Sunday, June 20, 2010

Oil Fires in the Kitchen

Glenbrae School students visited the Mt Wellington Fire Station on Friday as part of our Keeping Ourselves Safe study this term. We were lucky enough to have an ex-Glenbrae School student ( from 1954) George Saunders as our guide. I think we got to see lots of extra things because of this. Here are some letters of thanks from the students in Room 7. We hope you like the video. REMEMBER- never put water on an oil fire.

Dear George Saunders,
I am writing to say thank you for letting us come to the fire station.We appreciate it very much.
I learned that you should never try to put out an oil fire with water. If you do, you will get burnt and most probably die.

Your Sincerely
Pene (Year 6)

Dear George,
I am writing to say thanks for having us at the fire station. We had fun.
I learnt don't put water in burning oil because everything will burn.

Yours Sincerely
Joshua (Year 6

Dear George,
Thank you so much for spending such a wonderful time with us!! I bet not all schools see as much as we did.
The greatest thing that I learnt was that you must LOOK WHEN YOU COOK!
We all learnt heaps. It was an extraordinary trip.
Once again, thank-you very much.
You're that BEST!
Yours Sincerely
Davinia ( year 5)

Dear George,
I am thankful for the goodies and for you having us at the station.

I will remind my parents of everything you taught us.

Yours Sincerely
Oshyne (Year 5)

Dear George,
Hi, my name is Sariah and I would like to thank you for having Glenbrae at the fire station.
At the time you showed us the kitchen fire experiment, I was so amazed that just by putting water on an oil fire could really make it so much bigger.
Once again, a huge thank you for making time for Glenbrae School to come and visit.

Yours Sincerely
Sariah (Year 6)

Dear George,
I am writing to say thank you for giving the Glenbrae School students a tour of the fire station.
We all learnt to never pour water on a fire but an adult could block the fire with wood, plastic or a wet cloth.

Myo Htat (Year 6)

Fire officers

Dear George,
Thank-you for having us at the Mt Wellington Fire Station.
Glenbrae School students are very lucky to be able to go over the fire station.
When I grow up, I want to be just like you.
Room 7

Dear George,
I am writing to you to say thank-you for letting us into the fire station.
I learnt everything about fire.

Yours Sincerely
Tualei (Year 6)

Dear George,
I am writing to say thank-you for having Glenbrae at the fire station.
I learnt that we should never hide under beds in a fire and never put oil on a flame.

Yours Sincerely
Lisiate (Year 5)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Losing my Baby Sister

My name is Tiana. I am in Year 6. I hope you like my narrative about the time my baby sister got lost. I created this wordle to check the kind of vocabulary I am using. The results show I have used some interesting verbs..
My goals are to use more complex sentences, use dialogue and describe my characters in more detail. I think I have achieved these goals but I would love some feeback from you.

Baby-Sitting Jayne.

Oh no, here we go again! Today Mum set off to go do the supermarket shopping leaving me at home to babysit my younger sister Jayne.

My baby sister sat on the couch looking innocent. We sat on the couch but in a few minutes she was dead asleep. I made her bed and put her to sleep. I continued watching television. An hour later I fell asleep. I woke up from my peaceful nap. I went to check-up on my Baby Sister but the bed was empty.
"Jayne,"I screamed.
I was worried that she must have gone out on the road and had an accident because the door was wide open. I ran out side but she was nowhere to be found. Mum arrived home.
"Where's your Baby Sister?" she yelled out loud.
I squeaked, "She has disappeared."
Mum started to panic. She rushed into the house like she desperately needed water.Except she didn't really need water. She looked in the phone book and rang the police station.They asked what Jayne was wearing.
Mum cried, "She was wearing blue pants,a red jumper and black socks."
The Officer said,"You're in luck Mrs, we found her walking and crying out on the footpath."
Mum was in tears when she heard the officer say they found Jayne . Mum rushed to the car and drove to the Police station. When my Mum took her first step into the Officer's office, Jayne knew straight away it was my Mum. My Mum threw her arms around Jayne and thanked the Officer. Mum bought Jayne safely home.

I learnt my lesson. Next time I have to babysit, I will not go to sleep until Mum gets home.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Safety Rap

Hi to all our readers. Room 7 have been studying all about being safe this term. We really liked this rap and our student teacher, Miss Tai (you can see her in the background of the video)helped us to create some moves to match the words. The words tell us to be responsible when we are out on our own and gives us questions to ask ourselves before we go with someone. Mr Munnik has filmed us as well so look out for us on School's Inc very soon.

Lost at Home

Hi everybody. My name is Keren and I have written a story about losing my baby sister Uliea. My goals are to use dialogue and punctuate it correctly, write complex sentences and use the correct tense in my writing. How do you think I did?

The Disappearance of Uliea

Oh no!, I have a feeling mum's going to ask me to babysit my little sister ,Uliea.

"Uh good morning Keren, is it all right if you babysit your little sister Uliea while I go up the road? "

Noooo! This is a nightmare! Uliea is very fast and sometimes runs away from me.

"Come on Uliea let's go outside and play a bit of cricket."

I turned around for a split second and she disappeared. I started to panic and ran up and down the road knocking on people's doors, but I accidentally missed one house because I thought I saw her but it was a cat. So then I went back and knocked on the person's door that I missed. A lady answered the door.

"Hello dear are you lost? My name is Barell"

" No. My little sister is lost. Her name is Uliea"

Then I saw Uliea. She was in Barrell's house. Thank goodness Uliea was safe.
"Thank you" I said gratefully.

