Friday, 21 April 2017

Excellence key leadership role 5

On Thursday all the leaders meet to confirm what was going on with getting our merits (because all the leaders have to get to their leadership merit badge before the end of term or they could get fired) and Mr L found that some people haven't gotten them yet! Mr L then said that he would let them do thier last posts and home learning challenges during the holidays just to finish off. Then he talked about how the house captains are going to do the game at the start of term 2 since we couldn't this week.

Excellence technology 5

Today all the year 7/8s went to technology until 12:30! I am in the design group and we started off by learning how to thread and start asewing machine because some of the year 7s didn't know how to. Then we learned about how to go backwards on the machine and change the settings to things like the zig zag one. We then went over to mandarin and we all knew we were doing art when we walked into a room with paper all over the tables! We were going to get a blob of black ink on out paper plates and we had to blow it and try to get it to look like a pretty tree they like in Asia. We then had to dip our fingers into red paint and do dogs around the tree branches and make them look like blossoms for the trees.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Current events term 1

Blog Post Title: 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 giving feedback on the skate park because we got responces when we submitied forms to the council and they said they included out ideas which was cool.


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

Term 1 Novel Study

Term 1 Novel Study


This term I have been reading and studying the novel see ya, Simon by David Hill


I found this novel sad because Nathan and Simon have been best friends and they both know that Simon is going to die of muscular dystrophy


During the novel I had to complete two major assessment tasks. The first is an Explain Map which shows the consequences of a major event in the book. The second was a Describe++ Map (Inference map) which shows I how I have connected prior knowledge and other experiences to what I have been reading to make an inference.


National Standard this covers (delete the ones that are not appropriate)
  • Year 9/10 Standard
    • I can monitor my understanding as it develops during my reading, and adjust my strategies to address any comprehension problems Eg: If I don’t understand a passage I have read I can re-read it, read-on, use pictures or diagrams, or explore the meaning of some of the vocabulary.
    • I can use strategies to analyse ideas and information and to reflect critically on the meaning I am gaining from my reading. (Eg: I can think about the meaning of the information and ideas and how this fits with what I think)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

C10 Design your own challenge

Today I went to an umpire training session for 1 and a half hours to learn all the rules of the year 5/6 netball because I signed up to be an umpire this year as one of the volunteers for my club. This will mean I might have to stay for a bit longer than usual at the Lincoln netball courts and wait around until the game I have to umpire starts. I will have to learn all the rules that are new to netball and train to be an amazing umpire to get to my bronze silver or gold certificate! I will have to practice getting my whistle loud and get confident in what I'm calling up and not being quiet because then nobody can hear me! I think I am showing excellence by volenteering and taking time out of my weekend to help the year 5/6s learn the rules of netball and help them be the best they can be!

Key leadership role 4

Today we had a meeting for the leaders and Mr Ladbrook talked to us about how the house captains have to run a game again because it has been so terribly wet we couldn't even do it! We have to get it done by the end of term so I hope it doesn't rain or their might be some angry students and teachers. We just kept planning because we couldn't actually run the games because we were wet day monitoring the younger students because the year 6s were on camp and they normally do it. I showed leadership by stepping up and actually doing the wet day monitoring and I showed excellence by planning and making it even more better for the game!

Excellence Technology 4

On Thursday I had to get to school early to get to tech, his was also the day I went to canturbury swimming! The year 7/8s always go to technology at Lincoln on Thursdays and today we all got there pretty much on time! We got on the bus and after a surprisingly quiet bus trip we were there! Today we were changing groups and I was going to Design! The design is now upstairs so I was excited! We firstly got to know the teachers then we got into some of the stuff we were going to have to do and some of the systems around the area. I showed leadership by explaining to some of the year 7s what they meant because I did this last year! I showed respect by listening to the teachers and sharing some ideas. This wasn't all the day but I had to leave for swimming after this.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Excellence kapa Haka 3

At kapa Haka on Friday we were getting ready to go in when we (Sophie, Anneke and I) realised there was nobody about and then we remembered that least week they told us that we had to line up by the year 6 hub now so we don't disturb Mrs Trotter and the staff people in the office. When we went inside we practiced the usual songs and lracticed the actions from the song we learned last week and the week before! I showed respect by being quiet when we were lining up in the year 6 hub so we don't disturb them. I showed leadership by showing people the actions that don't really know them.

