We had a brilliant day at Raglan last week with Room 16.
|We went to Wainui (or Ngaranui) beach and walked down the hill to the sea.|
|We looked at the black sand and learned that it is black because it is made from iron.|
It is volcanic.
The iron sand probably came from Mount Taranaki. when it erupted many centuries ago.
It has drifted all the way up the coast to Raglan.
|The iron sand is never still. It will probably keep drifting further up the west coast of New Zealand.|
|We found shells, and stones and many interesting things on the beach.|
|Miss Scott and Mrs M, our Masters student teachers came with us.|
|The iron sand sticks to our skin.|
|This piece of driftwood spent a long time in the sea. It is covered with barnacles.|
|The sand collects in big dunes then after a storm washes back into the sea.|
The sand is constantly moving.
We might even end up playing in the same sand next year in Auckland!
|It was great fun playing in the creek.|
|We made rivers and canals.|
|There was a sandcastle competition.|
|Everyone enjoyed finding things to decorate their sandcastles.|
|Each sandcastle had to include something from the sea, something from the land and something man-made.|
|This one was made by Luke and his mother. It won an award for the best scultural use of materials on the beach.|
|After the beach we went back to Raglan and had hot chips.|
|Then we got to play in the playground by the chip shop before getting into the bus and returning to school.|
|It was a tiring day. ....|
But lots of fun!