Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Pace, Acceloration or Consolidation

Yesterday I sat a maths strand e-asTTle. I thought that I did quite well as I have been steadily improving throughout the year.  My overall scored equizilated to a 6p however as I sat a level 4-5 test the highest mark they can give you is a 5A which is what I got. I am quite happy with my resualt as it is well above the national standard.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Descriptive Paragraph-Fireworks

The fuse is lit. As it fizzled down, the air fills with excitement. It’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Then all of a sudden… “BOOM!!!”. We all track it as it travels up into the air making a deafening whistling noise. It stalls up in the air, then it bursts into a several different colours. Flickers of color illuminate the black night sky. All you could hear is the sizzle of the explosion. After a couple hours everyone and everything smelt like smoke. However the excitement and the thrill made the smell all worth it. Even if there were a few crying kids.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Breakfast Cups

Today for science with continued with our topic study of chemical changes. So today we made breakfast cups. Which is baked beans and an egg inside buttered bread topped with some parsley. This is a chemical change. It is a chemical change becuase once you cook the egg you can't go back to a raw egg.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Valors Problem

Perfect Relaxation! A bird’s eye view! Valor laid on the rooftop of his multi million dollar estate. He had wanted to just have a day where he was all alone and could be by himself. This is because he had been so busy trying to keep Valor Power Industries from going out off business. Unfortunately the city had recently turned against him. A little slip has severe repercussions. His company distributes power to the rest of the city. The other week when one of his employees pulled the power to the entire distribution center it stopped the company from distributing the power.

“Ring, Ring, Ring.” goes the phone. Valor gets up and realies that he probably wasn’t ever going to actually get a day to himself. He gets up as starts to walk into his office. He picks it up but doesn’t get a chance to say anything because all of a sudden...  he hears a deep a croaky voice,
“You have seventy-two hours to shut down Valor Power Industries, or else your city will come to harm.” It just keeps on repeating the message. He doesn’t know what to do. He just decides to record the message then he would go to the authorities.

That's exactly what he did. He rushed downtown to the police station. The police filed a report and said that it would probably just a prank call but they would look into it. Then he noticed how late it was. It was around 9:30pm. Valor was really tired but also really hungry. So he jumped back into his car, drove over to Fatburger and got a double chicken burger. He ate then, drove back home and slept.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Elephants Toothpaste

Today in reading we conducted the Elephants Toothpaste Experiment. The ingredients we used were: hydrogen peroxide, blue food colouring, dishwashing liquid, warm water and yeast. In my opinion it didn't really work because there was too big of an opening for the gasses to escape from. What is supposed to happen is that it makes a smooth foam that bubbles up and overfills. Ours was more like a liquid that just overflowed due to the fact that the glass couldn't hold any more liquid.


Diwali. The festival of Lights. It is the biggest hindu celebration in the world. Diwali is celebrated to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. You can find hindus’ celebrating Diwali worldwide as it is a rich part of their culture. The religious celebration signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. The meaning of Diwali differs from regionally. However they all point to joy and happiness.

Diwali lasts for 5 days in India however in many other parts of the world Hindus celebrate it for just one or two days. The first day is known as Dhanteras (The day of Knowledge). On this day families go shopping for gold and silver jewelry, cutlery, and other useful household items. The second is known as Naraka Chaturdasi (Day of knowledge). They make rangoli patterns at their door to welcome in friends, family and the gods to their house. The third day is the most important day as it is Diwali (The Day of Light). One this day fireworks are let off all throughout the night, it also marks the end of the Hindu year in many regions. The fourth day is Annakut (New Year). This is the day that is piled high in Hindu temples as an offering to the God Krishna. The fifth and final day is the Bhai Duj (The Day of Love Between Siblings). Sisters commonly perf

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

How do I want to be remembered?

How do I want to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as a good person. As a person who no matter what the situation tells the truth. As a person who tries to see the good in people no matter how nasty and cruel that person is being. I would also like to be remembered as a person who looks for the positive side of every situation no matter how dak and grim it is.

I would first of all liked to be remembered as a truthful person. This means that even if a major situation concerning one of my friends. I will be truthful. To all of the teachers and students that ask me a question I will answer with absolute honesty and will not be afraid to do it.

