Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jo May Presenation

This is a presentation about a waipu artist, Jo May. She is a very talented artist and this presentation will hopefully give you some information about her. Enjoy :-)

Term 4 Writing Sample 2014 - Friends

Good friends are always good to have all throughout your life, they can help you get through anything. If you have the right friends, they will be there to maybe just call when you are feeling alone or just for a talk, they might do things that they don’t want to do just so that you can have a good time.

What Friends can do for you:
If you are ever stuck with something, say your maths work and you just can’t think of the answer, your friend will be there for you to ask, “How did you solve this question?” Or if you have finished school late and its getting dark, your friends will walk with you home even if she is tired and hungry. If you have a great friend, they will be the first to come and see you in the sick bay, or the first to call if you have been off school.

Always having at least one best friend:
Even though, is good to have lots of friends incase one of your friends is away, its GREAT to have that one or two best friends who won’t get offended easily and get your jokes even if others think its not funny. They will get past your mistakes and remember all the good times instead of all the bad times.

Being a Good Friend Yourself:
You should also be a good friend to others because no one is going to want to be your friend if you aren’t kind or understanding. You have to use the golden rule, treat others the way you want to be treated. If you are a good friend to others, they will be a good friend to you too.


All of the things that I have written in this explanation is what I find hope to find in my friends when I get to college. Friends like those, you don’t need to worry about losing when moving on because they will stay connected with you, no matter what it takes. Those are the sort of people that will be lifelong friends.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Samoan Tatau - Mr Tele'a Visit

In Extension we have been researching and learning about Symbolism. There are lots of ways to represent something that is special to you. One of the things that is common is a tattoo. People can get tattoos to represent something that is meaningful to them or sometimes just to look good.

One of the many tattoos that we have researched is the Samoan Tatau, also known as the Pe'a. A Pe'a is only ever seen on a man, where a Malu is seen on a woman. It starts from the waist and goes down to the knees. Our Extension group were very privileged because Mr Tele'a came in to show us his Pe'a so we could see what it looks like in real life. He gave us loads of information about himself getting the Pe'a and about the importance of the Pe'a.

We asked him lots of questions and we got lots of answers. When he got his Tatau, he got it done with his three brothers. In Samoan culture, it is important to have someone close to you, get the Pe'a at the same time so you are not alone, this person is called a So'a. Mr Tele'a got his tattoo done by Tuifa'asisina Su'a, a well-respected man in Samoa for his history of amazing tattoo art.

Before Mr Tele'a could get his tatau, he had to ask for permission from his parents. Mr Tele'a and Mrs Tele'a were pleased that their son wanted to get a tatau but reminded him that if he stopped before it was finished, it would bring lots of shame to their family but Mr Tele'a firmly agreed that he would last till the end.

Before Tuifa'asisina started the Pe'a on Mr Tele'a, he found out which village Mr Tele'a was from in Samoa and researched a bit about his family history. Not every Pe'a is the same, they all have different patterns on them representing the person wearing the Tatau. Although there are different parts, every Pe'a has a Va'a. The Va'a is the top of the Pe'a and it goes from one armpit all the way, around the back to the other armpit on the ribcage. It represents your aiga (In Samoan language, your family) and it is under the arm to show that the person who is wearing the tatau, has to look after and protect his family.

Another part in the Tatau which Mr Tele'a said is the most meaningful part is the belly button. He  said it is the most meaningful part because that was the final part in the process. It was a feeling of relief and happiness because after all the pain, it was finally finished.

Term 4 Extension Symbolism Movie

Term 4 2014 is ending soon which means Extension will be too. This terms theme for the whole school was Art Attack. We have been learning about a different kind of art. The tattoo. If you have been reading my blog this term, you will notice that a lot of my Extension posts have been on Symbolism. We learnt all about Samoan Tattoos and what all their symbols mean. One of our many tasks was to create two tattoos of our own. This movie shows and explains the two tattoos that I created and what they are all about. I hope you enjoy my movie and find out something about me!

Ana - EXT - Tattoo Design from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

After this term and making this movie, I have learnt more about Samoa and its history of art. I probably won't get a tattoo myself but for me, it is great to know more about my culture. I think that if anyone wants to get a tattoo, it should mean something that is close and precious to you because a tattoo is a great way to represent your family culture or yourself. I am so happy that I finished this movie because it is the one task that I enjoyed because it was something that represented me. I also enjoyed it because it is probably my last movie task for 2014. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Term 2 Malawi Advertisement

This is a movie that I was supposed to finish in Term 2. It has taken a while but here it is. It is an animation/voiceover explaining the Water Hoe. Back in Term 2 in Extension, we were learning about Malawi, Africa for the 40 Hour Famine. One of our activities was to take 2 different tools that they use in Malawi and put them together to make one handy tool. I chose the water bucket and the hoe from mortar and hoe. Watch the movie to find out what happens when you mix them together. :-)

Future Aspirations

This morning, the Y7 & 8s had the privilege of listening to three different speakers. All of the speakers talked about Future Aspirations. When the day began, I didn’t know that they were coming or why but afterwards, I was glad they came. Mr Burt introduced all the visitors before handing it over to Andrew Pattison who is a man who helps youth and young people along the way so that can achieve their dreams.

