Thursday, 16 April 2020

Te Whare Tapa Wha - Health Class with Whaea Kata

Lately in Health class we have been focusing on the Te Whare Tapa Wha or in English, The four dimensions of well being. Our class participated in a few activities so that we get familiar with the four dimensions of well being. These dimensions are, Physical (Taha Tinana), Social (Taha Whanau), Spiritual (Taha Wairua) and Mental/Emotional (Taha Hinengaro). To further our understanding, we created our own whare and decorated it to our desire. The whare could be any shape, size, colour it just had to have the four dimensions displayed on each side. Let me explain the different dimensions of our well being:

To start off, let's discuss our Taha Tinana meaning Physical Well being. Taha Tinana gives us the ability to move. Whatever sort of movement you carry out can influence this foundation of your well-being. Making sure you're aware of your body and keeping fit creates a positive result in this dimension which means it's doing well and strong. However, if you're eating unhealthy and not doing any sort of exercise that makes a positive impact on your body, that means you should check in with your Physical Well being just to cover any concerns.

The next dimension I will be covering is our Spiritual Well Being or the Māori term Taha Wairua. Our Spiritual Well Being are the things that we value or believe in. These values and beliefs that we hold define the state of our Taha Wairua. I value my education and I believe that I should be aware of my learning at all times. Lately, I haven’t been paying attention to my work and I’m always getting off track. I definitely need to improve this state and make sure I’m focused on my learning, therefore I can feel a sense of achievement later on.

Our Social Well Being also known in Māori - Taha Whanau, is the communication we have with the people you are surrounded by and how that communication impacts our Social Well Being. I feel that my Social Well Being has been in a very fine condition. I enjoy meeting new people in college and I have already built friendships with a few people! Since these are new people, I have been endeavouring in listening and talking more with them.

Lastly, let’s take a look at our Taha Hinengaro meaning our Mental/Emotional Well Being. Many, many things can affect your Mental/Emotional state in both a positive and negative way. This can be your Thoughts/Feelings. For some reason, as much as I love collaboration, I tend to work well independently with mildly strict boundaries and secure away from the people around me, which means my Mental/Emotional Well Being is in a positive condition. I sometimes feel frustrated and annoyed when I’m working at a group table because I then easily get distracted and lose focus on my work, which then creates a negative impact on my Mental/Emotional well being.

All four of these walls (dimensions) that I have explained create a whare. This is not just an ordinary whare, but it's one that covers all aspects of health from our physical appearance to the way we think and feel about things. Keeping these dimensions stable as in making sure your Physical, Mental/Emotional, Social and Spiritual Well Being is maintaining a healthy state means that the walls keeping our whare standing is strong and you are doing absolutely well.

If one of these dimensions starts becoming weak or is not doing well at all. This means that one of our walls that help support our whare in standing strong is crumbling and that is not a good sign. If this ever happens always be sure to take it into consideration and discuss this matter with someone that you feel you're able to trust. Not all walls of the whare will do well all the time as we are going through different phases in our life that will affect us in various ways. All dimensions will some time go through a healing process and it's not something to rush. Make sure you are comfortable and always checking in with your Well Being.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020


Malo e Lelei and warm greetings! My name is Amelia. I am currently 12 years old turning 13 and I am a Year 9 student attending Tamaki College. I am in a class called Akomanga Kaihanga (translated to the builder class) where we participate in project based learning. This is the first time the school has taken an approach to learning and I've got to say it’s been very interesting.

Since we are working on project based learning, we have been split into five different groups where we got to create a project that could help and improve our community. The team that I’m in is called Team Renegadez, this group consists of Naomi, Riiana, Temu and me! I think that we have a very strong team because each person in our group holds a strength that can help our project.

The issue our group is looking to raise awareness about is Road Safety in our community. Specifically, the long road in the town centre (Line Road). The reason why we chose this specific issue is because a lot of people have not been able to abide by guidelines on the road which leads to a lot of car accidents. Each person in our group all agreed to this idea because it was either something they had witnessed or were concerned about.

Like I have just mentioned, our project is mainly focused on Line Road. We have been working to lower the speed limit on that road. The current speed limit is 50, lowering it down would reduce a great amount of car accidents. We have been contacting stakeholders and residents, trying to get their perspective and side of this problem. We have also done a lot of research about roads, safety guidelines and all that stuff!

From this project, our team is hoping to achieve a happier, safer and comfortable community on the roads. We also want to decrease the amount of car crashes that have occured on that road, especially because the amount is a real concern. We want people to be smart on the road, always being aware of their speed limit and how it will affect their surroundings!

