Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Term 2 Book Review

Holden the great years the great cars

This book is about the Holden monaro, torana and commodore.
It includes a page for each year of racing in the ATCC (Australian touring car championship) and V8 supercars Australia and it also has pages about holdens in the WTCC (Word touring car championship). All the performance stats of the different engines and cars are in the book.

I think it is a good book because it has lots of facts and good pictures.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Home learning challenge A9. Create a song using Garageband.

The garage band song

Head Boy leadership excellence blog post 3

As Head Boy part of my role is being part and running student council. We meet every Wednesday and we talk about different things each week. At the moment we are organising an Ice Cream Day so the Year 7/8 are doing most and the others are helping out.

I have shown the Care value of respect by Listening to others.
I have shown the leadership trait of trustworthy by turning up and contributing.

Kapa kaka leadership excellence blog post 3

On Wednesday for the Open Day Kapa Haka preformed some songs. I did the calls for the start of each song. We sang Haere Mai, the school waiata, Ka Waitata and a few more.

I have shown respect by being part of Kapa Haka
I have shown the leadership trait of trustworthy by turning up and trying my best..

Term 2 Novel Study

Term 2 Novel Study


This term I have been reading and studying the novel silver stream
I found this novel ok because the first part was boring but it got a bit better

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

National Standard this covers

  • Year 9/10 Standard
    • I can locate, evaluate, analyse and summarise information and ideas within texts and across a range of texts.
    • I have a large vocabulary that is connected to my own knowledge about the world and includes: - academic e.g observe vs watch - subject-specific (specific words about a subject (e.g feline) - technical terms (specialised vocabulary of a particular field.)

Overall I would give this novel a rating of  3/10 and I would not recommend it to others to read because it is ok but I don't like it because it is quite boring.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Drama

In ARTS this term we have been learning to:
 Select and use techniques and relevant technologies to develop drama practice.
Here is a link to our online modelling book. 

During this unit of learning we:
Described the characteristics of silent performances.
Identified different techniques used in silent performances.
Used these techniques in a variety of different practice situations.
Worked in a small group to put together our own silent performance.

The most challenging part of this unit of learning was being silent because it was hard to not talk and laugh during the performances.

The two things that I enjoyed the most were:
Being able to create a performance
Practising our performance.

The story that my group told silently was a story where a homeless guy stole a taser from a policeman and the police chased him and put him in a police car.

Overall I think my group worked well together because we did all of the work on time and we made a good silent performance.

Current Events Term 2, 2017

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

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

Year 9/10: I can read in different ways to find and/or understand information that that is not immediately easy to access or is not organised in familiar ways.

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

Here is some evidence of my learning.

Describe Map One

Describe map Two

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

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Home Learning Challenge E5. Research your family history. Present your findings to your family.

For this home learning challenge I Researched my family history and made a family tree.

Head Boy leadership excellence blog post 2

As Head Boy part of my role is being part and running student council. The student council meets every Wednesday and we talk about ways that we could help out around the school. We have also been discussing about fundraising ideas.

I have shown the CARE value of Active Thinking by Contributing to group discussions.
I have also shown the Leadership trait of Trustworthy by turning up and taking part in it.

Leadership Excellence Kapa Haka Blog Post 2

Every Friday Kapa Haka practises in the hall. We have been practising lots of songs and also the boys have been practising the haka. We also practice the actions for every song.

I have shown excellence by turning up, trying my best and being part of a group.
I have also shown the leadership trait of Goal focused by not giving up and giving it my all.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

I can evaluate writers’ purposes and consider how they have used structure and language to suit these purposes. (Eg: I can make decisions about why the writer has written a piece of writing and how they have used particular structures and words to meet the purpose.(Reading)




Level 5 - Authors’ Purpose Map
I can describe the author’s purpose in a text
I can identify several features of the author’s purpose



The author’s purpose is…
The point of view is…
The intended audience is...
I can identify several features of the author’s purpose; and explain giving relevant examples and evidence.

What does it say in the text to show you that:
  • this is the author’s purpose
  • this is the point of view
  • this is the intended audience
The author’s purpose is…
P? I? E?

The author’s purpose is to inform
1.the prey only provided the plant with essential nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous,

2.the carbon dioxide emitted during respiration was derived from the prey being digested, not from photosynthesis conducted by the plant.

3.the carbon dioxide emitted during respiration was derived from the prey being digested, not from photosynthesis conducted by the plant.
The point of view is…


Third person
  1. The researchers, who published their findings
2.A team led by Dr. Heinz Rennenberg and Lukas Fasbender

3.However, scientists thought
The intended audience is...