Mr Pattison started off by talking to us about a Yr 9 student at Manurewa College who gets paid for speaking in front of people. His name is Ivana and in 2013, he was one of the shiest boys in his class but now he talks in seminars in front of very important people. We got to watch one of his speeches and he talked about how in primary and intermediate, his report looked like, “Below standard, below standard, below standard, wait what, WELL below standard?”

The first speaker was Anthony Samuels, former presenter on kids TV Show What Now and father of four boys. He taught us a Maori saying, “To Miharo Hoki” which means, “You are Amazing” Mr Samuels taught us how to say, “You are Amazing” in sign language. Also, “Your past doesn’t have to determine your future” which means just because you do something bad one day, you don’t have to be bad the next.

The next speaker was Paula. he told us a story of when he nearly died while swimming in a race. He passed out from swallowing too much water and when he was conscious again, all the school was laughing at him. Paula didn’t go back to swimming till he was in high school because he was too embarrassed. He told us to always take risks at anything, even if we don’t think we are good at it, we should always try. Paula also told us about Lisa Carrington, a young New Zealander who got a Gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. She didn’t start canoeing till she was 17 years old, she didn’t know she wanted to be an Olympic Canoer, but look at her now.

Our last speaker was Amelia. She is a tongan student who is studying at AUT wanting to become a fashion designer and start her own label. In high school, everyone put her down because her brothers had been in gangs and had dropped out. Everyone thought that she was just like them but she wanted to prove that she is a different person, with her own life and she plans to do big things. She wanted us to remember, “Don’t let anyone push you back or stop you from doing something you want to do”

Friday, November 7, 2014

Maths Transitions

This is a Maths DLO showing the different transitions that we learnt about. They include rotate around the origin, where the shape moves around the square rotating as it goes. There is  reflect where the shape reflects like a mirror and last of all, the right, left transitions and the up, down transitions. It is made by my friends Hope, Annliz, Mele, Ane and me. I hope you enjoy it :-)

Term 1 Empathy Animation

This is my Empathy Animation from Term 1. I must have saved it in the wrong place so here it is. I hope you enjoy it:-)

Perspective Drawing

This is a picture that I drew on an IMac. It is a perspective drawing so it is supposed to be a picture from the perspective of someone standing at one end of a street. I hope you Enjoy :-)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Colour Wheel

This is my colour wheel, it shows the primary, secondary and tertiar colours.

Symbolism - Samoan Tatau

The use of symbols to use or represent an ideas or qualities.

In August 2011, Tufuga Suluape Alaiva'a Petelo took residency at Auckland University to teach about the history of Samoan tattoos and about Samoa. Falaniko Tomaniko a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland decided he wanted to get a full-male tatau (also known as a Pe'a) but before he could go through with the process, he had to get his parent's permission.

At first his mother was worried about whether he could take it, the pain of the tatau is much greater than just a needle and of course as a mother, she worried for her son. Falaniko's  father also worried whether he could take the pain because if his son couldn't take it and decided to stop half way through, he would embarrass not only himself, but his whole family.

The role of the apprentice to Suluape is to stretch the skin and prepare the cushions (To prevent aches) mats, clothes and tools. The tools are carefully washed each day to keep infections away. In the past, people have died of infection from the tools that haven't been washed properly. But now the only reason for sickness is if the person receiving the tattoo doesn't shower regularly.

The original ink was made by the Lama, the kernel of the candlenut tree. (Lama is the black dye and comes from the kernel of the Candlenut.) The Candlenut is burned, the soot is collected and it is mixed with the o'a to make lama. Suluape now uses a ink that is homemade by a tattoo artist in Florida.

Samoan Tatau are very beautiful when they are finished and are a great way to represent Samoan culture. Even though having a Samoan tattoo is a great way to represent, you don't have to get a tattoo for others to know you are a certain culture. You can show others but the way you talk, maybe in your culture's language, the way you dress and maybe just the way you act. There are many ways to use and show your culture and there are many ways for us to show that we are Samoan or Tongan or Maori. etc

My Kitchen Rules NZ Winners: Neena and Belinda

My Kitchen Rules New Zealand is finished and the modern day hippies, Neena and Belinda have taken 1st place. The Cambridge Mums were in the Grand Final against the Polynesian Cooks, Aaron and Heather. Each team had to make 7 course meal and were marked by 20 judges, Neena and Belinda beat them by only 1 point.

