Friday, 25 November 2016

NZ Identity- Treaty Of Waitangi

Compare and contrast map

Something I found interesting is that unlike New Zealand Australia didn't have a treaty with the aboriginal people.
Something that I'd like to learn more about is they way the Aboriginals lived before they were taken away.

Te Reo Term 4

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 focussed 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.
Maori culture or customs.
A welcoming ceremony
Tangata whenua
The local people linked to the Marae
Guests to the Marae.
Our connections to the marae.
Family connection
To house guests.
Love and care.

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

Something I would like to learn more about the marae is the rules and guidelines around visiting the Marae.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

NZ Identity- War


Thursday, 20 October 2016

NZ Identity- Parliament


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:

  • John Key sits on the fourth seat to the right of the speaker.
  • Gerry Brownlee sits on the fifth seat to the right of the speaker.
  • New Zealand is a democracy meaning that everybody gets a say whereas some countries are a dictatorship where there is only one leader who makes all the decisions.

Here is the link to my compare and contrast map explaining the difference between democracy and dictatorship- Democracy Vs Dictatorship

Thursday, 22 September 2016

I Can Take Action to Improve the Water Cycle in Canterbury

Take action to improve the water cycle in Canterbury

In this project I was working with Emma and we decided to create a children's story book.

In this project we decided that our success criteria were:
  • Eye catching covers
  • An interesting title
  • Colourfull illustrations
  • Rhyme is possible
Overall our project met this criteria because our book included all the traits above.

This is our final project
Book titled 'S P L A S H !'Read this free book made on StoryJumper

Visual Art

WALT: Apply knowledge about shapes and patterns derived from nature into an original artwork.

For Visual Art the SOLO level I achieved was Relational because it was one of my first times using water colors, I tried my best but if I was to do this again I could do better because I would have some experience.

The 3 Visual Art techniques I used in my art work to achieve this level were glazing, shading and moving watercolors.

Here is a photo of my artwork:

My next step in visual art is to experiment with different amounts of water/ paint.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Koru Games Reflection

Koru Games Reflection 

The sport that I participated in was Touch Rugby.
My two highlights at Koru Games were: Getting to meet lots of other people that were competing in the Koru Games and learning a wide range of tactics to help improve my skills in Touch Rugby because they were things that I haven't done very often.
Something I'm proud of is scoring three tries overall and giving it my all because we were versing quite difficult teams.
Some advice for next years year sevens would be to put in lots of effort and be resilient.

Friday, 9 September 2016


The CARE award that I am working towards is Bronze.

The one area of CARE that I am doing best in is Respect because I've earned my small certificate for respect.

The one area of CARE that I need to work harder in is Excellence because I've got the least ticks in Excellence.

To show my leadership qualities I am a role model to others in the CARE values by doing/showing these leadership traits: Integrity, Motivational, Goal focused, Active Thinker and Trust Worthy.

On the CARE SOLO matrix below I am at this SOLO level Multistructural because I haven't yet earned my Bronze but I'm quite close.





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

Information Report

The Water Cycle

The hydraulic cycle, (commonly known as the water cycle) takes an important part in our everyday lives; This includes four key stages: Condensation, evaporation, precipitation and finally, groundwater/ runoff. The water which is recycled continuously changes state from a liquid, solid and vapour.

Condensation/ Evaporation

Evaporation is where water molecules in rivers, oceans etc rises back up into the air and turns to a vapour. When the air’s warmer it speeds up the process. The step that follows on from this  (condensation) changes the water vapour to clouds. This happens due to the weather change.


Precipitation is yet another stage in the water cycle. Rain, snow, sleet and hail are all differential forms of precipitation. The invisible water molecules that has risen up into the sky collects into a cloud, even if you can’t see it the air is full of water and, once a cloud's full that's when precipitation happens. The amount of precipitation that’s happening is different all around the world. Where does all of this go, you ask?

Groundwater/ Runoff

Groundwater has many purposes. It can be used for plants, aquifers, rivers and oceans. Once the precipitation falls, some water flows over the ground (runoff) when other water soaks in and becomes  groundwater. Groundwater in Christchurch is actually our tap water, of course, it’s cleaned so it’s healthy for us to drink.


Overall, the water cycle is very important to New Zealand and all over the world- it has many uses such as domestic/ household use.

The parts highlighted in green are the places where I included commas, semi colons, hyphens, brackets and parentheses.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Maths Measurement

W.A.L.T: Deduce and formulate to find the perimeters  and areas of polygons & the volumes of prisms.
Find the perimeters and areas of circles and composite shapes & the volumes of prisms, and cylinders. 


50% completed.

I can recognise and understand a variety of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns

I can 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…

The parts of speech because it was hard finding information and there were seven parts we had to research about.

Something new I learnt was...

I learnt what a preposition is. A preposition is a word that describes the relation to an object.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Evaluating Author's purpose.

In reading we have been learning to make decisions about the usefulness of the text for the purpose, by using a variety of criteria to evaluate.

We read a range of texts and  evaluated them against four key criteria.
These were:
  • Readability
  • Accuracy
  • Relevance
  • Quality of information/ language.

Here is my evidence to show that I am able to demonstrate this reading skill.

Friday, 29 July 2016

3D Printing at Te Hapua

Today we have been learning about 3D printing in preparation for our coming weeks at Te Hapua. Here is a link to the Google Slide we started on today:
3D Printing.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

My CARE progress

I have done a check of my CARE progress so far this year.

