Tuesday, 28 March 2017

WALT: reciprocal fractions

 Yesterday in maths I was finding reciprocal fractions. Reciprocal fractions are fractions the are mostly used when dividing fractions.To find it all you have to do is flip over the fraction (denominator becomes numerator, numerator becomes denominator) and there you have it.

What is in a clean stream

Clear Water
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Wood Debris
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Bank Vegetation
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Tall Grass
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Swimming Competition

On Friday we had our swimming competition. I was in competitive freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, along with the non competitive butterfly. I was in all of the finals and didn't lose a race so I placed 2nd, 3rd place. The guys who were in 1st were way too fast for me to catch up. Overall I was very pleased with my result and I would love to do it again next year.

Making Connections

Friday, 24 March 2017

Multiplying and DIviding Fractions

Today we were multiplying and dividing fractions online. I chose the game where you got to choose the fractions that you multiply or divide and then worked it out from there. I also another one where yo where given problems set by the computer to work out.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Cabbage Tree and Bull Rushe

We had to paint a silhouette of either a cabbage tree or a bull rush I chose to paint a cabbage tree. It was actually quite tricky to get the fine details so in the end it just ended up like a wizard goat. Cabbage trees around the Oamaru creek.

10 Questions on Mirror Image

  1. Who are Meggie and Zodwa? What is the best set of words to describe them?
  2. What is this story about?
  3. When is this story set and how do you know?
  4. Where is this story set and how do you know?
  5. Why did the protestors interrupt the game?
  6. What was Zodwa's reaction when she saw Meggie on TV?
  7. Does Meggie's parents want her to go to the protest?
  8. What is this story’s moral and what is an example?
  9. Is this a true story? How do you know that?
  10. How did Zodwa know that that things were going to change?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Why Do we Need Water

  • So we stay hydrated
  • To top up our body water
  • Wash clothes
  • Wash dishes
  • Have a shower
  • Keep wildlife alive
  • Catch fish
  • To grow plants
  • Cooking
  • Washing hands
  • Brushing Teeth
  • Water fights
  • Keeping cool
  • Farming
  • Fire fighting
  • Swimming
  • Cruise ships
  • Ferry
  • Transportation
  • Shipping
  • Water sports
  • Winter Olympics (Ice and snow)
  • Bucket on top of door prank
  • To make fizzy drinks and energy drinks

Friday, 17 March 2017

Online Tools

Today we were using online tools to create a graph and also find out the average of volleyball skills. The skill we had to collect data from were a volley, a dig, a serve, a spike and we had to estimate how many times out of ten we could block the ball. All the data that we collected went into a spreadsheet where from there we would use the online tools. There were three options of graphs a pie, a bar, and a column.

Why is Tahuna Torea important

Tahuna Torea has many differing explanations of its importance as a special place in the local community. It is a thriving, natural, breeding ground for all endemic birds and trees alike. It is a focal point of history for the Maori people, as it was used as a food gathering site and the neighbouring estuary was used as a way to move around going north and south in an ancient time period.

In 1972 Tahuna Torea wasn’t a nature reserve at all but it was a piece of land engulfed in gorse, weeds, long grass and bushes. Luckily for the reserve, volunteers saved it by cutting and cleaning up everywhere, and they turned it into a 24/7 nature walk where endemic and native trees such as the Cabbage tree, Titoki tree and also the Nyayo grow and thrive. Tahuna Torea also is a habitat for the special birds of New Zealand like the Shag, the Pukeko and also the Godwits.

Tahuna Torea wasn’t always covered in bushes and weeds it was once a food gathering site for the indigenous people of New Zealand, but known more commonly as the Maori. The Maori harvested shellfish like pipi’s, mussels, oysters, clams, cockles and much much more. Not only did they just get shellfish they also got a lot of crustaceans like crabs, prawns, lobster and others. Also, the Maori used the neighbouring estuary known as the Tamaki estuary to get around Auckland.