Neena and Belinda entered the competition wanting to change the way New Zealand cook, with earthly ingredients. With their first ever challenge the instant restaurant, they made it clear that they were all about the earth with their natural elements from the food to the table setting. With nearly every dish they made, they added some sort of plant or natural ingredient.

On the other hand 2nd place Aaron and Heather got an advantage because they got to work in Ben's kitchen and teach the chefs their pacific foods. But Neena and Belinda must have had really nice food because they managed to take out MKR New Zealand for 2014.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Year 7 Museum/Domain Trip

The year 8s have gone to camp for the week so its just us, the year 7s. Every year when the year 8s go to camp, the year 7s get to go on a trip, this year was to the Auckland Museum. We got put into nine groups, all with an adult leader, either a parent or a teacher. Since half of the teachers have gone to camp, there was more parent leaders there.

On the bus ride there, nearly all the girls at the back end of the bus played a game called Chinese whispers. It was really fun because there were lots of girls playing which made the last message funnier. It wasn't long before we entered the Domain and by then everyone was pretty excited for the day.

First, we had morning tea before locking up our bags in a large crate so we didn't have to walk around holding a bag all day. All of the students also got given an activity sheet where we had to draw some things from the different galleries in the Museum. The Maori gallery was the first we visited where we drew the harakeke flax plant. Also something of our choice from the Maori and Pacific galleries. I decided to draw the Para from the Maori gallery and the Ula nifo.

We still had some time left after we completed the sheet and since everyone in our group wanted to see the Volcano part, we went there. The earthquake room was there and open so we went in there too. After we saw the inside of the Museum, we went outside to take photos of things that were listed on another activity list.

At about 2.00pm we all piled back into the bus and headed home, we played Chinese whispers again but it was a much more tired and slow game. I liked the day and the rest of the week was different but it was cool for change, it was just us year sevens but I know I will really miss the year 8s when they go forever at the end of 2014.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Empathy Explanation

Empathy - not many people know what this is, which is sad because the world would be a healthier and friendlier place if everyone did. Can you imagine if you were by yourself, with an empty stomach while you watched all the other kids playing, shouting and having fun. For some, that happens every day, we notice them but never do anything. We occasionally show sympathy by asking them if they are okay but we always get the same answer, “Yep,” or “Im okay” then we walk away thinking that we’ve helped them. If someone is hurt or being bullied, you hear and see what is happening to them, think about how you would feel if that was happening to you like putting yourself in others shoes.

How can you show empathy
You can help others by including them in your game or work because then they wouldn’t be alone, they would feel included and important. Think about the less fortunate people who have no proper food, clothing or shelter  and find a way to maybe help them with something that you have. You understand what people are feeling by asking them if they need help and if they do, you help them by doing whatever you can to fix their problem.

Why is it important to show empathy
If everyone in the world was empathic the world would be peaceful with no wars, fighting because everyone would care for others like they care for themselves. Of course, if you're hurt you would want someone to come and help you so empathy is also in the golden rule, Treat Others How You Want To Be Treated.


I personally didn’t realise how important empathy was till late 2013 but now that I know what it is, I know what a difference it would make in this world. Now that you have read this, go and tell others about empathy so it can make a change, show empathy and keep the world happy.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Immersion Assembly Term 4 2014

The Holidays and over and I have to get back into the routine of getting up early, thinking all day and listening to teachers talking but there was something that I was looking forward to, and that was seeing my friends again. I had enjoyed my holidays but I wished that it could have been longer and spent with my closest friends. Now I was back at school waiting in class for the bell to ring.  

Since it was first day of school for Term 4 there was an Immersion Assembly put on by our teachers. All the teams had to put on a performance that included what they were going to be learning about. The theme for this term is Art Attack so the acts were all to do with colours, art and famous artists. My favourite team performances were Team 4 and 5.

Team 4 acted out an Art competition for who’s painting was the best. Mrs Garden was the “host” and all the other teachers were the contestants. The contestants were playing the part of famous artists from all over the world. There was someone from the Samoa, France, Spain and of course, New Zealand and their paintings were all very different. They each took turns to talk about themselves and their paintings before judging. We were the judges so we had to applaud for the artist and painting that we liked the best. I clapped for the artist from France but the lady from New Zealand won but it was still fun to watch.

