Junior Perspective

Year Nine Perspective
You’ve spent the holiday with your stomach tied in knots, not knowing whether to be excited or terrified. The day looms nearer, it’s daunting. You recently answered a call from a stranger claiming to be your peer support leader, following which you hurried to text your friends “What class are you in?” Maybe you were lucky and they replied with the same teacher code as yours, or you were unfortunate - as I was - and with each reply it becomes apparent that not a single friend is in your class.
With hyped up thoughts, you review your stationery, prepare your uniform, arrange meeting points with mates, and try to enjoy the final days before being thrown into secondary school life.

Year Ten Perspective
It’s common knowledge that year ten is the best of high school. You drift in a comfortable bubble, familiar with the school system and not worrying about NCEA exams. Either you thoughtfully reflect on how to improve from the previous year, or you YOLO it and jump in head f…

Goodbye, I guess

<for some reason this didn't publish when I scheduled it, so this is somewhat belated>

Huh. That's weird.
The end of the year just snuck up on us like that. Tomorrow (as I'm writing this) is my last day of high-school and it's not even a full day. Of course I've got some exams (fun!), but this is the end... mostly. This also means this is probably the last thing I'll ever write for the school blog - the school blog that I have been with since it started in 5 years ago.
That is a odd feeling.
It's been a lot of fun, using the opportunity to channel my writing passion down an avenue I did expect, and I hope that this blog continues to to provide this opportunity to others like me.
Thanks to Ms. Calvert and Ms. Dobbin for keeping this club running, and thanks to all the wonderful writers who have contributed.
Now I've realised that it kind of sounds like I'm writing a farewell to the blog as a whole. Fear not, the blog is sticking around - I am …

Nearing-Summer Joys

Mistakenly thought of as starting on the 1st of September, Spring arrives for the Southern Hemisphere on the date of the Spring equinox: for 2018, this was the 23rd of September. Spring is a hopeful season which brings bursts of new life, positive aspirations, and, most importantly for me, a tantalising taste of summer warmth. The sun shines proudly, casting away clouds and driving us to search for shade as we fear for our winter pale skin. Tans will soon emerge, often preceded by sunburn, and we will proudly display ourselves in skimpy shorts and singlets. Beware though! Although the sun shines, Winter is grasping at straws, desperate to extend its dominance with lingering chill winds which bring goosebumps to your exposed skin. Although barbecues and beach trips are not yet called for, we snatch every second outside, even relishing the rays on our backs as we meander - an improvement from trudging - to school. We may already be excited for Summer, but we have to rein it in for at le…


My mockumentary is in it so I'm very biased!

The Green Room - MAGS Production 2018!

The Green Room
Lights. Camera. Action!
The curtains parted and we were transported into a magical world of dance, music, and laughter. A large group of talented MAGS students took us on a journey through the dramatic, yet enthralling life of Steven Stark. We saw his past works, and followed Stark and his friends as they explored the world of theatre! From Thursday 30th August, to Saturday 1st September, MAGS brought the stories of Matilda, Aladdin, Oliver, and so many more popular productions to life. This storyline was created by Ella Brislen and Seamus Stalker, and was performed by many dedicated singers, dancers and actors from years nine to thirteen. The work put in by all of the cast was admirable and they must be acknowledged. Overall, the production was a night not to be missed and received positive feedback after each of the four shows. 
By Ella and Holly

Appreciation by GIFs


10 Facts You May Not Know

1) Siberia means 'the sleeping land'

2) A duel between three people is called a truel

3) Male ostriches can roar like lions

4) Do you like the smell of old books? Well did you know that there is an actual word to describe this obsession. It is called 'Bibliosmia'

5) Hello Kitty is not a cat (I know right)- She is a little girl

6) Handshakes were originally done to make sure the person you were meeting didn't carry a concealed weapon

7) August 13th is celebrated as Left-Handers Day

8) Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830's

9) 12% of people dream in black and white

10) Your eye weighs approximately 28 grams