I would also like to be remembered as a person that tries to bring the good out of people. In my opinion not matter how cruel or malicious someone is being I will look for the good inside of them. I strongly believe that there are two sides to people: the good and the evil, the honorable and the corrupt, the malicious and the friendly and there is always a way to bring that out in people no matter who they are or what they have done.

The third way that I would like to be remembered is the person who can always brighten up your day. No matter how glum or blue you feel there is always a plus side I’m like the butter to your bread. On it’s own bread is dry and boring however with butter it becomes so much tastier. So no matter how you are feeling you can rely on me to bring a smile to your face.

So those are the ways I want to be remembered. As a young man who is not afraid to tell the truths and stand up for those you can’t stand up for themselves. As the boy who tries to see the good in people no matter how they are acting. As the person who will brighten up your day no matter how tough the situation. So now I ask you this… how do you want to be remembered?

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Basic Facts-31/10/17

Today I sat a prototec basic facts test. It was a stage 8 timed test and I got 100%. I have3 made acceleration considering that last time I sat a basic facts test i only got 62% on a stage 7 timed. As i achieve the highest mark possible I can't exactly go any higher so as long as I stay at a 100% stage 8.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Chemical Change: Fire

Ask a question
What will happen when the fire from the match and the paper mix?
Construct a hypothesis( make a guess)
My hypothesis is the the paper will burn after it is ignited with fire.
Conduct the experiment
Paper and Fire
Record your observations and data colour change,
  • The paper changed colour
  • The heat/temperature of the paper
  • The was a release of gas in the form of smoke
  • It was irreversible
  • A new substance was formed (Newspaper→Burned Paper)
Analyse information
As all of these events have happened this is a chemical change.
Report results
In conclusion, the paper and fire experiment is a chemical change. This is true because there was a change of colour as the paper turned from a white-grey to a dark black. There was also a severe change in heat/temperature. Not only that but there was also a large amount of gas released in the form of the smoke. It is also a chemical change because a new substance was formed in with the old substance being newspaper and the new substance was burnt paper this change is also irreversible.

Bull Fighting and La Tomatina Venn Diagrams

Friday, 27 October 2017

The Best Thing About Social Media

In my opinion, social media is a wonderful thing because it allows me to keep in contact with friends and family. As the majority of my family and other old friends live over on the other side of the world in the United Kingdom. It is quite hard to stay in contact with them. However social media helps with that, social networking sites and apps such as Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter are really helpful because they have a function where you ca private message people. This also helps to stay in contact with friends from school that I can’t really see unless we are at school, the reason being that I live too far away. It is the same for people from my sports as I play sports that are seasonal such as softball (summer) and rugby (winter). So if it weren’t for social media then I would be able to keep in contact. So, yes social media can sometimes be annoying but for me, social media is a way of connecting to my friends and family who I, unfortunately, can’t see on a daily basis.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Making Pancakes using the Scientific Method

Today in science we made pancakes to show evidence of a chemical change. We followed the scientific method. Which is; ask a question, make a hypothesis/guess, conduct an experiment, collect the data, analyze the information report the results. To start off we had to ask a question, my question was"Why does this mixture chemically change the way it does?" Not only did we have to ask a question we also had to hypothesize what would happen, my hypothesis was "When the batter gets heated up it will expand and solidify " which was correct!

To start off we mixed all of the ingredients together, then we pour the batter into a frying pan. Immediately you could see signs off a chemical change. After waiting for a while you could see that the batter was starting to bubble, this means that it was starting to release gas, it was also changing color from a pasty, white batter to a light brown, it was also giving off immense amounts of heat.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Maths 16 October 2017

Today in Maths we were learning about time. In particular the International Dateline and the International Timeline. We had to find out what they were and if they are the same thing.

The international date line is an imaginary line that is drawn down the side of the earth, it does not touch a single country so it is not a straight line. When you cross over the international date line you go into another day... for example if you to a three-hour flight from New Zealand to Rarotonga then you would be 23 hours that means that it would be a completely different day. If it was 12:00 pm Monday the 16th of October in New Zealand then it would be 1:00 pm Sunday 15th in Rarotonga.

The international timeline is longitude lines that run up and down the globe. There are 360 longitude lines in the world, however, to make it easier one-time zone is made up 10 lines. The 0 degrees longitude line runs through a place called Greenwich which is located in England. This zone in the central point of time that is why international time is called Greenwich time. New Zealand is 12-time zones ahead in England so therefor it is 12 hours ahead.

