Monday, 24 April 2017

On holiday in Singapore and Bintan Island (Indonesia)

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This past term break our family went on holiday to Singapore and Bintan Island, Indonesia. To get to the resort that we were going to stay at in Indonesia, you first have to go to Singapore. You can choose to either spend a couple of days in Singapore or just go right to Bintan via the ferry...We chose to spend  2 nights/3 days in Singapore. On the full day that we had (the other 2 were taken up with either arriving or departing) we went to Universal Studios in Singapore.  At Universal Studios there are 7 zones...Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi (based on Transformers), Ancient World, Lost World (based on Jurassic park), Far Far Away (Shrek themed) and Madagascar.

At Universal Studios my brother and I went on the Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster which is a fast, action-packed, stop-start ride, themed around the Egyptian mummies and their trapped souls. The next ride that we went on was the canopy flyer in the lost world.  This was one where you get strapped in and your legs hang out below were meant to feel like a pterodactyl.   After that, we went on the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, we got soaked! We also watched the show Waterworld which was a stunt show including fire, explosions, and realy cool stunts based on all transportation modes on and in the water.

The next day we traveled off to Club Med on Bintan which is located in Indonesia. As it was Easter Sunday there was a box of gourmet chocolates (a bit like like lindt) wait for us. At the resort, they have snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, a circus trapeze (which I hate) and also a theatre where they put on shows nightly. Most days it was 28-31 degrees, but you soon cooled off in the pool or the sea or at the bar drinking a mocktail - a non-alcoholic drink.  My favorite drink was Purple Lemonade which had cherry and blueberry syrup with sprite mixed together.  I also liked the Virgin Chi was made out of pineapple juice and coconut milk. Overall I really enjoyed my holiday, the best part was meeting all of the interesting people and I can't wait for the next one which might even take us to Hong Kong and China!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thankyou Mrs Manu

 Today was Mrs Manu's last day. She was retiring. Our class made cards and presented them to her along with a hug and a good luck message. It was really sad to see her go. 
Thankyou Mrs Manu

Monday, 10 April 2017

WALHT: advance my alergbra

I have currently been working on consolidating my working by improving my algebra knowledge. This is a challenge for me because I need to work on my algebra and i didn't want to do an easy activity to cheat on. It was reasonably difficult and I would like more practice on the same site.

Friday, 7 April 2017

WALHT: create a brochure

The focus of my brochure is Keep It Clean. I think that the public deserve a clean creek because we work so hard to prevent it from getting polluted so if you put in the hard work then it will pay off.

Monday, 3 April 2017


Yesterday we went to the annual Auckland East Rotary Soap Box Derby Competition. There were 9 kids Ashley, Genesis, Natazia, Zain, Mokoroa, Rangi, Toby, Sini, and I. We entered one kart with 4 different drivers Zain, Rangi, Genesis and Natazia. Each driver had 2 different runs. Our kart did really well and the pit crew worked really well together, we all put the weights in as best as we could. The best part of the day was the food after races, (only joking) it was all really fun and I would love to do it again next year. We walked away with two fastest driver Natazia and Genesis who had the exact same time down to the hundredth of a second, also we won the most organised team and it was only our first year!!!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

WALT: reciprocal fractions

 Yesterday in maths I was finding reciprocal fractions. Reciprocal fractions are fractions the are mostly used when dividing fractions.To find it all you have to do is flip over the fraction (denominator becomes numerator, numerator becomes denominator) and there you have it.

What is in a clean stream

Clear Water
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Wood Debris
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Bank Vegetation
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Tall Grass
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Swimming Competition

On Friday we had our swimming competition. I was in competitive freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, along with the non competitive butterfly. I was in all of the finals and didn't lose a race so I placed 2nd, 3rd place. The guys who were in 1st were way too fast for me to catch up. Overall I was very pleased with my result and I would love to do it again next year.

Making Connections

Friday, 24 March 2017

Multiplying and DIviding Fractions

Today we were multiplying and dividing fractions online. I chose the game where you got to choose the fractions that you multiply or divide and then worked it out from there. I also another one where yo where given problems set by the computer to work out.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Cabbage Tree and Bull Rushe

We had to paint a silhouette of either a cabbage tree or a bull rush I chose to paint a cabbage tree. It was actually quite tricky to get the fine details so in the end it just ended up like a wizard goat. Cabbage trees around the Oamaru creek.