Excellence key leadership 3

On Thursday I went out to the field with Tracy to run our game when I realised...it was closed so I couldn't do my game for the kauri students from Miro! It would have been better to do it last week because the year 7s were on camp and that means less people to handle! But anyway we couldn't do our game so we just planned more to get it so nothing goes really wrong. I showed leadership by just keeping on planning and not worringing about not doing it. I showed a give thinking by getting out there and now we know what we will need and how many kids will be waiting!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Home learning challenge E2

These are some questions I asked my Mums cousin Amy, we stayed with her when we were in Auckland to watch Adele.

1. What is your job and what part do you play in your job? A. Naturopath ( they work in natural medicine to help people who are not well become well, they do it through using diet and lifestyle) They use nutrition and herbal medicine. But Amy is a technical support person which means she would get phone calls or email or see her in person, tell her their sickness and Amy would tell them what some good options of medicine they could have to fix them, because she works for people that sell thousands of different medicines. 

2. What qualifications do you need to have to be a naturopath? A. You need to have your bachelor of Heath science deploma of herbal medicine and deploma of naturopathy. This will take you 3 years of learning/training.

3. Do you enjoy your job and why? A. Amy likes doing research and she has to do research because when she gets a patient she will research what natural medicine would be the best for this particular problem.

4. What tools do you use in your job? A. She uses lots of the Internet when people phone up and the patients tell her what's wrong with thier clients and if she didn't know what this particular condition is she would google it and then understand more, and also phone because she can phone the experts if there is someone that knows this condition better and they will tell Amy some other things about this.

5. What is an example that helps lots of people with thier health? A. Magnesium, because it helps with lots of different things and it works fast. Some of the things it helps is, stress, sleeping, cramps, headaches and some more. Magnesium relaxes muscles and nerves.

Excellence key leadership 2

On Wednesday the leaders met up and had a meeting. While all the rest of the classes were eating the house captains were talking about what they are gonna do for a game. The house captains have to run a game every term for the school (kauri or kakano) this is a good idea because it gets the school involved at lunches and it's good for the house captains to have something to do. Tracy and I are thinking of doing dodge ball in the hall with the kauri students but we are not to sure, but this game would be a good idea because all you need is balls. I showed active thinking by giving the other house captains ideas for thier games and I showed leadership by showing up to the meeting and getting our game sorted on time.

Excellence kapa Haka 2

Today was kapa Haka. Firstly we had to take off our shoes and put them in the hall foyer until the end of kapa Haka when we will put them back on. Next we sang a song for the non performance kapa Haka so they can go back to their class. After that we sang the song Hare Mai and practiced our actions that we made up last week. Soon after that we sang another song by Stan Walker and practiced doing the whole thing in Maori and just the rap in English so it sounds nice. I showed excellence by listening to the teachers so they could get on with teaching us. I showed leadership by turning up to kapa Haka and helping the kids find thier space again.

Monday, 20 March 2017

My Leadership article

In writing I have been learning to use a wide range of punctuation appropriately and with increasing accuracy like . , ! ? “”
- colon :
- semi-colon ;
- hyphen -
- parentheses ( )
- brackets [ ]
- ellipses ...


I have been especially focusing on using parentheses and semi-colon. 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.

Leadership is a skill of being able to motivate a people/teams to work towards a goal. There are 6 traits of an effective leader and they are, Integrity, Goal focused, Trustworthy, being an active thinker, Resilience and being Motivational. My key leadership role for 2017 is to be one of the Miro house captains; this means that when there is a sports day or house colour day I will be the one to dress up in HEAPS of blue because I am representing my house, also to set up games for Miro house, and lastly creating fun ways to make the school a better place for the students; for example last year the leaders made anti-bullying  wrist bands for people to wear at school to show that they are against bullying. In order to be an effective and fun leader I need to show the leadership traits in my role!
In this piece of writing I have used lots of semicolons but not many bracets this is my introduction.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Home learning challenge excellence A12 design your own

Today I had to go and pick up my netball uniform and we found out that we could either sell 36 bars of chocolate for $2 or pay $25 to the club to make training tops for everyone and I chose fundraising because I didn't want to pay that much when I could just get out and about. I walked around about 2 blocks in 1 and a half hours to sell the chocolate to give to the club. 

Excellence 1 key leadership

On Tuesday the leaders had a talk about who is doing the flags because some people aren't doing it after and before school because they just don't want to. We also talked about how the house captains have to get their game ready for the term because every term the house captains run a game for all the Kauri students of the whole school because some kids don't get involved at lunch and these games are really fun for lots of them. Tracy and I think we want to do capture the flag. I showed community by giving some of the house captains ideas for their games. I showed leadership by turning up to this meeting.

