Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Launch Of The Summer Learning Journey With Special Guest

The Summer Learning Journey for NEXT Foundation from Next Foundation on Vimeo.

Today was a huge day for Panmure Bridge School because in our hall guests from Manaiakalani, Woolf Fisher Research Centre and the NEXT Foundation came to launch the Summer Learning Journey 2017/2018. Many pupils from LS2 starred in the movie. In our hall there were very important people like members of our Board of Trustees, Rachael, Mr Burt, (principal of Pt England School) Mr Sneddon (Chairmen of the Manaiakalani) and Mrs Pritchard. This important event was hosted by our head students A.J. (Head Boy) and Mia. (Head Girl) The NEXT foundation is a generous charity that funds things like the Summer Learning Journey. They also donate towards plans that will help increase the lives of our native animal and plant species and help preserve conservation.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Presenting Our Speeches

Today we presented our speeches to persuade fellow students to vote for us. I'm not going to lie I was so nervous. I found presenting my speech pretty hard. Ms Kirkpatrick and Mrs Anderson were very impressed by the standards of our speeches. Eleven people participated and I wish them all good luck. Everyone did a fabulous job on their speech. Below is my speech that hopefully persuaded people to vote for me.

Before I start my speech I would like to say that some of us will get school leader positions but we are all leaders of our school. I have been at Panmure Bridge School for nearly two years. Being here for two years might not seem like a long time and that is probably why you might vote for someone else but I have more experience of representing our school at outer school events. I will make sure people will have a speck of hope to go forward and strive to achieve. I have always wanted to be head boy for a very long time. I am suitable for this position because I have key qualities needed for this position like confidence. I have built my confidence during this year by presenting at places like Ormiston. I will also motivate people who are feeling down or feels like giving up. Also I will speak proudly on behalf of our school. Around the classroom I will show resilience and work collaboratively with my classmates. I will show our school values around our school and be a role model to our juniors. Being head boy and to sit among the 2018 school leaders will be such an honour. Self belief is the reason I am here and that is how i’m going to be head boy of 2018. Thank you and vote for me.

Christmas Maths Challenge

Christmas is around the corner so Ms Kirkpatrick created a maths challenge inspired by Christmas. Sanujan and I helped each other through all the activities set for us. The first question is the one I will be explaining how we got our answer. First we halved six which is three. Next we did 21 divided by 3 which equals seven. Lastly we timed 7 by 6 which gave us the answer 42.  

Thursday, 7 December 2017

3 Books I have Read In Term 4

Reading is one of my favourite things to do in my spare time. The books above are one of my favourite books of all time. Wonder is a very sad book but it is very empowering. The other two are books that are just fun to read. Roald Dahl is my favourite author of all time. He writes books that always intrigues and fascinates me. Geronimo Stilton is also another great series of book. The author uses clever words like 'fabumouse' and 'famouse'   

Self Belief - Excellence and Innovation

For my fourth activity I chose to do create a motivational poster on self belief. In my DLO there are quotes from famous people. If it wasn't for self belief some of the famous people of today wouldn't of been able to be who they are today. A little bit of self belief can make you go a long way. So have a little hope and keep going.

Goals of Term 4

One of my activities that I need to complete to get my excellence and innovation badge is achieving all my goals that I have set myself this term. My biggest goals were going up in my reading and getting my confidence badge. Setting goals for your self is a great thing to do because you are pushed to your limits and you strive to achieve.  

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

My Personal Passion - Excellence & Innovation


I took ages for me to think of what my personal passion was but I was looking around my house and found my money collection. I was going to choose writing or reading but I enjoy collecting money than reading or writing. I have many different currencies but my favourite is my five pounds from the United Kingdom. I really like old looking money, that is why I chose the British pound as my favourite.

Kate Sheppard - Excellence and Innovation


Kate Sheppard is an inspirational New Zealand suffragette who led the suffrage movement in New Zealand. In 1893 she showed resilience and excellence and innovation by winning women the right to vote. I chose her because she is a very strong women despite challenges that stood in her way.  