Monday, 25 September 2017

WALHT: draw a perpendicular

Today in Maths learnt how to...

  • Hold and Draw with a Compass
  • Draw an Arc with a Compass
  • Draw a straight line to join up points
  • Indicate angles#
It was pretty easy do as we were really just drawing lines.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Hurricane Irma Wreaks Havoc-Narrative Writing

The wind howled menacingly like a wolf at the full moon. Lightning licked across the evil sky: a serpent’s tongue tormenting the clouds. The Earth began to shatter…

As I scoured the streets, looking for any survivors, I hear a scream come from a house down the street, “HELP!!!” I hear them yell. Immediately I jump into action, the jet skis engine roars to life and I head off down the street. I yell out
“Are you still there!” but there is no reply… I yell again… no reply. I turn off the jet ski’s engines and jump off. The water is as cold ice. all of a sudden a bolt of lightning illuminated the sky.
“It’s getting worse,” I said to myself. As I wade through the water I yell out for,
“Hello! Is anyone there?” All of a sudden I hear a soft, quiet reply,

I open up the front door. The smell of smoke is a crazy bull rushing up my nostrils. I get a bit taken aback, but then I start to worry I start to believe that a fire has broken out. As I scour the house looking for the victim, I am relieved to discover that there is no fire. However, I can’t seem to locate the victim, I ask,
“Where are you?” I got an almost instant reply,
“In the attic.” I started to wonder where it is…

“How do I get to the attic?” I asked glancing around the room.
“There is a rope hanging down in the hallway, pull that and a ladder will drop down,” the person replied. I immediately scanned the hallway looking for the rope. Then I saw it. I yanked it with all of my might but it wouldn’t budge. I tried even harder but still no progress. So I decided to tie it to my jet ski and try and pull it down. So I went and got the rope from the back of my jet ski tied one end the jet ski and the other to the handle on the rope… luckily I was a scout when I was younger, so I knew all of the strongest knots. I jumped back on my jet ski and revved the engine… then I accelerated as I hard as I could and I then a “crash”as an old wooden ladder had unfolded so I started to climb. After ever rung I put my foot on a loud and long creaking noise occurred.

I finally got into the attic. As I pulled myself up I realised how cold it was and also how dusty it was. However, I still couldn't see the scared victim. I called out,
“Where are you!” They replied with,
“behind all of the crates, watch out they're really heavy.” I headed over to the crates and shoved but they wouldn’t shift. Then I realized that I probably shouldn't try and push them as they could fall and land on the helpless victim. So I started to remove them one by one. They were right. They were really heavy. However, I wouldn’t give up so I kept on moving the crates. After over an hour of lifting, there was finally a big enough gap for me to get through. As I stepped through I saw an elderly woman and her pet dog lying on the floor.

The dog looked up at jumped at me… He was definitely happy to see a someone who has come to rescue him. The lady got up but I could see that she was in immense pain. I asked,
“Do you need medical attention?” She said that she didn't. When I asked if her,
“Is there anything that you need to get from the house?” A glum appeared almost instantly like it had been shot out of a cannon right onto her face. She replied with,
“What’s there to salvage?” So after that, we headed back down the old wooden ladder. We got on the jet ski. She looked over at her house on last time then we drove away.

After a short ride back to a local rescue center, we hopped off the jet ski, the lady got her dog and she walked inside. I followed her to see if there was anything else I could do but for some reason, everyone was already asleep. Then I glanced over at the clock on the wall and noticed that is was already nine o’clock in the evening… then I thought to myself

“Wow, time went fast. I started to help this lad at two o’clock this afternoon! Anyway, let's go out and see who else needs rescuing” So for the entire night I was helping the police and the army rescuing people from the un-salvageable homes… but that’s a story for another time.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Tongan Lanuge Week Celebration

Last friday one of the teachers (Ms Tuakoi) did a tongang dance. It was the first ever time that she had done a tongan dance in front of the school. It was really great to see her embracing it her culture and heritage in a fun way.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Celebration for Aceeloration Rimes

Today I sat a maths e-asTTle maths strand assessment today. Last time I sat this test I got a 5p but this time I achieved a 5A. Although it may not be much acceleration it is still acceleration...

