Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Swift Playgrounds

Last week the year 7&8 Extension group started to use a coding program called swift playgrounds.
Swift playgrounds is a coding program that helps you code three types of characters which I found very
cool. We talked about Commands and Sequences. Commands is telling the characters to do, it’s kind
of like an instructions listed down for the characters to do. Sequences is like a layout of instruction for
the character to follow like step by step. This is a photo of the level I was stuck on which was
Slotted stairways that was part of function. I found this hard because I had to write down lot’s of code I
kept getting it wrong.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Blog Update 2018!

!!Welcome to my first blog-post for 2018!!
It has been a long time since I have posted. I’ve had a great start to the Year and Yeaah! I am officially year 7 student. I am in Home room 1 and I have a awesome Teacher Mr Wisemen! We’ve been learning heaps. Last week in our home classes we learnt about waitangi and we gathered facts and information about it. The group i was in decided to do a play to show the work we’ve done and the story of waitangi at the same time. In maths all we did was introduced each other and say something that is related to maths. We also did time tables and more. I think that 2018 is going to be a great year.Stay tuned for more blog-posts soon!!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

SLJ WK 1 Bonus Activity

Bonus Activity: Musical Festivals – Matatini

In New Zealand, a huge festival is held every two years, called Te Matatini. This performing arts festival celebrates the tikanga (culture or customs) of Māori. Kapa Haka groups from around New Zealand are invited to attend the festival and each group gives a 25-minute performance. The performances are judged and the best teams win prizes.

The gold medal winning team from this year (2017) was Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti.
Here's what I think:
1. Te Puku o Te Ika
2. Te Iti Kahurangi
3. Tamatea Arikuni

First of all all items were beautiful. They sang, danced and told a story very well! Let's start with Tamatea Arikuni. Tamatea Arikuni was pretty good. Although I they they just needed more Kaha during there Item. It sound more like soft and got to be honest boring. 2nd Te Iti Kahurangi had alot more power then Tamatea Arikuni. They were very loud and outstanding! They sang very well and I enjoyed there performance. Finally Number 1! Te Puku o Te Ika stood out the most to me! They were louder and had lot's of Kaha! I loved how they dedicated the performance to a man as they held up a photo of him. It was a really heartwarming item to see. I thought they did AWESOME! Well that's what I think leave a comment down below on what you really think! Were they good or not really good?

Saturday, 23 December 2017

SLJ WK1 D4 Activity 1/2 Hitting a High Note

Activity 1: The Waiata - A Song in Your Heart
In the past, Māori would often use song as a way of sharing information or communicating emotions.  A waiata is the name given to a traditional Māori song. One of my all-time favourite waiata is Kia Paimarie. What about you?

Actually I have 2 all time favourite waiata's! It is Tutira Mai Nga Iwi and Tiaho Mai Ra. I liked both songs because they have strong meanings. A student that attended Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Mokopuna in Wellington. There she composed the song for her brother that she saw as a brother having trouble. The other Tutira Mai Nga Iwi is a very strong song it's all about standing together as one team and working hard. Both songs are very strong and has a good meaning to it. 
Activity 2: Playing Games
Hundreds of years ago, young Māori children were taught to play a number of games, including Poi Rakau, Ki O Rahi, Koruru Taonga and Poi Toa. Read about each of these four games on the Rangatahi tu Rangatira website. Have you played any of them before? Isn’t it cool how the games have been passed down for generations?
The name of the game I chose it called Poi Rakau!
The aim of the is to try and get the other opponents stick before it falls on to the ground and you OUT!
The rules of the game are you will stand in a circle each holding a pole. When the caller yells left or right but in maori Maui or Ratau you will move to that direction and take the other opponents spot.
I've played Poi rakau before but this was back in 2016 when we had Maori! I would definitely like to play again!

Friday, 22 December 2017

SLJ WK 1 Bonus Activity

Bonus Activity: Fun Family Facts

Everyone’s family is unique. What makes your family special? Choose three people close to you and ask them what their two favourite things to do in summer are.

My Brother: Jumping on the trampoline and playing rugby outside.

My Sister: Like going to the pools in Pakuranga and sleeping.

My Mother: Reading Books and the Bible and doing Gardening outside. 

SLJ WK 1 D3 Activity 1/2 It's all in the family

Activity 1: The More, the Merrier?
In the 1800s, most families were pretty big. In fact, many parents had an average of seven to nine children.  Imagine that you were a child in the 1800s and you had nine siblings.
How I would feel being in a big family:
I got to be really honest I think that living in a big family would be awesome! Why I think that? Even though I have little family that I live with I still think that having a big family would be good, you can help each other very well and work together as a team to make things work. Sometimes being in a big family will have lot's of money and payment issues that's why you have other people like older siblings that can help make things right, like making a family Garage sale! That my onion. Comment down below what you think Yes or No?

Activity 2: Acknowledging Ancestry
All of us are members of a family. Some of us have large families and some of us have very small families. When I have the opportunity to talk about my family and my ancestry I sometimes choose to use a pepeha. It is a very special way of identifying who I am and where I come from. There are many different versions of pepeha but most provide people with information about who you are and where you come from (i.e. your whakapapa).

Image result for Tongan FlagKo Mounga Talau (Mt Talau) te maunga Ko Fetoa te awa         
Ko Taulanga puatalefusi te waka
Ko Ma'u tōku tīpuna
Ko Falefisi tōku iwi          
Ko Falepua tōku hapu
Ko Mapuatonga tōku marae
Ko Makave Vava'u, Tonga ahau
Ko Meliame rāua ko Samiuela ōku mātua
Ko Amelia tōku ingoa.

My Other Pepeha: Tena Koutou Katoa!
Ko Maungarei Te Maunga
Ko Tamaki Te Awa
Ko Waitemata Te Moana
Ko Ukutoia Te Papa Ko Tavake Toku Koroua
Ko Simaima Toku Nana
Ko Samiuela Toku Papa
Ko Meliame Toku Mama
Ko Amelia Ahau
No reira tena koutou, tena kotou, tena ra tatou katoa!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

SLJ WK 1 Bonus Activity

Bonus Activity: Special Meals!
Rachel's Favorite meal below
Back in the 1800s, most Māori ate a simple diet. They ate foods that they could catch in the water (eg. fish) or grow on the land (eg. kumara). They did not have access to a supermarket to buy food for their meals! Speaking of meals, what is your favourite meal? Mine is wood-fired pizza. Yum!

For this activity we had to post a picture of a favourite meal and talk about it.

Shepard's Pie!
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!This is not my photo!
My favourite meal is Shepard's Pie! Shepard's Pie is a big pie that has layers of potatoes, vegetables, mince and of course CHEESE! It is my favourite meal because when I first tasted it when my cousin's made it was a YASS from me! So I decided to go for 3rd's! The layers inside was delicious but my favourite was the mince and potatoes! I think that this is an awesome meal because you can share it (only if you make a big batch) and enjoy the mouth-watering pie! When my mum and I make it we just eyeball the ingredients and it turns out amazing. But if you'd like to try it out here's the recipe on how the make Shepard's Pie the Professional way! Click this link.