The Maori used the Tamaki estuary to get from the north east up at the Hauraki gulf all the way to Waitemata. The way that they did this was by sailing their waka down through the Hauraki gulf which led them to Waitemata. The main reason why they used this route was because of the bird's migration which is when the birds come to the southern hemisphere when it is the northern hemisphere’s winter and when it is the southern hemisphere's winter they go up to the northern hemisphere for the summer. The Maori followed the birds when they were migrating south, and as birds always take the shortest route the Maori people then knew that by using the Tamaki estuary to get from the Hauraki gulf to Waitemata was shortest and most efficient route. When the birds migrated again going up to the northern hemisphere the Maori would also go up north back to the Hauraki gulf.

Tahuna Torea is a special place in the Glen Innes also is in walking distance by being just under 4km away. Is there a special place in your community? If so why is it special and what is the historical background of it?

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Why kids should learn how to swim

Have you ever watch or heard of a news story that has had a young person drowning? Well even if you haven't they are out there, and usually the victim is a young person, last year alone 81 people drowned and 53 percent of those drawings were from the Maori and Pacific Islander community.

To save people's swimming lessons must be taken and even if a child know how to swim a test wouldn't hurt them. Some schools provide children with swimming lessons during school hours so that parents don't have to rush around kids to all of these places if you live in an area where there is a local swimming pool there would be no charge for kids under the age of 13.

In conclusion, children must learn how to swim by the age of 15 or else they have a high risk of not knowing in their early adulthood.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Why We Have To Wear Hats Outside in New Zealand

In New Zealand, we have to wear a hat outside because of the AVR rays that come from the Fun. Hats keep our neck, ears and facial feature safe from the harsh rays, also without a hat there is a high risk of Melanoma (Skin Cancer) when exposed.

The reason why UVR rays are so dangerous to New Zealand is because we are one of the closest countries to the Ozone layer and there is a break in the Ozone Layer because of the mass population today. Though the sun is strong through the ozone layer usually when there is a gap in it the rays of the sun become stronger, therefore increasing the risk of sunburn which then increases the risk of skin cancer which could lead to death, which no one wants…Also, you should always wear a hat especially during the time period of September to April, 10 am to 4 pm, be even more careful around 2:30 pm to 3:15 because that is the time period where the sun is at it's hottest.

Therefore you need to wear a hat to stay safe from the sun and reduce the risk of skin cancer and even though you have a hat on your head you can still have Sun and be safe at the same time. Remember to always stay safe and have fun in the sun...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

How to change the world

How do you change the world? Well even though it may not seem like you can do much, but there is a huge range of thing that you can do help make the world a better place. You can make a difference one the physical world and also to people just be doing the little things. Such as picking up litter that you dropped, be friendly and just be an all-around nice person.

The world is just your world as it is someone else’s, so whenever you are drop something on the ground that doesn't just affect you it also affects the world because you never know what could happen. One piece of rubbish could drift off into the sea and kill a bird or a fish and then if over 7 billion people all drop a piece of rubbish that drifts into the sea that could be all of the world's population of fish and seabirds gone, wiped from existence. Also, you don't need to waste vital equipment like power, water and also petrol. Did you know that over 10,000 kilowatts are used every day to power on home, if we keep one going like this who know what will happen, hey but that is just the world what about people themselves what can we do as humans to make the world better for one another.

Well, human are the biggest life source on the planet so it would make sense that we could do something help each over out every once in awhile. If we complement each over every day of just being friendly for that matter the world would be a lot happier if everyone got along and stopped bickering with each over every single day. The world would also be a nicer place if there was no discrimination against culture, the colour of skin, beliefs or religion, age, gender, career, intellect, physicality, race or wrong doings, if none of that was in the world we may have a perfect word. Also when growing up parents always remind their kids about using their manors but then when the children are grown up and their parent don't tell them what to do the don’t use manors in many situations. Now you may be thinking if I am so busy then how can I do anything?

