World War I

My big question is…how the war started and why ? I want to know this because it has been ANZAC day and I think people should know why the soldiers went to war.

How Did World War 1 Start?

It started from July the 26th 1914 and ended November the 11th 1918 it went on for 4 years. It was called World War or the Great War.

1914- August 1st Germany declared war on Russia.

1915-August 5th the German captured Warsaw from the Russians .

1916-July 1st start of the battle of the Somme .
May 31st battle of Jutland.
December 7th Lloyd George becomes British Prime Minister.

1917- July 31st start of the third battle at Ypres .

1918- the war ended

New Zealand troops joined Australia to become ANZACs (Australia & New Zealand Army Corps). Nurses were also in the world war ,to help soldiers that were wounded . When soldiers and nurses left they had a farewell parade. Sometimes they left in a hurry or early.
The lowest age to go to war was 21. Some soldiers wrote a note book and sent it to the loved ones. Maybe if they were dying or they were writing everything at once so if they do die people could read about what had happened.  People have photos of all the soldiers and some people carry their soldier dairies around. One of the old soldier’s name was Dudley Muff (died on the 2 of january 1995 before his 95 brithday).

If you were wounded you would get taken back to the ship and  get treated before you got taken to land hospital .

If you died on the ship they would wrap you up into weights and throw you overboard and if you didn’t sink they would fish you out and put more weights on you .

Enemies put soldiers in jail and keep them there.  2200 New Zealanders became prisoners of war. That was the largest number captured in one battle in New Zealand military history.  Prisoners were feed dog biscuits broken up into little pieces and they only got a little bit of water each day from a small well .

Some people put up white flags to say that they come in peace to grab something from the battlefield .

Some people stayed alive in the war and returned but some never come home and their body remains where they died.  Crosses are in the ground to show people where soldiers have died. David Gallaher soldier and all blacks captain was killed in action in World War 1.

There are some remains of the world war like dug outs and trenches .

by Dion


In Greek mythology Cerberus is a three headed dog that lives in the underworld. Cerberus stands by the entrants of the underworld by the river Styx. The river Styx is the river where all the spirits come in. Cerberus’s purpose is to keep all the spirits from getting out. His master is Hades the god of the underworld, who is one of the big three-  Zeus, Poseidon and Hades.

The parents of Cerberus are Echidna and Typhon. Echidna is the mother of all monsters, up to her waist she is a human but the rest of her is a snake. Typhon is a fire breathing giant who all the Olympian gods feared.

The only god that can get in and out of the underworld is Hermes.  Hermes is the god of trickery and humor. He travels through shadows and does the same to get out.  The fruit of the underworld is a pomegranate. If you eat a pomegranate in the underworld you will have to stay there FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Rachel

The Science of Space

Space is a really interesting place, but dangerous because it carries no oxygen. It’s just like diving but when you’re in space you’re up in the air. If you’re going through to a different galaxy.It will take 100 light years.

Red Dwarf stars are smaller than our sun. Because of their small size, these stars burn very slowly, which allows them to live a very long time.  Some red dwarf stars will live trillions of years before they run out of fuel. Red dwarf stars only burn a little bit of fuel at a time. They are not very hot compared to other stars.  The temperature of a star determines what colour they are.  We can know how hot a star is just by its colour.

No way is our sun the biggest star. We may have heard that the sun is the biggest but it isn’t. W Cephei is the biggest star that scientists know about. It is 288,194 times bigger than Earth.

by Izac

Arbor Day

On the First of June I went to a place to plant trees for Arbor Day. Even the Mayor of Hamilton was there and we were planting trees next to the Hamilton Zoo at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage park. Only Four people from Glenview School came to Arbor Day. Five people were supposed to go, but Hone left Glenview School forever. We had to plant about 23 thousand trees. I Planted about 30 trees.
Then we all went back up. Me, Dallan, Brady, Mikaere plus Mr Hazlett all went to McDonalds to have a cone of vanilla ice cream. YUM!
We were meant to be back at school at 3.00PM but we got there 10 minutes before Break 2 was done. We were at school for about one and a half hours.
We had a great day planting trees and spending time off school.

By Zachary


One of my Yr 5 students spent time today out of the class planting native trees for Arbor Day. He returned around lunch time, but I didn’t really really get a chance to talk to him about it this afternoon.
So I saw that he’d just tweeted a “Hey”.


Four little words… “I’ll make a doc”. It’s been a long week and I know I’m tired, but that’s not why I welled up with tears.

Powerful stuff this motivated, independent learning thing.

[update] He shared the doc with me via Twitter DM because he wasn’t sure how to spell someone’s name. I wasn’t sure either so I texted a colleague. He waited… until I forwarded the texted answer. Sorted.

This kid is 9. Tweets and follows me with parental permission. Love it. :-)