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...

Winter Learning Journey Day 7 Activity 2

I find watching any movies/documentaries about animals or WWE wrestling relaxing especially when it is a cold day...or getting lost in a good book (I'm currently reading Harry Potter) with a mug of hot white-chocolate.  I also like to relax on the rugby field, or by cooking a tasty meal in the kitchen.

Winter Learning Journey Day 7 Activity 1

1. Put more rubbish bins out to be used with flaps on the front so that when the rubbish gets put in, nothing comes out.
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2. Have less construction around local neighbourhoods as this will decrease the pollution in the air.Image result for construction in a neighbourhood

3. Create signs that are noticeable and place them around the area to create an awareness of the problems.
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey Day 6 Bonus Activity

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All Blacks Haka 2015 Rugby World Cup VS France
Ordered in BEST to WORST Haka...

  1. New Zealand VS SA
  2. New Zealand VS Argentina
  3. New Zealand VS France
  4. All Blacks Haka 1973

Winter Learning Journey Day 6 Activity 2

Things you can do at the Matariki festival...

1. Make a Maori lantern...after you have made one you can walk the star walk with the rest of the community lighting the way.

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Image result for maori cuisine2. Enjoy and embrace Maori cuisine such as...hangi, fried bread, boil up and learn how to prepare and cook traditional Māori cuisine. Watch Māori chefs in action while listening to live cultural music.

3. Watch a fireworks display...what is a new year celebration without fireworks?  Enjoy a live fireworks display over looking the capital city Wellington.
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Winter Learning Journey Day 6 Activity 1

New Zealand

Navigating the rough water
Each and every new dawn
We hope to finally meet this luscious land

Zigzagging through all of the different regions

Engulfed in an array of colours
Awestruck because of it's beauty
Life afresh with a new hope
A fresh chance...a new beginning
Nurture balances with nature
Dreams become reality.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey Day 5 Bonus Activty

I would like to ride on a bike on the Otago Central Rail Trail. 

It sounds like really good fun because New Zealand has beautiful landscapes to look at whilst you are riding along and a great way to keep fit!

I think that it would be a really good experience to do with friend and/or family but only in the Summer season.

Winter Learning Journey Day 5 Activity 2

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Richie McCaw was born in Oamaru, New Zealand on 31st December, 1980. 

He is famous because he has played for the All Blacks at four different Rugby World Cups, three of which he captained and two of which he led the team to win. 

Not only has he played for the All Blacks, but he also played for the Super Franchise Team The Crusaders (based in Christchurch) from 2001 - 2015.  He has also played for Canterbury in many provincial rugby tournaments and charity matches.

Winter Learning Journey Day 5 Activity 1

After admiring a giant Kauri tree, I turn around to re-join the rest of my group...but they were gone! 

I wonder to myself..."What I am going to do?" 

I start to worry. 

I think to myself..."What if I never see them again?" 

I start looking around.  I start to walk one way and call out for my group, then I hear them. I start to jog but then I hear the voices getting softer and softer. So I call out again, but they obviously can't hear me. 

I start to sprint, and yell at the top of my lungs....

Then they yell back..."Harrison, where are you?" 
I hear curious kiwi squeal with delight and my heart rate begins to slow. Finally I catch up with them and I tell them all about my journey and we laugh off the situation as we head out of the forest.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey Day 4 Bonus Activity

I think we should stop fishing at Farewell Spit because...

  • Illegally under-sized native fish are being caught in the area and marine food supplies/stocks are being diminished. 
  • Hector dolphins are being killed and captured in the fishing nets and boat propellers which has led to a dramatic decline in the population of Hector's dolphins; there are now only around 7,000. 
In this picture a baby dolphin was killed by someone's boat propeller...

  • Farewell Split is a sacred place for the Maori people where they believe the "spirit" of a dead person leaves the land and I believe that it should therefore be respected.

Winter Learning Journey Day 4 Activity 1

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What happened at Farewell Spit? 

300 whales got themselves beached on the shore, and unfortunately despite numerous efforts from a lot of people they died.  

 Environmentalists, tourists and everyday kiwi people spent hours running back and forth, filling buckets up with seawater to make sure that the whales didn't dry out and suffocate. 

Unfortunately not all of them survived, and eventually only a handful were successfully re-floated back to sea.

Winter Learning Journey Day 3 Bonus Activity

Moa hatching from an egg, Moa skull, Moa bone and fossilised Moa poo.

I have uploaded my mission to Wild Eyes. It is under the username Monster1795.

Winter Learning Journey Day 3 Actvity 2

I definately agree that possums should be hunted because the kiwi population is on the brink of extinction due to the many predators they have, but largely due to the numerous ways in which the possums affect the kiwi population. 

Not only are the possums eating the kiwi eggs, but they are also destroying the native plants, damaging the habitats of other native animals and generally a nuisance. 

Most New Zealanders believe that possums aren't just endangering the kiwi,  but also endangering other native birds such as the kererū, kiwi, harrier hawk, fantail, muttonbird, and tūi to name a few. 

Winter Learning Journey Day 3 Activity 1

I have decided to adopt a Tuatara. 
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The reason I decided to adopt a Tuatara is because they are such interesting reptiles. They are nocturnal, and territorial, but they will often bask in the sun during the day to warm their bodies because they are cold-blooded. 

