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Friday, 24 May 2019

A Visit To Stardome

Yesterday night, Learning Space 2 were given the opportunity to visit Stardome where we could learn about stars, planets, and constellations. We went in a bus, and when we arrived we got to look around the building. First we entered the dome where we met our show presenter Tobias. While in the dome, we got a proper look at how constellations work, and we got to learn about the different opinions on what the constellations make up. We got to see close up what Jupiter and Saturn really look like, and we found out that sometimes the rings of Saturn seem to have disappeared, although it is only the angle of which the rings are facing us. Some facts that we learnt were that Jupiter has 67 known moons, that the rings of Saturn are actually tiny ice moons and dust, and that the stripes on Jupiter are actually storms that are spinning at a rate of 100km per hour. I along with my class had a lot of fun at Stardome, and we are very thankful for the opportunity.



Thursday, 23 May 2019

Writing: Emperor Penguins Information Text

This week, we have been learning about informational texts and how to write them. For this exercise, we learnt about a penguin type of our choice, and took notes to eventually use to write an informational text of our own. The penguin type that I chose were emperor penguins. I had a lot of fun doing this activity, and I hope that we continue to learn about and write informational texts.

Emperor Penguins

The Aptenodytes forsteri. Or more commonly known as the Emperor Penguin, is the largest species of penguin, and our topic for today.

Appearance
Emperor Penguins are a beautiful species of penguin. Adult penguins are very large in size, and have white bodies. They have dark black backs, yellow and white necks, and a dark black face. Emperor Penguin chicks on the other hand seem like a completely different type of penguin. Chicks have all grey bodies, along with a white face. The back of their heads are completely black, and they are adorable.

Diet
Emperor penguins are carnivores. The typical Emperor Penguin diet links to aquatic life in the arctic oceans. They eat a variety of fish, krill, and squid. Adult penguins will then regurgitate food to their chicks as they are unable to eat and hunt food alone. This being because chicks are too small to eat something as big as a whole fish. Although on the other hand, Emperor penguins are a feast to some of their predators. This includes leopard seals, and orca’s (Killer whales) for adults and chicks. Although on the other end of the spectrum, Skua birds hunt for eggs and newborns.

Habitat
Emperor penguins can be located around the coasts of Antarctica. This allows them to hunt for sea life, and swim without having to travel the extremely large continent of Antarctica. Because of the tremendously cold temperature of the Arctic, their large bodies act as a big coat for penguins in general. Penguins cover their feathers with a special oil that keeps them dry. So swimming through the water is no problem for these guys.

Facts
In the water, Emperor penguins black and white bodies serve as a form of camouflage. While swimming, they can dive as deep as 565 meters while holding their breath for a whopping 20 minutes! Out of water, they are the only species who still inhabit open ice in the winter, and if they need to move around, but are out of range to swim, they slide on their stomachs (Tobogganing) on the ice rather than walking or waddling. Like other penguins, Emperor penguins have colonies, and the population in a single colony can vary from a few hundred, to over 20,000 penguins!

Emperor penguins are interesting creatures. Large in size, and at a cute factor of 100, they are one of the best types of penguins and waddle on.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Reading: Reading Response

This term for reading we have been reading a range of different texts that all link to space. Our challenge was to use the information that we read in our texts, and to go through a range of challenges and responses to the text. This would involve giving feedback, and giving facts. Although there was a catch, in order to do a task, you must write a comment on someone's response who did the same activity. Within our comment, we should add feedback, and a question. This means if they replied to the comment, and answered our question, we could start a dialogic conversation where we could talk to each other giving feedback, and receiving feedback. For this DLO that I have created, I made an info graphic that spoke about Mars, and if we don't clean up our act, we may pollute our Earth so much to the point where we have to more to and live on Mars. On the DLO, I have a few facts, a paragraph about Mars, and an image in the background. I really enjoyed this task, and my favourite part about creating was learning about Mars, and drawing the image.


Reading: Reading Response

This term for reading we have been reading a range of different texts that all link to space. Our challenge was to use the information that we read in our texts, and to go through a range of challenges and responses to the text. This would involve giving feedback, and giving facts. Although there was a catch, in order to do a task, you must write a comment on someone's response who did the same activity. Within our comment, we should add feedback, and a question. This means if they replied to the comment, and answered our question, we could start a dialogic conversation where we could talk to each other giving feedback, and receiving feedback. For this DLO, I created a quiz using Kahoot based on the text 'The Problem With Pluto'. In my quiz, I included questions such as who named Pluto, what it is now called, and how long it takes to orbit the sun. I enjoyed creating my Kahoot, and my favourite bit about the task was having other people play it.



