Persuasive Text – Why Smoking Should Be Banned

Smoking is a dangerous addictive drug that causes lung cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol and many other medical conditions. Around 1 in 5 adults smoke in New Zealand. Smoking isn’t just a threat to your health, it’s also very expensive; people who smoke a pack a day spend $160 a week, that’s $8500 a year (roughly)! Furthermore smoking does not only impact the smoker but the citizens near as well, people who inhale the fumes from a cigarette can also get health issues. Around 500 people die each year in NZ due to smoking/secondhand smoke exposure. This is why I believe smoking should be banned in New Zealand. Would you put you friends/family in danger?

Algebra: Fibonacci Sequence

The fibonacci sequence is a sequence where the 1st and the second number adds up to the 3rd number and the 2nd and the 3rd number adds up to the forth number and so on.

The first 10 numbers of the fibonacci sequence are: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55

These numbers can also be found in nature, flowers have 3,5,8,13 or even 21 petals on them. This isn’t just a crazy coincidence, plants do this because it is the easiest way to pack seeds into a small space.

When one fibonacci number and the previous fibonacci number are divided you always get the same answer: 1.625

Camp Report

On the 1oth of October rooms 22/23 took a ferry and a bus to Lake Rotoiti.  My second favourite part of camp was the jumping in the lake, it was an icy cold yet fun experience. It was especially fun sleeping in the 12 bed cabin. Our cabin was full of noise at night because everyone would play spotlight and dance.  On Wednesday my group did Flying Kiwi. The experience was breath-taking and this was one of my favourite activities. It was Thursday and all the kids played animal survivor, it’s a game based on the food chain. Sadly I was the lowest on the food chain but it was still fun… This was by far the best experience of camp.  We had 5 amazing chefs who served us breakfast, lunch and dinner. My favourite meal was Butter Chicken.

Diwali – Festival Of Lights

Diwali aka Festival Of Lights is a religious celebration celebrated by many Indians, there is also a myth based on Diwali (below). Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness. At dawn people set out to the flower stalls to purchase flower garlands. Families decorate their front door with coloured sand forming a lotus to symbolise welcome. Neighbours share their food with other neighbours. Families also go to a temple in specifically bought clothing for Diwali. Streets in India are full of  lights. Many cities light up their sky with colourful fireworks



Roald Dahl Biography

Travelling all over the world is the British writer Roald Dahl who wrote over 50 books. Roald was born on the 13th of September 1916 in the UK and sadly passed away in 23rd of November 1990. He is an inspirational writer that has sold over 250 million copies worldwide.


Roald Dahl had quite a big family: he married twice to: Patricia Neal and second to Ann d’Abreu Crosland. Roald had a total of 5 children including: Olivia, Tessa, Theo, Ophelia and Lucy.


Favourite Show: The News

Favourite Smell: Bacon Frying

Favourite Sound: Piano

Favourite Food: Caviar

Favourite Colour: Yellow


Roald Dahl had a mind full of creativity, he made up 200+ words including: Swigpill – Disgusting Food

Kiddles – Children

Porteedo – A Tornado unknown-1unknown-2unknown-3

100 Word Challenge #5

I was a nervous wreck. I’ve trained 4 years for this. My coach and I visited the pool. The stands were huge, I could just imagine the amount of people that would turn up. Just looking at the judge’s chairs was making me sick. The pool was a lush blue, it looked welcoming but I knew better, my dive could be catastrophic or a dream come true. But then, I looked up, I could finally see it. The diving board, it was 10 metres high. I looked back at the pool, as I stared into the water it started to turn green…

Country Olympic Inquiry

This week we were given a country that is participating in the Olympics. We had to find out the meaning of the flag and 5 interesting facts. My country is Cambodia and I’m very happy to share my research so enjoy!

What Is Cambodia’s Flag?

The Cambodian flag has three horizontal stripes. The colours of the flag are blue,red and white, each have a different meaning. In the centre of the red stripe there is the Angkor Wat (The biggest religious temple in Cambodia).

This flag was adopted in 1933 on June the 30th and has been the flag since..

The blue represents  the country’s royalty, the red symbolises the nation while the white represents the religion (the main religion that’s been practiced the most is Buddhism). 

(Pictures at the bottom of this post)


Interesting Facts:

  1. Cambodia has a population of roughly 15.14 million people!
  2. Cambodia has six athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics
  3. A popular dish in Cambodia is know as Pho which surprise, surprise is my last name (but they’re pronounced differently)
  4.  Half of Cambodia’s current population is younger than 15 years old.
  5. The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building , the Angkor Wat



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100 Word Challenge #4

I got more nervous by the minute, it was the 15th of August 2016 the Rio Olympics. I was getting ready for the 10km Marathon Swimming Race. I stepped up to the block my heart was pounding the loud speaker went on I froze take your mark get set BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP. I dived in and swam with a smooth but fast pace. Every time I took a breath I could hear people shouting, “2km, 5km, 8km, 9km”. “You’re almost there just a little bit more”, I could see the finish line then it happened somebody grabbed my leg and pulled me back….