10 Questions on Mirror Image

  1. Who are Meggie and Zodwa? What is the best set of words to describe them?
  2. What is this story about?
  3. When is this story set and how do you know?
  4. Where is this story set and how do you know?
  5. Why did the protestors interrupt the game?
  6. What was Zodwa's reaction when she saw Meggie on TV?
  7. Does Meggie's parents want her to go to the protest?
  8. What is this story’s moral and what is an example?
  9. Is this a true story? How do you know that?
  10. How did Zodwa know that that things were going to change?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Why Do we Need Water

  • So we stay hydrated
  • To top up our body water
  • Wash clothes
  • Wash dishes
  • Have a shower
  • Keep wildlife alive
  • Catch fish
  • To grow plants
  • Cooking
  • Washing hands
  • Brushing Teeth
  • Water fights
  • Keeping cool
  • Farming
  • Fire fighting
  • Swimming
  • Cruise ships
  • Ferry
  • Transportation
  • Shipping
  • Water sports
  • Winter Olympics (Ice and snow)
  • Bucket on top of door prank
  • To make fizzy drinks and energy drinks

Friday, 17 March 2017

Online Tools

Today we were using online tools to create a graph and also find out the average of volleyball skills. The skill we had to collect data from were a volley, a dig, a serve, a spike and we had to estimate how many times out of ten we could block the ball. All the data that we collected went into a spreadsheet where from there we would use the online tools. There were three options of graphs a pie, a bar, and a column.

Why is Tahuna Torea important

Tahuna Torea has many differing explanations of its importance as a special place in the local community. It is a thriving, natural, breeding ground for all endemic birds and trees alike. It is a focal point of history for the Maori people, as it was used as a food gathering site and the neighbouring estuary was used as a way to move around going north and south in an ancient time period.

In 1972 Tahuna Torea wasn’t a nature reserve at all but it was a piece of land engulfed in gorse, weeds, long grass and bushes. Luckily for the reserve, volunteers saved it by cutting and cleaning up everywhere, and they turned it into a 24/7 nature walk where endemic and native trees such as the Cabbage tree, Titoki tree and also the Nyayo grow and thrive. Tahuna Torea also is a habitat for the special birds of New Zealand like the Shag, the Pukeko and also the Godwits.

Tahuna Torea wasn’t always covered in bushes and weeds it was once a food gathering site for the indigenous people of New Zealand, but known more commonly as the Maori. The Maori harvested shellfish like pipi’s, mussels, oysters, clams, cockles and much much more. Not only did they just get shellfish they also got a lot of crustaceans like crabs, prawns, lobster and others. Also, the Maori used the neighbouring estuary known as the Tamaki estuary to get around Auckland.

The Maori used the Tamaki estuary to get from the north east up at the Hauraki gulf all the way to Waitemata. The way that they did this was by sailing their waka down through the Hauraki gulf which led them to Waitemata. The main reason why they used this route was because of the bird's migration which is when the birds come to the southern hemisphere when it is the northern hemisphere’s winter and when it is the southern hemisphere's winter they go up to the northern hemisphere for the summer. The Maori followed the birds when they were migrating south, and as birds always take the shortest route the Maori people then knew that by using the Tamaki estuary to get from the Hauraki gulf to Waitemata was shortest and most efficient route. When the birds migrated again going up to the northern hemisphere the Maori would also go up north back to the Hauraki gulf.

Tahuna Torea is a special place in the Glen Innes also is in walking distance by being just under 4km away. Is there a special place in your community? If so why is it special and what is the historical background of it?

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Why kids should learn how to swim

Have you ever watch or heard of a news story that has had a young person drowning? Well even if you haven't they are out there, and usually the victim is a young person, last year alone 81 people drowned and 53 percent of those drawings were from the Maori and Pacific Islander community.

To save people's swimming lessons must be taken and even if a child know how to swim a test wouldn't hurt them. Some schools provide children with swimming lessons during school hours so that parents don't have to rush around kids to all of these places if you live in an area where there is a local swimming pool there would be no charge for kids under the age of 13.

In conclusion, children must learn how to swim by the age of 15 or else they have a high risk of not knowing in their early adulthood.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Why We Have To Wear Hats Outside in New Zealand

In New Zealand, we have to wear a hat outside because of the AVR rays that come from the Fun. Hats keep our neck, ears and facial feature safe from the harsh rays, also without a hat there is a high risk of Melanoma (Skin Cancer) when exposed.

The reason why UVR rays are so dangerous to New Zealand is because we are one of the closest countries to the Ozone layer and there is a break in the Ozone Layer because of the mass population today. Though the sun is strong through the ozone layer usually when there is a gap in it the rays of the sun become stronger, therefore increasing the risk of sunburn which then increases the risk of skin cancer which could lead to death, which no one wants…Also, you should always wear a hat especially during the time period of September to April, 10 am to 4 pm, be even more careful around 2:30 pm to 3:15 because that is the time period where the sun is at it's hottest.