Next up was team 5 and I could tell by their artist costumes that they would either be acting out something or painting. Sure enough they all got up onto stage and started painting on three A4 pieces of paper, two black and one white. While that was happening, a movie was on the screen showing a picture being painted in fast motion. No one knew what they were drawing till the end and even then they just looked like faces upside down until………. They flipped the paintings and it showed Mr Burt, Mr Jacobsen and Mrs Jarman’s faces, it was an awesome surprise and everyone seemed to be “oohing” and “ahhing” at the paintings and at the teachers.

Assembly finished off with a short “talk” from Mr Jacobsen, Mrs Tele’a and Ms Va’afusuaga about different sorts of art, art from the islands and painting with big or small paintbrushes. Immersion Assemblies are always cool and enjoyable and this one was probably in my top two, I have only been to six because I only started this school last year. I look forward to next year Term 2 and the next Immersion Assembly.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Day at University

Its the second week of the holidays and today, I went in with my Dad to Massey University. I sat with him for three lectures which was interesting because I got to see what a lecture room looks like. Two of the lecture rooms looked like an American classroom that we see in the movies where there are rows of desks and one desk up the front for the teacher or in this case, the lecturer. It was really cool to see what it is really like for an university student.

The day started with a little tour of all the little study rooms, the photocopy stations and all the different lecture rooms that my Dad goes to. I have been before but only inside the library, the library is really cool because each level has a different colour so all the chairs on that level is the same colour which is cool.

My Dad is studying to his degree in accounting so the lectures were about tax, auditing and integrative accounting. I enjoyed my day there mainly because I got to spend time with my Dad while he showed me his school and what he normally does because he's been into my class and he knows what we do but I've never actually seen my Dad's classes in action. I always pictured big rooms, lots of people, men in suits but it was nothing like that in the first and second class there was only about 15 - 20 people in the room so very different.

In the last lecture, the room was quite big and it was what I thought all the rooms were going to be like in the first place. It was seats with desks in front of them going down toward where the lecturer was with a microphone and a big desk. There were about 45 people in the last one so that was the biggest one of them all.

My day was quite long and tiring and I didn't even take notes of what they were talking about. I can't believe my Dad does this 2-3 times a week and manages to study at home too. There is a lot to take in while the lecturers are talking and if I were a student, I would get tired after 10 minutes and ask to go outside but we were in a lecture room for about five hours today. It still overwhelms me that people can stay awake let alone listen and write notes. But I really enjoyed my day and maybe I will be able to come back one day. :-)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hope, Annliz and Ana - Tchoukball Rsearch

The game Tchoukball is from Switzerand and it was created by Hermann Brandt in 1970. The game was created because Hermann thought that sports should not just be used to form champions but to just be creative and create a more humane society. Hermann is also an artist and now lives in Canada.

It is still played today, there is a main competition called World Tchoukball Championship. Tchoukball is popular in some countries but not so much in others. There are many competitions for Tchoukball. Though the game was created in Switzerland, there are competitions all over the world. There is the European World Cup, Asian World Cup, South American World Cup and the Tchoukball World Cup Championship.

Each team is allowed to score on both sides of the field. In the game you are allowed to have 12 players on each team, of which seven may be on the court at any one time. To score a point you have to be an attacking player and it has to bounce off the frame, (The frame is similar to a trampoline) and land outside the D without getting caught by the defence team. Believe it or not, defenders are not allowed to intercept any passes from the attack team. You are only allowed to take three steps and you are not allowed to make more than three passes before you shoot at the frame.

Why Can't We Be Friends - MTV

This week the girls in this movie were up to date with all their work, so they got the whole week to make a mtv movie about anything. But the movie has to be telling a positive message. This is what we came up with:

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Wave - Perspective of a Lifeguard

The wind had been wild all day and the seas were going crazy! I watched the surfers carving up the feral tubes out the back, pulling out before the waves peaked and crashed down upon them. I was just about to pack up and go home when I saw a young boy jumping off the deck and hurtling down the sand dunes. He plunged on, knee deep, waist deep, then DIVE! He was confronted by a huge wave of water and it was like it swallowed him up.

He dived into blue-green wall trying to get out of the broken white water but this wave was different, it had a twist in its tail. I could see the boy go under water for about 10 seconds before fighting desperately to get to the surface. The wave finally spewed him out into the shallows and lazily retreated.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Weekly Quiz Article - Eric Murray and Hamish Bond

Eric Golden Murray is a New Zealand rower and an olympic gold medalist. He was born on May 6 1982 (Age 32) and is now married to Jackie Murray and is the father of Zac Murray. He has won four World Rowing Championship gold medals all in a row and he has also set two world best times.

Hamish Byron Bond, born on the 13th February in 1986. He is 28 years of age. Hamish is a New Zealand rower and Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He won five gold medal in a row for the World Rowing Championships. Believe it or not, he has also set two world best times.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Adding Detail

This week, we had to add detail to a piece of writing. The writing is not my own, it belongs to someone else.

