Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Why Water Pollution is important to think about

Water pollution is the corruption of water bodies, such as lakes, beaches, rivers, streams, oceans, aquifers and groundwater. It is a form of environmental degradation which develops when pollutants are being released into water bodies. Water pollution is a major issue in our world, caused by human beings; it threatens the health and well being of humans, plants, and animals.

At first, we humans were not aware that our habit of throwing rubbish would lead to the death of sea animals. How’ you ask? When we throw our rubbish on the ground (our glad wrap, chips packets...etc.), our rubbish ends up being swept up into our water drains, which leads to the ocean. The rubbish goes down the drain, flows into the ocean and sea animals swim by mistaking the rubbish we throw away, for food. When the animals swallow the trash, it gets stuck in their  airways, preventing them from breathing properly. It also stays in the sea animals stomachs preventing them from digesting food, worst case scenario, they starve to death. Therefore, water pollution  destroys the habitats of fish species and other animals.

It is not only our litter that is harming sea life, but other forms of toxic waste that is being released into the water.
The death of sea animals can also be caused by cow feces, also known as cow poop, which washes into rivers. Farmers put pesticides on their crops, which the rain washes into rivers. We  have also been putting chemicals down our drains. Chemicals such as paint, cleaning products, oil and solvents. Putting chemicals in our drains has the same result as when we litter, the fish end up dying.  If our sea animals die, our food chain collapses, this could even lead to the end of the world, is this what you all want?.

If water pollution continues at the same rate, fishing industries will be put out of business and be severely damaged.  Eventually fish will not be bought or be sold at seafood shops, which is bad news for seafood/fish lovers and for fishing industries. People could lose their jobs, which could also lead to the loss of money for the employees and the fishing companies. Imagine the lives we are ruining by killing the innocent yet delicious fish, but we can make a difference to prevent this from happening.

The contamination of water also affects humans, and our world. Serious diseases can spread to humans and animals as a result of sea or river pollution. Some areas of the world survive on one source of water, and if that water gets polluted, they have no choice but to use that water. This  can lead to dehydration, cancer, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach aches, etc. In some other nations, fishing is a key source of revenue for their economy.

New Zealand is one of the many countries with a large amount of polluted water bodies. Due to this issue in our country, we as New Zealanders are collaborating to make a difference in the world, as well as Nz. There are many water supported charities that raise money to give water and encourage others to conserve, and to stop water pollution. One of the most popular water charities are the Water for all campaign. Their main focus is to Work together to end poverty and injustice,  I couldn’t of stated it better. But charities aren’t the only way that we show that we care for our water. Schools/colleges/universities in Nz create and share data they have learnt on varieties of environmental pollution. They share information using their blogs, websites, posters and sometimes they take it to the press, all this to spread news world wide.  Adults and children are helping to revive Papatuanuku (mother earth). But to be able to do this, we have to start small and start off making Aotearoa a livable and safe environment.

Water pollution affects almost all living aspects on earth. This could all be prevented by doing right by our environment; pick up rubbish, do not put chemicals down drains, plant trees and be water efficient. Many lives are put at risk because of water pollution. Lets work together to reduce water pollution on earth so that animals, humans, plants and trees may live in peace and harmony. Think about your selfless actions, and the lives you are putting at risk, whether you are not aware of it, the fault lies upon you!.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Our Glenbrae Kids visit

Today, Room 7 had visited Glen Brae Kids. For those of you who don't know what Glenbrae Kids is, it is Glenbrae school's very own Early childhood centre.

We started off our visit with a warm welcoming, we sang Toro mai to the kids and moved onto playing with the kids. It was quite over whelming looking upon the little children, their cute faces made me sigh in awe. I was finally partnered up with a little girl, called Fusion*(I'm not exactly sure about the spelling of her name).

We played outside in the GBK (GlenBrae Kids)  playground with the other children and my peers. I read Nursery Rhymes to Fusion and sang songs with her, we sang Humpty Dumpty, Mary had a little lamb and Twinkle twinkle little stars. I enjoyed our singing lesson ;).

