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Monday, 21 November 2016

Te Reo, Term 4 2016.

Te Reo- Term 4 2016

This term we have been learning all about the Marae. We have learned that…….

  • The Marae is an important focal point for the community.
  • The Marae is a place where tradition and customs can be carried out.
  • The Marae is a place where people can express their values with dignity.
  • There are many kawa ( protocols) that prevail on the marae.
  • Marae kawa (protocols) can differ between maraes and iwi.

We have focused on some key concepts when doing this learning.
These are listed and explained in the table below.

Definition -
give the meaning of these concepts in your own words.
Tikanga  basically means the correct way of doing things on a marae.
Powhiri is a very important concept, it is the welcoming ceremony that is held on the marae. 
Tangata whenua
Tangata Whenua is the local people, that are connected to the marae. 
Manuhiri basically means the visitors to the marae. 
Tūrangawaewae kind of gives you a home base and feel more connected to the marae.
Whanaungatanga is your relationship towards the marae, it represents your belonging on the marae.
Manaakitanga is your care for people's well being and health, mainly respect for elders. 
Aroha means love, it can also mean respect, hospitality etc

See this video for an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of people on a marae.

Something I would like to learn about the marae is what is feels like to be on a marae .

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Interpret scales, timetables and charts.

Walt: Interpret scales, timetables and charts. 
Here is a link to the modelling book. 
Overall I found this maths group quite easy, the part that I found challenging was roundabout rugby because you had to create a round robin rubgy tournament with no teams playing consecutively. 
Next step: 
My next step is to set a new maths goal. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Treaty of Waitangi

 Treaty of Waitangi learning:

Here is a link to my compare and Contrast map.
Here is a link to my learning about the three articles

What I found interesting: 
I found learning about what happens in Australia and how they are treated interesting because it was very different and also quite sad. 

I would like to find out more about the three articles and what they mean.

Thursday, 27 October 2016



This term we have been learning about Parliament. We have looked at the difference between government and parliament, NZ parliament, who is in government, how our government works and we compared democracy to dictatorship.

Three things that I learned are NZ parliament are:

  • I learnt about the different roles in Parliament. 
  • I also learnt about the different between Parliament and Government. 
  • I learnt about the governor in general and what she does.  

Here is the link to my compare and contrast map explaining the difference between democracy and dictatorship.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Maths- Find fractions, decimals, and percentages of amounts expressed as whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals.

Walt: Find fractions, decimals, and percentages of amounts expressed as whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals.

Answer and explanation: 
The first sweatshirt is cheaper than the second one because 30% of 60 is 42 and 40% off 72 dollars is 43.20. The first sweatshirt is 1.20 cheaper than the second one. 

The second jacket is cheaper because 20% off 96 is 76.80 and 30% of 120 is 84. The second jacket is cheaper by 7.20. 

The first jeans is cheaper because 30% of 48 is 33.60 and 45% off 68 is 37.40. The first jeans are cheaper by 3.80. 

The second tracksuit is cheaper because 25% off 64 is 48 and 30% of 86 is 60.2. The second tracksuit is cheaper by 22.20. 

The least you could spent if you brought one of each clothing item would be 200.40 and the most would be 224.80. You would save 24.40. 

I figured it out by figuring out what the percent is as a fractions, timing it by the cost and dividing by the fractions denominator. Then misusing the total from the cost. 

Here are links my IXL screenshots and task 1. Task 1, Task 2, Task 3, and Task 4

The thing I found most challenging was using multiplication and division strategies to estimate and solve problems with fractions, because it was hard to found a strategy that worked. 

Here were the strategies we did: 
- Use multiplication and division strategies to estimate and solve problems with fractions, eg. 11 ÷ 3 = 1 1/3         
- Find a fraction of another fraction by multiplying. eg. 3/4 x 5/2 = 15/8, 15/8 = 1 7/8 
- Describe and show renaming tenths, hundredths, thousandths as decimal fractions and relate them to place value order, like 2/100 = 0.02      

- Work out and explain percentages of simple amounts         

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Alicia ,Zainab and Honor's Water Filter.

I can take action to improve the water cycle in Canterbury

In this project I was working with Honor and Zainab and we decided to create a water filter.

Here is a link to our plan: Our plan

In this project we decided that our success criteria were:

A good TV ad, water filter or Children’s Story needs...
Why is this important?

Needs to be able to produce drinkable water.
Because if the water is not clean bacteria spreads and people get sick.
Need to be strong.
So it doesn’t break and It can carry all the weight in it.
Needs to be long lasting.
So you don’t have to make new water filters all of the time.
Needs to have the right materials.
Because without the right materials the water filter wouldn’t work.
It needs to be able to work in different areas.
Because all water filters are built for different countries and areas

Overall our project kind of met the criteria, because our water filters is strong, has the right materials, is kind of long lasting, it can work in different areas and can produce drinkable water on the second/ third time round.
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Walt: Describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place.

