Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Assembly #1

Assembly #1

I helped Mr. Muller set up the chairs for assembly today. Me and my friends had nothing to do at lunch so we helped out with assembly and worked as a team to get it done.

The care values I showed today were: Community, active thinking, respect, and excellence.

HLC #4 Design and create chorus box ideas.

HLC #4 Design and create chorus box ideas.

For this home learning challenge I had to create a design for the chorus box that is near our school. We went to the city council and decided to help our community we would stop graffiti by putting a mural on the chorus box. 
Mr. Ladbrook chose me to design that mural because everyone liked the idea I did with the tree.
I created 10 designs over the holidays so people could choose they're favourite and the one with the most people liking it will be painted on the box.  :)
The final thing I have to do today is show everyone my ideas and we will have decided the mural for the chorus box.

The care values I have showed are: Community, active thinking, excellence and respect.

Student Leaders #9

Student Leaders #9                              17/8/2017

Today is the day I show the other student leaders my ideas for the chorus box. I hope they'll like them but if not I can do more.
My favourite one I've drawn goes with the tree idea I have drawn that everyone liked and it says oaklands school in leaves, as if the leaves were on the ground and it says oaklands school out of them.

Turns out I have to do it all tomorrow because not all the student Leaders are here today :/

The care values I have showed are: Community, respect, active thinking, and excellence.

Student Leaders #8

Student Leaders #8                              14/8/2017

Today I have finished my idea for the chorus box, it is currently 10pm on a Sunday just before school starts for term 4 again.
I had to stay up really late because I have been travelling around for the school holidays and forgot about what I had to do.
Image result for oaklands school logoI have created 10 pretty good rough sketches of ideas about what it could look like. Every one of them has been hand drawn and I am going to put them together to make one big drawing. 
Some of them have the school houses (Rata, Rimu, Miro and Kowhai) in them and some have the oaklands school logo.

I have finally completely the home learning challenge of creating this and will blog about that soon.

The care values i showed were all of them.

Student Leaders #7

Student Leaders #7                               14/10/2017

Today (last day of school holidays) they told me to create an idea for the chorus box by myself over the holidays because everyone voted for my first idea to be on the chorus bx itself.
So now I have to design the whole thing! 
My plan is to create lots of different ones so people can choose what kind of thing they'd like on the chorus box.

The care values i showed were all of them.

Monday, 16 October 2017

My Election Writing!

My Election Writing!                          27/9/2017

WALT: Write an effective argument for our chosen political party.

Is National the best party to vote for?
Personally, I think we should all vote green.
I believe Green has some awesome ideas for a healthier lifestyle for us all and here are a few policies that are going to change your thoughts about who to vote for. For instance, they want to make it safer for children to walk and cycle to school.

Making it safer for children to walk and cycle to school.
They will make it safer for children in schools by reducing the speed limit around schools, and fund walking/cycling infrastructure and a fund of $50 million would be established to fund infrastructure around schools to separate walkers and cyclists from road traffic. Which will result in happier cyclists and pedestrians because they don’t have to share the road. This is a very important policy because children will become more fit and energized when they get to school to start the school day. Another important reason why it’s important is that there will be less of a traffic jam of parents trying to drop their kids off to school because more will be coming by themselves on their bikes and scooters. Another VERY important policy from the green party is… to aim to have 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

Aim for 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
For example they plan to replace the normal way to make power with renewable options like wind, solar and geothermal power. Why this is important is because we will be less power lines everywhere because people will have solar panels on their roofs. Another reason why this is an important policy is that it will be safer to have in homes. Another very important policy to have in New Zealand is to create a whale sanctuary in Taranaki.

To create a whale sanctuary in Taranaki.
The Green Party would create a marine mammal sanctuary in New Zealand off the South Coast of Taranaki, called the South Taranaki Whale Sanctuary. The sanctuary will be the biggest in New Zealand (30,000 square kilometres). We should have a whale sanctuary in Taranaki because people overseas and in nz are hunting whales and they are slowly dieing out of existence because of this. If we have a whale sanctuary then we could save a few whale species that are going to go extinct. But, in other parties they have policies that are not as good as green’s, for example, increasing funding for maths in primary schools.

Increase funding for maths in primary schools

If national increases funding for maths in schools we will have lots of unhappy children!
If they increase the funding in maths, what’s in it for the other subjects? And…
The only reason they probably want to fund it more is because people aren’t learning it in schools as well and they want to help those people out more. But! Think about the people who have worked hard with everything they are already doing, they’ll have to do more! Let’s go over all of the positive points about voting for green again!

That about wraps it up for the reasons why the green party is the best to vote for. This is why we should all vote green. If Green takes leadership we can have children going to school safe, renewable electricity by 2030 and make sure whales don’t go extinct in New Zealand. We will live healthier, hopefully eat healthier, and stay healthier. So, are you still voting for national? Or have you changed your mind?

