Friday, 25 November 2016



This term we have been learning about Parliament. We have looked at the difference between government and parliament, NZ parliament, who is in government, how our government works and we compared democracy to dictatorship.

Three things that I learned are NZ parliament are:

  • the prime minister sits in the fourth seat on the right
  • parliament and Government have different role
  • there are more of the "national" party cause they got the most votes

Assessment task

task had I to complete
1A. The surf shop($42.00)
1B. it is cheaper by $1.80

2A. surf the waves company($76.80)
2B. its cheaper by $7.20

3A. The surf shop($30.60)
3B. its cheaper by $3.80\

4A. surf the waves company $48.00
4B. its cheaper by $12.20

1A. $30.60
1B. $76.80
1C. up to $46.20

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Te Reo, Term 4 2016.

This term we have been learning all about the Marae. We have learned that…….

  • The Marae is an important focal point for the community.
  • The Marea is a place where tradition and customs can be carried out.
  • The Marae is a place where people can express their values with dignity.
  • There are many kawa ( protocols) that prevail on the marae.
  • Marae kawa (protocols) can differ between marae's and iwi.

We have focussed on some key concepts when doing this learning.
These are listed and explained in the table below.

Definition -
give the meaning of these concepts in your own words.
method, the way we do things
a welcoming ceremony on a marae
Tangata whenua
the local people of the land
people being welcomed onto the land on a marae
home base
a relationship with family
love, "go that extra mile"

See this video for an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of people on a marae.

Something I would like to learn more about the marae is, What happens when the leader dies?

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

leadership blog post 9

Yesterday we went to technology. We had to finish sanding our trays/trays and start assembling them. While I was there I showed the leadership value of respect by using my manners when i need help.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

I can take action to improve the water cycle in Canterbury

I can take action to improve the water cycle in Canterbury

In this project I was working with Milan and we decided to create a online children's book

Here is a link of what we made.our story

In this project we decided that our success criteria were:  
A good Children’s Story needs...
Why is this important?
It needs to be easy to read
So little kids can understand it
It needs to have colorful pictures
To keep little kids entertained
It needs to be short
Otherwise little kids are going to get bored
It needs to have characters
Little kids like characters

Overall our project met this criteria because It had 3/4 of these things

Identify classes of two- and three-dimensional shapes by their geometric properties

Assessment task:

Hexagons: 4
Rectangles: 4
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leadership bog post 8 technology

on Tuesday the year 7's and 8's went to Lincoln primary school. I've nearly finished my tray. While I was there I showed the leadership traits of active thinking by organizing myself quickly and going to mandarin class.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Koru Games

The activity I participated in was touch rugby.
Two highlights of the koru games was getting to see all my old team mates because I haven't seen them in a while and winning our first game because it was fun.
I am proud of being in the A team because we had good structure and some of us had different skills then others in the team.
Next year I would like to do Rugby 7's (if we can get enough parent help) because one of my favourite sports is rugby.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

leadership blog post 7 technology

Yesterday we went to technology at Lincoln primary. In woodwork we are still sanding our trays and tables. While I was the I showed the leadership value of Active thinking because we had a different teacher and she didn't really know what we were doing so I just got on with my work

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Information report - Water Cycle

The water cycle is a process that water goes through between ground ocean and sky. The steps of the water cycle are: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation and runoff/ground water.

Evaporation is when the water gets heated and turns into a gas. When water hits the boiling point (around 100 degrees centigrade)it turns into a gas and rises into the atmosphere. Evaporation changes liquid and frozen water into water vapor gas. The suns energy breaks the bonds that holds water molecules together. When water vapor gas rises it forms clouds.

Condensation and precipitation is the clouds that form in the sky. water vapor gas condenses back into water and ice when it gets to cold. Higher in the atmosphere where its colder water vapor turns back into droplets.As the water droplets get heavier they can no longer float causing them to fall. Precipitation isn't always rain it could also be snow, sleet or hail. After it rains, snows sleets or hails the water needs to get back into the ocean or river this is called runoff.

Runoff/ ground water is when the water needs to get back to the ocean or river. Runoff water travels to rivers, lakes or oceans, keeping the water going. Water underground moves due to gravity downward and sideways. Ground water has purposes such as keeping plants alive and filling aquifers. Runoff is important because it flows over land. Most of it soaks into the soil and creates groundwater.