Over the past 9 weeks I have been learning to describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place.

I can describe these characteristics in a piece of music, here is a definition of the five characteristics:
  1. Harmony: In Harmony there is two types minor and major ( Minor is a sad song and major is a happy song)
  2. Melody: Melody is the tune, voice or line that gets stuck in your head it is usually a combination of pitch and rhythm.
  3. Form: Form is pretty much just the layout of the song E.G The chorus, bridge, verse, etc.
  4. Timbre: Timbre is the bit in the song that makes it unique.
  5. Rhythm: Rhythm is repeated sounds that change speed.
What did you find most interesting during this topic. I found learning about the different music characteristics most interesting because I didn't know what any of them meant before doing music. Which characteristic do you find yourself picking up on when listening to your own music now? When I listen to my own music I often hear rhythm, because I often here songs change speed and repeated sounds. Here is an example of my learning (Link)

Friday, 16 September 2016

Koru Games

The Koru games activity I did was mixed touch rugby. 
My two highlights from Koru games were: 

  1. Improving my touch and getting along/ connecting with my team more because we could play better as a team if we worked together and connected together. 
  2. Completing against other team's, because it was really fun and good to verse other teams. 
My advise to anyone else going to Koru games: 
My advise is to get along with your team mates and chose a sport you really like. 

I am proud of drawing our game with Lincoln and almost winning our match against Darfield 

Thursday, 8 September 2016

House Captain- Distinction evidence 25

On Monday we did not have a leaders meeting. 

Bake sale: Wednesday
On Wednesday the year eights had our last bake sale of the year to raise money for our trip to Wellington. At about 20 minutes to 11, we started to set up. I made sure to ask either Sam L's mum, Emma's mum or Levis mum which table I should put the food on either middle school, juniors and seniors. I helped out at the middle school table with Samara, Sam L, Honor, Lauren, Dylan and I. Since there is 18 student leaders there is six at each table. I went to room 9 and some other classes to tell them they could go and get food from the bake sale. When the bake sale started I made sure to explain the prices, speak clearly/loudly, give the correct amount of change, be friendly and polite, and make sure people were paying the correct money. Our table also made sure to lower the prices at the correct time and always make sure there was something on our table that was 1 dollar. We ended up selling everything which was really good and we made just under 800 dollars? 
When everything was sold I made sure to help pack up and respect people’s containers. 
Overall I think it was a really successful bake sale and I stepped up as a leader. 

Student leader’s photos: Tuesday. 
On Tuesday we had a student leader’s photo I made sure to just listen to the photographs and stand in the correct places. I think I showed all my care values at this event. 

Care value: 
The care value I showed this week was community because I was a positive community member while helping out at the bake sale and getting our photos token also think I showed excellence because I tried my best at the bake sale to make sure everything was done fairly. 

How I showed leadership: 
I showed leadership by being a good leader at the bake sale, I was a good leader by stepping up as a leader and being sensible. 

How I have continued to be a good role model this week: 

I have continued to be a good role model by role modelling positive behaviour at the bake sale and to the juniors when in the junior’s area. 

Librarian- Distinction evidence 24

On Monday all the librarian received an email, about the librarian school photos and when/where they were on. I noticed that Zainab wasn't on the mailing list and the mail hadn't been sent to her, even though she was a librarian, I showed active thinking by forwarding the message to her. 

Here is the email: 
Here is the email: 

On Tuesday I made sure to turn up on time to the librarian photos. I also made sure to remind people to go, who hadn't checked their email. When we were getting our photos took I made to listen, get in the correct order and be respectful to the photographs. I personally think I was respectful while having the photo took and showing all my care values. 

On Thursday Zainab and I had reading to the juniors, since it was a mix of crazy weather rain, hail, sleet etc, there was no reading to the juniors.  On Wednesday and Thursday, I helped out in the morning at the library, because heaps of people come in and there is always books too put away. On Wednesday and Thursday I helped by putting books and cleaning the book shelves. 

Care value: 
The care value I showed was active thinking because I forwarded the email to Zainab when I knew she wouldn't get it. I also showed all my care values at the photos. 

How I showed leadership: 
I showed leadership by helping out in the morning when I couldn't do reading to the juniors, due to the crazy weather!! 
How I have continued to be a good role model this week: 

I have continued to be a good role model this week because I role modelled positive behaviour when having my photos taken. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

CARE: My progress so far

The CARE award that I am working towards is:  Sliver.

