Friday, 12 December 2014

- dance fever poem

Standing there as if i’m not nervous, yet my heart beats faster than usual
Laughing uncontrollably as I fail too many times to count
Relieved that the embarrassing moment has ended

My mind clouded with the steps of jive, mixing them up at times
The slow quick steps had my heart beating to the tango song
Having fun as I do the hip-hop routine, not caring if I look stupid

Thursday, 11 December 2014

- global warming

This is a link to a website I have created for a school project. By making this website, I have learnt how to (obviously) create a website and change the font, color, and layout of a website. I hope my website helps answer your questions, or even gets you thinking about what we are doing to our amazing planet, Earth.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

- haiku poem about softball


I don’t really play
But I guess it was cool-ish
I hit the ball once

It didn’t go far
But I did get to first base
Which was somewhat cool


The ball came rushing
The bat I held swung forward
I stand silently

And then I take off
My feet run towards first base
I make the first base

Thursday, 13 November 2014

- mmm, that's tasty

  • Your hand / Blindfold
  • Your mouth
  • Your  nose
  • A jellybean

  1. Blindfold, or cover your eyes.
  2. Block your nose.
  3. Place a jelly bean in your mouth.
  4. Record the flavour you taste.
  5. Unblock your nose.
  6. Taste again.
  7. Then record.

Observations: First, when I had my nose blocked, all that I could taste was the sugar. But when I unblocked my nose the taste changed and I could recognise the taste almost immediately, which was marshmallow.

Conclusion: My hypothesis was kind of right. Because at first all I taste was sugar, which was the main flavour (I think) and then when I unblocked my nose I could actually recognise what the real flavour was.

Friday, 31 October 2014

sleep explanation

Sleep is a condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. When you sleep you're practically unconscious, but your organs still work, even your body and other parts of the body will still grow.

Children need at least 10-11 hours of sleep a day, and teenagers need at 8-9 hours of sleep. The reason that children and teenagers need so much sleep is that so they can rest, grow and regenerate. If they don’t rest for the recommended hours of sleep then the outcome will show in their appearance, personality and mind.

As you grow older, and older you won’t need as much sleep as you did when you were younger, depending on your lifestyle. By depending on your lifestyle, I mean if you’re an adult and you live a healthy lifestyle you won’t need as much sleep, but if you live an unhealthy lifestyle then you may think you might need more than you would if you lived a more healthier lifestyle.

The reason for this is that adults have already grown to their capacity, but it still is a must that adults sleep for at least a few hours a day or their body and mind will react. Despite what I wrote about Adults needing less sleep, which must of been quite confusing, but they do need at least seven and a half hours to eight hours of sleep.

Have you ever gone to sleep with an open sore and then you wake up to see it has scabbed over? The reason why this has happened is because your body is healing and regenerating. You’re body will heal the scab and then when scab has healed the skin will fall off, or slowly peel off. While you sleep your brain also has a little cleaning spree, storing all of the important short term memories into your long term memory so you don’t forget anything important.

Sometimes when you fall asleep and you’re thinking about something straight before you do so, it is likely that you dream about that certain subject. When you dream it doesn’t necessarily make sense, so don’t be confused if you dream about something so bizarre you think you’ve gone crazy. Most of the time when you dream you don’t remember the entire dream and sometimes you don’t even remember you had a dream, but don’t fret this is completely normal. But what is normal when it comes to dreaming?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

- healthy shopping plan

  1. How does the article recommend to follow a healthy pathway when shopping at a grocery store/supermarket?
    1. The article recommended that you make a list before shopping based on the healthy meals you might make throughout the week. The article also said that you should visit the outer aisles first, so you can stock up on fruit, veg and other things like bread, then the inner isle and then you can get a treat or two, also some sugar.

  1. We can buy plenty of fruit and vegetables that are frozen or canned. What does the article suggest are the pros (positives) and cons (negatives) of frozen and canned food?
    1. A pro is that frozen and canned food are more convenient and there’s less of a chance of spoilage, but a con is that frozen and canned food are packaged with extra fat and salt.

  1. What other helpful healthy advice does this article give for our grocery shopping?
    1. The article also advises that you could go to farms, orchard, or berry patch where you can pick your own fruit and veg. Also get a treat or two, or else you or your children will stray away and overeat on high-fat and sugar foods.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

- athletics practice

As a part of athletics we have to practice the technique and how to do the things that we will have to do on the day, so we practiced high jump today and did a group run. The boys were the first to practice on the high jump and the girls went for a group run.

