means children begin to loose interest in school and don't make the effort to come, but if we change that to at least 3-4 days at school, they're feel very energised and ready to learn!
From, Aaliyah


Monday, 25 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 3

The Post War(s) Era (1951 - 1999)
Day 2 - Peace Out! (The 1960's)

Activity 1 | The Dawn of Television 

In the 1960s there was a great deal of change in New Zealand. Technology was evolving and the television was introduced for the first time into New Zealand homes in the 1960s. Popular programmes included Town and Around and C’mon.  Television remains popular to this day.

What is your favourite television show at the moment? On your blog tell us about your favourite television show. What is it about? Who are the main characters? What channel is it on?

My Favourite Tv Series | Modern Family

What is it about?
Basically, Modern Family is about different perspectives of life from different kinds of families.

Who are the main Characters?
Family 1
> Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
> Jay Pritchett
> Manny Delgado
> Joe Pritchett

Family 2
> Claire Dunphy
> Phil Dunphy
> Haley Dunphy
> Alex Dunphy
> Luke Dunphy

Family 3
> Cameron Tucker
> Mitchell Pritchett
> Lilly Tucker-Pritchett

What Channel is it on?

Channel 2

Activity 2 | Rock 'n' Roll

Famous bands also started travelling across the world and in 1964, New Zealand hosted, arguably the most popular band of the time, The Beatles.

People were very excited to see The Beatles, and the hype around the band was known as Beatle-Mania (similar to the modern-day Bieber-Fever)!

Read about their tour of New Zealand below, and then post three interesting facts about The Beatles Tour on your blog.


The Beatles' first stop in New Zealand was Wellington. Seven thousand screaming fans – nearly all young women – waited as the band touched down on 21 June 1964. One girl badly hurt her leg trying to climb a wire fence, and two others were forced through the fence because of pushing from behind.

A team of 30 police officers, some in plain clothes, was on hand. Bill Brien, in charge of the operation, later said that:

“We underestimated the whole thing badly. The crowd was so big we had to … keep all the people behind a wire fence. At one stage it looked like the fence would collapse, which would have been a disaster.”

As the band stepped off the plane, the shrieks of fans drowned out the noise of the engines. Te Pataka concert party performed a haka, before doing a hongi (pressing noses) and presenting the band members with tiki.

From the back of a Holden utility, The Beatles waved to fans who lined the roads from the airport to town. The crowds outside their hotel, the St George, were so large that The Beatles had to be taken in secretly through the bottle shop entrance of the hotel. Management rushed the band up to the third floor balcony so fans could see them and not crash the hotel.

It was mayhem. 'Girls were screaming uncontrollably, quite out of their tree,' people remembered. Police used dogs to clear crowds from verandahs and other vantage points. Teenagers pushed over and damaged two police motorbikes; there was so much pushing that one of The Beatles’ cars was shunted backwards, even with the handbrake on.

Fans trekked back to The Beatles' hotel after the concert. The band was stuck inside as crowds gathered outside. Some kept up a late-night vigil on the hill behind the hotel. Others tried to get round the strict security; four girls strolled onto the sixth floor into the arms of Ringo Starr. His response was, ‘Now girls, no nonsense or else I’ll leave.’

Away from all the fuss, two of the band members took the chance to catch up with family. Police whisked John Lennon away to Levin to meet his second cousins, while Ringo Starr (formerly Starkey) met a group of Starkeys from the Wellington suburb of Karori.

| The Beatles Tour |

> The Beatles were obviously well known in New Zealand because in paragraph 5 it says "The Beatles waved to fans who lined up from the airport to town."

> During the Beatles' time in their hotel, outside they were surround by young ladies and teenagers, some who stayed up all night just to get a glimpse of the Beatles.

> Two Band members from the Beatles actually got to spend some spare time with family that lived in New Zealand.

Bonus Activity | The Three Rs - Rugby, Racing and Running

In the 1960s, sport in New Zealand was dominated by the three R’s – rugby, racing and running. The national rugby team, the All Blacks, had a great decade, winning 36 of the 40 games that they played. Many kiwis also spent their week-ends at the local racetrack and, in 1960, Peter Snell won a gold medal in the 800m race at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. He followed this up with two more gold medals in the 800m and 1500m races at the 1964 Olympic Games.

Watch this documentary about Peter Snell and then create a one-page poster on Canva* about this famous kiwi runner. Be sure to include a picture  of Peter along with information about his interests and other sporting accomplishments.

*You will need to register on the Canva website in order to use it. To register, first you will need to choose your poster template from the homepage. This will bring up the sign-in page. Click on the ‘Register with Email’ button and enter your details.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 3

The Post War(s) Era (1951 - 1999)
Day 1 - White Picket Fences

In the 1950s, things settled down in New Zealand. There were no international wars or intense, national conflicts. Many kiwis were able to settle down, get married, buy a home and start a family.

Activity 1 | Meat and Three veg

It was common for women in the 1950s to stay home with their children and raise their family. They were called ‘housewives.’ Many housewives followed a simple rule when they prepared the evening meal: the ‘meat and three veg’ rule. This meant that they prepared dinners that included three different vegetables and a type of meat (eg. beef, lamb, or chicken).

On your blog tell us if you think that the ‘meat and three veg’ rule is a good one. Do you like the rule? Would you enjoy eating a typical 1950s dinner? Why or why not?

Typical 1950's Dinner

Well, I think the idea of a 1950's dinner is both beneficial and bland. I mean, having meat and 3 types of vegetables is great for your heath, but it gets boring after a few meals. Sometimes, you should switch it up a bit and explore different kinds foods you can cook.

Activity 2 | What's in a name?

During the 1950s the population of New Zealand grew by 400,000 people. That is huge! In fact, so many people were having babies that many people refer to this period in our history as the ‘baby boom.’ Popular baby names in 1950s New Zealand were:

Christine John
Susan David
Margaret Peter
Judith Michael
Jennifer Robert

Read through the lists. Are these popular names in your school? On your blog, tell us which names are currently popular in your school. Please provide, at least, three girls’ names and three boys’ names that are popular.

When I was going to school, the name ‘Jennifer’ was the most popular girl’s name and the name ‘Matthew’ was the most popular boy’s name.

Popular names in School

Girls | Boys

Sia Sam
Rachel Thomas
Malia Gabriel

Bonus Activity | Snail Mail

In the 1950s, most people communicated with one another by writing letters. According to the NZ history website, New Zealanders sent over 200 million letters and postcards between 1950 and 1960. That is an average of 87 letters per person!

For this activity, imagine that you are living in New Zealand in the 1950s. Use Google Draw* to design the front of a postcard that you could send to a friend. Try to include elements of Kiwiana in your design (e.g. Pohutukawa trees, Hokey Pokey ice cream, etc). Post a copy of your postcard picture to your blog. Be sure to describe what you have drawn on your blog beneath the picture.

*You will need to make a copy of the Google Draw template to create your postcard.

My Post Card

My post card contains things New Zealand is known for, from the Pavlova to our favourite sport, Rugby!