Thursday, 24 November 2016

Te Reo Term 4 2016

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

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

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

Definition -
give the meaning of these concepts in your own words.
The way they do things 
Welcoming ceremony 
Tangata whenua
the local people 
visitors to the marae 
where you are from 
family connection 
care for people 

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

Something I would like to learn more about the marae is... what do the carvings mean?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Merit Must do - 5

A few weeks ago the Kauri team had our athletics I was in the 12 year old boys and I was number one so I had to do all of the field events first. I was resilient because I had to do everything first and I tried my best in every thing.

Thursday, 20 October 2016



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

Three things that I learned are NZ parliament are:

  • The prime minister sits on the 4th seat on the speakers right
  • We use Mixed Member Proportional  
  • National and Labour have accomplice parties

Friday, 23 September 2016

I can take action to improve the water cycle in Canterbury.

I can take action to improve the water cycle in Canterbury
In this project I was working with Logan and we decided to create a water filter.

This is a video ;-)

This is our presentation
In this project we decided that our success criteria was It needed to be strong, to last, be portable and to produce clean water.

Overall our project meets this criteria because it was portable, strong, The water was clean-ish and it should last.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Merit cando #9

For pals I have been refereeing football for Kauri and Logan and I have been doing yr 4 and yr6 but the yr6s never show up and one day with the yr 4s. I showed integrity because I was unbiased and I was fair when something happened.

Merit Can do #10

Today for Gardening club we were pulling out weeds near the senior Playground. We were resilient because we were the only people outside because the weather was bad and we stayed out until Mr McAven told us to go inside because it was about to rain and hail. I was also trustworthy because I turned up on time ready to go.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Merit Must do - 4

On Tuesday on the way to tech I was being a role model to others because Mel and I were just talking to each other quietly and we used our manners getting on and off the bus.

Friday, 2 September 2016

My Water Cycle Info Report

The Water Cycle

The water cycle is an important process that all the water in the world goes through. There are different stages in the cycle and they are Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Runoff and Groundwater. Also the water changes state throughout the process. It goes from liquid to gas and then to solid and back again.


Evaporation is an invisible process that changes water into a gas; it’s when vapour is formed from the sun heating up the water. Then the The process is made faster on a hot day. The amount of vapour in the air is humidity. When the vapour floats up to the atmosphere It forms clouds which is called condensation.

Condensation/ Precipitation

Condensation is when clouds form. It happens when the temperature changes and the vapour forms clouds. Precipitation (water coming down to earth) is when the clouds build up and water comes out of them. The water come down to earth in different forms and they are rain, hail, sleet and snow. The precipitation causes water to come down and cause runoff.

Runoff/ Groundwater.

Runoff is basicly water coming downhill. The water can come down from the hills, go straight into bodies of water or soak into the ground. A Lot of our drinking water is underground in aquifers.

And then the water gets evaporated and it goes round the water cycle again and again.

Josh and Cormacs 0-20

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Merit Cando #8

On Thursdays I have been doing gardening club and we have made a path from one of the entrances to the courts. I was trustworthy by turning up every week and doing what I had to do.

Merit Cando #7 Pals

For pals the boys ref football for the Kauri students and the Girls do games with kakano students On Tuesdays and Thursdays I ref football with Logan we ref the Year 6's and the Year 4's. And on Tuesday I showed respect by listening to both teams when there were some disagreements. And we sorted them out.

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

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

In this unit, I found nothing challenging

I had to do sentences and it was easy.

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

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

For reading I have been learning about adverbial clauses. I have found this learning is a bit bring but easy because I found out it was less complicated than I thought it would be

In this activity Click here for the link , I had to highlight the adverbial clauses

Reason with linear proportions

Reason with linear proportions

WALT: - Order fractions with unlike denominators by finding a common denominator

I have been learning to work with fractions that have unlike denominators. Here are 3 screenshots to show my new understanding:




My next step is: to use prime numbers, common factors and multiples, and powers (including square roots).

Thursday, 28 July 2016

My CARE Progress

My CARE Progress

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

I am doing ok because I got lots of ticks but I haven't recorded all of them yet

I am close to get my bronze but I need to record my tick's

The area of CARE that I need to try harder in C / A / R / E, (community) because I have the least amount of ticks in community.

