Sunday, 28 May 2017

Leadership - Excellence post 1

On Tuesday the year 8 student leaders hosted a bake sale to fundraise for our trip to wellington later on in the year. All the year 8's brought in a plate of food to sell and Jade's mum and Mr Ladbrook decided if it was one dollar or two dollars. I helped out at the junior bake sale by selling the junior students the baking. I showed community by helping out around the school. I also showed trustworthy when dealing with money.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Probability Math

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.

Extended abstract text book activity

Figure it out activity 1

Figure it out activity 2

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

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Home Learning Challenge - Merit post 13

Science Badge
For home learning challenges I chose to do a science badge on human biology.
Here is a link to the google slide where I recorded all the work I did.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Term 1 book review

Gone by Micheal Grant

The story is set in a small town in America. One day everyone over the age of 15 disappears and people start to develop mutant powers. The story follows a boy named Sam that everyone looks at as there leader once all the adults have disappeared. The kids that don't develop mutant powers start to call the others freaks. I think this is a great book because its interesting the whole way through.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

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 design of the Halswell skate park because I thought It was cool submitting my 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

Monday, 10 April 2017

Term 1 Novel Study

Term 1 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Dragonkeeper

I found this novel ok because I didn't enjoy it much and it isn't a book I would chose to read on my own but I'm glad I read it because I don't read much fantasy.

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.

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)

Visual Language

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Kapahaka - merit post 12

On Friday I had senior kapahaka this week we lined up outside the back of the hall because when we lined up outside the office we were to noisy. When we entered the hall we got into our lines and sung ka waiata a couple of time to warm up. Then we went right through the whole song of aoteraroa. After that we practised haremai until the morning tea bell rang. I showed the care value of excellence while I was singing and doing the actions to the songs.

Leadership - merit post 11

On Wednesday all the people that are involved with the student council went along to the hall foyer for a short meeting. we talked about why we were on the student council my reason it that it is in my job description as head girl. We also talked about what we wanted to achieve in 2017 as the student council, my idea was help improve the school and fund raise a lot of money for the school. I showed respect be just sitting there and listening when it wasn't my turn to talk.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Kapahaka - Merit post 10

On friday I had hapahaka. Right before kapahaka I had cultural club so i went straight from the hall to the classroom to put my Chromebook away then back to the hall. I took off my shoes when I was in the foyer then I went in. We did a couple of songs as a warm up. After that we continued learning aoteraroa by stan walker and we finished the whole song by ourselves without the teaches helping us. It sounded really good. Once kapahaka finished I went into the foyer put on my shoes talking quietly to Natasha then I went back to class. I showed respect by respecting all the people in the office by leaving quietly.

Home Learning Challenge - Merit post 9

Offer to help around home 15 time without being asked.
I did this home learning challenge over 3 and a bit weeks.
This home learning challenge was quite easy because I didn't do it more than once a day.
Here is a link to the doc which I recorded all the chores I did.
Home Learning Challenge

Leadership - Merit post 8

On Monday all the leaders had a meeting on what was going well and what was challenging. For my going well I said speeches because I have delivered a few speeches over the year such as opening or closing assemblies and opening school events. For what was challenging I said public speaking because I get very nervous before every speech I do. On Tuesday the heads and deputies had a meeting about the student council and the techniques we can use when we are running it. The techniques are get everyone involved, keep it on a specific topic, follow it up after the meeting, only one person speaks at once, use a talking object and go over the rules. I showed the value of respect by giving ideas and listening to other peoples  ideas.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Leadership article writing.

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.

Leadership is: a skill of being able to motivate people/teams to work towards a goal.The six traits of an effective leader are: integrity, goal focused, trustworthy, active thinker, resilient and motivational. My key leadership role for 2017 is Head Girl. This means that I represent the school to the public, organise student council meetings, open and close school events and be a good role model for others.

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.
(Fill this table in, in as much detail as possible. )

Examples of Games that need minimal or no equipment.
What equipment would we usually need to play these games.  
Why do we play games with minimal or no equipment?
Tag games
invisible touch
cat and mouse
sneak up granny
bibs or band
If you only have a small amount of time and don't want to waste it getting gear

If you don't have any gear

My Strengths.  
Some things that I have done well during this unit of learning are obeying the rules because I didn't cheat.