Google Logo Game

Apart of our self management tasks we were instructed to play the google logo game. This game requires you to code so that the character is able to go to the party. It was not so easy for me because I don't really enjoy coding a game.

Teamwork - Leadership


Teamwork is an important quality that any leader must possess. Above is a DLO about what teamwork looks like at Panmure Bridge School and how we can use it around the classroom. The description at the bottom will inform you about the important message behind the photos. To take ownership is important to when being a leader. This poster is to hopefully remind you about what a team is and how little things can show qualities a leader needs. This was our activity for leadership this week.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Coordination - Maths

Today for maths we have been doing geometry. Maths is a subject I really dislike but it was fun drawing our dogs because it required drawing and a little bit of maths. When you have a grid like the one above always go from the bottom to the top. Example, if it asked me to go 4,7 I would find the four on the bottom line then find seven on the line going upwards. Ms Kirkpatrick calls this the ladder rule. I found this really challenging but I never gave up. I really enjoyed maths today because we had to draw and not use to much maths.

Tech Reflection

This year was the year 7's first time going to tech at Tamaki College. This year I did digital tech with Ms Anderson, food tech with Mrs Heka, and graphics with Miss Ferguson. They were all great but my favourite is food tech. In food tech we made some nice food and did some boring paper work.The first thing we made with Mrs Heka was an Oreo milkshake and the last thing we made was a moist chocolate log. They were both my favourite thing to make besides the pizza we made. With Ms Anderson we made a short animation of a problem that effects New Zealand, littering. This is a major problem in a lot of countries. With Ms Ferguson we learnt how the laser cutter and the 3d printer works. I have learnt many skills from these activities like how to use scratch, how to make chicken goujons and how to use a 3d printer. These were some of the many skills I learnt this year thanks to tech. Thank you Mrs Heka, Ms Anderson, and Miss Ferguson for an exciting time at tech this year.

Hazel's Visit - Summer Learning Journey 2017

On behalf of Rachel, Hazel came to our last weeks assembly to talk to us about the Summer Learning Journey 2017 - 2018. The Summer Learning Journey is a free blogging challenge for children year 1 - 8. The theme for this year is going back in time. This year we will be looking at the past of New Zealand and the early settling here. 

Activity 2 With Ms Apelu (Planning Mrs Anderson's Holiday)

As usual last week we went to tech. We decorated our delicious chocolate logs with sprinkles, cherries and white chocolate. After tech we were invited to stay a bit longer to do a different activity. I was put in social science with Ms Apelu. My favourite part of social science was the second activity. The activity was to plan Mrs Anderson's next holiday. Because we used google earth we had to roll the dice and see where we landed. I landed in Lyon, France. So I had to find facts that would persuade Mrs Anderson to go to Lyon. Here is what I wrote so far...
Dear Mrs Anderson we have been researching different locations for your next holiday. We think you should go to Lyon in France. The first reason why we think you should go to Lyon is because they are the home of 14 Michelin star restaurants and is allegedly  known for having 22 of the best places to eat in FRANCE!! If the first reason why we think Lyon is the best did not persuade, did you know Fontaine Bartholdi, (which can be found in Lyon) was designed by the designer of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Another thing that will have to make you bust to go to Lyon is that Lyon’s Part-Dieu is currently the largest inner-city shopping centre in Europe. Also while you are in France you can visit your favourite shops in Paris.

I hope this persuades you Mrs Anderson.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mussel Harvesting

Maths with Ms Kirkpatrick is so fun. This week we had to convert our skills in ratio's to figure the answers to the challenging questions above. I personally found it easy but working with my group of 5 was the hardest part about finding the answers because you have to make sure everyone knows the answers and how you  worked it out.

What Is Motivation?