Never in my life had I faced such a difficult challenge. I stood in front of the cargo net I felt hot.. I would never be ready for this.

It was Physical Education and there was lots of equipment around. The net was something we all had to do and I needed to at least try to climb it. I was not a good climber, and never had been. I wanted to turn away. But I grabbed the net in my hands  and began to climb. I said words to encourage myself as I went. I was worried that I might get a rope burn or splinters.  I tried not to think about feeling scared of heights. I went more slowly the longer I climbed.
I stopped altogether. I felt weak and there was still so far to climb.

I called to the teacher that I was finished. I lowered myself down. I was thinking that I had tried my best. I still most likely cannot climb the  cargo net. But I was pleased I had tried.


Never in my life had I faced such a difficult challenge, I stepped up to the front of the cargo net. My face was burning up like I was on fire... I would never be ready for this. It was Physical Education and there was loads of balls, nets, soccer goals all around.

The net was something we all had to do and I needed to at least try it. I was not a good climber, and never had been. I wanted to turn away. But I gripped the net with my hands  and began to climb. “You can do it, just stay focused.” I was worried that I might get a rope burn or splinters.  I tried not to think about feeling scared of heights. I got slower and slower, the longer I climbed.

I came to hault, my legs were like noodles, my arms had seemed to have lost their strength and there was still so far to climb. I called for the teacher, “I am finished,” I lowered myself down slowly, the whole way down I was thinking that I had tried my best. I still most likely cannot climb the cargo net. But I was pleased I had tried.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kabaddi Research Writing

The game Kabaddi was invented 4000 years ago in early India. The name Kabaddi comes from the word Kar-Badhi “which means “Holding Hands” translated from Skanskirt. Since then, there have been competitions all over the world. There are three different kinds of the sport, Sanjeevani, Gaminee and Amar. This explanation is referring to the version, Amar.

It is played with 7 players on each team, there are 4 defenders and 1 raider at a time. The defenders have to stay inside the rectangle whilst linked together while the raider from the other team goes through the gateway towards them. The main purpose is for the raider to go through the gateway and there, they have 30 seconds to tag a defender on the other team then the defender that has been tug has to try, tackle the raider to the ground and hold them down till the 30 seconds is up. The raider can still try to get up and get their whole body through the gateway.

The 30 seconds rule only came in during 1994, before that the raider had to say “Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi….” until the raider ran out of breath, the defender could hold them down. You only need something for the outline and gateway, other than that, there is no other equipment needed. The raider can earn points by getting back through the gateway before the 30 seconds is up, their entire body has to get through. The defenders can get points by holding the raider until the 30 seconds is up. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.

Kabaddi is played on either grass or on an athletic padded court. Kabaddi for me is a mix between wrestling, time trial and touch The Kabaddi World Cup has been going for many years and will hopefully last for the many more. It is an enjoyable game and I think people all around the world will agree.

Storylines Festival Story Tour 2014 Reflection

The storylines tour has come and gone once again, last week both Extension groups went to the Storylines Festival Story Tour for 2014. Four authors presented, Juliette MacIver, Jill MacGregor, Catherine Mayo and Paula Green. Out of them, I enjoyed Juliette and Catherine the best. Juliette writes children’s picture books while Catherine is into ancient Greece. The different styles of writing were very interesting to listen to, though that talked differently and about different things, their stories were very cool.

I didn’t know but Juliette wrote the three Marmaduke Duck books and a lot of picture books that I knew of, it was good to hear the actual author talk about all those books. When she first came onto the stage, she was wearing a headband with a toucan on it, then she showed us her book Toucan Can. After talking about Toucan Can, we knew that she LOVED to rhyme. To finish off, she read us one of her books, Queen Alices Palaces.

Catherine Mayo told us about her trip to a cave in Greece that she went to to find inspiration for her books, Murder at Mykenai and The Bow which is the sequel to her first novel. She brought with her some pictures of her in the cave and a sword that she had bought from a man who made a replica of a famous dagger from ancient Greece.

If I were to present at the festival when I am older, I think that I would talk about when I was at school and where I got my inspiration from to write. If I did write a book, I would bring that too. I probably wouldn’t bring any props because I like writing about real events more that narratives, but I would bring pictures.

If I would ask any questions to Catherine or Juliette or the other authors, I would say, “Why do you write?” because everyone says where they get their ideas from and who inspires them but I was wondering, why, why do they want to. I enjoyed the Festival and I would like to go again next year to find out more about New Zealand authors. Thanks Catherine, Juliette, Jill and Paula for talking to us, I learnt lots about the different styles of writing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Storylines Festival: Authors

Juliette MacIver

Juliette MacIver is a author from Wellington, New Zealand who is a mother of four and a children's book author. Julliette writes children's picture books, but does not illustrate. When I researched Juliette properly, I noticed that she wrote the books, Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam, Marmaduke Duck and the Bernadette Bear and Marmaduke Duck on the Wide Blue Seas, the books that automatically pop into my mind when I think of picture books. 

