Monday, 11 December 2017

Inspirational Talk - Andrew Patterson

                              Walt: Write about Mr Patterson's 2nd visit to Pt England School.
Today we had two special guests come in to talk to us about College. Mr Patterson was going to interview Raenan about him being a Pt England student, who didn't want to go to Tamaki College. Raenan didn't want to go to Tamaki College because of all the rumors he heard from other people.

When he started Tamaki College as a Year 9, he was nervous because he didn't know what he would expect from the students. The year thirteens would welcome all of the Year 9's with a warm welcome and the prefects would look out for all of the year 9's so they would feel the aroha for them. Raenan inspired each and everyone of us to put lots of effort into our school work and to make sure to stay out of trouble.

The most important thing about college that Raenan taught me, is that if you set yourself a goal, then you just need to put all of your hard work to it and you would achieve it. Raenan gave us lots of helpful tips for college and he inspired all of us year 8's to take the opportunity given to you. Mr Patterson told us that schools like Girls Auckland Grammer school has lots of students, but less opportunities given to them.

Mr Patterson showed us a video about a boy who went with Raenan on a boat to sail around New Zealand. When he was 7 years old, his father was put in prison because he was in trouble with the police. He was growing up with his older sister and was a really troubled student. Until one day, the principal of Mangere college, gave him an opportunity to experience the things that he has never done.

For example, he was on a boat for the first time, getting his first passport and getting to meet new and amazing people. The prinicipal of Mangere college was grateful enough to give him the chance to experience these things. Since that faithful day, his bad habits and his attitude changed forever. He never got to see his father since he was 7 to 15. His speech was really inspirational and it inspired.

If there are problems in your life, you need to work hard to be able to achieve your goals. Even if the boy was having a hard time without his father around, he still tried his best in school and he never gave up his goals. He didn't even think negative thoughts once he entered college, like what most year 9's would do.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Hans Zimmer - Composer

Walt: Write a little blurb about Hans Zimmer and how he has composed his music, since he was little.

Hans Zimmer is a proud composer who was born and raised in Germany. He is recognised as Hollywood's most famous composer and for making popular movies with amazing soundtracks. Hans was born on September 12th 1957 in west Germany. Since the 1980s, Hans has composed over 150 music for different movies. He is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and works with other people who are just like him (composers) through the company that he founded.

Hans Zimmer started his music career in small bands. He was applying keyboards/synth during the 70s. From playing with small bands, he went on to co producing tracks for punk bands and electronic bands. In the 80s, Hans went on to writing jingles for advertising companies to make a living, while he was living in London. From all of his hard work, he was recognised by a composer named Stanley Myers. They both joined forces to make their music bring out different emotions from the audience.

This is where Hans Zimmer began to compose music for famous films like moonlight, insignificance and success is the best revenge. Hans used modern day music with his amazing approach to sound with moving images and to his powerful scores. He is the most amazing person in the world of music and he is a great inspiration for people who wants to be a composer just like him. 

Music & Emotions

Our task was to look at our topic that is called "Musical Madness." We had to put in 6 different emotions with appropriate songs that is good for kids our age. Also we needed to add pictures and the colours that suit the emotion. If we wanted to get a bonus point, we had to pick songs that nobody else would pick. It was a long task because everybody needed to find songs and think of the emotions. What I learnt is that different music that has been played, can lead up to how we feel and our emotions.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Seat Belts

Walt: Look for clues in the text to help us make meaning when we interfere.

Our task was to look for clues in the text to find our best fit answer. Then we needed to eliminate some answers that we think doesn't match the text, needs to be eliminated. Our text was called "Seat Belts." This text was to show people that wearing a seat belt might not be comfortable, but its safe for everybody around you. Most people would get into accidents if they don't have their seat belts on and it outs every bodies lives on the line, when your driving.

Nursery Rhymes

Walt: Use Interesting writing in our writing.
Coincidentally Row, Row, Row your boat, Discreetly down the stream, Observe the fish, then ponder your mind and blurt out Life is but a dream.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five. Once I discreetly caught a fish alive. Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Then I Coincidentally let it go again. Why did you let it go? Because it bit my finger so. Jacob blurted out, Which Finger did it bite? After that, Aysha Observed her fingers and pondered out, This little finger on my right.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Hero Within

Walt: Look for clues in the text to help us make meaning when we infer. Use the process of elimination to find the 'best fit' answer.

Our task was to read a book and look for clues in the text, that would support our answers. We also needed the element of elimination to take away all of the answers, to find the best fit. We needed to answer some hard questions to put ourselves in the character or the students shoes. This means on how they are feeling inside. Once we have finished, we needed to do some research of our own and find out what "Graves Disease" is.

Year 8 Experience

Walt: Write a blog post about your experience at Tamaki College.

Last week on Thursday, half of the year eights went to Tamaki College as an experience. The students who were going to Tamaki College next year would get to experience the life of a college student. Most of our students were scared because it was their first time in a college. The Year 8's were split into 2 different groups, so that we could get the best experience out of college.

When we arrived, we were welcomed by many amazing people and leaders of the school. We got to meet some of our ex-students that use to attend Pt England School. Tevita, Elizabeth, Liz and many more students, were our guides. They looked after us and made sure that we were on our best behaviour. My first class was Science. We had lots of fun learning about Chemistry, Physics, Biology and many more things.

Once we have finished our first period. We had to go to the library so that we could eat healthy food. There was apples, banana's, chocolate fish and a drink bottle in the middle of the table. While we were eating, one of the Year 9 leaders of Tamaki College was talking to us about the upcoming events in Tamaki College.

Once the day was over, the Year 8's who would be attending Tamaki College learnt lots of things. I've learnt many things from this experience and look forward to attending the college. Now I'm not afraid about starting a new chapter in my life and making new friends again.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


For this math problem. We were playing a Japanese game called "Sudoku." All we had to do, was to add up all the numbers and make sure they are the same. Then we needed to use brackets. The easiest way was using something called "BEDMAS." B = Brackets, E = Exponents, D = Division, M = Multiplication, A = Addition and S = Subtraction.

