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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Yr 9 Outdoor Activities

Year 9 Esol student Eka, had a great time at the Outdoor Activities last week. It was fun getting wet!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Eka Memories

My favourite things:
My name is Eka I come from Indonesia. My favourite colour is Carribean blue and water melon pink. I like soft music and pop music. My favourite author is S.E Hinton and Meg Cabot. My favourite movie of all time is Titanic and Soul surfer. My hobbies are singing and annoying my sister. I play tennis,soccer and netball. My best day is Friday. I used to own a pet monkey named Kiki and a chameleon named Riko. I love collecting shoes and vintage clothes.
My favuorite saying from my country is:
Apa kamu buat? - means what are you doing?
My goals this year were:
to get good grades and be smarter and I achieved this goal by getting a merit badge and coming second in my speech competition and I was very proud of myself because I only got three not achieved this year in all my subjects.
My best memory at Esol:
making anzac cookies with Ms Kindler.
My best piece of work is English.
My favourite memory was:
When me and my friend were 30mins late on our first day at NPGHS and when Miss Gray thought we were stalking her which we weren't

Memories for 2011

My name is Jasmine and I'm from Papua New Guinea and my favourite colour is blue and red. My favourite music is R&B, Hip Hop and Rap. My favourite movie is Twilight and my hobby is listening to music or hanging out with my friends. The sport that I played this year was touch rugby. My favourite days at school are day 1 and day 2 and most of all my favourite pet is a baby koala.

The best saying in my language is Wilo! Pangarawa! it translates as cool,excellent or meanest.
My goals for 2011 were "To do my best in the exams" and I persisted so that I would have my best grades.
My best achievements in 2011 are I got a Merit badge for working so hard.
The best memory from my Esol class is me, Eka and Ms Kindler went to Pioneer Village in Stratford and...the international girls shared lunch.
My best class in this year is Science and Esol.

Jasmine Yr 9

Sunday, November 06, 2011

International Students Farewell 2011

We are sad to farewell some of our Esol students. Our leavers this term are:
Juliane, Mako,Riko, Yu, Aldara, Jay, Jasmine, Michelle, Marlene, Ying Ying and Himashela. Thank you for your valuable input to our school, we have very much enjoyed you studying at NPGHS.

We are also saying farewell to Ms. Blackwell who is taking a year's leave to further her studies. All the best for 2012 and we look forward to her return in 2013.

We wish you all the best for your exams and of course the very best for the coming year!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

End of Term Shared Lunch

Have a great holiday students and thanks for the yummy morning tea :)

Kunei Students Get Arts Badge

Congratulations to Mako, Yu and Riko for gaining their Arts Badges from NPGHS. Great work!

School Fun Run

Well done on the fun run!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Childhood

I’m Ivy, now I’m 15 years old and I’m not a child anymore, but when I was a child I had a wonderful childhood.
My favorite place before was the park near my grandmother’s house, everyday my grandmother took me to the park, there were a lot of children the same age as me, we were all good friends. We played together everyday and we all really enjoyed the time.
The most amazing thing in my childhood is I came to New Zealand for a year when I was 6 years old. I studied in the normal school at new zealand and I have many different friends from other countries. The most exciting thing in this year was that my little brother was born, that is the first time I saw a real baby. I had a wonderful time when I was in New Zealand, but I went back to China when I was 7 years old.
My childwood was great, because I didn’t need to do work everyday like other Chinese children, I had a lot of free time to play.

My Childhood

I'm going to write a recount of my childhood. When I was going to primary school I liked to do the baking with my mother and I used to do that every weekend. I liked a chocolate browny, cookies and cakes. My father and brother were looking forward my baking every time. I was happy about it. But I couldn't do the baking recently. I want to do it again when I get back to Japan, of course kiwi style cake :) probably my family will be surprised at very sweet cakes I learned to make in NZ. Sometimes my friend was coming and baking a cake with us. we were really enjoying it. I think this friend was my important person in my past, now as well. She is my bestfriend. We played every day after school. We are going to different school from 4 years ago. I'm looking forward to meeting her again.


my childhood

My most important place is my home country which is the Philippines and I'm really looking forward on going back there next year. I went to school there for 9 whole years and I've learnt a lot there. Well, I've done a lot of things there too. I remember when my friends and I went to their old school,they told me everything about that school,their old classrooms and other important stuff. We also played there and so I was enjoying it,I didn't even remember that I'm not allowed to stay outside until 5pm and it was 6pm something so we all went home in a hurry and luckily my parents weren't at home,so then no one noticed we had gone. Though it made me nearly in big trouble,I didn't regret it because I really had fun. These friends that I told you are my important people in my past and of course my other relatives are important as well.

