Friday, 20 October 2017

Excellence Blog Post #5 Home Learning Challenges

The Home learning challenge that I chose was: Design Your Own Challenge

For this Design Your Own Challenge, I have decided to write a procedure that I follow every time or most of the time when I start a new piece of art, so you can see the steps of what I do to create the best masterpiece that I can.

1. Firstly I go onto the internet to find some inspiration of what I want to do.
2. I then prepare all my paintbrushes and tools that I will be using.
3. I have pre set my paint from my last piece and because its oil paint, it will dry after use and to fix that you simply put a bit of food oil onto the paint and start mixing it with an oil art knife. 
4. I make sure all my paints are ready to use before I start and that my paintbrushes are in good condition.
5. Then, I start making a sketch of roughly how I want it to look like, making sure its not too much in detail.
6. I always start with the sky as I work from top to bottom. I put a white base coat on first, so the main color would pop in the background. 
7. Before starting at the bottom, I put on a base coat for the ground and using colors like brown or golden brown to outline the structure of trees and/or bushes. 
8. One very important thing I look at is perspective. This makes that painting more alive and it gives more of the feeling of being in that picture just by looking at it. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Write an effective argument for our chosen political party.


Is the Green Party the one you should vote for?

Personally, I think Green should be the party you should all vote for.
Here are a few policies I would like you to read about the Green party and why you should vote for them. These include, Public Transport, Waterways and Health.
I believe that transport in our country could initially be quite important because of all these families that could have injured people or want to spend time out and about.

Public Transport

Make public transport free for under 19s.
The Green Party would make public transport free for all under 19s and free during off peak times for tertiary students, apprentices and disability beneficiaries.
Everyone under the age of 19 would be eligible for a Green Card. This would entitled them to free transport on buses, trains and commuter ferries.
This will lessen the traffic and therefore, reduce pollution.
I strongly believe this is a good idea because for some families, the cost for public transport is too high and they would be forced to drive themselves which cause more traffic and pollution.
As well as having this as very important policy in my opinion, I also believe we should have lakes and rivers safe for swimming for the public with no problems in the water that can cause anything bad.


Make all rivers and lakes safe and swimmable.
There will be a National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management to help make sure the waters are all safe for swimming. This means, that this issued by the government to provide directions about the matters of our national significance.
I believe this is a good policy to have in our nation because to help ensure that all of our New Zealand rivers can be enjoyed by everyone, we need to stop the pollution happening and the sewage that goes into the rivers and lakes.
ALso, it’s good to enjoy swimming in our native lakes because this shows our New Zealand heritage and our fresh waters that belong to our country.
I strongly believe this is a really good policy and it shows how great our country is, but not only is this a really good policy to have in our country, but making sure our health is daily checked and making sure all our NZ citizens live healthy is very important.


Extend free doctor visits to people under 18.
The green party will make GP visits and medicines free to those aged 13 to 17.
I consider this a good policy because health to me, is very important and I believe everyone should live healthy and take care of their bodies really well.
Free doctor visits could improve a lot of young children's lives, people who are sick and don’t have much money can afford these visits to help them feel better with free medicine as well.
As well as having all these policies that are great and will make big differences in our country, I also disagree with some other policies that the Green Party have come up with. Here’s one.

Allow police to search cars and houses for firearms.
Because maybe some families wouldn't want their house or their cars checked by the police.
It can be reported to the police station instead by anyone else who sees it. Also, it might be a privacy issue.
So there are policies that I don’t agree with, but with the majority, I think it’s great. Here are the points that I will wrap up.


There we go, hopefully I have convinced you enough to why you should vote for the Green party.
The Green party has very strong policies about our Health and Community, therefore, I think Green deserves a chance to be voted for.
I have explained about the three main policies that I think will make a bigger difference in our country and make it healthy for our citizens to live happy.
So, are you going to vote for the Green party? Cast your vote now.

My next step is to consistently use conjunctions.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Koru Games Reflection

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

Our team won all our games except one on the first round and made into the top 8. We lost two games in the final and came 6th place overall.

I found the experience to be amazing because it was really fun and we all meet new people and made new friends with our competitors. This would definitely be one of my highlights for my last year at Oaklands.

In terms of working with Individuals and Groups; my solo level is relational because I can respond positively to the needs of others and I am able to help anyone who is stuck.

For Teamwork; my solo level is relational because I can take responsibility in a team and explain my choices in terms of team outcomes.

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.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Know the equivalent decimal and percentage forms for everyday fractions.

In Maths we have been learning:
  • To convert between fractions, decimals , percentages and vice versa.

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

The most challenging part about this unit of learning was to complete the IXL maths tasks because it was very frustrating for me when I did the strategy right but have missed something out.

My next learning step in Maths is to apply this knowledge to help me solve a range of increasingly more complicated maths problems.

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.

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

One thing that I found challenging about writing formal letters was remembering the correct format that I have to use.

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

Friday, 4 August 2017

Excellence Blog Post #4 Home Learning Challenges

The Home learning challenge that I chose was: Design Your Own Challenge

I chose this challenge because I have quite a passion for art and I love to do stuff art based.

For this home learning challenge I decided to paint this piece of art based on snow and kind of like a winter wonderland. What motivated me to paint this was because the season is winter right now and I love the snow so I decided to paint this to make it winter themed. I liked the way how this turned out because it looks exactly how I wanted it to look and I think I did a great job on the mountain and making it look realistic. When I look at this, it makes me feel relaxed and it reminds of the great things during the winter season such as snow.

Something I would improve in this landscape to make it better would be to maybe paint a few more things on the left side of the canvas because there's not much really to look at and maybe some things on that side would make this painting look better.