Athletics Day

Walt: Write a Quality blog post about Athletics Day.

Last week on Friday, it was an amazing and sunny day. The weather was gleaming brightly in the sky. Lots of students were excited to play some amazing games in the hot blazing weather. Everybody looked really colourful in their astounding house colours. Most people were being really creative with their looks. We all had to wear our hats because we would get sun burnt. This was for our own safety.

My favourite activity was doing the high jump. The reason being is because we got to jump as high as we could, like we were flying in the air. There were lots of amazing people who could jump really high into the air. I was aiming for my personal best by trying to get to the highest poll. But I didn't make it. But at least I tried my best. This sport was all about trying your best and never giving up.

My second favourite sport was softball throwing. The challenge was to throw the ball as far as you could. But the problem was that we needed to make sure it doesn't go out of the square. Lani threw the ball into the air, it looked as if it had it's own wings of flight. I think this because it was flying through the air. Everybody was aiming for their personal best and to achieve their goals.

My last favourite sport was Volleyball. Before we were about to play, their was a strange atmosphere filling the air. That is when everybody was being competitive with each other. Even if there friends were in another team. That didn't matter to them at all. But a song named "Mi Gente," changed everybody's mood. All the girls started dancing with laughter and they were all just having fun.  Everyone was trying their best to hit the ball onto the other side.

Athletics was all about having fun with your friends and trying your best. You always need to give your all to each sport you do. The most important thing about athletics is to have a laugh with everybody and make the most of your time, before going to college. What athletics means to me is no matter what people say about you, nothing can make you sad or make you give up. I had an amazing time with all of the Year 8 girls.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Test Practice Wk3

                  Walt: Use different strategies to solve addition and subtraction word problems.
Our task was to solve all of the different problems by using our own different strategies that we already know. It took a lot of thinking and using problems to solve each question. Some of the questions were really hard to solve and it took a while for me to finish it off.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Family Wedding

                                           Walt: Blog post about your weekend.

On Saturday 4th November, I attended my families wedding. We were going to celebrate my aunties wedding with her beloved husband. The lucky brides name was Veronica George, her husband was so lucky to have her as his wonderful bride.

Back in Veronica's days, she was a championship dancer for her homeland Aitutaki. She competed in so many competitions to keep her title as a champion dancer. Veronica was Cook Island and she had passion for her culture. She wore her beautiful white gown and her father was walking her into the hall.

There was about 4 flower girls and 6 bridesmaids. Everybody stood up to honor and congratulate Veronica on her very special day. All the girls were wearing astounding gold dresses and the men were wearing amazing tuxedos. There were so many people that turned up to her wedding, most of the families were preparing their food inside the Atiu hall.

Lot's of people brought so many foods to the wedding. My favorite part was when the dance group came to perform to the bride and groom. The boys and girls were wearing nice costumes and their dancing was pretty fast. While the Cook Island group was still performing, the kids were playing outside of the hall.

We had so much fun at the wedding. It was special for me because I got to see most of my own cousins that I have never met before. But the one thing that I didn't like about the wedding was that, there was no dessert. I was looking forward to eating some, but they all just disappeared out of nowhere.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Motivational Talk

Walt: Write about Mr Patterson's Motivational Talk.

Today we had a very special guest come in. His name was Mr Patterson. His talk was mostly for us Year 8's who are heading out to college next year. He was telling us about aiming for success and launching our future. Here are some things that might help you in the future, when you really need it.

Then he showed us a formula, that is similar to his talk for us. The formula was A + I = M. There is a meaning behind these words that would help us in the nearer future. A = Aspiration, I = Inspiration and M = Motivation. I have learnt many things from his talk and look forward to reaching my goals. If you have a dream, then you would always have a plan b, if your first dream doesn't work well.

There are different types of motivation. Intrinsic means you can reach for your goals and achieve what you want. The other one is extrinsic, which means external and it is about getting fancy cars, rewards and $100 inside your bank. Being a Grit means leaving the past behind you and trying to make things right, between you and another person.

Their was a story about a boy named Willie who is 11 years old, he gave his lunch and money to a homeless man. He was kind to do something very special to the man, it would change his life forever. If you do good things towards others, then you would get something good in return. Mr Patterson took Willie and his friend down to Wellington on a plane. It was Willie's first experience.

Be a giver and not a taker. This phrase means that whatever you give, it would come back to you. But whatever you take, it will always come back around. Mr Patterson saw two young couples with three kids, so then he brought them to the front of the line. There was about 200 people waiting in the line, to book their flights because it got cancelled. Everybody was surprised to see how kind Mr Patterson was.

There was a quote about doing what you love. This means that if you are able to do what you love, then you would go to your job happy and motivated. It's really bad to go to work because you just want to earn money. I have learnt lot's of things about Mr Patterson's motivational talk. I would like to take his talk with me, along my future to success.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017


Walt: Search for clues within the text to help us make meaning when we infer use the process of elimination to find the 'best fit' answer.
 Our task was to succeed our success criteria. Then we needed to read the text and show our understanding by using long sentences. Once we have finished that, we needed to sort out which one is evidence or inference. But we needed to read the text called 'Moa' so that we could understand it a little bit more. It was really hard because we needed to sort out how Scott and Sarah was feeling at times throughout the story. I learnt so much from my reading and look forward to more awesome work.

"What it means to be a good role model?"

Walt: Write an explanation writing about being a good role model.

A good example of a role model is being able to behave properly, set an example for little kids. Also to be in the right place, right time and have the right attitude. Someone that is positive and can be imitated by others. I’ll be writing about “What good Role Models would look, sound and act like?”

A role model is hard working, respectful and mature. Hard working is when they finish their work on time. Also to set it to a high standard. Being respectful means being a sponge. What I mean by that, is no matter what people say about you, just suck it all in and respond to them in a good manner. Being mature means acting your age and trying to be the older person. My older brother is a perfect example of why I look up to him so much.

