Thursday, 30 January 2020

Open Letter to Room 4 2020

Kia ora koutou,
I am really looking forward to teaching you this year! 
I was born in England, but I have lived in New Zealand for fourteen years and I went to high school here.
I came over with my parents and three younger sisters. The rest of my family live in England and other
countries in Europe. My parents and grandparents are originally from Ireland and France.
I got married in 2018, so I am now living in the city with my husband and my parents look after my cat
and dog. They live on a small farm up north and look after lots of animals. I love visiting my family when
I can and I am very close with my three sisters. 
I love trying out new things and travelling. Every summer I try something new, such as ziplining,
bungee, or wakeboarding, which I tried out last week!  I also enjoy trying out new sports, such as
kickboxing or skiing. 
I think a good teacher is respectful and a good listener. I value my student’s opinions and I am always
eager to hear their thoughts. I also have very high expectations of my student’s learning and I love to see
them succeed!

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Stone

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Yolanda's Summer Learning Journey

I really do hope I can get this superpowers and then I can't wait to prank people but also make sure it is a secret from people but never friend sand that is why I also ways tell my family as well because they have my back well sometimes.

Activity 2 

There is a reason why I picked him it is because has the on one I know because I don't really look at that much poets and yea that's all need to tell yous.

Activity 3

They are so super good at this game because they now how to do it and there is no problem with them near the other oles because rev game they win they take it back with them.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Jacob: Summer Learning Journey W3

Week 3: Experiments and Gadgets Day 4: Hauora Activity 2: iMoko The last term of school my family and I decided that we needed to start taking better care of ourselves. Here are some of the things we are trying to do. Try and not have any bread. This is hard because we used to have bread with every meal, even if we didn’t need it and then we would feel over-full Eat more vegetables at lunch and dinner times Go to boot camp/gym. We go to a boot-camp training session thing run by a guy from our church. If we don’t have a chance to go, we will go to the gym at our local rugby club. Spend more time together as a family, whether it’s having a movie night, playing board/card games, going to church. Be kinder to each other and others. Hauora is not just our bodies it is also our minds and spirits too.

Week 3: Experiments and Gadgets
Day 5: Creativity
Activity 1: Ministry of Inspiration
I used to really like watching that tv show, Robot Wars.  The one where 2 people build robots, then the robots are put in a kind of ring and they have to try and destoy each other.  The winner is the person whose robot survives and doesn’t get munted.  
So yes, I would like to join un underwater robotics team.  So the purpose wouldn’t be to destroy but to do lots of different challenges.  I think it would be fun and I would learn a lot.

Week 3: Experiments and Gadgets
Day 5: Creativity 
Activity 2: Caine’s Arcade
One of my favourite games to play is a card game that I play with my family called Euchre (pronounced you-car).  First

SLJ Week 2

Week 2: “I Have a Dream…” - Politics and Activism
Day 1: Taking the Lead
Activity 1: Playing Favourites
Jacob’s Top 5 Things to Do (in no particular order)
Play Euchre with my family
Eat - RJLicorice  & Big Mac's
Spend time with my family
Play rugby
Play Games - Monoply & Game of life

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Week 2: “I Have a Dream…” - Politics and Activism
Day 1: Taking the Lead
Activity 3: Dear Jacinda

Dear Jacinda
I am writing to you about this new rule from NZRU about not having representative rugby teams before U16.
I want to share my experience first.  I have been playing rippa rugby and rugby for the past 7 seasons at my local rugby club, Auckland Marist.  I have also been a playing for my school Pt England since year 5, and had a chance to represent Auckland at the Rippa Rugby championship in Wellington.  That was an awesome experience, even though we didn’t win.  I have practiced, trained, made new friends and had heaps of fun.  I knew when I got to Year 7 I would be allowed to trial for the Walter Dickson and Bill McLaren rep rugby teams here in Auckland.  It is unusual for a Year 7 boy to make it, but I wanted to try anyway.  At the trials I saw heaps of my friends from lots of different clubs and schools.  I didn’t make the Walter Dickson team, but it didn’t matter I was still determined to make the Bill McLaren team.  I made it! A few of my friends trialled and made it, and some didn’t.  But it is all good, because we knew that we could all train harder, trial together and then play rep rugby together.
Having the chance to play rep rugby gives me a goal to work towards.  I am competitive and like to know if I am as good as some of the others kids in Auckland.  I would like to one day represent NZ as an All Black, if I haven’t learned to accept losing early on in life, how will I cope when I am older.
I do think that people who are selected to play in these teams, should be picked because they are good team players, not because their parents are rich or they are related to someone.  I believe everyone should get a fair trial too.

Thanks for reading this.
From J

Week 2: “I Have a Dream…” - Politics and Activism
Day 2: Taking Action
Activity 1: A Long Walk to Freedom

Dear Diary
It felt good to be outside of my tiny damp concrete cell, but that sun was too hot.  My hands were bleeding today and my feet are starting to poke out the bottom of my shoes. I don’t think the guards care, they just make fun of us and treat us badly.  I don’t like when they are mean to us, I want to say something but I am worried they will beat us up too.  I don’t know how long I will be here.  I haven’t seen my family for ages, I miss them.  I hope they are ok, things haven’t changed out there, apartheid is still happening.  I wish I could stop it. Maybe someday.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Amelia: Summer Learning Journey


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Jonah Lomu was a rugby superstar. He was the youngest ever All Black, selected at just 19 years of age. He went on to have an amazing career that included 63 caps (international games) and 37 tries. Jonah was Tongan, but spent most of his childhood in Mangere, South Auckland. He started out playing touch rugby and rugby league but changed over to rugby union and quickly made a name for himself. He was very tall, strong and fast.

