Extension Reflection. This year is my first year attending Year 7&8 extension and it has been interesting. I adored all the trips and events that was held this year. It has been truly educational and I have improved many skills including public speaking, presentation structuring and others. It has been a busy year resulting in less time to complete tasks. My highlight of the Year was visiting Tiritiri Matangi Island in Term 2. On this trip we learnt about different species and the sounds they make. I found the trip inspiring and informational. So in conclusion I have enjoyed the year being a part of the Year 7&8 extension.
Monday, 7 December 2015
Friday, 4 December 2015
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Monday, 30 November 2015
The year 7&8 extension group had the task to define bioengineering and create a new superhuman. Bioengineering is a new field mixing medicine and engineering but is it really ethical find out in this blog post?
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Full of excitement I listened as Mrs Tele’a gave her instructions. A Google Expedition was held at Point England School introducing a new and exciting gadget called Google Cardboard. Google Cardboard is a headset built of Cardboard. You simply insert a smartphone into the piece, hold it to your face, select a location and enjoy. The year 8 students were waiting to experience a new virtual reality world.
I was surprised as I saw all the headsets spread on the table. We were told to pick one. It was the size of a Big Mac hamburger. Eager to try Google Cardboard I held it to my head. The first location was the Borneo rain forest, where we spotted David Attenborough a famous narrator and scientist.
I was mind blown. I felt as if I was actually in the Borneo rain forest. As I turned my head the image turn with it. It shows how technology these days has evolved and how it is still evolving. There was a trigger on the side that caused the 360 degree image to zoom in. We visited other popular locations including Palace of Versailles, The Burj Khalifa, Space, Washington Monument and others.
In conclusion we had an appealing experience as we visited new locations. I found it very neat and I would love to purchase the Google Cardboard one day so I can play around with it. I don't see it being used for education.
Friday, 20 November 2015
College is a very exciting and important part of our education. Recently a great speaker named Andrew Patterson delivered an inspirational speech, informing our students of what to expect during college. He spoke about topics like time management, sorting priorities, good and bad habits and many more. One thing I found very interesting was that your brain is like a muscle it grows if you exercise it, this means you can expand your knowledge and brain capacity if you challenged yourself. Personally I look forward to college as I believe that I will learn new things and knowledge is power.
Thursday, 5 November 2015
The Parapara is a bird kill tree that uses its sticky sap to trap the bird until starves to death. These are my answers to the questions about a text I read called The Parapara Detectives.
“Hahahaha” I chuckled as I saw the faces of my friends. Labour day was over and the year 7 & 8 students were lucky enough to do an activity called “The Amazing Race” organized by our brilliant teachers. We had been placed into groups of 4 to 5. My group and I were doing an activity called Cookie Face.
A race that requires control of all your facial muscles. You begin by setting a Cookie on your forehead, your task is to get the Cookie into your mouth without using your hands. Our faces were coated with crumbs. My group struggled to accomplish this simple task, I had given up so I began slowly snacking on my cookie.
As we arrived at the next activity I saw all the equipment set up and had a fair idea of what we were going to be doing. Our first task was the Weet Bix challenge. We picked a team member to take part in this event. We selected Iisa. As the students lined up they were given one Weet Bix each. “Ready, Set, Go” the teacher cheered.
The team representatives instantly began shoving Weet Bix into their mouths. Chewing rapidly their mouths were as dry as a desert. I saw pieces of food stuck to their teeth. They looked as if they were indisposed. Finally someone completed the race. The winner belonged to another team.
Next was a group a task. We need to eat two spoonfuls of cold spaghetti mixed with fruit salad which was revolting. I noticed that their where grapes in the bowl so I ate 2 grapes but it was worst because the grapes were soaked in spaghetti sauce
Overall I had an awesome time with my classmates. I would love to do it again. We all had a great time.
Friday, 16 October 2015
Did you know that Superman was originally a Villain with a no hair? Well this video contains the history of superman. He needed to evolve in order of him to survive. DC Comics changed many things about him. Like the colour of his underwear. My and my group needed to answer these questions.
Man of steel...red underwear or blue underwear?
He originally wore red underpants, but it changed to blue, and in the Man Of Steel movie, he had no underpants.
Why did it change?
He changed his underwear colour because it looked sleek, cooler, and it fitted the changing fashion.
Krypton - what is it?
Krypton the planet where Superman comes from.
Why was it important to Superman?
Krypton is important to superman because it is his home planet.
What part did Superman's parents have in his survival?
His parents made the choice to send superman to earth in order for him to survive. They died doing this.