Reading: Reading Response

This term for reading we have been reading a range of different texts that all link to space. Our challenge was to use the information that we read in our texts, and to go through a range of challenges and responses to the text. This would involve giving feedback, and giving facts. Although there was a catch, in order to do a task, you must write a comment on someone's response who did the same activity. Within our comment, we should add feedback, and a question. This means if they replied to the comment, and answered our question, we could start a dialogic conversation where we could talk to each other giving feedback, and receiving feedback. So far, my favourite part of the different types of challenges has to be the creating section. This being as I enjoy using my own ideas to create and share with my peers and other people all around the world on my blog. Each week, we have been reading a new story, and completing 6 overall activities. 1 Remembering task, 1 Understanding task, 1 Applying task, 1 Analysing task, 1 Evaluating task, and 1 Creating task. My favourite activity that I did was creating an animation, because it is something that I already enjoy doing, and I liked the challenge of creating a whole animation in the time frame I had. I have linked the animation if you would like to watch it. My animation shows the difference between cartoon rockets, (And how they launch) and real rockets (And how they launch). Overall I have really enjoyed the last few weeks of reading, and I am happy to revisit the challenge again.


Monday, 20 May 2019

Inquiry: Growth Science Experiment

Today Alex, Nyjah, Julian, Victoria, Mele, Giovanni, Fui and I took part in a science lesson from Mrs Wells from Tamaki College. In the lesson, we have started a science experiment that we will work on for the next few weeks. In the experiment, all of us will be using a different type of fertilizer to see the affect in growth on a bean plant. The fertilizers we will be using are Coffee grounds - Mrs Wells, Tea Leaves - Nyjah, Foam Soap - Me, Crushed candy - Giovanni, Salt - Victoria, Mashed Potatoes - Julian, Pear skin - Mele, Baked beans - Alex, and Pencil shavings - Fui. We would like to give a very large thank you to Mrs Wells for visiting us today, and we are very excited to continue on the experiment.



Friday, 17 May 2019

A Visit To Tamaki College

Today, the year 8's spent a few hours at Tamaki College after our tech, so that we could further understand how a day at college works. This includes switching periods, going around the school, and learning in a different environment. During the day, we had our usual session of tech, although once we were done the year 7's left the school, leaving us with the teachers in Tamaki College. First we headed to the library to eat, following walking to a classroom. In that class, we had a teacher that gave us a maths lesson. In the lesson, we were given a challenge involving co-ordinates. What we needed to do was (With a gridded piece of paper) follow directions that gave us co-ordinations, where we would dot the answer. When we were done, we would rule lines from dot to dot to reveal an image. The image we ended up with was an alien that we could now cut out, and design. I along with the rest of the year 8's really enjoyed the lesson that was given. Once we were done with our first period, we switched to another classroom where we were given a science lesson. In our lesson, we conducted multiple science experiments that all involved dry ice. Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide that does not melt, but rather defrosts into a gas, further returning to a solid. The first experiment we did was to fill and tie off a rubber glove with dry ice. The result turned out to inflate the glove, to the point where it would pop, although that took time. The second experiment was to receive a paper cup with a hole at the bottom, and plastic wrap on the top, and fill it with dry ice, the next step was to fill the cup slightly with water, and slightly tip the cup. Now if you flicked the plastic wrap, it would launch a ring of carbon dioxide. The final step was to put out a flame using the carbon dioxide ring. The next experiment we conducted was to fill a small plastic container with dry ice, fill it with water, put the lid on, tip it over, place it into a plastic bowl standing upright, and the container would launch into the air. The final experiment consisted of filling a bowl with a lot of dry ice, then add a significant amount of water, grab a paper towel soaked in detergent, and slowly slide the paper towel over the rim of the bowl. This would then form a bubble which would expand, and due to the pressure of the carbon dioxide, the bubble would eventually pop. I along with my peers had a lot of fun today, learning, and experiencing. We would like to thank the teachers that taught us, along with Mr Dunn (The deputy principal) for showing us around the school.