Richie McCaw is another example of a famous rugby player. He was the captain of the All Blacks between 2004 and 2015. Like Jonah Lomu, he had an outstanding international career in rugby union and had many achievements. In fact he was the most capped All Black captain, most capped test rugby player and World Rugby Player of the Year in 2006, 2009, and 2010. He has been given a Halberg Award and made a member of the Order of New Zealand. As well as being an outstanding player, Richie McCaw was also a strong leader and captain.

For many people, players like Jonah Lomu and Richie McCaw are superheroes with extra special ‘superpowers.’

For this activity, let’s imagine that you could be a superhero for a day. What three superpowers would you most like to have?

On your blog, please list the three superpowers, tell us why you have chosen each one, and tell us what you are going to do with them.

Time Travel - Of course time travel would be my first pick of a super power. I chose time travel because there are many mysterious, unsolved mysteries in this extraordinary world we are living in. Even though this would be really risky, I want to be able to go back and see what really occurred in certain mysteries because the obvious isn't always correct.

Enhanced Senses - I have always had that desire to look and feel beyond what the average human can sense. This is why I would like to have enhanced senses as a super power. Imagine being able to tell the difference between smallest things using your different senses, crazy right?! I've also seen in many movies where people poison beverages, I want to tell between things like this which would be really awesome.

Telekinesis - Telekinesis is the supposed ability to change matter, energy, space or time by using your mind. Have you seen Stranger Things ? One of the main characters Eleven uses telekinesis a whole lot in the movie. She was able to manipulate objects, people and creatures. Eleven was even able to fling a large van into the sky! I would use this power not as revenge but to grab food when I'm too lazy to.


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Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0
LeBron James is one of the most famous professional basketball players in the world. He currently plays in the NBA (National Basketball Association) for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has won numerous awards over the years, helping his teams win many important games.

Steven Adams also plays in the NBA, but unlike LeBron, Steven comes from Rotorua, New Zealand and is the half-brother of Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams. That’s a pretty cool family connection, isn’t it?! Steven Adams currently lives in the United States and plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.

Despite being born in different countries, these two incredible basketballers have a number of similarities. Both men came from humble beginnings. Neither of their families had a lot of money, and neither man grew up with a father at home. Even though they faced challenges, they were able to overcome them. Both men are examples of what is possible when you work hard and believe in yourself.

For this activity, we would like you to imagine that you had the chance to interview LeBron James, Steven Adams or another basketball player of your choice.

On your blog, tell us who you would interview and then provide a list of five questions that you would like to ask your chosen player.
I decided to choose Stephen Curry to interview. If you'd like to take a closer look at my questions just simply click the image. Thanks!
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The Silver Ferns are New Zealand’s professional netball team. They are based in Auckland and play against teams from all over the world. Next year they are due to compete in the first ever Netball Nations cup competition in England.

In order to earn a place on the team, each of the players had to prove that they were one of the best netball players in the country. They have all had to work very hard, sacrifice many things, and show dedication and determination throughout their careers. In many cases, they have also had a lot of support from others - their family, friends, teachers, coaches. This support has allowed them to pursue their dreams and to, ultimately, do a job that they love.

For this activity, choose a friend or family member and ask them what their dream job would be. Please then brainstorm six ways in which you could support them in achieving their dream job.

On your blog, present your ideas as a poster or infographic.

This is my infograph I have created showing 5 ways I can help my sister in achieving her dream job. I used google draw for this and I took a really long time finding and thinking about the different ways I can help. This is my finished work! *click the image for a better view of the nurse infograph*
Task Description: Hello fellow blog viewers! Happy New Year :) I have been gone for a very long time, I sincerely apologize. But, I have been trying to get Day 3 out of the way and I have been dragging it but, here it is! The first activity was about three superpowers I would have. I really enjoyed this activity as I got to discover new 'powers' and why I would love to have them! The second activity was about interviewing Stephen curry. I wasn't familiar with him so I decided to do some research on the legend before making the DLO. The final activity was me sharing 5 ways I can help my sister strive for her future dream job. We had to use a infograph to present our work. I found this one hard because I was trying so hard to find my last helpful way and it took so long but, I managed to pull through and add my final helpful way. Thanks for viewing to blog-post and feel free to leave some feedback :)

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Hilary: Summer Learning Journey

W1D4 Activity 1 and 2
Activity 1: Making a Racket  [4 points]
Activity 2: What’s in a Name? [4 points]

TASK DESCRIPTION:For the first Task (activity1) , i have had to watch these videos about Serena and Venus Williams. i then had to write down three things that i had learned from watching these videos, as well as one thing i would still like to know.
For the second task, i had to imagine that i was allowed to change my name to anything that i wanted. i then had to write down what i would change my name to and why i would choose that name.