Therefore you need to wear a hat to stay safe from the sun and reduce the risk of skin cancer and even though you have a hat on your head you can still have Sun and be safe at the same time. Remember to always stay safe and have fun in the sun...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

How to change the world

How do you change the world? Well even though it may not seem like you can do much, but there is a huge range of thing that you can do help make the world a better place. You can make a difference one the physical world and also to people just be doing the little things. Such as picking up litter that you dropped, be friendly and just be an all-around nice person.

The world is just your world as it is someone else’s, so whenever you are drop something on the ground that doesn't just affect you it also affects the world because you never know what could happen. One piece of rubbish could drift off into the sea and kill a bird or a fish and then if over 7 billion people all drop a piece of rubbish that drifts into the sea that could be all of the world's population of fish and seabirds gone, wiped from existence. Also, you don't need to waste vital equipment like power, water and also petrol. Did you know that over 10,000 kilowatts are used every day to power on home, if we keep one going like this who know what will happen, hey but that is just the world what about people themselves what can we do as humans to make the world better for one another.

Well, human are the biggest life source on the planet so it would make sense that we could do something help each over out every once in awhile. If we complement each over every day of just being friendly for that matter the world would be a lot happier if everyone got along and stopped bickering with each over every single day. The world would also be a nicer place if there was no discrimination against culture, the colour of skin, beliefs or religion, age, gender, career, intellect, physicality, race or wrong doings, if none of that was in the world we may have a perfect word. Also when growing up parents always remind their kids about using their manors but then when the children are grown up and their parent don't tell them what to do the don’t use manors in many situations. Now you may be thinking if I am so busy then how can I do anything?

Well, the truth is that if you do lots of little things you can change the world in a big way. All you need to do is get focused one on thing put your mind to it and go for it even, if you can change one little thing every day then you will have 1 big thing in every week, then one huge thing in a fortnight, then a massive thing in a move and finally a gigantic thing in a year and all you need to do is, do little things every single day.

Therefore, in conclusion, you can make a big difference to change the world just by being you all doing the right thing for the earth, the people and also the wildlife. All you need is a will to do it without complaining, a positive attitude, and also a kind heart that wants to save the world.  Remember that you can make a difference all you have to do is CHANGE THE WORLD…

Monday, 13 March 2017

Harrison Metaphor Poem

Harrison is a rich red Lamborghini with ripped tyres and a weird sounding horn

Harrison is a rounded oval shaped arcade

Harrison is a beat up rugby field  because I always get trampled on

Harrison is a pale Yorkshire pudding with big holes to fill because of my parents

Harrison is a flash suit jacket with mud and water splatters and stains

Harrison is the library that holds mountains of information.

Harrison is a slippery worm who wriggles out of tricky situations.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Room 8 Metaphore Poem

Room 8 would be a rocket powered out of control 4 wheel drive sand buggy

Room 8 would be a deconstructed and decomposed prison

Room 8 would be a really annoying moth

Room 8 would be a wolf with the need to feed

Room 8 would be a bunch of muddy, ripped, ugly rags

Room 8 would be a piece of stale and hard dog poo

Room 8 would be a fruit salad with lots of durians

Room 8 would be a cut up rubber with no use

Room 8 would be a ripped, bright coloured rugby tackle bag

Room 8 would be a disgusting piece of rubbish

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Lava Cakes

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The rich smell of dark chocolate engulfs me. I take a long hard look at the wobbly piece of baking. It’s hard crust with a soft gooey inside. I take a bite the rich inside slithers onto my taste buds the weird texture leaves my taste buds asking for answers why it is so rich. It has been long gone digested probably lying in the stomach acid being dissolved by the second. There still is a rich taste in the back of my mouth.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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I took a long look, deciding whether to eat it or not. It is just sitting there in it textured red casing. Waiting for me. I pick it up, it slips between my fingers it is back on the table waiting. I take a long whiff, the fruity fragrance burned my nostrils. I try picking it up again I make sure that doesn't slip. I take one more look then down the hatch. The taste of crunching ice and the sour essence make my mouth like a disco club. The bag gets scrunched up the ruffle echoes in the classroom. I take another one down the hatch it goes to but in two bites I peer in, it is like a white and red explosion in there. I eat more, it was like an early morning breakfast. Delicious!  

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

100 BLOG POSTS!!!!!!!!!

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Statistical Investigation: Omaru Creek

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Walt:  conduct a statistical investigation.