I am doing OK but I could probably do better and try a bit harder.

How far away are you from reaching your BRONZE
I am quite far away but working hard to achieve more.

The area of CARE that I need to try harder in C/ A / R / E
because these are the places I have the least care ticks in.

To achieve my BRONZE award quicker I need to is make sure to record all of my ticks.

The one thing that I can do to improve my progress in CARE is to improve on my excellence goals

We will review CARE progress again at the end of the term.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


I can describe these characteristics in a piece of music:
Harmony: Major- Happy tune. Minor- Sad tune.
Melody: A section of the song that is repetitive and/ or catchy.
Form: What makes the song unique.
Rhythm: The beat of the song and the series of instruments played in the background
Music Characteristics Template

Thursday, 30 June 2016

I Can Describe The Structure Of A Short Story

Something I have learned about the structure of short stories is that the problem happens quite early into the story.

After reading some short stories two things I will remember when I write my own short story are don't make it too long and make sure that the problem is quite early into the story.

Student Led Conference Reflection

  1. The things I enjoyed most about my SLC were: Sharing my learning with my parents.
  2. What went well and why? I finished sharing the most important part of my SLC.
  3. What were the challenges you faced when preparing and presenting your SLC? The internet connection wasn't very good.
  4. What changes would you make for next time and why? I would try to finish my whole presentation before we finish.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My Short Story- The Cake Frenzy

For this piece of writing I have focusing on my vocabulary and punctuation. I have been learning to:

  • Use a large productive vocabulary across the curriculum (Year 9/10)
  • Use a wide range of punctuation appropriately and with increasing accuracy. (Year 9/10)

A shrill, repetitive alarm rings through my ears. Reaching over, I slam down the snooze button. I sit up, rubbing my bleary eyes and drag a comb through my knotty hair. I'm not normally somebody you would describe as a ‘morning person’. I hear a single knock at my door and without warning my seven year old brother, Bean bounds through the door.
“It's Mum’s birthday!” He says in a singsong voice.
“Yes.” I reply, slinging on my sunglasses that I had scooped off my bedside table.”Yes it is.” I finish dramatically.

“Okie dokie! Assemble the troops! We're baking a cake!”
I all but yell.
Bean obediently ducks out of the room. He emerges through the door seconds later with my four year old younger brother and sister, Kelly and Eliot (twins) slung over each shoulder. They look bewildered, probably because they got ripped out of their beds by their older brother dressed in his Mum’s wedding dress and a beanie with two eye holes cut out, acting on orders from his twelve year old sister currently dressed in an over sized tuxedo and a false mustache plastered above her nose.
“Alrighty, now that we are all…”
I search for the right word.
“Gathered, I'd like to make an important announcement! While Bean was gathering the troops I thoroughly searched the pantry; THERE’S NO CAKE MIXTURE!”
I obviously took the twins by surprise seeing as they had leaped into the air. I chuckle, bemused by their cowardliness.
“While I go to the shop you,”
I say prodding Bean in the chest.
“Mow the lawn.”
I order, despite the fact that Bean had never mowed the lawn before.
“But I…”
He splutters helplessly. I narrow my eyes and he scurries hurriedly away.
“As for you two.”
I say directing my remark at the twins.
“Vacuum the floor.”
Unlike  Bean they happily agreed to do their assigned job, probably so they can attempt to vacuum each other. The twins have always been known as the violent pair at preschool, I'm proud of them. Meanwhile, where is Mum? There she is, the average lazy mother in her natural habitat. I am slightly disgusted  to see her lying in bed with a trail of drool hanging out of her mouth.

It's not long until I'm on the very road of the shop. I pedal a bit further so it's in full view. A large wire fence and cones are surrounding it. Inside the site are some workers and several machines.
“Oh no!”
I groan. I hear a chuckle from one of the men in bright orange overalls, I'm not sure if he was laughing at my outfit or just my cluelessness on the topic. I give him a sharp glare. He stops abruptly, I can be rather intimidating at times if I want to.
I whine as I leap back onto my bike.

“I, am not surprised.”
I admit. Bean lost half his hair from the lawnmower resulting with a bald spot in the center of his head and both the twins managed to lose a sock each from the vacuum cleaner.
“Elliot, Kelly you two make sure Mum doesn't get out her room for the next hour, two hours.”
I hand out jobs to the twins.
“On it!”
They cry in unison. I turn to Bean and mockingly rub my chin.
“Now, what to do with you…”
I utter.
“You can help me with the cake?” I question rather than state. He pulls a face.
“Is that an order?” He asks meekly. I grin and nod my head while he rolls his eyes.

“Happy birthday to you! You’re one hundred and two! You look like a monkey, and you act like one too!” Bean, the twins and I yell rather than sing in unison.  Apparently, according to the twins Mum wasn’t at all hard to keep in bed, in fact, we had to pour a bucket of ice cold water over her to get her up and out of bed! That probably exclaims her dripping hair and damp clothes.  Mum smiles at us fondly and I rip the tea towel of the cake.
“Viola!” I shout triumphantly. “How many slices Mum?”
“Zoe… It’s green!”
She exclaims. I nod excitedly.
“Sorry I’m full from the purple pancakes, speaking of which are you sure that you used food coloring for the purple color? I don't feel so well…”
I shift my glance to Bean, he too has a disgusted look on his green face along with Elliott and Kelly. I sigh. I guess I'll be finishing the cake on my own.