Monday, July 15, 2013


Did you know I love swimming? I go swimming three times a week. My mum and sister always go with me. We go to Glen Innes Aqua Centre in New Zealand.

Most days I learn and play but my sister just comes to learn how to swim. The she shows our mum the tricks that she learnt in her special swimming class, that she has been going to for two months. It would be better if we could be in the same class but she is in the development and I am in swimmers class.

My mum does not even go swimming. She just goes to the spa and doesn't worry about anything, only about the lovely hot water.

My mum, my sister and I always go on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We start swimming classes at 4:35pm and it ends at 5:00pm.

When we go we take our togs, goggles and our caps to keep our hair dry and our fringes out of our face. We also can concentrate better on our swimming lessons.

When we go I feel really sad when we go because all the fun has to end when we leave.

By Moana

Sunday, July 14, 2013


On a partly cloudy day Room 5 went to swimming. When I came to school my classmates were in their togs.  I quickly got into my togs and I got my towel.

Me and my class went to the pool. They boys went after us. When the girls jumped in it was very cold. The first thing we did was float on our backs. Our instructor Kevin gave us some boards and he said to float and touch each corner of the pool. We all went at once.

After we floated on our backs we had to do some star jumps. We all had to do three star jumps each. After our star jumps we had a breathing competition. We had two groups of girls. It was Von, Teanoano, Kalisi, Sammy and I. We all held our breaths for a long time then I jumped back up. Von was the winner.

A few minutes later Kevin said we could have free time. Me and my friend, Teanoano, pretended we were mermaids. It was very funny. Then Kevin said to give him a hi five, then we had to get out of the pool.
It was so much fun!

By Lenleigh

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Last week Room 5  went to swimming. When we got there our teacher Mr Gaffney told the boys to go into the tent and to wait for the girls to get out of the pool.

Then the boys went in. before we went in we had to hang our towels on the gate.

After that the boys that went first were Alex, then me. When we all got in Gillian the one that looks after the swimming pool told us to put out bum's against the wall of the pool. After that we said, "ok."

"All right! Let's get going instead of talking!" They boys said "yes Gillian." Right lets get started.

First of all we had to swim from wall to wall, two at a time from edge to end. That was kind of hard for me.

Next we tried floating on our backs. Then one of the boys spoilt the game. His name is Motu. So we all had to get out of the pool.

By Fanoali'i


Hello. My name is Founamotu but you can just call me Motu. This is a story about swimming. On a cold day Room 5 went to the courts. where there were two tents, one for the girls and one for the boys. The girls tent smelled like pee.

Our teachers were Kevin and Gillian. We all jumped into the water. They said "It's cold!" But it was fun at the same time.

We did lots of fun activities. It was very cool. Our swimming time was 9:00 o'clock to 10:00 o'clock. When it was finished I got changed in the tents.

By the way Gillian was our teacher. We got out of the water and said "tata."

By Motu

Friday, July 12, 2013

My Swimming

On a terrible rainy day we went swimming. First of all we got changed. I got changed into my togs. Second of all we went to the tennis courts. The swimming pool was on the side of the tennis court. There were two tents on the court. One is for the boys and one is for the girls to get changed in.

Then we hung our towels on the fence. Next we went into the pool. It was cold and our swimming teacher was Kevin.

We learned to do free style and swimming on a board. It was cool! After that we had some free time. Then we went up the stairs. We grabbed our towels from the fence and went out of the gate. I was cold. Then I took off my togs and got changed into my school uniform for morning tea.

By Courtney

My Swimming

On a cold windy day we went in the swimming pool and it was cold. There were tents, one for the boys and one for the girls. We practicsed backstroke and starfish. That was really cool. We had so much fun and there were two swimming teachers. Their name's were Gillian and Kevin. They were the best swimming teachers in my life. They taught us how to backstroke and freestyle and starfish on our backs and front.

We had so much fun at the pool. But it was so cold. I stopped going to the pool because it was a little bit deep. But it was sooooo cool. I am sick and I might vomit in the pool that's why I am not going to swimming. When Gillian said playtime we all ran to have fun and jumped on our friends back. We had an awesome time in the pool and then we went back to class.