Being a role model is encouraging, never gives up and positive. Encouragement is a special element that everybody has. They encourage others to do their best no matter the subject. Never giving up is about trying your best, even though you’re not good at that one thing. Always learn how to be positive towards others in any negative situation. They would always believe in you, even when life is hard for you. My dad is always positive and encourages me to do my best in everything.

The last thing about being a good role model is guiding you, self-talk and motivating. Being able to guide someone is really important. That means that you're guiding them on the right path of being kind and respectful. There is always a time when you need to learn how to self-talk. This means to be able to say positive things about yourself and never think negative. My mother taught me these things so that I would be able to show other people.

Try following these 3 simple steps and you will have lots of people looking up to, as their role model. But remember, role models aren’t always perfect, they learned the hard way of becoming role models. The people that you look up to doesn’t need to be celebrities, they can also be your family members. “You never know who you might be inspiring?”

Friday, 20 October 2017

Smiles makes a Difference?

Walt: Korero is about "Smiles making a huge difference in the world."

When someone is down, you could try brightening up their day by giving them a nice big smile. You never know that giving them a smile could make a big difference in their life. Sometimes when someone is down, you could try and give them a nice big smile so they could have a great day, instead of having a sad day.

Most people around the globe are depressed because something must have happened to them and they don't feel happy or even smiling at all. If you see someone like that, you should try and give them a big smile. The reason being is because most people wouldn't be in a good mood to smile. So try and make them laugh or encourage them to stay happy, safe and positive.

Smiling is the most important thing in the world, if you don't smile, then you won't be able to have a nice day with your family or friends. Every time you smile at someone, it's an action of love and a wonderful gift to that person. Also a warm smile, is the universal language of kindness. If you are able to smile, then the whole universe would smile with you.

If you don't smile, then the world is just a dull place with no pure love or anything to brighten up their days. Most of all, when someone is tried from work or baby sitting, all they really need to lighten up a bit is a big and bright smile. Whenever you smile at someone, there is always a meaning behind that smile and what that person is telling you.

So make sure you smile, you never know that your smile would brighten up the whole world with pure love and happiness. Also to make sure that you are on watch to see if anybody is feeling dull or sad because they aren't smiling at all.

Farewell Miss Vani

                                 Walt: Make a blog post about our farewell for Miss Vani

This is a sad day for Pt England School, we need to say farewell to our office teacher, Miss Vani. She was an important person in our school, their were many things that we all loved about her. She was caring, loving and showed respect toward others. Now she has a great opportunity waiting for her next future job.

Miss Vani got given a one time only opportunity to help other social workers, help other people in need. But Miss Vani is sad at the same time because she won't be able to see our lovely faces for a while. She will be missed by many other people. We are all sad, but happy at the same time because she has done us proud.

Some students walked up to Miss Vani, to congratulate her partnership and her hardwork that she has done for our staff and lovely tamariki. We all wish her good luck in her new job and hopefully we get a chance to see her again. Also to know how she has been doing in her new career, in a different community that she has never experienced.

She has encouraged us to reach our goals and strive to succeed. Do our best in the nearer future and work hard in what we like. I didn't know what she meant by that, but I hope I would do the same like her. Every student wishes that they wouldn't need to say goodbye to another lovely person, but we should be proud for all the things she has done for us.

She has been a blessing for the whole school and we all look forward to seeing her return again. It's sad, but we could all wish a good luck in her new community and working with other employees, and to also improve their skills of looking after other people. Hopefully she would be a blessing for other employees like she was for us.

Niue Language Week

Walt: Write a blog post about Pt England's special performance

Today the Niue group presented their amazing performance to show off their culture. They are proud of their heritage and would like to show us what they have learnt, from their amazing tutors. The people who taught them was Miss Lagitupu and another teacher. The way they introduced themselves was wonderful, it's because they managed to say where their family is from. 

What I really liked was the girls amazing costumes that they wore. It was so bright and colorful. I also enjoyed the boys haka that they performed with such strength. The introductions surprised me because not much people can speak their own language. TJ's introduction was loud and clear, I could tell that he was proud of his land and people.

But the one thing that shocked me the most, was seeing so much people who aren't Niuean and they are joining in. Everybody that performed looked very proud to be performing their culture and to show everybody that their culture is special to them and they want to cherish it. Their entrance song was interesting because everyone knew that it would be cool to watch what they have learnt.

Pt England School is proud of what they have learnt in just 1 week. The people who performed should be proud of what they have shown towards the school and their amazing tutors. I look forward to seeing more performances in the future.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tipene - Maths

Walt: Solve Multiplication and Division problems using Reversibility
Our task was to show our understanding and what we know about Reversibility. But the other slide was a bit harder because we needed to say what multiplication reversibility is about. Then we had to do the same thing, but this time is was about the division. Then we needed to learn how to reverse a division and turn it into timetables. But the division and the timetables come with the same answer, until you reverse the question around. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Effects on Children - Divorce

                What are the effects of divorce on children?

There is a massive issue that can affect your children, if you’re married. Even if the child is in childhood, it would break their love that they have towards the two parents. It is heartbreaking for the children to witness how much their parents loved each other, until they split their separate ways.

The children look up to their parents and they are only used to seeing their own parents show how much they appreciate each others company. But the children has never seen parents argue towards each other. That is the side that every mother and father doesn’t want their kids to see.

This is the reason why they try so hard to hide the fact that they have been arguing, so they don’t worry their children. It’s heartbreaking for children to see their parents divorced because if they love the mother more than their father, then it’s going to hurt them badly.

But the parents do a reasonably great job managing the stress of divorce. From my research, children who are from divorced families are resilient, especially when the parents do a good job at hiding it. Sometimes when your children is in pain, it would be a great time to let them grieve over their parents that they have now lost.

