Saturday, 6 January 2018

Summer Learning Journey Day 3 Bonus Activity Week Three

For much of the past century, schools in New Zealand taught students in only one language – English. In 1972, Ngā Tamatoa member, Mrs. Hana Jackson, submitted a petition to Parliament to ask the government to include the teaching of Te Reo Māori (the Māori language) and Māori culture in New Zealand schools. We still use petitions to this day when we want an organisation (e.g. a school) to make a change.

Think about your school. What is one thing that you would like change. Would you like to learn about different things? Maybe you think school should only be open 3 days a week?

On your blog, write a letter to your principal to try and convince him/her to make the change. Ensure that your letter is polite and respectful.
Dear Mr Johnson I have been having 5 days of school every week. I think I should have 4 because it would get some time to rest more for our brains before getting back to learning. Even it could be a special time to fare well family . On Friday can still be school time but a fun time like getting together and getting to spend your favorite thing with your best friends. I say this because when kids at Panmure bridge school yr4-8 have a break they still need to do more work e.g summer learning journey which gives them the option to finish everything so that when they get back to school there results retrieve higher.


  1. Kia Ora Mele,

    Thanks for posting an awesome letter! I found this very persuasive and would back your idea of having a 4 day week, it’s a brilliant idea I’m sure many people would want too!

    You have addresses Mr Johnson is a very formal and respectful way so well done for that! Here are some ways to sign of politely too.

    - Yours sincerely
    - Kind regards
    - Regards
    - Many thanks

    Followed by your name. Keep up the great work Mele!

    Cadence :)

  2. Hi Mele
    Well done on completing this summer learning journey activity. Your letter to Mr Johnston is great - I like how you explained everything that you wanted changed and why. Keep up the amazing work.

  3. Hi Mele
    Great job on completing this activity, I like how you said that kids can achieve higher if they have breaks. I have a question though, if you only want four days of school per week, what day of school would you get rid of?