Catherine Mayo was born and living in Auckland. Cath studied at Auckland University studying history and philosophy. She was born in Catholic Maternity Hospital in Auckland and was named after St Catherine. Her writing inspration was from Barbara Leonie Picard's retelling of The Odyssey. 

Paula Green lives in West Auckland with her partner, artist Michael Hight, her two daughters and their pets, three cats and two springer spaniels. She regularly visits schools from year 0-13 through the New Zealand Book Council. She also privately runs NZ Poetry Box which is a blog for students, parents and teachers from year 0-8. When she is not writing, she loves walking, biking, swimming, boogie boarding, reading, cookng, watching movies, listening to music and visiting new places.

Jill MacGregor was born in Dunedin but currently lives in Kapiti Coast, home of Kapiti ice-creams. She spent two years teaching in Tonga and since then, she travelled around the Pacific experiencing the village life. Most of her school journals about the Pacific are based on her travels and experiences. 

After my experience last year, I think that the Storylines Festival will be interesting, funny and full of information.  I am looking forward to all the authors but the person I am looking forward to the most is Jill MacGregor. I would like to hear of her times in the islands and of her books that she wrote about the islands. Also Catherine Mayo, I would like to hear her. After research I found she is really into ancient Greece. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ki-O-Rahi Research Writing

Ki-O-Rahi is a traditional Maori game that is popular all over New Zealand and is also known in other countries, mainly Europe, France. The game was created in The Legend of Rahi and Patupaiarehe where Rahi’s wife, Patupaiarehe was abducted and taken far away. Rahi had to find her and when he did, Rahi’s tribe and the tribe that abducted Patupaiarehe created Ki-O-Rahi to play instead of going to war.  The game is still going and there are tournaments for adults and children.

There are seven players on each team. There are two types of Ki-O-Rahi, there is the tackle and the non-tackle. Professional adults play tackle in competitions but normally children just play non-tackle with tags. The game is played on a circular field with no outs, the purpose of the game is to hit the te tupu and to defend it by blocking the other team from hitting it with the ball. There are no positions, but there are rules, no more than five people can enter the circle around the te tupu.

If you didn’t know, there is a legend behind this game, it is a story from back in the olden days. The words used in Ki-O Rahi are connected to the story. The story is about Patupairehe stealing Rahi’s wife Tiarakurapakiwai, then Rahi trys to save her. As soon as Rahi rescued his wife, they decided to make peace and they made up the game Ki-O-Rahi. Pou represents the 7 stars of Matariki. Te Tupu represents the rock where Rahi was trapped, Ara represents the pathway of silver ferns.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weekly Quiz Article - Robin Williams

Robin Williams was an actor, film producer and comedian loved by millions. He was born on 21 July 1951 and sadly died recently on August 11 2014. He starred in many films, my favourites being R.V and Good Morning Vietnam. The stand up comedian was 63 years of age when he died and he was married to his third wife, Susan Schneider. Susan and Robin meet in 2009 while Robin was recovering from his heart surgery and married in 2011.

Williams had three children.  Two of them, Zelda and Cody were to Robin's second wife, Marsha Garces and the oldest Zachary Williams was son to Robin's first wife, Valerie Velardi.  The whole world was very sad at his death but also celebrated his happy and funny life.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Astria Countdown to Impact Week 2 Day 1

This morning, we started the Astria Countdown to Impact Game that we started last week Monday at Extension again. We started again because last week's version had bugs attached so they got rid of the bugs so we could actually finish the game. I was glad to start again because after a few practices, I finally understood the game properly. It was really good but some parts, I found confusing and didn't realize what the better thing to do was until I had completed it, incorrectly.

After only one session, I have almost completed it. If you read my older post from last week Monday, you will see the objective of the game and some more details about it, here is some main points of the game. You are chosen to be the Alpha Leader and have to save the planet, Astria from a Asteroid that is getting closer and closer to the planet. There are three solutions to saving the planet and you have to discover different information and figure out what solution is the most credible and which solution is the right one that will save Astria and everyone in it from annihilation. Once you have researched everything, you present yourself and your information to the city council, but I only have 99 days to start with and they get lower and lower the longer you take. At the end of today I have only 39 days left.