By Alilia

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Swimming Day

On a Terrible rainy day Room 5 got changed into their togas. My togs were blue. The people said it was cold. "Oh my! It is cold!" The girls went first. First we had to warm up. Then we got into groups. Malia, Anna-Lisa and Saveu was group 1. Number 2 was Lenleigh, Courtney and Von. Lenleigh was first from group 2 and Saveu was first from group 1. Saveu had to go twice because there were not enough girls. I had to race Von. It was 28 degrees. I think Mr Gaffney only came to check on us once. The girls and I came out and got our towels.  We had been listening and we had one minute of free time! We got changed and went inside the classroom. Teanoano was the first one to get changed. Suddenly Teanoano saw Kalisis coming out.

Finally the girls went into the tent to get changed. The girls were cold. They put their jumpers on. Before we got out of the pool, it was warm. When I got changed I ate my lunch. Finally I got warm.

By Malia


On a cloudy day it was swimming at school. When I went to school, the bell had already rang. Then I went to get changed.

After I had changed I went to go and swim with the other girls.

When I got inside the swimming pool it was warm there. We were happy because we were swimming in the lovely warm water.

After that we were learning some skills. We were swimming fast because we wanted our team to win, but we were slow because of me. I was tired of swimming. After swimming we had free time. We were happy because we always have fun every day and we love swimming. It is fun and it is my favourite thing to do. I love swimming all the time.

By Von

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


On a rainy day I went swimming. It was so much fun. We had a swimming pool in the tennis courts. Our teachers in the pool were Kevin and Gillian. They were fun. We had swimming every day at 9:00am. We had the swimming pool because we needed to get some exercise and learn how to swim. We also learnt new activities to get fit. It was so, so, so, so fun.

We learned how to do some starjumps in the water. We also leaned about holding our breath. We took part in competitions like paddling backwards. My favourite part was having a test.

By Saveu


Hi, I'm Hendrix. Today for the third time Room 5 are going to swimming. The peoples names who will be there are Kevin and Gillian. They will be teaching Room 5 about swimming.

We also have free time. First of all we had to get changed quickly into our swimming gear, secondly we had to line up at the edge of the pool. Thirdly Gillian said to come to the swimming pool, one by one. Fourthly we got into the pool.

We all had a paddling board each. Fifthly we practised arm circles. We were all good at it, and Pio was not listening to Gillian because he was under the water and Gillian said to Pio "Pio, Pio can you please look at me?" Pio still was under water so Gillian went up to him and she shouted at him so Pio went out of the pool and we all wasted 5 minutes. Then Gillian said "Ok that's it Room! Get out of the swimming pool!" So all of the boys went out and got changed into our school clothes.

By Hendrix

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Best Day at Swimming

On a foggy day it was an exciting day. First we got changed. When we had all finished we went outside. It was cold and freezing. After that we went inside the tent. Gillian told us the water was so warm.

I was happy that the swimming pool was warm. So we went in. It was so warm that it made the cold go away. Gillian told us that we had a new game. Gillian said "It is like a mermaid." Then it was Anna-Lisa, Sammy and my turn. We all had a go. Gillian told us to go.

I came first, Anna-Lisa came second and Sammy was third. Meanwhile Gillian told us we had extra time. That means free time. Soon our time was finished. Gillian told us to go back to class. I was the first one to get out and I clapped Gillian's hand. I went to the classroom to get changed. After I put my school uniform on I went to get my lunch and go outside.

By Kalisi


Today at swimming, Kevin was Room 5's teacher. First at swimming Kevin asked if we had done any relays. Room 5 said "Yes!" Well, only the girls went first.

Then we got into groups. Malia, Anna-Lisa and Saveu were group 1. Lenleigh, Courtney, Von and I were group 2. Lenleigh was the first of group 2 and Saveu was the first girl of group 1, but Saveu had to go twice because there were not enough girls. I had to race Anna-Lisa. The Lenleigh had to race against Saveu. Malia had to race against Von.

The water was 18 degrees, I think. Mr Gaffney only came to check on us once. We felt raindrops. The girls and I came out to get our towels. We had been listening and we had 15 minutes of free time.

