Friday, 23 October 2015

Week 2 Term 4 Reading Activity

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July the 18th, 1918. He was born on the eastern coast of Africa in Mvezo. Nelson Mandela’s father died when he was nine and was then raised by royalty. He became the first person in his family to go to school. In his young adulthood, he became an activist with the African National Congress. Knowing the power of young people he started a African National Congress Youth League.

Nelson was arrested in 1962 after being on the run for 17 months. He was put in Robben Island which was in the middle of the bay and it had sharks around it so people could not escape.

Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island after being on it for 27 years. 3 years after that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid. Months later he ran for president and became the president of South Africa. He finally stepped down as president of South Africa in 1999. Nelson Mandela died on December 5 2013.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

A Quiz about Russell, NZ

Quiz about Russell, NZ

  1. What is the oldest existing church in NZ?

2. Which Bishop established the mission in 1839?

3. What type of design is the Old Customs House made out of?

4. Who invented the design for the Old Customs House?

5. Where is the oldest existing church in NZ?

6. What type of mission was it?

7. What was cut down 4 times between 1844 and 1845?

8. Where is it located?

9. What flag does it fly 12 days a year?

10. What is the treasure house of Russell?

Sugar in food items

Cost of family groceries and sugars in food items

Total cost of all groceries = $145.32 (however, I have only selected a sample of the groceries to report on)

Amount of sugar in selected items:

  1. Edam Cheese 1 KG  <1.0g/100g
  2. Homebrand Milk 3L  4.8g/100mL
  3. Pitted Prunes  34.2g/100g
  4. Verkers Salami  0.5g/100g
  5. Sun.maid Raisins  71.4g/100g
  6. Wholegrain Mustard  6g/100g
  7. Pear Halves  14.1g/100g
  8. Diced Tomatoes  3g/100g
  9. Green Kiwifruit 8.99g/100g
  10. Baked Beans  6.2g/100g

Total amount of sugar is these 10 items:

150.19g = 10 tablespoons with 0.19g leftover

Book review: The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

Story Review: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

This is a true story about WIlliam Kamkwamba making a windmill to make light and electricity.  William, who was a teenager, lived in Malawi, a poor country in Africa, and his village did not have a lot of food.  But his uncle made lots of money by selling tobacco.

William’s family was poor (apart from his uncle) and he wanted to make a windmill so he could listen to the radio and have electricity without needing to pay.  He got the idea for making the windmill from a book from his former primary school library, and he found the parts from the junk yard and from his best friend (as his best friend was the son of the village chief and had money, so was able to help William).

Other people in his village thought he was absolutely crazy because it looked like a weird machine, and they were afraid of it.  Only his family had faith in him.

Once the windmill was made and producing electricity, a man came and asked him to do a TED talk.  He accepted the offer and was taken to the TED talk headquarters.  He spoke to the TED reporters and other people there and had lots of appointments with famous people who wanted to know about his machine which he had created.

He set up a science club at his former primary school for anyone who wanted to join,
and learn about science, and he made a smaller windmill than the one he first created at his house so that the school could listen to music.

At the time of writing the book, William had gone to a new school which was not near his home and he was learning more science.

I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it for anyone who can read long chapter books.

Friday, 9 October 2015


On Tuesday I went out to Grandma and Gugs with Nana as Grandma had an optometrist appointment at the eye clinic. I stayed with Gugs, sorted out the toy box to see what I wanted and watched TV.

I started watching TV and sorting out what I wanted from the toy box. I then had some food, did some homework and continued watching TV.

I liked my day because I got to watch TV and play.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Plane Trip to Christchurch

On Monday, I got on a plane to go to see my Nana, Grandma and Gugs in Christchurch. I was flying as an unaccompanied minor. As I was the only unaccompanied minor I got to hand out the lollies to all the people on the plane. I got 4 packets of Chips and 2 Biscuits.

I liked the trip on the air plane because I got lots of lollies and lots of food.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Driving a fork-lift

Today Papa took me to his old work place in Tokoroa called Holsters. When we got into the building, a woman drove the van out. Martin asked me if I wanted to drive the fork-lift out onto the gravel. I said yes. Marty showed me the controls and helped me drive the fork-lift out onto the gravel and park the fork-lift in a puddle of water. The woman drove the other van out and parked it. Papa and I had a sausage looked in the front of a truck and found Papa in some photos.

I felt so happy when I left because I had driven a fork-lift out of a building and parked it in a puddle of water.