The girls did two laps around the field and if they stopped they would have to do another lap. Almost immediately everyone was panting and ready to quit, but the thought of doing an extra lap motivated them to keep running.

Next the boy and girls swooped, so the girls now had a chance to practice on the high jump. Almost all of the girls got over the rope, but a few didn't, but everyone still cheered them on. Mrs Parker re-taught us the scissor kick technique and told us which side of the high jump we should jump from.

Lastly anyone who wanted another turn had another turn, before everyone left so that room 9 could have their turn.

Friday, 17 October 2014

- one bad bannana

  1. What effect does this gas have on fruit?
The gas causes bananas and other fruits to ripen extremely faster, like 2-5 days fast.

  1. How is this gas produced?
The gases produce from darker and black bananas.

  1. What do you notice about the fruit in our fruit box?
They are sometimes yellow. The way I like it but, some are bit green and I don’t think it makes anyone want to eat it.

  1. What could we do to keep our fruit box fruit fresher longer?   SHARE
We could eat them as soon as they arrive, separate them from other fruits or we could just place them in a plastic bag so the the ethylene does not escape from the bananas and into the surrounding air.

- tomatoes fruit or vegtetable

This is a diagram of the different fruits and vegetables that I read about

Thursday, 16 October 2014

- holiday explanation/recount

A Term break is when students have a two week break where you don’t have to go to school. The reason we have holidays is to have few weeks break, so you can relax and you can also visit relatives. Holidays are also good for teachers to catch up with their family, and so they can reflect on the term that just passed.  Instead  I went to the movies, suffered without internet and electricity and also visited my aunts and uncles.

I went to the movies twice, once with my Dad and my sibling and once with my Nan and sibling. I watched The maze runner and the next Step up. For three horrible days Glen Innes, Mt Wellington, Mission Bay, Pakuranga, Panmure and a few other suburbs suffered the horrible tragedy of no electricity and internet. I went to a barbeque at my Aunt and Uncles and visited them throughout the holidays.

I watched the next Step up on the second Monday of the holidays at the Manukau Movies. My nan drove my siblings and I to the movies, and then we bought the tickets to the movies. Then we went and had lunch, my younger sister and I had burger king and my brother had butter chicken. Then we went back to the movies and watch the next Step Up.

On the fourth of October there was a fire at the power station in Ellerslie causing most of the suburbs surrounding Ellerslie not to have electricity and internet. When it was night time I would hear shouting and beeping. Also at night we had to use candles to see and to barbeque food instead of cooking on an oven. I also had to boil hot water with a generator or in a pot on a barbeque. When I went to church there were no lights, so we had to open the curtains and there were no speakers, so the music was really quiet. At night all of the lights were off and you couldn’t really see that well.

Throughout the holidays I visited my Aunts and Uncles a lot. On Saturday the day after school finished I visited my Aunt and Uncle, they had a barbeque to celebrate them finally getting married. My grandpa and I cooked the food on the barbeque, which took a few hours. Then I had dinner, it was delicious. When I finished eating I was really tired, so I fell asleep on the couch watching Harry Potter.

During the holidays I went to the movies, endured three painfully long days of no internet and electricity, and also visited my aunts and uncles. The part I enjoyed the most was when I watched the Maze Runner, and i’m looking forward to watching the sequel to the Maze Runner.

- tomato fruit or vegetable part one

Yesterday I read Tomato - Fruit or Vegetable? from the journal Connect 2 200 by K.E Anderson. The question to this answer is - Is sweet corn a fruit or a vegetable?

Sweet corn could be a vegetable, I mean we eat sweet corn like it’s a vegetable, but then again sweet corn’s characteristics and oranges characteristics are almost exact. So I think it’s a fruit, but also a veg. Since all fruits are vegetables.

Friday, 22 August 2014

- what i understood

Today, straight after lunch Mrs Parker had a lesson with the entire class, something about figuring who bought what, at which price. It was beyond confusing, but it sure got me thinking. What I understood was that; Olive spent the most, and Alisha spent the least.

