Monday, November 20, 2017

P & I Show

Last week in Te Ngahere we had to make a poster displaying information about what’s going on at the P & I Show. First we had to research about how long the P & I Show has been on for and other questions like that. I found out the dates and events, and also that the P & I Show has been held for 175 years. One of our Success Criteria was that we had to have on the poster, the dates, times and where it’s being held.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Should Plastic Bags Be Used At Supermarkets?

A few weeks ago in Te Ngahere we started writing a piece of persuasive writing about the topic ‘Should Plastic Bags Be Used In Supermarkets’. Our Walt: Use the correct structure for persuasive writing. I have chose to post about my ‘Should Plastic Bags Be Used In Supermarkets’ instead of my ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ writing.

Should Plastic Bags Be Used At Supermarkets?

No, plastic bags should not be used at supermarkets. Why do I think this? The pollution. The pollution from plastic bags is outrageous! There is nothing we can do with plastic bags to get rid of them. If we burn plastic bags they release gases and toxins into the air that increase the size of the hole in the ozone layer. When there is a hole in the ozone layer ultraviolet rays come through, then what happens is, we get burnt and have the chance of developing skin cancer. And to add to that, plastic bags never break down. Instead of being biodegradable they are photodegradable. This means that they don’t break down. What does happen though, is that through a chemical reaction between sunlight and the plastic bag, it breaks down into little pieces which are toxic to the ground and the water. This brings me to my next reason.

Do you know how many marine animals are killed each year because of plastic debris? Over 100 million, and that isn’t right! Us humans can easily spot the difference between a jellyfish and a plastic bag, but it’s not like that for turtles. Turtles can easily mistake a plastic bag floating in the ocean for a jellyfish, and they only get to make that mistake once. Plastic bags are made of petroleum and tons of oil, things that should not be digested (if it actually gets to swallow it) by a sea turtle. Birds and other marine animals also mistake plastic bag debris for food, and since plastic bags are photodegradable and turn into those little pieces of toxic plastic they could look like anything. That 100 million could be decreased if we, instead, turned to reusable bags, not plastic bags. My next reason will support this.

As people use plastic bags, more and more are going to be made. Plastic bags are made of petroleum and oil, as previously stated. Petroleum is a non renewable resource, so why are we wasting it on plastic bags that are polluting the earth and are killing over 100 million marine animals each year. Reusable bags, on the other hand, are made with environmentally friendly materials and don’t need to be made 24/7, because you only need a few and they last forever. Reusable bags don’t create pollution, don’t kill marine life or any other animals unlike plastic bags. You don’t need to get rid of reusable bags because it speaks for itself, they are reusable. So go out and buy reusable bags and as soon as you have gone shopping unpack your reusable bag and put it back in your car for next time. This way we’re not creating pollution or killing marine life, but instead helping Earth.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Visual Mihi

This week in Te Ngahere we have been making a visual mihi to help us remember our morning mihi. We created a google drawing and added images that reminded us of the order the mihi is in. We had to put captions below each image to show how it helps us to remember. All the images I chose help me to remember each part of the morning mihi.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

William Pike

Last week Te Ngahere read about William Pike. We then used this information to figure out how he relates to the story ‘Rep’. Our Walt: To learn about William Pike and how it relates to ‘The Rep’. William Pike was related to ‘The Rep’ because the boy in ‘Rep’ Ricky was inspired by his poster. William Pike is an inspirational speaker and teaches in schools. He always thinks on the positive side even though he lost his leg in a volcanic eruption.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Superhero To The Rescue

A few weeks ago in Te Ngahere my reading group (Freya, Lily, Tessa, Arihia, Astin and me) did a reading task on a play called Superhero. We were learning to answer questions related to the topic. Superhero is a play we had to read and then answer questions about the play.

Here is my questions and answers:

1.  What is the setting for this play?
The setting for this play is at a school playground.

2.  Who do you think has the best lunch and why?
I think that Josh has the best lunch because some of the kids wanted his lunch instead of theirs and did swaps.

3.  When did Superhero appear in comics?
Superhero appeared in comics in the early twentieth century.

4. What do members of the Coalition of Cartoon Characters aim to do?
Members of the Coalition of Cartoon Characters aim to stop bullying in all forms.

5. List 3 types of bullying.
Cyber bullying, rumour spreading, name calling.

6. What do you think is the author’s message in this play?
I think that the author’s message is that you should not react to bullying with violence and that you should not act without a full story.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Quote Or Saying Narrative

A few weeks ago Te Ngahere were finding out the meanings of quotes and sayings around relationships. For example, sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. We had to choose one of the quotes or sayings and write a narrative about the quote or saying. My quote was that it is better to walk with a friend in the dark than to walk alone in the light. I haven’t finished my story yet, but I will be posting it soon. Our walt was to structure a narrative. I am having fun writing my narrative, with my quote. Here is the link to my writing: Narrative