Thursday, 16 May 2019

KiwiSport: Gymnastics

Today we had our second session of gymnastics for our KiwiSport for term 2. Today, we had new rotations, and different challenges. This includes back rolls, 1 leg handstands, star jumps, 180 jumps, and a few extra stretches. I managed to do each task, and I had a lot of fun. Our instructor Steve is doing a great job instructing us, and I believe that everyone is enjoying the lessons.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

New Zealand Sign Language Week: DLO

Last week was NZSL (New Zealand Sign Language) week. In class we learnt a bit about the language, which includes the alphabet, (Which means we know how to spell words out) and a few words to go along with it. After we had learnt about the language, it was time to create a DLO to teach others about the language. In my DLO, I have included what Sing Language is, where it is used, and an example of using sign language. What I found challenging about Sign Language was reading other people spell out words, as sometimes they would go to fast making it impossible to spell out, or the wouldn't face their hands towards me, so I couldn't see what they were saying. Overall I really enjoyed Sign Language Week, and I hope that we do more activities based around the topic.



Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Maths: Bread Problem

For maths, we were given a selection of word problems. Our challenge was to choose one problem, work it out, and create a DLO that would show our learning. There were 3 problems in total, and I chose the problem based on bread. The question was "A bread company makes 7 types of bread. A restaurant chain ordered 398 loaves of each kind of bread. How many loaves of bread in total did the restaurant order?" I chose this problem, because I knew that it could easily be solved using place value. On my DLO, I included the question, then the answer, and finally my working out. The final step was to create a ScreenCastify where we would explain everything.



Friday, 3 May 2019

Tech: Metal Work | Session 9

Today, we had our first session of tech for term 2. We have started this term off by continuing on last terms work to get our projects finished. In my group, we have been doing metal work with Mr Naicker, and today I was working on my blade for the pizza cutter I have been working on for now 9 sessions. I am now up to the final stage of my pizza cutter, as next week I will be putting my handle and blade together to finalise the project. I have had a lot of fun working with Mr Naicker for the previous term, and I am glad that he taught us everything we needed to know in order to do metal work.


Thursday, 11 April 2019

Inquiry: Continents Of The World

Today we have been given an interesting challenge by our teacher. This challenge was to create a DLO in ten minutes about the different continents in the world, and the countries that live among those continents. Once we had created the DLO, we then could find at least 3 interesting facts about the different continents. The reason as to why we did this challenge was to expand our general knowledge about the world and different continents. For this activity I worked with Joseph and we had a lot of fun finding facts, and finding information.


Friday, 5 April 2019

Inquiry: North Island Kokako Infographic

This week, everyone in LS2 has been given a set of different challenges based on our camp. For this activity, what we needed to do was find different bits of information about the North Island Kokako bird. This included it's diet, habitat, appearance, and interesting facts. Once we had all of our information, we needed to find a picture, and put it on. This activity was a lot of fun, and my favourite part was drawing a Kokako.


Thursday, 4 April 2019

Writing: Siri Group Challenge

Today, we have been given a challenge for writing by our teacher Mrs Anderson. Our challenge was to write in exactly 50 words, a response that Siri (An automated program on Apple devices) would give us if we asked it "Why Kokako Lodge is the greatest place to take year 7 and 8's on camp?" Although Mrs Anderson wanted to make this more of a challenge. So what we could do is gain points by using different Language features that would give us 5 points each. If every feature was used, then you could gain a total of 40 points. Although for another 5 points, you needed to make sure that everyone in your group was working together, and that a learning conversation was taking place. If you had exactly 50 words, and you used different references, you could even have 100 points total! Once you finished writing, you needed to digitally create a Siri conversation showing Siri's answer. The final step was to create a Screencastify that had us voicing over the whole conversation. For this activity, I worked with Julian, Alex, and Viliami. We had a lot of fun, and enjoyed recording the most.




Monday, 1 April 2019

Maths: Blog Post Data Analysis

This week, everyone has been given a challenge. This challenge was to create a blog post analysis that tells people how many blog posts we have posted each month of each year that we have had a device. Although Mrs Anderson wanted to give Alex, Julian and I more of a challenge. What we now put into our DLO's was the amount of comments and blog posts we posted and received each month. Now this was still really tough, although we had come up with a variation of ways to make the process faster. First, once we had our numbers to work with, we needed to pull up a Spreadsheet, and create different graphs that would each show our yearly and monthly progress. Then we needed to put our graphs onto a presentation, along with an explanation on why we got so many or so little comments and posts. Finally we just needed to create a Screencastify of us reading everything out. This activity was a lot of fun, and we hope for another activity just like it.


Friday, 22 March 2019

Tech: Metal Work | Week 7

Today we had our week 7 session of tech. Our focus this term is metal work. What we are creating in tech is either a pizza cutter (Which is what I'm creating) or a cake server. So far, I am up to finishing the blade to my pizza cutter, and I have completed my handle. What it is I am doing to my blade is filing it with the file, and sanding it with rough grit sandpaper. I am having a lot of fun in tech, and I am excited to finally finish what I have been working on. It is going to be of great use at home whenever we order or make pizza for lunch and dinner. I want to thank our tech teacher Mr Naicker for all he has done for us.


