Tuesday, 15 November 2016

My Montage

My Montage


Asarina's Montage 2016

This year I've had an amazing time with my teacher Mrs Strathern. I have had a great time with all the students in my class. Each special occasion I have put in my 2016 Montage.

Asarina 'The Borrowers' S.A

The Borrowers Film Analysis Essay
Mary Norton’s novel ‘The Borrowers’ was created into a film directed by Peter Hewitt (1997). Cinematic devices the meaning and personality of the main characters. Hewitt has used Extreme Close Up, High Angle/Tilt, Head On and Fade to influence our emotions to understand the feeling or movement in the film, connecting us with the personality of the characters.

In the film The Borrowers the director, Peter Hewitt has specifically chosen an Extreme Close Up of Mr. Ocious P. Potter locking a door. An Extreme Close Up has no distractions in which the audience focuses on the lock. Creating no easy escape for Arrietty, Spud or PeaGreen. This triggers the emotion of tension and suspense, building in the audience. Here at this scene in the milk factory Ocious P. Potter, the lawyer is in power who is easily capable of catching the three borrowers. Meaning that in Extreme Close Up the object that is in focus is keeping the power as well as High/Low Angle.

High Angle or Tilt camera shots were used to transfer that the Lawyer Ocious P. Potter is vulnerable. Only on a shallow angle the borrower children view Potter through the grate in the wall. Causing this the ‘Will’ that Potter lied about was borrowed and he was not in power at this particular moment in the film. High angle or Tilt shows the relationship between Ocious P. Potter and the Clock (borrower) children was very strong, so strong that their relationship is undesirable. Heading towards that there is going to be some conflict between the two beings. Continuing towards an unexpected relationship for Arrietty and Pete.

The Borrowers have a scene which uses a Head On camera shot. A Head On is when a character in the film moves towards the camera that is filming the scene without knowing. Arrietty- a borrower, who forms a relationship with Pete who is a 10 year old being (human). The Head On that is specifically chosen for this event shows that Arrietty is nearing and coming closer to the audience, building tension at the edge of their seats wondering what’s going to happen next. Building suspense and tension for accompanying a human being was entirely against Pod’s beliefs (Arrietty’s father). Later deciding yes to move with Pete’s family causing the children to fall and land on the road.

The Borrower children Arrietty and Peagreen find the Will inside the house and bring it to the new home- where Pete’s family have moved to. On the way PeaGreen falls into a milk bottle. Peter Hewitt has purposefully put us on the edge of our seats to show the fade of fuzz to show how scared Pea Green is when he arrives at the factory. The repetitive timing of the focus shows his fear and as well the glass is partially blurry to view through. PeaGreen is going to be trapped in a bottle of milk. Of course he has already fallen into dog manure and hasn’t changed his clothing since.

Peter Hewitt has cleverly applied different techniques in the film ‘The Borrowers’. The
director effectively created tension to influence the imminent danger around them.

By Asarina Johnson
15/10/16



Thursday, 3 November 2016

Snow Camp Issues

Camp Issues


On our 2016 Snow Camp, we had to find an issue to bring back to school. My issue was queues at Mt. Ruapehu Whakapapa Ski fields. In my slide I have discussed this issue.

Friday, 9 September 2016

My Artist Slide

My Artist Slide



Francoise is an amazing artist that I am fond of. She uses cool colours and very energetic stokes in her mammoth art.

Friday, 5 August 2016

My Learning Conference Term 3

Learning Conference

I feel proud presenting my learning conference to my family on Wednesday 3 August at 3:20.
It was great to show my artwork.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Movie Maker

Movie Maker


My science inquiry video was made with Mr Gemmell. I created my very own Movie!

My Mihi

My Mihi I feel proud to share my mihi with my family on my blog.

Science 2016

Science 2016

Monday 27 June 2016 evening Science presentation.



Question: Why does it take so long to travel to other planets?