At the moment, I’m having mixed feelings about our project. I’ve received a tiny bit of feedback which kind of put me down and some of the people in my group down, but then when I look at the bigger picture, I feel very excited of what the outcome would be like. I feel very proud and grateful for the amount of effort my group has put into this project! The amount of learning we have got out of this is amazing. I think if I had a little more faith, this project would definitely come alive!

Monday, 6 January 2020

πŸ‰πŸŒŸ SLJ ~ W1 ll DAY 3: TEAM PLAYERS ll ACTIVITY 1, 2 & 3 ⛹️‍♂️πŸ€


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Jonah Lomu was a rugby superstar. He was the youngest ever All Black, selected at just 19 years of age. He went on to have an amazing career that included 63 caps (international games) and 37 tries. Jonah was Tongan, but spent most of his childhood in Mangere, South Auckland. He started out playing touch rugby and rugby league but changed over to rugby union and quickly made a name for himself. He was very tall, strong and fast.

Richie McCaw is another example of a famous rugby player. He was the captain of the All Blacks between 2004 and 2015. Like Jonah Lomu, he had an outstanding international career in rugby union and had many achievements. In fact he was the most capped All Black captain, most capped test rugby player and World Rugby Player of the Year in 2006, 2009, and 2010. He has been given a Halberg Award and made a member of the Order of New Zealand. As well as being an outstanding player, Richie McCaw was also a strong leader and captain.

For many people, players like Jonah Lomu and Richie McCaw are superheroes with extra special ‘superpowers.’

For this activity, let’s imagine that you could be a superhero for a day. What three superpowers would you most like to have?

On your blog, please list the three superpowers, tell us why you have chosen each one, and tell us what you are going to do with them.

Time Travel - Of course time travel would be my first pick of a super power. I chose time travel because there are many mysterious, unsolved mysteries in this extraordinary world we are living in. Even though this would be really risky, I want to be able to go back and see what really occurred in certain mysteries because the obvious isn't always correct.

Enhanced Senses - I have always had that desire to look and feel beyond what the average human can sense. This is why I would like to have enhanced senses as a super power. Imagine being able to tell the difference between smallest things using your different senses, crazy right?! I've also seen in many movies where people poison beverages, I want to tell between things like this which would be really awesome.

Telekinesis - Telekinesis is the supposed ability to change matter, energy, space or time by using your mind. Have you seen Stranger Things ? One of the main characters Eleven uses telekinesis a whole lot in the movie. She was able to manipulate objects, people and creatures. Eleven was even able to fling a large van into the sky! I would use this power not as revenge but to grab food when I'm too lazy to.


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LeBron James is one of the most famous professional basketball players in the world. He currently plays in the NBA (National Basketball Association) for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has won numerous awards over the years, helping his teams win many important games.

Steven Adams also plays in the NBA, but unlike LeBron, Steven comes from Rotorua, New Zealand and is the half-brother of Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams. That’s a pretty cool family connection, isn’t it?! Steven Adams currently lives in the United States and plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.

Despite being born in different countries, these two incredible basketballers have a number of similarities. Both men came from humble beginnings. Neither of their families had a lot of money, and neither man grew up with a father at home. Even though they faced challenges, they were able to overcome them. Both men are examples of what is possible when you work hard and believe in yourself.

For this activity, we would like you to imagine that you had the chance to interview LeBron James, Steven Adams or another basketball player of your choice.

On your blog, tell us who you would interview and then provide a list of five questions that you would like to ask your chosen player.
I decided to choose Stephen Curry to interview. If you'd like to take a closer look at my questions just simply click the image. Thanks!
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The Silver Ferns are New Zealand’s professional netball team. They are based in Auckland and play against teams from all over the world. Next year they are due to compete in the first ever Netball Nations cup competition in England.

In order to earn a place on the team, each of the players had to prove that they were one of the best netball players in the country. They have all had to work very hard, sacrifice many things, and show dedication and determination throughout their careers. In many cases, they have also had a lot of support from others - their family, friends, teachers, coaches. This support has allowed them to pursue their dreams and to, ultimately, do a job that they love.

For this activity, choose a friend or family member and ask them what their dream job would be. Please then brainstorm six ways in which you could support them in achieving their dream job.

On your blog, present your ideas as a poster or infographic.