To achieve my BRONZE award quicker I need to record my ticks

The one thing that I can do to improve my progress in CARE is recording my ticks

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

Friday, 8 July 2016

Term 2 Te Reo Reflection

Term 2 Te Reo Reflection





Extended Abstract
I can say 1-5 words about celebrations in te Reo Maori.  
With help, I can ask and answer several questions about celebrations, using te Reo Maori.
I can ask and answer several questions about celebrations,using Te Reo Maori.
I can ask and answer a range of questions about celebrations,using Te Reo Maori. I can teach others these questions and answers.

In Te Reo this term I have been learning about using vocabulary around food (Kai) and celebrations (Ngā hākari)

Here are some sentences, with english translation in brackets, that I can say confidently.
1. Whakatika te tēpu koutou. (Correct the table.)
2. He pai ki a koe te/ nga heihei? (Do you like Chicken?) 
3. Kāore e pai ki ahau te/ nga kawhe  . I don’t like coffee.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Merit Cando #6

On Friday I had pals we were doing small field football for Kauri and we had two teams there were lots of kids wanting to play so we made the teams even and we played, Scott and I were playing and being the refs.

I showed respect by being kind to the kids and changing things if we had to.

Merit Must do #3

A few weeks ago I played in a turbo touch tournament at Hillmorton High after the Kauri cross-country.
I was in team one and we played against Rowley and Hillmorton.

 I showed respect by being kind to the other team if we won or lost.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Student Led Conference Reflection

The things I enjoyed most about my SLC were: Sharing my learning with my Mum

What went well and why? My maths because my Mum was happy with my maths

What were the challenges you faced when preparing and presenting your SLC? Not knowing how much info to put in

What changes would you make for next time and why? Slow down so Mum understands everything

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Merit Must Do #2

At tech I was doing design / Textiles and on the bus I showed resilience by not talking to my friend in other seats even when I had something to tell them and I was also resilient with the sewing machine when it was hard.

Merit Can do #5 Canta maths

For canta maths, we have been doing google forms with questions from a few years ago. I showed resilience by work through the questions when they were hard.

Merit cando #4 Pals

On Friday I had pals we played small field football. I showed resilience by helping the kids even when they were being stupid. We also showed active thinking by making the game more fun. The kid loved the game.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Visual Art

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

For Visual Art the SOLO level I achieved was: Extended Abstract because I used all the Techniques and used the shapes
I techniques I used in my art work to achieve this level were:
Moving water colours, Glazing and Shading

Here is a photo of my artwork:

My next step in visual art is: Take more time so the painting is better

Monday, 30 May 2016

Merit Can do #3

Today we started Canta maths. Everyone who wants to do it came with Mr Ladbrook and we started a Google form and it had questions from a few years ago. I showed resilience because when the questions were had I worked through them.

Merit can do #2 Pals

I have been doing my PAL's Duty every week and on Friday I did Pals. Scott, Joseph T and I made a game of force back, we were going to do touch but people wanted to play force back. I showed active thinking by changing the game when people wanted to play something other than touch or football.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Solve Simple Linear Equations

These are my IXL activity's.
I had to get 85 in the first two and 90 in the second two 

Next Step: Solve world problems involving linear equations. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

My short story

For this piece of writing I have focussing on my vocabulary and punctuation. I have been learning to: -
  • use a range of precise vocabulary to communicate meaning (Year ⅞)
  • use all basic punctuation independently and attempt more complex punctuation (eg semicolons, colons, parentheses) (Year 7/8
The pieces of my writing that are highlighted green are where I have shown my vocabulary and punctuation goal

The bush ride

As the engine roared into life Shaun started riding round. Then he saw his mate Dan going over the hill out of control. Shaun had a Honda CRF 450 and Dan had a KTM SX 450. They arrived at  the start of the Mackley river track near denniston they turned on to the track the track and started riding along.

They pulled up at the first turn off the main track was one way and the track to Stockton so they turned right and that was the track. They found to the highest part and there was a turn off. They turned left thinking it was the track but it wasn't. They kept going and then there was another turn-off and they went right and the track was tight and the got lost... They stopped and decided to build a fire.

Shaun said We are very close to water so they checked around and they discovered a little creek so they built a fire and also they made a hut from bushes and sticks. The next morning the boys got on their bikes and rode around looking for a track after a while they found a river and they rode along the bank looking for anything. They found an old hut that had heaps of stuff in it.
They spotted some guns and they went hunting the saw a huge boar charging at them So Shaun got the gun and shot  It was that big that both of them had to carry it. They build a fire and they gutted the boar and then they cooked it.

In the morning they built a help sign and they created as much smoke as they could with the fire. Later that day a helicopter was flying around and it spotted the smoke and it landed and picked Shaun and Dan up. They got home and they were very relieved that they were home.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Merit must do #1

I did the Kauri Cross Country. I came 4th. I showed resilience by when I rolled my ankle half way through the second lap but I kept going.