Answer: The gravitational pull of a planet restricts the time of space travel. Stopping us from travelling to deeper space.






Wednesday, 29 June 2016

My Koru Art

My Koru Art

My lovely koru art,
A gorgeous pitau,
Enclosed, are strong manapore,
That protect the Koru.

The heart, the love,
So beautiful and powerful,
The strong and warming background
My pitau.

We are united,
Close and in love.
A strong bond between us,
Unbreakable.

Desirous and glorious,
We stay alight,
The suns best friend,
Love




Friday, 17 June 2016

Tough Kid Challenge

Tough Kid Challenge


Wait a second, just one more second. GO!!! Sprinting I showjump over the lying tyres. Pacing myself, I hurdle over the under & overs. Clambering over hay bales, I catapult myself to the next stack of bales. Bouncing, I lunge myself across the bale course. Speeding through the other girls I balance keeping my body steady while i rush across the wobbly board. I sprint towards the cargo net, slipping on my knees grazing through the muddy grass. Skilfully, I tiptoe over the minature hurdles, past the agility ladder. INCOMING! Sprayed by a hose and acting like a celebrity I skid across the bubbly tarpolin. Dripping water I rampage... THE MUD RUN!! The squelchy mud sticks to my thin body hairs. Gurgling, the gaping mud swallows my white feet. I escape, running free. Through the slalmon run, I zig-zag through, no hits. Last few metres, I'm gonna' make it. Finished The event all over. I have finally had my Mud Makeover.   


Friday, 10 June 2016

Masterchef 2016

Banana Bread

Waiting for my mum, we sit watching the door. Knocking on the back door, mum's face squeezes through the cracks. I stand erect and turn, contemplating the smiling face through the window. Walking through the rain, we carry the delicious ingrediants. Once we were insisde, we were dogs shaking of the water drops. Chattering about, we got to work, inserting each ingrediant at a time. Perfect measurements, perfect food. Time to drizzle the coconut oil. Sprinkle the cinamon and crunchy, fresh walnuts.  


Into the oven, I place the bababababa nana bread. Waiting anxiously, the timer goes after 20 minutes. It's done! We win the class comp.

I love Banana Bread!



By Asarina Johnson
10.6.16


Friday, 6 May 2016

Perfect Piano

Perfect Piano

A place cool and warm,
Sitting patiently, sleeping quietly,
Unable to talk,
Whimpers in the corner of the room, whispering lightly.

Waiting for a chance to speak, its feelings,
Its voice lost in thoughts,
To sing as graceful as a harmonic nightingale,
Awakened from the distant drought.

Drumsticks skim and wildly hit the musical keys,
Fortissimo, Forte, Metro Forte, Metro Piano, Piano and Pianissimo,
Tempos, Ritardandos, Dynamics, most needed PLEASE!
Hammers hitting, keys bouncing all the while ‘O’.

My voice sings to the end of the hallway,
Attracting guests from all around,
Tempting its owner to play its heart's deepest desires anyway,
The longing to play, wilted away, my voice is now found.

A whiff of slow blues, expressing the sad, the deep emotions,
Joyful and lively it sings with contentment,
Jazz endings, maybe more lively,
Compositions running wild.

Contagious with delight, it never feels sorrow.
Waiting for the next exciting journey in its dreams.
Piano, Play.

Friday, 15 April 2016

In Flanders Fields

Room 9 had an optional oportunity to do a choral reading we started as a class but people decided to opt out. I chose to stay with the group. I enjoyed practising and then performing the choral reading on 'In Flanders Fields' by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. We gave this poem such respect for the ANZAC commemoration on Thursday 14/04/16. After that we presented the choral reading infront of Mrs Strathern.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Winter Milking

Winter Milking

I lay alone, broken open to the chill of the night. I lay on the Molasses Tank. I watch the cloudless night sky. Gazing at the bleeding expanse of stars. Enclosed on all sides by the earth that received my body. My soul entered the night. Relaxing... calm... gentle... sweetly sensing the silence of stars, staring in suspense from far above. A slight breeze bellows through me as I exhale subtly. The song washes through my thoughts, 'Twinkle, Twinkle little star.' I sigh and smile with a joyful expression. The wind whispers through my fragile ears. A cold shiver wriggles up my spine as I sit up on the warming tank.