Monday, 11 August 2014

- glenbrae powhiri

Last week on Thursday, Glenbrae School had a powhiri to turn the sod for the Early Childhood Centre and Community Centre, that will be opening sometime soon. a lot of important people came like; Len Brown, Nick Smith, Housing New Zealand workers and other people like that.

Sadly a few protesters thought it would be the perfect time to speak, more like shout, their opinion. But to our relief that is all the protesters did, protest.

Any ways the sod was turned, and the start of an Early Childhood Centre and a Community Centre was made official.

Friday, 8 August 2014

- obesity stakeholders

In this brainstorm it has information about obesity stakeholders, and why they are important to NZ.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

- tae kwon do

On Tuesday the 29 of July 2014, we had the privilege to have an instructor who we called ‘madam’ or ‘miss’ because he name was bit hard to pronounce teach us tae kwon do. ‘Madam’also taught us were tae kwon do originated from, which was Korea, and who created it, he was a Korean soldier. We learnt how to punch properly, and how to kick.

- museum reflection

A massive beige building sat at the top of the hill, tourists and other guests roamed around the massive structure. A small group of students stood where we, Glenbrae School senior students, would enter for a school trip. The reason we were had a school trip was because our new topic, natural disasters.

The most interesting part of the trip for me is when we were in the volcano exhibition. There were hands on activities, a room volcano room, and just displays with stories about others experiences and facts about volcanoes/volcanologists (a person who researches about volcanoes).

Learnt: At the museum I learnt a lot of things about; volcanoes, birds, fish and the world war 1. My favorite subject learning about at the museum was birds, because there was an interesting question that got me thinking. Are birds really just, feathered dinosaurs?

Friday, 25 July 2014

- hangarau technology

On Fridays our class go to Tamaki College to learn digital technologies. Hangarau is the maori word for technology. When we are in class, we have to use the kiore and the papa patuhi to log into the rorohiko. On the rorohiko we have to use the ipurangi to log into the pae tukutuku for digital technologies. Every week we access the maramataka to know what task we will do. Sometimes our teacher will send us messages on our imera. Sometimes our teacher will give us dojo points on her waea pukoro, or she might also use her waea pukoro to take photos of us working. At school and home some of us use our rorohiko ponaho to do our work.

Nga kupu hou - New words:

Rorohiko - Computer
Rorohiko Ponaho - Laptop
Kiore - Mouse
Wae Pukoro - Cellphone
Ipurangi - Internet
Imera - Email
Maramataka - Calendar
Papa Patuhi - Keyboard
Pae Tukutuku - Websites

Friday, 4 July 2014

- daily exercise

This is a drawing of my daily exercise, which is not that much to be honest. By making this draw I learnt that I walk a lot.

Monday, 30 June 2014

- matariki poem

The sound of celebration and happiness radiated
delicious smells coated the air;
cultural food and fresh drinks are devoured;
stomachs full, with kai to spare
a legend is told, a quiet hum is heard;
distant relatives bond, singing and dancing
a priceless sky is seen, 400 light years away
the night of a new year
to those who remember their roots

by Danielle

Thursday, 12 June 2014

- greenpeace perspective

What would happen if there was an oil spill in New Zealand?

This is a video made by Greenpeace New Zealand.
Greenpeace is a non-government organisation who campaign for environmental issues.

As you watch consider this:
  • Are Greenpeace for or against oil drilling?
From what I have read, Greenpeace, are definitely against oil drilling. Just by looking at the pictures on the sight, I could tell straight away, that they thought oil drilling is wrong, and should be stopped.
  • What is their point of view?
Greenpeace seem to be very passionate about this subject, the way they present the facts is quite a direct approach. I think that they are looking at this situation is why oil drilling is wrong, that oil drilling should stop it, to protest against it. They are looking at the cost, and the damage, and things like that. Greenpeace seem to be one sided, only looking at the bad facts.
  • Is this realistic?
It depends what your definition for realistic is, personally, I feel that life has its pros and cons, and oil drilling seems to be a major con. But then again I would be a hypocrite to say that oil drilling is bad, since I use a car that runs of gas. Oil drilling is as real as it gets, so yeah, I guess it’s realistic.
  • Do you agree? Why/why not?
If I look at oil drilling on the way it impacts on the environment, not too mention our country, I would have to say I disagree. But oil drilling is how we get petrol, and without petrol there would be no cars, no vehicles that run off of petrol, and frankly I can’t see this world without transportation's like cars, buses, boats. If oil drilling stops, the world as we know it, may change, good or for worse, I have no idea.

