Welcome Back With A New Who Am I?

Time for a new Who Am I? I am famous for sailing, although I have been known to occasionally get lost. Ask the right questions and you’ll work out who I am pretty smartly. Ask the wrong questions and I’ll be waiting until ‘the cows come home’ before you work it out. Send your questions in the comment box.

Harmony wants to know if I am a sailing bear? That must be from a storybook I don’t know. No, I am not a bear. I am human.

Mata wants to know if I am still alive. No, I am no longer living or breathing.

Swaleha asks if I’m famous for doing anything else. Yes I am. I’m famous for looking.

Humairah wants to know if people remember me with their red socks. No, I’m sorry they don’t. She also wants to know if I won any sailing trophy. No, once again I didn’t.

I some times get lost miles and miles from home. So far from home, my crew get nervous that we might not get back.

Fusion wants to know what my purpose was as a sailor. Was I just as an ordinary sailor or a merchant that trades goods. Mmm, good question. I wasn’t an ordinary sailor. I did hope to return with riches but didn’t come back with much at all.

Swaleha wants to know if we have a day to celebrate me. In New Zealand, no. In other countries, yes. In fact, in some countries it is a holiday in remembrance of me.

Who Am I?

We have a new World Champion….. Tegan !!!!

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Who am I? I am no longer with us.

  • Matthew is first in. I agree, Mrs Karaka is no longer with us. But she is still alive and well in Auckland. Unfortunately, I am absolutely no longer with us. In fact, I am no longer with anyone!!

  • Alexus thinks I might be the Christchurch Cathedral. It’s  very sad to see that great building so badly damaged by the quake but no, I did once have flesh and blood.

  • Tegan asks if I am Roald Dahl? Shakespeare? Did I invent things? Did I sign the declaration of independence? I was before Roald Dahl’s time but did enjoy reading Shakespeare at school from time to time. No, I didn’t sign the declaration of independence.

  • Ryan suggests that I might be George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. Yes, I am American, but no, I am not a President although I was called King.

  • Alexus wants to know if I was married. No, I wasn’t married even though I lived into my seventies.

  • Alexus asks if I am Elvis. He certainly was known as the King and he was American, but no, I wasn’t known for my singing.

  • Tegan, under the pseudonym NAGETEGAPNOSNITS1204 (what does that mean?) wants to know if I was a writer. I could write but only wrote notes to my staff members. Did I invent things? Yes I did, although the product I am famous for was already invented by someone else.

  • Holly thinks I might be famous for my cooking skills. No, I like going to restaurants but I can’t cook anything more than eggs on toast.

  • I died in the thirties and lived till my seventies, Deesha.

  • Samson asks if I am a book character. No, I was real, larger than life.

  • Ryan wants to know what product I was involved with. That’s for me to know and you to find out.

  • Kambill. We didn’t have TV in the thirties.

  • Two more questions. Am I part of a royal family? No, I am a regular, normal American. Why didn’t I get married? I don’t know. I never found the right person.

  • Akash wants to know what my product is. As I said before, for me to know and you to find out. I will say this, when I first sold it, it was for men only. Now women also like to use my product.

  • Still I am getting requests to tell you what my product does, the latest one from Samson. No, you tell me. What do you think it may be?

  • Akash thinks I am Denim Jeans. Probably early denim jeans were sold to men and now, they are definitely worn by women as well. But, no, I have nothing to do with Denim Jeans.

  • Tegan has hit the jackpot. She has shot a bullseye. She has hit the nail on the head. The answer is King Camp Gillette, the inventor of the safety razor. Here is a link that will tell you more about this interesting man who died without much money despite starting the Gillette razor company.

Learn more about the life of King Gillette

Water, Water, Everywhere…


Do you have a bath or a shower?

How long do you spend in the shower?

How much water does it take to keep ourselves clean each day?


Some of us sing in the shower. Some of us daydream in the shower. Some of us get in and out as fast as we possibly can. At Friday’s assembly, Ms Whysall challenged us all to try and finish our showers within four minutes. That sounds like plenty of time. I think I can do it. To help us time ourselves she has given each class a four minute egg timer. It sticks to the wall of the shower and you turn it over as you get in. Four minutes later all the sand has run down to the bottom. If you are still in the shower you are wasting water and power unnecessarily.


In Room 20, we will use these egg timers and discuss other ways we can time our showers. We will report back how successful we have been in keeping within the four minute challenge.

Who’s got the most interesting water saving idea on the planet? If you have, send it to me.

Here are some websites to visit to learn more about water conservation around the home.



Tegan, Shafiyah and Deesha have given  some creative solutions. I bet they don’t try any of them.

A nice idea from Connor too. We use to catch in a bucket the water that we waste when the shower warms up when Auckland had a drought and we were running out of water. It’s hard to imagine Auckland not having enough rain!

Thanks Seneepop12  for your suggestion, but I think if your parents ban you from a shower for taking too long then you might have social issues at school as you begin to smell. Pongy children? Eeewwwhhh!!