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Tongan Language Week

This week is nation wide tongan language week. This means that all over New Zealand we will be embracing the togan culture. So the way that we are embracing it in our school is by decorating our school foyer with togan decorations. Unfortunately in New Zealand many people don't see the point of conversing with people from other culture. I believe that the way that we can fix this is by being inviting, hopefully the example will spread out across New Zealand

Monday, 4 September 2017

Science Expo

Today we had the school wide science expo. Each class had to present their topic learning in a fun and creative way. Our class displayed it by creating toys using simple machines, we had the option of using either pulleys or wheel and axles. I made mine using pulleys. I really enjoyed looking and learning about the different simple machines.

Friday, 1 September 2017

My Data

Maths e-asTTle
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
National Standard

Over the past few terms, I have hardly changed my overall score at all so I am holding my pace the reason why there has been no further acceleration is that I have not been working as a hard as I should be. However, I am happy with my score as it is well above standard. By the end of the academic year, I want to achieve a 6b if that is possible. To get that result I will pay more attention and also do advanced Khan Academy.
Reading e-asTTle
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
National Standard

Over the past few terms, I have changed my overall score. I am holding my pace at the reason why there has been no further acceleration is that I have not been working as a hard as I should be. However, I am happy with my score as it is above standard. By the end of the academic year, I want to achieve a 5a at least. To get that result I will pay more attention in guided group reading.
Writing e-asTTle
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
National Standard

Over the past few terms, I have changed my overall score. I am holding my pace at the reason why there has been no further acceleration is that I have not been working as a hard as I should be. And I am not happy with my writing. By the end of the academic year, I want to achieve a 4p at least. To get that result I will give more time to edit my work and also broaden my vocabulary with a variety of sentences as well because I believe that is my weakness.

I believe that I am doing quite well. As I am doing reasonably for my age and time of the school year.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Writing Assessment-Fire Drill Explnation

A fire could happen at any time, so it is best you know what to do. Fire drills save lives! These drills will tutor you what to do in case you are ever caught in a real fire. Every 6 months a school is required by the New Zealand fire department to do a fire drill. You are not the only one, schools throughout all of NZ have to do them.
A fire drill is a type of safety precaution. It is taken to make sure that you and all of you associates are safe. Not only that but they are also used to check that the alarms are working because if there is a real fire and the alarms don't work, then you are in trouble. Another concept checked when a fire drill happens is the escape plan, if you don't have an effective escape plan then you could become trapped and you don't want that to happen. The final that item is checked is the checked is the meeting point, you will have to check that your meeting point is far enough away from the fire that you are safe.
If you ever hear a fire alarm go off you should know what to do. As soon as you hear it, stand up and start walking to your nearest fire exit (these are marked with special green exit signs) Then assemble with the rest of your school at the designated safety zone. After that, you need to be a quiet as possible to make sure that everyone is present, if not then that means that they are still inside. Finally don’t go back inside until you get the all clear.
Recently there was a humongous fire at Grenfell towers. Unfortunately over 80 people died and over 70 were injured. This took place in west London on the 14th of June 2017. The fire brigade showed up at 6 minutes to one in the morning and the fire burned for 60 hours! It started on the fourth floor after a fridge freezer caught fire and due to the building exterior cladding the fire spread rapidly all the way up to the 28th floor burning 129 flats in the process. The deaths could have been avoided if they had a reasonable fire plan, where there’s was just stay where you are.

Remember that a fire can happen at any time. It could happen at school, at home or even in your car. So make sure you know where to go and what to do in the case of a fire. Remember to be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere…

Monday, 21 August 2017

Ball Boy for St Kents

Over the weekend I was a ball boy for a Sent Kents vs Auckland Grammar rugby game. The job of a ball boy is to retrieve the ball if it has been kicked or thrown out of play. I was placed on the auckland grammar side... boy oh boy they were loud. I really enjoyed it and would love to do it another time.

Thanks Steve for the amazing opportunity!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Newspaper Art

  1. Newspaper
  2. Yellow Paint
  3. White Paint
  4. Black Paint
  5. Coloured Card


  1. Think of a sports position
  2. Search for the image online
  3. Draw or Trace the image onto some newspaper
  4. Paint the image with white paint
  5. Wait for the white paint to dry
  6. Paint the image with yellow paint
  7. Trace the outline with black paint
  8. Wait for all the paint to dry
  9. Tear very carefully around the edge
  10. Paste the art onto coloured card

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Simple Machine

We had to make a simple machine to show our learning about our topic study. I decided to make one using pulleys which is a wheel with a grooved rim around which a cord passes, which acts to change the direction of a force applied to the cord and is used to raise heavy weights. Mine is called "What goes up... must come down". It took a while to make but was deffinetly worth it.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Integers Crossword

WALHT: Get familiar with words associated with integers.