This is my infograph I have created showing 5 ways I can help my sister in achieving her dream job. I used google draw for this and I took a really long time finding and thinking about the different ways I can help. This is my finished work! *click the image for a better view of the nurse infograph*
Task Description: Hello fellow blog viewers! Happy New Year :) I have been gone for a very long time, I sincerely apologize. But, I have been trying to get Day 3 out of the way and I have been dragging it but, here it is! The first activity was about three superpowers I would have. I really enjoyed this activity as I got to discover new 'powers' and why I would love to have them! The second activity was about interviewing Stephen curry. I wasn't familiar with him so I decided to do some research on the legend before making the DLO. The final activity was me sharing 5 ways I can help my sister strive for her future dream job. We had to use a infograph to present our work. I found this one hard because I was trying so hard to find my last helpful way and it took so long but, I managed to pull through and add my final helpful way. Thanks for viewing to blog-post and feel free to leave some feedback :)

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

✝️ SLJ ~ W1 ll D2: UP IN THE AIR ll ACTIVTY 3 πŸ’ͺ


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Mr Chesley Sullenberger, or “Sully” as he was known, was an airline captain (pilot) for about 30 years. In 2009, he became world famous when he landed his aeroplane in the middle of the Hudson River in New York City. He was forced to make an emergency landing when both of the engines in his aeroplane lost power. Amazingly, all 155 people on board the A320 plane survived the landing. This incredible event became known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’

You can watch a video about it here.

Although Sully must have been scared when the engines lost power, he didn’t show it. Instead he stayed calm, and saved the lives of everyone on board. What a brave man!

For this activity, we would like to hear about a time when you, or someone you know, was brave like Sully.

On your blog, recount a time when you (or someone else you know) did something brave.

I decided to choose this story/man because Christmas is tomorrow and Jesus is a very inspiring man to me. My family is also a christian one, that's another reason why I chose this.
*if you'd like to see the full story of Jesus Christ - click here*

Jesus was the man who known as the son of god. His mother Mary who was a virgin was blessed with a son, and was told my an angel that he was the son of god and that he shall be named Jesus, as he was to save the people from there sins. You guys may know him from his birth story (the Birth of Jesus Christ) as we celebrate it every year on the 25th of December!

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During the time Jesus was alive, he performed many miracles and gained a lot of followers - his disciples. Jesus did a lot of good during his time and helped a lot of people who weren't wealthy or weren't really nice people.

One of his famous miracles was when he healed a blind man. Jesus's disciples told him that this man was born blind, and always wanted to see clearly. Therefore, Jesus spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva and smoothed the mud over the blind mans eyes. He then told the man to go and wash the mud off in the Pool of Siloam (you can type it up!). So the man went (a child who always guided him was there) and washed his eyes. Then he was able to see! He was so happy and filled with Joy. 

Even though this happened, a lot of pharisees and dis-believers despised Jesus. These people didn't believe that Jesus was the son of god and that everything he did was just a joke! Therefore the pharisees decided to do something with him. Jesus already knew that he was going to go through a humiliating and painful death yet, he did not do anything to stop the execution and decided to go through it all.

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The pharisees took Jesus and confronted him about the things he's done. Jesus simply explained it but the pharisees were still in denial of him. Then, they told the roman guards to execute Jesus on the cross. Many of the people heard - some where glad, others were sad and some just came to watch whats happening. They took Jesus along with 2 other criminals and made them walk while carrying heavy wood upon there shoulders.

They finally came to a place called the skull. This was where they were going to hang the three men. They put his feet together, nailed them and also nailed his hands to the wood. Jesus in no way interfered with the process and all he did was just endure the pain. Even when the nail hit his flesh hard, he did not let one foul word out of his mouth.

He hanged on the cross, along with the other two criminals and there was a HUGE amount of people who came to witness Jesus's death. It was very, very loud! A lot of people like the priests of the churches mocked Jesus and said, "If he is the son of god, let him perform a miracle and come down from the cross". Jesus did not listen to the comments and just endured all of it, not letting a foul word drop from his mouth. The two people beside him asked that they'd be together with Jesus after death, and these were Jesus's last words: "Father (god), forgive them, for they know not what they do. Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (in response to one of the two thieves crucified next to him) Father, into your hands I commit my spirit". 
Task Description: Warm Greetings fellow blog viewers! This is my final task for day 2 of the Summer Learning Journey. Our final activity is called Miracle on the Hudson. The text provided a real life event about a airplane captain named Chesley. He was forced to make a emergency landing and ended up landing in the middle of Hudson river in NYC. He was very brave and did not panic and safely managed to save the passengers. Our task was to write a story about a time you were brave or when someone you know was brave. I decided to pick Jesus as a brave person. I didn't need to do much research because I know the story about Jesus off by heart as I am a christian. Therefore, this was task was pretty much easy to complete. Thanks for reading this blog-post and feel free leave a comment below!