Wednesday, 10 April 2019

EXT ~ Treaty of Waitangi Game Design Process

Task Description: For the past few weeks the Year 7&8 Extension Students got to focus on making educational games that can help teach student about the Treaty of Waitangi. Keep in mind we don't actually get to make the games because we don't have time and were really busy. Our task was to come up with at least two games that would be successful.

On top of this task description is a presentation I have created a presentation showing what I have come up with. After a lot of thinking my two game designs were a kahoot quiz games and an online amazing race (treaty of waitangi theme). In the presentation you would see what game I chose out of the two and why I chose it. I hope you enjoy this presentation!

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Drama ~ Book Update 1 :)

Kia Ora Blog viewers! Last week, Point England School were very lucky to receive Duffy Books for free! Before all of this, We actually got to pick our books and what we wanted to read. After finally receiving our two Duffy Books everyone in Room 4 have been doing a whole lot of reading!

One of two books I have chosen is called DRAMA! I chose this book because I love how in the description the drama happens off and on set which is really cool/crazy. So far, I have read a little bit and oh boy! the drama is already boiling up. Right now I am focusing on the main character named Callie who loves theatre. For now from what I have read I think that what's best for her is to dial the drama down because it's really crazy.

*I will be posting more reviews about this book the more I read.

QUESTION: Have you read this book before? If so, please tell me what you thought about it and no spoilers please!? 

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Attitude Talks ~ Friendships

This is Jannah talking about friendship myths
Today we had a amazing visitor named Jannah from Attitude. (For those who don't know) Attitude is a program where presenters visit different schools and talk about different health topics. This is mainly for Year 7&8's as at this particular year level children are starting to go through different stages with their bodies. The health topic that we mainly focused on was friendships.

To kick off, she gave us a introduction about her like her name Jannah means Gracious Gift! After her really funny introduction she started talking about girl girl relationships, guy guy relationships and guy girl relationships (if you know what I mean). We learned a lot of facts about and between these three types of friendships. Did you know that in girl girl relationships most of the time it's taken really seriously whereas in guy guy relationships they don't take it as serious as girls do. That is probably why you always see boys tackling each other randomly :)

During the talk we had we learnt about friendship myths and things in friendships that make things not work out as well. First let's talk about the friendship myths, for those who don't know what I mean friendship myths are like things that people well expect in a friendship. Jannah had a few friendship myths that she wanted to crack with our help by putting our hands up if we think it's true or down if we think it's false. After that, we looked at the main things that make friendships fall apart. Jannah said that Mean humour, Backstabbing, Smothering and more is mainly the causes for these fall outs.

To end the talk, Jannah gave us 6 hot tips when you want to create a friendship or if you are in one. I found some of the tips very interesting and helpful. It was a really fun time getting to know about friendships like this and instead of making it weird talking about it Jannah made it funny which was one of my favourite parts about it! I just want to say a big thank you to Jannah and attitude for their time and we hope to hear more from them.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Maths ~ Grappling with Graphs

WALT: extract information from a range of graphs

If you'd like to learn more about graphs too check this video about out!

Task Description: This week Room 4 Maths has been working on graphs. First we were given a brief introduction to graphs and we learnt about the different types of graphs in Maths and what type of graph is used for what and more. After that, we worked on our maths task online. This presentation is called grappling with graphs. In the presentation we chose what level we wanted to work at so I started with the basics. I read some of the questions and worked it out in my maths book. Once I've finished working it out I pasted the questions onto the presentation. This is my finished work!

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

🙏🏻 Take Care Christchurch 🙏🏻

Recently, there was an unexpected terrorist shooting that happened in Christchurch, New Zealand. I was a really sad yet darkest day in New Zealand. Before this incident happens innocent schools down in Christchurch took the time to comment on our blogs. There comments were really nice ones that made us all smile. Since this happened our classroom decided to write messages and prayers on a sticky note and hang it on our window just so they know that we still love and support them through this tough moment. God bless these people and we hope that we recover from this and move on! 

The "Key Words" Reflection ~ Mr Daniels CONTROL TECH

"Key Word" is a term that it used to identify the key points in a research. People like to use key words/points when they are trying to find out about something online. As an example you can use key words to search for let's say a footballer. In order to find a footballer you use quotation marks (optional), plus's and words that are accurate or describe a footballer (or something else you are trying to look for). Here is why we use these main elements:
Quotation marks: A quotation mark is something like this ("). In our technology class we used it to help lower the searches but also it can also increase the number of hits. The number of hits and lower searchers sometimes changed when we played around with the quotation marks.