MARKING RUBRIC - Highlight the level YOU think you have achieved.

Achieved - L2
Merit - l3
Proficient - l4
Ideas are answered yes/no answers with little elaboration.
Ideas are answered in full sentences with clear explanations for the answer and reference to video
Ideas are answered in full sentences with clear explanations for the answer. Able to explain personal and greenpeace points of view with reference to video and  texts read in class

Friday, 6 June 2014

- resizing images

Today I learnt about resizing images, this is important so pictures will look nice, and presentable.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

- temperature quiz

Today I did a quiz about temperatures, I got 100% on each quiz. But I still have much to learn.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

🌊 long bay trip

The wind rustled through the brush of the forest, blowing our hair, giving some, goose bumps. The faint sound of the ocean sung as we scanned the radiant view. A few shivered, while some blindly walked across the green, grassy surface of the ground of Long Bay.

I surveyed my surroundings before sitting down on the cold ground, others either sat on the provided picnic tables, or stood not wanting to sit. Quickly we were put into lines, before disappearing into the trees to do our activities.

Silence surrounded the area, only a few chirps from nearby birds, and mumbling from our group. Sarah quietly spoke to us about the lake-like part of the beach, that we stood before. She said to look for items that didn’t seem to ‘belong’ at the beach, we found a few pieces of rubbish. We then ventured to the rock pool, where water tackled the rock ledge and a sense of adventure surged everyone. We filled our treys with creatures, then talked about them.

After eating our packed lunches, we then trudged back down to the beach. With open eyes we searched for dead creatures, yeah, for some reason we had to find dead fish. I kinda forget why. We found a massive, translucent jelly fish. It looked similar to gigantic blob of jelly, but not as appetizing.

We then did a little quiz, with some active questions that had us laughing. Not soon after we began departing from the tree enclosed area back to the road. Finally after a fairly loud bus rise, we arrived back to school.

My favourite part of the day was when we were able to wander around the windy, rock pool. I learnt a lot about marine animals, and it was really fun.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

💣 war, lives, and loss

war is the definition of conflict
it starts of in a disagreement
then ends with a lot of pain inflicted
but why couldn't we come to an agreement ?
before this tragedy
before people started losing their family

the soldiers who put down their lives
and probably left their wives
the blood of many shedded
as they fought and protected
and for those who are killed

all war means is peace

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

🏃 loopy people - reflection

Yesterday on Monday we -room 10 and I- had to finish our loopy people -which are miniature versions of ourselves made out of paper- but, I sadly just started. But no need to fret, after what seemed forever of trying not to talk, I actually finished. But I have no picture to prove this statement because me being me accidentally deleted it -and everything else in my folders-, sooooo you'll have to just believe me......

It was easy to glue the pieces together.
It was hard to measure the pieces of paper.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

🌿 survival in the wild - presentaion

Today Anamanu and I presented a power point presentation about our inquiry question, and now i'd like to share it with you. At the end there will be a few questions, so read carefully, and maybe if you want you can comment your answers.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

🔥 in flanders field

Task 1: Learn
  1. What kind of a poem is ‘In Flanders Field’?
It’s non-fiction, it has verses, and it also rhymes. It also might be a randeau poem.

  1. What is a randeau? Find from the world wide web an example of a randeau.
A poem of ten or thirteen lines with only two rhymes throughout and with the opening words used twice as a refrain.

  1. When was Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae inspired to write the poem? What main event was happening then? The poem was written in 1915, and the main event during that time was the World War 1.

  1. How many years is it since WWI?
The war started in 1914 and ended in 1918 so if the question was how long since the war started it wold 100 years, but it has been 96 years since World War 1 ended.

  1. In whose honour was the poem written?
The poem was written for Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who was killed on the 2nd of May 1915

  1. What does the reference to the red poppy symbolise? Read here
In Flanders Field you could find poppys blooming, and that is where the soldiers who died were buried. And the poppy is a symbol of remembrance.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

🍍 'feelings' about term two

Term two for me so far is like I never left, even when I think back to the holidays it feels somehow, I never left. Even with the new class set up, it feels the same. Same teachers, same technology, same students, but we do have a new student, so I guess that’s kind of different, but not by much. It’s really funny how I can spend two weeks away from a place that I spend half of my year and not miss it, well I missed it a bit, kind of.