Friday, 15 March 2019

Inquiry: DARE | Impact Message

This term, our focus for inquiry is DARE. It is a program that allows children to learn the dangers, and consequences of drug and alcohol use. Yesterday, Constable Cyrus came into our class to give us extra information about the use of them. We want to give a big thanks to Constable Cyrus for going out of his way to help us. This week, our challenge to alert others about these dangers was to create a DLO that showed what could potentially happen as a result of using drugs or alcohol. For this task, I worked with Alex and Julian, and we created a poster warning people about the dangers of drunk driving. On our DLO's we needed a strong message that would persuade people to think twice about driving drunk or using drugs. Our message was "Don't be like this guy, make a choice... Make the right choice..." We thought this was a strong message, and would work well.


Writing: Stretching Sentences

This week, we have been learning how to stretch simple sentences in order to add detail, or to enlarge a sentence. Our challenge was to multiple times, write different simple sentences, and stretch out each one. With practice, we would then need to create a DLO to show how to stretch a sentence, what stretching a sentence does, and why it can help.


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Reading: Oakley Creek

Today, we had our next session of reading. For this session we read a story called Oakley Creek. This story was about a girl who wanted to go with her friends to Oakley Creek. Although our main characters (Faith) mum didn't know. It turned out because of her mothers suspicion, she followed Faith all the way to the creek. She ended up being caught. Our task after reading was to play a little game. In this game, we all drew picture on a white board defining different words based on the story. Our two words were Guilt, and Dilemma. This game was a lot of fun, and it ended up allowing us to understand the words from a whole different perspective.




Monday, 11 March 2019

Writing: Term 1 Explanation Writing Assessment

Last week, we along with a partner have been looking over our writing samples for term 1, and
we created a self and buddy evaluation to mark our work ourselves. To do this, we needed to rate
each important trait of writing from R1 - R6 (And sometimes R7). Each rating meaning you are capable of
more. My partner for this task was Alex. It was interesting to see each others work, as we both gave each
other coincidentally the same marks. To figure out what marks to give, we were given a Writing Rubric.
On this rubric, we could see a new slide for every different feature of writing. On each slide, you would be
shown different ratings, and under each rating, a short sentence would be there telling us what we needed to
know in order to be given that certain rating. I really enjoyed this exercise, as I learnt what I need to
implement into my writing in order to get a better score.

Self and Buddy Evaluation:



Punctuation
Vocab
Organisation
Sentence Structure
Structure and Language
Ideas
Self
R5 - R6
R5
R6
R5
R5
R5
Buddy
R5 - R6
R5
R6
R5
R5
R6


Jack


The Rubbish Rampage!


Rubbish! It has been a problem for many years now, and although solutions have been
put into place it is not enough for the all seeing plastic to be stopped! Plastic is a cheap
material that many products are made up of. You may think, “Well then, what’s so bad
if it is cheap?” Well may I inform you that there is a lot to go over.


While on the topic of plastic being cheap, it is easy to create, and it can be found
anywhere you look. Plastic bottles, plastic action figures, plastic computer mouses!
Plastic is in everything, and because it is so common, where would it all go once not
needed? Landfills! What is a landfill? A landfill is a pile of thrown out rubbish that
trucks deliver the trash to. They are very common, and even end up making it to the
ocean.


Speaking of which, sea life is affected by this, resulting in animals mistaking something
as innocent as a plastic bag for a jellyfish! Sea turtles are well known for their deep
diving, common appearances, and being one of the victims of the Rubbish Rampage.
Many sea creatures have been found stuck in the situation where plastic was the cause.
And it is shocking how often this issue takes place, and that even your rubbish may be
a turtles afternoon tea!


Some plastics even release toxins into our food and drinks, making a pretty bad tuna
sandwich. So how can this be stopped? There are a few solutions that may end up being
the hero of our planet that we never knew about. To reduce the amount of plastic bags
being used: Try bringing a reusable bag to your next shopping spree. Or try using your
plastic bags again. It doesn’t need to be single use. In fact, plastic bags last around 400
years until they break down as they are still biodegradable. Plastic bottles: Either save
them for another time, or spend a few extra dollars and get a metal cooling bottle. It ends
up saving the planet, and your cool drink.


