Wednesday, 25 October 2017

WALT: Write an effective argument for our chosen political party.

Do you like the idea of voting for National? Then you are in the right place because they have great policies! In my opinion, NZ should keep National in the government because it is the best choice for the country and people of New Zealand. In this argument I am going to talk about building a new hospital in Dunedin, giving all primary school students with the opportunity to learn another language, and working towards making NZ a smoke free country by 2025. NZ is a very safe country, but do you want it to be even safer?
If you do than National is the party to vote for…

Working towards NZ being smoke free by 2025. It is also a good idea because a single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. The people who do smoke could live safer and healthier lives if they quit smoking. Another great policy is to do with Dunedin...


Building a new hospital in Dunedin. This is a good policy because I think that Dunedin needs a new hospital, as well as it being new it will get new and improved technology and things to help people get better. I think that it is also a good idea because, sometimes when it is cold, (which it is usually in Dunedin), people get the flu or a cold and sometimes the flu can turn into a very BAD case of the flu and people have to go the the hospital. As well as building new hospitals the last policy I will be talking about will be to do with different languages.


Provide all primary school students with the opportunity to learn another language. This means, for any student that is in primary school, AND that wants to learn a new language. I think that it is a good policy because it would give them the opportunity to learn about what culture as well as learning the language. It is also a good idea because it will give them an advantage in future life. The next policy is one that I am against.


Reduce assessment in schools. This means that they would be lowering the amount of testing and assessment tasks in schools. I don’t think they should, because they might not know what group they should be in because they didn’t do enough testing. It is also a not so great idea because you might not get enough testing and then you might not get smart. These are the policies I have talked about, some I agree with some I am against.


These are the policies that I have an interest in. In my opinion, National is a good party to vote for and that we should keep them in Government. The policies I have talked about are working towards NZ being smokefree by 2025, building a new hospital in Dunedin, providing primary students with the opportunity to learn another language and reducing the testing for students. Do you think that my ideas are good? I do. I think that we should all follow these policies and have better lives.





My next steps are:

Do different policies and maybe do a few extra, to make it longer and more interesting.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

NZ Identity: Parliament.

As part of our New Zealand Identity unit we have been learning all about New Zealand Parliament.


Here is a link to the online modelling book for this unit if learning.


We have learned all about the different roles that people have in parliament.


Key roles in Parliament Activity


Some things that I have found interesting are:
  • What an MP is 
  • How a government is formed
  • and what the different roles are in parliament


My next step is to see parliament in reality next year on my Wellington trip.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Trip to Hanmer

On Sunday the eighteenth of June, me and my family went on a trip to Hanmer. Here is a link that shows my plan


Here are a few pics that we took,
20170618_090619.jpg On the way there!


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20170618_140653 (1).jpgAt the Animal Park20170618_140843.jpgWith the goats20170618_142829 (1).jpgWith the wallabies20170618_125618 (1).jpgAt the Five Stags Restaurant

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Book Review Term 2

V.I.P. I'm With The Band
By Jen Calonita 

This book is about a girl whose name is Mackenzie Lowell (Mac), who is in love with the boy band Perfect Storm and loves drawing, especially her alter ego comic character, Mac Attack. She says she has the most amazing Mum in the world because when she and her friends miss out on winning tickets to Perfect Storms concert her Mum saves them by barging in her room with four V.I.P. tickets to the Perfect Storm concert in town. But when her Mum is the new manager of the band she gets to go on their tour around the world she realizes that her crush, Zander Welling (the lead singer of the group), is not her crush after all and that she likes the quieter band member, Kyle Beyer. It is a book all about girls, boys, bands, best friends and crushes. I would recommend this book to people who like to read about other peoples problems and understands there pain. In the end she realizes that she had made a BIG MISTAKE.
Read the book to find out more about what happens!

By Tanika

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Term 2 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Silverstream.

I found this novel very interesting because it tells you about the freedom in other places.

During the novel I had to complete a thinking map which shows that I can classify how the author has shown the theme of the book.

National Standard this covers

  • Year 7/8  Standard
    • I can identify and evaluate the way writers’ use language and ideas to suit their purpose and I can use my growing wide range of academic and content-specific vocabulary to understand texts.

