Friday, 12 January 2018

Week Four: Contemporary Kiwis this is a late post from SLJ summer learning journey

Week Four: Contemporary Kiwis

Welcome to Week Four, and the final five days of our journey! Over the past three weeks we have travelled across time and learned about what life was like in New Zealand in the 19th and 20th centuries. We have now reached the 21st Century and are ready to learn about modern life in New Zealand.

Cool Kiwi Fact #5: Sign language became the third official language of New Zealand (alongside Te Reo Māori and English) in 2006.

Day 1: Turn of the Century (2000-2010)

Activity 1:  Celebrating a Win

In 2000, the country of New Zealand celebrated when Russell Coutts and his sailing team won their second straight America’s Cup. This was the first time that a team from New Zealand had won back-to-back championships! Many people celebrated the victory with their friends and family.

On your blog, tell us what you and your family do to celebrate special events, such as birthdays. Do you have a special meal or go to a specific place? In our house, we usually make a pizza and bake a special cake. What about you?

on birthdays we mostly have it at restaurauts or at home but on big birthdays like if your turning 1 , 21 or 16 my family alwas has to get a hall and they always make sure its absolutely fantasitc then we invite or whole family and friends.

on christmas we always get our whole family together then we go to places then church then we all go back together home and open up our presents and play games.

Activity 2: Lord of the Rings
Arguably one of the most famous movie trilogies of all time, The Lord of the Rings, was filmed in New Zealand. All three movies were directed by a New Zealander named Peter Jackson. The first movie was released in 2001, the second in 2002 and the third in 2003. The movies cost an estimated $300 million to produce!  

Imagine that instead of spending the money on the movies, Peter Jackson decided to give all of this money to you. Lucky you! On your blog, tell us what you would do with $300 million dollars. How would you spend it? It is a lot of money so please think carefully about it and spend it wisely :-)

thanks alot peter jackson for $300 million dollars:-)

with the $300 million dollars i would like to help some people that have nothing have someting like food , water bottles and shelter

Bonus Activity: The Rise of the ‘Selfie’
Although most of you are quite familiar with the idea of taking a ‘selfie’ (picture of ourselves), this was not always the case. In fact, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that people started talking about the idea of a selfie, taking selfies and posting them online.

In honour of the rise in popularity of the ‘selfie,’ take a selfie and post it on your blog. Try to show us at least one of your hobbies or one your favourite things (maybe a special toy or book). For example, here is a selfie of Hazel drinking a big mug of tea, and Rachel with her son, Aronui, attending a Paw Patrol show!

I Love to read

playing on my tablet


  1. Hi Hilary,

    My name is Davarni and I am from Glenbrae school. I'm participating in the SLJ just like you.

    It's so different how you celebrate special events compared to my family.

    I like how you would want to help others in need, it's very kind of you.
    I also love reading, it really helps me get away from reality.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi Hilary,

    What a lot of work you've done!! It's really fun to read about your family's traditions for celebrating birthdays and Christmas. It sounds as though your family plans lovely parties, especially, as you say, when the birthday is a particularly special one. Renting a hall is a big deal - wow! We've never done that in our family as that's not as much a Canadian custom. (I live in a small town in Canada called Almonte and I'm Rachel Williams' mom.)

    Your Christmas celebrations sound like ours, though. We also go to church on Christmas eve and then we gather with some friends for a party. On Christmas morning we open our gifts and have special breakfast foods - cinnamon buns, fruit salad, eggs and bacon. Yum!

    I love your generosity in suggesting that you'd give money you received to those who need help. That's wonderful. I'm sure you'll do that in the future when you have your own job and are in a position to help others - super!

    And I'm delighted that reading is one of your favourite hobbies - good on you! Reading makes life so interesting - there is so much to know!

    I hope you're having a wonderful summer break and congratulations on being such an excellent blogger!


  3. Hi Hilary!

    My name is Ellee, I am another part of the Summer Learning Journey Crew that is commenting on your blogs this summer.

    Looks like you have been super busy with your blogging, awesome job!

    Sounds like you have a lot of fun for Christmas and Birthdays. I like that you have a super special big birthday for important ages...Do you get to pick a theme?

    "thanks alot peter jackson for $300 million dollars:-)" hehe - I would be very happy if someone gave me $300 million dollars too. I think it's really sweet that you have thought about something you can do to help others with your money. Is there anything you would buy yourself too?

    Awesome selfies! That is a lot of books...Do you have a favourite?
    I also like the tablet selfie, do you like to play games on there?

    Keep up the awesome work with your blog Hilary!
    Ellee :)

    PS: Thank you for the special thank you slide you made with your friend Hazel! That was really kind and I know the team loved it! :)