Anyway mum never knew anything about this. I was lucky I didn't get BUSTED!
By Keren

Lost at the Sky Tower

Hello. My name is Tame'e and I am in Year 5. I have written a narrative about being lost. My goals are to use dialogue and entertain my audience. I hope you enjoy my story.


Last night my mum, Inoke and I went to the biggest tower in Auckland. It is called the Sky Tower. When we got there I screamed "YEAH!!!".Then my mum called, "Let's go inside."

We went inside and looked at the beautiful lights and art.
My mum said, "Stay here with Inoke and I'll go to the toilet."
So off she went.
I saw my friend Davinia and I ran towards her and we started talking. I left Inoke on the seat.
When I came back, he was gone. I was so worried about that. Then my mum came back. She saw that I was crying
She said, "Where is Inoke?"I went to the toilet and saw him running to my mum.
I said "Where were you"I was so relieved to see Inoke that I hugged him tight. I told him never to go away by himself again.

Lost at Vector Arena

Hi. I'm Tatiana. I'm in year 6. I hope you enjoy my narrative about being lost. My goals are to use dialogue and punctuate it correctly, use interesting verbs instead of 'said' and to entertain my audience.

"Come on," I thought to myself," hurry up."
I was waiting in line outside the Vector Arena with my uncle Tonga and my brother Jeremiah.
"We have been standing out here for ages Uncle Tonga! " I shouted.
Finally the gates opened. We paid for our tickets then rushed inside. My uncle, brother and I were so relieved when we found out we had the front seats. All the lights went off except for the green and purple stage lights. It was so dark, but I was lucky because my green outfit glowed. Suddenly a girl dressed in an awkward looking costume came up on stage. I
knew who it was.
"Its LADY GAGA!!!", I screamed.
The crowd was screaming like they were crazy. The first song she sang was called 'Just Dance'. Her songs didn't sound quite as good as they do on television, but they still sounded great.
After a while I was getting hungry so my uncle Tonga told my 11 year old brother, Jeremiah, to take me to get something to eat. My brother took me to get popcorn. After we got the popcorn we headed back to my uncle. I really struggled trying to keep behind him because there was heaps of people walking around.
Then I realised I was .......lost. I walked everywhere trying to find my brother. I was panicking so much that I started to cry. While I was crying, a lady dressed like she worked there came up to me and asked,
"Are you OK?."
"No," I said "I'm lost and I don't know where my uncle is".
She felt very sorry for me, so she took me back to the place where I got my popcorn. She said that I should wait here just in case my brother or uncle came to look for me. It was almost an hour and nobody had showed up to claim me.
Suddenly I saw someone in a Bob Marley shirt with black tight jeans heading towards me. Then I knew who it was. "UNCLE!!!", I yelled.
I ran like speeding lightning to him.
From then on I stuck like glue to my uncle and brother so I wouldn't get lost ever ...again.

From Tatiana

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Book review

Hi My name is Gary. I'm really enjoying reading my' Caught Being Good' book called 'Numbskulls'.
The author is William Taylor.
It's a narrative about having a new baby in the house. The main characters are Alex, Dad, Mum and Alice. It is set at Alex's family's house.
I think you should read this book if you are interested in funny stories about families and babies.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Good Advice from Tina Cross

Taisha and Tina were talking to us about following our dreams, holding on to them no matter what and never letting go. The only thing stopping you is yourself. Never be shy to show your talents and always give things a go. I am not shy about singing at church so I am going to try to be confident and show my talents at school and never give up my dreams.

Taisha and Tina Cross

Tina and Taisha are really good singers. In this video clip, they are singing the Bob Marley song 'Let There Be Love'. They came to Glenbrae Primary School to tell us if we had a dream to be a singer or anything else, we should just do it and not let anything stop us. I loved the way they sang because they sang in nice voices and they could play music on their guitar. I would like to learn to play the guitar so I can sing lots of songs.

Visit From Tina and Taisha

Glenbrae Senior school was lucky yesterday because we saw Tina Cross and Taisha singing in our library. They came to practise on us because they are going to do this show in country schools and they wanted to know if we liked it.
In this video, Tina and Taisha are singing Feeling Good. We really thought they were wonderful singers because they sang loudly and it was easy to hear the words. We liked Taisha's guitar playing and Tina's ukelele playing.

Tina Cross, famous New Zealand singer.

Wow! I never heard that song before. It was Tina
Cross and Taisha, from the Lady Killers that came to Glenbrae school. Rooms 7, 8 and 9 were
so excited. Tina and Taisha sang a few songs and they wanted all of us to sing too. I loved the way they mixed the songs and I felt I wanted to be a singer. I heard Taisha say she had travelled around the world and had bought a guitar from New York. I wish I had a guitar. I've never travelled to New York. When Taisha sang, she had a good voice and she sang loudly. They practice every day and they ask themselves questions. Taisha and Tina sang a lot of songs. They are the best.

Tina Cross and Taisha from the band Lady Killers

Thursday 3rd June 2010.

Yesterday, at school we had a visit from two famous singers . They were Tina Cross and Taisha from the Lady Killers. They were talking about their lives and how to become a singer. Next we had question time. They asked each other questions and we asked them some. After that they sang us some songs and we sang with them. We all sang songs called Yellow Bird, In the Jungle and Let It Be. It was a very enjoyable day.