We used google maps to determine the walking  distance to 124 Apirana Avenue. This is the entrance to the Omaru Creek that we are studying. The screenshot shows the route, distance and time from my house to the creek. Furthest away was Zain who was 4.8km away and it would take him 59 minutes to walk. Jolie however live the closest only 550m away which by walking is 7 minutes. Harrison lives in East Tamaki so I had to work out how far it would be from the train station The mean distance of the 5 people in my group is 1970m.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Badminton 2017

Today we had our last badminton of the term and we were just hitting it to each over. Some of the skills that we learnt were the forehand grip where your thumb is down, the backhand grip which is when your thumb is up and pointing at your opponent's, forehand and backhand serve and also overhead and underarm serve.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Acceleration T1W5

This week I accelerated in maths by learning how to divide number without a remainder by turning it into a decimal. Once I learnt it I understood it straight away but today I forgot how to do it. Ooops! Luckily my Mum is a teacher and she can always teach me. Hopefully, I will consolidate my learning next week by revising division.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Softball 2017

Last Wednesday a group of 13 students from Glen Innes School including me went to a soft ball tournament.

I was the backstop and even got a home run!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Being Good with Money

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Bently Ride

Congratulations to the lucky winners. I hope that your ride home will be enjoyable.

Comic about PIE

I wrote about the Author Purpose and PIE

Friday, 24 February 2017

Saving the Omaru Creek

IMG_2113.JPGThe Omaru Creek is located in a suburb in east Auckland called Glen Innes. It is infested with rubbish, fat and polluted water. The residents of Glen Innes disposed baby wipes, mattress springs and household rubbish into this creek. Furthermore, cooking fats were poured down kitchen sinks resulting in blockages.

IMG_2129.JPGThere was an overflow in the Omaru Creek so a Maintenance crew from Auckland Council was called they identified and solved the  problem. They cleared out the blockage, removed all of the rubbish and also flushed the stream with clean fresh water.  Now Glen Innes School needs to play their part in helping the community by cleaning up the stream and making sure that this never happens again.

Friday, 17 February 2017


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The 3 keywords for this year are PACE, ACCELERATION and CONSOLIDATION. For the first basic facts assessment  I got 31/40 at stage 8 in 5 minutes and 30 seconds and in week 3 I got 39/40 at stage 8 in 4 minutes and 5 seconds  I think this is acceleration because I have decreased my time and improved my score

For the next basic facts I hope to get 40/40 in 3 minutes and 45 seconds I will consolidate by checking my answers and thinking before I answer.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Water Colour Painting

Yesterday I did my first attempt at watercolour painting and I believe that it came out really well.

The three techniques that we learnt were

  1. Wet on Wet which is where you put water on you paper and the mix paint in with water tomake a lighter watercolor
  2. Wet on Dry which is where you mix the painting with water and just put it on dry paper
  3. Dre on Wet  which is when you put straight paint onto a wet piece of paper

Friday, 13 January 2017

Day 20 Bonus Activity

Over the summer holiday period, cost free through the SLJ, I went to Malaysia every day for 20 days; all from the comfort of my sofa/bed/study/garden...

I went all by myself and visited several different places in Malaysia that I hadn't been to before and probably wouldn't of known about if I hadn't been on this journey.

I explored the awesome Batu Caves and the breath-taking Petronas Towers, I tried to learn some basic Malay phrases, I ate lots of traditional dishes including Nasi Lemak, I saw a Malayan Tapir and a Gaur in their natural habitats, I watched a really strange TV programme called Upin and Ipn, I watched a game of Sepak Takraw which I think we should have a go at at school, I travelled around the country on a lot of different forms of transportation and sweltered in the Malaysian summer heat...and I got to invent a new National Day.

  • I learnt a lot about the country and culture of my choice and the reality of travelling alone (although I did pick up a companion or two along the way in the form of comments made on my blog).  
  • I learnt that a project based learning programme over the summer is actually quite fun!  
  • I learnt a lot about other countries by reading and commenting on other people blogs.  
  • I learnt the importance of doing something mindful everyday.
  • I learnt that I should take every opportunity given to me because you never know what door it might open for the future.
  • I learnt that commitment is hard work but perseverance pays off.
  • I learnt that the world is out there to be discovered and I now have a bucket list of places I'm going to explore.
But most importantly I've learnt that learning doesn't just happen at school...the holidays are a chance to learn even more about something that interests you. So, who's going to join me on the next learning journey and where will it take us?!

Day 20 Activity 1

What meal would I have when I return?

