Thursday, 28 December 2017

Day 4: Hitting a High Note…

Day 4: 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?

Use Google to research traditional Māori Waiata. Listen to a number of Waiata and read the lyrics. On your blog tell us which one of the waiata you found you like the most. Why do you like it?

The Maori Waiata I like most was Tiaho Mai Ra. I liked this song because its meaningful. Its for a person who has passed. It has the words "Hoki mai rā ki ahau, e te tau" meaning "Come back to me darling". It is a very insightful Waiata and I can strongly connect with the words. I thought that this song was explaining how you miss someone that has passed but in a different and beautiful way.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Activity 2: Acknowledging Ancestry

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). Use the template provided below to prepare your own unique pepeha. If you need help please watch this short movie clip on preparing a pepeha.

Ko ____Rangiputa___ te maunga    The mountain that I affiliate* to is…
Ko _______Awaroa________________ te awa          The river that I affiliate to is….
Ko ___Mamari___________________ te waka The waka that I affiliate to is…
Ko ________One-one________________ tōku tīpuna My founding ancestor is…
Ko ___________Te rarawa_____________ tōku iwi          My tribe is…
Ko _______Ngati ____ Haua-Te Apouri__________ tōku hapu My sub-tribe is…
Ko ______Te kotahitanga__________________ tōku marae My marae is…
Ko ____Anna-Lisa____________________ ahau I am from…
Ko__Tracey______ rāua ko ___Niko________ōku mātua  My parents are … and …
Ko ________________________ tōku ingoa. My name is …

*affiliate means to associate with, or be close to.

Day 3: It’s All in the Family

Day 3: It’s All in the Family

Activity 1: The More, the Merrier? victorian family.jpg
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.

On your blog, please tell us how you would feel. Would you enjoy being a member of such a large family? Why or why not?

I would love to have a family of 8. 4 boys and 4 girls. I would love to have sisters to tell me what clothes match, to give tips, help me, talk too. I would love to have brothers so we can play sports with and they can look after me.

Activity 2: The Rules of Engagement

Activity 2: The Rules of Engagement
During the early years in New Zealand, men and women would often marry at a young age. Women were expected to have babies and remain in the home caring for their children. Few, if any, left home in search of work. Men, on the other hand, were expected to work outside of the home.

These days, we don’t have the same strict expectations about work. Girls and boys can choose their own path in life. In fact, I was lucky enough to go to university and to follow my dream of becoming a teacher!

What is your dream job? Draw a picture of yourself doing your dream job and post it on your blog. You could be a doctor, an actor or even a zookeeper! I have drawn myself taking a picture of a beautiful castle in Poland because I would love to become a travel blogger and photographer one day.

Day 2: It’s All in a Day’s Work. Activity 1: A House or a Home?

Day 2: It’s All in a Day’s Work

Activity 1: A House or a Home?

In the 1800s, most Māori lived in villages called pa. Each village had many buildings – kauta where people cooked, pataka where they stored goods and wharepuni where the Māori slept. A traditional wharepuni had a thatched roof and walls made of timber, fern, rushes and bark. Look at the picture below of a traditional wharepuni. Does it look like your house?

On your blog, compare the wharepuni to your own home. What are two similarities and two differences between a wharepuni and your house?


  • Where family comes together. 
  • Everyone talks 

My home

  • It doesnt feel like a home. 
  • No one talks


  • Has a roof
  • Has windows

My home

  • Has a roof
  • Has windows

Activity 2: Setting Sail

Activity 2: Setting Sail

The first settlers to come to New Zealand must have been really brave! They had to leave their original homes and sail thousands of miles across the ocean on a special boat called a ‘waka’ to reach New Zealand.

Imagine that you were on board one of the wakas. On your blog, write a short letter to a friend telling them about your voyage to New Zealand. In the letter be sure to tell them how you feel about moving to a new country. If it was me, I would have felt really nervous…

My letter to my friends:
Hi guys, I know you guys miss me. But don't worry, i'll be back as soon as you say "Get out". The first day I was voyaging I was so nervous I started sweating and looked like a burnt potato. I feel really lonely without yous annoying me all the time. Im missing yous like crazy. I made new friends with a family of fishes. I love and miss yous.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Day 1: Arriving in New Zealand

Day 1: Arriving in New Zealand…

Activity 1: The First Settlers

It is widely believed that the first people to arrive in New Zealand came from Polynesia. Most historians believe that they landed in New Zealand over 700 years ago. Although they were originally from many different countries, these settlers learned to live together and, eventually, formed their own distinct culture known as ‘Māori.’  Māori have their own language, traditions, and culture.

