I never got to see my Grandma, she died of cancer, mostly because she smoked alot and that wasn’t good for her. 

Just because it is doesn’t mean it should be.

My grandma could have helped herself by not smoking. She had four kids and now only two of them are good people. 

One of the two smoke just as much as  my grandma, and he drinks ALOT. And the other guy, he never talks to my dad. Every now and then he rings up out of the blue wanting money and saying he’s in big trouble.

But oh well!


Court Theatre – Sophie’s recount

Last week we were visited by three members of The Court Theatre who performed a play which was about the Maori Gods and Maui who thought he deserved to become a god. He was told that he must kill a large eel which was the last monster left undefeated and then he would be worthy to be a god.

The Court Theatre used some costumes, props and music to compliment the story. They really put energy, humour and excitement into the legend and I would think that everyone in the room enjoyed the performance.

Here is a link to the website with more information about the show we saw. 

Thank you, Court Theatre for sharing your play and I hope you come back again!

Matthew would like to add = 

 The Court Theatre visited our school last week and performed a play about the gods and Maui who wanted to become a god. Using costumes, props, song and the audience they told the story about Tuna the eel and how Maui defeated him.

The play was easy to watch, it was funny and everyone enjoyed it very much. The actors made the story come alive and I am looking forward to the Court Theatres next visit.



Technology classes are onto the fourth rotation at Rangiora Borough School, which has the Year 7 students learning digital design with Mr Ballingall, and the Year 8 students in the workshop with with Mr Bain for woodwork. We get to choose from all 4 subjects for the final block and everyone is hoping to get their first choice.We interviewed two students to see how they find Technology.

Matthew interviewed Isla from Year 8, and Ryan from Year 7 to ask about Tech.

What do you like most about technology? Which subject will you choose for the final block?

Ryan commented on how helpful he finds the technology teachers. He enjoys making different things and is hoping to choose woodwork for the final block when all the students get to choose which subject they do.

Isla is hoping to be able to choose soft fabrics as sewing is her favourite class although she has also enjoyed food technology too. 


Sophie: Cans for Good.

The school council members decided to take part in a fundraiser called Cans for Good which collects cans of food for the Salvation Army to help support food parcels going to the hungry people in Christchurch and local towns. Even pet food is acceptable as many people have pets they need to feed.

We decided to interview Ella I (one of the school councillors taking part in the fundraiser), with a few questions to ask about the project.

How many cans were collected? “163 were collected/donated in total.”

How many cans did the council aim to collect? “300.”

Did the amount of cans collected satisfy your goal? “No it didn’t but we were happy that it was at least one can per child in our school.”

Do you wish to do this again in the future? “Yes, it was a very good effort at helping with a whole school donation to a worthy foundation, and I hope the future school council continue it.”

Thank you Ella for answering our questions, it seems as though the contributors might have not reached their goal but are still happy with the number they have come down with, thank you to everyone who donated cans.


Couper: Weekend sports round-up. Weather: Terrible

Firstly it is off to the rugby with Mitchell from Year 6. 

He said: “It was a bitter and sour day, but it was a fun game for the first half until they stopped running around and it became very cold for them. Everyone was cold, dirty and wishing they could be at home with a nice hot shower.  The game was Ashley vs Glenmark Cheviot at Woodend. The final score ended up being 17-5 to Ashley RFC.”

Over to the football now, firstly Maddy said:

“On Saturday we played at English Park on the artificial turf. It was freezing cold and almost hailing.

We were tied 0/0 in the first half and then they scored three goals against us and the second half we lost 3/0.  At the end we went into the club rooms and I won a football signed by Canterbury Pride team, for winning Player of the Day. Overall it was a great game but it would have been better in the mud.”

Then finally Amber said:

“It was a freezing cold morning but I managed to score 3 goals. Our team played at Kendall Park on Saturday where we usually play games every weekend. We played against the Nomad team but mixed up the teams because the Nomads forfeited.” 