Having divorced parents would be hard on the child, reason being is because they would be a different person if their parents were in their lives. Most people would have a short childhood without their parents, or, a really tough childhood. So this is what I think about divorce, in my own perspective.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Once we settled down in our special immersion assembly, some of the teachers surprised us with their astounding costumes and their performances. Our teachers and students has lots of love and passion towards music. The teachers made their own music about our new topic called "Musical Madness." Mr Burt, Mrs Nua, Mr Somerville and Mr Jacobsen wowed us with their amazing talents of music.

My three favorite performances that I liked out of all the teams was, Team 1, Team 3 & Team 4. The first item was Team 1, they were about playing the game called "Snap." But Miss Hockly kept changing the music while they were playing the game. The main objective of their performance was changing your emotions, towards different music. So what I learnt was no matter the music you listen too, it would change the way you feel towards the music.

My second favorite item was Team 3. It was about storytelling through music. But this idea got me thinking about something similar to a Youtube video called "Songs in Real Life!" All they had to do was to make up a story, but to also include their favorite songs to make it more interesting. They captivated our attention, just through music. I was delighted by all the teachers dance moves, especially Mr Moran's. What I really think is that he was holding back his excitement to be able to bust out his moves.

My last favorite one that I really enjoyed out of all of them, was Team 4's fascinating item. The reason why I enjoyed them the most was because they used their amazing vocals to sing along to the music that was playing in the background. Since we were so interested in their movie, we didn't no that the unexpected was drawing closer. The students and teachers were thrilled by their amazing dance moves that they were showing off. Especially Miss Davis, swinging of the chandelier like Miley Cyrus on the wrecking ball.

Their performances were enthralling and it captivated all of our attention. I am amazed on how they put in all their hard work and amazing ideas just to entertain us all and to finish off their movies or item with a smile. This is the last assembly that the Year 8's will ever be in and it inspired me to work hard in the nearer future. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Maniakalani Film Festival Experience

Walt: Create a blog post about your Maniakalani Film Festival Movie.

Today we had to do our Maniakalani Film Festival. The movies had to be due this Friday, so that everybody can see our amazing movies that we have created as a group, per class. But the movies have to be 3 minutes long and not any longer than that. It takes hard work and dedication to be able to finish off the movie in time.

Everybody did the challenge, except for 7 students who didn't do it. So they needed to have a taste in front of the whole class and give out their best reactions. All we had to do was put on the blindfolds, that is when the challenge of tasting food has begun. What I really enjoyed about our film festival movie, was watching my class mates and how they react to different kinds of food.

But the most thing that I found really challenging, was not knowing what I would have to taste. I felt really scared because I didn't know if it would taste good or disgusting. Before I tell you any ideas that I have for the next film, I would need to tell you about "What I'll do better next time?" The one thing that I would do better next time, is speaking up a little bit louder. I was really quiet and didn't speak my mind, like I was suppose too.

My ideas that I have in mind for the next film is doing a good luck film. In this Era, Pumba, Adidas and other shoe brands are very popular among students and adults. But the one thing that would bring good luck to you, are wearing scuffs.

So if you want to find out what we ate, make sure to watch and listen closely to what the students have to say.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Geometry Words

Walt: use Geometry words by involving directions.

Our task was to learn how to read a map and the directions. Our first task was about knowing your N = North, S = South, W = West and E = East. We also had to make our own map of what our classroom looks like and to give them directions on where the entrance of the door is and, where you can exit out. Our last task was a little hard, the reason being is because we needed to read the map properly, to be able to find the answers.

Tenths & Hundredths

Walt: Understand tenths and hundredths

Our task was to complete the presentation about working out and understanding our hundredths and tenths. Then we had to work on some of the slides, in our maths book. We also needed to learn what the decimal and fraction would be for each question on each slide.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Locations of the Solar System

Walt: Create your own model of the solar system that explains where the moon, earth and sun and other planets located.
Our task was to make our own model scale of the locations where the moon, sun, earth and all the other planets. Then we had to see how far the other planets are from the sun. It has more information about what 'AU' stands for and many more meanings.

Phases of the Moon & Tides

Walt: Make an animation about the phases of the moon and how our moons affect the tide.

Our task was to create an animation explaining the phases of the moon and how they affect our tides. This movie explains what kinds of moons, affect our tides and their name. It took a little while for me to search for other tides that might have been affected by our moon. I hope you enjoy my movie.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Area L3

Walt: Find the area of objects

Our task was to find the area of different objects and to answer them properly. But the first slide showed us an example of what we are suppose to do. Some of the questions required us to find the equation and what the answer is. Most of the questions were really hard to answer, it took a lot of time for me to figure them out.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Writing a Quality Blog Post

WALT: We are learning to write quality blog post

Our task was to write a comment on the chosen blog post and to leave a positive comment. Then we had to use the following tips from different videos, so it can teach us many things about leaving a comment. We also had to put in questions or something they need to work on, we were allowed to put in a compliment or a question.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Identify different Language Features on an Ad

WALA: The language features used in advertising. The different forms media advertising may take. 

Our task was to write on a piece of paper that Mrs Iloa gave to the whole classroom. We had to list down the things that we can identify in the poster. We also had share our ideas with the classroom on what made our poster a really good ad. What I have learnt is that, there are different ways of how your ad can look, or the way you choose to set it up.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Quality Blog Post

WALT: We are learning to create a positive digital footprint by connecting with our readers in a kind,
positive and helpful way.

Our task was to highlight the little boxes in green or red. The green meant that they have included that and red means that they haven't included it yet. Then our next task was to choose a blog post from our own school and highlight the boxes that they have included or don't have. I've enjoyed doing this inquiry work.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Neil Armstrong

Walt: Gather, evaluate and synthesise information across a range of texts.

Our task was to evaluate and synthesise information that we gathered from different websites. We needed to check out different websites to see if the information we gathered was true or false. Afterwards, we had to gather photo's and video's to explain the process, when Neil was inspired to becoming the first man on the moon.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Immersion Assembly - Term 3

Walt: Write about the Immersion Assembly that took place in our school hall.