Dad calls me from the motorbike to hurry up. Quickly, I call after him as I leap down and jog to Dad. Hugging his side, snuggling into his body protecting my precious skin. Speeding through the snow globe of stars. The wind hugging me. The dusty race dries hard and stable. We arrive at the medium-sized metal gate that was hanging staturesque when the tearing string heaves it to complete perfection. We hear the munching of cows clumsily ripping the grass with their tongues. Chewing and pulling grass for their entisive appetite. "Good night cows," I whisper generously.

Dad and I arrive home at the darkest of night, the moon glowing bright. As soon as we come inside our bodies are immediately comforted with the desirable reassurance that the warmth brings. We hear the creeping and sneaking of minature creatures in the home paddock and gardens. I snuggle into bed with the thick duvet and blanket covering my stiff shoulders. I rest my cool head on my fluffed pillow. After a few moments Dad comes and kisses me goodnight. "Sweet dreams Dad."

By Asarina

School Fair!

School Fair!

Dear Mum,
Thank you for helping out. Mum,
You know, at the fair,
I am so glad you came. Mum,
I am glad that you were here.

We made a lot of donuts. Mum,
I am so proud of me and you,
You are the Donut Queen. Mum,
Everyone thinks that's true.

We had a lot of fun. Mum,
We made a lot of money,
You helped fundraise for the Sports Shed. Mum,
You are my golden honey.

You helped us a lot. Mum,
I walked around the school,
I was selling all the donuts you made. Mum,
You are very cool.

We sold a lot at the stall. Mum,
Seven trays or more,
I know that's a lot of donuts. Mum,
And for once we didn't drop any on the floor.

It was fun with Tim and Jamie. Mum,
We had a lot of chatter going on,
At least we got to work. Mum,
The time was over before we started- then we're gone.

By Asarina Johnson

Similies Response to James and the Giant Peach; by Roald Dahl

Similies response to James and the Giant Peach

Words: 

  • Aunt Spikers words were like a blackberry bush clinging to James's mind.
  • Aunt Spongers words were as heavy as a shotput crashing into James's mind.
Size: 
  • Aunt Spongers size is like a rotten silage bale plonked into a fresh, lush pasture.
  • Aunt Spikers size is as scrawny as a rotting twig.
Looks:
  • Aunt Spikers face looks like a twisted jandal squeezing tightly trying not to release its gastly frown.
  • Aunt Sponger squashed James like a powerful gumboot squashung a harmless bee.
Mood:
  • Continuously pounding, Aunt Sponger was like a bulging elephant madly stomping and damaging James's body.
  • The mood of Aunt Spiker was like a knitting needle piercing the vulnerable heart of James.
Overall:
  • James was overwhelmed with tears because his aunts were as scrawny as a molting chicken.




Friday, 8 April 2016

Waiata Assembly Performance


Waiata Assembly Performance

On Friday the 1st of April 2016, Kahikatea Team performed a waiaita that we had learnt at the Purekireki Marae. Apparantly I wasn't there I was at Perth so when I came back I was pretty muffled. Eventually I became one of the best in the class at singing. I quickly caught up to the class. After a month we started adding in the actions to the waiata. I am so glad that it is over. It was really nerve-racking to be watched by an audience of over 300 people.

My Learning Conference

My Learning Conference


This week at Pirongia School we had Student Led Conferences, we had to share our memorised mihi in front of our parents. For me that seemed completely fine. Mum, Mrs Strathern and I all talked about my goals and how I am going to achieve them. Mum was really proud of my art and my writing called Winter Milking. I was very proud of myself when I saw my Mum smile.