The CARE Values that I showed while painting this are Active Thinking and Community.
I showed Active Thinking by thinking creatively and having a bit of motivation to help me decide what to paint. I showed Community by keeping my space clean so its easy to manage and to keep a nice and tidy environment.

I demonstrated Leadership by showing Motivation because I had something on my mind that motivated my to paint this.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Excellence Blog Post #10 Leadership Around The School ( Getting Involved )

              Netball At Morning Tea

Today at morning tea, my friends and I were playing a game of Netball. At first we were deciding between Basketball or Netball. We included others to play in our game and we got them to vote as well. There were quite a few votes for Basketball, but the majority was Netball. So then, the next thing we did was to form 2 teams. We made it easy and said boys verse girls. Obviously I was in the girls team. 

We then started playing the game and I got the first few goals. The girls were thrashing the boys. It was Alex, Jacinta and I verses three other boys. It was a very intense game of Netball, but I enjoyed it a lot. I was exhausted at the end, but that just means I got involved positively. Something I noticed while playing was spectacular teamwork throughout this whole game, from both teams. We all had great sportsmanship and really enjoyed our time out there. It was awesome!

The CARE values that I showed were, Excellence and Community.
I showed Excellence by having fun with the game even though I wasn't a netball-er I still tried my best.
I showed Community by making sure everyone in my team had a fair go with having the ball and sharing it around.

I demonstrated leadership by showing integrity by playing fairly by the rules and being honest.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Term 2 Book Reveiw

The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall.

The most interesting book I've read this term is called ' The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall.
This story is about a girl named Delia who recently moved into a new house. Through her journey of moving into this house, she discovers something really haunted about this house and tries to convince her mum to leave. She finds out that she is trapped inside this haunted house forever with no escape. It is heard that the between the walls of this house, lies the truths about the spirits that only Delia can uncover; that may set her free. Later on through the journey of the haunted house something magical happens full of memories and madness...

I think this book is definitely one of my favorite books I've read all time because i really enjoy horror stories and I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys horror or make believe.
Rating: 10/10

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Maths Geometry Term 2

WALT: Communicate and interpret locations and directions, using compass directions, distances, and grid references.

Assessment Task

Friday, 7 July 2017

Excellence Blog Post #9 Leadership Around The School ( Design And Textiles )

On Thursday, the year 7/8's went to Lincoln Technology. I was in the Design and Textiles group. Firstly we filled in two sheets called Sheet A and Sheet B. Those were our planning sheets for our projects that we were going to make. I had three different designs to do with sports. The first design was a Mini Basketball Catapult Game made out of cardboard, rubber bands, Popsicle sticks, glue and paper. I really like this design project because I love basketball and this would be perfect for me when I'm bored. My second idea for my project is a Air- Hockey Mini game. I chose this idea because I thought it would be a cool thing to make with a bit of 3D printing in it as well. My last idea for my project  is a multipurpose sports field, that can be for football, baseball, rugby, hockey etc. I had this idea because I love sports and this represents me well.

My final design that I chose to make as my project, is the Mini Basketball Catapult game because I have experiences of making catapults and it would be a cool game to play with someone when i'm bored. I then started gathering materials for my prototype and making a simple mini size of the game so I know what it needs and I can be prepared for next time. 
At the end, we had a big pack up and the teachers had to choose three students each that were doing the best pack up in our space. I got chosen as one of the six students and we all got prizes and it was sour candy ( which I love ).

The CARE Values that I showed were Community and Active Thinking.
I showed Community by helping a lot with the pack up around the classroom.
I showed Active Thinking by being proactive and asking for help when i'm stuck.

I demonstrated Leadership by being an Active Thinker by getting started with lots of different ideas and being proactive.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Excellence Blog Post #3 Home Learning Challenges

The challenge that I chose was: Design My Own Challenge.

For this, I did another Oil Art Painting. The main theme I focused on for this is Snow. As always, I start sketching the landscape out and marking spots for each thing. Firstly, I had to find the middle of the canvas and start sketching out the stuff around it. I really like the way how the trees and the snow came out because it looks just like how I wanted and the snow looked pretty good like it was realistic.
This painting is one of my favorite paintings that I've done because I really liked the way this whole thing is put together and how all of this contrasts. Something I would like to improve in this piece of art is probably the color of the sea because I think it might have looked a bit better if I added other shades of color to it to make it more alive and more realistic to real seas.

The CARE VAlues that I showed during this were Excellence and Community.
I showed Excellence by trying my hardest to make this the best I can. I showed Community by packing up everything I used and cleaning any mess that was left behind.

I demonstrated leadership by showing resilience by trying again if something doesn't look right.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Term 2 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel See Ya Simon

I found this novel sad but interesting because it was very 'moving' to read and I have never read anything like this so i'm glad I chose this book to read.

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  9 / 10 and I would recommend it to others to read if they like emotional stories like this because its a very good but heart-breaking story because its about this boy named Simon who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and doesn't have long to live.

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.

Drama Term 2, 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.

  • 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 to decide as a group to what performance we were gonna present for The Chase because it was hard to gather ideas and make it into action because we needed more space than the space provided for us in the hall.

The two things that I enjoyed the most were:
  1. Working together in my group.
  2. Learning new techniques to create the best performance e.g. Mime

The story that my group told silently was about how we all started in a race championships, then the thief ( which was me ) steals the starting flag and then a whole chase starts happening and then at the end, they got back the flag and invited the thief ( who became nice and learnt their lesson not to steal ) into the race to compete.

Overall I think my group worked OK because we got stuck at a lot of points trying to figure out how things are going to work and we had to change a lot of things round.