Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Auckland Girls Grammar Production: Grease

Glenbrae school was invited by one of the Auckland girls students to attend their production. Though we didn't need to pay anything because it was only a dress rehearsal, (best one I've been to so far!).

The production they were acting out was one of the best 50's movie back then, Grease!. Grease lightning is a comedy music and teen film!. Students from Auckland Girls and from St Pauls acted out the marvelous show!.

I've got to say, both schools had done a superb job. They for sure made Grease their own, I was very impressed!. Their singing was amazing as well as their acting skills. I was very impressed with how they managed to work with the space they were given!. I loved watching the production, it was funny, shocking and over whelming too!. Once again!, the boys and the girls were amazing actors, dancers and singers!.

Now that I had watched the production, it inspired me and made me think of joining a production in the future. I can't wait until it's my turn to participate in my college production!.

Thank you to Miss.Elia and her niece (One of the main actors) who invited our school to the dress rehearsal.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Week 4 current events quiz

This is one of the questions that were listed in the quiz. I was very interested in this particular questions because it involved a very prominent actor,  Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is the question.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger who has been in films such as The Terminator, The Expendables and Predator, has celebrated a milestone birthday. How old is he?

Arnold is 70 years old, he had recently celebrated his birthday on July the 30th. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

How to make Takakau(Maori Bread)

W.A.L.T: write succinct instructions in my procedure writing

Takakau, formerly known as Maori bread, is a traditional Maori bread. This bread does not use any sugar, or any rising agents.

Prep time: 5-8 minutes
Cook time: 30/35 minutes to bake

Ingredients needed

  • 5 cups of flour
  • 600ml of milk
  • 5 teaspoons of baking powder

Cooking resources needed

  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Butter knife/fork
  • Hands!


Before prepping, preheat the oven to 200° (degrees).

Add in 5 cups of flour and 5 teaspoons of baking powder into a large bowl.

Pour in  600ml of milk into the centre of the bowl, stir the mixture well until it’s dough texture.

Roll the dough out on a bench spread with flour, knead the dough gently until the right consistency(Non sticky and compact).

Roll the dough onto a tray into a round shape, preferably 1 centimetre thick.

Bake for at least 25-30 minutes until it’s golden brown.

Preferably serve hot with butter, marmalade or jam for toppings. Serve with hot tea or coffee.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

How to play Netball Rugby

Yesterday, my class was given the task to create a piece of procedure writing, which is the genre my class is focusing on this week, about How to play Netball Rugby. Basically Procedure is like a guide or following step to step instructions of how to do something. An example of a procedure is a Recipe, Recipes have several instructions of how to bake or to cook something.

 This is my short procedure writing on How to play Netball Rugby. Hopefully my procedure writing is well written enough that you know how to play!.

How to play Netball Rugby

Netball Rugby is a combination of two sports put together to create one game. The game contains netball rules and is played with a rugby ball, but any ball is suitable.

Netball rules are incorporated in the game, rules including no stepping with the ball, three feet away and three seconds with the ball. The rugby part incorporated in the game is the rugby ball and rugby passes.

Once you know the rules, positioning is the next step. There should only be two teams, with as many players as you prefer but as long as the teams are equal. Each team stand opposite to each other in a line in the middle of the court. One person, preferably the referee, stands in between both teams and then tosses the ball through the middle. Both teams make an attempt to receive the ball.

To win the game, the team with the ball must make their way to the end of the opposite court, following all rules, and place the ball in the try area. The team that scores the most amount of points win the game.

All about KJ Apa- Wondering wall display

On Monday, my class was given the task of creating sharing work about anything we wanted to learn about, to display on our "Wondering Wall". The Wondering Wall, is an area on our corridor class display, where numerous things our class wonder about or want to know more about!.

My Wondering Wall task that I chose to focus and do a research on, was KJ Apa. I chose to research him, because he's my favourite actor and for a New Zealander, he's making a superb name for himself in the (American&NZ) movie/television industry.

This is what I created to share my learning on KJ Apa. I stated information about his career and his remarkable internet presence on social media apps. I also stated information on his more personal information such as his age, family, ethnicity and background data on his tattoo. Enjoy!.

Figure it out-Maths

Yesterday and today, my class were focusing on word problems from the Figure it out books. The page I work ed on was the page about Listing factors.

I listed all the factors from 1-20. I found that there were numerous patterns in the factors I listed. I also found that there were eight numbers that only had two factors. All those numbers are prime numbers, (235711131719). Fun fact if you don't already know, Prime numbers is a natural number greater than 1 with no positive divisor. Prime numbers has exactly two factors, 1 and itself. I now know the factors of all the numbers from 1-20. Here are the factors for each number.