We Need Another Great Egg Drop Challengee

Wow, what a successful eggdrop challenge. 12 entrants, 3 successful gadgets. Some designs that tried to slow the rate of descent, some designs that concentrated more on cushioning, and some that were a combination of both ideas. We will make a video about the event this week and post it soon. Tune in.

We have had quite a long hiatus from the blogging scene and it’s nice to be back. Room 20 needs another technological design challenge. We had such fun two years ago when we had the first Great Egg Drop (look back in this blog and on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8IWhcv8zEg and see what happened). So let’s have the Great Egg Drop II.

The conditions of entry are the same. Entrants have to design and build their egg dropping devices at home.

The challenge is to design a way of safely dropping an egg from the top of the school playground without it breaking.

  • You can only use items from your recycling bin at home.

  • Your invention can not be more than 30cm big.

  • The great egg drop will be on Friday 4 March.

Successful egg dropping designs will then be tested from a greater height…out of Room 25’s window.

You need to consider cushioning your egg or slowing it’s rate of descent (fall). Good luck with your design.

Fitness Trail

Building a fitness trail at school is one of the projects Rooms 16 and 20 will be working on this year. We need advise and help from lots of people because we have never built one before. Have you got any photos, ideas, suggestions you can share with us about fitness trails.

  • Maybe you know of a great fitness trail in Auckland that we could visit.
  • Maybe you have a great fitness trail near your place that you could send us photos of.
  • Maybe you have designed and bulit a fitness trail yourself and could offer us some tips and ideas.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kidsline Visit

The kidsline phone counselling service has been helping kids for 21 years. The counsellors are trained year 12 and 13 students. These ‘buddies‘ will discuss any problems or hassles any child is facing. The kidsline motto is ‘It Helps To Talk.’


This week we had some kidline buddies come to our school to promote their work and the service they provide. Don’t forget the phone number if you ever need it. It is 0800kidsline (0800 543 7540) Visit their website KIDSLINE.

Room 20 cheering for Kidsline

Room 20 cheering for Kidsline

Kauri's Big Splash

Yesterday we had our annual swimming sports. It was a lot of fun. This year we didn’t have any of the normal, competitive races like freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. Instead, we had novelty challenges like the noodle, kickboard combo. The only rule was that you had to get both noodle and kickboard from one end of the pool to the other. How you did it was up to you. We also used a bucket as a flotation device.

Another popular event was the clothing relay. Contestants had to swim fully clothed, not an easy thing to do. In the seal race, contestants pushed a ball with theur nose, It sounds easy but it is much harder than you imagine.

It was a great day. Everyone had lots of sunblock on. You can’t be too careful in New Zealand’s harsh sun. Burn time was down to less than 15 minutes. Thanks to Mr Pressnell for organising the day and Whaea Puhi for taking the photos.

Great Barrier Island Beach Clean Up

On Friday 5 March, 24 Kauri Team students went with Mrs Tregoweth and Mr Waller to Great Barrier Island to help clean up all the rubbish on the beaches. The day was organised by the Sir Peter Blake Trust. We left school at 7.45am to get to town to catch the Fullers Ferry. The ferry ride was over 2 hours long. It was a brilliant, sunny, warm day. The seas got a bit choppy and several kids got sick.

When we arrived at Great Barrier Island, we were taken by vans to Kaitoke School near Claris. The school is tiny (less than 100 students) but the setting is amazing.

We went down to Kaitoke Beach and looked for any rubbish we could find. We were pleasantly surprised. There was very little rubbish on the beach. The strangest pieces of rubbish we found were an old fridge door and a sign that said “No Littering.” We also found four beer bottles and lots of nylon string.

Kaitoke Beach is stunning. It is a piece of paradise. We had a great time exploring and playing after we had finished our clean up. We did things in reverse. Most of us couldn’t resist the water and we ended up getting our clothes wet. We had to go home in our dry togs.

While we were waiting at the wharf for all the other schools to arrive, we saw two massive sting rays swimming in the shallow water. The locals told us that they were the town’s pets. No one is allowed to fish there or disturb them.

The ferry was a much smoother ride on the way home. We got back to school at 8.30pm. It was a very long school day but it was the best!!

See more photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/philiprip/sets/72157623445715125/

Superclubs Plus

Superclubs Logo

We are having a lot of fun with Superclubs Plus. It is a safe place to learn how to interact with other people on the internet. It’s somewhere children can meet friends, have fun and learn with kids of their own age.

We are building our home pages, exploring the different clubs and working hard to gain all our cybersafety stars. Paddy and Rohaub have gained their blue stars. Sunny, Connor, Jack, Tiri, and Tegan aren’t far behind getting their green stars.

We login to superclubs plus at  http://www.superclubsplus.com/

Learn more about Superclubs at





Congratulations to Kamilo for winning the 3 snow planet tickets. Thank you to everyone who supported our camp fundraiser. We will be running another draw over the next two weeks for another great prize.