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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekly Reflection!!!

What I liked doing this week
This week, I enjoyed going to Wanganui Intermediate School. I went to WIS with all the other year 6’s to try some of the activities that the school have to offer. We got split into groups and got given two activities to do. We were not allowed to choose our activities. There was a 2 in 5 chance of me getting the activities I wanted since one group had cooking and science and another had the same, but the other way around. I had to do woodwork and art. For woodwork we made pens out of native wood and for art we drew patterns inside of a bug outline and dyed it, too.

What I didn’t like
I didn’t like being sick on Thursday. I had to stay home from school and lie down on the couch and rest. I felt really sick and hot  so dad said I could have a day off school. I also didn’t like hockey today. Our school went to a hockey skill session at the hockey and It started to rain. I told the hockey coach that I had a cold and that I shouldn’t be playing in the rain but she didn’t care.

Something else I did...
On Sunday I entered a competition on a show called What now where you had to spot the difference between two photos. I won the prize for that competition. It is a book called ‘Horrible Science.’ When I got the book in the mail I was confused. There was no sender address apart from ‘Whitebait studios, Christchurch. ’ I opened the package and then I checked if I had won on the What Now website. Apparently, my name was also on the show on Sunday.

That is what I have done this week.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekle Reflection

Something I have learnt
This week I have learnt, yet again, that I am very good at writing stories. I have just started to write a story, called the Day of Reckoning. I will hopefully finish the first part soon, so I can post it on my blog. I might even illustrate it, too. The Day of Reckoning is based on a Minecraft adventure map. I have also learnt that I am good at math. I was part of one of the two Carlton ‘Mathex’ teams. Mathex is a math competition where teams of four clever students have 30 minutes to answer 20 tricky math problems. You get to use a calculator, too. Using a calculator may sound like cheating, but you need to know what to dial into the calculator to get the correct answer.

What challenged me
Mathex was definitely a challenge. I was also challenged with doing my homework, because I had to go to my grandma’s house on Monday and Tuesday. I had Mathex on Wednesday and I only just managed to do my math and spelling on Thursday. I was also challenged with making a light bulb work with a switch. I can make a bulb work, but I can not make it work with a switch. see images below

My goal next week
My goals for next week are to get all my work done on time and to try my hardest at math maintenance.

What I am looking forward to
I am turning 11 on Saturday! My party is on Sunday and I am inviting Loren, Ilish and Sarah. They are my best friends from Carlton school. We are going skating and we are also going to have pizza afterwards. I only know one thing I am getting for my birthday. I'm getting... older!

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Dreams and Aspirations

I have a lot of dreams and aspirations. My main dreams are to become either an author, a scientist, an actress, a photographer or a singer. Even though I go to St. John, I don’t really want to become a paramedic.

I have wanted to be an author since I was very young. When I was 5, I stapled some pieces of paper together, drew a cover on the front page and started to write. I have always had an interest for narrative writing, and I love using my imagination. I also like drawing pictures, so I can illustrate my own books.

A dream that I have had since I was about 8 is to become a scientist. I want to become a forensic scientist because I like solving mysteries and I have always had an interest in the police and science. Being a forensic scientist would be a lot of hard work, but I'm up for a challenge.

I also really love acting. When I was 7, I was kind of the lead in a play about Jesus and his friends or something like that. I was the narrator for the play and had a lot of speaking parts. I narrated a play at school last year and had a minor acting part. I am pretty good at memorising my lines. I can also to some stage stunts like falling off stuff and not getting hurt, like a stunt double. I also love to write plays.

I want to be a photographer because I love taking photos with my phone and camera, and I'm not talking about selfies either! I love nature photography. My brother gave me a camera for christmas when I went to Rotorua in 2011. He decided it would be a good present when he saw me taking lots of photos with my phone of his stock car, his house and aeroplanes. I took photos of aeroplanes because he lived near Rotorua Airport.

My other dream is to become a singer. When I was 7, I won a talent show for singing ‘Love Story’, a Taylor Swift song. My old school, where I entered the show, had intermediate age students who were singing too, and I won against all of them. I even won against a year 8 singing the same song as me! I can play the guitar really well and when I practice, I sing as well. I also used to play the piano but I have forgotten most of the songs I have learnt. My favorite singers are Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Five Seconds of Summer and Katy Perry.

Those are some of the things I want to be when I grow up. I hope to be at least one of these.

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Recycled Object

For homework, we had to make a object out of recycled materials. I made a bird house with a milk carton and bottle tops. A peanut butter jar top is for birdseed and the milk bottle cap is for water. It took me 2 days to make. To stick the materials on and together,  I used double sided tape and normal tape. I will put the birdhouse in the tree at the back of my house or in my birdhouse. I enjoyed making my birdhouse and I hope that birds everywhere love it.


How Early Maori Adapted the cold weather of New Zealand

The cold climate of New Zealand didn’t scare explorers and New Zealands first visitors. Since the cool climate stopped the Moriori from growing their vegetables, such as kumara and yams, they started to fish and eat native foods they found from the land. They fished up eels, crabs and paua, and ate berries from bushes and fern roots. The Moriori soon adjusted to their new hunting and gathering lifestyle of the Chatam islands.

Different types of waka.

The Moriori used four different types of waka for transport, the waka pūhara, waka rimu, waka pahī and waka rā. The waka pūhara has two keels (made of poles) and was flat-bottomed. The stern post and the pūremu (two pieces of wood projecting from the stern) were carved. The bottom and sides were formed of dry flower stalks of flax. To help keep the vessel afloat, kelp was inflated and stored in the base of the canoe. This technique is used commonly with moriori waka. The waka rimu is similar to the waka  , except that the sides and bottom were covered only with pieces of rimurapa.

The waka pahī is a deep-water waka, used for trips to outlying islands. It was built up on two keels of matipou wood, up to 9 metres in length. The stern post could be over 3 metres high, while the pūremu was shorter. Bull kelp was used for floatation.