Wednesday, 12 April 2017

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 Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan because we got to make a submission to the council about what we would like to happen there and also learn about what the Regeneration plan is.

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

This term I have been reading and studying the novel …

I found this novel exciting because it is the kind of book I like to read and you didn't always know what would happen; some times the plot would surprise you.

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)

Monday, 3 April 2017

Maths - Generalise the properties of operations with fractional numbers and integers

WALT:  Generalise the properties of operations with fractional numbers and integers.
Something I found challenging was the ixl task Multiply and Divide Rational Numbers.
Something I learnt was how to divide fractions, you flip the second fraction around.

Modelling Book
Extended Abstract Task
Compare and Contrast Map

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Home Learning Challenge C7

I learnt origami. I did some practise pieces then made this flower for my parents:

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Merit 2017 leadership House Captain #5

The second thing the house captains need to do in the morning is put out the bins. By this I mean the house bins, the ones for the challenge we created. Firstly we need the keys, as the place where they are put is locked. We open the gate and, taking one to two bins each, wheel them out to the front of room 11 where they spend the rest of the day until the other group of house captains responsible for putting the flags and bins away, puts them away.

The care values I show while doing this are Active Thinking by actually remembering to do it and Respect by respecting the school because we are encouraging students to clean up the school.

Home learning challenge E8

I learnt the titanic theme song on guitar.
It took a while to learn, here is the music:

I can't get the video to blogger.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Home learning challenge A2

I made a set of birthday cards for my family (mum, dad and brother). Here they are:

This is my Mum's card:

My brother likes Pokemon so I made him this one:
(It had horns but they fell off):
My Dad flys gliders so this is the one I made him:

Merit 2017 leadership House Captain #4

Every morning Tracy, Amelia, Sophie and I put out the flags and bins. When we get to school we do the flags together, sometimes just with 2 or 3 of us. First we open both doors to the  radio room, then we get out the flags and take them to the flag poles(they're not exactly flag poles but I don't know what to call them). We then put them up (there are 6 of them), before closing the door and going to either to the bins of go back to class.

The care values I show when doing this are Community by working together and Active Thinking by each doing the same amount so we finish at roughly the same time.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Merit 2017 #5

Yesterday on Thursday we went to tech. I am currently in design and textiles. This week I spent nearly the whole time making my final product. I am making a dog harness for my dog, Toby. The first thing I did was finish the chestpiece on a sewing machine. I then threaded a piece of webbing strap through it (I left two holes one in each end.) I then made a loop with the end of the strap for the neck strap to go through. The dog harness has 3D printer made parts, buckles and one pentagon shaped ring to clip a lead onto - I designed these. During tech I also went to a screen printing workshop, I might use this on the chest piece. I tested it out when I got home, the only problem is that the neck strap comes undone when he pulls on the lead, not a good thing. If I have time next week I might try to fix it. Maybe a differently shaped buckle would help.

The care values I showed at tech were Respect by listening respectfully at the workshop and Excellence by finishing just in time so I could test it.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Merit 2017 #4

On Friday we had buddy programme again. Since Tracy and I planned last week, this week we were running games. The first thing we did was set up our game. We went on the basketball court, I set up 4 cones in each corner of half the court, while Tracy checked the rules on a chromebook. The first game we played with our first group was captains coming. I think it went very well. We played a simplified version. Basicly when we said Bow they would run to one end of the court. If we said Stern it would be a different end. The same for Port and Starboard. After they understood that we added in more rules, captains coming (where they salute), scrub the deck ( they pretend to scrub the ground) and row boat ( after saying row boat we say a number and that is how many fit in the row boat, they get into lines of that amount and pretend to row.)

The second game we played was Tangles. This one didn't work so well. What was supposed to happen was they would stand in a circle holding hands with people across the circle, they try untangle themselves. With them they mostly either held hands with the person next to them, or once two people were holding hands they would grab onto them and about 4 to 6 people would be holding the same hand.

The final game we played was Tricky Tag. It worked ok, though some of them didn't really get the rules or were playing different rules.

The second group didn't go quite as well as the first group, but they were ok.

The care values I showed were Community by getting involved in Captain Coming if they couldn't remember which way to go. I also showed Active Thinking by stopping the games that didn't work so well and trying something else.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Leadership Writing 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 people/teams to work towards a goal.The six traits of an effective leader are integrity, resilient, trustworthy, goal focused, motivational and active thinker. My key leadership role for 2017 is a House Captain(for Rimu). We lead the houses and organise games and activities for the school. This year we are doing a project to contribute to the school, motivating people to pick up rubbish and not litter the school grounds.

One leadership trait of an effective leader is motivational. Being motivational means you are able to give people reasons for doing something and inspire them to do it. An amazing example of a leader that has shown they are motivational is Richie Mccaw. He has motivated people not just in New Zealand but around the world to play and support rugby by leading the All Blacks to victory many times. As a house captain it is very important to be motivational as we need to lead our houses and get them interested in how their house does. I am going to become more motivational by improving my public speaking; it is definitely not my strong point. Leading by example is also a possible way to show I am motivational. Another vital trait for a house captain is trustworthy.

Being Trustworthy is an important skill for any leader. It is being reliable to do what is needed or right. Sir Edmund Hillary showed he could be relied upon to keep his word by showing he could climb Mt Everest like he said he would. Being Trustworthy is an extremely important trait for a house captain to have. We are trusted to do things such as running games and organising some parts of events. I will try to finish things when I say I will and run games as successfully as possible. I need to remember to put out the flags with the other house captains. As a house captain, another trait I will definitely need to show is active thinker.

