Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Mischief and Mayhem book review



Edited By: Barbara Else

Illustrations By: Philip Webb

This book has mischief.

This book has mayhem.

This book has 30 weird and wonderful New Zealand stories.

Mischief and Mayhem is an entertaining book of 30 short stories written by different New Zealand authors.

The main idea of the book is to make you laugh. One of my favourite stories in this book is
‘The Worlds Worst Jersey’
by Rachel Hayward.
The story is about a boy whose great aunt sent him a hand knitted jersey for his birthday. The aunt had knitted it for him and he didn’t really like it very much. Then he finds out that his great aunt is coming to stay with his family. So his mum makes him wear the jersey to surprise his great aunt. He decides to hide the jersey, several different times. However his brother tells on him. What will happen next? To find out you will just have to read the book.

I liked this book because all the stories are different and if you don’t like a story you can move on to the next story or quickly read it anyway. However a disadvantage of this book is when you are reading this book and then you stop (to go to sleep) and then pick it up the next night there is no excitement or anticipation of what is going to happen next because they are all short stories and you are able to finish each story before you go to sleep. But over all I thought this book was really good because of all the different stories.

I think the message of the book was to entertain and get the reader to laugh at normal everyday Kiwi things. It is a book written by New Zealand authors and it is teaching us the New Zealand way of life and to always try and have fun.

By: Maddison

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Nenana to Nome

Nenana to Nome

Eighty nine years ago, the town of Nome in Alaska was struck with a terrible bacterial disease called Diphtheria. Sled dogs teams had to relay medicine from Nenana to Nome.  

In Nome the winter lasts for seven months. Nome, Alaska is on the other side of the world to New Zealand so summer in Nome  is winter in New Zealand. In early November the Bering sea (which is off the coast of Nome) will be frozen over. The average high temperature for summer in Nome is seven degrees and average low temperature is three degrees. "That's really cold."

In Nome the terrible disease diphtheria struck the people of Nome in 1925. The town had run out of medicine and without the medicine the people would die. So the town relayed the medicine from Neana to Nome using teams of sled dogs to save the people. Port Safety was the last leg of the race and one of the harder legs to race.

A sled dog team is made up of a lead dog or dogs, swing dogs, team dogs and wheel dogs.  Every dog would want to be a lead dog. One famous lead dog is called Balto. He lead the last leg of the race from Port Safety to Nome. Balto's master was named Gunnar Kaasen. He had the job to tell the dogs what to do.

Balto is a hero. He is a Siberian Husky who was born in Nome 1919 and died on March the 14th 1933. When Balto died he was not buried. Unlike most dogs, Balto was stuffed and put on display in  the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in America.When Balto died he was fourteen. That's ninety eight in dogs years. "That's really old" Balto is named after the explorer Samuel Balto or his full name Samuel Johannesen Balto.

 I suppose you're wondering what diphtheria is. Well diphtheria is a highly contagious bacterial disease that effects swallowing and breathing. Diphtheria mostly hit in the 1900s to about the 1950s. Not very many people get diphtheria in our day because most people are vaccinated against it. The name diphtheria comes from the Greek language. If you get diphtheria, the doctors will know because you will have gray slime down the back of your throat.

The story of Balto became very famous and in 1995 it was released as a movie. In the movie Balto is half wolf half dog and no one liked him. There was a dog named Steel and he was the lead dog and everyone thought he was amazing and him and his friends were very mean to Balto. The movie is a very good cartoon movie. In the movie Balto falls in love with a dog called Jenna. Jenna's owner Rosie got sick with diphtheria and Balto is determined to save Rosie from dying.

I hope you have learnt something about the Neana to Nome sled dog race to save the people of Nome or about where the movie Balto originated from. I hope you enjoyed my report on the Neana to Nome sled dog race. The last great race on Earth to save the people of Nome, Alaska.

By Maddison :)

Sunday, 8 June 2014


On Saturday my netball team "the gold" played really really well.  We were so determined and deserved a better score. The score was 7 to 20 to Kurow.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Our St Josephs Gold netball team had its first win on Saturday against Valley.
We all worked together really well, played an awesome game and deserved
the score of 23-14 to us.

Thursday, 22 May 2014


This is what we have been learning in maths

If there are 30 people in your class and 20% of then are girls how many of them are girls?
I will a use a double number line to solve this problem.

3=10% 6=20%        15=50%        30=100%

A Stormy Night

A Stormy Night

The wind is howling loud as I lie in bed.
The rain hits the roof like millions of little stones falling from the sky.
The sound of thunder rolling in, like trucks driving down the road.
The quick flashes of lightning remind me of those days when we
 used to switch the lights on and off just for fun.
I snuggle down under the covers and listen to the sounds, stormy night.   

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Hi I am Maddison and this is my first blog. I am very excited to be blogging and I hope you enjoy.