Merit can do #1 Pals

I have been doing my PAL's Duty every week and on Friday I did Pals and my group played soccer with some Kakano students. They all loved it! I showed resilience by helping the Kids when they weren't doing the right thing. And I also showed active thinking by coming up with new Ideas to make it more fun.

Monday, 2 May 2016

I can describe the structure of a Short Story

Something I have learned about the structure of short stories is the problem starts fast.

After reading some short stories two things I will remember when I write my own short story are keep it short and make it interesting.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Exposition Writing

WALT: Follow the writing process to write an exposition 

We all wrote an exposition.

This my conclusion 

Overall I believe Brendon McCullum is a better leader because he has achieved some great things and he has changed cricket, and also made cricket popular for kids in NZ.



I can describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place

Over the past 7 weeks I have been learning to describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place

I can describe these characteristics in a piece of music
Melody - A Series of single notes that gets played repeatedly There are three main parts of a melody in music motives, phrases and periods.
Harmony - The parts of harmony break down into two types chords and arpeggios.
Rhythm - Rhythm has three parts of music mono rhythmic, poly rhythmic and tempo. It can change speed.
Timbre - Its own sound There are 2 types of timbre: instrumental and orchestral.
Form - How a song is constructed. Form is the part of music that places all of the elements into an intelligible structure.

Here is an example of my learning

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Term 1 Integrated Learning - Leadership

We have been learning all about What makes a good leader.

Here is a link to the Leadership modelling book.

We identified that good leaders show 6 main character traits. These are Integrity, Trustworthy, Resilient, Goal focused, Active thinker and Motivational.

The leadership trait that I think I show the most is Resilient because I don't give up when things are hard.

The leadership trait I would most like to develop is Motivation because I don't think I'm good at it.

Something NEW I have learned about leadership is the traits of an effective leader.

The SOLO level that I reached during this unit of learning is Extended Abstract because I can evaluate the effectiveness of a leader.

My next step in learning about leadership is to apply everything that I have learned about leadership to my own leadership roles.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

I can apply the effective strategies when researching using the Google Search Engine.

Year ⅞ -  I can use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes.

For my “Evaluating Leaders” research I have been researching about Richie McCaw and Brendon McCullum

During this unit I have had to use a range of strategies to find the information I needed on Google. This include: 
Cross-checking the info
Using Advanced search

I have achieved this goal because I have cross-checked and used the other strategies.

My next step is to set a new reading goal.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Striking and fielding

My Strengths

The striking strategies I was able to effectively demonstrate during the games we played were being side on, good stance and eyes on the ball

The throwing and catching strategies I was able to effectively demonstrate during the games we played were doing the cup or reverse cup when I could

My Next Steps

To improve my striking of a ball I need to not do the pull shot and remember that I'm not using a cricket bat because we need to hit the ball in a V and the tennis racket is a lot different to a cricket bat

To Improve my catching and fielding I need to I need to judge the ball better because a tennis ball moves differently to a cricket ball

The game that I enjoyed the most was round the bases because it was easier and the rules were better

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

I can identify the way that writers use language and ideas to suit their purpose.

This is one of my follow up activity's that my group did 

We had to say if it was persuasive, entertaining or informative. We read 4 stories/ texts overall and we did two activity's

Monday, 21 March 2016

I can evaluate and integrate ideas and information across a few texts

WALT: I can evaluate and integrate ideas and information across a few texts

We learnt about changing the flag and peoples opinions. I went OK because I needed to focus more on others opinions instead of mine  
NZ Should Change Its Flag?

Reason/Evidence For Changing
Evidence Category (highlight)

Reason/Evidence For Keeping the Flag the Same
Evidence Category
The flag needs to represent New Zealand’s Culture.
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

Keeping the kiwi Heritage of New Zealand’s Past
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion
People want New Zealand to be more independent
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

People have died under that flag in world war 1
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion
People don’t want it to be confused with Australia.
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

People have grown up and lived with the flag
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion
To build our image internationally.
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

It reflects the things New Zealand have earned in the past.
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

It’s been the same flag since 1902.
Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion

Common Knowledge
Personal Opinion
Expert Opinion
Overall the evidence for this side is weak because Most of these points are opinions that a group of people agree on because they want the flag to be changed.

Overall the evidence for this side is strong because most of these statements are more factual as they’re common knowledge.