The water cycle is a process of stages: Evaporation, Condensation, precipitation, and runoff. The water cycle has no start of finish. All water is recycled

student lead conference reflection

The things I enjoyed most about my SLC were:
sharing my learning with my family

What went well and why?
showing my learning pathway because I thought that it wasn't going to show up but it

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

leadership blog post 6 technology

On Tuesday I went to technology, I'm making a tray in woodwork. We have been sanding for the last two weeks. While I was there I showed the leadership value of respect by sitting quietly when Mr Bowers was speaking

Monday, 29 August 2016

I can recognise and understand a variety of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns

In this unit I have been learning about:
  • The parts of speech.
  • The types of nouns.
  • The types of sentences.

In this unit, I found challenging types of sentences because some can be really confusing to understand

Something new I learnt was I learnt that ( ) are actually called parentheses

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

leadership blog post 5 technology

On Tuesday we had our second session of woodwork. I'm making a tray, I made the handle design, traced it onto the wood and then Mr Bowers cut it out. while i was there I showed the leadership value of respect by Listening to others ideas.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

leadership blog post 4 Technology

This pen-tad I'm doing woodwork, I am making a tray. While I was there I showed the leadership value of community because at pack up I cleaned up after myself and being aware of others by pushing my chair in.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

leadership blog post 3 (technology)

Last week the year 7's & 8's went to Lincoln Primary School. At the moment I'm doing textiles and design. We carried on with our prototyping.while I was there I showed the leadership trait of respect by not talking while the teacher was talking.On the bus I showed the leadership trait of respect as well by only talking to the person next to me so the bus driver can conserntrate

Thursday, 4 August 2016

leadership blog post 2 (PALs)

On Tuesday I did PAL's with the kakano, I did hoops and stilts. Something that went well was when we had to pack up everyone helped.
I showed the leadership quality of active thinking because i didn't need anyone to tell me that I had to do my duty.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Term 2 Te Reo Reflection

Term 2 Te Reo Reflection





Extended Abstract
I can say 1-5 words about celebrations in te Reo Maori.  
With help, I can ask and answer several questions about celebrations, using te Reo Maori.
I can ask and answer several questions about celebrations,using Te Reo Maori.
I can ask and answer a range of questions about celebrations,using Te Reo Maori. I can teach others these questions and answers.

In Te Reo this term I have been learning about using vocabulary around food (Kai) and celebrations (Ngā hākari)

Here are some sentences, with english translation in brackets, that I can say confidently (list 3-4).
  •  He aha te mea pai, ki a koe kei to pāti? 
(What do you like about your party?) 
  • He aha ō mātou pirangi?
(what do we need)
  • Kei te hiakai ahau  
(I'm hungry)

  • Ae!.......kā pai tō koutou mahi.                                                                                                          
(good job you lot)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

merit blog post 1 (technology)

Yesterday the year 7 and 8's went to tech at Lincoln primary school. At the moment I am doing textiles and design. We were doing our planning and started prototyping. I am making a pillow to put in my room. while I was at tech I showed the respect value because I listened to the teachers instructions and I behaved on the bus by only talking to the person next to me quietly so the bus driver could concentrate.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Week 5 Reading Assessment

Year 7/8: I can use my growing wide range of academic and content-specific vocabulary to understand texts.

Name of Text: Underground Explorers

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Void: an empty space or vacuum.

Fluorescent: able to give off visible light after being exposed to a source of heat, light, or other form of energy

Vulnerable: able to be hurt or injured

Interconnected: to connect or cause to be connected one to the other or others.

Seldom: not often; rarely.

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Example/Non Example
Is a void messy? Why or why not?
A void isn't messy because it is an empty space
Which color is the most fluorescent at night? Why?
The most fluorescent colour at night is dark blue because for the most part of the day it has had the sun shining so when its dark it can shine
Why are elderly people more vulnerable than children? Why?
elderly  people have sensitive skin because when you are young you do more things but when you get older your skin becomes more sensitive  
Which is more interconnected; a vine or a dandelion? Why?
Vines because the grow around things when dandelions don't they just grow by themselves
Which is more seldom; the Olympics or an election in NZ? Why?
The olympics because they only happen once every four years

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Word Associations
The plants in the garden are die during a frost
There were lots of different paths that joined each other
I made a shot from halfway while facing backwards.
We are still exploring  outer space.
I can find my key ring easily in the dark.

