Monday, 21 August 2017

Reading - Evaluate Author's Purpose

In reading we have been learning to….evaluate writer's purposes and consider how they have used structure and language to suit these purposes. (e.g.  I can make decisions about why the writer has written a piece of writing and how they have used particular structures and words to meet their purpose.)


Here is a link to our online modelling book


We have been evaluating how well an author has achieved their purpose based on:
  1. Specific Language choices made by authors.
  2. Specific Structure choices made by authors.


These documents show evidence of my learning during this unit:
(link your own learning for each of these activities. Please make sure your sharing settings are open)



My Next Step: Is to continue to apply this new knowledge and evaluate texts as I read them, checking to see that the author is meeting their intended purpose.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Term 2 Book Reveiw

Castaway: 13 year old Sam Clark's parents died in a house fire. The book tells you his journey traveling on a ship to find his brother that works at sea. He makes new friends along the way. The ship wrecks on Disappointment Island. 15 of the 28 crew members survive; Sam being one of them. For 7 months they live on this Island eating Mollymawks and Seals. They make grass huts and fight for survival. After 7 months of living on this miserable island they are rescued by a science expedition.

I would recommend this to someone who enjoys reading about history. Its a hard book to get into but its an interesting journey.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

In about week 7 of term 2 we had a leadership meeting on what we had to do to keep our positions. by the end of the term we had to have 9 blog posts. if you had 6 by the end of week 8 you got to contribute in a shared lunch.

Leaders day out

Mr Ladbrook organised for us to go to the city council for the day. we took the public but to the hospital and walked to the council building. While we were there we found out what the city council does in our community. We then split off into groups and went with a council member the learn about their role. After learning about the city council we went out for lunch then took the bus home.

Leadership meeting

We discussed something that we could do in the community. We decided to paint one of the electric green power boxes to prevent someone tagging it. We haven't taken action on this project yet but hope to in the near future.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Term 2 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Castaway
I found this novel okay because it's not the type of book I like to read.


During the novel I had to complete a thinking map which shows that I can classify how the author has shown the theme of the book.


National Standard this covers

  • Year 9/10 Standard
    • I can locate, evaluate, analyse and summarize information and ideas within texts and across a range of texts.
    • I have a large vocabulary that is connected to my own knowledge about the world and includes: - academic e.g observe vs watch - subject-specific (specific words about a subject (e.g feline) - technical terms (specialised vocabulary of a particular field.)

Overall I would give this novel a rating of  6/10 and I would / would not recommend it to others to read because some people like to read books about history and I think they would like it.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Music Term 2

For Music this term, three things I learnt were:
1. How to rap
2. New Zealand and world artist's
3. How to write a rap

Something I found challenging was writing my rap about school because I couldn't think of any good rhyming words.

home learning challenge (R8)

Pasta is a traditional Italian cuisine. We made tortellini pasta. Tortellini are typically stuffed with a mix of meat or cheese and originally from Italian region of Emilia. In Italy they are usually served in a broth but at our house we like having it with a creamy sauce.
It is a simple meal to make as you need to just boil the pasta until cooked, add what ever you want to have with it and mix and finally add the sauce.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

home learning challenge (E4)

Family Holiday
Where to: Fiji
2 adults, 3 kids
Our budget: $7,000

Flights: $250 per person one way - 
Total: $2,500

Accommodation: $334 for family per night -
Total: $2,338

Taxis + buses: $300

Spending money: $200 per day
Total: $1,400

Our total= $6,538
Which leave us $462 extra for souvenirs 

home learning challenge (C1)

 Prepare an itinerary for a tourist visiting Christchurch.

9:00 am- Enjoy the ride on the Gondola

11:30 am- Drive or catch the bus to the botanic gardens.

12:00 pm- Arrive at the botanic gardens. Find a nice spot to sit and have a picnic.

1:00 pm- After lunch have a walk in the gardens and look at the old trees and pretty flowers.

3:00 pm- Christchurch Museum is in walking distance from the park and has lots of cool old things to look at and lots of interesting things too.

4:00 pm- Go to Willowbank wildlife reserve and have a look at some of NZ's native animals and birds, feed the birds, feed the farm animals and check out the great walkways.

6:00 pm: Home for dinner.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Careers Education C.V. Writing

In CAREERS EDUCATION we have been learning to write a skills based Curriculum Vitae.

A skills based C.V. focuses more on the skills that we have,  rather than our work history.

Here is a link to our online Modelling Book that shows the process we have followed.

Three things that I have learned about writing a Curriculum Vitae are:

  1. not to make it too long.
  2.  using bullet points instead of sentences.
  1. be strict with your punctuation.

