Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Excellence 2017 can do #8

Year 8 trip to Wellington 

Second Day

 On the second day - Tuesday - we split into two groups, I was in Mr Ladbrook's group, and we went to Parliament first, where we did a mock debate, had a look around some of parliament, had fish and chips for lunch, and watched question time. The second thing we did that day was go to the reserve bank, where we were asked lots of questions about the bank, and money in general. We could earn lollipops, as well and shredded money (they tried to trick us that it would be regular money) and an unreleased 10 cent coin from 2007. I got 3 lollipops and a bag of shredded money. We went back to the YHA, and had Noddle Canteen for tea, it was good.

A care value I showed was Active Thinking, by answering questions as well as I could. I showed Resilience, as it was quite a long day, but I paid attention.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Excellence 2017 can do #7

Year 8 trip to Wellington 

The first day

On the 13th of November, the year 8's took a bus to Christchurch Airport, where we flew to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. We were staying at the YHA, and we dropped our bags off there and got changed, before going to the National war memorial. 

There we learnt about WW1, and followed the story of Will, a man who fought in WW1, and survived, although he lost his arm. There were real things from WW1, that were part of Sir Peter Jackson's collection, so we were quite lucky to seen them. We also watched the daily ceremony.

Afterwards we went back to the YHA and had Subway for dinner.

A care value I showed was respect by not touching anything we weren't allowed to touch, and being respectful during the ceremony. 
A leadership trait I showed was Resilience by paying attention and being respectful even though I was tired.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Excellence 2017 Can Do #6

On Wednesday last week we had our book character day. I came as Kvothe from the Name of the Wind. We had a parade in the morning; the year 7/8s were with the year 1's, 3's, and 5's. There were a lot of good costumes that people had put lots of effort into.

The care value I showed was Respect by respecting peoples costumes, and being quiet while other people were showing off their costumes. I showed Active Thinker, a leadership trait, by creating my costume from things we already owned.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Excellence 2017 Can do #5

On the 24-25 of October, we had our athletics day. The 12 and 13 year olds were together, and the order in which we did things was first shotput, then long jump, then discus, high jump, and on Wednesday we did sprints. I didn't place in anything, but it was a good day out of the classroom. On Wednesday we also had the house relays. As I am a house captain I had to do this, and rimu did ok, coming third. I also did longdidtance another day, and came fourth.

I showed Community by cheering other people on, and Excellence by trying my hardest.
The leadership trait I showed was Resilient, by running the whole long distance, and not giving up.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Excellence 2017 Can do #4

This term we have started doing a different activity on Fridays. I am doing Gamification - we code games using a website called gamefroot. During the first week, we started simple. The first game we made was a simple thing called mihi maker- all we had to do was fill in the blanks on what applied to us. It was somewhat frustrating when the program would forget what we had already typed in, but it was fairly straight forward. The second one I got to start on, was a sort of game a bit like minecraft, but you could only go left and right. This time there was no turitorial, we had to figure it out ourselves. By the time I had just got started on the second one, the bell rang.

The care value I showed was Community by helping other people who were unsure of how to do it.
The leadership value I showed was Resilience by keeping going when the program didn't work, and completing the first task.