The one area of CARE that I am doing best in is: Community and active thinking  because: I have achieved a small care award in both of these areas.

The one area of CARE that I need to work harder in is: Excellence  because: I have not yet achieved a small award in it yet.

To show my leadership qualities I am a role model to others in the CARE values by doing/showing these leadership traits: Resilience,active thinker, integrity, Trustworthy, goal focused and motivational.

On the CARE SOLO matrix below I am at this SOLO level:   Extended Abstract because: I can role model the care values to others.





Extended Abstract
I am not aware of the CARE values yet.
I know what the CARE values mean.

I need help to use them.
I can use the CARE values.

I need reminding to use them.
I can use the CARE values independently.
I can use the CARE values independently.

I can role model to others how to use the CARE values.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Libraian- Distinction evidence 23

On Monday I had library mentor, Mrs Ward told me that Tracy and Warsiaha had been mentored enough and I didn't have to do it any more so I spent the rest of the lunch time getting involved in other activities.

On Thursday I had reading to the juniors with Zainab and Honor helped. I am not sure about Makayla, as she hasn't organised with Mrs Ward about when she is going to swap with me due to te Haupa but I just did my duty anyway. When the bell rang for lunch time I headed straight to the library to collect the books. I just got the usual Spot The Dog, Barbie etc. Next we headed down to the junior area when we arrived a whole bunch of kids came running up to us insterted in the Barbie books we have. I ended up reading to one girl in room 14 who seemed to really like Barbie. At about 20 or so pass we headed back to the library to allow time to put the books away properly. Afterward we got involved by playing on the playground. 

On Friday I helped Honor with reading to the juniors. First we headed to the library to collect the beanbags and books. We basically just got all the Barbie books, Spot The Dog, Sofia The First, etc, which always go down well. I read to Morgan a girl in room 14, who seemed to really like the books and also read to another girl in room 14 (Which is the new entrants class) At around about 20 past we headed back to the library to allow time to return the beanbags because it takes longer to bring them back since they are quite heavy!! Next time I think we should get a better range of books and get something suited for boys because all the books are kind of for girls. Overall I do think it was still a really good session. 

Care value: 
The care value I showed was Community because I was a good community member by doing my leadership duty.

How I showed leadership: 
I showed leadership by being a good leader while in the junior’s area. 

How I have continued to be a good role model: 

I have continued to be a good role model by role modelling positive behaviour to the younger kids. 

Maths- Describe patterns of reflection, rotation, & translation

Here is my assessment task for my maths goal, describe patterns of reflection, rotation, & translation

  • First rotate the left hand blue 90 degrees.
  • Next rotate the now read hand that you just rotated 90 degrees and rotate it 90 degrees so it is now blue again.
  • Then reflect the blue hand.
  • Now you can rotate the red hand 90 degrees so it is now blue.
  • After that you can reflect it again.
  • Then to bring it back to the beginning you can rotate it 90 degrees and it is now blue.

Next step: My Next step is to set a new maths goal.

House Captain- Distinction 22

On Monday we didn't have a student leaders meeting so there wasn't as much leadership this week as other week's.

On Monday we did have a whole school assembly throyght. The student leaders sat up the front, right in front of the new entracts , so it is a great chance to role model the assmebly expections to them since they have a short attiton span and get dircted at assmeblys. It was great that the student leaders could role model postive behaviour to them. 

The assmebly expections: 


  • Enter and exit respectfully ( This means walking in and out of the hall quesitly) 
  • Clap and laugh when aporitave. ( This means not trying to be silly and get the last clap and knowing when to stop laughing) 
Active Thinking: 

  • Foucs on the speaker or presnastion. (This means looking at the person that is talking througout the assmebly) 

  • Sit quietly ( This pretty much means sit queitly without talking) 
  • Listen repctfully (This means listening in a respectful manner) 

  • Follow the assmebly expections ( This means pretty much following the care values ) 
I think I role modelled all of these in the assmebly and the little kids had a postive role model to look up too. I eneded up getting a pozi for showing them 

Care value: 
The care value I showed was all of them because I showed all the care values in the assmebly. The learner quitely I showed was collbraote because I collbraoted with the other student leaders at assmebly.

How I showed leadership:
I showed leadership by being a good leader when I was sitting up the right so everyonbe could see a postitve role model. 

How I have continued to be a good role model:
I have continued to be a good role model by role modelling postive behaviour at the assmebly for the new entracts to follow and any ther students that weren't doing the right thing at assmebly/ 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

I can apply my knowledge of adverbial clauses

I can apply my knowledge of adverbial clauses and connectives to see how ideas are linked in texts.