I also completed the next page which contained decimal problems. I found the decimal problems challenging and I think I rose to the occasion when I was given the questions. I really enjoyed working with the figure it out book, it really got me thinking hard!.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

All about fire study questions

One of the activity's my class were given by Mr.Naf in our science intensive lesson about fire, we were given questions to answer using a website(All about fire). Here are the questions and the my answers.

  1. What is fire?
1a) A fire is a process in which substances are combined with oxygen igniting and creating light, heat and smoke. Fire is a substance that gives power, which is also a chemical reaction.
  1. What are the three components of fire?
2a) The three components of fire are
  • Fuel (A flammable liquid that will burn)
  • Heat (High temperature that will forsure burn fuel)
  • Air(Oxygen)

  1. Identify and name the stages in a fire
3a) The stages in a fire are
  • Ignition: Fuel, Air, Oxygen that ignites and creates a chemical reaction. To prevent further damage, this stage could be stopped by a fire extinguisher
  • Growth: As the flames begin to ignite, convection and radiation ignate more surfaces. The size of the flames then increase largely
  • Decay: Fire eats up any available fuel around, the flames slowly decrease and the fire's intensity also decreases

  1. Fire spreads in three different ways. What are these different ways?
4a) The three ways are
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation

  1. What are the four ways for putting out fires.
  • Cool the burning material
  • Exclude oxygen
  • Remove the fuel
  • Break the chemical reaction
6.      How are fires classified?
6a)Fires are based on the fuel type.
7.       Describe each types of fire.
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Fire Safety Poster🔥

Today in Room 7's science intensive lesson with Mr.Naf, we did various activity's and learning about fire, fire hazards and fire safety!. One of the activity's we did, was creating a Fire Safety poster, using exemplars online to get a idea of what to create.

I created a poster which briefly shows the three steps of what to do if your clothes catch on fire. Hope you enjoy my poster.

The images of the dog do not belong to me

Monday, 31 July 2017

Science Intensive: Earthquakes

Last week, Room 7 had three science intensive lessons. The lessons were about Earthquakes, Insulation and the three states of matter, (I actually only went to two lessons because I was away on one lesson). My favourite session was our Earthquake lesson with Ms.Sigamoney.

We did a information activity, where we watched a video about the various movements of the tectonic plates. I learnt the four most common ways they can move in which are. The plates move in four different ways. The plates could slide past each other, the plates could collide,  they move past each other, etc. It was quite fascinating learning these.

Our next activity was a more physical and hands on activity. We were told to create a earthquake proof out of 30 straws, clips, needles and a two meter long string. The challenge was to create a 2 story building out of the materials we were given. The building had to be stable and sturdy enough, that it can hold 20 grams of sand and a little bit of shaking. My group failed at first, but we redeemed ourselves and created a tower that looked a bit similar to the real model. The point of the activity was to make a building that was earthquake prone.

We carried on learning about making buildings more earthquake prone. Also how to reduce damage to a building during an earthquake. It all depends on the height of the building, structure material, the support of the building and the roof structure.

Out of all the activities we had done, I enjoyed building the house structures the most, it was fun and informative too!. I had loads of fun and

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Fitness reflection

Today at Fitness we prepared ourselves for camp. We did this by running 3 laps around the courts and having relays. The girls began their run before the boys and when we finished our 2nd lap, the boys joined in.

Afterwards we had a running relay, boy against girls. The girls won the first round and the second round also. It was quite hard versing against the boys, because the boys were more athletic and faster but we proved them wrong.

Our session was fun and challenging also!. We are going to be doing  this for the next week or so. Image result for camp fitness
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey top bloggers

Congratulations to the winners and to those who participated in the Winter Learning Journey. I was very greateful when I checked the site and saw my name in first place. Also congratulations to Telesia, Anita, Cherise and Aaliyahna who also placed. We all had fun going on the digital journey and can't wait to participate again!. Thank you to Rachel and her team for making the journey very fun!, we appreciate it.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Day 7-Winter Learning Journey

  1. #Keep New Zealand Beautiful
Dawn breaks on Day #7 – the final day of your Great Kiwi Road Trip. You wake up early, ready to make the long trek back to Auckland. Along the way, Curious Kiwi stops at two beautiful places, Taupo and Rotorua, for you to get out and walk around.
Activity 1: While in Taupo, you go for a walk around the lake and you notice pieces of rubbish floating in the water. You also notice that there is rubbish on the footpath. As you know, it is really important to put rubbish in the bin and keep New Zealand clean and beautiful for generations to come. C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\NZ Map - Schematic.png
With that in mind, it is time think about what you can do to keep New Zealand beautiful. Use your imagination and come up with three things that you could do to make your neighbourhood more beautiful. Post your list on your blog ☺
1- Create a clean up committee which once or twice in week does a community cleanup to ensure the are community is neat and clean.
2- As an individual, i’ll be happy to pick up the rubbish myself. Whatever I come upon, I pick it up. Or I create a movie, along with other peers to show other what the right thing to do! Which is to pick up the rubbish and keep our environment as clean as possible.
3- At school, I encourage everyone to show integrity towards our environment. Speak to them about the consequences of the rubbish as well as the great outcomes of having them picked up!. That way, they can spread the news to the whole community, family and friends.

