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  • Best in Show.

    Best in Show

    by Simon Cooke 

    Bentley had the same nightmare every night: he was in the Perfect Pedigree Pooch Show. He sat proudly on the stage. His coat shone. His teeth gleamed. 

    “Ladies and gentlemen,” said the judge. “Winner of best in show is …”

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, ancestry, confidence, dog show, dogs, friendship, humour, identity, lineage

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    by Susan Paris

    Carlos Vakalaloma has lots of interests. He likes playing rugby (he’s a prop) and doing jigsaw puzzles (the old-school kind with up to a thousand pieces). During lockdown, he also spent a lot of time cooking. Carlos really likes Italian food. But if he was forced to choose his favourite meal, to both cook and eat, he’d say sapasui. Sapasui is eaten all across the Pacific. The dish is a version of chop suey, which originally comes from China.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: Chinese, chop suey, cooking, cuisine, eating, Fiji, food, kitchen, migrants, noodles, Pacific, Pasifika, recipes, Sāmoa, sapasui, traditional food, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • The Pā That Matawhero Built.

    The Pā That Matawhero Built

    by Mark Peters

    When people visit Pakeke o Whirikoka, the pā Matawhero Lloyd built, they enter a world that existed hundreds of years ago … Pakeke o Whirikoka is in Whatatutu, a small kāinga north of Gisborne. The original pā, which overlooked the Waipaoa and Mangatū rivers, was once home to Ngāi Tamatea. Matawhero’s tīpuna lived on this land. He wanted to reclaim his people’s heritage by building a living memorial to the past.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, building, descendant, Gisborne, heritage, kāinga, kaitiaki, land, memorial, pā, restoration, rivers, sustainable, tīpuna, tradition, tūpuna, whānau, whare

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • The Great-great-greatest.

    The Great-great-greatest

    by Cassandra Tse; illustrations by Jez Tuya

    Confusion reigns in the storage room at the Chinese Association. Benny, Lily, Angus and Grace are hiding out in the storage room avoiding kitchen duties, and begin debating which of their great-great grandfathers was the coolest.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: ancestors, argument, Chinese, cousins, family, grandparents, humour, inventions, migrants, play, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Grandad’s Couch.

    Grandad’s Couch

    by Lucas Yee, year 5, Russley School; illustration by Lisa Baudry 

    Our grandad adores his new couch. The old, red, torn one goes out, the brand-new, avocado-green one comes in wrapped in plastic, slippery like arctic ice, not coming off for a week.

    You hear a lion-like roar from him, his face a shade of red as the cat tries to strike when the plastic comes off. Protective blankets engulf the couch from head to toe like a warm campfire on a cold winter’s night.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Topics: ākonga writing, ancestors, family, grandparents, humour, poetry, student writing, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Princess Iwa

    Princess Iwa

    by Angela Skerrett Tainui

    Meet the young woman from Bluff who shared her culture on the world stage. 

    One day, many years ago, I was visiting my pōua when I noticed a photo of a beautiful wahine on the wall. She had long, wavy hair and wore a kākahu around her shoulders and a hei tiki around her neck. She looked to be about eighteen.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: ancestors, biography, composer, concert party, culture, history, international, kapa haka, opera, performance, princess, singing, tīpuna, tūpuna, wahine, waiata, whānau, World War I, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Deoxyribonucleic Acid.

    Deoxyribonucleic Acid

    by Tim Upperton; illustration by Paul Beavis

    I look at my dad’s chin. His chins. Are those chins in my future?  I worry about my genes. Is my throat getting soft? A little flaccid? I pinch it. I’m not too sure. Those chins might be in my DNA, which is a lot easier to say than deoxyribonucleic acid.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, bodies, DNA, humour, poetry, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • The Story of Mauao.

    The Story of Mauao

    retold by Toni Rolleston-Cummins; illustrations by Chloe Reweti 

    This story is for Kihi Ngatai, the great chief of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui. He passed away on 1 August 2021 at the age of ninety-one. Kihi loved his maunga. He walked around it three times a week. Toni Rolleston-Cummins shares the story with Kihi’s blessing. 

    Long ago, there were three maunga …

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, identity, maunga, Mount Maunganui, oral history, pūrākau, resilience, Tauranga Harbour, Tauranga Moana, tīpuna, tūpuna, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Sunday Hero.

    Sunday Hero

    by Annaleese Jochems; illustrations by Lucy Han

    There are too many keys in Grandma’s tin …

    When I got home from football, Oma was in the kitchen, chopping vegetables. “Are you making soup?” I asked. Oma looked at the celery. “Yes.” “Green soup?” “Yes.” She put down the knife and waited. I was confusing her, but I’d started now.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, family, grandparents, horses, labour, lost, memories, memory loss, Netherlands, parents, remembering, rights, stories, tūpuna, work

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • School Journal Level 3 June 2022.