Friday, 1 April 2016

Persuasive Writing

Argument Writing - Asarina - 18.3.16

Another day of school, wait a minute... we're going to the museum. Leonardo Da vinci Mechanics. Hmm... I don't know a lot about Leonardo Da Vinci. I bet my friend does. I overheard the kids over there. They were chatting about them being the Da Vinci experts. I am tottaly nto. Going to the Waikato Museum was not a waste of time, we learnt new things and saw how it affects us in the modern world.

Going to the museum is a great thing to do, for a class trip or an outing with your family. What ever the choice, it is still never a waste of time. I enjoy museum trips and I think you would too. Above all. You learnt about the past inventions and learnt the meaning to the illusion between mirrors or the reason of a painting. A museum is just a giant classroom.

Most people get hooked into things like illusion between mirrors or the history of paintings by famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci. We can learn about the simple machines such as: Pullys, The Screw, Wheels and Axles including a few more things. We learnt about the Lion and the Lillies, how it would walk by using the pullys and other simple machines such as wheels and axles. We could learn about the inventions, the paintings, the past of Hamilton or other cities in the world. Learning about the maori culture and their waka, such as the voyage of the Tainui Waka. These are the past events that were not a waste of  time.

A trip to a museum is a time to learn, a time to explore, a time to meet the past. Da Vinci Mechanics teach us about the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci, his thoughts of flight, the self-supporting bridge, the chains and of course, the robots. That's the whole meaning about the inquisitivity in the mind. Leonardo Da Vinci said "Learning never exhausts the mind," thes are powerful words that help us learn and connect  to the past. Mechanics is sought of the same thing as war. People had a choice to learn about past inventions or not. Learning is not compulsary in life. We have a choice in everything that we do. Leonardo Da Vinci's Mechanics had made a crowd smile at a Duke's party. This is an example of friendship. Leonardo Da Vinci's mechanics have helped us in the modern world. They were the first concepts of flight. Now a days it is a completed design and now has been created. Mrs Strathern told our class that this is a very log bridge because she has walked over that very bridge that Leonardo Da Vinci designed.

A museum is interesting,. You learn. You see the past. You find your ancestors. You find family. Da Vinci Mechanics was not a waste of time at the Waikato Museum, I recommend to go to museums because it is not a waste of time because you could learn and study new things, and these things have affected us in the modern world for the better.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

About Me

I am a year 6,
I love sweets,
My name is Asarina
My poetry is a treat.

For anyone who wants to,
Can read all about me,
I am a great person,
And you shall see.

Writing is my favourite subject,
In class I will succeed,
I am a great and loyal friend,
And you will believe.

I am turning 10,
Very very soon,
At my party,
I'll have cake and balloons.

I love to play,
The grand piano- so fun,
I get to play the piano,
twenty-four seven.

I enjoy milking the cows,
Or helping on the farm,
That is one thing,
That I find so fun.

I get interested in the animal tv shows,
Or National Geographic,
That is a thing,
That I think is fantastic.

I will cheer people on,
Till the very end,
That is why,
I make a good friend.                                     
By Asarina.