Anna yr10

My Childhood

When I was young I had a bestfriend named seung-hwi and ji-young. They had been friends with me since we're very young and our parents knew each other very well. We lived in the same city but now we all live quite far from each other.

When we're young we used play in the playground and each other's homes. There were many playgounds near to our apartments. So we didn't always play in one playground. I very much liked to go to playground. At that time, I liked to play with my friends and I liked all the things like swings, seesaw, slides and many other things in the playground and I could make other friends in the playground when I was young.

Now I can't meet them very much because of the distance and comming to New Zealand. But every summer holiday when I go back to Korea I vist their home for few days. And I'm planning to visit their home this summer holiday too!

-Lunar Yr10

Friday, September 23, 2011

My Childhood yu

In my childhood, I liked to go to a shop that sells cheap lollies. The shop is only 30 meters away from my house. I could go to the shop in 10 seconds if I ran. I used to go to the shop every day after school. It was my favourite thing to do in my free time. I was very excited when I bought the lollies. The lollies are actually really cheap, but I felt the lollies were very expensive because I was only like 8 years old. I remember that I ate the lolly slowly and enjoyed it so much. I sometimes hung out and went to the shop with my friends. I used to love it. I reckon my frinds were very important because they made me happy a lot of times. I sometimes had a fight though. I still think my friends are very very important even though I have different friends between when I was a child and now. Also I still visit the lolly shop. It's still make me excited.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I'm going to describe an important character from Whalerider and
explain why this character was important in the text.

I think Koro is an important character because he was the chief that led
all of the Maori people from Whangara. He was looking for a good leader who can lead them through the darkness. Koro has a bad personality that always hurt Pai's feelings all the time because Pai was not supposed to do this boys stuff because she was a girl. He always wore a Whale's tooth around his neck. He is really old and speaks Maori and English. He always takes Pai with his bike. This shows that even though he's horrible to Pai he still loves her.

I think this character 'Koro' is important in the text because he his really confident in speaking in two languages and leading his people. He believed that their cultures are stretching all the way back to their ancestors who helped Paikea when he was in trouble. This shows that he was a strong chief.

Jasmine Yr9

whale Rider

I'm going to describe an important character from Whale Rider the movie and explain why this character was important in the text. I think that Pai is the most important character in the movie because she was the hero, she saved the whales and proved her Koro wrong that a girl could be a leader.

Pai is a sad little Maori girl. Her mother died when she was giving birth to her and so did her twin brother. Now she lives with her Koro and her grandma. Pai is a determined kid, she's very smart and brave. She's very mature for her age and she's not afraid of consequences and willing to take on anything. Thats why I like Pai's character because it tells you that you have to be patient and strong to get what you want and it allso tells you that a girl has every right to do the things that the boys are.


Friday, September 09, 2011

My favourite character in Jane Eyre.

I've watched the movie and read the book 'Jane Eyre' in my Esol class. I was really impressed with this story. And I liked it. My favourite character in the book and movie was Jane.

First, she has a warm heart. She helped Mr. Rochester when he got knocked down from his horse. And she also got married and lived with Mr.Rochester even though he lost his arm and became blind.
Second, she was practical. When Mrs.Reed told her about Mr.Rochester and another girl, she relised that she's not rich and pretty but the other girl is and Mr.Rochester was different from her. He was a rich man. So she tried not to love Mr.Rochester.
Third, she has forgiveness. When Jane's aunt was dying, aunt asked Jane to forgive her. And Jane did forgive her. Jane forgave her aunt before she died. If I was Jane I couldn't forgive her.

The reason this character is important in this text is, Jane is the main character of this book and this book shows the life she had and tells story about her.
-Lunar Yr.10

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The Princess Diaries

I'm going to describe Mia (Amelia Thermopolis). she is the main character in this story. She is a high school student. She always goes to school with Lily. Lily is her best friend. She lives in a apartment with her mother and her cat (Fat Louie). She wants to associate with Josh Richter. He is so hot. So she wants to look like Lana Weinberger. She is very beautiful. She was common girl but, suddenly her grandmare told her "You're princess of Genovia". She couldn't believe that and She didn't want to be a princess. Finally she became a gorgeous princess of Genovia. I think she is the most important character from Princess Diaries becouse, this story cannot start without Mia.