Young adults
1.Grades 5-8

2. It has some difficult words that some people wouldn’t understand.  

3.scientific journal New Phytologist because little kid wouldn’t know what that is.
I can generalise about the author’s point of view

Overall the author informs you well because they have good facts up because they back them up.
L5 Author’s Purpose follow up
I can describe the author's purpose in relation to structure and language choices in a text and give relevant evidence (eg vocabulary used)
I can compare and contrast differences in the author's purpose in relation to structure and language choices between different texts.
Text:World’s Largest Artificial Sun

The author’s purpose is I inform


The specific language/ structure choices that the author has made to support their purpose are facts, technical language

It has pictures and videos
Specific language choices in the 3 texts:
Structure of the 3 texts:
Similarities

They all have facts and technical language and language about the topic.
They all describe the topic.



Similarities

They have pictures and video

The author’s purpose is inform


The specific language/ structure choices that the author has made to support their purpose are facts, technical language

It has pictures and videos


Text:Can giant pumps help refreeze the Artic

The author’s purpose is


The specific language/ structure choices that the author has made to support their purpose are facts, technical language. It has emotive language

It has pictures and videos
Differences

They all have different language about different topics





Differences

They have different amounts of words and pictures.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Careers Education C.V. Writing

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

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

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

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

  1. It needs to be slept correctly

  1. A C.V needs to be formatted correctly

  1. It needs to be true


Here is a link to my Skills based Curriculum Vitae.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Home Learning Challenge R7. Research one of the 7 wonders of the world

 Research one of the 7 wonders of the world


Leadership Excellence Kapa Haka Blog Post 1

On Friday kapa haka practised we practised five songs for a performance that we will be doing soon,Some of the songs were the school waiata and Ka waiata.
We also practised the actions for all of them.

I have shown excellence by trying my best and being part of a group.
I have also shown the leadership trait of trustworthy because I have shown up every week and contributed well.

Leadership Council visit, Leadership Excellence blog post

A few weeks ago the student leaders caught the bus to the city to visit the Christchurch City Council Buildings. When we got there we went into a room and we watched a presentation about the council and what they do.
I was surprised about things like the amount of water used per day. Then some people that work in different areas of the council came and we got into groups of 3 and went to the area they work in. The person my group went with worked in resource consent.

I have shown leadership and the CARE values by using active thinking because I problem solved in my group in activities 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Maths Reason with Linear Proportions

WALT: Reason with linear proportions
I have been learning 3 WALTS
Write the answers the problems here (and show your working).
1.
A. 120ml
B. There’s 400ml in pineapple punch and 120 ml in hawaiian.  So that mean that there is more pineapple juice in pineapple punch
C. 250ml
2.
75ml of coconut juice
150 ml of mango juice
75ml of orange juice
3.  
  1. Tiny Hawaiian 100ml = 20ml orange, 40 ml pineapple and 40 ml mango
  2. Giant tropical 2L
500 ml of coconut juice
1L of Mango juice

500 ml of orange juice

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Term 1 Book Review

World Cricket Records 
Image result for world cricket records book

This book is about cricket, it has all the records and facts for every form of cricket. 
All the test teams have their own page of facts and records. And it includes bowling, batting fielding records for Tests, ODI's and T20's. Also there are a few pages for domestic cricket and the IPL 

I think that it is a really good book because it has lots of facts  

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Probability

In Maths we have been learning to:


  • compare and describe the variation between theoretical and experimental distributions in situations that involve elements of chance.


  • calculate probabilities, using fractions, percentages, and ratios.


Here is a link to our online modelling book that supports this learning.


Here is some evidence of my learning.
  • Include screenshots for all 4 of the IXL activities.



My next step is to continue to apply my knowledge of statistics and probability in a variety of real world situations and contexts.

Current Events Term 1

Current Events Term 1

In Current Events I covered these topics:
The design of the Halswell Skate Park and I made a submission to the council.
Donald Trump’s Refugee Plan
Christchurch Earth Memorial
The new Ngā Puna Wai Sports Facility
The Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan with a submission to the council.

My favourite topic was the Halswell Skate Park because we got to send a submission with our ideas to the council

Here is a link to my learning on the Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan.

The Reading National Standards I have achieved are

Year 9/10
As I read I can make decisions about the usefulness of the text for the purpose - Eg: by using a variety of criteria to evaluate





Term 1 Novel Study

Term 1 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Sitting on the fence

I found this novel OK because sometimes there were boring parts but some parts were good

During the novel I had to complete two major assessment tasks. The first is an Explain Map which shows the consequences of a major event in the book. The second was a Describe++ Map (Inference map) which shows I how I have connected prior knowledge and other experiences to what I have been reading to make an inference.
Link to Explain Map
Link to Inference Map

National Standard this covers
Year 9/10 Standard
I can monitor my understanding as it develops during my reading, and adjust my strategies to address any comprehension problems Eg: If I don’t understand a passage I have read I can re-read it, read-on, use pictures or diagrams, or explore the meaning of some of the vocabulary.
I can use strategies to analyse ideas and information and to reflect critically on the meaning I am gaining from my reading. (Eg: I can think about the meaning of the information and ideas and how this fits with what I think)


Home Learning Challenge R.6

Onion Bhaji's 

 Onion Bhaji's are an onion snack that India and Nepal both claim that they invented them. In those countries it is a street food but they are popular in Indian Restaurants all over the world.  