+ Plus's: When we use "Key Words" to search for the topic we want plus's are compulsory. Why? This is because when we identify what we want without the plus's the internet tends to think you are looking for something that relates to that one sentence you have written whereas you add plus's is helps you be more specific with it.

Words: You probably already know what the words are for but just to be specific if anyone doesn't get it. In order to search what your looking for you use words to describe it. Just like I said before if you want to look for a footballer you would use words like rich, famous, soccer ball etc.
 Going back, if you were to search for a footballer than you would write "soccer ball + famous + rich + professional". I found a really good image of what I was looking for through this method. If you try this and it doesn't turn out the way you'd like it or expected then just keep adding on words and plus's just so that you are being more specific.
In this task we also had a presentation that was called Who are you & Where are you going. This was a really interesting topic to work on as we got to look at what we wanted to do in our future. I did a lot of research about becoming a teacher and in one research I found that robots can take over all teachers career which is really scary. 


This is how many hits I found with quotes on each side

Footballer in action Research
Overall: In this particular class I learned a lot of shortcuts on a presentation. Most of the shortcuts we knew because we were very experienced learners as we started at a young age but, the other shortcuts that I found were very cool. Mostly I learned how to explore different things and stuff related to my search. If I were to use these skills again it would most probably be in college!

Friday, 15 March 2019

Polyfest Reflection 2019 - Y7&8 School Trip

ME & my friendssssssss - FLAVA <3
This is the Election Workshop we visited!
 This Wednesday team 5 got a chance to visit a cultural festival called Polyfest. For those who do not know what Polyfest is.....Polyfest is an iconic cultural festival held every year (this famous event has been going on for 44 years!) in Manukau Sports Bowl Auckland, New Zealand. Every secondary school in the area get to participate or even compete which is what the event is famous for. The competition allows different people to embrace their cultures through traditional dances from bollywood dances to even the Samoan siva! People don't have to join the culture that you are which is really cool. Here is my experience:

First we started off with our normal Team 5 routine then hoped on the bus. (We all were assigned to different groups with one adult helper) Once we got there we of course saw other schools and people so we had to remember the Pt England Way and who we represent! We had two polyfest guides who gave us a little introduction about polyfest and what we were going to be transitioning to next. Once we had our little brief introduction of what we were going to be doing we all walked together to our main meeting place which was the Niuean Stage. We sat down had a little snack and then started our adventure!

The 5 workshops we visited:

To kick off the day we visited many workshops around the area. 1st ~ Flava (A famous NZ radio station) held a great workshop where we just learnt a few dance moves from a great choreographer. This choreographer also invited us to visit a website where we can sign up for dance classes. 2nd ~ Being fire wise is something important that everyone should know about. That's why we visited the Fire station workshop to get a fresh understanding of how to be fire smart. 3rd ~ AUT (Auckland University of Technology) was one of many awesome workshops. The workshop was mostly about creating different steps and signature moves then create a beat to it and also a fun quiz about the things based around the workshop. SHOUT OUT TO CASSIDY MANS!

*after this we had a lunch break then headed onto the final two activities. I had pringles, pizza pie, fruit and water.

After a really delicious lunch we headed on to the next two workshops. 4th ~ This workshop took us all the ways back to Hawaii. A great man from Hawaii came all the way to New Zealand from Hawaii just to share their beautiful traditional dance and culture. We learned easy moves where we sway our hips side to side and the boys get down and bend their knees and more! 5th ~ Election NZ was a great workshop that gave us a little information about who owns what in Auckland, New Zealand. Basically what our current prime minister owns (Jacinda Adern) and what the mayor of Auckland owns (Phil Goff). We also learned about drinking ages which was very helpful information for all of us.

Highlights: My main highlight out of the whole day was getting free stuff! I had no money so I thought I was going to be stranded with my friends who actually have money and food. Luckily, I had an amazing parent helper/group (THANKS SAM!) and I got to get a delicious shake. We did a lot of searching for free stuff like fans, bracelets, glasses and more! My favourite free thing was a t-shirt from Radio Samoa. Me and my friend Makayla started busting some dance moves to their songs and they found our moves very impressive so they gave us free t-shirts and it was like $15 so I would call myself lucky.

Overall: Polyfest was an amazing experience and It made my entire week. I loved how everyone got to express their culture through dancing. What was also fun was all the fun activities/workshops. This is a very huge, great and amazing event and I hope to that we will continue this for many generations!