Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Excellence 2017 House Captain #3


Bake Sale

Today we had our third bake sale. I made chocolate cake, cut into squares. As a house captain, I also helped to sell the baking. There wasn't to much this time, so some things had to be cut in half, which we did. Because of this, most things were only a dollar, but kids could only buy one thing(at least at the start). To make such this happened, we had to put dots on their hands after they bought something. This was harder than it sounds, and I don't think it was entirely successful, but overall the sale went well.

The care values I showed was Respect, by being respectful to people buying food, and Community by working with the other house captains to sell the food. The leadership value I showed was integrity by giving people correct change, and also when someone started to walk away without getting the food they paid for, I shouted after them.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Term 2 Book Review

The Name of the Wind
By Patrick Rothfuss

This story is about a man called Kvothe, who tells his story. It is a trilogy, and the second book is called Wise Mans Fear. The third book isn't out yet. This is the blurb:

 ‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me’

It is a great book, the plot twists and turns, and it is difficult to guess what will happen next. The characters are very realistic, you get caught up in the story. It is one of the best books I have ever read.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Term 2 Drama, 2017

In ARTS this term we have been learning to:
Select and use techniques and relevant technologies to develop drama practice.
Here is a link to our online modelling book.

  • During this unit of learning we:
  • Described the characteristics of silent performances.
  • Identified different techniques used in silent performances.
  • Used these techniques in a variety of different practice situations.
  • Worked in a small group to put together our own silent performance.

The most challenging part of this unit of learning was making up the silent performances because It was sometimes difficult to think of ideas.

The two things that I enjoyed the most were:
  1. Making up our silent performances.
  2. Learning different techniques of silent performances.

The story that my group told silently was A race day where the starting flag got stolen, and our other performance was about someone who lost their glasses and decided to steal someone else's glasses.

Overall I think my group worked well together because we worked well together, although we didn't quite finish, because we probably made it to long and complicated.

Current Events Term 2, 2017

WALT: I can successfully research a current event.
Here is a link to our online modelling book for this unit of learning.

The National Standard that I have been aiming for during this unit of learning is:

  • Year 9/10: I can read in different ways to find and/or understand information that that is not immediately easy to access or is not organised in familiar ways.

Each week we have read a short text about a current event/ topic. We then formed questions based on what we had read.  After this we researched the answers to our questions and finally we gave our opinions on what we had found out.

Here is some evidence of my learning.

My Next Step is to continue to  apply the reading and  research skills that I have learned in a variety of other areas.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Home learning Challenge C4

I did the 40 hour Famine. I slept on the floor, and went without technology for 40 hours. I raised $60.20

Excellence 2017 Te Hapua #3

On Friday we went to Te Hapua as usual. It was our final session of robotics. We were doing a maze. Jacinta, Warisha and I were working together. The point of the maze was to knock over all the skittles and get out of the maze again. We were supposed to use the robots senses as well. None of the groups finished the maze, although quite a few were close, including us.

I showed Community by working with my team and taking turns to test our robots in the maze. The leadership trait I showed was Active Thinker, while programming the robot.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Home Learning Challenge R3

I created this on scratch. It shows how students could show the care values in the playground/outside.

Excellence 2017 Te Hapua #2

On Friday my class went to Te Hapua. We learnt how to program the lego mindstorms to use their senses, such as colour and touch senses. Their is also an ultrasonic sensor, and a light sensor. I got my robot to say the colour and do an action when I show it a different colour. I also got it to 'bounce' of the wall, using the touch sensor. Next time we will be navigating our robots around a maze, with a prize to the group who finishes first.

I used the care value of Active Thinking, by trying new things when one thing wouldn't work.
I used the leadership trait of Goal Focused, by persevering and eventually being one of the first groups to succeed.

Construct and Describe simple loci.

WALT construct and describe simple loci.
I learnt how to find the area and circumference of circles.
Something I found challenging was the extended absract task. We also had to do a similaries and differences map.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Excellence 2017 House captain #3

On Tuesday we had a bake sale. The house captains were responsible for setting up stands, and selling the food. We set up trestle tables around the school, and placed the baking the year 8's brought on these tables. Groups of students came out to buy food, and at times we had quite a long line infront of the table. Overall it was a success, although there was less food than last time, as less people brought food, so we made less money. However, for the people who brought food they probably made more money towards their Wellington camp, as there were less people to split the money between. We made around $700.

The care values I showed were Community and Respect by being patient as people made up their minds. The leadership skill I showed was Trustworthy, during the whole bake sale by managing our stall successfully and being careful with the food.

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. It has to be very neat and formal so the employer will be more inclined to employ you.