Although all this won’t stop the rampage completely, anything you can do to save the
planet makes you too, a superhero. We can all be apart of saving the environment! So
get out there, and make a change.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Reading: Fair Trade DLO

Last week's task for reading for my group (Rakino) was to first read a story called Fair Chocolate. In this story, we learnt about what a fair trade company is, how the fair trade chocolate company gets their cacao beans, and how the chocolate companies can help the cacao farmers live better. After we'd read the story we then needed to have a learning conversation with each other on different questions regarding the story and things in it. The next thing we needed to do was create a DLO about what fair trade companies are.

Current Events

Today, we were given a challenge by our teacher to find 2 different articles to put onto a template. On this template, there are 6 boxes for the 5 W's and the H, along with 2 other boxes for the two sides of the topic, and another for you to say what you think the author wanted us to learn from the article. One of the articles needed to be local or national, while the other article needs to be international. For this task I worked with Angela, Jayden, Nidhi, and Holy, and we all had fun.

Tech: Metal Work

Today, we had our fourth session of tech. This week, I have been sanding my handle. I have used both rough, and smooth sandpaper to polish my handle to the best of my ability. Next week, once I have finished sanding and polishing, I may move on to putting my pizza cutter disc blade onto my handle to make my pizza cutter complete.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

KiwiSport: Week 5

Today, we had our week 5 session of KiwiSport. Our KiwiSport this term is Ki o Rahi. There are two teams in the game, the Taniwha, and the Ki o Ma team. One teams role is to defend the rock, while their team mates run around the island hitting each pou pole with a ball. The other teams job is to hit the rock with another ball to stop the person running. Although today, we learnt a new part of Ki o Rahi. The kicker. The kicker will start the game off by kicking the ball to the Kai Tiaki, and then running back to the line where they will wait for their turn to run. If the Kai Tiaki catch the ball, then the ball is given to Ki o Ma. Then it came to playing a game. Like the first week, we played Golden Child. We had a lot of fun this week, and I hope that next week, we can play again.

Read Theory

This morning, we started any normal day by reading stories on Read Theory. Our challenge was to finish the tests in just 15 minutes, and create a blog post to show our progress. The story that I read today was called A Cold From The Cold. This story was a grade 9 story proving otherwise against the commonly believed myth that cold temperatures cause you to become sick. In the end I managed to miss just one question, so I stay on grade 9. The highest grade I've managed to reach is grade 11, so I hope that I can make it to that grade once again.


Thursday, 28 February 2019

KiwiCan: Week 4

Yesterday we had our week 4 session of KiwiCan. In this session, we learnt about Tone Of Voice. Your tone of voice is the way you say something, an example of this is an uninterested voice, where it seems you do not care about something. Our topic this term for KiwiCan is Positive Relationships, and our theme is Positive Communication. Our energiser yesterday was a game called Fruit Salad. For this game, there were 4 different actions, with a call-out to match up with it. The first, Apple (Shake your hips to the left), followed by Pear (Shake your hips to the right), then Watermelon (Shake your hips back), and finally Banana (Shake your hips forward). Someone would be saying these randomly, trying to trick the players. Next came our activity. Our activity was called Positive, Negative Role play. For this game, we were put into 4 groups, and were given a single card for our group. On the card there would be a scenario, and we would have to make it a negative outcome. In my group, there was Matthew and I, who played 2 brothers who just baked cookies. Marieta and Angela played the 2 parents, and Sakina and Alice played the mean cousins. For our act, Matthew and I brought cookies that we made to our cousins, and we go to play. They then throw them calling them disgusting, while Marieta and Angela tell them to apolagise.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

KiwiCan: Week 3

Yesterday, we had our week 3 session of KiwiCan. This week, we learnt about active listening, and our topic and theme this term is Positive Communication, and Positive Relationships. Our activity, was a game called Chop Suey Salute. For this game, you have to listen to the caller, and he or she will call either 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. Each number corresponding to a different action. 1 was a single punch, 2 was 2. 3 was two punches and a kick. 4 was both hands together, and a push. And 5 was an uppercut. You would compete against someone for this game, and whoever was faster would win the round. You needed to win 2 rounds to win, and the winner would stay for the challenger to compete against. The best player in our class was Julian, and we even had a champion from Learning Space 1 come in to compete. We had a lot of fun yesterday, and want to play more games like Chop Suey Salute next time.