Today, I got up to the part where I have already been to the council and they have agreed with me that the solution that I picked was the right one. They gave me some money to finish upgrading the spaceship so Aoen, my helper can help me fire it toward the Asteroid. I was upgrading my spaceship when everything started to fail, I couldn't click on anything only the back button. It seemed like a sign to put it away and leave for the next day, even though I had only been on for 30 minutes. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to finish it and save Astria and finish the awesome game INGAME created.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Algebra Week 4 Possum Poles

Possum Poles


a) Click Here to view the tables
b) Tables
c) Tables


a) Tables
b) Priya

c) 7 minutes. He will get to 20m at 7min because Priya climbs another 7m and lands at 21m.

Kahurangi Kapa Haka/Dance Group Performance

Earlier this week, some performers came from a company in Hastings, Wellington called Kahurangi Maori Dance Group came to our school to perform for us. The Company specialises in Kapa Haka and they travel all over the world, performing and teaching people about the Maori Culture. There were five people who came, Jordan, Lucky, Aroha, Hera and Zoe.

Our class went in the middle block with all the other intermediate classes and some other Yr 5 classes. The show started with Zoe talking about the Maori beginning before the rest of them came out, danced and sang with their powerful voices. Not only did they have great formation and actions, their facial expressions really did top off the dance. There were smiles, pukana and side glances from all of the dancers, which was really good.

After the first dance, they all introduced themselves and talked about Taonga and what a Taonga is to them. Then they went down the line, telling us what a Taonga is to them. Jordan started off with, “A Taonga to me would be….. Food!” and Lucky ended with, “A Taonga to be would have to be this necklace,” and held up a greenstone from around his neck.

I enjoyed the show but that wasn’t all, all of the Senior Kapa Haka students got to workshop with the Kahurangi people where we learnt I simple song with the poi, how to stand properly and we even had a go at Titi Torea which are the double short sticks. Even though, we were pretty good, it was nothing compared to their precision and accuracy during the performance.

The show and workshop were great and I enjoyed both of them. I think the thing that made it GREAT was their jokes, they were awesome performers and they were also very humorous. The main comedian was Aroha and after the introduction, he talked the most, he introduced most things and explained Maori tradition. I hope the group could maybe come back some time and teach us more about the Maori culture and their traditions.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Diving Writing

She climbed up the ladder to the platform before looking down, the water was so still, it was like glass. Looking at the crowd, they were all so still watching her as she turned around. Her feet were on the edge of the springboard. She took a deep breath in, and out. The diver leaped into the air to make her fall longer before falling towards the blue water. Twisting and somersaulting, she finally emerged into the water with precision.

Astria Countdown to Impact

This morning in Extension, we had the chance to play a game made by Stephen Knightly from INGAME. The game is called Astria Countdown to Impact and the objective of the game is to save Astria from an Asteroid which will destroy the planet and everyone living on it. You are selected to be the Alpha Leader and you have to find out information then use the information that you get to destroy the Asteriod and save the planet.

We got to work in partners because I think and they agree that we work better together. You have 99 days to start with and the days get lower and lower so it is sort of a time trial too. At the end of our time today, we had 72 days left. We found lots of clues to the solution and lots of information. When you find information, you get credits and you use the credits to upgrade your spaceship which you will use to destroy the asteriod when the time comes.

I really enjoyed playing it and I would recommend it to others because it is challenging but fun at the same time. It is not like most games when you click on a button, it does it itself, you have to do things your way which I think is really cool. More posts will come this week when we play more of it so you can find out how we are going saving the planet!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hope, Annliz, Ana Valerie Adams Movie

This is a movie that I made with Annliz, Hope. It is a movie about the shot-put champion, Valerie Adams. I hope you enjoy it.

Netball Tournament

The whistle blew and the game began. I was center and everyone was calling my name, “Ana, Pass the ball, I’m open!” I found someone who was open and threw them the ball. She leaped into the air and grabbed the ball. Our team was very focused and before long, the ball had been threw up into the air on down through the hoop. We had the first goal of the game which was great because after that, our team repeated that over and over again until the end of the game. Our final score for our first game of the day was….. 23-0 to Pt England!!

We took that game as a practise because it was so easy. Our coach told us that the next games will probably be nothing like that so we would have to use all the skills we had to win as many games as we could. The second game was an easy win as well, we won 12-0 and that gave us the energy to play our hardest in the following game. We didn’t know then, but the team that we played against were the undefeated team until the finals and they actually came second so losing 8-6 was a very good achievement for us.

One more game was played before the semi final where we were playing against Baradene. We lost that game so the placing that we were playing for was 3rd and 4th. Baradene was playing for 1st and 2nd in the final against Bailey Road School team 1 and we were playing against Bailey Road School team 2. Our team had a tiring and fun day but we managed to come home with 4th place. Even though I was very tired at the end of the day, I had a great day and hopefully we can compete again next year.