Lily Moscovitch

Lily is Mia's best true friend,they have been friends for since like forever. Lily is such a noisy person but funny as well,she is not really the type of person that you will think attractive,she is just like Mia back then. Lily is very simple,she does not wear make up and she probably hates it,she wear simple clothes just like Mia and wear her uniform properly. Well,sometimes she act weird,but even though Lily is just that,you would be amaze of the things that she have done to Mia's life. Lily is such an important person,she never backstabbed Mia instead she supported her. She helps Mia with her problems and gives her good advices. She kept Mia's secret and even though they fought about Mia's lack of attention to her because Mia is too busy with her new fake friends,she still accepted Mia's apologize and become best friends even more. So I think if Lily was not there with Mia in those situations,Mia probably wouldn't make it up to the last.

Anna,year 10

Princess Diaries

I am going to describe Mia. She is a high school student and is also a freshman. Her best friend is Lilly. Lilly has an older brother called Michael. She has a favourite boy who is Josh Richter and he is the most gorgeous boy in the school. One day Mia's father died. And Mia was told by her grandma that Mia's father was actually the prince of Genovia. She said to Mia 'now you are the princess of Genovia.' She didn't want to be a princess. But Mia's grandma wanted Mia to be a pricess so she changed Mia's hair to straight from very wavy hair. She looked better than before and Josh Richter invited Mia to the party on the beach. But it wasn't fun for Mia and she realized she liked Michael more than Josh. And she also found that she is not unhappy about being a princess. At Mia's sixteenth birthday party, she said she is the princess of Genovia and danced with him. Mia and Michael kissed aech other. I think that was amazing.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pioneer Village

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In our Esol class we studied how the early settlers in 1910 Stratford live and feel and how this compared to the locals' experience. We went to the Pioneer Village and found these answers:

Stratford Patea river was cleared on the north bank in 1877. The European settlers named it Stratford-on-Patea, after Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace. The town of Stratford has a Shakespearean theme naming streets after characters. The population grew and reached 6,000 by 1906. The early European settler would have lived in Stratford, Midhurst and outer areas where they established farming. Travel was difficult in these times. Their living conditions meant that they were cold and couldn't afford heating. Conditions were very tough in the earlier times but with new services coming this situation improved by 1910.

Flour bags were used to make bloomers, shirts, trousers and dress linings, socks and stockings were knitted and darned at home with the wool sometimes coming from the family sheep, shorn and spun at home. Clothes were often too big and whoever got up first got dressed the best. Women wore blouses and long skirts, long dresses with a pinifore overtop, cloaks hats and long coats. Two sets of clothing were used Sunday best and another set for home and working. Hair was generally kept up if long and handbags were homemade. Men wore trousers with braces, vests, fob watches, jackets and hats.

Childhood was short, children started work at age 12-13. Also children younger than this had to work before and after school. Some examples of work are: labourers, farmers hand, sawmillers hand, dairy workers. Students even bunked school to go to work for their family. The settlers felt tired and lonely and the weekly visit to the market was about the only time they saw other people. Life was precious because death was common and not much medical treatment was available. In January 1886 fire west of Stratford destroyed the Stratford and Midurst townships. Accidents happened like drowning or being hit by falling trees. Women and children would also get lost in the bush. Children in these times were seen and not heard. They were physically punished so generally behaved themselves. Most families went to church every Sunday.

The first settlers in Stratford were the Maori villagers who lived in the hills. They settled there in AD1300 and usually lived on the coast. In AD1800 there were 100,000 Maori in New Zealand. Maoris usually lived on the coast. In 1910 typhoid broke out and spread through the Taranaki tribes. Life was also hard for them and when they were introduced to European diseases because they found it difficult to fight them. The population decreased because of war and disease. The clothing of the maori and the europeans was very different but helped keep them warm. Their food was similar but the way they prepare and cooked it was different.

In conclusion life in 1910 Stratford was hard for both the maori and the european. The maori would have probably felt angry that their territory was being invaded. The europeans would have probably felt excited about their new home. Now both races live together mostly in harmony. We enjoyed learning more about NZ history and our heritage.

Eka & Jasmine Yr 9

The Princess Diaries

Dear diary
I am still living in New York, because I wanted to go to school! I will graduate from Albert Einstein High School. I am going to live in Genovia after high school. I am close to Lilly Moscovitz and Tina Hakim Baba. They are my awesome friends. I have a boyfriend called Michael now. He is Lilly's brother and is really nice. I didn't want to be a princess before. But now I'm happy about being a princess! I will make Genovia a really really good country!!!