The year is nearly over and the time has come for year 7's to decide who will be the new student leaders for Panmure Bridge School 2018. Before we nominate we need to know what a leader is and what qualities they possess. Yesterday we learnt about a key quality leaders show and that is motivation. Motivation is when you encourage someone to never give up. To show our learning we did a short play on how you can show motivation. All the plays showed what motivation is and how it can help people succeed. For our second activity we did a word art. In my word art there are words that either describe motivation, define it, synonyms of motivation, or simple phrases that you can say to people to boost their self-esteem. After this session I have learnt that motivation is very important for a leader to have and that the year 7's have a long way to go.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Balloon Pop Maths

Today we have done maths. It has been a very long time since we have last done maths. I don't really like maths but because we did fraction it was fun. Fractions are my favourite thing in Maths. Our warm up game was Balloon Pop math. I really enjoyed but when I first played I did not play correctly because I did not read the instructions. The photo above is my highest score and last time I checked I was coming sixth.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

What Is Tooth Decay?


Mrs Anderson has been educating us on oral hygiene and has taught us some interesting and disgusting vocabulary. 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. Daniel and I (Daniel's 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.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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 Daniel 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 the answers.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Manaiakalani Film Festival - 10th Anniversary

Yesterday the schools in the Tamaki area went to a huge event called the Manaiakalani Film Festival. The Manaiakalani Film Festival started exactly ten years ago with eleven movies to show. They were shown in the Tamaki College hall. Now there are 111 movies shown and they are shown at the Sylvia Park cinemas.   
My favourite movie shown was LS1's movie 'I Got A Bad Feeling About This'. It was very creative and it very dramatic. I especially liked the different camera angles they used to make it more cinematic. It was a great day besides waiting forty minutes for the bus and then waiting again at the cinemas.                                

Badminton - Kiwi Sport Term 4

Today was fun, first we went to Kiwi Can. After morning tea it was time for Kiwi Sport with Kevin. Today we were learning how to keep a rally going using the forehand grip and backhand grip. I find using the backhand grip better for serving and forehand for hitting the shuttle. I really enjoy Badminton that is why this is my favourite Kiwi Sport this year.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Japanese Macaque

The animal we chose to write about had to start with the same letter as our first name. That is why I chose the Japanese Macaque.Japanese Macaque's are primates that inhabit Japan. There are two different types of Snow Monkeys (which is also a Japanese Macaque) One is slightly larger than the other. They are scattered all across Japan which have different climates. The Snow Monkey is a very interesting animal to research.

Food Tech With Mrs Heka

Oh my gosh!!! at tech, it was hectic. People running around like headless chickens and utensils flying from one side of the room to the other, but as usual we made some mouth watering food. Today we made chicken goujons. Ofa and I really had fun. The hardest thing was trying to flip the chicken with the tongs because the oil kept spitting at us. This was a crazy day but I can't wait for our next session with Mrs Heka.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Finding Fractions Of An Amount - Screencastify

On Friday we got the chance to learn about an extension that shows your learning in a fun and creative way. The extension is called Screencastify. For this we firstly had to write our scripts, then we have to click on the Screencastify extension. After that we clicked record. After recording this we were instructed to blog it on our blogs. the process of actually setting it up took forever. It was unbelievably long but the benefit is now we know a new and fun way of presenting our work.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Quad Blogging With - Paihia School

Every Thursday we usually comment on one of our quad blogging schools. This week we commented on Paihia School which is located in the far north of the North Island. For this week I commented on Chevylee's blog. I found her blurb very detailed and very informative.

Tech With Mrs Tuipulotu

Like always, we had fun in tech but this time with Mrs Tuipulotu. Today we made Pin Wheel Pizzas. They are pizzas rolled up into a burrito like shape. I thought they were sooooo good because you could really taste the capsicum. To me this pizza was like heaven between pastry.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Netball Shot Percentages

Back to school today and we have already finished our maths DLO. The mew thing we learnt was how to convert fractions into percentages. The thing I found most challenging was explaining our strategy to our teacher.  After finishing our DLO we played the algebra game. In my opinion the algebra game is the best maths game we play.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

KiwiCan - Last Week Of Term 3

Today we had a lot of fun with KiwiCan because all we did was play fun as games. These games also taught us about how to act and what traits you need to possess like showing respect is very important. So if you think about it we are learning in a fun and safe environment. If we did this all the time I don't think I would get sick of it. 