  • Overall I would give this novel a rating of  10/10 and I would recommend it to others to read because it is a good book and it teaches you about freedom in other places and I definitely would recomend it to people who like to read and also like the suspense when you have to put it down.


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Current Events Term 2, 2017

WALT: I can successfully research a current event.
Here is a link to our online modelling book for this unit of learning.

The National Standard that I have been aiming for during this unit of learning is:

  • Year7/8: I can use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes.

Each week we have read a short text about a current event/ topic. We then formed questions based on what we had read.  After this we researched the answers to our questions and finally we gave our opinions on what we had found out.

Here is some evidence of my learning.


My Next Step is to continue to  apply the reading and  research skills that I have learned in a variety of other areas.

Music term 2

For Music this term, three things I learnt were:

1. A rap called 'Mother Earth'

2.What are the properties of hip-hop

3.We wrote a rap about school


Something I found challenging was performing the rap in front of my class.

Maths: Assessment task

Assessment task: Communicate and interpret locations and directions, using compass directions, distances, and grid references


To complete this task you will need a paper copy of the treasure map - These are in Mrs Stinson's drawer in the Whanau zone -please ask her for one. You will need to complete the task here and add a photo of your treasure map when it is done to this document and then turn in.
I got a few of the directions wrong and Amber (the person who was finding the treasure) missed out on the second clue, so that is how she got all they way over there, at the edge of the water instead of at the Rations dump!

Jul 4, 2017 10:04:03 AM.jpg These are my clues on how to find the treasure!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Careers Education C.V. Writing

In CAREERS EDUCATION we have been learning to write a skills based Curriculum Vitae.


A skills based C.V. focuses more on the skills that we have,  rather than our work history.


Here is a link to our online Modelling Book that shows the process we have followed.


Three things that I have learned about writing a Curriculum Vitae are:


  1. That it has to be clean and white.


  1. That it has to have two referees that they contact and ask about you.


  1. That spelling/punctuation mistakes are vital. 

Here is a link to my Skills based Curriculum Vitae.

Term 2 SCL

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Maths: WALT: Find fractions, decimals, and percentages of amounts expressed as whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals. Assessment task

Extended Abstract  Assessment task: Surfs Up
WALT: Find fractions, decimals, and percentages of amounts expressed as whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals.
Assessment Task:
Two surf shops in the same part of town sell similar products, but their pracise vary. At sale time, both shops are competing for the same customers


Use the Image above to answer the questions in the table

Item
Which shop is the item cheaper?
How much cheaper is the item (when it is on sale) than the other shop?
Show your working out here:
Sweatshirt
The Surf Shop
$10
algoritham  
Jacket
Surf the waves company
$16
algoritham
Jeans
The Surf Shop
$12
algoritham
Tracksuit
Surf the waves company
$9
algoritham

Here are the screenshots to my IXL activities:

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Screenshot 2017-05-17 at 12.38.52 PM.pngWe had to get 70% on this one.
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My next step is:
To know how to do the percentages without a whiteboard.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

I can make links across texts by recognising connectives or adverbial clauses

In this unit learnt what an adverbial clause is and also what a connective is.


A connective is a word that connects a sentence or an idea.


An adverbial clause is a sentence that is before or after the comma.

Here is a link to a compare and contrast map of an adverbial clause and a connective


Friday, 2 June 2017

Home Learning Challenge, A2- Use a creative ICT tool to make a present for someone.


On Saturday the 6th of May 2017
I made a Collage for my Nanna as a present. I think she will like it because it has photos of her and my family. It also has photos of her favorite flowers and some of things that will remind her that we love her.

Friday, 5 May 2017

My Favourite book from Term 1

Thirteen Candles 
Thirteen candles is about a girl who's name is Julia. Julia is just turning thirteen and to her surprise when she goes to blow out her birthday candles (thirteen of them, hence the title) that they blow out on there own. As they are watching the video of her family and her best friend singing 'Happy Birthday' their seems to be a shadow behind Julia it looks exactly the same as her. She thinks it is just her shadow but after the shadow saves her life she is starting to get suspicious. I think it is a really good book and recommend it to people that like graphic novels. 

