Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Reading - Text Composition

In reading we have been learning to….
recognise the way words, sentences and paragraphs are put together (e.g sentences that express cause and effect) and use this knowledge to understand complicated texts.

These documents show evidence of my learning during this unit:

My Next Step: Is to continue to apply this new knowledge of parts of texts, to help me make sense of increasingly complicated text types.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Term 2 Book Review.

Title Of The Book Is : 


This book is from the Science Fiction genre. 

This book is about a girl named Beatrice she lives in a city were they have 5 places that are called Factions. These Factions have a certain value; there names are... Candor that value honesty, Abnegation  that value selflessness, Erudite that values being smart, Amity that values forgiveness and kindness and Dauntless that values bravery.
Here is the blurb if you are interested in this book...

Sixteen-year-old Tris (Beatrice that is just her nick name.) is forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit. 

So she ventures out alone, determined to discover where she truly belongs. Shocked by her brutal new life, Tris can trust NO ONE. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her

The hardest choice lies ahead.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Home learning challenge #3

R9. Offer to help around home without being asked.

Here are some of the things that I did :
- Today I help my Mum cook the dinner.
- I helped my Auntie with the dishes.
-  I helped clean my Cousins room.
- I vacuumed my Dads room.
- I cleaned up the living room.

Home learning Excellence #2

E6. Research a job you are interested in - including qualifications and training

Interior designers plan and design spaces in residential, commercial, retail and leisure environments.
Chances of getting a job as an interior designer are average as competition for vacancies is strong.
1-3 years of training usually required.


Interior designers with one to five years' experience usually earn $45K-$65K per year Senior interior designers with more than five years' experience usually earn $65K-$95K per year

Interior designers may do some or all of the following:

discuss design ideas and provide advice to clients, analyse clients' requirements, plan and design, building interiors, rooms, shops, and residential and leisure spaces, plan interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling, prepare drawings, samples and decorating instructions, advise on hiring tradespeople, design furniture or fittings, work with architects and other contractors at the early stages of designing an interior space.

Entry requirements

To become an interior designer you usually need a degree or diploma in interior design, spatial design or interior architecture. Some employers may also accept people with degrees in related areas such as architecture or industrial design.

Secondary education

To enter tertiary training, a university entrance qualification is required. Useful subjects include art and art history, English, graphics, computing and maths.

Many tertiary providers require design students to present a portfolio of work when applying for a place on a course.

Personal requirements

Interior designers need to be:
accurate, with an eye for detail
good communicators
able to inspire confidence in their clients

able to accept criticism.

Term 2 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel … ( type the name of your novel here)

I found this novel interesting because I learnt about something that was a big part of New Zealand's history.

During the novel I had to complete a thinking map which shows that I can classify how the author has shown the theme of the book.

National Standard this covers

  • Year 9/10 Standard
    • I can locate, evaluate, analyse and summarise information and ideas within texts and across a range of texts.
    • I have a large vocabulary that is connected to my own knowledge about the world and includes: - academic e.g observe vs watch - subject-specific (specific words about a subject (e.g feline) - technical terms (specialised vocabulary of a particular field.)
Overall I would give this novel a rating of  9/10 and I would recommend it to others to read because it talks about our history and how

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

I can successfully research a current event.

WALT: I can successfully research a current event.
Here is a link to our online modelling book for this unit of learning.

The National Standard that I have been aiming for during this unit of learning is:

Year 9/10: I can read in different ways to find and/or understand information that that is not immediately easy to access or is not organised in familiar ways.

Each week we have read a short text about a current event/ topic. We then formed questions based on what we had read.  After this we researched the answers to our questions and finally we gave our opinions on what we had found out.

Here is some evidence of my learning.

Describe map Two

My Next Step is to continue to  apply the reading and  research skills that I have learned in a variety of other areas.

Drama 2017 Term 2

In ARTS this term we have been learning to:
Select and use techniques and relevant technologies to develop drama practice.
Here is a link to our online modelling book.

  • During this unit of learning we:
  • Described the characteristics of silent performances.
  • Identified different techniques used in silent performances.
  • Used these techniques in a variety of different practice situations.
  • Worked in a small group to put together our own silent performance.

The most challenging part of this unit of learning was doing the mime because it was hard to find a place to fit it in Natasha, Brook and I's chase.

