Thursday, December 13, 2018
My trip to Peru ~By Dominic~
This year I went to Peru with my family and I would like to share a bit of my holiday with you.
We have just landed in Lima which is the capital of Peru. It is midnight and I am relieved to have made it. (It is 18 hours behind NZ time)!
My first day at high altitude (in Cusco) felt strange - at 3,300 metres above sea level! The air was thin and there was barely any humidity!
There were heaps of rocky outcrops and Inca ruins. In the Sacred Valley, we went to Machu Picchu and also climbed Wayna Picchu. The highest I went was 5,325 metres at Rainbow Mountain!
I really enjoyed it all but the part that really stood out for me was how advanced some of the Inca tools, structures and mechanisms were! The most interesting thing was staying on a floating island on Lake Titicaca!
When we were on our way to Cusco, the plane we were in was speeding along the runway, just about to take off, when it suddenly skidded to a halt! The pilot had to make an emergency stop because something was wrong with the plane.
The last place we went was the Amazon rainforest. The temperature there was in the late 30s and it was extremely humid. We saw monkeys , pink dolphins, catfish, sloths, tarantulas, and a whole lot of other species. Our trip lasted three weeks and two days!
Finally the holiday came to an end, but I was happy because then I could chill at home, and NOT have to make sure that I had put 80% deet mosquito repellent on.
My Amazing South American Trip - By Iris
In September my family went on holiday for three weeks to South America. My favourite part of our trip was when we went in a boat up the Amazon river to a lodge. When we got there in the boat I had to walk through a huge rice field, on a lovely little wooden foot path that leads you to the lodge. In the lodge there was an upstairs room full of hammocks and I had a great time swinging in the hammocks reading my book.
After I had to hop out and go to the dining room to have lunch. For lunch we had baby catfish, rice and salad. Then our guide, Luis came in and said that in an hour we were going fishing. We agreed with him, so I said “thank you” and ran back into where the hammocks were.
When it was time to go fishing, we walked down through the rice fields to get back to the little canoe and motored away down a narrow water outlet, to get to where the fishing spot was. When the boat stopped, we started to fish. The first person to catch a fish was Dominic. It was a catfish that was about 15cm long! In New Zealand that would not be legal! We all caught a fish apart from Mum and Dad. Luis, Dom and I did. My fish was a bit bigger than Dom’s was. Mine was 5cm larger. To be exact, it was 20cm.
From there, David, our outboard man drove us all back to the lodge to have a rest. Then, after we had dinner at 7, o'clock (mmmmmmmmmmmm dinner was delicious) we got dressed into some warmer clothes and went hunting for tarantula!
You can view more of their amazing photos here.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Our brave Te Kauru kids headed out to Ahipara on Tuesday 20th November to take part in the Surf NZ Have a Go Surf Day. The day was wet and a little wild but our students were not perturbed and they were all keen and ready to go! In the end the weather was very kind to us and the sun came out to allow all our students to have a go at surfing! They had a go and absolutely loved it! A huge thanks to the Surf Bro team for delivering such a a wonderful experience for our students and to Surf NZ for securing the funding to enable us to take part for free. Kei te pai!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
A huge TE KAURU thank you to all our wonderful kids, parents and staff who made our Auckland Camp such a wonderful trip to remember!
The students displayed our school values everywhere we went and their behavior was outstanding. Many positive comments were received from staff and other visitors at each of the attractions we visited. They were an absolute pleasure!
Our parents ensured the students were well cared for with delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners and wonderful supervision and encouragement at the marae and each of the attractions. Without such excellent parental support, camps like this would not be possible.
Thank you also to our whanau who stayed at home. We appreciate the fundraising effort that was needed to get the students to camp and the organisation to ensure each student was prepared for the week.
Our camp was a huge success thanks to our great school community.
Deb, Ness, Ang and Sharls