15 Diwali facts

  1. More than 800 million people celebrate Diwali in different ways
  2. Diwali means “row of lighted lamps” in Hindu
  3. It is the most famous, biggest and brightest festival of India
  4. Its is celebrated for 5 days
  5. The English city of Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali celebration outside of India
  6. Diwali marks the  Hindu new year, it is the biggest holiday in India
  7. Gambling in India is admitted during Diwali for the belief that it brings good luck
  8. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mayanmar, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka, SingapoIre, Sariname, Trinidad and To baggo
  9. It is celebrated in honor of Lakshmi – The goddess of wealth and prosperity in Hindu
  10. The candles (diyas) are let burning all night
  11. It is a tradition to clean the house, making it spotless before entering New Year
  12. “Shubh Deepavali” is a customary greeting associated with Diwali. It means “Have an auspicious Diwali”
  13. Diwali ‘festival of lights’ is best known as Hindu festivals and certainly brightest
  14. Hinduism is the major religion o india and is thought to be the oldest in the world
  15. The festival has underlying celebratory meanings, including light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil

Diwali is a bright light festival


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More than 800 million people celebrate Diwali. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapor and lots more countries. It is celebrated for five days and it is the biggest and brightest festival of India. It is celebrated in honor of Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The candles (Diyas) are left burning all night.It a tradition to clean the house, making it spotless before entering New year. The festival also marks the return of the Lord Rama and Sita after completing fourteen years in exile.

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Baking spree

It was Friday the 5th of August, when two classes came together and hosted an amazing bake sale.

The bake sale was raising money for the Syrian refugees.

During the bake sale, there was a great variety of food and some sweet tastes for all to enjoy.

“There was heaps of choice.” Explained Kate, room 23.

“It was all good because it was all homemade, and I especially loved the fudge! I give it a 9/10.” Georgina stated, room 10.

Once the bake sale had finished we went up to one stall and asked them how much money they made. Brianna from the stall called ‘We bake it, you take it’ told us that they had raised $66.60, but altogether the shocking total was $1102.60.

What a great day for room 22 and 23. It’s leaving everyone wondering if there will be another.



For homework, everyone in our class each got given a country ( that was competing in the Olympics ) to post about. Bulgaria is my country!!!

So here are some photos about Bulgaria


This is Bulgaria on the map. Its stuck between 5 countries. It’s next to the black sea.
7.265 million people is the Bulgarian population. In this picture the people are folk dancing.
Bulgarian people really like salads, pastry and soup! One of their favourite pastries is a pastry called Filo pastry.
Traditional dress of Bulgaria. The dresses are usually made out of coins, beads and silk luster.
The Montpellier snake is endangered in Bulgaria.
Mirela Demireva won a silver medal in women’s high jump




For homework I was given a country which I had to do some research on. Bulgaria is my country!

Anyway, this is the Bulgaria flag.

Did you the flag was first adopted after the Russo-Turkish War, when Bulgaria gained independence!

These are my 5 fun and kind of weird facts about Bulgaria

  1. Did you know that Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe and hasn’t changed it name since it was first established.
  2. Bulgarians express approval by shaking their heads rather than nodding. Weird, huh.
  3. On the first day of March each year, Bulgarians exchange red-and-white woven bracelets with one another. They put them on a tree branch or a stalk sometime throughout the month.
  4. The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle despite actively participating in wars in Europe since the 19th century.
  5. Bulgarian yogurt is the best in the world, there’s no doubting that. This is thanks to the unique Lactobacillus bulgaricus bacteria used for its production that can only be found in Bulgaria.


100 Word Challenge

As I hoped on the bus to get to school, I wondered if I was going to come first again. 7 years in a row, now that would be cool. But my thoughts were interrupted by my friend Ally.

‘Hey, good luck for today’ she said to me ‘I hope you win!’

‘Thanks’ I replied excitedly.

Three hours later before I knew it, I was standing by the starting line, my friends by my side, my heart thumping in my chest as loud as a drum in my ears.

Then the clap went off, and before I knew it, everyone was running.


Julian Dennison

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This is Julian Dennison other wise known as Ricky Baker from the movie, Hunt For The Wilder People. He lives is Naenae, Lower Hutt and goes to Hutt International Boys School in Upper Hutt. Julian is 13 and a year 9. He has been/stared in three movies, Hunt For The Wilder People, Shopping and Paper Planes. Most people don’t know that Julian has a twin brother called Christian Dennison who also tried out for the part of Ricky Baker but didn’t get in.

Here’s a picture of them ( Christians the one with glasses )



Matariki is the name for a cluster of stars that represent the Maori new year. You may of heard it been called The Seven Sisters or Pleaides because it’s also known as those. Matariki can be seen at the end of May or the beginning of June. Matariki is also part of the constellation Taurus.



Some people call Matariki ‘Eyes of god.’ and ´Tiny eyes’. The story behind it is that, in the Maori myth Ranginui ( who is the sky father ) was separated from Papatuanuku ( who is the earth mother )  by their children. Tawhirimatea ( the god of the elements and the wind ) got really mad. In his rage he tore out his eyes and threw them into the sky.

The constellation below is a picture of a group of starts called Orion.

Its maori name is Tautoru. Some Maori tribes thought that Tautoru marked the Maori New Year, instead of Matariki.


As I walked on a beach in Samoa, I wondered what it would be like to have all I could see. The soft sand which slid through your toes as you walked on it. The beaches with crystal clear water, dotted with fish diving in and out. The colorful reefs with turtles swimming slowly around. The seaweed with tiny fish glowing as the sun reflected off their shimmery scales.

I wondered what it would be like to live in a house beside the beach. Swimming through the day in the warm water, stopping only for food. That would be paradise.