Thursday, 28 December 2017

SLJ - WK2 Day 1 Activity 1, 2 & 3

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: Florence Cathadral
Location: Italy
When it was built: 9 September 1296 
How long it took to be built: more than 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 very unfair that woman are not allowed to vote. For one it is absolutely sexist. Second of I believe that all woman in all countries should have the same rights as men for we are both human, a like and woman have better traits then men do. What can't woman do that men can't.

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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This poem definitely made me very calm and peaceful. I loved the words they used and loved how the words rhymed. I loved the last sentence ' We shall not sleep, though poppies In Flanders Fields. This is a sad but very creative poem and I loved it.


  1. Hey there Telesia,
    thanks for completing another set of activities.

    I really like this cathedral you have chosen for the first activity. It's crazy to think it took over 200 years to build! Why do you think it took so long?

    Why did you choose this cathedral?

    Thanks, Billy

  2. Hi Telesia,

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

    Activity 2: I agree! Women are people and should be treated as equal to all other people. I like where you have said why can't women do what men can. It's important to ask these questions and look for equality, I believe.

    Bonus activity: Good work. The poem did feel calming didn't it, which is strange because it is written about a time where there was so little peace in the world! Many people lost family and friends during the war. How do you think these people feel when they're reading the poem?

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