Thursday, 14 December 2017

NEXT Foundation Visit

Yesterday, the NEXT Foundation came into Panmure Bridge school. They were here to launch the Summer Learning Journey. Some other people also came: Mr Burt (Principal of Pt England School), Rachel Williams (The creator of the Summer and Winter Learning Journeys). Some of the people from the NEXT Foundation including Bill Kermode (The CEO of the NEXT foundation) also came. Some of the students from Panmure Bridge (including myself) spoke on stage about the Summer Learning Journey. They came to showcase a video that they created for the launch of the Summer Learning Journey and I was the main character in it. It was really fun shooting the movie (which we filmed at my house and at school). I really enjoyed being part of it. After assembly, the NEXT foundation provided lunch for everyone in our school. It was delicious.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas In Italy

Yesterday, LS2 was working on our collaborative challenge. We were split into groups of four (I was working with Zane, Tiava and Viva) and had to work together to create a DLO about how another country celebrates Christmas. We decided to chose to learn about Italy. We found out that Italians go to a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and they call Santa Bobba Natale. In Vatican City, one of the traditions there is going to the square at noon on Christmas day to get the Pope's blessing. We all worked collaboratively and used our smart searching skills to find our information.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Google Game - Coding

Today LS2 played the new google game. You play as a rabbit and you have use coding to get the rabbit to the carrots. To do the coding, you have to put the arrows into the bar and when you press the play button (The orange circle with the triangle in the middle of it), the rabbit moves in the direction the arrow is pointing. Your objective is to get the rabbit to all of the carrots.

Maths - Geometry

For maths today, we were doing some geometry coordination. First of all, we had to complete four pages of reading maps. Some of the tasks were pretty easy like: Draw a snake in the jungle and draw a road from toptown to hilltown. Then, we were given a piece paper with instructions and a piece of paper with a half completed dog. Our challenge was to follow the instructions to complete the dog. We then had to color the dog in. For this task, we had to remember and use the ladder rule (You can't go up and across but you can go across then up).

Monday, 4 December 2017

Tech Reflection

Every week, on a Friday morning the year sevens and eights go to Tamaki College for tech. So far this year, we have had three rotations. For the year eights, our rotations were (In this order), Food tech, graphics and hard materials. In food tech, we learnt to cook and we made some amazing things like chocolate truffles and quiches. In graphics we designed and painted our own clock and in hard materials we made our own stained glass design. A big thanks to the three teachers that taught us: Mrs Heka (Food tech), Ms Ferguson (Graphics) and Mr Grundy (Hard materials).

Summer Learning Journey

On Friday, Hazel (One of the people running the summer learning journey) came to Panmure Bridge school to talk to us about the Summer Learning Journey that is happening over the Christmas holidays. The program contains loads of different activities. It starts on the 18th of December and finishes on the 26th of January. The top three bloggers from each school will be given a prize when the points are all added up. It is a great opportunity for students as they will keep their reading levels up over the summer.

Social Science

On Friday, the year seven and eights stayed at Tamaki College after tech to go to three different classes - Social Science, PE and Robotics. Social Science was taught by Ms Apelu, PE was taught by Mr Moyes and Robotics was taught by Mr Dunn. I was in Social Sciences with Ms Apelu. First of all, we played a game called Perused which is where you are in a city and you have to look around and find clues to find out where you are. After that, we went onto a website called Google Earth and found a place where Mrs Anderson could go for her vacation. Jay-don and I found a place called the Cleveland Metro parks Zoo, in Ohio. We then had to write a letter saying why we think Mrs Anderson should go to the place we have chosen for her vacation.

Dear Mrs Anderson,
We have been researching different locations for your next holiday. We think you should go to Cleveland Metro parks Zoo, in Ohio because it is a huge (183 acre) zoo with many exotic and interesting animals like the Emerald Tree Boa and the Capybara. It would be the perfect place to relax and get some awesome pictures for your social media. I hope this persuades you to have your vacation at the Cleveland Metro parks Zoo. 