Monday, August 21, 2017

Common Nouns And Proper Nouns

Last week in Te Ngahere we learnt the difference between common nouns and proper nouns. Our WALT was to: Use proper nouns and common nouns in our writing correctly.  Our teachers ran a whole class workshop, which means our whole class has to attend the workshop. After the workshop we got into buddies and made a google drawing to show that we understand the differences. A proper nouns is a certain person, place or thing. A common noun is a label for a person, place or thing, like teacher is a common noun so it shouldn’t start with a capital letter. Whaea Chrissy is a proper noun so it starts with a capital letter.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Te Reo Maori Quiz

Two weeks ago Te Ngahere made Te Reo Maori Quizzes. Our WALT was to: Ask and answer questions about classroom items. We made our quizzes on google slides. We could work in pairs or by our selves. We added pictures of items from a classroom and put 2+ Te Reo words underneath the item we linked the correct word to the correct answer slide and the wrong word/s to the wrong answer slide. So when someone clicks the correct answer it would take you to the correct slide and if they click the wrong slide then the link takes you to the wrong slide which says: Kahore, try again, kia kaha and supportive words. We got to decorate it however we wanted to, and add Maori art for backgrounds and things like that. I had fun making my Te Reo Maori Quiz with Aliyah. We had fun choosing items to put into our slide and learning what some of the items translate too.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Maths Goals

Last week in Te Ngahere we had to set three maths goals. Our WALT was: Identify what we have achieved in maths and our next learning steps. So we had to look at our IKAN sheets and scan for three strategies that we had marked To Learn or Visited. Once we had picked out our three maths goals we had to write them into our term 3 learning goals slide. When we were finished with that we needed to make a google drawing. I copied and pasted my goals into my google drawing with an example to suit my goal. I decorated the background and prettied everything up to make it look nice. We have made these google drawings to hang on the walls of Te Ngahere so we could see our goals easier and we could always know what they were.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Writing Goals

Last week was the first week of term 3 and Te Ngahere had to set 3 writing goals. Te Ngahere’s WALT was to identify our next learning goals in writing. We had to choose goals that would help us to improve in organisation, and sentence structure, we also had to do one of the goals (if we had any) that we didn’t complete last term. Once we had chosen our goals and put them in our goals slide, we had to make a google drawing of our writing goals. We could decorate our google drawing and change the background. We were able to decorate it however we liked but it had to be readable. We made our google drawings to print out and put on the walls of Te Ngahere so we knew what our goals were. Our writing goals google drawing will also bring more colour to our walls.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Family Art Representation

Last term Te Ngahere and Te Maunga drew koru and kowhaiwhai patterns. First we did practises with crayons and A4 pieces of paper. We had to use the crayons to practise how to keep the koru the same width all the way. After our practises we moved on to our family representation art. We did drafts to create our own design that represents the people in our family. We then had to draw our design (with pencil) lightly onto a smaller piece of paper and paint it with metallic shiny colours. After we finished with the paint we traced our koru’s with vivid. We made this art to decorate our Whare. We learnt how to draw koru and kowhaiwhai patterns to represent people. Making our koru and kowhaiwhai patterns was fun!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Waitangi Treaty Grounds By Chevylee

Last week on Tuesday our whole school went to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The juniors went earlier than us they went when the bell for school to start we went at lunch time. We walked the whole way there and back, while we were there we did Maori games and activities. We made manu aute out of Nikou, we played lots of other fun games. We finished our games and activities then moved on to planting plants and trees. We paired up and one of the people in the group got a troul while the other one got a young plant. We were lucky to be able to plant the plants there one of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Staff said, she said that we were lucky because only certain people got to plant in this special space. I had so much fun at the Treaty Grounds but sadly that was my last time to be able to go on this trip as a student with the school because I am a year 8 and this is my last year at school. :’(

Monday, June 26, 2017

Fidget Spinner Art Reflection

A few weeks ago Te Ngahere and Te Maunga did art together. We drew fidget spinners. We did our own designs and shaped the fidget spinners in the way we wanted them to be. Our success criteria was that we had to use the space on our paper, crayons and dye. We used A3 paper to draw our fidget spinners on. We traced around circle objects to make the bearings shape. I had fun drawing fidget spinners it was a fun and creative day I hope we can do even more art soon.

My Reflection About Luna Park

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In the last School Holidays we went to Australia to visit our Dad. During the holidays we went to Luna Park. Luna Park is a theme park with lots of awesome and thrilling rides. We went to Luna Park for a reward for doing cleaning and looking after Sophie (the dog) while our Dad was at work for the past few days. At School the students in Te Ngahere made ice cream but I was away so I got to choose what to write a recount about. While I was writing my recount I was practicing and learning to use metaphors, similes and the correct structure for a recount. I can’t wait until the next School Holidays because we get to go to Australia again and visit our Dad.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Why Our School Should Be Allowed To Have Our Own Lockers

Why Our School Should Be Allowed To Have Our Own Lockers

I think that we should be allowed to have our own lockers.

Firstly with our bags hanging on hooks people can steal from them whether they are open or closed. People have had things stolen from them before. With your own lockers you have your very own combination code so nobody can get into your locker and steal your things.

