Last week Whakapono Team visited Hobbiton in Matamata. This was to support our Social Science study of Peter Jackson and the effect his work has had on New Zealand. We had a perfect day and explored the film set that was used to make the Hobbit. The children listened intently to our wonderful guides and learnt a great deal about the making of a movie. The highlight was having a drink of ginger beer in the Green Dragon at the end of our visit!
Fay Warnock - Whakapono Team Leader
Yesterday was a super special day because the middle school block explored Hobbiton. We had a guide named Yvonne. She explained some important rules that even adults always follow. First Yvonne and our group explored the gorgeous gardens that they had. They had lots of maintenance workers taking good care of them. In their gardens they had colossal pumpkins, tall but ruined sunflowers, teeny ripe tomatoes and lots of monarch butterflies and wasps swooping around us. Then we started to climb a steep hill. We saw lots of Hobbit homes all different looking. Some were big and some were small. We even got to go inside one! All of them had revolting moss on their fences, smoke rising up to the sky and decorations sitting on the window sils. Their doors were different colours too. Blue, yellow, red and green. They were all creaky and old. Some even had little old fashioned clothes hanging on the washing lines! When we were half way through we got to have a 5 minute rest at the party field. There was a red and blue see-saw and a swing. When we were nearly at the top of the hill we suddenly stopped to gaze at a fabulous view. I remember seeing cows, sheep, trees and colourful flowers. We crossed a grey, stony bridge and we could see a black swan paddling in the lake. The lake had a violently turning water wheel pouring water into the lake. We walked a little more and stopped to feed our grumbling tummies. The people who work at Hobbiton gave us a huge cup of ginger beer and then it was time to go back to school. Everyone looked disappointed at leaving but we all knew that we have a great memory.
By Enseo Ko from Room 1
One bright morning Bilbo Baggins was standing at his front door after preparing breakfast. He was smoking a long wooden, hollow pipe, reaching almost down to his barefeet.
Then Gandalf approached him but Bilbo did not recognise him.
Gandalf was a tall man with a long silky transparent beard and a grey coat and also a blue hat matched with immense black boots.
Bilbo sat down on a chair, crossed his legs and began to create rings of misty smoke. “Good morning” said Bilbo politely.
“Hello I am searching for someone to share an adventure that I arranged” Gandalf announced.
“Well good luck with that considering that nobody enjoys adventures around here” Bilbo protested. Then Gandulf left.
By Pateriki Paaka from Room 1
Andrew Chinn’s visit to our school left it humming tunes for days after. Andrew workshopped with each class group and all of them learned a song or two from his repertoire . His animated, friendly approach warmed the students to him and he had them doing all sort of actions to songs like Ubuntu, a favourite among teachers as well, Rainbow and many more.
After spending time with the students he worked with the teachers after school with the idea of creating a school song. This will be further developed with student input via Skype later this term.