What impact does the moon have on Earth? We humans have not been looking after our natural resources that we have on our planet. Our theme for this term is called “Guardians of the Galaxy!” We’re not only learning about our planet, but are focusing on other things that is beyond earth and the atmosphere in space.

Once we entered the hall for our immersion assembly. Suddenly, the lights turned off and all we could see were the southern lights that was glowing on the ceiling. The colours were bright, we were all fascinated by the different colours. It felt like we were all in space. Then the drone flew all over the hall.

Mr Burt and Mrs Nua was pretending to be like aliens and invade our world. But then, Mr Jacobsen and Mr Somerville came in to save us from the aliens. They both used laser staff to terminate the alien's. There are lot’s of things that happens in space like, galaxies, universe, gravity, milky way, constellations, black holes and an aurora. The stars in outer space shine just like matariki stars and they are really 

One of my main highlights was watching Team 1’s movie about how the moon and sun rotate around our planet. They are learning about how both the sun and moon affect our planet and what is the main purpose of them even existing?

My other favourite highlight about the assembly was watching the Team 3's movie. They were talking about our daily lives and talking about how time runs in the galaxy, also how it affects us. I really enjoyed watching the movies and Team 5's acting that they put together, all by themselves.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Mrs Judd's Extension Work!

See if you can solve these word problems. Show how you worked it out!! (use brackets to expand numbers)

1. It rained 1.35 inches on Saturday and 1.98 inches on Sunday. How much did it rain on Saturday and Sunday combined?

1.35 + 1.98 = 3.33
(10 + 10 = 20) + (0.3 + 0.9 = 1.2) + (.5 + .8 = 1.3) 

2. There were 7.6 litres of water in Jacob's bathtub. Then 2.9 litres drained out. How much water is left in the bathtub?

7.6 - 2.9 = 4.7
(0.7 - 0.2 = 0.5) + (.6 - .9 = 0.3)

3. A carpenter bought a piece of wood that was 6.15 meters long. Then he sawed 2.14 meters off the end. How long is the piece of wood now?

6.15 - 2.14 = 4.01
(60 - 20 = 40) + (0.1 - 0.1 = 0) + (.5 - .4 = .1)

4. A chef bought 4.2 kilograms of almonds and 7.8 kilograms of pecans. How many kilograms of nuts did the chef buy in all?

4.2 + 7.8 = 12
(40 + 70 = 110) + (0.2 + 0.8 = 1)

5. It snowed 8.9 inches on Monday and 3.9 inches on Tuesday. How much did it snow on Monday and Tuesday combined?

8.9 + 3.9 = 12.8
(80 + 30 = 110) + (0.9 + 0.9 = 1.8)

6. It rained 0.97 cm on Monday. On Tuesday, it rained 0.4 cm less than on Monday. How much did it rain on Tuesday? READ CAREFULLY-THIS ONE WILL TRY AND TRICK YOU!
0.97 - 0.4 = 1.05
(0 - 0 = 0) + (0.9 - 0.4 = 0.5) + .7

7. Omar spent Saturday picking berries at a berry farm. In the morning, he picked 3.61 kg of berries. In the afternoon, he picked 2.4 kgs. How many pounds of berries did Omar pick in all?

3.61 + 2.4 = 6.01
(30 + 20 = 50) + (0.6 + 0.4 = 1) + .1

8. A bee colony produced 0.91 pounds of honey, but bears ate 0.9 pounds of it. How much honey remains?
0.91 - 0.9 = 0.01
(0 - 0 = 0) + (0.9 - 0.9 = 0) + .9

9. Oscar bought 5.87 pounds of melon and 3.18 pounds of cherries. How much fruit did he buy in all?
5.87 + 3.18 = 9.05
(50 + 30 = 80) + (0.8 + 0.1 = 0.9) + (.7 + .8 = 1.5)

10. Vince mixed 0.8 grams of salt into a pot of soup he was cooking. Before he served the soup, Vince added 0.25 grams of salt. How much salt did Vince put into the soup in all?
0.8 + 0.25 = 1.05
(0 + 0 = 0) + (0.8 + 0.2 = 1) + .5

Mrs Judd's Math Problems

WALT add and subtract numbers involving decimals
Make sure you show how you worked it out! Using brackets ( ) to expand numbers out

3.4 + 6.7 = 10.1
(30 + 60 = 90) + (0.4 + 0.7 = 1.1)

12.8 + 9 = 21.8
(10 + 9 = 19) + (0.2 + 0.8 = 1.1)

23.2 + 38.5 = 61.7
(20 + 30 = 50) + (0.3 + 0.8 = 1.1) + (.2 + .5 = 7)

10 + 0.7 = 10.7
(10 + 0 = 10) + (.0 + .7 = 7)

47.5 + 61.8 = 109.3
(400 + 600 = 1000) + (0.7 + 0.1 = 0.8) + (.5 + .8 = 1.3)

18 + 4.8 = 22.8
(18 + 4 = 22) + (.8 + .0 = .8)

33.5 + 7.6 = 41.1
(30 + 7 = 37) + (0.3 + 0.6 = 0.9) + (.5 + .6 = 1.1)

68 + 12.3 = 80.3
(68 + 10 = 78) + (0.2 + 0.0 = 0.2) + (.3)

19.5 + 19.5 = 39
(19 + 19 = 38) + (0.5 + 0.5 = 1.1)

172 + 17.2 = 189.9
(100 + 10 = 110) + (0.7 + 0.7 = 1.4) + (.2 + .2 = 4)

23.3 + 4.4 = 27.7
(20 + 40 = 60) + (0.3 + 0.4 = 0.7) + (.4)

101 + 110.1 = 211.1
(10 + 10 = 20) + (1.0 + 0.1 = 1) + (.1 + .1 = .2)


