Wednesday, 28 November 2018

CARE Awards: Silver Attitude | Tutoring Someone Who Needs Help With An Extra Skill

For my next CARE Award activity, for my Attitude, I created a slideshow that showed Ofa's improvement over the year after giving him a helping hand with his art and DLO's. The first slide will show where Ofa began in his soon to be drawing pathway. It all started with a DLO that Ofa needed some assistance with. So what I did was give Ofa a template where he could add his own details. This included a body, facial details, and the option for me to help him at any point of time. After a little while Ofa became more dependant on his ability to have a bunch of creativity. And managed to create this DLO. In this DLO, he only needed me to see what he could change. The final slide shows a single frame of an entire animation that he created himself. It shows the side view of a body explaining how the human body breathes. He can now create digital art on his own, and rarely needs my assistance.

CARE Awards: Silver Attitude | Created With My Teacher

For the final activity for my Silver Attitude CARE Award, I chose to do the created with my teacher activity. For this activity, what I chose to do was teach my teacher Mrs Anderson. What may that be you may ask? Well I taught Mrs Anderson how to green / blue screen using the iMovie application. This application allows you to as well as green / blue screening different videos and images, create movies. The way I taught her how to edit was by using our class film entry for this year’s Manaiakalani Film Festival. A time to showcase almost every classes learning over the year all throughout Manaiakalani schools. The movie that our class created was a documentary style movie teaching people about the history of the Panmure Bridge. This movie, Alex, Sanujan, Mrs Anderson, Mr Wong and I spent about half of term 3 planning, recording, and editing. It was a lot of fun, and we enjoyed learning about all of the history involved in the Bridge that I cross everyday to get to school. Mrs Anderson had never used iMovie to green / blue screen before, so she wanted to learn how.  Although I did not teach her alone. I had Sanujan by my side making sure that I was directing her correctly. In the end Mrs Anderson was a master at green / blue screening, and added plenty of new touches to make this movie the best it could be. Hopefully next year, we can do an awesome movie like this again.

The Movie Itself

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Leadership Week: Pyramid Building

This week the year 7's were learning about leadership. Leadership means working together talking and having a leader because everything would't be fine without a leader to control and help our teams. l was working with Chavda, Avalon and Neveah. We worked together as a group to complete our challenges set. The first activity challenge we had was to write down and answer the questions we were given. l was the leader of my group and l was trying to help others and tell them if they need help. The next thing we did was go inside the hall and do our next leadership challenge as a group for this activity we needed all of our craft stuff in each groups then we sat away from each groups we had to try and create the biggest pyramid out of coloured paper, Scissors, and White paper. Those were the things we needed for our challenge. The last group challenge we did was we played a game that would help us work as a team this challenge was called tunnel crawling we had to go underneath people's legs and stomach to get to the other side of the hall it was hard put we worked as a team to  lost of the first round the next round we won.  

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Athletics Day

Today, we had our 2018 School Athletics Day. This ran for most of the day, excluding the first block. Throughout the day, groups of at least 5 or 6 would go through different activity stations every few minutes. There were 9 stations in total, and all of them were fun, and energising. This ran through the second block, and almost everyone had a great time. The way that groups were determined was by the colour that was selected. There were 4 colours, and people were randomly put into those groups. My group was the blue team, and I think that we all did a great job, and tried our very best in each station. Although after the second block was over, and lunchtime had finished we ran the sprints. The way this  was run was each class and their year levels would race against each other on the field which was mown down to have different tracks. The 1st 2nd and 3rd winning racers would be given a small plastic cube, coloured differently to show your placement. You would then give your cube to Mrs Anderson, and she would write your name down and you would continue to watch. When it came to the year 7 boys, I was a bit worried. Although I did my best and made it second. Following Julian in 1st, and Aung Naing in 3rd. Overall, I had a fun day, and hope that everyone else felt the same.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Reading: Read Theory Progress

Today for reading, we did an activity based on the improvement we've had throughout our Read Theory journey. Our challenge was to look back at our progress in Read Theory, and create a chart that showed how our grades differed. Then we would create a DLO that explained our progress properly. This activity was not too challenging, although it was fun to see my improvement over the year.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

CARE Awards: Silver Attitude | Why Is It Important To Have A Positive Attitude?

