Friday, 29 December 2017

Week two A period of change ( 1871 - 1950) ( Day 1 ) Summer learning journey

Week Two: A period of change ( 1871 - 1950)
Day 1: The Early Years (Late 1800s – 1919)

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.

File:NYC - St. Patrick's Cathedral - Interior.JPG

The name of this Cathedral
is called St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
It is located in New York city, USA.
The Cathedral was created in
1808. It took 150 years to build this Cathedral.

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 in Saudi Arabia people were wrong
about not letting women vote until 2015.
The women their should have started voting
when men started voting. It is not
fair on the women to have started
voting in 2015.  

Bonus activity: In Flanders fields

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 rachel 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.

This poem makes me feel proud
of the people who went to war.
It makes me sad because the
people who died saved our freedom
and risked their lives just for us.
My great great grandfather fought
In world war 2. My grandpa also fought
In the war.

Thanks for reading my blogpost.


  1. Hey there Levonah, it's great to see that you have completed another three activities. I am impressed with how hard you are working during your school holidays.

    You have chosen a really cool cathedral from New York City. It is really quite beautiful. I'd like to know what it looks like from the outside. What made you choose it?

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the voting situation in Saudi Arabia. It's terrible that women in Saudi Arabia have only been able to vote for two years, so I completely agree with you. It's great that they're finally able to vote but it has taken far too long.
    Do you think that the voting age should be lowered in New Zealand? It is currently at age 18.

    And finally, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the in Flanders Fields Poem. You're right, it brings forth a mixture of emotions. I like how you mentioned that you felt proud reading it, proud of the soldiers who gave their lives. Then there is an element of sadness of course, sad for the people who died as well as their families. It is interesting to learn about your grandpa and great grandfather. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Hi billy thanks for that amazing long comment. The reason I chose this cathedral was because it was so beautiful and it was in a different country. I think we should change the voting age to 17 or 16 years of age because I think these teenagers are mature enough to vote. I will put up a blog post of the cathedral on the outside. I know it's great having family in the army but sad because they passed.

    Thanks, Levonah