KiwiSport: Week 3

Today, we had our second session of Ki o Rahi. For this lesson we learnt how the game of Ki o Rahi works, and played a game of golden child to understand where each team goes. There are two teams in the game, the Taniwha, and the Ki o Ma team. One teams role is to defend the centre, while their team mates run around the circle hitting each pou pole with a ball. The other teams role is to hit the centre with another ball to stop the person running. Although if you are playing Ki o Rahi in the style of golden child, then the running team will have one final person who is called the Golden Child, and they then run around the circle, and when they pass someone frozen they follow along. We had a lot of fun today playing golden child, and are all excited to play the real game of Ki o Rahi next week.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Summer Learning Journey: Prize giving

Last week, we had a special assembly. What made it special was that everyone who participated in the Summer Learning Journey received their prizes. For the assembly, we had Sophie and Hazel from the SLJ team present all of the prizes in front of the whole school. I received a certificate for being a part of the fun, and unfortunately didn't manage to get a full on prize. Although I am very happy with what I got. Luckily, Alex did so well that he didn't only win 1st in our school, but the entire country! I had a lot of fun participating in the Summer Learning Journey, and hope that the Winter Learning Journey will return to Panmure Bridge School.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Maths: Collaborative Challenge

This week for maths, we have been given a word problem to solve in groups. Our question was, "There were 1229 students in the school. If each student received 4 pieces of fruit a week, how many pieces of fruit were handed out?" In my group there was Julian, Giovanni, Alice, Chavda, Nidhi, Angela, Holly, and Miiana. After we had solved the problem, we needed to create a DLO showing our working out. We had a lot of fun working on the DLO, and solving the problem, and we're all glad that we are given a new question every week.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Writing: Creating A Sketch Note

This week for writing, our task was to create a sketch note with a partner about writing an explanation. A sketch note is a drawing that explains what something is by using arrows and thought bubbles, and other shapes. For this task I worked with Julian, and we had a whole heap of fun thinking and creating. We hope that we can revisit the task of creating a sketch note again. As it is a good thinking exercise, and it allowed us to draw pictures which is something we both love doing.


Inquiry: Role Models And Heroes

This week for inquiry, we have been given a few challenges for us to complete in groups. For this challenge, we needed to create a DLO that showed what a role model and hero is. In my group I worked with Angela, Giovanni Chavda, Nidhi, Alice, Julian, Jayen, and Holly. We all had fun on this activity, and hope we can return to something like it soon.

Inquiry: How To Show That You're A Leader

This week for inquiry, we have been given a few challenges to complete in groups. For this activity, we needed to create a DLO that showed how to be a leader. For this, I worked with Angela, Nidhi, Jayden and Holly. We all had a lot fun in this activity, and we also decided to put a few pictures that we drew into each slide.

Maths: E-ako

Today for maths as a warm up, we created accounts, and played E-ako. A free website to sign up for that helps you with maths by giving you problems to solve. Our challenge was to from the very start go through different courses in 20 minutes, and then blog about our score. I ended up completing 2 courses in that time, which meant that I was answering around 1 word question every 30 seconds as there are around 20 questions in the 2 courses I took. 


Friday, 8 February 2019

Assembly: Presenting For The First Time

Today was the first assembly for Term 1 of 2019 for Panmure Bridge School. This year, I am representing my school as head student, and I am very happy that I will be able to represent the school in many ways. For this weeks assembly, Mele and I spoke in front of the school, Julian and Fui showcased the new design to our school P.E kit, and all 6 leaders received their leadership badges. In my opinion, I thought we spoke really well, and that if we can keep our composure, and speak clearly, then we can become great leaders. After the assembly, photos were taken, and smiles could be seen across all of our faces. I hope that next week, we will have just as much fun as we did today.

Link to my Head Boy speech: Here



Teamwork: Creating A Sketchnote

L.I to define teamwork by creating a sketch note.
Today as a group we have created a sketch note to define what teamwork means. We have came up with 5 ideas that defines teamwork. In our group was Giovanni, Chavda, Julian, Angela, me & Nidhi. As a team we completed this activity.


Thursday, 7 February 2019

CARE Values: Presentation

Today was our first day back a school. This year, our class is made up of year sevens and year eights, and we have a few new faces to complete the class. We have been set up into groups that we will work in for the year, and the groups consist of a mix of pupils from each gender, and each year. For this activity, we needed to in our groups, think of what each of our School CARE values mean, and how they can be shown. Once thought of, we would write our answers on a template sheet of paper, and share our answers with the class. Finally, we would create a Google Presentation that would show all of our answers, and a picture of us doing exactly that. I worked with Angela and a new girl to our class named Nidhi, and we all had a lot of fun.

                      

Friday, 25 January 2019

Summer Learning Journey: Day 2 : Week 2 | Activity 3

Today I completed the third activity to day 2 of week 2 for the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we needed to visit this website HERE and choose 2 different plants to find 3 similarities, and 3 differences between the two. The two plants I chose was the baseball plant, and the white baneberrry plant.