Here is a link to my Skills based Curriculum Vitae.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Maths WALT: Reason with linear proportions

WALT: Reason with linear proportions
I have been learning 3 WALTS
Write the answers the problems here (and show your working).
1A. 300 divided by 5= 60
60 times 2 = 120
120MLs of mango juice
1B. Pineapple punch because there's only 3 parts to it and 5 parts to the hawaiian one
1C. 250ML
2. 300 divided into 4 = 75
1 part coconut milk=75ML
2 parts mango=150ML
1 part orange=75ML
3A. Tiny: 100MLs
Hawaiian:
30ML orange
60ML pineapple
60ML mango

3B. Giant: 1.5 L

Tropical:
375ML coconut milk
750ML mango

375ML orange

Friday, 9 June 2017

Winter sport (9th June)

On Friday the 9th of June we took the year 5/6's to winter sport. Mr Forman and I took the rugby team to Hagley park. We played Waitakiri. I had helped out there by warming up the team and rolling subs.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Winter sport (2nd June)

On Friday the 2nd of  June we took the year 5/6's to winter sport. Mr Forman and I took the rugby team to Hagley park. We played Fendalton. I had helped out there by warming up the team and rolling subs.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Winter sport (25th may)

On Friday the 25th of may we took the year 5/6's to winter sport. Mr Forman and I took the rugby team to Hagley park. We played Hoon Hay. I had helped out there by warming up the team and rolling subs.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Home learning challenge (E9)

Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary was born in Auckland New Zealand in July 1919. He was a famous mountaineer in New Zealand. In 1953 he went Nepal and set up base camp on the bottom of Mt Everest. Him and several other mountaineers with their Sherpa's, Sir Ed's Sherpa was Tenzing. They set out on 28th of May, their Sherpa's carried 15KG packs to the summit of Mt Everest.

They only spent 15 minutes on the top. Once at the bottom the Queen gave him the coronation medal and knighted him.

Hillary climbed 10 other peaks in the Himalayas and reached the south pole on a trans-antarctic expedition his group was the first to reach the pole using motor vehicles.

In 2008 he died at the age of 88


helping out around the school merit blog post 14

On Wednesday I was in the library looking at some books. As I was looking around there were some boys being a bit loud. I asked them if they could quite down to make things a bit easier for the librarians because they were busy with other people.

tech merit blog post 13

On Thursday we went to tech at Lincoln Primary. We made creamy chicken pasta and fried rice. While I was there I showed community by getting involved in my group.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Helping others merit blog post 12

On Thursday my friends and I were walking around at lunch time, a year 1 came up to us a little upset. She didn't have anyone to play with. We let her play with us. By doing that i showed the value of community by letting her join in with what we were doing.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

tech merit blog post 11

On Thursday we went to tech at Lincoln Primary. We made cupcakes. We got to choose what we put in them my group put berries and chocolate chips. While I was there I respected the teacher by listening to her instructions so the recipe was correct.

Friday, 12 May 2017

home learning challenge (A2)

I made my family cards to last the rest of the year.  I made birthday cards and Christmas cards.


Monday, 8 May 2017

home learning challenge (C2)

On Saturday was my Grandad's birthday. I prepared 3 dishes for us all. We had a cheese platter, our main dish and desert

Sunday, 7 May 2017

sharing merit blog post 10

At lunch on Friday my friends and I we passing around a couple of balls and this little kid wanted one. we gave it to them even though it meant we had to change our game. I showed the value of community by sharing equipment in the playground.

tech merit blog post 9

On Thursday we went to tech at Lincoln Primary.we made banana bread and cheese scones. While I was there I respected the teacher by listening carefully to what she had to say so I was able to know what to do

probability learning

In Maths we have been learning to:


  • compare and describe the variation between theoretical and experimental distributions in situations that involve elements of chance.


  • calculate probabilities, using fractions, percentages, and ratios.


Here is a link to our online modelling book that supports this learning.


Here is some evidence of my learning.

My next step is to continue to apply my knowledge of statistics and probability in a variety of real world situations and contexts.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

My Favorite Book Of Term 1

Dan Carters: The Auto Biography Of An All Blacks Legand
This book is about Dan Carters life from when he started playing rugby. He started playing rippa rugby and the age of four for Southbridge. As he got older his father surprised him with a rugby post in his back yard, it is still standing on broad street Southbridge. In 2003 Dan became one of the ABs (all blacks) He went out for parties a lot and got himself into trouble quite a lot including in other countries.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Run Bike Run merit blog post 8

On march 8th we had Kauri Run Bike Run. As sports Co-ordinator this was a big job. I had to help set up where the bikes we going and where the games were held. While the races were going on I showed active thinking by looking for ways to help without being asked.