I made some onion Bhaji's 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Leadership Merit getting involved Kapa Haka blogpost #5

On Friday kapa haka practised in the hall, we practised some songs and the actions to some of them. I have shown excellence by contributing to the wider school

Head boy Leadership blog post #5

As Head boy part of my role is being in the student council and on Wednesday we had our first meeting. We had to share why we are in the student council. Then we also shared what we want to do in the student council. I have shown active thinking by contributing to class/ group discussions.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Home learning challenge C.1

Prepare an itinerary for a tourist visiting Christchurch

Leadership Merit getting involved Kapa Haka blogpost #4

On Friday kapa haka practised in the hall. We sang ka waiata and while everyone sang other songs Cormac and I practised the calls with Mr Brown. Then we went back in and sang a few songs. I have shown excellence by contributing to the wider school.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Head boy leadership merit blog post #4

Today the heads and deputy's meet with Mr Ladbrook about running student council. We had watched a video about running a meeting and we learnt some strategies. I have shown active thinking by contributing to my group.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Writing blog post

In writing I have been learning to use a wide range of punctuation appropriately and with increasing accuracy like . , ! ? “”
- colon :
- semi-colon ;
- hyphen -
- parentheses ( )
- brackets [ ]
- ellipses ...

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


To be a good leader you need to be resilient. A great leader that is resilient is Brendon McCullum because he has played 100 consecutive test matches ; he has captained the Blackcaps through many hard tours and series and he never gave up. As my role as Head Boy I need to be resilient because if some things are hard I need to not give up and keep trying. I will be resilient by keep trying and not giving up. Another way to be a good leader is being a good active thinker.

Being a good activer thinker means that you are able to problem solve. Bill gates is a great leader because he is a great active thinker. He thought of new ideas and products.(He is one of the most successful people in the world.) Being an active thinker is important to my role because if I have to do a speech with hardly any notice. I will demonstrate this by thinking on the spot if I have to. Another trait of an effective leader is Integrity




Games with minimal or no equipment.

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


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

Examples of Games that need minimal or no equipment.
What equipment would we usually need to play these games.  
Why do we play games with minimal or no equipment?
French Cricket
seaweed / octopus
invisible touch/tag
battle ships
versions of tag 
Bat and ball
Cones
Cones and Bibs 
To be active and to have fun
to get fitter
so we don't have do waste time getting gear 


My Strengths.  
Some things that I have done well during this unit of learning are playing the games because some games are fun.


My Next Steps.
Some things I could improve on when playing games with minimal or no equipment are trying harder in some games Because some can be a bit boring.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Home learning challenge Garden show

I represented oaklands at the school garden show. On the Thursday evening I went to the prize giving. We got a silver award. 
On saturday and sunday I went over and some of us talked to people about the exhibit 

Head Boy Leadership Merit Blog post #3

As a student leader we have to come up with an idea to make the school better. So the heads are doing stuff about bullying so we have been planning what we will do. I have shown active thinking by contributing to my group.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Head Boy Leadership Merit Blog post #2

As head boy I had to open assembly on Monday, I welcomed everyone to assembly and then I helped Mrs Martin hand out some awards. I have shown active thinking by making a speech with about 5 minutes to practice.

Home learning challenge E.9


I researched the west coast gold rush.

Gardening club Leadership Getting Involved Merit Blog post #3

On Wednesday 9 Year 7/8's from the gardening club went to the Woolston club to set up for the oderings school garden show we went over with Mr Rush and Mr McAven and we all set up our Hansel and Petal exhibition. On Thursday night the boys went to the prize giving and we got a silver award. On Friday some of us went in the morning and the other half went in the afternoon to talk to members of the public about it. I went both afternoons this weekend to help out. I have shown excellence by representing Oaklands positively.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Gardening club Leadership Getting Involved Merit Blog post #2

For gardening club we have been getting ready for the Garden show we have been painting a lot but now we are doing our last touches. The garden show is next week and we are nearly ready for it. I have shown excellence by being a role model to the wider school.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Use factors multiples and powers, including square roots.


In Maths we have been learning:In Maths we have been learning:

Divisibility rules up to 10.
  • Simple powers to 10.
  • Square roots of perfect squares.
  • Common factors of numbers to 100, including highest common factor.
  • Least common multiples of numbers to 100.


Here are the IXL screenshots that show evidence of my learning.  


Here are the IXL screenshots that show evidence of my learning.  





My next learning step in Maths is to be faster in answering these questions.