I didn’t mean to kill her !


Her body lay soaked in the salt water pool. My best friend lay motionless at my feet. I didn’t mean to kill her, it was all my fault.


My name is Ash and my best friend had  disappeared while we were swimming . I just found her dead at our favourite spot near the waves . It was all my fault  because I told her to come out and swim at  the beach with me. Now she is lying here with cuts on her legs and arms, washed up on the sandy beach.


It was only 24 hours ago when we packed our bags and left a note on the kitchen table saying “Out swimming, be back soon”. It  was a hot sunny day so Evie and I went down to the beach . The second we got there we dove into the crystal clear waves and opened our eyes to see a magic world open up to us. Small fish darted in and out of multi coloured reefs and corals occasionally came up and swam beside us .  When we weren’t  swimming or diving off the rocks, we lay in the sand cracking jokes and laughing. 


Just as the sun was starting to set, I said that I was going to go for one more swim. Without me knowing she followed me out. The sea was rough and I had never swum this far out before. It was wonderful seeing everything from under the waves. It was so peaceful until an ear splitting shriek came from above…


I screamed out her name as I treaded water. My throat was dry. I swam back to the beach hoping she would be there. She wasn’t. Guilt took over. I was supposed to take care of her and I failed. I ran home with tears in  my eyes “ Mum !!” I yelled  I saw a piece of paper taped to the table fluttering in the light breeze let in by the open window, the note read “ Out to town be back soon.” I don’t know what happened at that moment but something in me just snapped. I ran to my room, grabbed my bag and stuffed all my belongings into it,then ran to the kitchen to grab a loaf of bread and a knife and left.


After two days  in the forest north of my home ,I had finished my  bread and drank all the water in my flask. I need to go home I thought, as I slowly fell asleep. I was woken by the snap of a twig and shot up , knife bared. The noise came closer and closer, I was  ready to kill whatever it was .Then crashing  through the undergrowth and tumbling in front of me was EVIE !! 

I scooped her up in a  hug,” What, what happened?” I stammered “ I thought you were dead ?” Evie looked at me confused “ Oh you mean that poor girl on the beach ? She was acting. Holly Peers , that’s her name she was practicing for that new movie “Washed Up.”

 I was shocked,  all this time I thought my best friend was dead and she was alive.  I was thinking of sticking my hand through her to check that I wasn’t hallucinating. I was so tired from lack of sleep,” Let’s go home.” I said “I need some sleep.” I said wearily .

Christmas Holidays

I’m really excited about the Christmas holidays because my and I are going to buy a camper van and are going down to the lake and I’m really excited because some of my friends might be coming down and staying with us. I also love the fact that Christmas is coming up yessss !!!!

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The water he drank was a strange murky color it was all we could have had.We told him to boil it but once again he didn’t listen now he was lying in the corner clutching his stomach.This wasn’t the first time he felt really ill. About two years ago he ate a deadly grub and was vomiting for 5 days ,another time he didn’t cook the   beans and had a fever. This time he was at his worst.The doctor took 2 days to get here but even then he said the Francis might not make it , as he drew what could have been his last breath. 

Tech week

Tech Week

By Tessa Strachan


Last week the  year Eights and Sevens went to tech .Leaving the year sixes to do lots of fun activities  . On Monday we started to learn about coding.I loved doing scratch it was super fun,but my favourite thing was definitely gymnastics because I maged to jump perfectly up onto the vault and did a awesome cartwheel !

Meerkat Rugby!!

It was a hot sunny afternoon in the dry savanna. Diana the only female meerkat on the team woke up to check on their special pomegranate rugby ball.She clambers over the body of her smelly male teammates, pokes her head through the crack in the rocks and scurries out to the tree where their  sacred fruit is  growing  .It was finally time for the fruit to be picked, Diana was thrilled.The whole team  was,they were the only meerkat rugby team in the savanna and they could never lose with their special ball. They stared up at it lovingly . 


Then a large shadow sprawled across the ground, the meerkats recoiled in shock, Shadow the Vultures Team Captain had come for an early visit. He landed above the meerkat’s fruit and then in the blink of an eye he was gone with the fruit clutched in his scaly talons . 


Diana sprinted after Shadow, she was determined to get back the fruit. She shot a quick glance behind her and saw the rest of the team in pursuit. They were hot on Shadow’s tail feathers. The team’’s left lock jumped up and clasped the sweet pink fruit in his miniscule claws and held on for his life only to receive a  blow to the head and he was soon on the ground with a splitting headache.


After seeing their left lock take such a blow ,Diana called for a meerkat chain so they could reach Shadow’s talons and climb on. It works but the meerkats are soon thrown up into the air.They scramble around passing the fruit around. Shadow makes a quick intercept but fumbles it and the fruit plummets to the ground. Shadow folds his wings close to his sides and dives for the fruit while the meerkats plummet to the earth.


Shadow looks behind him and sees the Meerkats fall,he starts to laugh. All of a sudden something small and hard falls on his back followed by 2 more and then 3 ,then 4 then 5 until the whole Meerkat team are standing on his back in a perfect pyramid.With a sharp turn the Meerkats tumble off.Shadow laughs … SPLAT!!! Shadow had flown right into the face of a jagged cliff.The fruit is released from the bird’s grip and tumbles down to the earth.


Diana jumps forth to catch the fruit,it lands perfectly in her paws.With a small squeal of excitement she passes the ball through the hands of her fellow teammates and then dropkicks the fruit through the goal post and the fruit smashes into tiny pieces.


By Tessa


Camp writing

I jump in the salt water, burns my eyes and rushes down my throat. It’s low tide. I’m clambering over the barnacle encrusted rocks and jumping over cold salty pools full of mussels,sea urchins and things that scuttle over rocks. Seaweed  threatening  to pull me under. My group and we soon reach a large pool warmed by the sun now setting in the east .We stay in the large pool for about 15 minutes mucking around playing with seaweed after a while we dive off shark fin  rock to swim to an island and clamber over the slimy seaweed to reach the small island made of large rocks. As fast as an  electronic cold current shoots through me I have jumped off Papa Bear . Sorry there’s no photo we were in the water.


In the last 10 weeks of term 3 I have done so many fun things such as ; cooking in tuhura  ,doing explanation writing,S.V.A posters,Youthtown and so much more.It was a lot of fun but what I loved the most was cooking in the tuhura . My cousin Amelia ( you can see her blog at https://ameliawills20.edublogs.org/)and I made melting moments and gave them to the different classes .That was lots of fun.

Who is my hero ?

My hero is Sophie Pasco a famous New Zealand swimming champion who has won four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, nine Paralympic gold medals and is a multiple World Champion.Whenever I swim in races or competitions I think of how one day I might be able to swim her.


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One day my friend Ava and I made a discovery that changed our lives forever.It was a hot summer day and we were sitting at the edge of the lake at my house.When Ava pushed me in.Suddenly I was falling through dark waters being pulled to the bottom.I saw Ava swimming to me in a second she was beside me shaking me.I was to busy staring at what I thought was a door at the bottom of the lake.I grabbed Ava and showed her the door.I smashed the door but as soon as I touched it  gradually, things started to move…

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Loud music booming through my headphones as I flick through magazines.Kayaking , video chatting and sleeping in is basically my lock down and a lot of online learning.I was usually reading, outside or sleeping.I usually went out  going for walks and bike rides.One time during level 3 lock down we went kayaking with my cousin .With my cousin Amelia we went to go around the loop and it looked  stunning because the the sand was in perfect waves along the bottom and the water was crystal clear with  beautiful native bush everywhere. We got to do all of that thanks to covid 19.