Today, I completed the next activity for my Silver Attitude CARE Award. For this activity, I had to create a video the showed the importance of having a positive attitude. Although rather than creating a video, I instead created a presentation so that anyone could view it at their own pace. In the presentation, I came up with 3 rules that you should follow to have a positive attitude yourself. If you follow these 3 rules as much as possible then you will be a master of having a positive attitude. I had a lot of fun doing this activity, and I hope that the next activity I choose to do will be not too challenging, although i'm always up for new and exciting activities.

Animation Class: Teaching Tamaki College How To Draw

Today, Alex, Sanujan and I visited Tamaki College to teach a group of students how to draw using Google Drawing, and Slides. There were in the end 5 students in the class, with 3 teachers (Two in the image, and the third taking the picture). We were there for roughly an hour, and had so much fun teaching the students. The first thing that we did was introduce the curve tool to the students. You may ask, "What is the curve tool?" Well, the curve tool is a drawing tool / technique to draw curved lines or shapes. We then went step by step showing a demonstration on how to draw a simple and cute panda. While that was going on, Sanujan would walk around and see if everyone was on track. This continued for the majority of the lesson, and involved a lot of laughs, and enjoyment. There may event be a second session in the future. Although we are sure that that will not be too far away.


Friday, 16 November 2018

Reading: Book Week | Wolf Myths and Facts

This week has been book week. We have had quite a few challenges based on the stories we read as young children. Our teacher Mrs Anderson has also set us a few challenges based on a few books that she read as a child. This one being Wolves. It is written by Emily Gravett, and illustrated by her too. This book explains and gives a few facts about wolves, and includes lovely images to paint a picture into your head. Our challenge, was to come up with around 5 myths about how wolves live, and them research them  and see if they are true or false. This task could be done alone, or with a partner, so I chose to work with Julian.

Reading: Book Week | Meerkat Mail


This week is book week, to celebrate book week Mrs Anderson has read three of Emily Gravett's books and has asked us to complete three activities based on the books. The books that we have read are: Wolves, Meerkat Mail, and the Big Book of Fears. All three books were written and illustrated by Emily Gravett. The book we were read too, was Meerkat Mail. It's about a Meerkat who is getting sick of living with his family and throughout the week he went and lived with relatives who live a different lifestyle he is used to. At the end of the book he finally understands why he has to live like he does so he returned home. For this task I worked with Fraidon.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

CARE Awards: Silver Attitude | Teaching The Class

For the last two weeks on a Friday, Alex, Miki, Sanujan and I taught our class. What did we teach them you may ask? We taught them how to draw, and will be running classes each Friday afternoon. In these lessons, there will be two session running at once. The expert sessions, and the beginner sessions. Sanujan is teaching the expert group, and giving them a few challenges, while Miki, Alex and I are teaching the beginners, and running them through the basics. We have gone through 2 sessions now, and both of which have gone right on track. The first session went great, we set up our groups, and got right to teaching. We started off by testing their skill. We all asked them to find a cartoon image of a rock on Google, and to trace the outline. Although before we did that, we made sure to teach them one thing. That thing being how to tell which tool to use when tracing. We taught them that you use the curve tool for curved edges, and the polyline tool for straight edges. We then set them off. We gave them around 20 - 30 minutes to complete their drawing, and would then review what they had done. The second session went just as great. We ran through a few reminders, and let everyone draw what they want as practice. Although this has not been it. Not too long ago, Alex, Sanujan, Mrs Anderson and I all visited Tamaki College to teach these same things to older students. This task was just as fun as teaching who we already knew. It was fun hanging out with these students, and getting to know what they liked through what they drew. Hopefully we can continue all of these animation classes, and find new ways and techniques to teach anyone who is willing to learn digital art and animation.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Reading: Book Week | Re-Design Cover

This week is book week for Panmure Bridge School. What we are doing for this week are a few challenges based on the books that we have read in our past, and about reading in general. For this challenge, we were to re-create the cover of a book that we read in our childhood. The book that I did was Noah Dreary, and I worked on this activity with Julian, and Fraidon. We had all read and loved this story, so it was an easy choice between which book we did this on. I had a lot of fun doing this activity, and I believe that Fraidon and Julian had just as much fun.

