Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Poetry/poet focus in Week 10

This week in Room 7 we are focussing on poems and poets. We kicked off our poet focus with who else but William Shakespeare. Room 7 have been excited to learn about this man. Through our reading we have been putting a face to the name and much more. This is Loto's work showing what he has learnt about William Shakespeare.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our Kakapo reading group have been looking for information about William Innes Taylor. In their research they came across the obituary written when he passed away in The New Zealand Herald.

24 March 1890
Obituary of William Innes Taylor
Another old pioneer settler has passed away in the person of Mr William Innes Taylor, son of the late General Taylor, of the West Tamaki.

In his last illness (pneumonia), which was somewhat sudden and a general break up of the system, he was attended by Drs Haines and Lindsay.

Mr Taylor was born in 1821 at Hyderabad, India, and was the son of the late General William Taylor, and brother of C. J. and A. K. Taylor. He was educated at Glasgow College and spent two years in Perthshire learning practical agriculture. In October 1843, he arrived in Auckland by the ship 'Mandarin'; bought land and settled at Tamaki West, where he began his career as a farmer, living in a tent. After six years real hard work he made himself a comfortable home and married, pursuing his career as a pioneer settler with energy, forethought and ability and was nearly always successful in his undertakings. Being of a generous and trusting nature, he sustained many heavy losses, but notwithstanding this, as time went on, fortune seemed to smile on him. He was an original shareholder in the Bank of New Zealand, in which he always took a deep interest, becoming a director and retaining his interest (which was considerable) to the last. Mr Taylor was also a shareholder in most of our local companies. Besides his farm at Tamaki he owned land in the Waikato and always took a keen interest in all agricultural matters.

He leave a widow, four sons and five daughters to mourn their loss. The funeral of the deceased gentleman took place on Sunday, the 9th instant, at Tamaki West Presbyterian Church, the remains being followed to their last resting-place by a large assemblage of the Old Identities and most of the leading men of Auckland.

The principal mourners were:- The deceased's four sons, William, James, Walter and norman; his brothers, Messrs C. I. and A. K. Taylor and sons; F. C. Barber, Arthur Taylor, nephews; and three sons-in-law. Messrs T. Kissling, Rev T. Farley and H. C. G. Walker. The procession consisted of about fifty carriages, and many horsemen, while a number of settlers followed on foot.

The Revs J. Macky and Steele conducted the service in a most impressive manner. The former dwelt at length upon the many good qualities of the deceased, whom he had known for nearly forty years. He spoke of him as Christian man, whose piety was unostentatious, as also his charities and those who knew him best respected him the most.

Among those present at the grave we noticed the Revs A. Carrick, R. F. Macnicol, R. Sommerville, D. W. Runciman, Mr F. Lawry, M.H.R., Captains Colbeck (president Bank of New Zealand), Irvine, Wilson, Clarke, Hawes, H. F. Anderson, Messrs Tolhurst (Bank of New Zealand), W. B. Thompson (Union Bank), Goulstone (Loan and Mercantile Company), Messrs S. George, A. Thorne, M. A. Clark, J. Macky, J. Alexander, T. Macky, Johnston, Main (Kohimaramara), R. Hall, J. H. Kirkwood, R. W. and H. Andrews, T. W. Wyllie, Osborne (Newmarket), E. McLean, A. Buckland, S. Jackson, sen., Howard (2), H. Atkins, S. Baird, Stewart (2) (Waipuna), Massey, Wallace (2) (Mangere), J. Wallace (Papatoetoe), R. Udy, J. Haultain, S. Vickers, etc.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Luisa wrote her report about Chow Chow dogs. Luisa worked tirelessly to write, edit and use feedback to complete her report.

