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  • People gathering with food.

    Mālō e Lelei

    Poem card

    A poem that describes how using the Tongan greeting mālō e lelei makes the narrator feel special. (This card is ordered individually.)

    Download the full size PDF using the Text link.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Illustrated wave.

    School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories Kāhuipani  
    Something Alive
    The Village  
    Poems Giving my Father Frights  
    Articles Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist  
    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge
    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    by Tricia Glensor

    Climate change isn’t only about warmer weather. A rise in the temperature means more extreme weather, including wild storms and heatwaves. Climate change also means more frequent droughts and wildfires, melting ice sheets, melting glaciers, and flooding.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: carbon dioxide, challenges, change, climate, climate change, climate-change refugees, eco-systems, emissions, environment, erosion, extreme weather, Generation Zero, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, Jan Wright, Kiribati, methane, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, problems, sea levels, temperature, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Dive cover page

    Dive

    by Gina Cole

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Shelly is forced to brave sea snake infested waters when she drops her phone in the river. As it is Shelly's only way of contacting her Dad back in New Zealand, she has no other option.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, childhood, divorce, family, fear, Fiji, managing self, memories, parents, relating to others

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist

    by Claire Finlayson

    When thirteen-year-old Ben Hawke says things like “precipitation” and “atmospheric pressure”, his friends groan and say, “Speak English!” Ben uses technical weather terms a lot. He finds them useful, which isn’t surprising given he writes his own weather forecasts. He even has a column in the Otago Daily Times. You could say Ben’s something of a meteorological star.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: atmospheric pressure, climate, climate change, forecasts, hobbies, meteorologists, meteorology, MetService, microclimate, Mosgiel, prediction, rainfall, temperature, weather, weather maps

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Giving my Father Frights cover page

    Giving my Father Frights

    by Ashleigh Young

    illustrated by Donna Cross

    We discover no end of windows of opportunity for giving my father frights. Our house is for hiding in. We crouch in the porch, waiting for the bend of his shadow.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: childhood, family, figurative language, imagery, imagination, make believe, memories, parents, poetry, relating to others, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Kāhuipani cover page

    Kāhuipani

    by Anahera Gildea

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Based on a true story, Kāhuipani details the journey of two children to the Tuakau bridge to find Te Puea, a young woman who cared for more than 100 orphans during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, influenza epidemic, Mangatāwhiri, Māori, New Zealand history, Ngāruawāhia, orphans, siblings, survival, Te Puea Hērangi, te reo Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

    by Renata Hopkins

    Most students are aware of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, but few will know of the flu pandemic that swept across the world in its aftermath. In New Zealand, the epidemic took over nine thousand lives in under two months – an appalling number, especially if compared with the eighteen thousand soldiers whose lives were lost to the war. This article conveys the horror of the event while imparting factual information about how the virus spread and how the government and communities tried to deal with it.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1918, Black November, change, flu, health, influenza epidemic, New Zealand history, pandemics, public health, survival, the First World War, viral mutations, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Something Alive

    written and illustrated by Jem Yoshioka

    Jem Yoshioka was born and bred in New Zealand to New Zealand-born parents, so technically she only belongs to one place. But her Japanese ancestry is a living part of her. This graphic novel, written and drawn by Jem, explores a struggle we are all familiar with: that of seeking to understand who we are and where we belong. Rich in both written and visual imagery, this text invites multiple readings. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Basho, belonging, comic, culture, family, fitting in, genes, grandparents, graphic novel, haiku, heritage, identity, Japan, Japanese, managing self, mixed-race, parents, racism, symbolism

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    The Village

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    Looking for adventure on a family holiday with her parents, Ava wonders off to explore some nearby ruins.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture clash, famine, fantasy, ghost stories, holidays, inequality, mystery, spirits, traditional societies

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    by Tricia Glensor

    Climate change isn’t only about warmer weather. A rise in the temperature means more extreme weather, including wild storms and heatwaves. Climate change also means more frequent droughts and wildfires, melting ice sheets, melting glaciers, and flooding.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: carbon dioxide, challenges, change, climate, climate change, climate-change refugees, eco-systems, emissions, environment, erosion, extreme weather, Generation Zero, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, Jan Wright, Kiribati, methane, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, problems, sea levels, temperature, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Two children

    School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        TSM Audio
    Stories As Easy as One, Two, Three  
    Articles A Hoe!  
    Ngatu: Keeping the Tradition Alive
    Painted Hoe

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Steve gibbs and his artwork.