They feast on insects, birds and they might even eat some young Tuataras'!  They are the oldest relatives to the dinosaurs aswell! Who wouldn't want to adopt one!?

Winter Learning Journey Day 2 Bonus Activty

I interviewed my Mum and she answered...

  • Walking in the countryside and open landscapes taking in the beauty which we often overlook...

  • Sitting on the beach, relaxing to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach and smelling the sea air...

  • Eating a meal outside...nothing tastes better than a meal and a glass of wine outside...

  • Listening to open air music concerts or watching live theatre performed outside; it creates an electric atmosphere...

  • Watching, netball but NOT cricket, definately NOT cricket!

Winter Learning Journey Day 2 Activity 2

If I had the chance to interview Laura Dekker I would ask her...

  1. Who, Why and What inspired you to sail around the world?
  2. What was your favourite place to visit and why?
  3. If you could do it again, would you really?
  4. What would you do differently if you knew then what you know now?
  5. Was it boring sailing by yourself or did you discover things about yourself which you didn't know before?

Winter Learning Journey Day 2 Activity 1

I went to Rangitoto, Karekare Beach and also Tane Mahuta. 

I went to Rangitoto which is a nature reserve and the largest volcanoe in New Zealand. The best thing that I did there was "twitching" aka bird watching.  I saw Tui's, Kea's, Weka's and the awesome Morepork owls. 

After Rangitoto I journeyed to Karekare Beach which is where they filmed the iconic 1993 film "The Piano". After a nice swim in the clear waters, I took off and headed over to the oldest kauri tree in New Zealand, Tane Mahuta. 

Tane Mahuta is a giant kauri tree and is estimated to be between 1250 and 2500 years old.  Here in the Waipoua Forrest I did the 166m hike to the 'Lord of the Forest' along the track which was really fun.

Winter Learning Journey Day 4 Activity 2

Whale Rider

Traditionally, boys are only allowed to become a chief in a Maori tribe however, this tradition looks to be upset when the child that is in line to be the next chief dies at birth but is survived by his twin sister, Pai

However at the age of 12, Pai asks for help from her Grandmother, and under the training of her Uncle Roa, to claim her birthright to be chief. To hold the mantle of chief she will have to convince her grandfather that she is beyond worthy of such a position and of "great" character..

Grandfather however is of the belief that to honour their ancestors, the age old tradition of male descendants leading the whanau must be upheld.  Can Pai convince everyone that she is a leader, and will her Grandfather change his opinion of her as a girl and see her true calling?

I would rate this movie 4 out of 5

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey Day 1 Bonus Activity

My flag symbolises every man and woman who represented New Zealand when they went to war in defense of peace, and of all those who didn't come back to their homeland.  

  • The flower is a symbol of the blood which was shed, and the lives lost, with eternal gratitude and love of their sacrifice.  
  • The green depicts the associated "kiwi" colour from the land they have come from.  
  • The black is the colour of grief and mourning for where they have fallen.

Winter Learning Journey Day 1 Activity 2

After watching the Auckland tourism video, I decided that I would like to;

  • Catch a ferry to Devonport and have farm-raised catfish with a side of caesar salad at the Red Lobster. 

After my lunch, I would go to;

  • Rainbows End where my favourite ride is...Fear Fall.  It has is a drop tower measuring over 18 stories high, with top speeds of 80km/h. 

Next I would venture into;

  • Auckland Domain and have a wander around the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  I would go directly to the natural disaster exhibition where there is a volcanic eruption simulator and a detailed explanation of what would happen to Auckland if there was a volcanic eruption.  I would also visit the World War 2 area and look at the Spitfire and the Zero (WW2 Planes) fighter from Japan.

After a long day of sightseeing I would be rather hungry so I would;

  • Catch a bus into Ponsonby for a delicious dinner at Burger Burger.  I would get a Kiwi Classic- a Burger with a NZ beef patty, aged cheddar cheese, pickles, cos lettuce, tomato, fried egg, beetroot, tomato jam, mustard and mayo all washed down with a glass of LnP.

Winter Learning Journey Day 1 Activity 1

Top 3 Facts
  1. Four hundred years before Captain Cook set down his anchor in Poverty Bay Gisborne, the Maori people had voyaged in their waka's to find the land that we know today as Aotearoa (The Land of the Long White Cloud).
  2. One of the many things that New Zealand is infamous for is AJ Hackett's invention of the bungy jump...A J Hackett - NZ . The first ever modern bungy jump was on April 1 1979, from a 76 metre high suspension bridge in Bristol, England. This particular jump was carried out by David Kirke, Geoff Tabin and Simon Keeling...all members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club. The idea was based upon native tribal "land diving" in Vanuatu. Here a tribesman would jump off a tower made of wood (about 20-30 metres high) with tree vines wrapped around their ankles as their "bungy-cord".
  3. New Zealand is presently home to 4.596 million people, with a combined land mass of 268,021 km2...however 56% of this population live on the North Island. A longstanding popular myth has always been of the extreme ratio of sheep to people (allegedly 20:1). However, that is not the kiwi reality with the ratio now being only 6:1 and there being more cows (dairy) than sheep in today's New Zealand pastures.