Primary Cross Country

On Friday 11th August 2017 ACG Strathallan had our cross country and the students in year 5 & 6 who got in the top 10 would go to the Interschool cross country which had about 80 students in each race.

In the school cross country I came 17th place, the top 3 in year 6 boys were Xavier first place and second place equal; Tomas, and Alexander. Georgia, Madeline, and Natalie placed first, second and third respectively in the year 6 girl’s race.

The year 6 cross country course was 2 kilometres. We started by running around the top field, then it got tougher. We ran across a stone road and around another muddy field, then through a bush opening and back to the top field where we had to run around it again and to the finish line. We raced across the finish line, exhausted, covered in mud but feeling proud and victorious because, whether we came first or last, we were all winners for having finished the race.

Written by Thomas Blackhurst

ACG Strathallan

A day at the Museum

Year 7 student, Sam Wallace, describes a recent Social Science field trip to the Auckland Museum.

“Come on, is it time yet? Can we board the bus yet?” We all barge down the pathway to the buses, jostling for the best seats at the back of the bus. As we all find a seat, the engine starts and our expedition begins!

We step into the foyer of the museum and shelter ourselves from the biting cold wind outside. The entrance is vast and as I look up a large beehive-like structure fastened to the ceiling greets my eyes, while to the side a winding staircase reaches higher and higher upwards, grasping at the second-floor entrance. We follow our class groups and journey deeper and deeper into the museum, different exhibitions thrusting themselves at us. My eyes were itching to be set upon all of the knowledge waiting to be read. We split into groups and the guide of our group led us to the section informing us about the Maori – we heard in detail about how the earliest Maori from Polynesia journeyed across the Pacific Ocean to a new land that they called Aotearoa or ‘Land of The Long White Cloud’. We were told about the key things that they took with them on their waka. The matoe, a fishing hook made from coconut fibres and bone, the hue, a jug or gourd used to hold water, and the niu, a coconut bowl used for eating food or drinking water from. Next, we ventured to the Marae and were told the story of creation of the gods and children of Rangi and Papa. We were then split into girls and boys – us girls were taught how to use a small wooden club or ‘Patu’ and the boys were taught how to use a long thin stick, perhaps used as a spear of sorts.

We ended our trip with a hunt for key exhibitions and information to be written in booklets given to us to fill out. As we stepped outside into the modern world again, our minds full to bursting with information across all subjects of our country’s ancestors, we knew that this trip and all it provided was likely to stay in our minds for a very long time.

Trees for Survival

At the end of last week, a group of us joined Trees for Survival and Papakura Normal School in planting 700 trees on a farm in Brookby, assisting in the conservation of New Zealand forests and helping to prevent erosion. Over the course of the day we managed to plant 640 of the seedlings, having fun digging holes and delicately planting the small little trees inside them. It was a hard day’s work and even though it was mostly overcast, we warmed up pretty quickly.

We started in a section of forest on the farm and dug holes in areas of grass that had been sprayed, before planting several different varieties of trees that will hopefully grow big and strong in the many years to come, creating a lush native forest. Then we moved across the muddy fields to a stream, where we planted different kinds of flaxes on the riverbed. The owners of the farm were kind enough to provide us snacks and lunch, and just before leaving, we all stood together and took a group photo. Strathallan hopes to create its own ‘Trees for Survival’ program next year and grow seedlings in preparation. This will be an exciting project for the school and we look forward to getting started.

Sudoku Challenge

A group of competitive students (and staff!) got together at lunchtime to compete in a ACG Strathallan Sudoku Challenge. The Junior Champion was year 9 Josiah Sterling, with Ella Grayson coming second and Ashleigh Currie third. The senior winner was Jacob Fraser, year 13, and the staff champion was Mrs Le Vesconte.

Year 9 and 10 Mathex win

Following the success of our Year 7 team in the local Mathex competition, our year 9 and 10 teams also went on to succeed in the Counties Mathex competition held at Wesley College last night.

Our Year 10 Strathallan team A won with 95 points  and the Year 9 Strathallan team A won with 90 points. The Year 9 and 10 B teams came 4th and 3rd respectively with 70 points.

Congratulations to Year 10 team members (Jane Huang, Junno Choi, George Liu, George Partridge) and our Year 9 team  (Adam El-Khatib, Ethan Kyle, Fergus Foster, Zac Perkin). These students will go on to compete at the Auckland competition next week.


Mathex Year 7

Our year 7 Mathex team came away winners of the Papakura Mathex competition last night, held at Papakura Normal school. The team of Aaryan Goel, Ezekiel Sterling, Jwalin Shah and Ethan Foo, pictured with Maths teacher Mrs Sheldon, won with an impressive perfect score of 100. The team will go on to compete at the Auckland schools’ Mathex competition at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama next week.

The University of Auckland’s New Zealand Engineering Science Competition

Two teams of year 12 and 13 Physics students spent last Saturday at school to take part in a  day long problem solving competition organised by the University of Auckland Engineering Science Faculty. Competing against 177 other New Zealand Secondary School, their task was to find the answer to the following question:

How many rocket launches from Mahia Peninsula would it take to establish a lunar colony?

The teams worked from 9am to 6pm and had to produce a 10 page report answering the question which included a mathematical model as part of their solution. Interestingly, each team came up with a totally different answer, with one team claiming it would take four rockets and another claiming over 400!

With a $6000 first prize reward as an incentive, both teams will be hoping they are close to the winning answer.