Monday, 21 August 2017

Reading - Evaluate Author's Purpose

In reading we have been learning to evaluate writer's purposes and consider how they have used structure and language to suit these purposes. (e.g.  I can make decisions about why the writer has written a piece of writing and how they have used particular structures and words to meet their purpose.)

Here is a link to our online modelling book

We have been evaluating how well an author has achieved their purpose based on:
Specific Language choices made by authors.
Specific Structure choices made by authors.

These documents show evidence of my learning during this unit:

Types of  Author's Purpose
Explaining how writers use structure and language to meet their purpose. 
Evaluating Author's purpose 1
Evaluating Author's purpose 2

My Next Step: Is to continue to apply this new knowledge and evaluate texts as I read them, checking to see that the author is meeting their intended purpose.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

leadership- showing leaderhip in the classroom- distinction post #4

Recently two of the things that I have been learning about in class are
1. we have been learning about the south west cultural narrative and we have been doing some art around it where we had to draw a picture including at least four aspects from the cultural narrative.

2. in art on Wednesday afternoon we are making a pastel drawing and learning the Technics of pastels.

I have shown the care value Active thinking and I have also shown the leadership trait Goal focused because I have actively thought up good ideas for both of the art projects and I stayed focused to them and soon they will be finished.

leadership- Helping out around the school- distinction post #3

Last week in choir we practiced some songs to get ready for the music festival coming up I am sooooooo excited.

Also that day when I was out in the playground I saw a kid crying and even though I was not helping out in peer mediation I still helped him.

I showed the care value Active thinking and I also showed the ;leadership trait motivational because I actively thought a way to help the kid that was upset and I am continuing to motivate myself to keep practicing my singing for the choir.

Key leadership- meating with Val- distinction post #4

Towards the end of last week we had this person from the Christchurch city council (ccc) come in to talk to all the student leaders because when we visited the ccc we were given and choice to chose a follow up to help the community we chose to paint a electricity box and so val talked to us about the rules and how the process will be done.

I showed the care value community and the leadership trait trustworthy because we are thinking up an idea that will help the community and we are being trusted to execute the idea to  a high standard.

Key leadership-Counting pozis-distinction #3

Last week me and Savannah changed the day we went around to count pozis because it works out way better for the both of us because we no longer go to te hapua

I showed the care value active thinking and I also showed the leadership trait resilience because when me and savanah were stressing about not completing sml on time because we had to count pozis we actively thought up a way to solve the problem.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Key leadership getting my Excellence Badge- Distinction post #2

On Monday There was a whole school assembly I was very excited for this assembly because I was getting my excellence badge I was so excited and proud of myself as was my family because my dad came to my assembly.

I showed the C.A.R.E value Active thinking by actively thinking for topics for all of my blogpost towards my excellence and I showed the leadership trait Motivation by motivating myself to get this badge.

Leadership-Helping around the school Again - Distinction post #2

Yesterday I helped Daniel with peer mediation because none of his peer mediation buddies showed up first we went to the junior area when we help 3 people with issues one of them was these two girls who couldn't agree on a game so me and Daniel solved the problem by giving them more ideas on a new game until they agreed on one.

I shown the C.A.R.E value Active thinking by actively thinking a way to solve the problem and I showed the leadership Trait Motivational by motivating the two girls to be friends and play together.

Leadership-Helping around the school-Distinction post #1

Last week at school I volunteered to help out at fidget spinner club basicly what I had to do was sit up on the stage and keep people from going out back.

The second way I helped around the school was by helping to set up for the welcome back assembly this involve setting out the chairs for the parents and year 7/8 hub.

I showed the C.A.R.E value Community by helping out in the community of Oaklands school and I also showed the leadership Trait Active thinking by actively thinking a way to help out around the school.

key leadership-First week of school term 3-Distinction post #1

Me and Savannah have changed out time that we go around the classes and collect pozis because the old time we had was distracting our learning and the other classes learning so by changing the time we are showing the C.A.R.E value respect by respecting our own and others right to learn I also showed the leadership trait Integrity by being honest and fair to others learning.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Term 2 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Run by Linda Aksomitis
I found this novel interesting because of all the different thing happening in it at one time it makes me want to read more.

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 7/8  Standard
    • I can identify and evaluate the way writers’ use language and ideas to suit their purpose and I can use my growing wide range of academic and content-specific vocabulary to understand texts.

Overall I would give this novel a rating of  10/10 and I would recommend it to others to read because I is a great book to read if you like to learn about polio and because It make you want to read on and on.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

40 book challenge- term 2

The best book that I read last term was username regenerated. This book involves the characters Evie, her dad and her mum. The story is about a portal to a new place that Evies dad created for Evie to go when she feels stressed but in the making there was a malfunction and Evies mum got stuck there now Evie has to go on a mission into this world to retrieve her mum but she may face some difficult challenges along the way. I recommend this book if you like adventures and fantasy books.Image result for username regenerated

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Leadership-Showing leadership in the holidays-Excellence post #10

Two more ways That I have shown leadership in the holidays are: The first way that I have shown leadership is by offering to cook the family dinner and by working towards this role on and getting it done to a good standard.

