Year 8 HDS chose their own topic and theme for term 3 – animals. So we began by looking at taxonomy and how animals are classified. Who knew that Beyonce had a species of beetle names after her, or Bill Gates a spider?!

Today though, we had a visit from three special people – Steph, Tui and Wilbur. They came to tell us about what the SPCA does in Otago and what we can do to help. Steph said her most unusual animal she has rescued was an elephant and has only been bitten once by an animal in 30 years. It was an excellent presentation and we thank all three for their time and expertise!SPCA SPCA 3


Numbers and poems


Alan Mathison Turing, a man who was quite bright, an enemy of the Nazi’s, and a man who caused some political arguments.

He cracked the Nazi naval enigma, Churchill gave him high praise, but he was injected with estrogen, because Britain didn’t like gays!!!

Given a posthumous pardon, from Great Britain’s queen, the reason for this is because in the 50’s the government were quite mean.

Which brings me to the point why did no one start a petition for this great mathematician saying its okay to be gay (earlier)!!!

60 years on some right for their wrong the government apologized, but that doesn’t make do for his suicide, for which he used the poison of the Jewish genocide, and of course that pill was cyanide!!!


Be the Chocolate Bard 2014

The Cadbury chocolate festival in Dunedin (the one with the Jaffas down Baldwin Street) takes place soon, and offers some lucky person the chance to be the Chocolate Bard and win huge chocolatey prizes. Here are some of our poems, plus some of the class having a chocolate “lesson”:

Everything is filled with chocolate

Sea filled with chocolate
A world filled with chocolate
My mouth filled with chocolate
My heart filled with chocolate



Chocolate rainforest

Chocolate parakeets soaring across the sky
I think I’ve gone to heaven
I think I might have died
A waterfall of luxury tumbles down from above
Smooth, creamy and delicious
I think I’ve found true love

Freddo frogs leap through the air
Croaking with delight
Chocolate vines caress my skin
melting in the light

Chocolate fish swim with ease
Splashing in the stream
With a jolt I sit up straight
and realise it was all a dream

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In-store self debate

Rows and rows sit atop the stores shelves
Locked behind their foil cages
You aren’t just chocolate
You’re an angel in disguise.
Caramello, Topdeck and all.

Oh my! Toothpaste $2.50

But I don’t want toothpaste
I need chocolate!
I crave chocolate!
I desire a marvellous creation!
A block of beautiful Topdeck falls to my cart
Okay. now I can get toothpaste.