Challenge Team members: Matthew, Connor P, Couper and Sophie.

On Wednesday the 7th of August, teams of four from all over North Canterbury, varying from year 6 to year 8 met at Ohoka School. The teams were competing in a 30 minute year level maths event, where each team has 20  questions to answer. The team with the most points in the fastest time wins bragging rights over other schools.  

Before the competition we asked people who attended the competition how it went.

Carter from Year 7 replied to the questions with:

How Do you think you’ll go?  “I think we’ll be okay.”

Do you need Practice? “Oh yeah, we need to practice.”

How did you practice? “We used several sets of old Cantamath questions.”

Are you looking forward to it? “I am looking forward to it.” 

When you did the actual thing was it more difficult than the practice questions?  “No, I found it a lot easier.”

Were you nervous? “ Yeah, just a little bit.”

Then we asked Zak from Year 6 about his opinion and asked the same questions. 

Question 1: “I think we went okay as we did quite well in the practices.”

Question 2: “Yes, I need practice because I was surprised to get into a team.”

Question 3: “I think we practised really well on the sets of questions.” 

Question 4: “I did need to practice a bit more as I have never done Cantamath before.”

Question 5: “Yes, it was a bit more difficult and different from the practices.”

Question 6: “Yeah, because I had never done it before.”

Finally we interviewed Couper from Year 8, here’s his feedback.

Question 1: “We got in the top 10 range, I think. “

Question 2: “Yes, because it was difficult questions and we had to work together to get the correct solutions.”

Question 3: “Practices helped using previous Cantamath questions because we did other competitions against our own Ashley teams.”

Question 4: “YES, because we needed to agree on the same answers and not argue.

Question 5: “Heck yeah, we read the first couple of questions and it was way different than the practice.

Question 6: “Not really, I only started to feel butterflies when it was the last 2 minutes and we only had 30 points.”

Well that’s a wrap! In the end in the Year 6 competition the winner was Fernside School, Year 7’s winner was Hanmer Springs School, and Year 8’s winner was Amuri Area School. All the Ashley teams did their best and did pretty well.

Well done to all of them and good luck next time for Year 7 and 8 teams at the Canterbury Cantamath competition on Wednesday 28th August at the Horncastle Arena, where the theme will be Maths across Cultures!

Zak’s favourite movie is The Rocky Horror Show.

  Review on the The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical that was written in 1973 and released as a movie in 1975 by Richard O’Brien who was born as Richard Smith on 25 March 1942.  Richard O’Brien now lives in New Zealand – he played Riff Raff in the original movie.

It is an awesome sci-fi musical about an alien called Frank N Furter. Him and his servants live in a big mansion in the middle of nowhere.

Two normal people called Brad and Janet decide to visit an old teacher from Denton High called Dr Everett Scott. They miss a corner and find themselves at a dead end. They try to reverse but end up with a flat tyre. They are left with no choice but to enter the old mansion which reveals the horrors within

The reason I like the Rocky Horror Picture Show because it is humorous,  weird, funny AND MAD. I also went to the Hollywood theatre in Sumner, Christchurch to watch this movie in a sing along version. You had all these things like when it was raining in the film you were given newspaper and Frank N Furter would squirt everyone with a little plastic watergun.

Some of the characters are:       

Brad Majors   – Barry Bostwick

Janet Wyce     – Susan Sarandon

Frank N Furter  – Tim Curry

Riff-Raff        – Richard O’Brien

Columbia     – Little Nell

Magenta      – Patricia Quinn


Some of the songs are:

Science Fiction

Dammit Janet

There’s a Light

The Time Warp

In conclusion, I highly recommend you to watch this and GIVE YOURSELF OVER TO ABSOLUTE  PLEASURE!

Eden has put together a cross country report.


On your marks, get set, GO! On the 17th of May  

2019 was the day for Cross Country for Ashley

School. Almost everyone attended and had such

an honourable time, but some sadly had to sit out because of some injuries and illnesses.  


All before this day came, some seniors joined an extra group called the elite group. We did extra running than others and some were lucky enough to go out to the Ashley Village to go on the very fine track and of course it was reasonably fun. There were little bumps and some up hills and down hills. And all this added up to students being such fantastic runners.

The organizers gathered up the year 7’s so they could warm up for the race, they did stretches and did a little jog on the spot. The crowd was very excited and nervous and was constantly yapping away.

The first race was the year 7’s, when they started it was 12.30pm.

When others where racing, I saw that they all were going hard out and doing their best. Some people’s thing may not be running or sprinting, but as far as I’ve seen it, no one gave up and they all kept on going.

There were some gates and a mud pit to jump over but thankfully this year nobody lost their shoes in the mud and nobody got tripped.

My Opinion

For my opinion on this day I’d say it was fantastic, when I had my race I did not get distracted by anyone while I was jogging/running but one thing I would say that was kind of not helpful was the holes in the ground and trying to not trip over.

Thanks to…

I’d like to thank Georges family for opening up their farm for Ashley School, we all really appreciate it. It was a very fun time and now I’d like to thank all the staff members for getting us there safely and for organizing everything else. One more thank you to all the parents that helped all the seniors practice, we couldn’t have done it without you.


  • Do you do cross country at your school?
  • What’s your opinion of cross country?
  • Are you reasonably good or bad at cross country?
  • Would you ever do it again?


Lachlan’s Cross Country Report

Cross-country day is my favourite day of the year. Cross-country is what I do best in and cross-country is really fun.

This year the times are really hard but it brings a good challenge for everyone. I reckon it’s great making it through to trischools or better, but it’s great being able to turn up on school cross country and run the race itself.