Well, the truth is that if you do lots of little things you can change the world in a big way. All you need to do is get focused one on thing put your mind to it and go for it even, if you can change one little thing every day then you will have 1 big thing in every week, then one huge thing in a fortnight, then a massive thing in a move and finally a gigantic thing in a year and all you need to do is, do little things every single day.

Therefore, in conclusion, you can make a big difference to change the world just by being you all doing the right thing for the earth, the people and also the wildlife. All you need is a will to do it without complaining, a positive attitude, and also a kind heart that wants to save the world.  Remember that you can make a difference all you have to do is CHANGE THE WORLD…

Monday, 13 March 2017

Harrison Metaphor Poem

Harrison is a rich red Lamborghini with ripped tyres and a weird sounding horn

Harrison is a rounded oval shaped arcade

Harrison is a beat up rugby field  because I always get trampled on

Harrison is a pale Yorkshire pudding with big holes to fill because of my parents

Harrison is a flash suit jacket with mud and water splatters and stains

Harrison is the library that holds mountains of information.

Harrison is a slippery worm who wriggles out of tricky situations.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Room 8 Metaphore Poem

Room 8 would be a rocket powered out of control 4 wheel drive sand buggy

Room 8 would be a deconstructed and decomposed prison

Room 8 would be a really annoying moth

Room 8 would be a wolf with the need to feed

Room 8 would be a bunch of muddy, ripped, ugly rags

Room 8 would be a piece of stale and hard dog poo

Room 8 would be a fruit salad with lots of durians

Room 8 would be a cut up rubber with no use

Room 8 would be a ripped, bright coloured rugby tackle bag

Room 8 would be a disgusting piece of rubbish

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Lava Cakes

Lava Cakes
The rich smell of dark chocolate engulfs me. I take a long hard look at the wobbly piece of baking. It’s hard crust with a soft gooey inside. I take a bite the rich inside slithers onto my taste buds the weird texture leaves my taste buds asking for answers why it is so rich. It has been long gone digested probably lying in the stomach acid being dissolved by the second. There still is a rich taste in the back of my mouth.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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I took a long look, deciding whether to eat it or not. It is just sitting there in it textured red casing. Waiting for me. I pick it up, it slips between my fingers it is back on the table waiting. I take a long whiff, the fruity fragrance burned my nostrils. I try picking it up again I make sure that doesn't slip. I take one more look then down the hatch. The taste of crunching ice and the sour essence make my mouth like a disco club. The bag gets scrunched up the ruffle echoes in the classroom. I take another one down the hatch it goes to but in two bites I peer in, it is like a white and red explosion in there. I eat more, it was like an early morning breakfast. Delicious!  

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

100 BLOG POSTS!!!!!!!!!

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Statistical Investigation: Omaru Creek

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Walt:  conduct a statistical investigation.

We used google maps to determine the walking  distance to 124 Apirana Avenue. This is the entrance to the Omaru Creek that we are studying. The screenshot shows the route, distance and time from my house to the creek. Furthest away was Zain who was 4.8km away and it would take him 59 minutes to walk. Jolie however live the closest only 550m away which by walking is 7 minutes. Harrison lives in East Tamaki so I had to work out how far it would be from the train station The mean distance of the 5 people in my group is 1970m.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Badminton 2017

Today we had our last badminton of the term and we were just hitting it to each over. Some of the skills that we learnt were the forehand grip where your thumb is down, the backhand grip which is when your thumb is up and pointing at your opponent's, forehand and backhand serve and also overhead and underarm serve.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Acceleration T1W5

This week I accelerated in maths by learning how to divide number without a remainder by turning it into a decimal. Once I learnt it I understood it straight away but today I forgot how to do it. Ooops! Luckily my Mum is a teacher and she can always teach me. Hopefully, I will consolidate my learning next week by revising division.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Softball 2017

Last Wednesday a group of 13 students from Glen Innes School including me went to a soft ball tournament.

I was the backstop and even got a home run!