The second way that I have shown leadership these holidays It by Helping my dad finish Moving house recently my dad has moved house and I helped him by unpacking boxes and sorting through them this has shown leadership by giving someone a hand when the needed it.

I have shown the care value active thinking by actively thinking of different ways to help out around the house, I have also shown Trust worth as I have been trusted with these roles and getting them done to  a good standard.

Home learning challenge #5

Some more of  my science badge, here are some more tasks I have done towards my science badge.
 We had to write another poem about an animal you know I wrote about my aunts dogs. golden retrievers
I know a dog called Max and a dog called Jenna
the two are quite alike.
They are both brother and sister that love to go
for a great long hike.
They play fetch during the day cuddle at night
If you ever meet these dogs you will find them a delight.

The second task that I want to show you is: Take an interesting photo of and animal you know.
Here is a picture of my cat Felix.

Home learning challenge #4

My science badge so far, Here is a few things That I have made and done so far to work towards getting my science badge.  

You had to write a poem abot a pet you  own.

Poem about my cat Petal
I have a pet feline, who I find quite divine
I fed her I hug her and what does she give me, A loud meow in the morning as her hungry plea.
Her energy levels are high, when she runs its like she can fly.
Petal is so sweet, to have her it is a treat.

Another one of the tasks was to write a short peice of text about a story you have heard involving farm animals.

Battery Chickens
There has been a lot of concern
about the health and safety of the chickens being farmed today. This is bad for the chickens heath as they have no room to move about And they are treated poorly.
Image result for battery chickens


Leadership-showing leadership in the holidays-Excellence post #9

A two more ways I have shown leadership these holidays. The first way I have showed leadership is by helping a boy at skiing by helping he get up again when he fell over. The second way that I have shown leadership is also at skiing was working hard towards my goal of not falling over at all. This is a hard goal to achieve because skiing involves a lot of balance and focus but I was able to to this goal only falling over once.

I have shown community by helping out in the community and being a good role model, I have also shown Goal focused by working hard towards my goal at skiing and then reaching my goal.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

leadership-showing leadership in in the holidays- Excellence post #8

so far in the holidays I have showed leadership in two ways.

The first way I showed leadership was helping out around the house and doing chores without being asked I have showed the care value active thinking by choosing wise choices.

The second way I have showed leadership is by helping a lady by picking up the $2 coin she dropped.

I have shown the leadership trait integrity by being honest and giving back the money to her I also showed Respect by doing whats right and by make my dad happy by doing the chores.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Apply simple linear proportions, including ordering fractions

I can apply the strategy to problem solving questions

Please complete these two problems. You will need to explain how you got the answer.

Question 1
In our household, there are twice as many cats as humans, with sixty legs in total.

How many cats are there to be fed?
A:12 (first I figgered out how many cat there were (15) then I used this information to figure out how many humans there were to equal half the cats.)

Question 2
Three men run a business together.
The proportion of the profit they each get at the end of the month is based on the proportion of the funds they have invested in the business.
The April profit is shared out so that All gets one third, Bob gets one half and Chuck gets one sixth.
In May, Des joins the group, investing half as much as Bob invested.
What share of the profit can Des expect to get?

A: des gets ¼ (because if he gets half of what bob has bob has ½ and I know that half of ½ is ¼.)

Arts drama

In ARTS this term we have been learning to: make a silent production on the theme of a chase.
Here is a link to our online modelling book.
  • 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 coming up with an idea because our group wanted to come up with a great one.
The two things that I enjoyed the most were:
  1. Practising.
  2. Learning about the characteristics.
The story that my group told silently was a race where the start flag got stolen so it turned into a chase and we had to include a fake kick, face slap, shaking fist, a pointing finger and some mime.
Overall I think my group worked well because we came up with a great idear and we enjoyed ourselves.

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:
  • Year7/8: I can use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes.

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.

Describe Map One

Describe map Two

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

Monday, 3 July 2017

leadership-excelence-Showing activethinking-post #7

On Friday we went to our last Te Hapua I was in coding and we made a game where we had to program this fish to swim around and eat up these other little fish while at the same time trying to get away from the shark I found this a bit challenging but I was able to get it in the end.

Last Wednesday at drama our groups had to practise for this week because we a filming a silent film I am really excited drama is a subject and very enjoyable but also a bit hard at times.