The two things that I enjoyed the most were:
  1. I enjoyed working with Brook and Natasha.
  2. I liked making up a chase. 

The story that my group told silently was that I saw here playing with a ball, I told Natasha that we should take it, we did and then the chase begins.

Overall I think my group worked well together because we got our work done and our play turned out great.

Home learning Challenge #1 Excellence.

A6. Research a range of options for High School.

- Christchurch Girls High
- Riccarton High
 - Hillmorton
- Villa Maria College

At girls I thought that the science room was stinky because they were dissecting a squid.

At Hillmorton there was lots of food and there was also a lot of food at girls. I also saw Natasha and Maddy at the tour.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Careers Education C.V. Writing

In CAREERS EDUCATION we have been learning to write a skills based Curriculum Vitae.

A skills based C.V. focuses more on the skills that we have,  rather than our work history.

Here is a link to our online modeling book that shows the process we have followed.

Three things that I have learned about writing a Curriculum Vitae are:

It needs to be short and to the point.

It need to be tidy and organized.

If it has spelling mistakes most employees will throw it in the bin.

Here is a link to my Skills based Curriculum Vitae.

Assessment task: Investigate situations that involve elements of chance by comparing experimental distributions with expectations from models of the possible outcomes, acknowledging variation and independence.

Assessment task: Investigate situations that involve elements of chance by comparing experimental distributions with expectations from models of the possible outcomes, acknowledging variation and independence.

Question 1:

Show your working and answer here (you may need to add a photo of a tree diagram you frew on your little whiteboard):

beath vs aroha, beath won
                                             ------------- beath vs delsey, beath won.
Connie vs delsey, delsey won

Question 2:
Car number plates in the land of Automobile have two letters and two digits. How many different number plates could be made using two letters and two digits?

Show your working and answers here:

26 x 2 = 52
                 -------------- 52 x 20 = 1,040
10 x 2 = 20

Question 3:

Show your working and answer here:

4x4= 16

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Excellence Post #2

Today we had a bake sale And I helped pack it up. we got about $9,000; We also had to share pozi's in assembly. The slide was wrong when it came to the third placing. It said and tied in third is... and that was last weeks draw; so we were resilient and said in third place is... The care value I showed during the bake sale was excellence by helping the others to pack up. and then I was able to see my friends after. The leader ship traits that I showed were trustworthy and resilience by being trusted to put the table were it needed to go, and the way I showed resilience was by changing the words when I need to for the slide.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Use a range of multiplicative strategies when operating on whole numbers.

This is what we had to do for the extended abstract task. At the bottom are my answers.

Use a range of multiplicative strategies when operating on whole numbers

I can apply the strategy to problem solving questions

The escape

A prisoner sits in his cell planning his escape. The prisoner is kept in by 5 laser beams, which operate along a corridor. Each laser is switched off at a specific time interval for just long enough to allow a person to walk through. The time between being switched off for each laser is shown below:

  • Laser One = every 3 minutes
  • Laser Two = every 2 minutes
  • Laser Three = every 5 minutes
  • Laser Four = every 4 minutes
  • Laser Five = every 1 minutes

The guard patrols and checks the prisoner each time all the laser beams are off simultaneously. Because each laser only switches off for a short time the prisoner knows he can only get past one laser at a time. He has to get past the five lasers from 1 to 5 in order. Laser One is at the entrance of the prisoner’s cell and laser Five is at the door to the outside. He also knows that if he spends longer than 4 minutes 12 seconds in the corridor an alarm will go off.

Can the prisoner escape without the alarm in the corridor going off?

I came to more than one answer it is just about what strategy you used.
  1. He can't do it because he spends to long in the corridor
  2. He can't because the guard will come to check on him because he comes when all lasers are off and 3+2=5 and 4+1=5 as well so the guard would come at laser 3.
  3. He might also be able to get through all and then have 12 seconds to run from the guard (unless guard is fit then he will catch the prisoner unless he has a getaway car waiting.)
  4. Etc.

If he can escape, how many minutes should he wait before passing Laser One?

None he can go once the first laser has gone because it is right in front of his cell entrance so he can act like he is just standing around until the laser turns off.

How much time will he have after passing Laser Five before the guard raises the alarm?