Later on, we adventured through out the rest of the park. There were loads of fun park activities like the Tyre swing, large bamboo xylophone, a mini pirate ship, a sand pit, and a hut with a slide coming down from it, all of which we played on.

Finally, we made our way inside to play more games. I wanted Fusion to have more fun, so I decided to play dress up with her. I put on a mini yellow grass skirt, a white feather like scarf and a smaller version of a cartwheel hat, with a white thin laced bow on the front. To finish off my fabulous look, I grabbed a safari themed hand bag. Fusion went with a simple look, a tiara fit for a princess and a lovely white and beige laced ribbon. She also grabbed a light pink handbag. I reckoned Fusion and I looked exquisite. Other had dressed up too!. Fusion and I went pretend shopping for about 10/15 until we were called back to go back to school. Everyone said by to their cute partners and headed for the door.

I had a great time playing with Fusion and all the other kids. I enjoyed playing in their playground aswell!. I hope we get to come back soon because it was very fun.

Last Tennis session

For the past 7 weeks, we have had Tennis for our Kiwi sport. We started with the basics, back and forehand serves as well as practicing our over hand serves. Our skills evolved every session, getting better and better each week. Today was our last Tennis session with Mr. Campbell, our kiwi sports tennis coach.

We had started off our session with some 2 on 1 tournaments on all 3 of our netball courts. We each took a turn to serve, all of my peers tried their best and I think that everyone had a chance to be one of the Champions. As I was playing, I noticed that I was very good at over hand serves, my serves were very elegant. To me it had looked as if the ball was spinning in slow motion. 

Every now and then, Campbell switched our placements, it started off with 2v1, 3v1 and we ended on 3v3. It was quite challenging. I had to run up and down the court, sometimes i'd hit the ball, and sometimes I didn't. I found out that it's quite difficult to hit the ball when the opponent serves, the ball is either too close to me or the ball is travelling at a very high speed, that I am not able to hit it in time.

All ur tennis sessions were funy and very active. Campbell had taught us various skills that hopefully will come in handy. I learnt how to serve properly and how to spin the ball so that it curves down onto the court. I enjoyed today's lesson and I know my peers did aswell. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Weekly Quiz-Week 8

1. Why has the Whanganui River been in the news?
1a. A- it has become the first landmark in the world to be recognised as a living entity

2. A former well-known New Zealand circus animal died recently in a San Diego Zoo. What type of animal was Jumbo?
2a.A- an elephant

3.True or false, Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has been put on hold by a federal judge?
3a. A-True

4.Where were the recent national freediving championships held?
4a.  C-Lake Taupo

5.Over 113 people lost their lives in Ethiopia last week when …?
5a. C-a rubbish pile collapsed on top of homes

6.Which of the following workers went on strike last week?
6a. A-Junior doctors at Starship Hospital

7.What is the Bung the Bore campaign about?
7a. C- it is a campaign against the bottling and exporting of New Zealand water by offshore companies

8.A decision to strip Durban city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games was made last week.
8a. A-South Africa

9.True or false, new research has shown that over 80% of New Zealand teenagers have no time limits put on their use of technology screen time?

10.Over 800 people participated in a fishing competition at Ninety Mile beach. What type of fish were they trying to catch?
10a. A-Snapper

11. Which fast food chain had negative comments about Donald Trump posted on their twitter account when it was hacked last week?
11.A- B-Mcdonald's

12. .True or false, the Government is considering banning unvaccinated kids from early education?
12a. True

13.Around 22,000 participants took part in Crufts last week. What is Crufts?
13a. c. a dog show

14. 4.Which New Zealand city has been called ‘world class’ by Lonely Planet travel guide for its street art?
14a. C-Christchurch

15. What caused the biggest timed bicycle race in the world to be called off last week?

Weekly Visual Answers

  1. Justin Bieber
  2. Adele
  3. St Patricks
  4. Pakistan
  5. Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale
Quiz questions

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Inforgraphic

(My inforgraphic)

Today, 2 other students in the media team and I taught 6 students in Room 9 how to make an inforgraphic using google drawing and a google slide. We were each assigned two students each, I worked with Key and Josephine.