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Word Relationships

How might each pair of words be connected?
When you get a bruise blood rushes to that spot and makes it discoloured
When doing a puzzle if there is an empty space you connect the peices

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Extended Writing
Think of a time when you felt as though you were in a void or when you saw something that happens seldom. Write a paragraph about this.
SELDOM On wednesday instead of training we had a game. I got the ball and I ran about half the field and fended off 5 tackles and nearly got a try

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

I can describe the structure of a Short Story

Something I have learned about the structure of short stories is: action happens quicker but it is still interesting

After reading some short stories two things I will remember when I write my own short story are don't make it too long and keep it interesting

Thursday, 14 April 2016

I Can Read And Interpret A Range Of Graphs

For maths I have been learning to read and interpret a range of graphs. This relates to the National Standards as it meets the criteria of:
  • I can compare distributions visually (Year ⅞ Standard)
Here is link to my Statistical Literacy spreadsheet  which shows all of the graphs and tables I can read and interpret.

I have also compared and contrasted some of the graphs. Below are the links to them

My next step is to use these in my leadership investigation next term.

writing - exposition

My two leaders were Richie McCaw and Barack Obama.

Here is my conclusion:

Therefore I think Barack Obama is a better leader with Richie McCaw no far behind. All though Richie has done a lot for New Zealand Barack is in charge of the US and has been for a while. 

My next step is to use more vocabulary to make it more interesting and not boring.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Term 1 Integrated Learning - Leadership

We have been learning all about What makes a good leader.

We identified that good leaders show 6 main character traits. These are Integrity, goal focused, trustworthy, active thinker, resilient, motivational.

The leadership trait that I think I show the most is motivational because I encourage people to give it a go when I am a PAL or at a PAL game.

The leadership trait I would most like to develop is active thinker because I'm not always making the right choices.

Something NEW I have learned about leadership is leaders are not always good sometimes they make bad decisions and think its the right one.

The SOLO level that I reached during this unit of learning is multicultural because I cant name all of the traits in one go but I can name over half
(see slide 2 of the leadership modelling book for this)

My next step in learning about leadership is to apply everything that I have learned about leadership to my own leadership roles.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Drama Improvisation Term 1

WALT: apply the techniques of improvisation to a range of different scenarios.

Improvisation techniques that I have used successfully are,thinking on the spot.

Improvisation techniques that I would like to have more practice is the name rap

The thing that I enjoyed most about this unit of learning was working with different people because I got to see what other people like and dislike

The thing that I found most challenging during this unit of learning was the name rap because I couldn't think of something that rhymed with the name that was given

My favourite improv game was the present because it was funny trying to think of what was given to you and you got to be as creative as you want

My next step/ something I need to work on further  in improvisation is thinking of what to say next because I can't think for too long of the story will get boring

Thursday, 31 March 2016

PE- Striking & fielding

WALT: Apply Striking and Fielding activities in a range of sports and activities.

My Strengths

The striking strategies I was able to effectively demonstrate during the games we played were how I threw the ball at someone to get to the pitcher faster.

The throwing and catching strategies I was able to effectively demonstrate during the games we played were catching I cupped my hands to catch the ball without the ball bouncing out.

My Next Steps

To improve my striking of a ball I need to work on my under arm throw because I'm not very good at throwing under arm in a straight line.

To Improve my catching and fielding I need to make sure my hands are cupped because otherwise the ball will jump out.

The game that I enjoyed the most was first one because I hit the ball enough to get to first base.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

I can gather, evaluate and synthesise information across a small range of texts

WALT: gather, evaluate and synthesise information across a small range of text

here is my doc


I was learning about  the change of the New Zealand flag I think that I did well because we had finished. I think that we shouldn't change the flag because soldiers fought under our flag. I really enjoyed doing this activity because it was fun and I got to work with someone different.