My next step is: To put more emotive language in my paragraphs.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Student Leaders #7

Student Leaders #7                             22/9/2017

Today Tracy and I created drawings for the chorus box idea.
She doodled a drawing about a tree and I did the Oaklands symbol.
It was a great out come yet she still didn't like it; so she's working on another one right now. 
I decided to make the design on the whiteboard, then transfer it to paper. I am preparing to show it at the next meeting.    :)

The care values i showed today were Community, Active Thinking, Respect, and Excellence!

Koru Games Reflection

Koru Games Reflection

In the Koru Games the sport I competed in was Volleyball.

Our team won 5 out of 8 games against the other schools from around the south island and overall we came 8th out of 24 teams competing overall.

I found the experience to be really fun because it's awesome competing and just playing volleyball with the other schools and it was amazing to win most games and come 8th which was awesome!

In terms of working with Individuals and Groups; my solo level is Extended Abstract because I always make sure to do my best whether in a group of by myself.

For Teamwork; my solo level is also Extended Abstract because I always do my best in all activities, sports, games, if I'm in a team.

Individuals and groups
I need help to work in a group (with teachers or other students
I can work in a group with my friends.
I can work in a group with anyone in my  year level or team  

I can respond positively to the needs of others
I can reflect on how well I work with the group and seek feedback on how I can improve

I need help to interact with others.

I need help to participate in a team.
I can interact with others one to one.

I can participate in a team.
I can interact with others in a small group.

I can participate and take responsibility in a team.

I can participate and take responsibility in a team and explain my choices in terms of team outcomes.
I can participate in creating healthy teams by taking responsibility and critical action.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Solve simple linear equations

Solve simple linear equations.               25/11/2016

Modelling book: Solve simple linear equations

My next step is to: Solve problems including more complicated one and two step equations.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Student Leaders #6

Student Leaders #6                             12/9/2017

Today I got an email from Val asking if we had finished our sketches for the chorus box. I showed Mr. Ladbrook and he said we will have a meeting later in the week to figure this out.

The care values I showed today were:

Community: Collaborate, connect.
Active Thinking: Seek help and act, ask questions.
Respect: Communicate.
Excellence: Be self aware, be resilient.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Student Leaders #5

Student Leaders #5                                11/9/2017

Today I put out a few flags as part of my job and noticed the annoying incident of 'other' people (not house captians) putting out the flags instead of us is better and we still have jobs to do in the morning/afternoon. We've decided that after the Quiz Night for adults and parents, we will plan for what to do next on the chorus box and go on from there. 
The care vales I showed today were:
Respect: Communication and Empathy 
Excellence: Be self aware, Be resilient
Community: Collaborate
Active Thinking: Ask Questions

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Letter Writing

Letter Writing

In Writing we have been learning to: Write a formal letter.

We have followed the writing process and have planned and drafted a formal letter.

This shows the process that we have followed.

Here is the letter that I have written My draft letter

Here is my reflection on the letter writing that we have done:

One thing that I found challenging about writing formal letters was making the letter seem very formal because I have never really written a formal letter to someone important before.

My next step is: look for more opportunities to put my letter writing knowledge into practice in the future.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Appropriate Scales, Devices, and Metric Units

Appropriate Scales, Devices, and Metric Units

I can identify which metric unit is used for length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), temperature, angle, and time.

My next step is to: Explain the characteristics of scales, timetables and charts.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Student Leaders #4

Student Leaders #4                           29/8/2017

Not much to write about this week but i'll do my best...
Today I looked miraculously at the chorus box ideas that were in the google classroom, and found that most people had done what they were supposed to do, and had a few ideas for what to put on the chorus box. 
This is including:
  • Having our names/our signatures on the outer rim of the box.
  • Putting flowers/beautiful nature designs because this is New Zealand.
  • Making it very colourful.
  • and Having the Oaklands logo on top.

These are all very good ideas so I think the chorus box will look smashing! Also, aside from the chorus box, I have been doing the flags and bins most days but other people that aren't house captains have been doing it too! Which sometimes leaves me with nothing to do when I get to school. So I cannot tick off my name saying I did the flags today which I think is just a little problem we might want to look into.

Anyway, the care values I showed today were: Community, collaborate. Active Thinking, Be curious. Respect, Communicate. and Excellence, be resilient.

Thanks for Reading.  :)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

HLC #3 Design your own challenge - Create a silent movie production!

HLC #1  Create a silent movie production!                    (Design your own challenge)

Tracy, Alex, Katie and I are going to make a silent movie production! (which is part of what we do every Wednesday for drama) Here is a link to our drafted script: Drama production.

We used nicknames for ourselves because we thought that would bring some fun to the document we made and for the people who read it!

The drama session is done and it went really well! :D

Student Leaders #3

Student Leaders #3                                       21.08.2017

We had a meeting today. It was short but full of details I desperately needed. You see, I was away on holiday (skiing for my birthday) and in some of the most important time at school, I could've got things done in. We talked about the chorus box we were designing in the meeting and I managed to make up a little timetable in my head for when I should do which things.
The chorus box ideas are coming in slowly as we paint a picture in our heads of what it'll look like when its done. The meeting ended with us talking over the broken Community flag and that was it for the meeting today.