  1. He will have 12 seconds to run
  2. It depends if he even gets to laser five
  3. It also depends on how long the guard takes.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Excellence Can do #1

Yesterday I went to technology. On the bus I sat with Natasha and at tech we decided that we wanted to make a pillow together but we wanted one each so we cut out 4 pieces of this fluffy fabric and got two pieces each then we sow them together. When I went to sow it I forgot to go back and then forward so I had to get this tool were you get it under the thread and pull it out but it was really hard to do because the fabric was fluffy. So I showed resilience by asking the teacher for help and not giving up when it was really hard. The care value I showed was respect because when the teacher was busy I dint call out her name.

Excellence must do #1

Yesterday we went to the .c.c.c. building (Christchurch, city, council.) we learned about how they make decisions about where their money goes and we also got to plan an event were we had a budget and had to meet it or below. we also learnt about what the .c.c.c. does/owns/runs I learnt that they have 7 departments that all look after stuff e.g water and lands that are special to Christchurch, building checks, looking after parks and other stuff. we also went into the council chamber, were I was a person from the press. we also had an activity were we (Natasha, Sophie & I) had an event to plan. We had a budget of $9,000. We went for a small event wears others went for a big event.

I can evaluate writers’ purposes and consider how they have used structure and language to suit these purposes. (Eg: I can make decisions about why the writer has written a piece of writing and how they have used particular structures and words to meet the purpose.

Assessment: I can evaluate writer's purposes and consider how they have used structure and language to suit these purposes. (Eg: I can make decisions about why the writer has written a piece of writing and how they have used particular structures and words to meet the purpose.)
Name:      Choose 3 out of the following texts:  

L5 Author’s Purpose follow up
I can describe the author's purpose in relation to structure and language choices in a text and give relevant evidence (eg vocabulary used)
I can compare and contrast differences in the author's purpose in relation to structure and language choices between different texts.

The author’s purpose is…
Inform people that there is an artificial sun.

The specific language/ structure choices that the author has made to support their purpose are...
They have used technical language because the author is most likely aiming at researchers, scientists or people who are interested in reading stuff like this.

Specific language choices in the 3 texts:
Structure of the 3 texts:


The World will end, said the cat, World’s Largest Artificial Sun and Laundry Folding Robot have pictures to help show what they are talking about.

The author’s purpose is…
Is to inform people that there is a laundry folding robot somewhere in the world.

The specific language/ structure choices that the author has made to support their purpose are...
They have used technical language because they are most likely getting their facts and information from researchers, scientists or the people who invented it. So they are using technical language so that other researchers, scientists or people understand.

The author’s purpose is…
To entertain people when there

The specific language/ structure choices that the author has made to support their purpose are..
They have used emotive language to make the reader fell what the characters are feeling.

Is to entertain people so they are using Emotive language


Level 5 - Author's’ Purpose Map
I can describe the author’s purpose in a text
I can identify several features of the author’s purpose

The author’s purpose is…
The point of view is…
The intended audience is...
I can identify several features of the author’s purpose; and explain giving relevant examples and evidence.

What does it say in the text to show you that:
  • this is the author’s purpose
  • this is the point of view
  • this is the intended audience
The author’s purpose is…
P? I? E?

1.The fact that the Dionaea muscipula, or Venus flytrap, feeds on unsuspecting insects by luring them into its jaw-like leaves with sweet-smelling nectar has been known for centuries.

2.the process begins when the insect lands on the trap. If it just touches the sensory hair on the leaves once, nothing happens. The smart plant knows that this could be the result of the wind or a raindrop.

3.It is only when the unsuspecting creature triggers the sensory hair a second time that it gets trapped inside the leaf.
The point of view is…

3rd person.
1.What they noticed

2.However, scientists thought

3.they had assumed
The intended audience is...

1.The researchers, who published their findings in the scientific journal

2.The scientists believe the large amount of energy required to break down the insect’s proteins cannot be supplied by traditional photosynthesis alone.

3.In 2016, Rainer Hedrich, a biophysicist at the University of W├╝rzburg, discovered that the Venus flytrap does not waste energy
I can generalise about the author’s point of view

Overall authors use certain languages to catch the attention of other readers and they also use .P.I.E. to catch the eye/attention of different year/age range and readers. Because if you were 20 year old you most likely wouldn't like to read a book about fairies and pirates.