Monday, 26 March 2018

There’s a much safer way for Trump to cut down on school shootings.

Reading about the terrible school shooting in America this week and Donald Trump
wanting to go give teachers guns, I wondered: is there a better solution to stop school shootings?

Of course there is! Instead of giving teachers guns he could put up the age to buy a gun
or that you need a firearms licence to buy a gun. But no, apparently it would be better to give teachers guns. In America when you’re eighteen you can buy a gun, go off to war and blow people up in a tank but you can’t have a beer! How stupid is that! You can buy a gun at eighteen but you can’t have a beer until your twenty one! That’s so stupid the Americans should be given an award for the stupidest law ever.

The amount of people dying from being shot in America is ghastly,
according to GVA (Gun Violence Archives)  already this year over 31o0 people have been killed and over 5400 people have been injured. There is no state in America where there hasn’t been a gun related incident already this year. In Wyoming there has been no injuries this year only deaths according to GVA. Trump said he would end the “American Carnage” but in July 2017 deaths had risen 12 percent as reported by the Washington Post. Last year there had been more mass shootings than days according to Mass Shooting Tracker. According to Quartz, America owns about half the world’s guns while only taking up about 5% of the world’s population and half of the country’s guns come from just 3% of the America population. The average gun owner in America has around eight guns according to Quora. In NZ there are only 230,000 registered gun owners out of a population of 4.6 million people. In NZ there are 1.1 million guns which means every registered gun owner has about four guns which is still a few but only half of the average gun owner in America.

Donald Trump could easily change the requirements to buy a gun but he doesn’t want to, he would rather “Give teachers guns.” Is giving teachers guns going to change anything? Yes, it’s going to make America an even more dangerous place. Think about it, someone walks into the class and starts shooting kids, the teacher whips out  their gun and shoots back, some students get caught in the crossfire and more students get killed than if you had to have a licence.

Who thinks Donald Trump should pass a law saying that you need a licence to buy a gun?
Thanks for reading my opinion on gun laws in America.

By Jack B

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Caving Cave Stream William Pike Challenge #1

All I could see was inky blackness as we descended into the cave. Then we turned our torches on and an arc of light spotlighted the cave around us. We continued walking forwards in the chest-high water, it was here I realized how cold the water was, not freezing but still soaking us and biting at any exposed bit of skin. We soon got to a series of side tunnels and stopped so we could clamber up the worn limestone rocks. I waited for my turn then climbed up to the tunnel and looked inside, not much just a couple of holes leading off from the miniature cavern. I slid down the rocks to get back down which was easy since the rocks were well eroded and smooth. 

Next time we stopped everyone ascended up onto the rock ledge and turned our torches off. In the darkness you could barely see the outline of your hand in front of your face. After everyone had got down we continued through the cave. For a while all you could was continue forward. Then I heard rushing water and turned a corner to see a waterfall flowing down towards me and my teacher extending his hand to pull me up. I took a deep breath grabbed my teachers hand and delved up. Soon everyone was up the waterfall and we continued.

After a while I began to hear rushing water and I even saw a pinpoint of light. Just around the corner, I could see my teacher hanging off the ladder helping kids up. It was soon my turn and I reached up and grabbed the bottom rung and started trying to pull myself up. My legs swung wildly but I soon got them back onto solid ground. I straddled the ladder and scrambled up. I was feeling rather good about myself until I saw what I had to face next. I reached out for the chain and grabbed hold of it. I ducked down and crawled along the narrow cliff face for what seemed like forever. I finally got to the end and I splashed through the water to the other side where my classmates were waiting.

Once everyone was up we walked back to the carpark and got changed. We ate lunch before getting back in the car and drove back, the car ride back was fun but the two other people in the car Pippa and Miller decided to attack me tickling me all over. I fought back but they kept tickling me, I was finally able to placate them with a peace offering of fruit bursts but not before we were all bruised and battered. We arrived at school at four o'clock and all our parents were there waiting for us. I thought cave stream was really fun and I would recommend it to anyone who likes caving. 

By Jack Byrne 

Friday, 26 January 2018

World War Two Life of a Nurse

Activity: Imagine that you are a nurse working on a large medical ship in WWII then finish the story.

One day you are walking along the deck of the ship when you hear a loud bang. You start to run as you see smoke coming from the far end of the ship. You run towards the room where your patients are waiting to receive treatment from the doctor. Just as you arrive at the door to their room you hear another loud bang and you.. (My writing starts here) look around to see what's happening. You see fire coming from the other end of the ship and then you see a military ship coming closer and closer. You hear screaming from your patients and you dash inside to see what's wrong. Inside you see a doctor telling everyone that they need to evacuate the ship because our ship is under attack. A group of soldiers runs into the room and starts loading the patients onto stretchers before carrying them out the door you follow them and see them place the soldiers on the second smaller ship.

You run back to the room where the patients used to be and see the doctor still inside. He tells you to take medical supplies to the other ship. After a couple of loads, a soldier tells you to jump on because their leaving. You tell him to wait that you're just grabbing the last box but when you get it the evacuation ship has left.

You see a rowboat close by and grab hold of it before dragging it to the side of the boat and throwing it overboard. You carefully lower yourself down into it and start rowing, after what seems like months you finally wash up on a shore. You see a man standing in front of a flag holding something and then you realize what he's holding, a gun! You stick your hands up in the air but he fires anyway. The funny thing is when he fires a bunch of people set off running. Then it hits you the gun was to start a race, the man turns to you and you see the flag properly it's the NZ flag, your back home.

Thursday, 25 January 2018


If could take gifts to a family in the 1930s I would take chocolate, lollies, games, books and sports equipment. If you could take gifts what would you take tell me in the comments

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Flanders field

The poem In Flanders Field makes me feel sad because of the soldiers who died for our country although I do like the feel to it. Here is the link so you can read it for yourself.

Women can vote

I do not think it is fair that women were not allowed to vote until 2015 in Saudi Arabia because men and women should be equal as they are both intelligent people who deserved to be treated like they are. Other countries let women vote earlier such as 1893 (NZ) and 1902 (AUS). I believe that men and women should be treated equally not one ahead of the other.

Debate reflection for term two.