The care values I showed were Community (communication), excellence (empathy) Active Thinking and respect.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Student Leaders #2

Student Leaders #2                           15.8.2017

I did the normal stuff I usually do. I would come to school, put out all the flags I need to, come into the classroom put my bag away in a cubbyhole and do my learning in the classroom. Today at morning tea someone fell over and hurt themselves, I made sure they were okay then they went to a duty teacher and after that, the office. I was happy to see them well at lunchtime and carried on playing my basketball game.

The care values I showed today were: Community and Excellence.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Reading - Evaluate Texts

Reading - Evaluate Texts

In reading we have been learning to make decisions about the usefulness of the text for purpose, by using a variety of criteria to evaluate.

Here is a link to our online modelling book

We have been evaluating texts against the following four criteria:
  1. Readability
  2. Accuracy
  3. Relevance
  4. Status

These documents show evidence of my learning during this unit:
My Next Step: Is to continue to apply this new knowledge and evaluate texts as I read them, checking for readability, accuracy, relevance and quality of language/ information.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Student Leaders #1

Student Leaders #1                       week 1 term 3

Firstly, in the morning I did the flags and bins job that the house captains do. Then we had a meeting at lunchtime about and Val, from the city council, came in and talked to us about our idea to paint a mural on a chorus box on Warren Street. We've all got to come up with a design and the best one will be chosen to be painted by a professional.
And we'll probably all sign our names on it somewhere.

The care vales I showed doing and flags/bins and during the meeting were: All of them because I have to be a role model :)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

My term 2 book review

My term 2 book review                  24/7/2017

The book I will be reviewing is called, The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I really enjoyed reading this book because i'm all about action, adventure, excitement, unexpected twists in between the lines, I really love that kind of stuff and this book had it all. The genre of this book is Science Fiction and I love those genres so this book was for me. A little about the book is that there are around 50 people and they all are put in a maze with no clue where they are or how they got there, all they can remember... is their name. 
Overall I'd say this book was one of the best I have EVER read so I think whoever is reading this will enjoy it too.   :)

Monday, 24 July 2017

Basketball year 7/8 team VS teachers!

Basketball year 7/8 team VS teachers!      7/7/17

Today the teachers versed the students in a game of basketball, we lost by quite a lot but we had a good time playing anyway. The Monday team (us) went first in battling against them and we didn't do very well, I think we got 1 or 2 points but overall we had a good time. Next was the Friday team, they're a bit better but they still got around the same points as us, maybe 3 or 4. The teachers on the other hand got around maybe 1,000,000?? That sounds about right. Anyway, no one cheered us on accept ourselves because mot of the classes said "Boo!" when we got a point ad "Yahoo!!!" when the teachers got one, so yeah.
The care values we all showed were community (connecting), active thinking, respect and Excellence.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Technology #1

                     Technology #1          7-7-2017       

On Thursday (Yesterday) the 7/8 group traveled by bus to Lincoln Primary  like we do every Thursday.
We all hop off the bus and split off into our won groups; No one who likes me is in my group so it's quite unsettling in my group for me. But anyway, we're in Science this time and we learn't about Atoms the first week, then we learn't about rockets and this week we learn't about microscopes. We saw lots of stuff while looking into them like weird flowers, frog blood, a home flies leg (and-more-not-so-great-stuff-to-look-at) We had fun though which was good so yeah.

The care values/leadership qualities I showed were: Community (collaborating with stuff at science) Active Thinking (Questioning what some stuff was) Respect (Communicating) and Excellence (Being resilient).   

R3 Create a movie/digital presentation of how the Oaklands CARE values are used by students at our school.

R3: Create a movie/digital presentation of how the Oaklands CARE values are used by students at our school.

I created a google slide about this home learning challenge, here it is:

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Form and Solve simple Linear Equations.

Form and Solve simple Linear Equations.

In Maths we have been learning to solve one and two step linear equations.

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

Extended Abstract Activity:

Here is a link to my Extended Abstract Activity: Balancing Act (answer sheet)

My next learning step in Maths is……. to use graphs, tables and rules to describe linear relationships.

Term 2 Novel Study

Term 2 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel: Silverstream.

I found this novel great because it the kind of genre I enjoy reading and I like a lot of action and adventure in books!

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 8/10 and I would / would not  recommend it to others to read because It has a good back story and it creates a whole new world that could exist inside your mind; and I have a good idea of what the author is trying to tell me through this book.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Drama Term 2, 2017

                              Drama                         4/7/2017

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.

Here's a link to our silent production movie. (draft)

  • 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 making the actual silent production because we decided to, instead of being filmed doing in live, we wanted to video it ourselves in our spare time.

The two things that I enjoyed the most were:
  1. Making a movie with my friends.
  2. Finding our all the different ways you can make a silent movie.

The story that my group told silently was Someone steals someone else's glasses (because they lost theirs) and then they try to get it back and lots of other people join in trying to get them back from the thief etc...

Overall I think my group worked really well because there were few mistakes made and we did everything in the time limit we had to create the silent production.

Current Events Term 2, 2017

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 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:

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