My Australian Adventure



41o Celsius over here. The Peach-Fronted Conjure locally known as Flossy (left). Taking selfies at Dallin's. (Dallin is my older brother) in Perth. Luckily got air conditioning in living room and dining including the kitchen. See you in 2 and a 1/2 weeks.
Over here in Perth it is very warm in the morning. Everyday is blue sky, not even a single puff of a cloud we have seen since we come here. We have been stuck inside everyday because of the heat. We have been watching TV and playing on the computers for almost the whole day. The only time we have been able to go outside is early in the morning and late in the evening. Yesterday we went to a shopping mall. We parked up on the roof. There were shade sails to protect us from the sun. This week we are going to have this watermelon for desert. Can you see: it is the size of my chest!! Australian watermelons are four times the size of New Zealand watermelons. It is bigger than a basketball and weighs about 10 kilos. Today we are going to explore the Yanchep National Park which is North of Perth. I will send photos in my next email.
Hi everyone. Yesterday it was so hot that we didn't go to Yanchep National Park. It was 42o C. Earlier in the morning all the kids and the dads went to a playground and it was already 36o c. We were only outside for half an hour and got so hot our feet burnt on the rubber matting all the equipment was just getting too hot it seemed like it would melt. Yesterday we decided to go swimming in a indoor pool. Early this morning at half past six we went to Eden beach while it was cooler. Before we got in the car we had to dodge the reticulation and we still got wet. Her is a phot of the sign at the beach which warned us that this is a no swimming beach. When we were walking down to the beach a lady was coming up from the beach and she said that she saw a shark jump out of the water just 20 metres from the shore, we are definitely not going to swim there. This is my first time stepping in the Indian Ocean with Dad and Eliza. At the shore line the water was sandy then further back it was a perfect shade of turquoise then a lovely deep blue. A few kilometres away we could see waves coming from a reef. We could see the rocks as the fog lifted. While we were watching the waves we were making sand sculptures Mum and I made a dolphin which looks so realistic. Eliza and Dad were making a Volcano and castles. We did a competition: Mum and I won. We also had a school of fish following the dolphin it looked so cute.
Hi everyone. Yesterday we went to AQWA West Coast Aquarium. Everything was so fascinating. Guess what: I touched a Port Jackson shark. Their skin feels like very rough sandpaper. I also held a few beautiful starfish. We walked down to the Underwater Viewing Gallery we got to see a reef with hundreds of fish swimming around. Did you know that Corals glow by producing UV light. This light can be seen by fish while other light can't. The colours of our rainbow become invisible underwater. Red, orange and yellow light is absorbed quickly and can only be seen in the first few metres. Beyond this the only light we can see is blue light, giving the ocean its colour. At the aquarium they called this ' Fish Goggles' which I find interesting. While we were upstairs we got to see creatures up close we saw Moray Eels, Young Seahorses, Corals, Clown Anemonefish and Tube Anemone. we got to see some baby stingrays in the turtle pool instead of turtles. We also got to see Blue Ringed octopus it was AMAZING the whole aquarium. I have been to three aquariums in Australia now and I think that AQWA was the best. 
I forgot to tell you. At the aquarium there were humongous snapper. They were taunting Dad they kept on coming up to him. He wished he could jump in or get a fishing line and catch one for dinner. He had to close his eyes to not tempt him to have them for dinner.

Hi everyone it has been a while since I have emailed you. On Friday we came down to Bunbury on the Freeway we saw a massive amount of area of trees burnt with their trunks black and already some trees have started growing new green shoots. The Australian bush is well adapted to bush fires and need the fires to help regenerate. This is amazing! Because you think that they are dead but they're not. We also saw a large cloud of smoke not far from the freeway. We saw heaps of choppers and planes surrounding the fire tipping water over it. We were looking for big buckets underneath the choppers but there were only straws to suck the water from nearby rivers or streams. Once we got down to Bunbury where my Aunty and Uncle live we had a kayak down the river just down the road from their house. Eden my cousin said that sometimes that dolphins come up this river under the bridge and into the estuary out through the man-made cut into the ocean. We had a lot of fun Zim their dog who is at least 2 years old was lying in the front of Eden and Uncle Cliff's kayak. Just before we went kayaking we saw a colony of Bull ants and everyone had jandals. some of the adults had them crawling up their legs or on their shoes.

