Photo A Day - Day 7 - Shadow

Saturday, 7 April 2012 0 comments

A good start

Thursday, 5 April 2012 1 comments




Shane made this necklace and the box for it in Design Technology. He has been working on it for most of the term. He completed it in class today and was pleased with the result, especially because he got a merit for it. It’s the first merit he has received for something at high school.

He also brought home his graduation report today.  At his school they are updated each term on where they stand in terms of passing or failing. They evaluate each of his classes by grading them with a percentage, and then their overall average percentage indicates whether they will graduate the year or not. Minimum level of achievement for graduation is 65%. Shane is currently sitting at 95% and is achieving at 100% for all his subjects except English and Maths (94% so still excellent), and Social Studies (75% - and we had only just discussed this class last night and come up with a plan to improve for next term).

So he is doing well, and has made a good start to the school year.
J

My Term One Project - Rhys Darby

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Each term for Social Studies, Shane has to do a project on any subject of his choice, and can submit this project in any form he wants. For Term 1 he has chosen to do an informational poster on one of his favourite people - Rhys Darby. Shane wants to be a comedian when he grows up, so he has really enjoyed learning about Rhys Darby's journey to fame. He said many times "We're so similar!" 



Photo A Day - Day 4 - Someone who makes me happy

Wednesday, 4 April 2012 0 comments

Photo A Day - Day 3 - Mail

Tuesday, 3 April 2012 0 comments

Christchurch Trip

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The day after Shane got back from School Camp we were off to Christchurch for a week for Aunty Karla and Uncle Iain’s wedding. We had a great time and the trip was filled to the brim with heaps of fun and great memories.

Here’s a few photos {click to enlarge}:

Stopped for a break in driving | Throwing stones across the river

Auryn became Shane's wee shadow 

Carving it up on the dance floor with Josh

A special dance with Nana

First time on a scooter | Waiau

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs hot pools

Ahhhh soooo chillaxxxed

Shane writes:
My favourite part of all will have to be us going to Hanmer Springs. Although I felt bad for Mum and Aunty Nellie that they couldn’t go in I still had so much fun. The thing that I will never forget there would be when Neihana almost threw up in the sulphur pools. The thing I enjoyed most would be the diving with Neihana and trying to convince some random that we spoke a different language. (It worked.) the thing I was most disappointed about was not being able to eat all my fish ‘n’ chips. I don’t know why I was but yeah. The thing I hated was losing Neihana’s necklace because he went mad at me and once I found it he wouldn’t stop going on. The thing I hated most about going to Hanmer Springs was having to leave because I had so much fun there.

Thank you Uncle Charlie and Aunty Nellie for paying for us. I can’t believe you spent that much on us.

Photo A Day - Day 2 - Colour

Monday, 2 April 2012 0 comments

School Camp

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From the 19th – 21st March, just before we went on our family trip to Christchurch, Shane went with his class to Mavora Lakes. He had an awesome time and they had three days of fantastic weather, which was great because they were camping in tents.

Building up to the camp, other students who had gone before him had told him it was a boring camp, so he wasn’t really looking forward to it all that much. But he came home on Wednesday saying that he’d had a great time. He thinks the kids who found it boring were probably not into tramping. Shane’s always loved tramping. He was born in the right country, because NZ has so many amazing bush walks, and Mavora did not let him down.

One of the highlights of the trip that he talks about was the walk that some of them did around the lakes and up to the peak of the mountain. It took 6 hours to get to the top, and only about 15 minutes “Scree-running” back down again! Shane said it was tough and exhausting, but he was glad that when he was given the choice to go on the walk or stay back at camp, he chose to do the walk. And the views from the top were breathtaking (as you’ll see in the photos below) and well worth the effort. I was proud of him for choosing to go on the walk. He came home covered in scrapes and bruises from the scree-running, but he also had a sense of achievement, and the way he talked about the climb I just knew he’d experienced something truly special. The kids who chose to stay back at camp went rafting, which he got to do anyway.

During the trip, Shane used some of the photography skills he learned in a course he did last year. He came home with so many amazing photos it was impossible to choose which ones to share, so we have put them together in a slideshow.
Enjoy J

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Photo A Day - Day 1 - Your Reflection

Sunday, 1 April 2012 0 comments

April Photo Challenge

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Shane has decided that just for fun, he is going to participate in Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day Challenge for the month of April.

Here is the list of prompts for April:

Feel free to join in via facebook, twitter or wherever else you feel like sharing! And if you do join in, leave a comment with the link to your photos so we can have a look.



J

 
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