Similarities:    1. They are both toxic     2. They both have an average height under 100cm.      3. They both last only a few years on average.

Differences:   1. Only the Baneberry plant has berries growing on it.     2. The Native Americans used the White Baneberry plant as poison.     3. The baseball plant grows flowers while the White Baneberry does not.

Summer Learning Journey: Day 2 : Week 2 | Activity 2

Today I completed the second activity for day 2 of week 2 for the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we needed to think of someone that we think is tough and strong, and what they mean to us. The person that I chose was my mum. She isn't strong physically, although she is never scared to have a say, she puts up with many things every day, and she has gone through many ups and downs, and has always kept a smile. She cares for me, and the rest of my family. She does everything to make sure there is food on my plate, I am healthy, and that I get plenty of rest every night. I love my mum, and i'm so happy that I have her.

Summer Learning Journey: Day 2 : Week 2 | Activity 1

Today, I completed the first activity for day 2 of week 2 of the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we needed to watch This Video of somebody weaving some flax to create a fish. We then needed to create a blogpost explaining whether we would like to try flax weaving, if it interests us, and why or why not.

Yes I would one day want to try flax weaving. It does interest me, and I believe that it would make a great hobby. I find it interesting, as I remember when I was young, I saw someone weaving some flax, and I was amazed at how this large bit of flax was made into a beautiful flower.

Summer Learning Journey: Day 1 : Week 2 | Activity 3

Today I completed the third activity to day 1 of week 2 for the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we had to find out whether 5 given fish facts were true or false by using our smart searching skills that we have learnt in class. This challenge was fairly easy, although the hardest fact to answer had to be fact 4.

Fish Fact #1: The oldest known fish in the world is a 65 year old Australian lungfish. FALSE
Fish Fact #2: Sharks are the only fish that have eyelids. FALSE
Fish Fact #3: Starfish are a type of fish. FALSE
Fish Fact #4: Fish communicate with each other by making low-pitched sounds (moans, hisses, etc) TRUE
Fish Fact #5: Fish usually swim together in groups called ‘classes.’ TRUE

Summer Learning Journey: Day 1 : Week 2 | Activity 2

Today I completed the second activity for day 1 of week 2 for the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we are given a free ticket to the Lake Taupo Cycle Race. We are allowed to bring 3 people to act as our support crew. Who will we bring, and why? I would bring my family which includes my mum, dad, and brother. I would choose them as they support me through every big moment I go through, and I would want them to see me, as it would encourage me to go further.

Summer Learning Journey: Day 1 : Week 2 | Activity 1

Today I completed the first activity of day 1 of week 2 of the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity we needed to think of something that we like to do in the Summer. Once thought of we would post a picture showing us doing it. I thought of playing on parks, as during the Summer time in school, I tend to enjoy that activity. It keeps me in shape, there are different things I can do on a park, and I find it a great way to spend time.

                                                                   Playing On Parks

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Summer Learning Journey: Day 5 : Week 1 | Activity 3

Today I completed the final activity for day 5 of week 1 for the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we needed to give a description where we painted a picture with words about the wonders of New Zealand. We are set in the situation that New Zealand is going to sink in the next week, so we better hurry along.

New Zealand, a place that over 4.7 million people can call home. New Zealand is believed to sink to the bottom of the ocean next week, so while we can, let us embark on a journey through the magical wonders of New Zealand. New Zealand is filled with kind citizens all throughout the country, and it is always delight to say hello to someone. New Zealand is inhabited with different opportunities for tourists to learn about New Zealand history and culture. You can look in almost any direction, and you will be directed to a nearby beach or pool if you want to take a quick dip in the water. Visit such amazing places like Kerikeri, and purchase the monstrous Highway 10 ice cream for the biggest challenge you could ever think of. Or visit Auckland (The City Of Sails) to make your way up the Sky Tower, the tallest tower in New Zealand. Or even take a tour up to the top of the North Island, where you can see a small Pohutakawa tree growing out of the rocks, where it is believed by Maori people that when you pass away, your spirit rises to the tree, and you go beneath it with all of your ancestors. Once you've seen the tree, you can take a look around, and see where the Tasman sea and Pacific ocean meet. It was truly amazing when I went up there earlier this holidays.

Summer Learning Journey: Day 5 : Week 1 | Activity 2

Today, I completed the second activity for day 5 of week 1 for the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we needed to see ourselves in the situation that we have been on a school trip with out teacher up to a tundra, and we need to send a letter to our friends, or family with a greeting e.g dear, and 6 sentences.

