Monday, 25 December 2017

WK2 SLJ - Activty 1, 2 & 3 (D1)

SLJ - Activity 1:St Joseph's Cathedral

At the turn of the century, there was a great deal of construction happening in New Zealand. Many of the new British settlers wanted to build homes and community meeting places, such as churches. One of the largest buildings to be constructed during this period was St Joseph’s Cathedral in Dunedin.

St Joseph’s Cathedral is just one of hundreds of beautiful cathedrals around the world.

Use your search engine to find a picture of another famous cathedral. Post a picture of the cathedral on your blog. Underneath the picture tell us: the name of the cathedral, where the cathedral is located, when it was built, and how long it took to build.

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Name: Notre Dame de Paris
Location: France, Paris
When it was built: 1163
How long it took to be built:  200 years

SLJ Activity 2:The right to vote

At the turn of the century, New Zealand elected its first ever government. Richard John Seddon served as the leader of the Liberal Party from 1893-1906. Prior to 1893, only men were legally allowed to vote. This all changed in the late 1800s when a woman named Kate Sheppard lead a suffragist movement in New Zealand calling for a change in law. Her hard work finally paid off when the Electoral Act was passed into law on 19 September 1893, giving women the right to vote. New Zealand was the first country to give all women the right to vote. There were still countries in the world (e.g. Saudi Arabia) who, until recently, did not allow women to vote.

On your blog tell us what you think about the fact that women were not allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia until 2015. Is it fair? Why or why not?

I think that it is unfair that woman from Saudi Arabia are not allowed to vote.
It's unreasonable because women are also part of that country, which means they should have a say in their future.

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SLJ Activity 3: In flanders field

As the new century dawned, New Zealanders settled into a period of relative calm. The calm lasted for about 15 years but came to a sudden end in 1914 when World War I erupted in Europe. The war lasted for almost five years and claimed the lives of 18,000 New Zealanders.

It also claimed the lives of thousands of men and women from countries around the world. Every year, we remember these brave men and women on ANZAC Day (25 April). Many people go to a special Anzac Day ceremony where they read a special poem that was written for the fallen soldiers. The poem is called ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.

Read the poem. On your blog, tell us what you think of the poem. Do you like it? How does it make you feel?

It makes me feel very lucky to live in a beautiful, safe country like New Zealand. It also makes me feel sad for those who died in the war and for their families. I think that we are very lucky that they went to war and fought for our freedom. What do you think?

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The poem makes me feel at peace. I like how some sentences rhymed but I also love the meaning behind it. Although it makes me sad that many New zealanders died.


  1. Hi Davarni,

    Well done on completing Day 1 Wk2's Activties. I can't wait to see day 2. Keep it up. Oh and I have sent you a very important email including some problems about my blog that I think you can be able to fix.



    1. Hi Telesia,

      Thanks, Day 2 will be up soon. Other than that, I will be happy to help.

  2. Hi Davarni,

    Ruby here from the Summer Learning Journey! Another great post! Well done.

    Activity 1: Good choice of cathedral! The Notre Dame is an amazing place. I got the chance to visit it when I was in France a couple of years ago and it's incredible! Why do you think it took them such a long time to build it?

    Activity 2: I don't think it's fair either! I like what you've said about women being a part of the country. It's important to remember that women are equal to every other person! How does it make you feel knowing that New Zealand was the first country to let women vote?

    Bonus activity: Good work. I like what you've said about the poem making you feel peaceful. It does have a peaceful ring to it, which is strange because it was about a time where the world wasn't peaceful! When I read this poem, I felt sad for all the people who lost family and friends in the war. They must have been heartbroken. It's a great poem though, that helps us to remember those who lost their lives.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog over the summer.