My Next Steps.
Some things I could improve on when playing games with minimal or no equipment are think of more ways that we could modify them Because playing it the same way every time would get boring.

Recall commonly used fraction, decimals and percentage conversions

In Maths we have been learning:
  • To convert between fractions, decimals , percentages and vice versa.
Here is a link to our online modelling book.

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

Here are some images to show the book work I have done.
My next learning step in Maths is TBC

My next learning step in Maths is TBC

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Kapahaka - Merit post 7

On Friday I had kapahaka it went from quarter past ten to eleven o clock. When I got to the hall I took my shoes off and placed them neatly in the foyer, then I went and sat in my line. First we sang ka waiata a couple of times and Matua Rihari explained when in the song we do a high part. Then we went on to aotearoa we went through what we know a couple of times then we went on to learning the next verse. After that we sung erere taku manu a few time and made sure everyone new the ending. I showed the care value of respect by doing all the commands Matua Rihari said straight away.

Leadership - Merit post 6

On Tuesday Charlotte, Nicholas and I got emailed the topics we needed to talk about during our speech in the run, bike, run. That same day we wrote our speeches and sorted out who was going to say what . We also rehearsed them lots so we new them off by heart. Since Josh was at the garden show and wouldn't be able to be at the run bike run he wasn't involved in this. On Wednesday day we performed our speeches in front of the kauri team at West lake park they went well. I showed the care value of active thinking by keeping in mind all the year levels when writing my speech.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Kapahaka - Merit post 5

On Friday I had kapahaka. I had cultural club right before I had kapahka so went straight from the library to the hall. Once I got to the hall I took my shoes off and went and sat in my line. We sang ka waitata a couple of times with the younger kids doing the echo than we continued  learning aotearoa from last week. After that we practised erere taku manu a couple of times then it was morning tea time.
I showed the care value of respect by sitting in my line and talking quietly until matoa Rihari wanted our attention.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Leadership meeting - Merit post 4

On Monday we had a leadership meeting before morning tea. The first thing we did was talk about what we were doing this term, this term Charlotte, Josh, Nichols and I are building on what Hannah and some other student leaders did on bullying last year. The first thing we need to do is organise a meeting with Mrs Trotter and Mrs Martin. We have already emailed them so we are just waiting to find out when we are going to meet with them. Finally we talked about what the other leaders are doing .
I showed respect by sitting and listening quietly when the conversation had nothing to do with me.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Divisibility rules, simple powers, square roots, factors and multiples.

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 is a link to our online modelling book

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

My next learning step in Maths is recall commonly used fractions, decimals and percentage conversions.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Kapahaka - Merit post 3

On Friday it was the first kapahaka session for 2017. We all took our shoes off and waited in the foyer for cultural club to finish than we entered the hall. First Mr Brown talked to us about what's happening throughout the year. Than we split so that the people that wanted to be in the performance group were on one side of the hall and the people that wanted to be in the nonperformance group were on the other side.
After that Mrs Baker and Mr Brown put us into lines I am in the second row in the middle. Then we sang taitapu and ka waiata so Mrs Baker, Mr Brown and Matua Rihari could see how we sound as a group.
I showed the care value of excellence by trying my best when singing tai tapu and ka waiata.

Home Learning Challenge - Merit post 2

Improve your fitness over 4 weeks: walk 60 kilometres or cycle 100 kilometres or swim 1 kilometre.
I chose walk 60 kilometres.
I tracked how far I had walked each day on my fitbit.
After four weeks I had walked 287 kilometres total.
Here is a link to the doc where I recorded how many kilometres I had walked that day.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Leadership meeting - Merit post 1

Today we had a leadership meeting with all of the student leaders. We first watched a video that was made by grip leadership on ways that we can improve our school as a student leader. The 5 things thy suggested we could do was mentoring, creating school culture, reduce bullying, increase house pride and creating activity. Then we went away with the other people with our leadership role and discussed a big thing that we are going to do this year.
I showed the care value of respect by communicating and brainstorming ides with Josh and Charlotte.