The Princess Diaries

Dear Diary

I am still living in New York City. I live in an apartment, on the west side of city with my mom because I want to graduate from school. I study French to be a nice princess, like my grandmere. I practice lots of things about princesses every day.
I still don't like it... I have a boyfriend. He is Michael. He's nice. I like him. I think he is much nicer than Josh Richter. I am so happy. I will be a princess of Genovia. I will make a good country.


The Princess Diaries

Dear Diary

I am still living in New York City. I live in an apartment in Greenwich Village,on the west of the city, because I want to go to school and graduate in this school. I am studing French to become a good Princess of Genovia. My grandmare is a really good princess. I have a boyfriend!!He is very nice,so i feel happy everyday and I really like him. Atually I do not want to study, but I want to become a good princess, so I keep studying everyday.


Mia's diary

Dear Diary,

It's been a year now since I found out that I was a princess. My whole life had changed beacause of that. Now I live in a palace in Genovia, People serve me and obey me, They also like me and that always makes me happy. For my opinion, I think I'm doing great here in Genovia. I can act like a princess now, a respected person. I help people, talk to them and and give them some rules. That's what a princess does, I felt happiness everytime I helped them. Anyways, Michael and I fell in love with each other, You won't believe it but we are actually together now. I love him and I'm pretty sure he feels the same way towards me. I'm really happy now here, I guess being a princess isn't that bad although I have a lot of things to do, Oh well!! I'm a princess now and that's my duty.

Anna ,year 10

Monday, August 15, 2011


Snow at NPGHS today!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Princess Diaries

Dear Diary,

I thought yesterday was the worst day of my life! First I found out that my Mum was going out with my algebra teacher, they had a date!! I felt unhappy but Mum looked happy so I couldn't tell her my true feelings. In the afternoon, my Dad called me to go out for dinner and he shocked me. He told me that I'm a princess!! Because he can't have more children so I will be his only heir!! What!? I don't want to be a princess anymore. I want to be myself! I want to join Greenpeace. I want to save whales! Not be a princess! I was really mad so I ran out of the hotel. I wanted to go somewhere else but I had another terrible shock - I saw Josh was kissing Lana in the corner! Josh is the most popular boy at school, everyone loves him. I do too. I want to be Lana. I want to have a date with Josh and I want Josh to kiss me!!
What a bad day!! I feel tired now. I'm going to sleep.

Ivy Yr 10

Princess Diaries - Diary Entry

Dear Diary,

Yesterday I found out that my mother is going out with my algebra teacher - Mr. Gianini. I was not really happy about it but I had to lie because my mother looked very happy with him. Also I just found out that I'm a princess after meeting with my Dad. He told me that I'm his heir to the throne because he can't have any more children because of some sort of illness. I was really shocked, I've been with them a very long time and they did not even tell me about it, I mean for my whole life they lied. It made me mad, I don't want to be a princess. I just want a normal life, I want to finish my high school here and join Greenpeace to save the whales from danger. How can I be a princess? I'm just Mia, a girl who wants to look like Lana Weinberger and have Josh Ritcher as my boyfriend, that's all.

Anna Yr 10

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New International Students - Welcome!

We welcome to NPGHS new International students! This term we have students from Spain, Germany and Hong Kong. We really hope your time here is an enjoyable one.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Baking ANZAC Biscuits

To celebrate the end of term the junior Esol classes baked Anzac biscuits. We found out that they are a great biscuit for tramping in the mountains and that the ANZAC biscuits were used in wartime(especially WW1)for a healthy snack that would last a long time. Anzac means Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Now they are traditionally eaten on April 25th (ANZAC day).

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain (all purpose) flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup shredded coconut (try the unsweetened variety)
2 Tbs. golden syrup
120g butter
1/2 tsp. bicarb soda
1 Tbs. hot water

1. Preheat the oven to 160 c and grease two baking trays.

2. In a large bowl place the oats, flour, sugar and coconut and mix with a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients.

3. Place the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan over low heat, and let them melt together.

4. In a small bowl stir the hot water and bicarbonate soda together.

5. Pour the water and bicarb soda mixture into the butter mixture.

6. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients.

7. Mix well using a wooden spoon.

8. Using a tablespoon to measure out the amount place 1 Tbs of the mixture in your palms and then roll together into a ball. Place on the baking trays with enough room for expansion (these do flatten out quite a lot).

9. Bake for between 10-15 min (check after 10min) until they are golden brown.

10. Allow to cool for 5 min and then remove the biscuits and place on a wire rack to cool down completely.

Thanks students they were yummy!!

Friday, July 08, 2011

NPGHS Open Night

New Plymouth Girls' High School held its open day on Wednesday. Well done students, you all looked fantastic in your traditional dress.