Year: 2022

Arlo and the Orca – Happiness


Happiness sounds like laughing 

Feels like fun 

Like a pure and happy life

Refreshing, clear, sweet

Cheerful laughter on a sunny day

Doing things you like 

Happiness smells like a strong sweet flower


Joy in your heart

A large grin



Like summer

Happiness is about being who you are and having friends with family.

Arlo and the Orca – Sadness



Cold tears dripping on your face

Water and cold air


Tears running down your face

Like a cold gust of wind

You are no one

Tears dropping out of your eyes

Into the ocean

Salty tears


You’ve had enough

Crying salty tears and sweat

Bitter feeling of guilt, depression and regret

Sadness is blue, a rainy day.

Arlo and the Orca – Anger

A collaborative poem written by all of Room 8. This poem expresses our feelings about looking through the eyes of Arlo from ‘Arlo and the Orca’ by Monique Walker.



Anger feels like letting your rage out

A clenched fist

Blood, salty sweat

Growling and yelling 

Rough and hot

Like a red face

Anger smells like danger

Like air

Shouting and screaming

Painful and hurtful

Madness and crazy actions of destruction

Like smoke 

Burning coal

A fire raging and growing limitlessly

Anger is an emotion you want to show or not

It starts when we get upset about something.


This week Monique and Stacey came to class and presented Monique’s book. We learnt that it’s ok to cry and that life can be moody and stormy with waves of emotion BUT to remember the sun will always come back and shine.

Thank you Monique, Stacey and especially Jesse and Catherine for performing such an amazing dance for us.