Thursday, 16 November 2017

Surf ED Rules

                        Surf ED Rules

The surf lifeguards have provided for us flags to keep us safe always swim between the  flags.
when you are swimming have an adult or a friend  or you can drown .

The surf lifeguards at the beach know all about the beach and the sea! listen to what they have to say so you can have fun and stay safe.

when you head into the water, you need to  make sure that you have someone with you so you can help each other safe in the surf.

if you are at the beach and there are no flags out that means that there are no lifeguards on duty.So don't go in unless there is an adult watching you. Because there are dangerous currents and there can be big rips.

Thursday, 14 September 2017


My P.B.L is an ant. First I made 3 bunches of newspaper 1 head, 2 thorax, 3 admen. Then I taped
them together. I had to paper mache the ant. Then I painted  my ant black and then I put on the legs. Then I painted the legs black and hot glued the fangs and the antennae on. That is how i made my model.




What they eat

Life cycle

Where they live


Acrostic poem



Ants are insects. Some ants can fly. Ants like to eat crumbs they have 6 legs two eyes and a small body.There are 5 different color ants black,red, green, brown and yellow. Even different shapes and sizes. Ants go in large groups called colonies each ant has a job. There are three kinds of ant jobs, finding nectar   , staying in the nursery and Hunting. The queen is the only ant that can have babies.  There can be up to 100,000 ants living in one nest.

What They Eat

Leaf-cutter ants find dry leafs cut them up with their tiny mouth parts. Garden ants go  in houses and eat sweet scraps. Every ant has a job to do some ant go hunting. Ants eat rotten fruit and some dead animals some ants eat other insects by biting them. The job of some honey ants is to drink and store as much nectar as possible for other ants. Their abdomen becomes so swollen that they can not move. Ants have two stomachs in their abdomen.

Life Cycle

A queen ant can start laying eggs when she is a few months old. She lays many thousands of eggs in her lifetime. Ants are the longest living- insects. Workers can only live for one year, but some can live for five years. Black ant queens have the longest life spans of 15 to 20 years. One queen lived in a German laboratory for 29 years.
Every ant goes through these 4 steps 1.egg  2.larvae 3.pupa

Where They Live
Ants live in nests. Garden ants like to build their nests in warm, dry places such as paving stones or near walls. A maze of tunnels leads into the underground chamber where the ants lay their eggs. Termites are ant-like insects that also build nests. Some ants build a  nest  under a mound of leaves and twigs. Some ants travel till they find a warm place to build their nests in winter. Black ants look for a crack in the floor or in the walls in houses to build a nest.


There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world. An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. Some queen ants live for many years and have millions of babies. Ants don’t have ears. Ants hear by feeling the vibrations through their feet. When ants fight it is, usually to the death. When foraging , ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.

Acrostic poem
Insects could be dangerous.
Nests are warm.
Stingers really hurt when they go into you.
Energy, ants  use a lot of energy when they carry crumbs.
Colonies. Colonies are ant groups.
The ants come in 5 different colors.  
                         Carpenter Ant Top.jpg

Thorax/hōpara- the thorax is the second part of an ants body, joining the head to the abdomen.

Abdomen/riu- the abdomen is the third part of an insect's body, behind the thorax.

Pheromone- smells and senses that other insects and animals even humans to attract the other genders.

Vibrations- vibrations are when something shakes like an earthquake.

Larvae/torongū- larvae is the second step of the life cycle of a insect.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Thank you letter

Nikau hub
Parkvale  School
Howard street 4122        
May 24th 2017

Dear Mr Gifkins,
Thank you for coming to camp. You made it fun and interesting and cool. You gave up all your time for us. Thank you for encouraging me to do the amazing race. It was really fun when you took us around Lake Kiriopukae. On that walk I liked how we saw the grave of Michael Noonan.

The interesting part was when we had to walk across the wire bridge at night. I was wondering what I was walking on; I thought it was a rope or something.

My highlight was  when we went kayaking, that was my first time kayaking. The boats are so uncomfortable their

An interesting fact I learnt was how to do a flip off the climbing the rope climber thing. It was a challenging to flip off the rope climber thing but I did it.  


Yours sincerely

Sophie O’Connor

Monday, 20 March 2017

my special place

My Special Place
1.Getting there.
2. Sand and sea.
4.Home.                      Getting there.
As we drove along the road I heard a squeaky sound coming from the boot .Then i heard something drop. I looked out the window and our luggage was there. After a moment we were inside we put all of our luggage in our bedroom.Then we started walking to the beach.
Sand and sea.
As I walked into the soft sand i started setting up my towel . I put on my wetsuit i slided my feet into the water . I started to put my body into the waves. As i got to the deep part i started to worry.
I started swimming under thehourendis waves. Then when i got up from under the waves i got hit again . Dad came out and got me. Then i never went out that far again. Later on i started sunbathing in the sun.   
When we got back in town we went to get a ice cream. After we ate that we went home and went to sleep. The end.
(My special place is the beach)
Thank you for reading my writing.