Some of the best runners make it through to trischools which is the second stage after our school cross-country.

In tri schools three different schools which run in the event are Loburn, North Loburn and Ashley.

The top 6  runners from each year level can make it through and go to the next zone and that is Rakahuri. At Rakahuri there are 2 different races being held which are the Pegasus and Rakahuri zones. These are 2 of the many zones that go that go through to the Canterbury school cross country championship at Halswell Quarry.

A review of Captain Marvel by Lewis.

ORIGIN: Captain Marvel is a superhero not a villain . She has energy powers and originally comes from earth but her mind was wiped from an explosion that had gave her the powers.

She used to be an airforce pilot before she was given the power she has now. Her power came from a fuel that was six times the speed of sound and she had shot the fuel so the Kree couldn’t get it because the Kree were planning to do something evil with it.

The fuel involved the Tesseract, an infinity stone.


Captain Marvel has a 78% rating which is pretty good.

I can admit that it is a good movie because I’ve seen it myself of course. The movie runs for 2h 5 mins.

The main characters of the movie are:

Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel/Brie Larson

Nick Fury/Samuel Jackson

Talos/Ben Mendelsohn

Yon-Rogg/Jude Law.

The movie was released on 8 March 2019.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck with the character was created by the one and only Stan Lee.

Extra facts about Captain Marvel:

Carol Danvers started out as an airforce pilot for Pegasus.

After the accident that led to her receiving her powers, Carol became a NASA whistleblower.

My opinion about the movie:

I give it an overall solid 9 out of ten. I thought it was a great story with a good amount of great action scenes too.


On Friday the 17th the senior school walked down to the Marshall-Lees farm for cross country. The races started off with the year 7’s going first and then it went year 5’, year 4’s, year 6’s and year 8’s. I am a year 8 so I went towards the end. There were only four people in my race because Isabella and Olivia couldn’t race. We had to run 3k in 14:30 minutes. I came first which I am so happy about, and I made the time.

Just before my race the year 1, 2, and 3’s came to do their races. I ran with some of the little kids in their race. They were so cute when they ran, and when they went through the mud pit, some of their faces were so funny.

When all of the races were finished we went back to school. The day went really well.

I have also done the Tri- schools and came 4th and made the time, so I am going to go through to the Rakahuri zones next week which I am super nervous about.


Hunter has written a review of the movie ‘Boy’.

The famous Taika Waititi film Boy is an amazing movie based in New Zealand. But I think only people that are 13 or over should watch it.

This movie is one of the best movies I’ve ever watched, and it is definitely one of my favourite movies.

The main character is called Boy. He has a little brother called Rocky. When Rocky was born his Mum died. Now he thinks that he has superpowers and made his Mum die when he was born.

Boy loves Michael Jackson and he can even do Michael Jackson dance moves. Not!

Boy’s dad Alamein is a very irresponsible Dad for a lot of reasons. Alamein went to jail but he brought a spoon with him so he dug a hole with the spoon to escape and magically got away from the guards by attacking them with the spoon.

It took Boy a while to figure out that Alamein was not a good Dad.

I think it’s a really good movie I rate it about 8/10 but If you don’t like movies with a little bit of violence then this movie isn’t for you, because Boy sees his dad getting beaten up. But if you want to still try it out I really recommend it.

By Hunter.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Report: Israel

Bohemian Rhapsody a new movie released on 1st November 2018, was a movie to tell the story of the well known band named Queen and their songs they wrote and sang.

Let’s talk about Freddie Mercury and the background of his life. Freddie Mercury or should I say Farrokh Bulsara was born 5th September 1946 and died 24th November 1991 due to AIDs.

Freddie was born in Tanzania Stone Town and took piano lessons at St Peter’s school.

Now to move on to the actor himself Rami Malek. Rami Malek played the role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody with his mates Ben Hardy playing Roger Taylor the drummer, Gwilym Lee playing Brian May the guitarist, Joseph Mazzello playing John Deacon and Lucy Boynton playing Freddies wife, Mary Austin.

The astonishing movie was shot in London at the original Wembley Stadium and produced by Graham King and Queen’s manager himself Jim Beach.

My favourite scene of the movie would have to be when the band takes a tour of America, performs in a concert and sings Fat Bottomed Girls.

My favourite song from Queen would have to be Love of my life partly because it talks about Freddie Mercury and his relationship with Mary Austin.

I think that Bohemian Rhapsody is a marvellous movie and I recommend it for people that are a massive fan of Queen like me.


Read Clover’s recount about being a cross country runner.

Cross Country Recount

On Friday the 17th of May it was cross country day. That morning everyone was excited. When we were walking to cross country we were all chatting to each other about racing.

When we arrived we were told where to sit and we waited for the first race to start. The first racers were on the track and everyone was cheering for them. It was great to have our parents there to cheer us on.

Before long all of the races were finished so Mr Mullan gave a speech. We started walking back to school with our parents and teachers.

That afternoon most people were happy and pleased with themselves, it was a great activity.

Some lucky kids made it through to tri schools. Tri schools was held on Tuesday the 21st of May.  

On the day of tri schools the kids that qualified got driven by parents to the Loburn Domain rugby field. This is where tri schools was held. The two other schools competing were Loburn and North Loburn, so with Ashley, had to walk around the track we were running on so we knew where to run.   

After a while the races started, everyone was running their hardest. When all the races were finished, everyone went home or got driven back to school. A couple of kids did really well in their race at tri schools and qualified for the next level – the Rakahuri event.

Rakahuri is going to be held on the 28th of May.