When I returned to New Zealand I would ask for some good old fish and chips (with mushy peas!), a strawberry and chocolate lamington slice served with goody-gum drops and hokey pokey ice cream coated in manuka honey with a large glass of L&P.

How kiwi (with a touch of British) am I?! LOL...

If that wasn't available then I'd settle for a HUGE serving of Mum's fish pie followed by a slice of her awesome banoffee pie...

Day 20 Activity 2

What I have I learnt?

  1. You must have a very organised plan / understanding of what and where you are going, but also the ability to be flexible should things beyond your control happen.  Always have a plan B that you're happy to use...                                                                                                                   
  2. Enjoy every minute of your travel experience... whether you're on the plane, delayed at the airport, getting transfers to accommodation, sightseeing wonders beyond your imagination, eating something you can't even pronounce, experiencing the local culture with local people, or just taking a moment to appreciate where you are. Even if its a "bad" day because it's pouring with rain and your plans have to change, take a golden moment and capture it to remember later when you're really having a bad day! Respect the differences that you encounter and try to find a connection with your own culture.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Day 19 Bonus Activity

HC goes to Malaysia; Summer Learning Journey 2017.
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Day 19 Activity 2

Favourite weird vehicles...

I realy like the hover-board because you always see and hear people fantasizing about using one just like they do in movies and books.  They're also in my all time favourite time traveling movie "Back To The Future".
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I also liked the Segway because it is an easy way to get around and if you feel like you are going too can just change the speed by leaning. They also just look really cool!
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They are both quite similar actually!!!

Day 19 Activity 1

Planes / Trains / Automobiles...
Train – 25 minute ride; no stops along the way:
$12 for the trip (return) $0.24 per minute of transport.
The train is the fastest and as it is only 25 minutes, which really is not a long ride, and almost like a usual ride to school for me.

Bus - 45 minute ride; two stops along the way to look at interesting villages:
$8 for the trip (return) $0.08 per minute of transport.
I don't really like having to stop because I just want to get to where I'm going...this is also just under double of the train ride.

Scooter – 1 hour ride; unlimited number of stops: $5 for the trip (return) $0.04 per minute of transport
Now this is just a ridiculous amount of time to get to where I need to get too...and I'm not old enough to drive a scooter!
(Unless it's one that you have to manually push with your feet?!)

Bicycle – 2 hour ride; Unlimited number of stops: but there are some (steep) hills along the way:
$1 (return) $0.00 per minute of transport
This is not really an appropriate mode of transportation because it will take 2+ hours just to get there, and then 2+ hours to get back, so in total it would be over 4 hours because of all the stops...not to mention the physical energy required.

I would choose to take the train because its the most efficient mode of transport in context of time/ duration but not the most economically viable in terms of cost effectiveness.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Day 18 Bonus Activty

If I had the decision to choose how to save the Kakapo I would create a large invisible bullet proof bubble that was as large as Stewart Island.

Entrance inside the "Kakapo Bubble" is only approved by D.O.C (Department of Conservation) and payment of $1000.00 which would go toward the national conservation programme.

When you first enter the "Kakapo Bubble" you must spend 30 minutes washing your shoes and hands etc. to make sure that you don't bring anything into the "Bubble".
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Once you have passed the "cleanliness test" you are allowed to walk freely around the Kakapo reserve but you are under constant supervision via a drone to make sure that you don't do anything wrong to endanger the species any further.

Day 18 Activity 2

The first animal I chose is the Malayan Tapir, also known as the Tapirus indicus. They live in the swamps and forests of Malaysia and their diet consists of eating nuts, plants and fruit.
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The second animal I chose is the Gaur, also known as the Bos Gaurus.  There habitat is in countryside of Malaysia.  They eat grass and leaves and sometimes as a treat small sweet branches and fruit.
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Day 18 Activity 1

I had just entered the zoo when all of a sudden, I saw a lion on the loose! PANIC ran through my mind as my heart beat fast!!!! I ran../but unfortunately I was wearing a backpack full of ham, lamb, pork and chicken because it was just one of those coincidence days.

I decided to jump into one of the nearby pens to try and stay safe, but what I didn't do was check which enclosure I was seeking safety within...just my luck, it was the tiger's cage!

When I turned around to leave there was already a tiger guarding the exit and even if I did find a way to get out of this enclosure, the lion was patrolling around the outside.

I decided to give up my meat even though it had cost so much money, but surely my life was worth much more...Mum would understand - EVENTUALLY?!

I threw the meat into the corner on the opposite side of the tiger enclosure and then ran and ran and ran.

Luckily, the lion jumped into the tigers pen and as they were both distracted momentarily I ran like my life depended on it, because it did...