Thursday, 30 April 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
An earthquake struck an area of central Nepal between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara early on Saturday and is reported to have killed 2,500 people. Many residents of the capital, Kathmandu, lost their homes as a result of the tremor and others are afraid to return homes.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people in central Nepal are spending a second night outdoors in tents and any other shelter they can find. Efforts to dig victims out from under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu continues and aid is arriving to help the country cope with the aftermath of the worst earthquake to hit Nepal for more than 80 years.
A powerful aftershock was felt on Sunday in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and more avalanches were reported near Everest. Hospitals, rattled by the aftershocks, moved sick and injured patients outside. Doctors at Kathmandu Medical College set up an operating theater inside a tent.
The tremor also unleashed avalanches on Mount Everest, which killed at least 17 people and injured 61 others. Foreign climbers and their Nepalese guides around Mt Everest were caught by the tremors and a huge avalanche buried part of the base camp in the snow.
Pemba Sherpa, who was among the first group of survivors that was flown to Kathmandu on Sunday, said he was resting in his tent when the quake hit.
“I heard a big noise and the next thing I know I was swept away by the snow. I must have been swept almost 200 metres. I lost consciousness.”
He said many people are still missing on the mountain as several tents were buried by the snow or blown away.
This year the focus for the 2015 40 Hour Famine is Bangladesh. We are supporting Bangladesh because of hunger. Did you know that one out of seventeen children won’t make it to their 5th birthday. This is because of the hunger needs in Bangladesh. We are raising money which will go towards feeding people in Bangladesh.
The rate of malnutrition in Bangladesh is nearly the highest in the world. Injustice is rife leaving children vulnerable to malnutrition and food insecurity. Nearly eight million children in Bangladesh are malnourished. The funds raised through this year’s famine will go towards establishing emergency feeding programmes, teaching families how to grow vegetables and improving access to health and nutrition services.
I am taking a stand for Bangladesh. Are you?
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Today the year 8s had the opportunity to visit Tamaki College to experience what college might be like. The Year 8 students all walked down to Tamaki College. Once we arrived we went to the auditorium where we saw other schools sitting and waiting. In total there was 5 schools. The deputy principal Mrs Moore introduced some people to us and explained what we were going to do.
Each child received a land yard with a plastic pocket. Each land yard had a childs name on it. Every scho
ol got there names. Mrs Moore talked about the way it was set out. My tag had three letters. The first letter stood for a house colour. I was in Rata which is red. The next two letters were your tutor.
After everyone was sorted we all headed off to our first class. My first class was Social Studies. In Social Studies we paired up and had a quiz race with the other groups. This quiz was about the recent events. Our teacher Ms Apelu showed us a cool site called socrative.com. I think that was so awesome.
The bell rang for us to switch classes. Our next class was ICT. The teacher taught us about coding. We all had a chance to make codes to guide angry bird to the pig. It was super fun. It was time for morning tea. We made our way back to the auditorium and lined up to grab our food. We had a juice box and a yogurt. The next bell rang and we went to our next class which was Science. In Science we learnt about static electricity. If we rubbed a balloon on our hair than put it near water than the water will bend towards the balloon. This happens because the energy passes through the end of the balloon and pulls the water towards it. That was awesome. I really want to do science in college.
Our next subject was Maths with Mr Jones. We played a innovated game of Battleships. We had got our own 5 boats and hid them on a grid. We used co-ordinates too navigate our way to finding Mr Jones's boats that he hid in the grid. I can't wait for Maths in college.
Finally it was lunch tie we all gathered in the auditorium for lunch. The chefs had made a roll and gave us some snacks in a paper bag for us. Our last period had started. My last one was English with Ms Metcalfe. In English we had to write a paragraph about one value that is important to us. My value was Matapono E - Keep It Real. This means being honest.
Last period had finished and we went back to the auditorium. Throughout the whole day the tutors looked for people who have positive behaviour. I was one in my group. I got a new netbook bag. I am super happy about.
Thankyou Tamaki College for an amazing day. I hope that I can come back and stay for college.