Tech merit blog post 7

On Thursday we went to tech at Lincoln Primary. We had our second week in cooking. We made cookies. While I was there I respected the teacher by listening carefully to what she had to say.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Current Events Term 1

Current Events Term 1


In Current Events I covered these topics:
  • The design of the Halswell Skate Park and I made a submission to the council.
  • Donald Trump’s Refugee Plan
  • Christchurch Earth Memorial
  • The new Ngā Puna Wai Sports Facility
  • The Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan with a submission to the council.


My favourite topic was the design of the Halswell skate park because we got to send a submission of what we want in the skate park


Here is a link to my learning on the Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan.


The Reading National Standards I have achieved are
  • Year 9/10
    • As I read I can make decisions about the usefulness of the text for the purpose - Eg: by using a variety of criteria to evaluate

visual language assesmant rask

home learning challenge (A3)

research different photography skills and show 20 photos showing you know how to use them.
black and white:












Focusing:




















   











color:


























movement:


Thursday, 23 March 2017

wearing my hat Merit blog post 6

today when we got back from tech, It was lunchtime. we had to quickly eat our food and go play. I finished my food and went onto the field. Even though I wasn't doing much I made sure I wore my hat because the younger kids look up to us. By wearing my hat I was being an active thinker by wearing my hat without being asked.

bus to tech Merit blog post 5

today we had tech, I 'm still working on the model rugby field. The bus ride was great, we were quite and only talking to the person next to us. while I was on the bus I was showing the leadership value of respect by letting the bus driver concentrate for our safety.

Monday, 20 March 2017

home learning challenge (C6)

Over the weekend I decided to clean out my draws and give them to someone in need. I filled up a bag of clothes to give away.

Friday, 17 March 2017

bus to tech merit blog post 4

Yesterday on the bus to tech i was showing the leadership trait of respect by only talking to the person next to me. While I was there i carried on with my project. I am making a rugby feild model.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

leadership article writing

In writing I have been learning to:
  • use all basic punctuation independently
  • attempt more complex punctuation (eg semicolons, colons, parentheses)

I have been especially focusing on using parentheses and commas. I have highlighted these in green where I have used them as well as other punctuation that I changed because it was used incorrectly. Here is a piece of my writing that shows this.


Integrity means you are being fair and honest. Faio'o Fa'amusili (the black ferns captain) has shown integrity by being fair with her team and being honest when it comes to what went wrong and right. In my leadership role, as sports co-ordinator, it's important to show integrity if something happens to the sports gear. I will show integrity by being honest with Mr Forman and fair if I ever have to ref a game

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Use factors multiples and powers, including square roots.


In Maths we have been learning:
  • Divisibility rules up to 10.
  • Simple powers to 10.
  • Square roots of perfect squares.
  • Common factors of numbers to 100, including highest common factor.
  • Least common multiples of numbers to 100.




Here are the IXL screenshots that show evidence of my learning.  





My next learning step in Maths is...

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

leadership meeting blog post 3

during our leadership meeting today we learnt ten ways a school leader can contribute to your school . We also started planning what we are going to do to contribute to Oaklands. Maddy and I have finished our plan, all we have to do now is run it by the teachers then our plan is confirmed. This plan will take place in term 2 or 3.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

leadership meeting merit blog post 2

Today we had a leadership meeting. Mr Ladbrook was away so Mrs McLeod filled in. We practiced our public speaking. first we did it with a partner, then in groups of four. In the group of four we had a poem, we all got parts to say in front of the other leaders and then we got feedback from them so we could improve.

wearing my hat at lunch Merit blog post 1

Today when the year 7/8 hub got back from technology we had to quickly put our bags in the class, grab what we need and go outside. After I ate my food under the shade I put my hat on and ran onto the field. when the year 3's ran past they put their hat on because they saw my friends and I wearing ours. I showed active thinking by role modeling my hat without being asked

home learning challenge (E5)

E5; research your family tree and share it with your family
SWANEY
My Mums family


John Swaney m Mary Crow in 1846 Cornwall
Family - Ernest, Rosemary and Ian


Ernest Swaney m Amy Prattley in 1914 Temuka
Family - Cliff, Trevor, Albert and Iris


Albert Swaney m Ruth Hosken in 1942 Ashburton
Family - Terrence, Dennis, Trevor, David and Peter


Terrence Swaney m Patricia Lee in 1967 Ashburton
Family - Lynette and Craig


Lynette Swaney m Philip Andrell in 2001 Fiji
Family - Travis, Jared, Leeana, Jake


After Quail island leprosy colony quarantine facility closed in 1925 our family farmed it.
The name Swaney originates from England
Trevor Swaney was killed in WW2 in Florence
Albert Swaney was in WW2 based in Fiji as communications

Terrence Swaney (my Grandad) served in NZ Army as was based in Singapore