During the holidays is like I have no purpose other than doing what I want, which is strange for me, since i’m so use to being told what to do. Anyway I guess being back at school is nice, instead of being locked in my room with my eyes glues to a screen. My mum says that i’ll probably have horrible vision when I grow up, but I just answer with a nice, short, sweet “Whatever”. That’s pretty much it, it’s only the second day of school so there’s not much to say.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

🏀 basketball reflection

From every basketball session, i’ve learnt different ways to pass the ball, like chest-pass, over head, bounce pass. I've also learnt how to dribble the ball correctly, and how to block. I even learnt a net trick where I spin the ball and bounce it on the court, and it should come back to me, though I already knew how to.


Basketball. The rush you feel when you dribble the ball across the court, the thrill you get when you shoot the basketball into the hoop. The sound of  a basketball touching the court’s surface vibrates throughout the court.

Monday, 14 April 2014

📏 measuring

WALT; use body marts as a unit of measurement.

My net  book's length is one hand span, and it's width is 1 and a half.

🔥 warming up, cooling down

Question - This is a non-fiction text, why do  you think the author begins with a narrative about Freddie on page 2?

Answer - Maybe to hook the reader in,  or to give the reader a summary of the information that they are about to read.

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A white shirt, or clothing reflect the sunlight. Therefore keeps you cool.
Black clothing absorbs light, so black tops would absorb sunlight. Therefore warming your upper-body.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

🐯 auckland zoo trip

On the 4th of April 2014, which was a Friday, Glenbrae’s students from rooms 10, 9 and 7 went on a school trip to the Auckland Zoo. The reason behind this trip was because of our inquiry, which is, ‘Survival in the Wild’. After a hectic bus ride we senior students were escorted into the zoo, by a few zoo keepers.

When we finally arrived to our substitute classroom we sat down in rows on the provided steps and on the green fake grass. We met three adroit instructors, who introduced themselves, and gave us a brief summary of where and what, they were going to be teaching us. They talked about the different enclosures we were going to be visiting, which were the high country enclosure, the forest enclosure, and the night enclosure.
The first enclosure that my class and I ventured into was the high country enclosure, but even before we wandered into the enclosure we learnt about skinks. After the instructor finished his mini lesson we had to all clutter into a small cage-like rooms, that was very airy since the walls had what seemed to be holes in them. The door that we had just walked in was closed, and the other opened revealing a beautiful scene.

A small river streamed beside us as we walked in, plants, rocks, bushes and trees masked the enclosure. A short but not too short wall was located just before the ‘garden’ preventing visitors from slipping in, and getting injured or hurting the native birds. Three vibrant colorful birds named kea swooped around the enclosure like they had no worry in the world. After that interesting enclosure we went to the next enclosure. The forest enclosure !

Finally reaching the enclosure, we repeated the process of cluttering into the cage-like room, closing the door, opening the other door, and stumbling out. As soon as we stepped into the enclosure we were greeted to a lush forest, and a path that looked out of place, the sounds of birds tweeting echoed throughout the enclosure. We investigated the trees, and called out when we sighted a bird or a tree/plant that we knew the name to. At that enclosure I learnt that a bird named Kereru, could last 6 hours without pooping.

Next we went to the night enclosure, where the instructor talked about a moth that stayed in a hole of a tree for 7 years, then coming out for a day, only to die. Then we repeated the process of entering the cage-like room, closing the door, and then exiting for the third time. The enclosure consisted of small bushes, and a stream, with a large translucent tank filled with massive eels swimming in it. After that we investigated the inside, where we were able to look for kiwis. At the night enclosure I learnt that eels lays their eggs close to Tonga and then return to their home, when the egg has hatched it swam to where their parents without even having to be guided.

After the night enclosure we met back at our substitute classroom, where Lennyx thanked the three intelligent instructors. We then filed out of the room one group at a time, we then walked to the band rotunda where we scattered around in our groups and ate. After we finished eating we were able to explore the zoo without designated groups.

My favourite animals that I saw were the sea lions, the tigers, and the red panda. Visiting the Auckland Zoo was awesome, and I learnt a lot of facts about native animals, and plants/trees. All in all it was a great experience, and I hope in the future I will be able to visit, again.

Well done, very descriptive piece of writing.