Activity 2: After you have finished up in Taupo, it is time to hop back in the car and head for Rotorua – a town where will have the chance for some much needed rest and relaxation. In fact, you will visit the Tarawera Bush Pool – a geothermal hot pool that is located in the middle of a forest. The warm water in the pool comes from underneath the ground. After a few hours in the pool you feel really relaxed.
On your blog, post a picture of yourself doing something relaxing. I find reading really relaxing. Here is a picture of me reading one of my favourite books!
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After a long soak in the natural hot pools, it is time to get back home. Your family and friends can’t wait to see you and they can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Take a moment to think about what you have seen and done over the past week.

Now that i’m home, I want to take some me time. Me time, means reading time for me!. I sit back in bed and read one of my favourite candy apple books, Miss Popularity. As I do this, it’s just me and my booking, nothing else.

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Bonus Activity: On your blog, post a video or write a description about your week. What have you learned? What did you like about the trip? What didn’t you like? Was there anything that surprised you?
To earn full points for this activity, you must talk about what you learned, what you liked and what you about your great kiwi road trip.

I have enjoyed the journey throughout the whole of New Zealand. It's been an amazing experience digitally visiting  the Sky Tower, Rangitoto,  KareKare And visiting the tallest tree in New Zealand,  Tane mahuta. I loved  going sightseeing throughout the whole of the North Island. I enjoyed writing those questions for Laura if I were to meet her. I also enjoyed creating my own flag using some bits from the original flag. I loved finding out more information about the brown kiwi, it was a pleasure meeting Elijah, my Brown Kiwi pet. I actually learnt that there was a kiwi specie called Brown Kiwi, that was amazing. I also learnt a lot  about Lorde when I was creating my DLO on her.  I learnt several of techniques of saving whales too!. I enjoyed reading the article about how the local people of Farewell spit saved the whales. I enjoyed blogging especially. I enjoyed going on this excellent journey learning about a variety of sources that have to do with New Zealand. It was really fun!.
Bonus Activity: 12 points

Well, New Zealand truly is a stunning country, isn’t it? I think that we are so lucky to call it home! Let’s make sure that we do everything we can to keep the country safe and clean for future generations…

#Keep New Zealand beautiful!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Day 6-Winter Learning Journey

Day #6: Native Aotearoa
Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by traveling 63 km north up State Highway 1 from Dunedin to a place called ‘Shag Point.’ Shag Point is one of five places in the south island where the Maori arrived hundreds of years ago to settle in New Zealand. They arrived at Shag Point in large canoes called ‘wakas.’ For more information on Shag Point and other Maori landing places, go to the Waka landing places website.

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Activity 1: Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…
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I see ahead, miles of land
Specked with thousand green spikes
With large brown and green fans dancing in the air
Tiny miracles blossoming on the ground
Everything fresh and Beautiful
But what awaits me on this land?
Vigorous creatures,
Enormous and ferocious
Evil spirits,
Dark and intimidating
But perhaps good things await me on this land?
Beautiful animals,
Majestic and colourful
Delicious and heavenly
Feeling nervous as ever, I will soon be able to find out.

Activity 2: After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa.  There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.
Timo Timo-
This event is where all sorts of people come together to celebrate Matariki through traditional Maori and Modern storytelling. Exploring a new world with movement, song and taonga puoro.

Matariki Fireworks-
This is event is where the Wellington city council lights up the sky with stunning fireworks to display over the harbour.  This commemorates what Matariki stands for which  is the celebrations of people, language, spiritually and history. Matariki to some is a Maori new year.

Tīramarama: Storytelling for kids-

This is a programme of storytelling for little kids. Told both in Maori and English. The goal of this programme is to entertain and to brighten  the young children. Their story telling sessions are interactive and delighting to a range of audiences. Various of stories are told, stories of heroes, Nz adventures, mythic creatures/characters and ancestral leaders. Stories are told of Matariki too!.