Being an Active Thinker is about being able to problem solve and think creatively. Peter Jackson has shown that he is an active thinker by thinking creatively in his movies, such as the hobbit. As a movie director, he also needs to be able to problem solve in the event of anything going wrong. It is critical for a house captain to also be an active thinker, as often we have to quickly think of an interesting game to run, or occasionally think of something to say on the spot. I might also need to problem solve at any time. I’ll try to think of engaging games to run, come up with good ideas, and, of course, problem solve. Having good problem solving skills is vital.

Finally, I will show motivational by inspiring my house; as well as improving my public speaking of course! I’ll be an active thinker by thinking creatively, and problem solving. Most importantly, I’ll be Trustworthy by running games as well as I can, and remember to do things I say I will. As I’ve already covered, these three traits, as well as the other three, are necessary to be sure of being successful house captain.

Games with minimal or no equipment.

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?
Tag games
Invisible Touch
Catch the tail
Captains Coming
Hunger Games
If we don't have any equipment.
If we don't have time to get equipment or set it up.
If we want to play a game that doesn't require much equipment.

My Strengths.  
Some things that I have done well during this unit of learning are following the rules because I followed the rules as best as I understood them.

My Next Steps.
Some things I could improve on when playing games with minimal or no equipment are I could probably move faster between activites to the next rotation Because I could have moved faster.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Merit 2017 Leadership House Captain #3

On Wednesday we had the Run, bike, run at westlake park. All the students from year 4 to 8 went. As a house captain I had to run a game. Amelia and I ran multiple games of french cricket.
In the run, bike run I did individual. We had to run around the main lake once, bike around the field and both lakes, and finally run around the field. I came second in the 12yr old girls.

Thre care values I showed were Active Thinking by running a succsessful game and Community by helping the other house captains with their games.

Merit 2017 #3

On Thursday instead of going to tech I went to the swim trials at jelly park. I competed in freestyle and backstroke. I came third in both events. What we did first once we got there was do the roll, then we went inside. I already had togs on underneath so, unlike some people, I didn't have to get changed. 

After a little while, we had some time to do a warm up in the pool. I practised dives and also swam a couple of lengths.

The care values I showed were Excellence by trying my best and Community by cheering other people.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Home learning Challenge - R8

R8.Research food from another culture. Prepare a dish from this culture and serve it to your family.

Pizza is a yeasted flat bread topped with all types of flavour; commonly meats, vegetables, usually with a tomato based sauce although other sauces can be used and cheese, usually mozzarella. It is baked in an oven. The word pizza was first used in Gaeta which is a city in Italy. It soon spread throughout Central and Southen Italy. The rest of the world also came to eat pizza after world war II, when Allied troops staitioned in Italy came to enjoy pizza along with other italian foods. Until the late 19th and 20th century the dish was sweet and not savoury. My favourite pizza is the Margherita.

To make the pizza, first I made up some dough, then later that evening I rolled out each piece, added toppings, and finally Mum helped me put them in the oven. Here are some photos of the pizzas.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Merit 2017 leadership House Captain #2

This week Mrs McLeod was taking the student leaders for leadership. First the house captains finished the slideshow we created to share the rubbish bin challenge with the rest of the school. We are going to share this at assembly next Monday(at the full school assembly). We practiced by sharing our idea with the rest of the student leaders. The chrome cast wasn't working very well. After that we played a game called Hotseat. In this game one person sits on a chair in front of everyone else. They are assigned a character to act as. Everyone else asks them questions that they answer in character. I was the Big Bad wolf. Some other characters were Shrek, Little Red Riding hood and the Easter bunny.

The care values I showed  were Active Thinking in the game by thinking quickly to come up with answers to questions and also Community by working with the other house captains on the slide.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Maths: Form and Solve linear and simple quadratic equations.

WALT: Form and Solve linear and simple quadratic equations.
This is the task: Painting Triplets. Pania,Henare and Matui are triplets. Henare can paint a room by himself in 3 hours. His sister Pania can do it in 4 hours. Their brother Matui would take 6 hours on his own.
If they all work together and don't get in each others way, how long would the job take.

It was very hard. Mr Ladbrook helped me. This is our working out:

The answer is 1.3 hours.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Merit 2017 #2

On Friday I did buddy program. We got  to meet our new buddies for 2017. First we all went to a classroom, 7 to each. Then we were all given 2-3 kids. First my group played with the Lego, then we all went outside and played on the playground. After that we tried  out some games without equipment, like sneak up granny and tricky tag.

The care values I showed were Community and Respect by listening to what the juniors said and involving them.

Merit 2017 #1

This week was the first week of technology. The group I am in is doing textiles and design first. Since it is the first week we spent most of the time setting goals for what we want to achieve during tech this year. I want to basically learn as much stuff about the subjects as possible.

We also started mandarin. It is in a different building with different teachers. We learnt about Chinese new year and a bit about spring festival. The colour red is important to Chinese people.

The care value I showed was active thinking by trying to learn more mandarin and remember most of the words.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Merit 2017 Leadership House Captain #1

This year I am a House captain. Today we watched a video about ideas for what project we will work on for the year.

Our idea is that to motivate people to pick up rubbish we would have a house competition. There is going to be four bins one for each house. They will be coloured according to house colours. We might fundraise for money to run it. Also have bonus rounds where tickets are hidden and students can earn house points for their house by finding it. This would motivate people to actually look for rubbish.

The care value I showed was active thinking by thinking of how to do our idea and community by working with the other house captains.