Central Region Health School

NCEA L1 Creative writing

28 November 2017

Not A Sheep

They say I’m weird. No one wants to be different. No one wants to be labelled ‘strange’ or ‘weird’, everyone just wants to fit in and be normal. Most of this is due to the fact that we have been conditioned to believe that anything or anyone that is weird or unfamiliar is bad, and only doing what is trendy or big right now is good. But I like weird people, I like people who aren't afraid to show the world who they are and I think we need more brave people standing up to to society and saying ‘this is me’.

A school's population can often be divided into two categories, the cool kids and the outcasts. Everyone wants to be labelled cool in college and most people will go so far as to completely disregard who they are just to fit into that category. One way I could put it is the popular kids are a flock of sheep, doing everything that society tells them to and the outcasts are wolves. I think a big reason why the cool kids put down and torment the wolves are because they feel frightened and threatened by them. Imagine you walk into college, you have your hair done the same as all your friends and you’re all wearing the same name brand shoes as everyone else, when suddenly you see someone who has bright purple hair all piled on top of their head with brandless shoes. What are you going to do? It seems that most people's instincts are to tear down and make fun of people who are different because they seem weak and weird.  I believe these people are brave and should be celebrated, it's pretty rare to find people who are truly them and own it.

People who are truly themselves will succeed in life. If you know who you are and what you want to do you will be so much happier, you’ll no longer be pretending to be someone you're not. I think as long as you’re happy you’ve succeeded. You see it so often in the music industry, legends like David Bowie and Michael Jackson who have been around for years, they were unique and different right from the start. Then there are the stars these days who have already been around for a long time, like Lady Gaga who was often criticized for the outrageous outfits she wore. These are the people that will be remembered, all the biggest bands and artists are the ones who gave a cold shoulder to what society said was right or wrong. The people that won't be remembered are the ones who just jumped on the bandwagon and did stuff only because they thought other people would like them more for it.

The world is not going to change overnight but one person could make a big difference. I’m not just talking about celebrities, I’m talking about everyday kids stepping out and showing everyone else that it's okay to be a little weird or strange and it's nothing that should be feared. Also you’re not going to wake up one morning and suddenly know who you are. It’s something that takes time and you’ll probably make a lot of mistakes, but it’ll be worth it that day you can finally stand up and say, ‘This is me!’

Horowhenua Y11 student

Term 4, 2017

26 September 2017

Statistics

Hannah, Y8 carried out a statistical investigation into the weight of her extended family's cats.  Congratulations Hannah on your original idea here. 

Can you imagine weighing cats? 

Here are her findings:

                

Name: Fudge Biscuit 

Age: 1

Weight: 4.2kg                         
   

Name: Ice-cream Snow 

Age: 1

Weight: 4.2kg
   

Name: Licorice Jimmy

Age: 2

Weight: 5.9kg
   

Name: Oreo Domino licorice 

Age: 2

Weight: 4.8kg
   

Name: Scooter 

Age: 5

Weight: 7.1kg
 

Name: Bellagio Vegas  

Age: 15

Weight: 4.7kg
     
     

I am a writer

16 May 2017

Intensive, focused literacy instruction is crucial for ensuring that students have the opportunity to make progress on their pathway to becoming successful, lifelong writers. 

We aim to help our students become published authors.

 Have a read of some wonderful writing below.

Here are some tips for our writers: 

"Show, don't tell" and "all adverbs must die"

Show don't tell:  It's about unpacking the emotions and finding ways to let the reader see the story for themselves. For example, "the man was angry" could become, "the man clenched his fists and hissed beneath his breath". 

 Adverbs:  Concentrate on the importance of giving the power to the verb. "I ran quickly" becomes "I sprinted". "I shouted loudly" becomes "I screamed".  Kill adverbs and load the power of the action onto the verb.

 Our writers are aged 5 years to 18 years, enjoy.

 

Too-ill-for-School.docx Too-ill-for-School.docx
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Tandem-Riding.docx Tandem-Riding.docx
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CRHS Farewell Amelia

19 December 2016

Rochelle's farewell speech to Amelia

Well what can I say....       This is a really emotional moment saying goodbye from our long association as teacher and pupil.   I have shared your school years from the little 5 year old tearing around in a tiny powerchair that Ken and I first met, to the lovely, capable and confident young woman you have grown into today.It has been a privilege to teach you over the past 12 years.

Amelia, you have never had the opportunity like most children, to attend a regular school. Well  you did have the opportunity but after two weeks it was clear that it didn't work for you. You desperately wanted to be there with the other kids but it was too much of a risk. You became seriously ill and was hospitalised in Starship yet again.  You just couldn't be around bugs and crowds.

      

 Amelia, you have never let anything hold you back or get in your way, even though you have had many trials and health challenges along the way. You have done exceptionally well academically. In Year 10, you achieved over 40 credits towards your NCEA L1. In Year 11 you passed NCEA L1 and had achieved many credits towards level 2. Two years ago you also passed 20 Level 4 UCOL credits in Graphic Design.

You went to Spoilt Beauty Salon and asked if you could have a job as a receptionist in the holidays, for work experience. The owner took you on and loved having you as part of their team. 

This year you completed NCEA L2, topped you class in the UCOL U-Skills Office Administration course and received an award for this. You received a Merit Award for academic excellence from Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu.  You applied for a part-time job and are now employed permanently two days per week and on call completing additional hours as needed. I hear that you have already mastered the job description as Office Administrator/ Receptionist for the company and have progressed to manage insurance claims.  Amelia, you have great work ethic and determination to achieve.

It has been a pleasure to teach you. You have never let anything hold you back or get in your way. Amelia, you are an inspiration to us all. I wish you all the best for the future.

Rochelle

Te Whare o Rangituhi

19 October 2016

Work from the Te Whare o Rangituhi team classes

          
   

     Nga Taiohi students

     art and poetry

 

     Weaving by students

     at Hikitia te Wairua

 
     
     

Extra Curricular Fun!

  

 
     
   

            The

  Regional Rangatahi  Adolescent Inpatient      Service students        have been crafting a             rag rug

     Celebrating World             Peace Day

 

 

 

Awesome Artworks

21 October 2016

 


 

 

   Art works from students   in Whanganui 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

                                                     

   Students in Wairarapa      have been enjoying            painting still life  
   

   

 

 

 

25 May 2016

 Manawatu students have been looking at literacy in different ways 

 

 

       Speaking

                   

                Writing

               

                                                    

   
                               Reading    

 

 

The language of science        was explored with  dissolving experiments.