Friday, August 24, 2012

A Wise Man Once Said...

is hard to find
difficult to leave 
impossible to forget

by G. Randolf

As you can see this quote is about friendship. It is one of my favourite quotes. Why? Well because it is true. If you don't know what a true friend is well keep reading.

A true friend is always there for you, no matter what. A true friend will always stick up for you. A true friend tells you the truth even if its bad.  A true friend takes you for what you are. A true friend is kind, loving and caring. 

Friends are like a four leaf clover. Hard to find, but lucky to have.  I am lucky to have good friends. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post about friends. Here is a picture of me and my friends.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

2012 Cross Country

 I love to run cross country. It is fun and challenging. I am always excited to do cross country until I found out something terrible about the track. It is 3k.

The treacherous track was wet and had lots of puddles. I had to be cautious while I was running because the track was unpredictable. How? I hear you ask... Well, first it started off with the muddy field, then a normal path, then puddles, then a bush walk. but this year I found out that the track was 3k. Not good...

Anyway, when I went through the finish line I was exhausted but also happy because I came 3rd. I am so proud of myself because I was determined and I persevered to the end. Next year my goal is to come 2nd or even 1st.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Our Awesome Workshop

Last week on Thursday was a great experience for me. Why? Because the animators Ali and Maka from ‘Bro Town’ came to Pt England school and taught us how to make a zoetrope.  

First of all we got settled in the tusitala room. After that we had a short history lesson. Well not the boring history. The kind of history that was about animations. We learnt a lot of things and if you don’t believe me then read this. Did you know that the first ever animation was made in the year 1934?

Anyway, as I said in my first paragraph we made a zoetrope. What is a zoetrope though? I hear you ask. It is an animation made on paper. It is really cool to see but if your drawing is in the wrong place it turns out wrong. Luckily for me I drew it in the correct space.

My favourite part during the workshop was when we got to try it out. While Ali was spinning I was amazed. All my hard work payed off at the end. I can’t wait until another experience

Check out this movie about our workshop...

Smoking, Not MY Future

Click HERE for the link for this photo

Smoking is bad. The only safe way of smoking is not to start in the first place. If you do start, here are some of the effects it causes. Your health is at risk, it is not good for your appearance and many more. If you don’t believe me, well... Just hear me out.

One reason why I think smoking is bad, is because of the effects that it causes for your health. This happens because cigarettes contain 4000 chemicals. Today, I am only going to name 3 of them. Nicotine, Tar and Carbon Monoxide. You may of heard of them and if you haven’t then the easiest way to describe them is dangerous. Not only do you have a higher chance of dying but your limbs start to fall off. Yeap! You heard me. Your body parts can fall off.

Second reason is your appearance. When you smoke your teeth and nails become yellow and you start to get wrinkles. Another thing you get from smoking is a TERRIBLE breath.

Lots of people start smoking when they are teenagers. Why start so young? Well I think they start because they think it is cool and because their friends are doing. Another reason why they start is probably because they are influenced by their family and friends. This is why you have to be determined and stand up for yourself.

What I told you is just the start about smoking. There are a lot more reasons on why you shouldn’t smoke. Just think about it, do you want your health to be fine when you are an old age, or have a good appearance? I would. That’s why smoking is not my future. It’s your choice, your future!

Click HERE for the link of the photo...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Running Animation

This is an animation that I made in class. It took a while for me to finish it but in the end it turned out right. This is the end result. I hope you like it!
Vivienne Running from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Valerie Adam's Gets a Silver Medal

Valerie Adams, New Zealand’s shot put champion, was unable to hold back her tears as she was being interviewed. Following her final throw, she had the realisation,that her wishes of becoming the World Shot Put Champion for the second time,were now ruined. A woman named Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus had taken Valerie’s place, beating her personal best of 21.34metres. This was a very emotional evening for her. Valerie had worked tirelessly and despite her disappointment, she was proud of her achievements even though she got silver.  

                                Written By Chante, Vivienne and Ashleigh.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Olympics Medal Count

Click HERE to view the Olympics medal count. All together we have 7. At the end of the Olympics I hope we end up with at least 15. Most of them GOLD of course.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Olympic Creed

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well."

This is the Olympic Creed. It is something to motivate the athletes competing in the Olympics. It can remind us that winning is not important. I hope you have learnt something...

Precious McKenzie

In the 1970 Precious Mckenzie was a well known weightlifter in New Zealand but was originally from South Africa.

His childhood was a rough journey for him as well as his family. Sadly when he was 3 years old he had a chest condition that was proclaimed incurable. Luckily for him he survived. Because of this, his mother thought he was the Precious one. That is how he got his name. Anyway during that year his father died because of a crocodile. When his mother found out she started to have drinking problem which lead to giving her children to be fostered. His foster mother wasn't feeding him enough so that stopped him growing when he was 1.45m.

When Precious was 11 a Father saw some natural abilities in him. He took Precious to a gymnastic gym. He trained and trained and started to have a dream. A dream of joining the circus. His ambition of being a circus performer ended because of South Africa’s race law. This lead to weight lifting instead.  

As Precious trained and trained he got better and started to compete in competitions. So in 1958 Precious competed in the Natal Bantamweight weightlifting and won the title. He was not selected for the Empire Games because yet again coloured people were not allowed to compete. Later on he was known as South Africa's best bantamweight weight lifter. He finally got selected in 1963 for the International competition but he boldly refused. He emigrated to England and hoped that there it would be non-discriminatory.

He kept training and competing until he finally was chosen to represent England for the commonwealth games in Jamaica. He got a gold medal for Bantamweight division. After competing in the Olympics he came to New Zealand and started a new life with his family.