Wednesday, February 27, 2013

News 101 : The Latest Updates Of My Life

It must've been the first time I'd woken up before my parents, that day. Thursday, it was.  I arose from my anxious slumber and went to wash my heavy eyes. Click. The bathroom was illuminated.  The lightbulb seemed extra bright that morning, as if it knew how special the day was.  The 31st of January.

I took my Pt England jacket, and held it up to the light, admiring the curvy red lines over the somber black fabric. I held it against myself, as I gazed at my reflection, tilting my head so I was able to see down the hall. My mother was now awake.  She told me off for  taking too long in the bathroom. I returned to my room, carefully and ever so gently placed my jacket down on my bed. I sighed to myself and settled onto my unmade bed, which was something else I might've got in trouble for.  As I sat, I thought about the processes I might have had to go through during the day.

I was starting at another school. I was leaving Pt England. My beloved home, my beloved teachers, my beloved technology, my beloved friends. But yes, I was starting at a new school. College, as a matter of fact. I would have to change my email template : 'Toreka Tele'a, Room 21, Pt England School.'   I thought deeper about it. 'Toreka Tele'a, 9LC, Auckland Girls Grammar School.' Hmm, not bad.

My thoughts were broken by the distant sound of my father's Toyota van approaching. I quickly buttoned up my shirt, struggled to put my skirt on, then walked out with my hair a bundle of messy joy, and my shoes strapped on a centimeter too tight. My mother took one look at me, then in as if one swift motion, turned my skirt around the right way, rebut-toned my crooked shirt, and crafted my 'joyful' hair into a neat four plait.

I walked outside and took at least twenty photos with my parents. My dad drove me to school and we were introduced to everybody. Well, not everybody, it was only the year nines and year thirteens at school that day, and already it seemed packed. The photo below is of myself and one of my closest friends Selena. As you can see she is also attending AGGS with me. This is our second day at our new school in the carpark of our old school... if that magically made any sense at all. We're now in week five, and according to my email template, I am still Toreka Tele'a, Room 21 of Pt England School.
I didn't want the end of this to look like the beginning of a book, (which actually makes NO sense) but too bad, I could be an author, thanks to my past teachers at school who I think I have no choice but to thank. So, thank you SO much to : Mrs Nua, Mrs Lagitupu, Mrs Maude, Miss Garden, Ms Squires, Miss Va'afusuaga, Miss King, Mr Proctor, Mr & Mrs Burt.
Thank you to each and every one of you for playing very important roles in my life at Pt England.
I'm missing you all.
Be sure to see you soon Pt England!


  1. I hope that the 101 means there are many more chapters to come... Such a clever way with words I love the way you have captured your thoughts and feelings! Keep sharing your gift :)
    Miss you heaps and I know there is someone in the ICT Suite who misses her ever reliable helper too.
    Come and see us soon
    Mrs Nua x x

  2. Hi Toreka, what a talented writer you are. I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into crafting this post with interesting word choices and varied sentences. Most of all I appreciate the way you have shared your thoughts and experiences here.

    I know you will go on and do bigger and better things every day in your new school, but I am thankful you are keeping Pt England in your heart.

    God bless your steps

    Mrs Burt

    PS Now, about the blog template; let me know what you would like to change and it will be done :)

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  6. Hey Toreka,
    I loved this post of yours. We all miss you very much here at Pt England. Especially your yr 7 friends from last year. Keep up the aweosme and great writing! And stay strong in college Reka ^.^

    Love heaps,
    Makerita & Shoal

  7. How delayed is your mother?? Just having a quiet moment finally to visit your blog. My dear girl I love the way you've written this. I so wish I knew you were having some moments with your PES jacket, I would have delayed my growl by at least a couple of seconds! lol! It's good read how much Pt England is a part of your life. Looking through the posts you've made this year - PES imprint is very clear indeed. Keep striving to succeed Toreka. Love you very much.