Dear Mum and Dad,
My trip to the tundra is going really well so far. As soon as I arrived, I was amazed. The sights we beautiful, and everything was so peaceful. The wildlife is astounding, and there are plenty of animals I had never seen before. Did you know that animals such as the Arctic Hare, and Arctic Fox. And even an animal known as a Muskox. Either way, I cannot wait to get back home, and tell you the stories I have for the ride back.

Summer Learning Journey: Day 5 : Week 1 | Activity 1

Today I completed the first activity to day 5 of the first week of the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we had to pick a side on the issue with logging. Logging is the act of chopping down trees as a career. We had to decide whether we thought logging should be stopped or not, and why.

I don't think that logging should be stopped, but rather limited. Many trees are cut down year after year, and although it's an issue, it goes to a good cause. As it can support homes for people, be used in different structures, and facilities. Although I feel that logging has been taken to an extreme length, and that if less trees are cut down, the better New Zealand could be.

Summer Learning Journey: Week 1 : Day 4 | Activity 3

Today I completed the third activity to the fourth day of week one to the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, our challenge was to come up with a hotel of our own, think of where to build it, and what to build it out of. Also, for an additional 5 points, we could draw one of the rooms in our hotel using Google Drawing or pencil / pen and paper. 

Details: If I could build a hotel of my own, I would have it built in Auckland city, as it would be a go to hotel for for tourists, as it would let them get a gasping view at such sights as the Sky Tower. Although I didn't want my hotel to be constructed with standard materials. Instead something unique. So I chose for my hotel to be made out of titanium. 

My hotel room:

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Summer Learning Journey: Week 1 : Day 2 | Activity 3

Today I completed the 3rd activity to day 2 of the first week of the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we are set in the scenario that we have a cactus and have to give it 3ml's of water every day for a whole year. Our job is to calculate how much water that would take in millilitres, and give an explanation.

Answer: 1095ml of water.

Explanation: 3 x 365 = 1095.
                     3 x 5 = 15
                     3 x 60 = 180
                     3 x 300 = 900
                     900 + 180 + 15 = 1095

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Summer Learning Journey: Day 4: Week 1 | Activity 2

Today I completed the second activity for day 4 of the first week of the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we needed to create a blogpost telling people what our favourite food is, and how to make it.

My favourite food is bacon and egg pie. My mum and I make it together, and I love both preparing it, and eating it. The steps are listed below.  To make this dish, you need bacon, eggs, 4 squares of pastry, milk, tomato, mixed herbs, olives, capsicums, and salt and pepper. First, spray cooking spray onto tray, and apply pastry to the bottom off a tray. Next, place extra pastry half way up the sides of the tray. Thirdly chop up all ingredients, and sprinkle on pastry. After this, crack 6 eggs, and spread it's contents around the pastry. Next, place salt and pepper over ingredients, and add a top layer of pastry. Squash top layer of pastry with bottom, to join it all together. If there is any leftover pastry, you can cut it into small pieces, and decorate the top of your dish. After that, brush some milk over the top of your pastry, and put it in the oven for 35 - 45 minutes at 190 - 200 degrees. Make sure to check it every once and a while, and once done, serve it, and eat up.

Summer Learning Journey: Day 4: Week 1 | Activity 1

Today I completed the first activity for day 4 of week 1 for the Summer Leaning Journey. For this activity, we needed to set ourselves in the situation that we were interviewing Sir Edmund Hillary. During the interview we could ask any 5 questions to him. What would we ask him?

1. Did you ever think that you would make a name for yourself by such a great achievement?
2. What did you miss most from home when climbing?
3. What motivated you to push yourself to such an extreme mission.
4. Was there any inspiration leading to this challenge?
5. Was the trip exciting, or was it terrifying knowing how dangerous the climb could be?

Summer Learning Journey: Day 3: Week 1 | Bonus Activity

Today I completed the bonus activity for day 3 of week 1 for the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity, we needed to learn about the work that is done by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), and choose one of two videos showing how they save the wildlife. I chose to watch the video on the tigers, as I love the animal, and wanted to know how they planned on saving them. They planned on saving the tigers in this video by gathering people from all around the world and raising money that goes toward these tigers. Tigers

Summer Learning Journey: Week 1 | Day 3 | Activity 2

Today I completed the second activity for day 3 of week 1 of the Summer Learning Journey. For this activity we had to find three pros and cons (Positive and Negative) things about being a DOC Ranger. This challenge was quite hard as you couldn't find all of the pros and cons that you needed, so you would have to imagine yourself in the scenario that you are a DOC Ranger, and think of what you would do.