    A Hoe!

    by Steve Gibbs

    The first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items. The paddles are decorated with the earliest examples of what we now call kōwhaiwhai. They ended up in museums around the world.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: “A Hoe!”, art, canoes, colonisation, design, drawing, Endeavour, exhibitions, first meetings, Gisborne, history, hoe, James Cook, kōwhaiwhai, Māori,New Zealand history, “No Ordinary Bird”, paddles, painting, Pawa, “Scent”, “Sixth Sense”, Sydney Parkinson, symbolism, Tairāwhiti Museum, taonga, Te Hā, “Te Hoe Nukuroa”, te kurī a Pawa, tradition, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, waka, Whareongaonga

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Person standing next to spaceship

    As Easy as One, Two, Three

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    After crash landing on an unfriendly planet, Tane and Mia must find an energy crystal to recharge their ship. Tane has found a crystal, but he’s stuck in security goo outside the Meruvian fortress. To rescue Tane, Mia must navigate her way through the most difficult defence maze in the universe! She has her guide-bot to help, but unfortunately, the guide-bot doesn’t have all the data necessary to find the quickest and safest route through the maze.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: algorithms, computers, courage, family, fantasy, future, humour, logic, maze, science fiction, siblings, space, working together

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Teachers and students sitting around a table

    Ngatu: Keeping the Tradition Alive

    by Iona McNaughton

    Megan and Lita are cousins who belong to the Tongan community in Wellington. This article describes how every week they come together with their mothers, grandmother, and other women and girls to learn about Tongan culture and how to make ngatu (tapa cloth). It explains the process of making ngatu and the significance of the cloth, and it demonstrates how such traditions are passed down through the generations.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: community, culture, design, family, feta‘aki, grandparents, identity, lea faka-Tonga, ngatu, parents, processes, tapa, Tonga, traditions

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Waka

    Painted Hoe

    by Steve Gibbs

    The first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items. The paddles are decorated with the earliest examples of what we now call kōwhaiwhai. They ended up in museums around the world. “Painted Hoe” describes those early meetings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, canoes, design, Endeavour, first meetings, Gisborne, history, hoe, James Cook, kōwhaiwhai, Māori, New Zealand history, paddles, taonga, Te Hā, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a- Kiwa, waka, Whareongaonga

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Steve gibbs and his artwork.

    A Hoe!

    by Steve Gibbs

    The first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items. The paddles are decorated with the earliest examples of what we now call kōwhaiwhai. They ended up in museums around the world.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: “A Hoe!”, art, canoes, colonisation, design, drawing, Endeavour, exhibitions, first meetings, Gisborne, history, hoe, James Cook, kōwhaiwhai, Māori,New Zealand history, “No Ordinary Bird”, paddles, painting, Pawa, “Scent”, “Sixth Sense”, Sydney Parkinson, symbolism, Tairāwhiti Museum, taonga, Te Hā, “Te Hoe Nukuroa”, te kurī a Pawa, tradition, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, waka, Whareongaonga

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Person standing next to spaceship

    As Easy as One, Two, Three

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    After crash landing on an unfriendly planet, Tane and Mia must find an energy crystal to recharge their ship. Tane has found a crystal, but he’s stuck in security goo outside the Meruvian fortress. To rescue Tane, Mia must navigate her way through the most difficult defence maze in the universe! She has her guide-bot to help, but unfortunately, the guide-bot doesn’t have all the data necessary to find the quickest and safest route through the maze.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: algorithms, computers, courage, family, fantasy, future, humour, logic, maze, science fiction, siblings, space, working together

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Teachers and students sitting around a table

    Ngatu: Keeping the Tradition Alive

    by Iona McNaughton

    Megan and Lita are cousins who belong to the Tongan community in Wellington. This article describes how every week they come together with their mothers, grandmother, and other women and girls to learn about Tongan culture and how to make ngatu (tapa cloth). It explains the process of making ngatu and the significance of the cloth, and it demonstrates how such traditions are passed down through the generations.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: community, culture, design, family, feta‘aki, grandparents, identity, lea faka-Tonga, ngatu, parents, processes, tapa, Tonga, traditions

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

    Order this text

  • Waka

    Painted Hoe

    by Steve Gibbs

    The first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items. The paddles are decorated with the earliest examples of what we now call kōwhaiwhai. They ended up in museums around the world. “Painted Hoe” describes those early meetings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, canoes, design, Endeavour, first meetings, Gisborne, history, hoe, James Cook, kōwhaiwhai, Māori, New Zealand history, paddles, taonga, Te Hā, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a- Kiwa, waka, Whareongaonga