Jay-Don and Daniel.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Fire Station Trip

On Tuesday LS1 and LS2 went to the Panmure Fire Station. We learnt about Fire trucks and the different tools and mechanisms that they have (Ladders, pumps, hoses). The firefighters also demonstrated how they got someone out of a car if they are trapped inside of it (They used the glass cutters and spreaders to take apart the car). It was really cool and interesting watching them remove the windscreen without making it shatter. Everyone had a great time and had loads of fun. 

Fire Station - Summary

On Tuesday, LS1 and LS2 went down to the Panmure Fire Station. Our inquiry for this term is our community so we have been learning about the different places in our community. After the trip, we came back to school and wrote a summary about our experience. First of all, we (I was working with Te Wai, Nazella and Shakaia) got twenty words that we thought were important, then we got six words from the first twenty words and used them to write a summary about firefighters.  

What Is Tooth Decay?

Mrs Anderson has been educating us on oral hygiene and has taught us some interesting and disgusting vocabulary (Tarter, plaque, hygiene). Oral hygiene is very important and we had to come up with a fun and creative way to get our message across Panmure Bridge School. Our idea was to create an animation. Jeremiah and I (Jeremiah was my partner) created an animation because our audience we targeted was room 5. Room 5 has year 3's so that is why we did not use hard words or disgusting images. Our animation is based on what is tooth decay? Tooth decay is a huge problem that is why we targeted it. Tooth decay can be avoided if you reduce your sugar intake or just brush your teeth twice a day (For three minutes). We created this to pay it forward to the community to make sure that people are aware that they have to brush their teeth.

Police Helicopter Visit

Today we had a visit from a police helicopter (One of two in New Zealand) and a police dog with his handler. The whole school assembled outside to watch the helicopter land on the top field. The wind from the helicopter was so powerful that grass flew up through the windows in LS2. First of all, we walked around the helicopter and looked inside. After that, the pilots told us some facts and answered some of our questions. Once the helicopter flew off, a police dog came to visit us. He and his handler showed off how the dog tracks things. We learnt that the dogs can track people, drugs and explosives. After that, the police demonstrated how strong a police dogs teeth by getting the dog to bite a mans arm (He had padding on his arm). A big thanks to Constable Cyrus who organised this. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Reading - Navigating Narratives Feedback

Today we had a visitor who came in to have a look at what we have been doing during reading. We had the choice of choosing a reading method to show Mrs Cameron. (our visitors) So Jeremiah and I chose to show Mrs Cameron how we give each other feedback. To complete this DLO we read a book called Genesis by Bernard Beckett. We read the first chapter then we asked each other three questions. We then recorded ourselves asking and answering the questions.

Thursday, 9 November 2017


Today for Kiwi sport we had badminton. We have been practicing our forehand and our backhand grip. After having some practice, we did a rally. For the rally, we had to hit the badminton to our partner without it hitting the floor. My partner was Jeremiah and we did pretty well. We all had a lot of fun and I am looking forward to our next session of badminton.

Film Festival

Yesterday, the whole school went down to Hoyts Sylvia Park for the 10th annual Manaiakalani film festival. The films that were shown there were created by students from the schools in the Manaiakalani cluster. My favorite film was the one LS1 made. It was about two boys trying to survive in a school full of crazy people. When we got back to school, we went on some of the other schools videos and left some comments. All of the films were creative and I enjoyed watching them.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Screencastify - Maths Strategies

In LS2 we have been learning how to use screencastify to show our learning. Screencastify is a screen recorder that we use to show our learning. For this, we had to find a maths DLO and record ourselves talking about it. It took me a couple of attempts to finishing recording because everyone was recording and talking at the same time. I found screencastify a great tool because it's a new way to show my learning. Above the recording is a screenshot of my plan that I used in my screencastify.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

PBS Blogging Journey

For the last PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task is to: Compare the New Zealand Harbour Bridge with the Australian one. Create a venn diagram to show the differences and similarities. I learnt that the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel arch bridge.