Blog Comment To Paihia School

In LS2 we comment every Thursday to either Paihia School, Grey Main School, or Karoro School. We do this because we are apart of the quad blogging group. Today we commented to Paihia School. We pointed out the things we found great and we gave them constructive feedback. 

Term 3 Production - Dance Through The Decades Production

Panmure Bridge School is now 60 years old and to celebrate this achievement we have and will be dancing through the decades. In LS2 we have the 70's and 80's and our songs are 'I See Red' by Split Enz, 'Stayin Alive' by the Bee gees and 'Footloose' by Kenny Loggins. I was shocked when I found out that we had to dance to these old classics but at the same time I was excited. Before we danced to these songs I and some other students did our kapa haka performance. My heart was racing because I was so nervous but I overcame it.    

Election Knowledge Challenge - Kahoot

New Zealand's parliament have seen people come and go and it has been through some rough times in history. Because we were learning about the elections we created a Kahoot about the history of some of the general knowledge questions about the New Zealand Parliament. Me and my partners created 10 questions.  

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Static Advert - critical Analysis

Elections are now over and we have moved on to advertising. There are two different types of advertising and for this week we are learning about static advertising. Static advertising is a non moving ad like posters or billboards. For my ad I chose Whittaker's and just like Weetbix they use a celebrity to promote the brand or item they are selling. In LS2 we have been critically analysing our chosen ads to find the tricks they use. For example when a cereal is shown in an ad the milk is pva glue and the Mcdonald's burgers aren't even real burgers. One thing missing from ads are the important nutritional values.

Political Party Leaders Of New Zealand

Apart of our learning of the 2017 N.Z. elections we created a Presentation of all political party leaders in New Zealand. In LS2 we voted and Labour came up on top with 41/45 voting for them. In percentages that is 92% to Labour, National on 4%, Greens on 2%, and 1 person that did not vote.

Fantasy Conventions - The Princess Bride

Ohhh! How times have changed from unrealistic looking settings to unbelievable editing. To celebrate the amazing achievements by Hollywood we watched one of the most famous movies ever, the Princess Bride. This 1987 movie was chosen to be LS2's movie study. Apart of our Princess Bride study we had to create a DLO either about fantasy conventions, shot types, or character introductions. I chose to do fantasy conventions. This movie consists of some of the most famous lines ever. The line is from Inigo Montoya (one of the characters) and it is 'Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my farther, prepare to die.'  

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Scale Drawing With Ms Kirkpatrick

In LS2 we cover most type of arts during the year. So for term 3 we have been looking at scale drawings. Scale drawing is when you find a photo of something and get a bigger paper to enlarge it. Before you start drawing, draw a grid over your found photo and then you do the same thing to the bigger paper but twice as big as the original. To help us create this piece of art, we used ratio's. Scale art is like a mix between Art and Maths. I like this even though I dislike Maths and Art.

Adidas Fun Run - Panmure Bridge School

Panmure Bridge School have been doing something for a very long time and it also is done annually. It is the Adidas Fun Run. I don't like the run neither do I like participating in it but it is great to know that you gave it your all. I also like that we get to miss some of the work waiting for us at school.

Monday, 25 September 2017

What A Coalition Is And How They Come To Be.

The New Zealand elections are now over and like in 1996, Winston Peters (New Zealand First Leader) is the Kingmaker once again. This gives Peters the power to choose our new government. For National or Labour to win, N.Z. First will have to create a coalition with one of the major parties. A coalition is when two or more political parties form an alliance like Labour and the Greens have.

Princess Bride - Shot Types

There are a lot of different shot types but they all have one thing in common. They all have reasons why they are used. e.g. a high angle is used to make a character look vulnerable or powerless and low angles are used to make someone look powerful. These tricks are used in a lot of movies like when the Joker is on the floor they would shoot the scene from a high angle. Long shots (A.K.A. establishing shots) are used to fix the setting.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Democracy in New Zealand

Democracy is used in a lot of countries like Australia, England and New Zealand. Democracy derives from the Greek Language. Before the English language changed to democracy the french wrote it was démocratie In New Zealand we have the queen on top with the governor-general as her representative.