I showed active thinking by think my way out of the problem, the problem being to try and figure out the code program at Te Hapua but i eventually got it, I also showed resilience by making a come back after i had a bit of trouble.

leadership-Helping out for our Welington trip post #6

On Tuesday there was a bake sale to fundraise for the year 8 wellington trip a lot of it was sold but on Wednesday there was some left over so I volunteered to help sell the leftover baking There was a lot of people who came and in the end we made $724 dollars.

Also on Monday it was student led conferences and my mum came to mine I think my conference went very well and I am proud of myself.

I showed excellence by helping the year 8s get to wellington and I showed community by giving to the community of Oaklands, I also showed goal focused by working hard to achieve the goal of going to Wellington.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Careers Education C.V. Writing

In CAREERS EDUCATION we have been learning to write a skills based Curriculum Vitae.

A skills based C.V. focuses more on the skills that we have,  rather than our work history.

Here is a link to our online Modelling Book that shows the process we have followed.

Three things that I have learned about writing a Curriculum Vitae are:

  1. It is an easy style of writing.
  2. It is a brief piece of information about you.
  3. You can use it to get a job.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Leadership-helping with the open night and going to te hapua-excellence post #5

Yesterday Ashley, Daniel J, Husain and I went to the hall kitchen at lunchtime to help make a dip for the open night we made beetroot and chickpea dip, it was fun.

Also last friday Mr ladbrooks class went to Te Hapua Library to do some coding and robotics. I did coding and we had to use this website called Scratch to command our sprite what to do I found it really fun.

I showed active thinking by actively thinking my way out of the pit when I was coding and I showed contributing by volunteering to contribute to the open night.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Home learning challenge excellence post #3

Design your own challenge: Poem about my council trip.

They walked out of school,
in the direction of the pool,
And waited there for the bus.
When it finally came,
they hopped on to claim
their  comfortable seats.

They set off on their expedition,
and gained permission,
to enter the Christchurch City Council.
When they stride inside,
they try to abide,
and enjoy their time with the guide.

After a slideshow,
they got to know,
some professionals that work there.
Each group learn't something new,
and conversed as they chew,
their morning tea.

After that they do some activities,
in some cases involving festivities,
they share back to the group.
Then they go to the chamber,
now here's a disclaimer,
It was as fun as can be!

Then not too later,
they met a nice waiter,
in a place called Hachi Hachi.
They ate their food,
all in a good mood,
then they go down to the town square.

After a bit of walking,
and a little talking,
they arrived at their destination,
with the great temptation,
to have fun!

Swing ball, golf, instruments and more,
it was totally great for sure!
Now they see the remains,
of Christchurchs terrains,
of which used to be a beautiful cathedral.

After that event,
the rest of the time we spent,
was going back to school,
this trip was way cool!

- By Jacinta, Alex and Katie.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Leadership-helping out around the school and takeing part in dancing-excellence post #4

On Monday I helped out with peer mediation because someone way away to do there job there was two problems to sort out. The first one was a kid who was sad because his friend wont let him play I solved the problem by asking the friend if they could agree on a game and they did. The second problem was a kid who fell over and to solve the problem I took him to a teacher to give him a sick bay form.

The last two weeks the whole school did dance as our school production and I think I did really well and on last Friday night we preformed it was great fun and everyone put in a great effort.

I showed Active Thinking by thinking my way out of the problem as peer mediator and by having an open mind when learning dance, I also showed goal focused by being focused on the goal of achieving a new dance.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

I can make links across texts by recognising connectives or adverbial clauses

I can make links across texts by recognising connectives or adverbial clauses

In this unit learnt about connectives and how the contribute to a sentince and I learnt about what an adverbial clause it and how to put them into a sentice.

A connective is a joing word that can be used in the middle of two sentices to join them or at the start of the two sentence but put a commer where they should go a few exaples of a connective are: Because, after, meanwhile, and, As soon as.

An adverbial clause is The bit of informatin before a commor (but not on lists) an exaple is: After herold ate dinner, he went to bed.

Here is a link to a compare and contrast map of an adverbial clause and a connective
My map

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Key leadership visiting the council excellence post #5

Yesterday all of the student leaders went on a great trip to the Christchurch City Council. First we walked down to catch the bus and bused all the way into town. When we got there a nice girl called Celia introduced herself to us and told us all about the builds and the the Whenua (totem pole) that was outside. Then we all went inside to this presentation room where Celia guided us through this cool presentation about what the CCC does for the community. Not to soon after we all broke into different groups and went with an expert from a different department of the CCC. Alex, Tracy and I went with this nice lady named Kelly she worked in park recreation and sports oragnising her job was to organise all the different sports team/tournaments with a park to play in. Once we had finished that we went back to the presentation room to have some food to eat. After we ate Celia gave us this supper fun activity about budgeting. After that we went up to the chamber it was so much fun.

I showed the Community care value by representing Oaklands in the community, I also showed active thinking as I had to actively think my way out of the pit on some hard games and puzzles we did at the chamber.