8.3 - 6.6 = 1.7
(80 - 60 = 20) + (0.3 - 0.6 = 0.3)

13.7 - 9 = 4.7
(10 - 9 = 1) + (0.3 + 0.7 = 1)

29.9 - 10.5 = 19.4
(20 - 10 = 10) + (0.9 - 0.0 = 0.9) + (.9 - .5 = .4)

10 - 4.7 = 5.3
(10 - 4 = 6) + (.7)

40.4 - 1.9 = 38.5
(40 - 10 = 30) + (0.4 - 0.9 = 0.5)

11.6 - 3.8 = 7.8
(10 - 3 = 7) + (0.1 - 0.3 = 0.2) + (.6 - .8 = 0.2)

37.2 - 3.1 = 34.1
(30 - 3 = 27) + (0.7 - 0.1 = 0.6) + (.2)

68.4 - 22.3 = 46.1
(60 - 20 = 40) + (0.8 - 0.2 = 0.6) + (.4 - .3 = .1)

30 - 17.5 = 12.5
(30 - 10 = 20) + (0.7 - 0.5 = 0.2)

262 - 26.2 = 235.8
(20 - 20 = 0) + (0.6 - 0.6 = 0) + (0.2 - 0.2 = 0)

503.3 - 54.4 = 448.9
(50 - 50 = 0) + (0 - 4 = 4) + (0.3 - 0.4 = 0.1) + (.4)

903 - 130.8 = 772.2
(90 - 10 = 80) + (0 - 3 = 3) + (0.3 - 0.0 = 0.3) + (.8)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Persuasive Writing - Introduction

Walt: Plan out a piece of persuasive writing

Our task was to watch the video called "Persuasive Writing." We needed to learn more about hooking our audience and wanting them to read more, about what we have to say to them. We had to use the language features on what we need in a persuasive writing. Afterwards, we needed to chose which question sounds better, more interesting and will hook our audiences.

Persuasive Writing - Brainstorm

Walt: Plan out a piece of writing
Our task was to make a copy of the google drawing and to complete it. We needed to include the 5 why's on what we would like to change at home, school, classroom, community and the entire world. We had to think critically about what we want to say, that would affect other people to listen to what you need to say.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Persuasive Writing - Reasons

Walt: Plan out a persuasive piece of writing
Our task was to create some reasons by using the google drawing that Mrs llaoa has created. We had to make our reasons, we had to make a counter argument about what others would say about your reasons. It took a lot of thinking to use and what we wanted to talk about.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Statistics Presentation

Walt: Identify and use tenths to make numbers.
Our task was to use our statistics knowledge to solve out all of the questions. We needed to learn how to identify decimals, by going back to learning more about our statistics before we could go further with our decimals. Some of the questions were hard to answer because it resolved a lot of thinking to do.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tenths 2k17

Walt: Recognise tenths

Our learning intention was to use our thinking skills to show what we have been learning over the past few years. It was a hard work to do it because, we needed lot's of our fractions and decimals knowledge to get the answers. In some of the questions, there were some easy questions to answer, without using much of your thinking.

Persuasive Writing - Planning

Walt: Plan out a persuasive piece of writing.

Our task was to watch episode 3. We needed to watch while thinking what planning is. Then we had to complete our activity about our audience and what our reasons are to why we want that. It was a hard work to do and it required a lot of thinking to know what our topic and our three specific reasons to backup our topic.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Novel Studies - Analyse

Walt: Use Blooms Taxonomy thinking skills to show in depth understanding of a novel.

Our task was to chose 2 questions, then answer them with a proper answer. I've learnt how to use my thinking skills and answer them with full sentences, to the best of my ability. I also learnt how to maintain my reading time and, using my reading time wisely.

Novel Studies - Apply

Walt: Use Blooms Taxonomy thinking skills to show in depth understanding of a novel.

Our task was to use our thinking skills to show our understanding of a novel and to answer the questions with full sentences. We had to take a screenshot of each slide and put in a schedule time that we did that one slide.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Popsicle Decimals

Walt: Identify and uses tenths to make numbers.

Our task was to identify and use the tenths to make numbers with them. We needed to learn how to solve the problem and, understand what the equation is asking us to do. I learnt how to add the numbers together and, make the sticks add up in a proper way.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Novel Studies - Evaluate

Walt: Use Blooms Taxonomy thinking skills to show in depth understanding of a novel.

Our task was to chose 2 questions and make sure to answer them. We had to read our book and make sure to understand the situation and the characters that's in the story. We had to understand the novel before we could write in our suggestions about the story.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Novel Studies - Create

Walt: Use Blooms Taxonomy thinking skills to shoe in depth understanding of a novel.

Our task for this last slide was to chose 1 task that we want to complete. It was hard to chose because some of them was very interesting to me and it was related to the novel. I learnt many things about the novel and to understand the characters that was in the story.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Novel Studies - Understand

Walt: Use Blooms Taxonomy thinking skills to show in depth understanding of a novel.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Blog Post 2k17

Title: Key Competency - Managing Self

Talofa Bloggers,

Today our class is focusing on our Key Competencies. Our aim was to stay on task and see how much progress we make for reading and writing in one morning block. This should set the standard for how much work we complete each time we have literacy.

Our two learning intentions were:

WALT: 1. Show how much progress we can make in one literacy session
             2. Articulate what we are learning about.

Here is my reading and writing work I completed today.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Year 8 Camp 2k17

Walt: Make an explanation writing about your experience at the Year 8 Camp.

On Wednesday 24th May, we were getting ready for our annual Year 8 Camp. We had to meet each other in the hall by 8:00am because Miss Flavelle and Mrs Tele’a was doing a check up on who was in the hall prepared and, who was not coming to camp. The activities that we had was Go Karts, Jiggers, Paintball, Flying Fox, Archery, Air Rifle & BMX. Mrs Su and her husband David are the bosses of Kauaeranga Valley.
My first favorite activity was Air Rifles. The reason why I like this activity is because we got to feel what an actual gun will feel like and how hard it is to reload it. There were 3 guns, there were two guns that looked like a shotgun. There was one gun that had a scope on it to make it better to aim. We had to shoot small targets and work our way up.