For reading I have been learning about adverbial clauses. I have found this learning pretty easy because I just needed to recap what I had learned last year.

In this activity (Link to Activity), I had to add/ change the adverbial clauses in sentences.

Monday, 29 August 2016

The water cycle

                                    The Water cycle:
The water cycle is a repetitive process, that contains four stages. Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation and Runoff. Furthermore, water is recycled throughout this never ending process. In addition, the process the water goes through is between land, sea and atmosphere. Moreover, throughout this process the water changes state between a liquid,soil and gas. The first step in the water cycle is Evaporation.

The unofficial first step in the water cycle is Evaporation; evaporation is when the sun heats up water in the ocean, river, lakes, puddles etc, it then evaporates into a gas. In addition, snow and ice can actually turn into water vapor without actually melting first, Furthermore This is called sublimation. Another point is that, evaporation is an invisible process and can not be seen. On really hot days the process of evaporation is greater and water vapor is formed quicker. Moreover, after evaporation has occurred ; the next step in the water cycle is condensation and precipitation.

The second and third step in the water cycle is Condensation and precipitation. Condensation is when the gas forms clouds. Furthermore, when the clouds get too heavy precipitation occurs ; Precipitation is when rain, hail, sleet or snow falls. For an example, condensation is formed because of temperature changes, Furthermore, warmer air contains more water vapor. Another fact about condensation is that it is the opposite of evaporation because it changes state and transforms from a gas into liquid water. In addition, precipitation can only be a type of rain so it can’t be something like lightning or thunder because it can’t melt. After condensation and precipitation have happened the final stage in the water cycle is runoff.

After evaporation, condensation and precipitation ; the final step in the water cycle is runoff. Runoff is when the water falls to the ground ( precipitation) The water finds it’s way on the earth’s surface into puddles, rivers, streams etc. It then restarts the cycle and evaporates. Furthermore, some of precipitation falls directly into rivers, puddles, streams, it will then evaporation. In addition in cold areas snow or hail can possibly fall. If   it does get hotter it may melt and turn into a liquid water and runoff into puddles etc. Another point is that, when water falls on vegetation it is possible that it will evaporation from leaves/ nature back into water vapor.

Overall there's four-steps in the water cycle Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation and Runoff. This cycle is never ending and the water is recycled throughout this process ; Furthermore, in this cycle the water changes state. Overall if a step was skipped or missed in the water cycle it wouldn’t work properly ,Furthermore The water cycle is important because water is needed for a lot of things like Irrigation, Domestic Use, Industry and a lot of other things.

I can recognize and understand a vaterily of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns.

Walt :Recognise and understand a variety of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns

In this unit I have been learning about:
  • The parts of speech.
  • The types of nouns.
  • The types of sentences.

In this unit, I found challenging learning the different types of nouns.

Something new I learnt was what the differernt types of nouns are, they are proper, common, collective and abstract.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Librarian- Distinction evidence 21

On Tuesday there was a library meeting to practice using the library website so we can teach others next week. We all had to review a book, so we could teach others how to do it. I reviewed Summer's Dream ( My favorite book). I made sure to add detail, age suitably, gender and the type of things you would see in a review. 

Here is my Review: 
Review: Summer's dream is a book suitable for 10 + girls. This book is a relatable story with a types of drama. This story is a heartbreaking, tragic book that follows a dream to become a professional ballerina in this book Summer pushes herself for perfection. This book is quite a sad story.

 Who would enjoy this?: People that are interested in intense sports like ballet or gymnastics.

After we all reviewed a book, Mrs Ward told us which class we would be teaching and who we would be teaching with. We were put with year sevens so we would be able to help them. I am with Brook R and we are teaching room 24 next week. 

On Thursday I had reading to the juniors with Zainab. When the bell rang we headed straight to the library to collect the books . I collected some books from the library appropriate for girls and boys. We then headed towards the junior area in search of kids to read too. I found one girl who really liked Barbie books and then another girl joined. Some of the books I read were Barbie And The Musketeres, Barbie Princess Charm School, Some Spot The Dog books and more. At about 1:20 we headed back to the library to allow time to return the books. Overall I think it was a really sucessful session. 

On Friday I was going to help Honor with reading to the juniors but it was raining so we asked Mrs Ward if there was any other jobs we could do. She told us we could help by bringing a Scholastics box over to room 22. We made sure to respect the books in the box. 

The Care value: 
The care value I showed was commuity because I was a good commuity member by helping Honor since Makayla who she is usually with was at Te Haupa.
I showed leadership by : 
Being a leader and showing the leadership values while in the junior area as well as motivating kids to read.

I have continued to be a good role model by:
Being a good leader and showing the care values so they could be role modelled to the juniors. 

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