    School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    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:

        Audio TSM
    Articles Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!    
    The Pā That Matawhero Built  
    Play The Great-great-greatest    
    Student Writing Grandad’s Couch    
    Biography Princess Iwa    
    Poem Deoxyribonucleic Acid    
    Stories The Story of Mauao
    Sunday Hero    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    by Susan Paris

    Carlos Vakalaloma has lots of interests. He likes playing rugby (he’s a prop) and doing jigsaw puzzles (the old-school kind with up to a thousand pieces). During lockdown, he also spent a lot of time cooking. Carlos really likes Italian food. But if he was forced to choose his favourite meal, to both cook and eat, he’d say sapasui. Sapasui is eaten all across the Pacific. The dish is a version of chop suey, which originally comes from China.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: Chinese, chop suey, cooking, cuisine, eating, Fiji, food, kitchen, migrants, noodles, Pacific, Pasifika, recipes, Sāmoa, sapasui, traditional food, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    The Pā That Matawhero Built.

    The Pā That Matawhero Built

    by Mark Peters

    When people visit Pakeke o Whirikoka, the pā Matawhero Lloyd built, they enter a world that existed hundreds of years ago … Pakeke o Whirikoka is in Whatatutu, a small kāinga north of Gisborne. The original pā, which overlooked the Waipaoa and Mangatū rivers, was once home to Ngāi Tamatea. Matawhero’s tīpuna lived on this land. He wanted to reclaim his people’s heritage by building a living memorial to the past.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, building, descendant, Gisborne, heritage, kāinga, kaitiaki, land, memorial, pā, restoration, rivers, sustainable, tīpuna, tradition, tūpuna, whānau, whare

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    The Great-great-greatest.

    The Great-great-greatest

    by Cassandra Tse; illustrations by Jez Tuya

    Confusion reigns in the storage room at the Chinese Association. Benny, Lily, Angus and Grace are hiding out in the storage room avoiding kitchen duties, and begin debating which of their great-great grandfathers was the coolest.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: ancestors, argument, Chinese, cousins, family, grandparents, humour, inventions, migrants, play, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    Grandad’s Couch.

    Grandad’s Couch

    by Lucas Yee, year 5, Russley School; illustration by Lisa Baudry 

    Our grandad adores his new couch. The old, red, torn one goes out, the brand-new, avocado-green one comes in wrapped in plastic, slippery like arctic ice, not coming off for a week.

    You hear a lion-like roar from him, his face a shade of red as the cat tries to strike when the plastic comes off. Protective blankets engulf the couch from head to toe like a warm campfire on a cold winter’s night.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Topics: ākonga writing, ancestors, family, grandparents, humour, poetry, student writing, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    Princess Iwa

    Princess Iwa

    by Angela Skerrett Tainui

    Meet the young woman from Bluff who shared her culture on the world stage. 

    One day, many years ago, I was visiting my pōua when I noticed a photo of a beautiful wahine on the wall. She had long, wavy hair and wore a kākahu around her shoulders and a hei tiki around her neck. She looked to be about eighteen.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: ancestors, biography, composer, concert party, culture, history, international, kapa haka, opera, performance, princess, singing, tīpuna, tūpuna, wahine, waiata, whānau, World War I, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    Deoxyribonucleic Acid.

    Deoxyribonucleic Acid

    by Tim Upperton; illustration by Paul Beavis

    I look at my dad’s chin. His chins. Are those chins in my future?  I worry about my genes. Is my throat getting soft? A little flaccid? I pinch it. I’m not too sure. Those chins might be in my DNA, which is a lot easier to say than deoxyribonucleic acid.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, bodies, DNA, humour, poetry, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    The Story of Mauao.

    The Story of Mauao

    retold by Toni Rolleston-Cummins; illustrations by Chloe Reweti 

    This story is for Kihi Ngatai, the great chief of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui. He passed away on 1 August 2021 at the age of ninety-one. Kihi loved his maunga. He walked around it three times a week. Toni Rolleston-Cummins shares the story with Kihi’s blessing. 

    Long ago, there were three maunga …

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, identity, maunga, Mount Maunganui, oral history, pūrākau, resilience, Tauranga Harbour, Tauranga Moana, tīpuna, tūpuna, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    Sunday Hero.

    Sunday Hero

    by Annaleese Jochems; illustrations by Lucy Han

    There are too many keys in Grandma’s tin …

    When I got home from football, Oma was in the kitchen, chopping vegetables. “Are you making soup?” I asked. Oma looked at the celery. “Yes.” “Green soup?” “Yes.” She put down the knife and waited. I was confusing her, but I’d started now.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, family, grandparents, horses, labour, lost, memories, memory loss, Netherlands, parents, remembering, rights, stories, tūpuna, work

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text