I taught them how to create a google slide and what to include in a inforgraphic; we chose to do a inforgraphic on ourselves. In the inforgraphic we listed things we are good at, what we love, our favourite colour, how much siblings we have and our social goals. I also taught them how to upload a google presentation/slide on their blogs.

I felt very proud of myself when I watched Mrs. Raj's face light up when she saw the work that Key and Josephine had created. I also felt very proud of the work I managed to do within the hour I had worked with Josephine and Key.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

My Pepeha

For Te reo, my class had to write or find our Pepehas. I took the time to put in a bright back drop to make my Pepeha more presentable. My Pepeha contains information about myself, such as the names of my parents, my Mountain, my ocean/river, my tribe, my grandparents names and my uncles too. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Week 7 problem solving-Food for all-Question 5

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Working Out
4x14=56  4x9=36 4x8=32 -How much fruit Roimata needs to put at the tables
3x14=42 3x9=27 3x8=24 -How much biscuits roimata needs at the tables

24 biscuits

32 fruit bowls

Week 7 problem solving-Food for all-Question 4A and 4B

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Working out
300x100= 30000

30000+22200=52200 ml (of water)

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Working Out
Convert 52200 ml into litres = 5.2 litres
5.2 litres in 2L is 26.1

Week 7 problem solving-Food for all-Question 3

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Working Out
522 divided by 12= 44

44 packets are needed

Week 7 problem solving-Food for all-Question 2

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Working out

5x174= 870 -Vegetables
4x174=696 -Fruit
3x 174=522 -Slices of meat

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Week 7 problem solving-Food for all-Question 1

Word Problem
Question 1

This is how I solved Question one.
(9x10=90)+(9x6=54)= 144
144 + 16= 160 (142 people in the room + the 14 Kaumatua and speakers)

Sunday, 12 March 2017


I have learnt a new digital art genre which I enjoy making, my classmates do too!. This art is called Tagul. I have used words that describe me best and inserted a picture of myself, with the words filling in the picture, if you get what I mean?. To make things easier for you too understand, here is what I created.

Actual photo I used

Water Pollution Animation

For the past 2 weeks, my reading group, Kea, have been reading articles about water Pollution.
 It's not too late to clean up polluted rivers and streams
Fresh Water Quality and availability,
 Turning the tide on water pollution  
After we read all 3 articles, we had to do our reciprocal reading sheets. Reciprocal reading, contains 5 stages..

  1. Predict
  2. Read
  3. Clarify
  4. Question
  5. Summarize
We then had to move onto our sharing/creating work about Water Pollution. The Kea group decided to do a animation as our sharing work, based on all 3 articles which we had read and water pollution. We created our animation using Animaker, we wanted to use a website that was efficient to use and a website that would showcase our information in a creative way. 
Visit this site to view our Animation on Water Pollution. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Context Brainstorm - Maze Game about Sustainability

This is a context brainstorm about a maze game  that I am going to create about sustainability.

The brainstorm tells me what Sustainability means. The brainstorm also tells me what I should include in my maze game.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Media Team Application Letter

The Deputy Principal
103 leybourne Circle
Glenbrae school
Glen Innes

Dear Mrs.Raj

I am writing to you to apply for the position of being in the media team for the following reasons. I was once a Media team monitor. I know what to do as a Media team monitor, how to take proper photos and how to make movies. Though I do not know how to make voice overs and how to set up the av set in the hall, I am hoping that I will get the opportunity to learn how to do these things. I want to expand and adapt my learning on Technology. Being a media team monitor will be great in my application to the college I will be applying. I have a lot of skills which can come in handy for in making movies. You can rely on me to take on important jobs and to take magnificent photos and videos for the school newspaper or class and individual blogs. Becoming a Media monitor will develop my skills in photography, videography and movie making, skills that will come in handy in my “resume” in college (college application).

It would mean the absolute world to me if I become one of the Media monitors. Thank you very much Mrs. Raj for giving me this opportunity to apply for this position.