Our Remake:

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Reading: Book Week | Alphabet Key

Around The World And Eighty Days
New Moon
Over Sea, Under Stone
Catching Fire
Peter Pan
Queen Of Spades
Ella Enchanted
Romeo And Juliet
Star Trek
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Under The Never Sky
I Am Number Four
Vampire Academy
J.K Rowling
Kite Runner
Lion King
Yeti And The Bird

This week is book week for Panmure Bridge School. What we are doing for this week are a few challenges based on the books that we have read in our past. For this challenge we needed to do an alphabet key on book tittles/Authors. I did this task with the help of Fraidon and Julian. I found this task really easy and I will try to do harder challenges next time.  

Reading: Book Week | Reading Pathway

This week is book week for Panmure Bridge School. What we are doing for this week are a few challenges based on the books that we have read in our past. For today's challenge, we had to go down memory lane, and create a DLO that showed our favourite books as a kid. Ageing from when we started school, to our favourite book now. This activity was fairly easy, although it got hard from time to time to remember which books we read as a kid. In the end, it was fun to remember what we used to like as a kid, and comparing those stories to what we like now. Out of all of these books, I believe that the Captain Underpants series is my all time favourite, as I have read every book in the series, along with the Dogman series, and the Ook and Gluk story. All stories written by Dav Pilkey.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Armistice Day: Drawing A Picture

For the last 3 days, we have been focusing on armistice day activities. One of the activities was to re-create an image showing the end of the war. This task was to be done either individually, or with a group. I decided to go with the second option, so I worked with Alex, Fraidon, and Ofa. We had a lot of fun doing this activity, and hope to revisit something like it soon. This was not too challenging of an activity, but really got us challenged.

Armistice Day Commemoration

Today, we had our whole school armistice day commemoration. This was not a time to mess around. It was a time to be respectful, and show appreciation. The commemoration started off with the singing of the national anthem, and a karakia to go with it. (A karakia is a Maori prayer). Next, we all faced our school flag, as Last Post, and Reveille played in the background. Once these two songs passed, we had a whole minute of silence. This minute represented the time you had, to remember the lost fighters, in addition, what they fought for. The minute ended, and we all sat back down. A few days earlier, we had all signed our names on a large wooden poppy, which would soon be placed against a fence, by two people from each class. In the end, from LS2 it was Mele and I who were chosen. We then placed the poppy, and sat back down. All together, the whole school and teachers, along with the principle, and three members from the school board of trustees team, and even a Lieutenant from the New Zealand army, who we cannot give the name of for personal reasons. After the commemoration was over, the Lieutenant came to some of our classes to answer any questions we had. We had a few questions to ask, although not a whole heap. The basic, "How long have you been in the army?" "How old are you?" and other questions like that. It was a respectful time, and I am glad that nothing out of the ordinary happened.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Armistice Celebration: Collage

Since it's nearly Armistice day we were asked to make a collage with photos that is based on Armistice day celebrating. Armistice was the end of the war, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, of 1918. So it was a happy time for the world, so in this collage, we were to include the happy images of the past. We were to include photos that has people celebrating Armistice day including soldiers and people from around the country. We put photos of people celebrating from New Zealand, Germany, and Australia. Ofa, Fraidon, and I have made a collage also including newspaper talking about how the war is over. We have worked collaboratively together to finish this off.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Reading: The Battle Of The Somme

This week, we had a small activity to complete. This activity was to be done with a partner, although there was a slight change. Rather than joining up with someone from our group, the whole class had to get together in mixed partners with one person from Mrs Anderson's reading group, and another from Ms Kirkpatrick's reading group. The activity that we did this week was about the Battle Of The Somme. A war that took place in 1916. This task was linked to Mrs Anderson's inquiry sessions, so some groups already had a basic understanding of this. For this task I worked with Jonathan, and we had a lot of fun working together. What we had to do for this task was read through two pages that told the story of the battle through different points, and answer three slides of questions. From time to time, Jonathan and I would get stuck, although we eventually found our way through.