Ki-O-Rahi Complex Sentences and Paragraph

1. The Player accelerated around the centre, threw the ball and hit Te Tupu with skill.

2. The player hit te tupu with strength

3. The Player sprinted around before diving towards the Pawero, she had hit Te Tupu.

Paragraph: The shrill of the whistle blew and the player kicked the ball. She manouvered around the cones, hitting each one and she went, someone was calling her name so she threw a powerful pass toward them. The Player sprinted around before diving towards the Pawero, she had hit Te Tupu.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Weekly Quiz Article - Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is an Olympic Sprinter from Jamaica who is mostly known as the fasted person in the world. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became the law in 1977. He has won awards like Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, Best International Athlete ESPY Award, Best Track and Field Athlete ESPY Award during his sports courier.

Usain St. Leo Bolt is his full name, he was born in Sherwood Content, Jamaica on August 21 1986. The 27 year old is brother to Sadiki and Sherine Bolt, when he was younger, his parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt owned the local grocery store. Usain spent most of his time playing cricket and football in the street with his brother. He started sprinting in Primary and went on from there to where he is now.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weekly Quiz Article - Stan Walker

Stan Walker is a recording artist, actor and in 2013, a judge on X Factor NZ. Stan Walker won Australian Idol in 2009 where he started his music career. Later on, he signed a contract with Sony Music Australia.

Stan is an Australian-New Zealander and he grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He around the world and in one of his concerts, he opened for Beyonce and got to meet her! Since Australian Idol, he has won five music awards.


The diver was balanced on the edge of the platform, her toes were on the very edge of the springboard.

He looked down at the water as still as glass while walking up to the platform when he steadily balanced.

The crowd was quiet with anticipation and the judges were waiting, the diver was finding it hard to balance.

She walked up to the edge of the platform, focused, ready to concentrate and balanced

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hope and Ana - Maths Algebra


a. How many sticks were needed to build the 5 fish patterns?  
b. How many sticks would you need to build 20 fish patterns? (See if you can work out how many without making the pattern)  
c. Explain how you worked this out.  
1 fish = 6 Sticks so 6 x 20 = 120 + the 2 sticks from the first fish tail.
d. In a spreadsheet create a table that shows how many sticks are needed for up to 20 fish.

Number of FishNumber of Sticks
e. How many sticks would there be in 42 fish?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Term 3 Holidays (End of Term 2, Beginning of Term 3)

I woke up to the sound of kittens running, ipad's beeping and noisy kids. I was going home today to pick up my older sister, older brother and Dad from the airport in Auckland. I had been in Tauranga for the week with my Mum’s twin sister and her family and my Mum and I were going home in time for the plane to land.

“Mum, are we going soon?” My Mum was in the kitchen eating her breakfast. “Yes, eat some breakfast, and then get everything that’s yours so we can pack the car.” So I sat down and ate before going back to my room. It wasn’t very hard, so I just needed to grab my pillow and make my bed.

When I had finished packing, I took my bag out to the car, while I was out there I heard my cousin asking her Mum if they could come with us so that they could come to the airport too. “Mum, Please, Please, Please can we go with them, I really want to pick Uncle up from the airport!” My cousin wasn’t going to stop there, she carried on until her Mum said, “Okay, you can go with them and I will bring the rest of the kids later on today okay?” She was so excited she ran into her room and started to pack straight away.

The passengers in the end were Sally my cousin, my youngest sister Jedida, my Mum and myself. The rest of them, were going to travel back later that day. So off we went, on our long three hour trip back to our home. During the ride, we stopped for lunch in Waihi and played on the park for a bit.

After we had arrived and unpacked the car, we started to clean up the house a bit because when the rest of the family arrived, including the ones on the plane, there were going to be 11 people in the house staying for a week. So we started to clean, clean, clean until they got there and when they got there, they started to clean as well!

Tick, Tick, Tick, I was in the kitchen watching the clock, it was only 12.00am and we were leaving at 1.00am because my Dad’s flight had been delayed. In the lounge, everyone was watching tv so I went to join them before I got ready to walk into the cold, cold winter night.

When we got to the airport, my Mum dropped me and Sally off at the entrance before she went to go and find a park. So Sally and I squished our way through the crowd to the actual waiting port. We looked up at the sign where it said, “Apia” and next to it, “Processing” So we knew that they could be there any minute. We saw lots of people come out before our first relative, it was our older cousin and he got through quick because he only had a carry on bag  so he didn’t have to get his bag or check it or anything.

Finally, the rest of our family got through and when they did, there were lots of hugs and lots of the same question, “How was it?” or “Did you have a good time?” So it was good that we could all come and welcome them home. Everyone was tired so we all packed into the car and started on of the shorter journeys of the day, on our way home.