By Tanika

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Home Learning Challenge-R2

On the Monday of Week 10 I made cupcakes for my neighbor for the Home Learning Challenge so I can achieve my merit badge.
The Challenge I did was bake some cookies for your neighbor so I assumed that I could bake some cupcakes instead of cookies.
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First I set the oven to the right temperature then I got the ingredients out and ready. Flour, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Butter, Egg and some chopped up chunks of a Chocolate Bar.
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So I made the cupcakes and they turned out great! I let them cool then I made the icing. Water, Icing Sugar, Food Colouring and some Peppermint Essence.17841866_10154363167937823_387232230_n.jpg
Then I grated the rest of the Chocolate Bar and it turned out to look like chocolate crumbs so I put it in a bowl and left it to the side for later.
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Once the cakes had cooled I put the icing on and then sprinkled some chocolate crumbs on top. Don’t they look delicious!

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I delivered them to my neighbor and she was very pleased!

















 














Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Peer Mediation - Tuesday 4th, Week 10

Peer Mediation

Today for Peer Mediation I solved one problem.
A boy from the year three hub, came to me and my PM team, and said that one of the senior boys from my hub had been playing with and throwing around a girls scooter that was from his class. The scooter had been outside the class and said that I understand the scooter should have been in the scooter locker but the boys shouldn't have been playing with someone else's scooter we all made a decision that the boys shouldn't play with other peoples scooters, and that the girl should put her scooter in the locker. 
In the end the problem was solved and the people were happy!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Games with minimal or no equipment.

In PE we have been participating in a variety of games that require little or no equipment.
Below is the Matrix which shows our progression in this unit of learning.


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The table below shows my understanding of games with minimal or no equipment.


Examples of Games that need minimal or no equipment.
What equipment would we usually need to play these games.  
Why do we play games with minimal or no equipment?
Tag, Octopus, Invisible tag, Dodge ball, Bench ball, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, ectCones, Bibs, Balls, Bats. ectTo get involved, and if you are going to play a game and you only have some equipment with you or no equipment.


My Strengths.  
Some things that I have done well during this unit of learning are Getting involved in the games even if I don't want to because when we were playing french cricket I didn't want to have a go but I did it anyway and I hit it really far.


My Next Steps.
Some things I could improve on when playing games with minimal or no equipment are interacting with the other players because I get involved in the game but don't get involved with the players.

Leadership Article

In writing I have been learning to:
  • use all basic punctuation independently
  • attempt more complex punctuation (e.g. semicolons, colons, parentheses)

I have been especially focusing on using parentheses and commas. I have highlighted these in green where I have used them as well as other punctuation that I changed because it was used incorrectly. Here is a piece of my writing that shows this.


Being goal focused is just knowing your goal and working towards it. An example of a leader that was goal focused is Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela showed this trait by knowing what his goal was and working towards it, even though that got him sent to jail. As a peer mediator I need to be goal focused to help solve the problems. I will demonstrate this trait by knowing what I need to do and work towards my goal. As well as being goal Focused, being Motivational is one of the traits as well.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Run Bike Run for 2017

Run Bike Run
The run bike run was on today... The 8th of March 2017. We went to Westlake park to do it. You could be in a team or go as an individual. I went as a team with Amber.G, I did the running and Amber did the biking then we both did the end run. The first run you had to run around the big lake, the bike you had to go around the big lake and the little one, making a figure eight, then the last run was around the path on the field next to the park. Amber and I came fifth out of all of the year 7/8 teams.
We were so proud. Next year I might even do it as an individual!

Tuesday the 14th - Peer Mediation Extra

Peer Mediation - Extra
Today I did Peer Mediation with Daniel and Amber because unfortunately the other person didn't come and we couldn't find her. I helped with a girl who couldn't find her friend and another girl who couldn't get down from a climbing wall. It wasn't much but I did help when it wasn't my turn for Peer Mediation.

Tuesday the 14th - Peer Mediation

Peer Mediation
For Peer Mediation today I went with Scott and Jordan to the junior area. Me and my group helped to solve two problems; We helped a little kid who had been getting his hat taken for a few days. So, we helped him find it and he said it would be nice for the boy who did it to say sorry, and not do it again. We also helped with a couple of little kids who had been getting chased by another group of boys over and over again, what we helped with was just how they could maybe not chase them and the kids thought that if they said sorry than that would be just fine.