We went into the class. I thought I was the first one to get changed but suddenly I saw Kalisi coming out of the classroom. I really thought that I was the first but I was second! Anyway I ate my lunch. "The boys are in by now" I said to Kalisi. "I think they boys are having fun." I said to Kalisi.

By Teanoano

Swimming Day

On a lovely hot day Room 5 had swimming. I was so excited because it was our first time swimming for the week! We met a kind lady called Gillian. She is a lovely lady.

The first thing we had to do was change into our swimming gear. Mostly the girls wore togs and the boys wore shorts and no shirt or t-shirts.

The first lesson she taught us was to float. I had to be last because at that time I did not know how to swim or float.

Gillian said "Ok, now can you please be like a starfish? I will hold you and I wont let go!" I said "Ok." She was holding me less so I could learn how to float. After a while we had free time, I was very busy learning how to swim. That was fun. I am looking forward to swimming again.

By Samantha

My Best Day at Swimming

On a cold day at Saint Pius X Room 5 went swimming. Our teachers were Kevin and Gillian. They are the people that gave us swimming leassons.

First we got into the pool. Then we played a game. We had to hold our breath and count to five or ten. Next we each got a paddling board. We put our elbows beside our heards and our chins on our necks.

The Gillian said we can go. We all took a deep breath and put our heads down, and went to touch the other side of the pool. Once we all got to the other side of the pool, Gillian told us to do it again and we did.

Last we all had free time. Malia and I had a race. Then we all played tiggy. After that we all got one more game to play. We had to touch the bottom for as long as we could. I won. Gillian said that I was her winner and thats when we finished our swimming.

My favourite part was was when I won and when I played with my friends and Gillian.

This was the best day of my life.

By Anna-Lisa


On swimming day we got changed into our togs at 9:00am. We went from 9:00am to 10:00am every morning. We used some paddling boards to float with. We  had relays, then we had three jumps to touch the ground.

Our teachers we called Gillian and Kevin. It was a great day. The swimming pool was really cold. Then we got changed in the toilets. It was the best swimming day ever. After we finished we had morning tea.

By Pio


"Hi!" I'm going swimming on a cold day. I love swimming because it's fun. I love Kevin and Gillian because they teach us some new skills. They are the best teachers we have ever had. We went at 9:00am to 10:00am.

I love swimming because it makes me fit and I learn to swim well. We played games and we had our own paddling boards.

Room 5 had lots of fun. After that we had to change into our school uniform. It was a fun day. I love to go swimming every day because we have fun in the swimming pool. It's lots if fun. I love Kevin and Gillian because they are the best teachers in the swimming pool. I love to go swimming with Room 5.

By Alex

Swimming Day

On Monday, Room 5 went to swimming lessons. Everyone said it was cold. When we into the water it was a bit cold, but when we started doing the lessons, it started to get warmer.

First of all we used the swimming boards. Then we had to squeeze our arms behind our ears. It looked like we were stretching. We were holding our breath for a long time until we got to the end of the swimming pool. I couldn't do that because it was hard for me.

Next we learned to float on our backs. I couldn't do that because it was so hard for me. Then we floated on our tummies. That was a bit easy for me! We all had to put our chins on our chests.

Gillian pushed us along the way and we swam. Then we finished swimming.

Finially the girls went into the tent to get changed. The girls were so cold, they all put their jumpers on. I did it too. When we got out of the pool, it was cold. It was so warm in the pool, but when we got out it was cold.

By Mikaela

The Best Day at Swimming

Today was the happiest day for Room 5. It was the first day for Room 5 to swim in the swimming pool.

We got changed into our togs. We met Gilian and a man called Kevin. When I got into the pool it was warm. I was feeling good and excited.

Then Kevin gave us a floating board. When Kevin was in the pool he said 'Swim and touch every courner without your toes touching the ground of the pool. Okay.'

Then the whole of Room 5 swam as fast as we can so that we could win. After we touched all four courners we split into two groups. I was in group two with the girls and I was the only boy. Kevin said 'Touch the end of the pool.' I swam as fast as I could and came last. I was laughing. The only thing that I liked was having free time.

By Stanley