Everyone said that overall the day was a crap day for sports but a fun one. Not all of us won but we had a great time. We all tried our hardest and worked hard. But we would rather have done it in the warm…


BANG, BANG, BANG! Gun shots are heard being fired from the Nazi base.

“That must be Sergeant Pierson and the others,” I shout out loud.

“Come on boys, let’s not give them all the action,”  shouts Zussman.

We arrive there to be greeted by sounds of bullets zooming by and explosions. We force the Nazis to retreat and catchup to Pierson. Lieutenant Turner gets ready to give Pierson a hell of a talk.

“ Our orders were to stay together and take out those artillery guns!” yelled Lieutenant Turner.

“ Well just because it is doesn’t mean it should be!” shouted Pierson.


“Saudi Arabia’s culture currently holds a rule that all females outside of their homes must be accompanied by males, as they are not allowed to do many things and do not have the privileges and/or rights that women in other countries hold,” I inform my sister smartly.

“Look Sophie, I couldn’t care less about your assignment,” my sister moans. “It is what it is, just let Saudi Arabia do what they want!”

Just because it is doesn’t mean it should be,” I retort bluntly.

We glare at each other before she roars at me, “get out of my room!”


Imagine being told that you cannot reach the top of Tokyo Tower to see the view of the city below.

Imagine getting to your hotel and discovering stairs to the front entrance.

These details may seem trivial to the majority of people but to anyone with a disability they are a big deal. Life in a wheelchair is challenging enough without having to worry about access ramps and elevators.

I imagine a world where I can go wherever I want. It is not like this yet but just because it isn’t doesn’t mean it should be like this forever.


Just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be…” my mum yelled from the top of the staircase in our apartment. 

I didn’t understand what my mum was talking about, so I decided to become a spy for today. 

I quickly went up, then down, round and around, then I was there. 

I took off my beanie, so I could hear through the door,  but I could hear nothing. So I turned the handle of the door without making any noise and slammed it open. 

It turns out after all of me becoming a spy she was just sleep talking.


“I refuse,” I say with a strong, sturdy voice.

“You have no choice, I am your mother I know what is best for you, anyway it is not your decision to make.”

“Yes but it is my future.”

“Stop! You are getting married to him next week and that is final!” Mum says angrily.

“But mum just listen, I am only 12 and he is 40, this is wrong …just because it is doesn’t mean it should be,” I say pleadingly.

“Ok fine, you don’t have to marry him. You’re too young, you can marry when you’re 13.” 

“Thank you.”

Ciara has something to say to her brother…

I roll my eyes at my brother. “Just because it is doesn’t mean it should be,” I mutter. 

He glances at me with a look of disgust, “just face it… I’m definitely the favourite child!”

I burst into my parents room and confront my mum, “I thought I was your favourite!” I cry.

“I don’t have favourites remember, “ my mum calmly whispers.

I slowly retreat from the room and stroll past my brother, I walk up stairs and lay down on my bed – satisfied. 

My mum may love both of us … but I know dad loves me way more.


Currently in some places in America everyone has the right to carry a gun without a permit or license. 

In my opinion as a ten year old girl  it is much too dangerous and scary to see someone walking down the street with a gun! 

Just because it is doesn’t mean it should be. 

Can you imagine someone getting shot right in front of you? 

Well I can, I think this is awful. 

I would absolutely hate to live in a place where someone could just walk down the street with a gun. I hope this law will change soon.


Chocolate!  Who doesn’t love chocolate?  It is deliciously satisfying with a rich velvety taste and a sweet aromatic smell that hits the taste buds.  

 Not only is it full of calcium but also a source of antioxidants.  Dark chocolate especially is rich in minerals such as zinc, iron and magnesium and it is so satisfying that it can be comforting and great for stress relief. 

 It has an ability to lift your mood and give you a feeling of contentment.   It is often labelled as unhealthy and bad for you but just because it is doesn’t mean it should be