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This puzzle helped to expand my vocabulary on integers. Some of the new weird words that I learnt were: absolute, inequality and operation. I really enjoyed doing this activity because it challenged me to think about word that could relate to the topic. I believe that this was a good use of my time as it helped to broaden my vocabulary.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Maori Song Learning

Today Ms Maude started to teach the song E Te Ariki which is a hymn or a Maori himene. It was quite hard to learn as I am not Maori so the words are weirdly pronounced from how they look. We will continue next week when Ms Maude comes in on Tuesday.

How Different Families Show Love In Different Ways

Family, it is the greatest gift ever given! Some of the greatest times that you have in your luxurious life is with your family. Family means something different to everybody. Your family is monumentally big, it has been going on for generations and generations. Thousands of years! It includes all siblings, parents, their parents now your grandparents. Also, your extended family which includes all of your Cousins, Aunties, Uncles and others. Unfortunately you have no choice because you are born into your family, well unless you're adopted.
Family has different meanings for each individual. It is a single word with many several meanings. You can either love them or you hate them. The definition of Family is “a group of people related by blood or marriage”.  The perception of family is based on culture, values, and perception. For you family could be something that you share your highest and deepest moment.
Families show love in many different ways. Your family can show love to you differently to how your best friends families shows love to them. One way that a family could show love would be giving gifts, whether it be: Christmas, your birthday or just a special day parents will usually give gifts to their children. Another way parents show love to their children is taking them on holidays to places all other the world. Have you ever the saying the “biggest things come in small packages” well that is the case with this way of showing love, one of the most basic ways to show love is just to say it.
Parents are some of the most generous people in the world. They supply the bare necessities to their children who cannot supply it for themselves.  They give them a roof over their head for shelter and protection from the harsh ever changing weather. Also, they supply clothes to keep their child warm and protect from embarrassment. Food and water is a major part of our lives because if we didn’t have it then we would either die from dehydration or hunger.
The family is where life begins and where love never ends. Families are the greatest thing in the world. They mean something different to each and every person. Families show love to their relatives in several ways. Also if it weren't for families everyone would probably be dead because there would be no way to supply for our needs. So if families didn’t exist we would live a really miserable life. Thank you to all of the families out there for raising the generations of the future.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Soccer Skills

Today we had football. We are going to have football for the next few weeks. I sure do need it. We got to play a small game which was just to help with our dribbling, passing, shooting and also tackling.

Some of the skills that we did were…
  • Dribbling which is when you  take the ball past your opponents with slight touches of the feet. I rate myself 2 out of 5.
  • Passing which is when you pass or give the ball to another team member. I rate myself 3.5 out of 5.
  • Shooting which is when you aim for the goal and hit it in, if it successfully goes in the goal you will earn a point. I rate myself 2 out of 5.
  • Tackling is when you try and steal the ball of your opponent using either the inside or the bottom of your feet. I rate myself 3 out of 5.

If I could compare my skills to another sport I would compare it to rugby where I think that I am very good. The reason why I compare soccer to rugby is because of how different they are…

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Acceleration for Term 3

This term I am going to accelerate in...
  • My writing as I want to be above standard by the end of the school year but I am currently tracking to be at standard by the end of the school year.
  • Also my maths as I believe that I can do better. I am currently a 5a but I think that I can get to a 6b minimum.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey Day 7 Bonus Activity

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Over the winter holiday period, and Term 2 break, I traveled all around New Zealand from the comfort of my den...

I went with all of my fellow Maniakalani bloggers and visited several different places in our beautiful country presently covered in a dusting from the Long White cloud know as New Zealand that I hadn't been to before...and probably wouldn't of known about if I hadn't been on this virtual learning journey.

I explored the awesome city of sails - Auckland.  I tried some  Maori cuisine. I got to see an amazing All Blacks haka live at Eden Park. I got to celebrate the Maori new year known as Matariki.  I rode a bike along the Otago Central Rail Trail and I got to visit Farewell Spit which is really now just a whale graveyard.

 I even got to prove that the moa still exists!

I have enjoyed my journey, but perhaps this sums it up better that I can...