Former Prime Minister

Helen Clark was one of the former Prime Ministers of New Zealand. She is now a valuable member of the United Nations. She has made New Zealand well recognised and have done great things in her time in parliament like introducing the superannuation fund. She is a very influential women and is respected by a lot of people

Government Party Jigsaw

The election is near and in every intermediate in New Zealand we are learning about the elections. Apart of our learning we have done an activity called a Government Party Jigsaw. In the jigsaw there is all the leaders of the political parties and what electorate they are in. The two main parties are Labour and National.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Read An eBook Day


Read an eBook day is a celebration of how we storyread in the modern era and how we can read anywhere at anytime. Read an eBook day is celebrated on the 18th of September. In LS2 we have been reading eBooks  through the Tamaki College Over drive. The Tamaki Overdrive is an online library with books from different genre. I am currently reading a book called 'Library Of Souls' It is a book by Raymond Riggs and a book from the Miss Peregrine series. If you would like to know more about ebook day click the link.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Say It Tika - Proper Pronunciation Of Maori Place Name

In Learning Space 2 we have been looking at different  places in New Zealand that has Maori names. In this activity we learnt how to tell the difference between correct and incorrect pronunciation. We did this activity because it is Maori Language Week. To help us with the Maori place names in New Zealand we used a site called Say It Tika by Vodafone

Friday, 8 September 2017

Tamaki College Book Review

LS2 have been looking at books to read on the Tamaki College Overdrive. The T.C. Overdrive is like a digital library which is filled with books from all genre's. I was having a look at the books and one really caught my eye. It was the Library of Souls which is the third novel of the Miss Peregrine series. This book is the best seller in New York with over 5 million copies sold. I read 15 minutes of this book and I really want to read more. This great book is a thriller and has a bit of romance. Critics say 'it's action-packed and accented by strange photos, this final book in Ransom Riggs' Gothic thriller trilogy is complicated, spine-tingling, violent, and romantic.'

Mini Spaghetti Pies With Mrs Heka

"We are making mini spaghetti pies," Mrs Heka announced. (I honestly didn't know what she was talking about.) She fired instructions at us and Ofa, Miki and I were running around like headless chicken getting the ingredients and the required utensils. This week it was harder because we were working with pastry and pastry is pretty delicate. The process was pretty long and it required a lot of energy. I did not know cooking takes a big toll out of you but it did not stop me and my partners. We work very hard and we made very high quality food. The pies were so DELICIOUS!!!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Making Oreo Milkshakes With Mrs Heka

Finally! Cooking with Mrs Heka is such an unforgettable experience. We have been making Oreo milkshakes in a huge commercial kitchen at Tamaki College. The milkshakes were so delicious and working with partners were great because less running around like a headless chicken. Being in a commercial kitchen is so fun but in a commercial kitchen the cleaning must be at high standards and to remember what is the tea towel and what is the polisher is quite confusing. This is just the beginning and I can't wait to see what we have coming. Next week we are baking and that is exciting.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Why It's Great To Me

It's great to me because I have unique qualities, I have some great academic achievements, and what I found interesting was that I find some very odd qualities in a person like they have to be strong willed, they also have to have similar qualities to me but the most important quality overall is having intelligence. Intelligence is important to me because I like to talk about things that have occurred a long time ago and when I talk I want to be challenged or proven wrong 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Common Vocabulary Mistake Activity

This week we have been looking at vocabulary mistakes that are made commonly. The most common mistake is their, they're, and there. Using the wrong word can make something not make sense or change the whole meaning of your sentence. This activity required us to fix the mistakes in sentences and what is the correct word to use in a particular sentence. For example, ___ they are! ___ so tied up in ___ own affairs that they didn't even see us.
                                there             they're                  their