The next day we had a day trip out to Meelap Beach just an hour from their house. Over there the water was perfectly clear. Everyone raced down to the ocean I was the first one to jump in. The water when I first jumped in it was a little cold but mostly warm. The only downside was my foot I couldn't run as well as that later my foot started to become very painful. That meant I couldn't go snorkeling with the family. Everyone saw crabs, small and big fish. We were going to have a barbeque at the beach but the barbeque was out of order. Another person brought his own barbeque after a while it stopped working there was another barbeque there but it was already in use. We had lots of fun.
On Sunday after church we went sight seeing with our family. While we were at the beach we saw something shining  in the water. It was a pod of dolphins. Their fins looked black with a shining sparkle at the top of the point.  We were all searching for them after a while but we found them on the other side of the beach. After that we drove to a look out tower where we could look over the Bunbury township, beach and harbour. It was a fantastic view.

Monday we went for a long walk on the beach with Zim my Aunties and Uncles dog. We saw another pod of dolphins but these ones were feeding. Above them seabirds were diving in and shooting out like a rocket. A couple of bottlenose dolphins came up close just five metres away from where we were standing on the break water and we were thrilled to see them this close to us. They were leaping out of the water just so we could see the top part of their head and tail. It was amazing.

On Tuesday we have already come back to Perth. It was great to come back to Dallin's and see Flossy their parrot. Kees and Pierce running to the door just to see us arrive with our Mitsubishi Outlander including all four of our suitcases. They were calling our names Aunty Asa and Aunty Eliza are here!! They came running up to us. Later on we headed to the local pet shop. They had heaps of birds and cages on one cage called the Mansion it was in the two hundreds and free cage accessories. We walked all the way to the back of the store where they had a carpet python- a type of snake for SALE for somewhere in the thousands. We looked at the other side of the back of the pet store there were only at least 10 month old puppies. Everyone fell for them. Later on we went to McDonalds while we were eating we played on a interactive table. Dallin, Eliza and I had great fun. I mostly won.

On Wednesday morning we left to the Perth airport but before we could get inside we had to fil the car with petrol ready for the next user. We had to go around in circles just to find a petrol station. We were lucky that we only had five minutes to spare to get onto the aeroplane. Just in time. We were only one seat in front of the one that we sat in on the way to Perth but instead to Melbourne. I watched the movie Pan and the Peanuts Movie while having time to play a Trivia game. I had a delicious lunch as well. It was a lamb curry. Once we got to Alexaans place- Alexaan is my older sister. I weighed myself I was 40.1 kg I have lost 5 kg since I was in Australia. I know WOW. My sister Kimball is jealous that I lost more kg s than her.
On Thursday we travelled to Mornington for the whole day to stay with another one of my aunties. That day we were all chilled and swam around in their pool. It was quite a hot day, so it was nice to have a swim. The deepest part was taller than my Dad. It was very refreshing. For most of the week we stayed up until 11:00 at night because we were visiting family. We had tacos for dinner then Lemon Meringue Pies with extra meringue. It was homemade and it was delicious. Later on Eliza, Maiara (my niece) and I all did a work out in the gym in the bottom floor of their house.

On Friday in the morning we went to play at the Dandenong Adventure Mini Golf course. It was very fun a few courses got really hard, but any way I came second out of the family. I had good fun. Later on we had lunch at McDonalds. I got a Aussie BBQ Angus Meal that was size Medium and got a  size large. It was DELICIOUS!! Later in the evening we played Lawn Bowls it was great because it was my first time. I had a good competition against Mum. She won most of the rounds that we played but I won two times.

On Saturday we went to visit family their names for what we call them is Marilyn and Jeff. we had a great day over there. We were having dinner there. We had a BBQ at their place. They had a lovely sheep dog and her name was Misty and guess what she almost bit me in the leg, and growled at Mum, Dad, and Eliza including me. We were wondering if the problem was that she had never seen us before and thought that we were strangers. To me that was OK. We had sausages, Steak, Potato Salad, Salad, cucumber in dressing and rice it was delicious. We also had Ginger Beer, Coke and Sprite.

On Sunday we just went to church which the family go to. At their Ward Church starts at 1:00pm and finishes at 4:00pm it was great I got 4 sour snakes and a Lollipop.