  1. If it is your first job you should make a skills based CV, because you have little to no job experience.

  1. You always need to make sure the spelling and punctuation are correct, this can be the difference between getting the job and not getting the job.

Here is a link to my Skills based Curriculum Vitae.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Home Learning Challenge A3

Motion Blur

Motion Blur

Black and White

Black and White

Motion Blur

Long Expousure Light Trails

Motion Blur

Long Expousure Light Trails 
Depth of Field

Black and White

Depth of Field

Black and White

Long Expousure Traffic Light Trails

Long Expousure Traffic Light Trails

Long Expousure Traffic Light Trails

Motion Blur/ Vintage

Long Expousure Water Blur

Long Expousure Water Blur

Long Expousure Water Blur


Monday, 12 June 2017

Convert between metric units using decimals.

In Maths we have been learning………..

Convert between metric units using decimals.
Converting is part of our Number Knowledge.
It is important to just know these as we can use this knowledge when we are solving measurement problems.

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

SKI JUMP  - THis is the activity that shows my ability to apply the knowledge I have learned.

Here is link to my Ski Jump problem solving activity answer sheet.

My next  step in Maths is…… to use this new knowledge to help me solve a wide variety of measurement problems

Excellence 2017 Te Hapua #1

On Friday my group changed over to robotics. During previous weeks we had been doing coding, which has been fun. Firstly we tried programming these bug shaped robots to go around a square. Then we tried out the lego mindstorms, programming them on ipads. We did some sounds, then we tried making them move. There were three people in my group so we were allowed two robots. They were all named. Ours were called Annie and Louis. We got them to go around a square, circle a moon, and also tried to get them to do a figure of 8 around 2 moons. Another thing we tried was racing the robots through obstacle courses. Mine usually crashed into stuff, although occasionally I was successful.

The care value I showed was Community by working with my group.   I showed Active Thinker while I was programming.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Reading - Text Composition

In reading we have been learning to….
recognise the way words, sentences and paragraphs are put together (eg sentences that express cause and effect) and use this knowledge to understand complicated texts.

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 of parts of texts, to help me make sense of increasingly complicated text types.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Excellence 2017 House Captain #2

Yesterday all the student leaders went to the council. While we were there we visited the council chambers, and talked with a person working for CCC. First we walked down to the bus stop, and took the bus into the CBD. Once we were there we walked to the CCC building.  We meet a person called Celia. We all watched a presentation about what the CCC does. We talked about this. We then split into groups of 3. My group was with a lady working as a park ranger. Her name was Kelly. She talked with us about how they choose what parks to extend and which ones to let sports teams play on. After that we went back to the previous room to have morning tea.

We then did a fun activity about budgeting for an event, park or graffiti management. After that we shared or budgeting with everyone, the we went up to the council chambers. We learnt about decision making. After that we had lunch at Hachi Hachi, and bused back to school.

A project we might take up is painting the green boxes in our school.

The care values I showed were Respect by listening to the guide and Community by working with my group in the budgeting activity. I showed the leadership value Active Thinker during the budgeting activity.

Monday, 22 May 2017

WALT: relate tables, graphs, and equations to linear and simple quadratic relationships found in number and spatial patterns- Maths

WALT: relate tables, graphs, and equations to linear and simple quadratic relationships found in number and spatial patterns.
Assessment Task: A car rental business has two rental schemes, red and blue for rentals up to ten days. These schemes are advertised in their brochures with this graph.
Use the following information to work out how many days of rental would carry the same total cost on either the blue or the red scheme (show your working).
  • The area under the graph gives the total cost of renting.
  • The schemes each follow a linear pattern, cutting the vertical axis at 120 and 170.
  • Both blue and red schemes cost $110 on the 4th day of rental.
Red is 8 days and Blue is 7 days. 890

Friday, 12 May 2017

Excellence 2017 House Captain #1

On Tuesday we had the Kauri cross country. The house captains had to run games, help get classes to westlake park, and cheer people on as they ran around the course. In the morning we had to get the gear for our game. Amelia and I were running French Cricket for the year 4's, so we got some bats and balls to carry down to the event. On the way to Westlake we all had to wear bright orange vests. We split up among the line of student and walked down with them. We all helped with running each others games, and cheering runners on. In my event I came 5th.

While we were there, we showed leadership by helping people, cheering them on, and also by running our game. I showed Community by encouraging people, and Active Thinking when I was running my game.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Term 1 Book Review

The Novice
By Taran Matharu

This book is about a boy called Fletcher, who is found outside a village as a baby. A blacksmith takes him in and raises him. He is eventually given a book by a solider, who came into the village on market day to sell things from the war. He summons a demon, and eventually makes it to a school for summoner like himself. I really enjoyed this book, it is suspenseful and very interesting. I would rate it at a 9/10.

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.