My second favorite activity that I enjoyed was Go Karts. I enjoy this activity because we got to drive around full speed, we also got different courses that we were allowed to do. Some of the students were doing drifts inside the Kart. Vinolia was the first person to do a drift on the Go Kart’s, she didn’t know how she did it.

My third favorite activity that I enjoyed was Paintball. The reason why I enjoy this is because we got to go into teams and shot the other team that we very versing against. We even got to do “Firing Squad.” The rules of this game was to get 1 player up in the front, then the rest of us can shoot at them. If one of us get’s the player in the front, the other person would have to get a turn as well. The most painful experience of this game, is that the paintball’s were very painful and it stung for a while. Then the pain will disappear like nothing happened.

It was a great experience that we had at our annual Year 8 Camp. We all learnt to build each other up and don’t rely on the Prefects and House Captains. All of the Year 8’s were building leadership and learning how to lead the school, as we are leaders ourselves. The activities were amazing and we all had fun getting dirty and muddy at the same time.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Statistical Investigation

Walt: How to gather and display category and simple whole - number data. Interpret displays in context

Our task was to learn what "PPDAC" stands for. 'P' stands for Problem. 'P' stands for Plan. 'D' stands for Data. 'A' stands for Analyse. Last but not least, 'C' stands for Conclusion. I had fun solving all the problems and putting in the right answer. The questions were kind of hard to answer because it took a lot of thinking to use. I learnt how to investigate and use other things to know different graphs that we could use for our learning.

Number Problems

Walt: How to gather and display category and simple whole - number data. Interpret displays in context.

Our task was to solve the questions by using different methods. We could use Addition, Multiply, Subtraction, Timetables & Divides. It was really easy to answer the questions because all we had to do was to either takeaway or addition. It was really easy to solve them all. There were some hard questions that I needed to answer by using my own strategies.

Novel studies - Gangsta Granny

Walt: Manage our reading time while maintaining meaning and understanding of a novel. Use Bloom's Taxonomy thinking skills to show in depth understanding of a novel

Kiwi Kids News 2k17

Walt: Use De Bono's thinking hats to critically examine a current event.

Our task was to select an article from "Kiwi Kids News" and answer the questions. Some of the questions were very hard to answer, the reason why it took so long for me to answer the questions was because I needed to think very hard about the questions before answering, But I had fun learning things around the world.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Discussing Data - FIO L2-3

Walt: Create graphs to communicate Ideas.


 1. Most of the students come to school by bus. The reason why I think the students came to school by bus is because their wasn’t much traffic. Also because their parents were busy with other things.

2. The students begin their dinner around about 6:00pm. I think the reason why the students start their dinners at 6:00pm is because it’s the earliest time.


3. The wettest month which is August will be pouring out about 90% of the rainfall. The driest month is January and it will be pouring out at least 30% of rainfall this month.


2. It is a disadvantage because reading a flat graph will be easier to see the results. But a 3-dimensional bar graph will be harder because it will be very difficult to read.

Where on Earth - FIO L2-3

Walt: Create graphs to communicate ideas.

1. 7 of the student's family members in from Room 4 come from tonga. 17 family members come from New Zealand. 4 family members from Holland. 3 family members are from Cambodia. Last but not least, 10 family members are from Samoa.

1. What I think the students can improve on is adding a title. The reason why I think this is because you never know what they are talking about. Their graphs can mean many things. Having a title is a really important thing to have, so you know what the graph is about.

2. What my graph shows me is that half of my classmates family members come from New Zealand. The others are from Samoa, Tonga, Niue & Cook Islands.

Statistics - AWS L2-3

Walt: Create graphs to communicate Ideas.

Understanding and Drawing Columns

Task 5: Answers

There are 10 girls in Room 10. There are more girls in Room 10 than boys.

1. There are 8 boys in Group A.

2. There are about 6 girls in Group A.

3. There are 14 pupils altogether in Group A.

5. There is about 14 pupils altogether in Group B.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Great Marble Challenge

Walt: Make sense of new information before, during and after reading by connecting it to myself, texts I know and my world.

Our task was to make some predictions about "The Great Marble Challenge." Then we had to read the book before answering the questions. It was really difficult to find the answers because their was so much information about the marble challenge. But then, it started getting very easy to spot all the answers. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book and knowing a lot of information.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Cooking - Tech 2k17

Walt: Create a post about your last day at tech.

Today was our last day in our tech groups before we could move on to our next group. My last group was Cooking. We made Burgers and Fries for the last day because we were always asking our teacher if we could make that before moving on.

I really had a great experience with cooking and learnt lot's of cool things and new recipes that I could use to cook for my family. I had a really great time with our teacher and all the things that we have made. My favourite part was when Aliyah and I were cooking the eggs, our first one looked like it was about to get scrabbled, so we got Isaac to help us with our eggs.

Everybody really enjoyed their time at cooking and how noisy we all were, each time we entered our class to start the session. Loved making delicious food with our amazing teacher and our classmates.
Hopefully next year when I come back for college, looking forward to learning and making new things in the future.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Kiwi Kids News - 2K17

Walt: Use De Bono's thinking hats to critically examine a current event.

Our task was to find an article on the website called "Kiwi Kids News." We had to search for any article that we want to write about, then we had to make a copy of this presentation and write in what we know about that one article. I found a really amazing and eye catching article that I think you might find very interesting, you will be amazed about what you are going to see.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Too much Telly?

Walt: Interpret a range of different graphs.
Answer below:

1: What the three logs have in common is that they are all related to Tv and their homework.

2: The thing different about these three logs is that they have different results compared to other ones.

