My Nan

My Nan smelt like roses. Her skin was all crinkly like a snake. She never wore jewelry only a watch.

We used to make lots of sweets and play who’s got the handkerchief.

When we went shopping she would always give us chocolate. Every saturday she had fish and chips ,which was good for when we came around.

She loved to knit and craft. We used to sew. Me and my nan sewed a squirrel and started three guinea pigs. She once had three hedgehogs and she treated them like pets. 

My nan would always make time like when I had a grandparents day and so did my sister Erin.
My nan always came to christmas. She brought the best presents. Her Best friend was her sister. Every Saturday she had fish and chips, which was good for when we came around.

I love you Nan. So why did you leave?
By Cara 




With my strong arms I climbed up an unstable wall. I went up even more. Everyone was cheering.  I went to the top. I had a bit of trouble because my boxers gave me a painful wedgie. Then the man said “Go down a different wall.” 

There, I’m going down. I was jumping like a serious ninja. Mr Fawcett said “Photo, photo!”  I looked terrible because my butt looked big. When I went down I felt sick like a monkey and my knees felt like jelly.

When I looked at the photo yesterday Mr Fawcett was laughing. I didn’t mind because I was laughing too.

By Conrad


A Good Night’s Sleep?

Camp on Google Maps

Miss B. said goodnight and the parents did too. Miss B. was next to the girls’ dormitory. She must have really good hearing because if you make a slight whisper she will be in.

It’s really cramped and squishy.  There were suitcases on the ground and if you rolled over you would be laying on one of your friends.  It was really hard to get a good night’s sleep.  People were getting up and going to the toilet. People were wriggling around (trust me, when you move the mattress makes a pretty loud noise). Eventually you will fall asleep.

The annoying part is you can’t get a sleep in.  The first one awake will wake up a friend so they’re not bored and then they will start talking and wake everyone up.

At seven in the morning Miss B. will come in and tell us to get up.  We have thirty minutes to get ready.  Then we go outside, do a head count and the teachers will pick the best line.  We go in one line at a time to have breakfast.  It was scrambled eggs and toast for me.

by Paige

Camp Concert

Another group on stage

Another group on stage

At night time at Camp Waitawheta we did our Camp Concert performance.  Ella, Charli, Jade and me did a cheerleading routine.  We wore make up.

Ella and Charli and Jade and me sat still and waited. Miss B. picked us and said, “You can get up now.” I was embarrassed.  When we were going on stage I was scared.  I was shaking.

When it was Aslan’s turn he played the Frozen Song on the old, out of tune piano. He played really well. I was so happy. It made me smile. He had 10 out 10, 10 out of 10, 10 out of 10 and 10 out of 10 from the judges. So he had 40 points.  We clapped so loudly.

by Hayley

Life Story

When I'm Sixty Five

When I’m Sixty Five

This about my life.  It might not be accurate, but it includes my hopes and dreams.

It all started, well you know, with the whole birth and stuff, but let’s just skip over that part.

From 2009 to 2014 I want to Glenview Primary School.  Then came Melville Intermediate for two years.  From 2017-2023 I attended Melville High.  I did really well even though the work was really hard.

After High School I had my dream job in mind, so I set out to find an S.P.C.A.  I was looking and looking and the only one I found was in Frankton.  I thought about it and knew it was the right job for me.  The first day was like your first day of school and you don’t want to leave your mum and dad.  Well instead of your mum and dad it’s your car.  But I was a big girl and walked in.  After three months of training I was a master and I loved animals more and more everyday.  I grew a special love for a few cats and one dog.

I was still only young and lonely and I needed a man.  It was my friend’s sweet sixteen and she invited everyone from our old school, so all my old crushes were there.  I got to see all my old friends. I thought this party couldn’t get any better… but it did.

Now this is the part where I meet my husband.  This is important so read this carefully. I thought this party couldn’t get any better, but it did! My BIGGEST crush (now husband) came and started talking to me. One of my old friends purposely pushed me him into me.  I dropped my purse and went to pick it up and so did he.  As soon as we picked up everything we came up at the same time and we looked into each others eyes and, well one thing led to another, and now we have been happily married for forty two years.

We have one boy and two girls, but I have more than three babies. My cats and dog mean sooo much to me and my husband too.

I still work at the S.P.C.A. , but because my kids had to go to university I had to get a new job to help pay for it.  Now I run a successful business selling pets and pet products to loving owners.

Now I’m cooped up in my home, old and rickety, but still loving life just the way it is.

by Kylie

Kids’ Commando Challenge 2014

On a freezing morning, I wanted to get back into my turtle shell, but I had to go to the Commando Challenge.  It was on the 5th of October.  When me and my excited family got there we watched the energetic adults finish their race.  I went over to practice the obstacle course for my race.  Then a voice that seemed to come from another dimension squawked over the loudspeaker.  Me and some other kids that were doing the race searched for the mystery voice, but it turned out to be right next to us, but the speakers were in a totally different place.


It was race time.   We all lined up in our age groups.   When it was my turn to race my heart was beating as fast a cheetah. ”On your marks, get set,Go!!”  I paced myself, slow and steady wins the race I said to myself. Slowly I noticed I was in last so I sped up and got into the top twenty.  I heard one of the adults say, “One more corner to go.”  So I raced myself to the obstacle course. I beat most people at walking the plank.  I dived under the net, I tied my  legs with elastic and hopped like a bunny rabbit and took off the elastic and raced through the slalom like a slithery snake. I went over the hurdles like a kangaroo.  The hurdle was about half a metre high. I thundered through the tyres like a thunderbolt.   Other people went through daintily, but I was in a hurry, like a monkey, to get to the finish line and get my banana.


As I crossed the finish line I heard a voice saying, “Cole and Harry just finished the Kids Commando Challenge with a time of 21 minutes and 32 seconds. ” My highlight of the day was meeting a gold medalist David Nyika. He is a boxer and I got a photo with him. His dream is to be the best of the best in boxing.

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By Cole James Findon

The End

Ciaran, Shaune and Flynn found an Ender Portal. It transported them to The End. Today we went to The End. Standing on the Portal we felt nauseous. We felt butterflies fluttering in our tummies. When we went through it felt really fast like 1000kph. Numbers and times tables and rainbows were flashing by us. We dropped into The End. As we fell we could see Endermen heads with their mouths wide open. It was terrifying and we couldn’t breathe. We opened up our eyes and saw a confused Ender Dragon swooping down towards us. Ducking, felt the dragon’s talons clawing at our backs and ripping our t-shirts. The dragon flung us towards an obsidian pillar. We crash landed on an Ender Crystal on top of the pillar. Looking down we could see hundreds of Endermen with their mouths wide open. We jumped off the pillar and up in the sky we spotted another Ender Dragon. We dug down to try to escape and collapsed into a pit of sand surrounded by chests. To be continued… By Ciaran, Flynn and Shaune (kezza005, flynnster297, gg gamer)