Excellence kapa Haka 1

Today was kapa Haka. Firstly we sang a song we always sing for a warm up and because the non performance group only stay at kapa Haka for one or two songs just to get involved but I am not in the non performance I am in the performance because I like performing. Then we sang a new song and learnt new actions to it for a change because it has been quite boring doing the same songs every week. We practiced those actions a lot and then sang our last song by Stan walker and tried without the lyrics and only the year 7/8s and a few others knew it off by heart. I showed respect by listening to the commands and doing them. I showed leadership by always listening and again helping the other kids to find their lines.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Games with none or minimal equiptment

In PE we have been participating in a variety of games that require little or no equipment.
Below is the Matrix which shows our progression in this unit of learning.


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The table below shows my understanding of games with minimal or no equipment.
(Fill this table in, in as much detail as possible. )


Examples of Games that need minimal or no equipment.
What equipment would we usually need to play these games.  
Why do we play games with minimal or no equipment?
Any tag games e.g Octopus or normal tag.

Silent ball

Games on the court e.g basketball or netball
Cones,  a ball, bibs, or a bat maybe?Because they are easy to set up and easy to understand and not complicated.


My Strengths.  
Some things that I have done well during this unit of learning are listening to the instructions because I knew most of the games anyway.


My Next Steps.

Some things I could improve on when playing games with minimal or no equipment are getting more involved because I wasn't running around as much as other people were.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Home learning challenge E8: Choose a musical instrument and learn howto play a new song

Today I learned how to play the main part of the song stay by Riannah. I only recorded a little bit because this song is mostly the same thing al the way through. Stay is a hard song to do because of the transitions between how to move your hands to whatever note so I am really proud of myself for getting it!



Here is me doing apart of this song
video


Key leadership role merit post 5

On Wednesday was the kauri run bike run. I had to help in this because every year the house captains chose a game to run for the people who aren't racing at the time to burn off some energy since we don't get fitness or morning tea but we do get lunch because the run bike run only takes up half the day. Tracy and I decided we would run trickey tag because we got put with the year 6s and most of them like that game because they play it a lot. But we also played the game paper scissors rock because trickey tag started to get a bit boring. I showed excellence by handing out pozis to the people who were getting involved.

Kapa Haka merit post 5

Today was Kapa Haka. Firstly we had to take off our shoes, go into the hall and get into our lines that we learned at the start of the term. Next we sang a song while the non performance group was there and we sang he honore. After that the non performance people left the hall and went back to class. Straight after that we got into a song called Aoteroa by Stan walker witch we have been practicing quite a lot because it is a very hard song to learn. Lastly we sang a song that the school sang a log time ago and I knew all the lyrics because I was in kapa Haka that year! I showed active thinking by remembering where my spot in the line was so the teachers didn't have to find one for me along with all the other kids that couldn't remember.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

R1 Improve your fitness: over 4 weeks swim 1k.

I have done at least 10 lengths every week for over 4 weeks in order to do well at trials. I have firstly been to jellie park 2 times, then to pioneer, also to wharanui 3 times. I have practiced my breaststroke and my freestyle mostly because these were the ones I chose for swimming trials. I showed active thinking by training for my sport events.



My proof is that I did so well in swimming sports (forgot to take photos!)😂

Kapa Haka merit post 4

Today was kapa Haka, we started with a warm up and we sung he honore. Then we started practicing our main song at the moment witch is Ka Waiata. We have made some echoes in this song and now it sounds so cool. Next we practiced and learnt some new bits of a song by Stan Walker called Aroteroa,     (I don't know how to spell it) Lastly we practiced a song called e rere taku manu and finished our kapa Haka for the week. I showed excellence by teaching some of the little kids how to sing the last song we practiced because I know it well.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Key leaderrship role merit #4

On Thursday I came back from swimming trials and found out that we and a leadership meeting! Because we had a power outage lots of the leaders had gone home but there were still enough to do a proper meeting. Firstly the house captains went away and finished our slide show on the challenge that we will be announced at assembly. After the house captains finished that we all played a game called hot seat. Hot seat is where you have an audience and just one person on a chair Infront of the audience, and an anoncer who was Mr Mc Cleod, so Mrs Mc Cleld would announce the person in the hot seat as a make believe character, e.g I was named as skreak. And then you would have to answer all the questions the audience had in character. I showed active thinking by staying in character even though doing streaks voice was embarrassing.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Key leadership role merit 3

On Monday the leaders hosted the full school assembly, we only found out in the morning! We got our scripts at morning tea and started practicing them. My one was about reminding the school to show their care values. This was a good thing for the leaders to do because now we know what sort of things we have to do as leaders. Mr Ladbrook I think was proud of us because that was basically the first big thing the leaders have done so far in our roles. I showed Excellence because I spoke with pride and took the tips the teachers had about public speaking.