Secondly we should have lockers because the cloak rooms can get pretty messy. The cloak rooms get messy because people leave their things lying around. Their clothes, lunch or whatever they have in their bags can fall out and that is another way people can steal things. With lockers all your property goes inside your locker. If your locker is messy then it is your problem, not everyone who has their bag hanging in the cloakroom or has a locker. For example since we have cloak rooms when somebody makes a mess, leaves or drops their property in the cloakroom everyone has to deal with it. This is why lockers are much tidier than cloak rooms.

Thirdly lockers have shelves, hooks, and holders inside of them. You can even add more into them like mirrors; you can stick reminders on the door of your locker, headphone holders and much more. Lockers hold all of your property you’d like it to, and this is why I think we should have lockers.

Are Innovative Learning Environments Better For Teaching and Learning?

Are Innovative Learning Environments Better For Teaching and Learning?

I think that our Innovative learning environment is better for teaching and learning. I think this because it is easier and faster to write with chromebooks, because with chromebooks we type, typing is much faster than handwriting because when we handwrite we have to write each letter. When you handwrite you get sore wrists and hands.

Our classroom is better for learning because we have 2 teachers and 45 other students in 3 different year levels, year 6, 7 and 8. It is better with more students from other year levels because if you need help with something you can go to different people for  different kinds of help. Like if you need help with maths you could go to the people who are good at maths, or if you need help in writing you would go to someone who is good at writing. It is better with 2 teachers because if one of the teachers are busy then you go to the other.

We even have new furniture. We have high tables, high stools, new chairs, low tables, couches, bean bags, wobbly stools and horseshoe tables for reading, writing or maths workshops. Our new furniture is colourful and comfortable. Our new furniture is great because they are comfortable to work with and give colour to the classroom.

In conclusion I think that our Innovative Learning Environment is better for teaching and learning for all of the reasons above. I love that we are lucky enough to have comfortable, colourful furniture, chromebooks, 2 teachers and more students to go to for help. That’s why I think Innovative Learning Environments Are Better For Teaching And Learning.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Year 7/8 Rippa Rugby Tournament

Last Friday some of the year 7 and 8’s (including myself) went to Kaikohe for a Rippa Rugby Tournament. We had entered the social category  and had three games. We played against, Bay of Islands, Kaikohe Christian School and Rawene. We won all of our games and we all had fun. When we finished the tournament we all went to McDonalds and had Ice Creams. Next year we are going to enter in the competitive category. We had an awesome coach, his name was Tony and he helped us through the games by giving us feedback on what we can do better and training us for the past week. I had so much fun and can’t wait until the next Rippa Rugby Tournament.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Surf Life Saving Made By Chevylee


Te Ngahere had an awesome, learning packed day. We were lucky enough to be able to spend a whole day at the beach and learn about rips and how to spot them, how to see if somebody is in trouble and what to do and the 10 important Surf Life Saving Rules are. I learnt about different kinds of rips and what they do. I learnt that normally rips are where the calm spot in the waves, or where the water is different colour or even where debris is getting taken out to sea and it is moving fast. I enjoyed learning about rips it was really interesting and fun. We got to play games and learn how to save people with Life Saving Tubes.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bay Beach Clean By Chevylee

Bay Beach Clean

On Friday we did a bay beach clean which is when our school goes to the beach and pick up rubbish. We found a lot of cigarettes, bottle caps and glass. We also found plastic spoons, coffee cups, water bottles, cans, coke bottles, paper bags, tissues, lollipop sticks, and pieces of metal and tin. I enjoyed cleaning the beach because we could have left it there and animals could have eaten it and been dead or injured. There was a wide variety of rubbish way more than I expected.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Tangelo By Chevylee

The Tangelo

The Tangelo was a soft orangy colour and a bumpy oval shape. The Tangelo’s outside smelt strong and sour and felt like a mix of hard and soft. As I peeled my Tangelo I could smell a sweet but strong citrusy smell, I could hear my peelings crackling as they were removed from the Tangelo’s flesh. As I bit into one of the Tangelo’s segments, SQUIRT! All of its juice squirted onto my face. The Tangelo was as sweet as a red, ripe strawberry, and as juicy as a crisp watermelon. The Tangelo was a fruit, full of flavour.

My Reflection
I was learning to write a descriptive piece of writing and choose descriptive words and adjectives. I think I did well in choosing adjectives and onomatopoeia. Next time I think I could do better by adding more detail about the smells of the tangelo. I enjoyed writing descriptively about the tangelo it was fun.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

That Was Summer By Chevylee



Spying on the fluffy white lambs as they pranced around
Image result for baby lambsFeeding them crispy, green grass in the morning?
Image result for baby lambsSo they could be bouncy and energetic for the day
Listening to their cute lamb calls to their mothers
Seeing their mothers scurrying over to their lambs
Watching them as they jump and play in the warm summer sun

That Was Summer

I was learning to write a descriptive piece of writing, and how to use interesting adjectives. I think I did well in choice of words to describe the lambs and what they were doing. I think I could improve my writing next time by remembering to use my commas in a list before I get my work checked. I really enjoyed writing about my summer. It was fun thinking about all the different adjectives I could use to describe the lambs behaviour.