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Rocks and sea

    School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories The Force  
    Plenty of Room  
    Ship's Captain
    Poems River Swimming
    Articles Balancing Act  
    Sharks  
    Talking to the River

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Balancing act cover

    Balancing Act

    by Tricia Glensor

    For the past four years, Stavros Kyriakides has created sculptures along Wellington’s wild and windy south coast. His artworks are distinctive. They use only natural materials – and there’s no glue, nails, wire, or concrete holding them together. Instead, Stavros relies on the laws of physics.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: art, artworks, balance, centre of gravity, coast, creativity, debate, different opinions, forces, found objects, gravity, laws of physics, physics, sculptor, sculpture, self-expression, Stavros Kyriakides, Wellington

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    The force cover

    The Force

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Matt Haworth

    Egged on by his brother, Harper works through his fears of jumping off the bridge into the water. "Do or do not. There is no try."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, courage, family, fantasy, fear, fiction, holidays, imagination, independence, managing self, relating to others, rites of passage, rivers, self-belief, siblings, Star Wars, swimming, Yoda

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Plenty of room cover

    Plenty of Room

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Dylan Horrocks

    The story of a girl adjusting to life with a new sibling. "Sometimes I just want to be alone. Know what I mean? It’s good. Gives you a chance to think. I don’t like hanging out with other people all the time. I need space. So you can imagine how I feel when Dad tells me Sharon’s having a baby."  

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: babies, blended families, change, extended family, family, housing, humour, managing self, new baby, overcrowding, relating to others, relationships, siblings, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    River swimming cover

    River Swimming

    by Lynley Edmeades

    illustrated by Ned Barraud

    “River Swimming” is a beautiful poem that captures the imaginative, make-believe world that children inhabit. The setting is a day out at the river. While the adults sit and drink tea on the river bank, the children race each other in an imaginary lane pool and become mermaids, remembering to keep a safe distance from the taniwha upstream. The poem is rich in imagery and movement. It draws on the pleasures of picnics, swimming, and the beauty of the natural world. The poem would be useful for a poetry reading.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: childhood, family, figurative language, imagery, imagination, make-believe, memories, metaphor, outings, picnics, poetry, rivers, swimming, verse

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Sharks cover

    Sharks

    by Alison Ballance

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    This article provides information on sharks, focusing particularly on sharks found in New Zealand waters such as great white, rig, and deep-sea sharks.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adaptation, by-catch, camouflage, chimaeras, conservation, eagle rays, endangered species, fish, great whites, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), predators, rays, rigs, sharks, skates, stingrays

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Ship's captain cover

    Ship's Captain

    by Fraser Smith

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Ship's Captain" is the story of two boys learning how to live off the land and sea. Nan is a larger-than-life character, steeped in knowledge of bush lore and rongoā (Māori medicine). Pop is a gentle background force, who teaches the boys how to build a whare raupō. The lessons the writer learns go beyond bush lore; the story explores the value of knowledge that is passed down through generations, the pleasures of living simply, and the importance of being "the captain of your own ship".

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bushcra, camping, childhood, culture, family, grandparents, holidays, identity, kaimoana, knowledge, life skills, Māori, managing self, memoir, memories, rongoā, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Talking to the river cover

    Talking to the River

    by Clare Knighton

    “Talking to the River” tells the story of a farmer and a group of engineering and computing students from Victoria University of Wellington who collaborate to gather data about river pollution and publicise it. River pollution is a topical issue, and “Talking to the River” provides an example of people dedicated to making a difference. The article explains the impact cows can have on rivers and the importance of being able to accurately measure levels of river pollution. The university students overcome several challenges to create a prototype monitoring device that is fit for purpose. The reach of the project is extended exponentially by creating an app that tracks river improvements and allows users to upload photos to a website.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: algae, algal blooms, citizen science, collaboration, data, endangered species, environment, farming, fish, Grant Muir, monitoring, Pahaoa River, pollution, problem solving, prototypes, rivers, RiverWatch, technology, Victoria University, water quality, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Balancing act cover

    Balancing Act

    by Tricia Glensor

    For the past four years, Stavros Kyriakides has created sculptures along Wellington’s wild and windy south coast. His artworks are distinctive. They use only natural materials – and there’s no glue, nails, wire, or concrete holding them together. Instead, Stavros relies on the laws of physics.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: art, artworks, balance, centre of gravity, coast, creativity, debate, different opinions, forces, found objects, gravity, laws of physics, physics, sculptor, sculpture, self-expression, Stavros Kyriakides, Wellington

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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