Bonus Activity: As part of the Matariki festival, there is a two day Kapa Haka competition. The haka is a traditional war dance that Maori performed before going into battle. The haka is now performed by children/adults in the community and by professional sporting teams, including our national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks.’  The All Blacks have performed various haka over the years. Watch the following three haka videos (1 – 3) and, on your blog, list the haka videos in order from best (#1) to worst (#3). There are no right or wrong answers ☺
I personally favour and always will favour the original haka that every New Zealander knows and loves, Ka Mate. The “Ka Mate” haka is well known and a beloved haka in Nz. My second favourite would be Kapa O Paonga haka, I love the rhythm and beat in this haka, but not as much as the Ka mate haka. Lastly, the last video I watched, (I don’t know the name of the haka), I didn’t favour as much as the first two. Overall, all hakas were excellent!.
#1. World Cup 2015 – All Blacks vs Argentina
#2. All Blacks vs South Africa 2016
#3.Rugby World Cup 2011- All Blacks vs France

At the end of your day at Te Papa, you head to your hotel in the centre of Wellington. You are staying on Cuba Street, one of the coolest streets in the city.

Bonus Activity: 8 points

Day 5-Winter Learning Journey

Day #5: One Step at a Time…
After a long day at the beach, it is now time to move away from the water and drive inland, through the middle of the south island. You are going to start in Nelson and drive south before crossing a huge mountain range called the ‘Southern Alps.’ The scenery is going to be amazing!
Activity 1: After a few hours in the car, you, your group and Curious Kiwi arrive at your first stop – The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. It is a beautiful, regional park located at the base of the Southern Alps. You and your group get out of the van and follow Curious Kiwi. He is going to lead you on a short walk through the park. As you start walking, you notice a really cool looking tree on the side of the trail and you stop to take a closer look. When you turn back, the group (and Curious Kiwi) is nowhere to be found. Eek! You are all alone in the middle of a strange forest.
For this activity write a short story (8-10 sentences) about what might happen next. Please be sure to include lots of details about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest…

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I  turned around to see that C.K(Curious kiwi) and the gang had stranded me. In a matter of seconds, loud and sinister noises echoed through the forest, this left me looking around, wide eyed like a owl. I began strutting through the bushes, looking for the gang, that is when I relieved myself of every horrific thought that flew in my mind until I felt a pair of eyes lie upon me. All the horrific thoughts came flying back, I was as paranoid as ever. I slowly breathed in the cold air, counting to 3, “1…...2…..3”. I ran as fast as I could, continuously looking back and every time I did, a black figure appeared getting closer every metre I moved. Scared out of my wits, I glanced back and the figure disappeared. I looked back to the front, and came face to face with the dark figure. I gasped in fear, gradually fading away, hitting the dirty ground, head first. I woke up to the sight of six familiar faces, “What happened?,” I asked. “Well you ate a berry that made you hallucinate, you ran every where thinking that you were being followed. Then you passed out after you touched a Wet,” C.K replied. We laughed hysterically at this and finished our tour.
Activity 2: After the adventure at The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, you are pretty happy to get back into the shuttle van and continue with your road trip. Over the next few hours you travel up and over the Southern Alps, arriving in the city of Christchurch to eat lunch. You have a delicious meal at a café downtown and then hop back into the van to travel to Twizel, a small town at the base of Aoraki-Mt Cook. Mt Cook is the largest mountain in New Zealand. It is also the mountain where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for his climb up Mt Everest the tallest mountain in the world. Sir Edmund Hillary is very famous because he was the first person to ever reach the top of Mt Everest!

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Now it is your turn to learn about a famous New Zealander. Use Google to research one famous person from New Zealand and then create a DLO and post it on your blog. Be sure to include: 1. The name of the famous person, 2. Where they were born, 3. Why they are famous, and 4. Two other interesting facts about them.

Lorde is one of my many New Zealand inspirations. She started off in a small country, New Zealand, and grew up to be one of the most beloved pop musicians in the world. She is like most girls in our country, with high ambitions and courageous. I created a small biography of the singer using google drawing. I forgot to mention her Hit songs which are Royals, Tennis Court, Green light, Yellow Flicker Beat and Team, which are all my favourite songs of Lorde also!.

Bonus Activity: You and your tour group have enjoyed your day in the mountains but you’re ready for a change of scenery. You ask Curious Kiwi to take you to Central Otago, a region of the south island with lots of rolling hills and flat, brown grasslands. While in Central Otago, you decide to join the Otago Central Rail Trail – a 150 km long cycle trail. Curious Kiwi and I (Rachel) cycled the Rail Trail in April and we loved it!
On your blog, tell us whether you would like to cycle the Otago Rail Trail one day. Does it sound like fun? Why or why not?
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Rachel on the Otago Rail Trail, April 2017

I would absolutely love to cycle the Otago Rail Trail!. I would love to explore the amazing sceneries as I cycle past them. This will challenge my biking skills as I would probably be biking on sturdy, bumpy, narrow trails which will for sure raise the bars for me. It sure sounds like a fun and amazing experience. I hope one day I will get the opportunity to visit!.
Bonus Activity: 10 points

Whew! It has been quite the day of sightseeing. You reach your hotel in Dunedin tired but excited. Tomorrow you are going to visit a very special and important place in the south island before you drive back to Auckland…