Kapa Haka merit post 3

Today was the second kapa haka practice. Firstly again we took off our shoes and then got into our lines from last week. We firstly practiced a song and added some echo into it, and I thought it sounded amazing! We then practiced a Stan walker song and discussed what performances we are going to do this year. It was mostly about the festivals we will do and about what songs we will do, the teachers also think we will bring an old song back into the kapa haka because it worked really well.. I showed respect because I was listening and trying my best in singing.

A12 Design your own challenge (weetbix triathlon)

Today I participated in the weetbix triathlon. In the weetbix triathlon you enter in your age group and on a weekend you go down to Jellie Park to actually do it. Firstly in my age group you would have to do a 200 meter swim, then an 8 km bike ride and lastly a 1.5 km run. You get a medal for participating and giving it a good go. Charlotte L was the one I went with, and we were the only year 8's in Oaklands school that did it this year. I enjoyed the swim because it was refreshing and I was in the front because I went first.
Here is Charlotte and me biking today in the rain!

Square numbers to 100 and their matching square roots.

In Maths we have been learning:


Square numbers to 100 and their matching square roots.
This is part of our basic facts knowledge.
It is important to just know these as we can use this knowledge in other areas of maths.


Here is a link to our online modelling book.


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





My next learning step in Maths is……. to work them out quicker and know the square numbers off by heart.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Home learning challenge C9, a Attend a community event with your family e.g Sparks in the park, A&P show

Today I went to the lantern festival with my family. It was amazing, even better then last years one! There were so many different shaped lanterns you wouldn't believe it! We walked around the park and then went back home, it took us about 30 mins to walk around! Because there was so much!
This is Grace and I by some of the lanterns.

Kapa Haka merit post 2

Today was the first practice of kapa Haka for the year. Firstly we took off our shoes went into the hall and got into groups, one side were the ones that didn't want to perform so they are in the non-performance group and the other side were the ones that wanted to perform and that was me. We then started to do a few songs so the teachers could hear what we sounded like as a group. Then the teachers gave us lines for performances. After that everyone left but they asked some people to volunteer to do poi at the cultural week performance and that was Sophie Amelia Brook and I. I showed excellence because I was getting involved to volunteer to do the poi.

Maths Assessment task: WALT: Find factors of numbers to 100 and common multiples of numbers to 10

WALT: Find factors of numbers to 100 and common multiples of numbers to 10

Here is my assessment task

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Key leadership role merit blog post 2

Today the leaders got together to meet about what our goal is this year to help the students of our school. The house captains got together and our goal is to have a litter free school, so we came up with an idea that we will announce in assembly one day. We also got to learn how to put the flags up at the front of the school in the morning, I will be taking one flag down AFTER school. We also watched a video of the guy from GRIP leadership about the things we should do while being leaders like one of his ideas was to organised lots of games. I showed active thinking by giving my ideas to the house captains.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Home learning challenge A.2, design I set of cards to give to your family or friends over the year.

Today I made a set of cards for my family and friends over the year. I made them with some fancy card I have, some pens and stamps and stickers. Some of them are for my family and some for my friends. These ones are for the birthdays coming up in the month. But I plan on making some before other people's birthdays come up. Here are the photos of the finished cards.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Key leadership role merit blog post 1

Today the leaders had a meeting, because Mr L wasn't in the class we had Mrs McCleod. We were learning about how to actively speak in public, and I was nervous because I,m not very strong at speaking in public but today I learnt a lot and am feeling much more confident now. Firstly we had to read a poem to ourselfs, then pick a partner and read it to them (this was quite a hard poem to read) So I read my poem to Sophie and then she read it back to me. Then Mrs McCleod grouped us with one more person and we got put with Maddy. Next we read it to all of our group. After that we picked parts to read each and read the poem in front of the rest of the leaders. We then put back the poems, got a sticky note and put a random topic on it and handed it to Mrs McCleod (I put dogs) Little did we know we were going to be handed one of them and speak about that subject for a minute! That really helped us all. I showed respect by not laughing at peoples topics and the people who were really nervous to public speak.

Wearing my hat at lunch merit blog post 1

Today after the year 7/8s came back from tech witch was in the middle of eating time so we had to put our bags back, grab our food, get our  hats and go outside very quickly. Firstly my friends and I went to go finish our food by our class then played netball on the basketball court and we were all wearing out hats the whole time and we didn't take them off to run or anything! A duty teacher walked past and gave us a pozi because she said we were being positive role models. I showed excellence by getting involved at lunch while wearing my hat!