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task is to: Use your smart searching skills to find the cost and requirements you have to meet in order to jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Cost to bungee jump:
 - Adult = $165
 - Child = $135
 - NZ Student = $135

Requirements to bungee jump:
 - Minimum age is 10
 - Must be between 35kg to 150kgs
 - Flat, secure clothing

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task was to create a DLO providing facts about the Auckland Harbour Bridge. I learnt that it took a long time to build (4 Years!!!) and it actually had two architects that designed it. 

PBS Blogging Joruney

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task was to: Use your smart searching skills to find out which event is on at the museum these holidays Create your own 5 photo exhibition. Remember to be creative with your DLO. For the first part of the activity, the event is called Time To Serve: Soldier Or Stretcher Bearer. It is on from the 9th to the 15th of October (10am - 2pm). For the second half of the activity, I created a 5 photo exhibition with a Lego man. 

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task is to: Find out about a parade that is held outside the Auckland Museum once a year (When it is held and why it is held). Record your answer on Vocaroo and post it on your blog.

Here is the link to my recording:

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task is to: Visit the museum website and find out about life as an ANZAC soldier. Find three interesting facts and say why you found them interesting.
Fact 1: Archduke Franz Ferdinand's death started WW1. I found this interesting because if he hadn't have been assassinated, the war would never have started.
Fact 2: WW1 ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I found that interesting because a very bloody war ended on a very weird date.  
Fact 3: In WW1, when the ANZAC's left, they had to put sandbags on their shoes so that the enemy wouldn't hear them. I found this interesting because it was a very smart idea that might have saved lives.

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task is to: Create a DLO providing the opening times and all the ticket prices. Full bonus points in you add a image and attribute it. I find it weird how Kelly Tarltons charges you less if you order online rather than paying the walk up price. 

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task is to: Choose one of the sea creatures in Kelly Tarltons and make an info-graphic about them. Full points in you include an image and attribute it. I decided to choose one of the seahorses called the Big Bellied Seahorse. It is a very big seahorse and looks pretty funny because it's belly is so big.

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey Activity, the task was to: Visit the Kelly Tarlton's website to find out how much it would cost for you to go there. Use your smart searching skills to find out much it would cost for your family to visit the aquarium. It would cost me $22 if I pay online or $27 if I pay when I get there. It would cost my family $127 if we pay online (Family B ticket + Child ticket) or $159 if we pay when I get there.

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS Blogging Journey activity, the task was to: Find different adventurous activities that you can do at the Sky Tower and say which one would you choose, why would you choose it and how much would it cost. At the Sky Tower, you can do the Sky Jump and the Sky Walk. I would choose the Sky Jump because in that activity, you jump off the Sky Tower and that sounds like heaps of fun and the Sky Walk only involves you walking around on a 1.2 meter platform 192 meters up. The Sky Jump costs $225 for a adult and $175 for a child. 

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS blogging journey activity, the task was to: Create a mascot for the Sky Tower as Scotty (The Sky Tower mascot) is away. Write a explanation about why you chose your mascot. My mascot is named Bob and I chose him because he is designed to look kind of like the Sky Tower (Really tall and thin).  

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS blogging journey activity, our task was to: Use our smart searching skills to find out five facts about the Auckland Sky Tower and create a DLO about it. I learnt that the Sky Tower cost 76 million dollars to create which seems really expensive.

PBS Blogging Journey

For this PBS blogging journey activity, the task was to:
1. Choose a ride (From Rainbow's end) and explain why I would recommend that ride to a friend.
2. Describe how I might feel on that ride
3. Write 25 words and add an attributed video/picture of that ride
I would feel really excited on the Fear Fall because I love the thrill of going down really fast.
25 words about the ride: The Fear fall is an exciting and thrilling ride located in the awesome and amazing theme park of Rainbow's end in the city of Auckland.

PBS Blogging Journey - Comments

These are all of the comments I have made on other peoples PBS Blogging Journey posts (Mele, Alex, Miki, Jack, Freeman, Fraidoon, Nyjah, Victoria).