Sincerely yours, Luisa

House Leaser Application Letter

8 March 2017

The Principle
103 leybourne Circle
Glenbrae school
Glen Innes

Dear Miss.Elia

I want to apply for the role of Kauri house captain for the following reasons, I already have experience with this role for I was once a house captain, vice captain to be precise but in this being, I want to take the next step and take on the major house captain role.  Because of this, I already know the expectations of being a captain and being able to talk confidently towards the students and little children. I am an active student, I am willing to take on challenges and opportunities which are given to me. Enthusiasm is an extensive part of being a house captain, not only does being enthusiastic capture the attention of your crowd but it shows how confident you are, in your actions and words. I am capable of being an enthusiastic leader, in our house meetings, house chants and sport involved events at school. I am also very responsible and reliable, you can rely on me to keep my team under control. Though being a house captain is mainly about being confident, calm, in control, there is more to being a leader. In school sport events, the house captains should influence the children to play fairly, try their best and work together as a team. I ensure you I will be a great influence, an exceptional leader and role model. I think that I will be an excellent sportsman as well as a house captain, speaking of excellent, I have a  brand new chant in store for Kauri, whether I get the role or not, I will still share my idea. Lastly, I guarantee you Miss. Elia, that as the Kauri house captain I will lead the mighty Kauri house to victory!.

I hope I have persuaded you to select me, Luisa Maasi, to become the new Kauri House captain for 2017. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to apply for this position. Getting this role would mean the world to me and it will help me  in being more confident. Thank you very much

Sincerely yours, Luisa

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Weekly Quiz Answers

1.Why was Canterbury’s Hanmer Springs in the news last week?
A- a 6.3 magnitude earthquake was centred just 1.5km out of the township

2.On which of the following is President Trump planning to increasing spending by $75 billion?

3.Why have two Taranaki dairy owners been praised by the New Zealand Dental Association?
A- they are banning the sale of fizzy drinks to children before school

4.What is the name of the first song released from Lorde’s new album?
B. Green Light

5.Which other famous singer has just dropped an album called Divide?
C.Ed Sheeran

6.A new study has found that elephants…..?
B. do not have more than one male baby during a mother’s lifetime
Cdo not sleep very much

7.. Wellington city is offering to fly 100 people from anywhere in the world to New Zealand to fill 100 jobs. What type of jobs are they?
A. technology jobs

8.. Researchers have found that in an average sized swimming pool there could be up to 75 litres of …?  

9.The NZ embassy in Washington DC has been criticised for holding an expensive party during Donald Trump’s inauguration. How much did holding the party cost New Zealand taxpayers?

10.Iceland’s president was in the news last week for suggesting a ban on …?
C. pineapple as pizza topping

11.True or false, SpaceX has announced that they will take fifty people on a trip around the moon next year?

12.Presenters accidentally called out the wrong winner for the Best Picture award last week. Which film was the actual winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture?
C. Moonlight

13.Recent research suggest that rates of myopia are likely to rise to 50 per cent by 2050. What is myopia?
B. Short sightedness

14.What is the longest river in New Zealand?
C. Waikato

15.Around 20,000 Australians voted on various New Zealand experiences to decide the Ultimate New Zealand Bucket List. Which of the following was voted number one on the list?
C. Swimming with dolphins in Akaroa

Weekly Quiz Visual Answers
  1. Grammy Awards
  2. Jacinda Ardern
  3. Rio
  4. Spain
  5. Tongan

Friday, 3 March 2017

My Maze Game

Today I created a maze Game.
I learnt how to used direction commands, create backdrops and resize sprites.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Air Pollution-Science Intensive Room 9

Today for Science Intensive, Room 7 was in Room 9's class with Ms. Sigamony. The topic we were learning about was Air Pollution. We talked about the causes, solutions and the effects of Air Pollution. Mrs. Sigamoney explained how air pollution is causing our Ozone layer and atmosphere to expand.

Here is a simple presentation that was part of our Science Intensive task which we had to complete. We also did an activity which I explain in my presentation. I had a very fun time with and informative time in Ms.Sigamony's class.