3: It is true that most students who watch tv do less homework. I think this is because you can get so distracted from what you are really doing then, you won’t do any school work at all

Answer questions below:

1: What I think that is different with Room 5 & 6 is that more people in Room 5 watches Tv, but they also do a little bit of school work.

2: I don’t think that the students are watching to much tv because, they show that they have done more homework before watching tv.

3: The students in my class watch tv for 7 hours and 5 hours on their homework.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Speeches 2K17

Walt: Identify the language features used in the speech.

Our task was to watch a little clip of a college student named Joshua who was saying an inspiring speech. It was said that each prefect had to think of a good speech to say to the school, Joshua's one was the best one out of all of them. Then we had to write down on what we thought about his speech called 'brown brother' and write down some of the questions we would like to ask him. The last slide was to brainstorm a speech topic that we know and we could say in our own words.

Beating the Wind - 2K17

Walt: Recognise cause and effect.

Our task was to read through the text and find out what the cause and effect was. Then we had to make different slides to answer the questions. The questions were really hard to answer because we need to do a lot of thinking to answer the question. Once we have finished, we needed to write down our understanding of what that particular word means, before searching up the actually meaning. The last 2 tasks was to identify the cause and effect from a website called "Aerodynamic for Kids" and, create a little piece of writing that explains how she improved her results then before.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Complex Sentences

Walt: Identify the features of complex sentences.
- Use complex sentences in my recount.

Our task was to identify the features of a complex sentence and know the differences between what a "Independent Clause" & a "Dependent Clause." What the word 'independent clause' means that you are having a complete thought. A 'Dependent Clause' is a sentence that has an incomplete thought about it. It was a really hard task for me because, I didn't understand it, till, I started to learn what they both meant.  

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Statistics 2K17

                          Choice Squares 2K17

Activity 1:

The students in Room 8 at Te Paki School wanted to find out which fruits were preferred by class members. Mr Winiata drew some of their suggestions and a ? on the board:

Why do you think Mr Winiata drew a question mark?The reason why Mr Winiata drew a question mark is because their were some students who didn’t like the fruits that other students chose. So Mr Winiata put in a question mark.

Each student chose one of the fruits or the ? and drew it on a blank choice square. Jo collected all these choice squares in a box. The students found different ways of arranging the choice squares to displace the results.

Kim made a bar graph like this:

Activity 2:

The students in Room 8 checked their lunchboxes to see what fruit was in them. Jo made this graph of the data.

There are only 22 students in Room 8, so why does the graph have 29 squares around the outside?The reason why their is 29 squares outside of the graph is because it is to show how many students have that fruit and, how many people didn’t bring fruit.

B. Does the graph show that the students in Room 8 get their favourite fruit for lunch?The graph only shows how many students have brought their favourite fruit to school. Most people didn’t want to bring a fruit to school.

C. What would you say to Room 8 parents about this data? What I might say to the Room 8 parents and what I think about this data is that, it gave me lot’s of information about how many kids brought fruits to school and how many students didn’t bring fruit at all.

AWS Statistic L2 Task 2:
Understanding and Drawing Tables:

When data or information has been collected it can be displayed in a table.

Being able to understand the data or information in a table is an important skill.

Sports Pupils Play

This table shows the winter sports that pupils in Room 10 play.

1. How many pupils play volleyball?
Only 12 pupils played Volleyball.

2. 17 pupils played which sport?
The 17 pupils played soccer.

3. How many pupils played hockey?
Only about 19 people played Hockey.

4. How many more pupils played rugby then played netball?
More of the pupils played rugby more than netball.

5. Which sport is played by the most number of pupils?
Rugby has the most pupils who have played it.

This table shows how pupils St James school travel to school.

How many Pupils travel to School?

6. How many pupils walk to school?
Only about 70 pupils walk to school from home.

7. How many pupils come by car?
40 pupils come to school by car.

8. How many pupils bike to school?
23 pupils bike to school from home.

9. How many pupils come by train and bus?
7 pupils come by train and 15 pupils come by bus.

10. How many more pupils come by car than by bus?
15 + 25 = 40. So that means that 25 people came by car than bus.

11. How would you work out how many pupils go to this school?
155 students go to that one particularly school.

12. In Linda’s class there are 15 girls and 14 boys. Draw a table to show this information.

Remember to write a heading for each column of your table.

13. In Tracey’s class there were 2 pupils away on Monday, 4 away on Tuesday, none away on Wednesday, 3 away on Thursday and 2 pupils away on Friday.

Draw a table to show this information.

Remember to write a heading for each column of your table.


Collecting & Organising Data


Look at this list of vowels. [a,i,e,a,o,u,i,a,u,u] How many are there of each vowel?

Because there were only 10 vowels it was easy to work out, but if there were 50 or 100 vowels, how could you work out the number of times each vowel occurred?

Using a tally chart can help.

Make a mark in the tally column next to the vowel as you go through the list. Remember to mark off in 5’s.

Frequency means ‘how often something occurs’. Add up the frequency column to find out how many vowels there were.

Answer, 30 vowels.

Tally Chart Example:

                                                 Creating Tally Chart

Task 3:

Pupils in a class were asked how many pets they each had.

Create a tally chart to display these results.

2. How many pupils had 2 pets?
16 people had 2 pets at home.

3. How many pupils are in this class?
There are 62 pupils in this class.

Pupils in Room 5 were asked how they travelled to school.

4. Create a tally chart to display these results.

5. How many pupils walked to school?
9 pupils walked to school from home.

6. How many pupils biked to school?
7 pupils biked to school.

7. How many pupils in this class?
There are 24 pupils in this class.

Mr. McGregor has a problem with caterpillars on his cabbages. One day he counted the number of caterpillars on each cabbage plant. These were his results.

8. Create a tally chart to display these results.

9. What was the most common number of caterpillars on a cabbage?
The most common numbers of caterpillars that was found on Mr. McGregor cabbage is 10.

10. How many cabbage plants were there?
There are 369 cabbage plants that Mr. McGregor had.