On Monday we went to Puffing Billy Railway Station. I had a great time We rode over a couple of bridges, and stopped at Menzies Creek Station then Emerald Gem of the Hills Station and  after Indinous Siding. Finally Emerald Lakeside we saw people in paddleboats floating around on the lake. Next to it there was a swimming pool. We only had 20 minutes to eat lunch but that's fine with me. I had a great time anyway. On the way back I wrote a poem called Puffing Billy I will bring it to school to show you when I get back. I have also written a few other poems which my family really like. It is going to be great to see you guys in 2 days. I will send the photos for this in my next email.














Senior Swimming Sports!!

Friday 26th of Feb 2016, senior swimming sports day. I can't do everything because of my foot, but still I can swim. First off the 8 year olds get called by Mrs. Hobbs. " I am calling all the 8 year old girls and boys. Please come to the martialing area immediately, all 8 year olds come to the martialing area immediately." repeats Mrs. Hobbs on the booming microphone. Echoing constantly, the sound enters all the contestants fragile ears. From the CD player Mrs. Hobbs's playlist tunes boogie all the students around in between when Mrs. Nasilasila uses the clappers to commence a race. " Ready, Set, clap!" The sound of the clappers are two pieces of wood that you hold that bang together as if they were icebergs that rub together when they connect if another one was a stranger and became friends.

Half way through after morning tea, we're back in the pool, we're doing backstroke " Yah!" I exclaim. Backstroke, my favourite stroke of them all. Speeding off to the martialing area, I sit and wait for my heat to start. I am waiting under the cool shade under the roof of the sheds on the far side of the pool area. Starting to shiver, I rub my arms soothingly, to warm my soaked body.

Next up, my heat. My heat in backstroke. I scrunch myself up holding onto the bar. Waiting for the sound of a clap. I want to give myself the most power to push off from the wall. " CLAP!" I fly as I push my body of the wall into the air as if I'm a bird taking off, instead of flying a slam back in the chlorine swimming pool. Colourful bunting hanges above the 25 metre long pool with the highlight colours of blue, yellow, red and green. I look up to the blue paste sky with a shining yellow highlighter circle that beames through it endlessly.

Splashes of blue and white cover my face as my arms repeatedly circle to propell me through the pool like a jetboat speeding through the shallow water. I am half way through the swimming pool, so far I can't see anyone in front of me. I hope I come first, I think through my mind repeatedly as I race splitting the water into two. My arms start to ache but that's fine I have already finished the race, I gave it all I got. Walking casually, a woman walks up to me presenting a red block on the concrete wall in front of me. I am amazed I won! Straining my muscles I heave myself out of the pool with an effulgent smile as I trotted to Mrs Cullen and Debbie. It seemed like my race was only three seconds, it just went by so fast. I continued to walk to Kakapo houses gazebo as they shouted Well Done! My face was bright ready to bring on the next race, or the people I had to compete.

Endlessly chanting, Kakapo sounded so loud, so strong we could not hear the other houses chants. As the music quietened the houses grew silent the whole pool area was dead quiet while listening to the voice of Mrs. Nasilasila as she would commence each race. " On your marks, set, Clap!" Freestyle isn't my best but I 'm still good at it. I race, I speed until the end. I'm in the semi-finals bubble, breathe, bubble, breathe is the pattern that I am processing in my mind as I paddle and pull. The end of the pool is very close. I made it. Before I was swimming in prestine water with ripple patterns that become bigger as my hands create a fiasco of bubbles and light dancing around on the bottom of the pool floor.

The swimming sports is over no more swimming in the pool. Now we just have to sit in the stinking hot hall with the sun striking throught the double glazed windows that lightly let the breeze flow through. All the senior school students sit in the hall while the certificates are being handed out to all the students that got a placing for first, second or third. We finished at ten to three and all the bus students ran to get their school bags and things then run to the buss and go home. I had a great time at swimming sports, but I didn't get to go to Lower waipa swimming sports. Thats my hope for next year.

By Asarina