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Monday, 24 July 2017

Hawaiian Dancing

A couple weeks back ten students from Room 12 were chosen to go to Te Oro and dance. Our dance instructors were from Honolulu, Hawaii and they were all Year 13s. 

They started by splitting us up into four groups, I was divided into the same group as Mary. We then started learning a Hawaiian thank you chant. Hawaiian language was way harder than I thought, I had a really difficult time learning it. 

I thought the chant was hard but the dance was at least 5x more complicated. Most of the time I didn't even know what I was doing. I was probably making up my own dance moves, Meana and Lupe even told me that I looked totally lost. When the hour was finally up I noticed that I improved and wasn't as bad as I first started. 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Graphics Class

Every Wednesday we go to Tamaki College to attend cooking class or graphics class. The Year 7s are currently doing cooking- the Year 8s graphics. 

Our current task right now is to learn how to make juice boxes. We first have to create and design our boxes on a piece of paper and to help us we use our Chromebooks. I still haven't started on this since I've been focusing on other things.

Mr Pineda also has this system. If you get your work completed on time you get a couple of points. Once we have finished our work he checks it and either gives us a merit, achieved or excellence grading. At the moment I have around 30-40 points, I can't remember who but I'm pretty sure the person with the most points has at least 70.

I enjoy graphics but the cooking even more. My enjoyment comes from the preparation of the food and definitely consuming it. Learning cooking will definitely help me in the future especially when I'm living on my own and won't have my parents to monitor me.




Tuesday, 13 June 2017

I'm Back!

After two months in Myanmar and Thailand I'm back at school! I left New Zealand on April 5th and arrived in Thailand on the 6th. I landed back in New Zealand on June the 5th but took a week off because I was very jet lagged. I couldn't sleep at night instead I slept all day, just like a possum! Now that my sleeping schedule is back on track I no longer sleep like a nocturnal animal.

Something that I will miss is probably the fruits back in Thailand. There were many types of fruits there that we don't have here like lychee, mangosteen, rambutan and jackfruit. 
             
I am happy to be back at school because I missed my friends and teachers dearly.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Monitors Badge

We finally have this year's monitor badge. I still have mine from last year. It sounds like an easy job but it's not as easy as you think it is. You have to make sure the kids listen to you, you have to make sure no one's doing anything you wouldn't want them to do and if something does go horribly wrong it would come back to us and it'll be our fault. 

I think it's a huge responsibility to look after the class especially if the teacher isn't in the classroom with you. Everyone has a chance to become a good monitor. I am proud to say that I am a 2017 monitor!



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Everyday Theatre

On Friday two actresses from the Everyday Theatre came to our school to educate us a little bit about child helplines, abusive relationships, cheating, etc.

There were 6 characters and they were T, Jack, Dave, Marea, Becca and Brian. T was the child of Dave and Marea. Jack was T's bestfriend. Brian was Becca's dad but she didn't mention her biological mother in this play. Marea and Brian were currently in a relationship and they were also living together. 

Dave was very abusive and had hit Marea at least 5 times before. He also hit T to discipline he because he was raised that way. Dave and Marea were married before Dave caught Marea cheating on him with Brian. We had to ask Dave and T questions, we had to help the actresses roleplay, give advice and many other things. We earned points from that.

We did a bunch of activities to reach at least 10 points but we ended up with 12 points!



Thursday, 2 March 2017

Tabloids

On Wednesday the 15th we had our very first tabloids with house colours! There were four teams altogether Whero, Kowhai, Kakariki and Kikorangi. I was in team Whero. Each team was split into 2 groups, that made 8 groups altogether. We had to get as many points as possible for our team.

One of my favourite tabloids activity was Ms Riley's one. She made three rows and three coloums with hola hoops, and had them lined up together. The point of her game was to run back and forth with a dice and put it in one of the hula hoops. The first team to get a tic-tac toe three in a row wins. My team ended up winning and we also scored 3 points from Ms Riley.

At the end of the day our team had 35 points in total, Kowhai received a winning 37 points, Kakariki tied with us and received 35 points as well and lastly Kikorangi received a sad 19 points.



Pests Are Yucky!

Unlike all the other schools in the Manaiakalani Cluster,  our inquiry topic for this year is about Pests. Before we started researching and looking up information we had to write our prior-knowledge on a KWL chart. This is everything that I knew. I didn't have a lot of knowledge.


Now after researching this is, my knowledge has increased by so much.