He could jump one mile, He had super strength and had super speed.
Did he fly in the beginning?
He could not fly in the beginning, he could only jump around a mile.
What changed in term of his super powers?
Instead of jumping he could fly, Superman now has laser eyes. He also has X-ray vision.
Daily planet - his workplace...how does he adapt between his human workplace and being a superhero?
He has glasses when he is in his workplace and when he is a superhero he has no glasses and he has rubble costumes.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Survivor is a popular american television show where new contestants are into win a vast amount of money. In order to win they need to adapt to the new lifestyle of living on a tropical island or be voted out. Once voted out they are forced to leave the island. This term Point England is learning about Survivor and how to Outwit, Outsmart and Outlast.
It is the start of term 4 so we had an immersion assembly. I love immersion assemblies because it is very interesting. An immersion assembly is held every term on the first day where teachers need to entertain the student and introduce our new topic.
Team 1 was very entertaining. Thanks to Miss King they held an exciting singing competition where they selected random student from our school to participate. As they played Katy Perry Roar and children sang, a movie was displayed on the projector of kids at the zoo interacting with animals. Marika was the winner of the competition. Marika’s prize was the chance to visit the zoo with Team 1. I agree that she deserved to win as she was very confident.
I also liked Team 5. They acted out their own Survivor episode. The host was Mr Wiseman while the rest of the teachers were contestants. Each teacher represented their own country. The challenge was a race to see who is faster at eating noodles with chopsticks and the winner would receive immunity which means they are safe from elimination.
The race began. Miss Clark is Asian and she had been using chopsticks since she was 3 years old, so she had a better chance of winning. The other teacher needed to adapt to this new way of eating. Miss Clark was the winner.
I am going to enjoy this term because I love learning about animals and sadly this is my last term at Point England School.
Monday, 12 October 2015
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
In 10 years time I will be 22 years old. I will have completed college. I will have completed my business degree which takes about 4 years. I will be renting an ordinary apartment in the city. I will have a rabbit called Larry.
Spend: I will be very careful with what I spend my money on. I will create a budget where I section my money. Before I purchase anything I will think about these things.
- Do I really need it
- Is it of good quality
- Is there a cheaper version
Save: I will budget my money well and try to save for a family trip. I will also save for an emergency like if my car breaks down.
Share: I will share my money with my mum and other family members. I also want to sponsor a child at world vision and provide them with food, water, shelter and a good education.
Friday, 18 September 2015
Thursday, 17 September 2015
World vision is a generous organisation that supports children as well as families in developing countries by providing them with food, warm clothes, shelter, an education etc. World vision New Zealand works in 32 countries. World vision is also the company that does the 40 hour famine.
World vision has recently held a Scholarship Day for student in New Zealand that have participated in the 40 Hour Famine and because I was one of our schools top fundraisers I attended the Scholarship Day.
It was very entertaining. The student played a game. The aim of the game was to survive. You are first put in a team, there are 4 teams. Some teams began the game outside the border of the country. If you are lucky you will make it into the country on a working vesta. Once you have entered the country you will need to wait in line to receive a job in the factory.
The line is extremely long so it is difficult to earn money and if you don’t have money you can’t purchase food to survive and if you go without food for 5 minutes you die. Once you die you are dead. This is one way of dieing but you can also die if you have no money to become immunised at the health center. So the only way to survivor is to earn money. While you are trying to earn money the police walks around arresting people for no reason.
I received a fake Oscar for using my brain and for volunteering to work at the health center. Overall I had an amazing day. It was so fun and because the presentation completed early we went to Mcdonalds and got icecream.
- Winning an Oscar
- Playing the game
- Meeting others
- Going to Mcdonald's
Monday, 14 September 2015
Friday, 11 September 2015
This is my Investigating Integers presentation. During week 7 in maths, I learnt about Algebra, but now in week 8 our maths groups is focusing on Investigating Integers. Integers are negative numbers like -8 etc.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
All around the world there are insect killing plants and trees like the Venus fly trap but have you ever heard of a bird killing tree. Native to New Zealand there is a tree called the Parapara tree. This tree is known to kill insects as well as birds. It uses a super sticky sap to trap the birds and until they starve to death.
New Zealand is known for its green grass and beautiful landscapes but if we grew Parapara trees everywhere it can make a big change to our country and affect our biodiversity. The tree will kill endangered bird species causing them to become extinct.
A group of children were at a local reserve one day and came across a dead Piwakawaka under some trees. They assumed a cat had attacked it and they covered it in leaf litter. They discovered the bird had been a victim of the Parapara tree.