The Chow Chow is a dog breed that originates from Northern China, where they are indicated  as Songshi Quan (鬆獅犬), which means “Puffy Lion dog”. It is also referred to as Tang Quan, “Dog of the Tang Empire”.
Chow’s are very fluffy animals with thick fur, that come in a variety of colours. This is including  fawn, cream, red, blue, dark brown and black coloured fur. They are sturdily built, with a broad skull and with, triangular, upright ears. Chow chows are eminent due to it’s bizarre blue-black/purple tongue and straight hind legs. The blue-purple tongue is dominant. Many mixed breeds that come from a Chow Chow contain that feature. Chow’s are the only dogs with a peculiar coloured lip. Other dogs have black or piebald patterned rims and the Chow Chow’s lips are bluish.  Their eyes are customarily almond shaped and deep set. Another distinctive aspect, is it’s curly tail. It has a thick amount of hair and lies curled on it’s back. Female Chow’s weigh 20-27 kgs, and male Chow’s weigh 25-32 kgs. They’re average height being, for females, 46-51 cm high and male Chow’s are 48-56cm high.
Chow chow’s are not your typical looking dogs, they are more loyal, independent, dignified, intelligent, aloof and quiet dogs. This distinctive breed has a noble, subservient spirit that some describe as cat like. It’s said that the Chow has the dignity of a Lion, the drollness of a Panda, the appeal of a teddy bear, the agility and independence of a cat and the allegation and devotion of a dog.  It’s look might make you think it’s mean or testy, but a well-raised Chow Chow isn’t aggressive.
They have a variety of impressive/weird characteristics. Types such as adaptability, all around friendliness, trainability and health grooming. When it comes to these dogs, their ability to adapt is adequate. Chow’s can adapt to an array of homes. From palaces to apartments. Chow’s can tolerate being alone and cold weather but not hot weather, so keep them indoors when the weather is oppressive. They are more suitable to live with older children or adults, who know how to treat dogs sensibly(most adults!). If the Chow has positive encounters with strangers during it’s more innocent and impressionable years as a puppy, it would handle strangers with more composure as an adult dog. adaptability
Having an amicable chow is not very common. Because Chow’s are very aloof, they wouldn’t show much affection towards some owners, they aren't  dog friendly towards kids, or strangers. They aren’t very fond of hugs or loud commotion but they’ll be a silent, observant companion to its cherished person, and their adherence enhance other family members. All around friendliness
As for their ability to be trained, they are quite obedient, though it takes time for them to be tamed. Their potential for mouthiness is very likely, they like to gnaw on humans at times. The same goes for their potential to gain weight, they have a high risk of gaining weight so owners of this breed have to be careful what they feed them. Health/grooming
One of the greatest of the Chows characteristics is that their tendency to howl or bark is very uncommon. They aren’t energetic, nor are they playful. If you are looking for a dog to run, exercise, play with, Chow chow’s aren’t for you!. Trainability
Songshi Quan, very ancient dogs, are believed to be one of the first dog breeds and genetic testing has proven this to be true. Depictions of dogs that resemble Chow chows appear in pottery and paints in Han Dynasty(the second imperial dynasty of China). One emperor had stated that he had kept 2,500 pairs of Chow Chow’s for hunting. In addition to hunting, Chow’s were used to guard their owners most prized possessions.
In China, the breed has been called by several names. Black-tongue dog (hei shi-tou), wolf dog (lang gou), bear dog (xiang gou), and Canton dog (Guangdong gou).
British merchants incorporated some of the lion like dogs in their cargos. Sundry items, including canines, were referred to as “chow chow” and the name stuck to the breed.
The dog breed was quite popular in England. Queen Victoria, who loved dogs, took a interest in them which made their popularity grow. In 1895, a breed club formed in England because of Chow’s. Chow Chow’s have also encountered with President Calvin Coolidge, yes!, that’s right President of America!. Calvin and his wife kept a red and black Chow Chow. They were indeed very famous.
According to Chinese legend, chow’s got it’s tongue colour at the time of creation, when a Chow licked up drops of the colour as the sky was being painted.
How much Chow chow’s eat and what they eat depend on their size, age and activity level. Chow Chow’s have been found to have a very delicate diet, so they should be fed carefully. In China, the Chow’s were fed various  food that other live stocks were fed, including rice, soy, and certain kind of fish. Modern day chows, who are living a more civilized life, can still eat these kind of food as well. Rice can be fed to the dogs, but should only be served a small amount, for they could get nightmares. Vegetables are also part of their diet, their diet should contain at least 50% of Protein. Introduce new food gradually. That way you can wait to see for bad or good reactions. As for normal dog food, it’s been recommended that they be fed  2 to 2 3/4 cups of a high-quality dog food daily. The trick for a healthy diet, is to balance those foods with the food us modern people know are favourable.   
These puffy lion dogs are unique. From its blue tongue feature to its fascinating history.  A dog who shows signs of maturity through their actions and their body language itself, would be easily recognized as a Chow Chow. These canines have been revered by many, for centuries. It is very likely that they will continue to be kept by pet lovers for many years to come.