Follow this link to read a short story about a famous man in Māori mythology – Maui. On your blog, post three facts that you learned about this interesting man. What other stories have you heard about Maui?

What I learnt about Maui

  • I read about the story of Maui and the giant fish. I learnt that he made a fishing line from flax and as he was weaving it he recited an old Karakia to give his fishing line strength. 
  • Another Maori name for the south island is Te Waka-a-Maui which means The canoe of Maui. This is because Mauis canoe became the South Island and Banks Peninsula is where the place which supported his foot when he pulled up the large fish. 
  • When Maui was an infant, his mum wrapped him around in a tress of hair from her topknot. Then the ocean spirits found Maui and wrapped him in seaweed. Sharn divine ancestor, Tama-nui-te-ra or Rangi takes Maui and nourishes it to adolescence. 

What I have heard about Maui

  • He pulled the sun with his hook and made it go slower so we could have a longer day.
  • Maui's parents is Taranga (His father) and Makeatutara (His mother.)
  • Maui has four brothers.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Art project

This is my un-finished art work. We have been making paper mache. If you can not tell my art work is a pig.  

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Character study

This morning me and my group worked together to give information about one of the characters in the text. We made a diagram about the Granddaughter.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Learning to summarize a text

Today we were learning how to summarize a text within a group. We worked collaboratively with each other.  We summarized using the five finger questions.
Which is.

Monday, 23 October 2017


Im really look forward to show you all my new learning in Term 4.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Basic facts practise

Today in my prototec I got 38/40 in 1min and 33s. This has been my highest score in stage 7. I hope that I can beat this score and move into stage 8.

Friday, 22 September 2017

New Zealand Election of 2017

The election for 2017 has been going  on for couple of months. Us as children are not allowed to vote until we are the age of 18+. Instead of waiting till I turn 18,I have given reasons on why I vote for who I vote and that is Labour. I have given a few statements on why I have chosen Labour.  In my DLO (Digital learning object) you can see some of the policies that Labour is promoting.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Why I think animals should not be kept in the zoo

This term I have been learning about animals the zoo. I am going to explain to you why I think animals should not be kept in a zoo.

Firstly I think that animals shouldn't be kept in the zoo because zoos cannot replicate nature. They should be in the wild, free and allowed to go anywhere they want too. Zoos don’t do this, they keep them in cages instead. Animals don't have enough privacy to breed in zoos, to do their business, to eat and to do what they want to do. When they don’t listen they get abused by the zookeepers. *Also known as animal abuse.*

Secondly, I think that animals shouldn't be kept in the zoo because the zoo only wants the money. When a animal is a baby the zoo uses it for the money. When the animal is grown up they either kill or sell the animals because they don’t attract many people as they did when they were a baby.  

My third reason on why I think that animals should not be kept in zoos is because animals in the zoo are endangered. Most animals in the zoo have a smaller life span then the animals that live in the wild. Some animals have died from eating rubbish that people have thrown in their cages. This leads to food poisoning and death.

These are my reasons on why I think animals should not be kept in zoos.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Types of Sacraments

We are learning to share our prior knowledge with different people in our groups.

  1. Baptism - How is getting baptized now and then different?
  2. Confirmation - Why do we get confirmation?
  3. Holy communion -
  4. Marriage
  5. Reconciliation
  6. Anointing of the sick
  7. Holy orders

Friday, 1 September 2017

Me and Bruno comparison

I have been learning to compare and contrast. To find the similarities and differences. I think me and Bruno are kinda similar. I also think that me and Bruno have a lot in common. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Compare and contrast

Wednesday 30 August
Today I have been learning in R.E and reading. I have also been learning comparing and contrast. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Basic facts practise

Today on my prototec I think I did very well on stage 7. I got 39/40 in 3 minutes and 36 seconds. Next week on Monday i’m gonna do the same stage and see if I get 40/40.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Free writing

As I crept slowly behind the rim of the other side of the dark tunnel I turned my head clockwise to see nothing but pitch black. I put my hand inside of the tunnel as if I was going to grab something from the high shelves in the store. Cobwebs and baby spiders was what I pulled out as I pulled my hand closer to myself as if I was holding a newborn baby. I heard noises coming from the other end of the tunnel. I wanted nothing more but to see what was on the other side of the dark tunnel like a baby when it's hungry and it see its bottle. Goosebumps race across my body as I feel a wind, as if someone was breathing on me. I crept into the tunnel as slowly and as carefully as I could without making a noise. I gripped the rim of the other side of the dark tunnel. It had lead me to a dark forest with trees and fog in every direction.

To be continued……..

Friday, 25 August 2017

Different titles of Mary

This week I have learnt the different types of titles of Mary.

What I have learnt this week in maths.

This week in maths I learnt how to use a talking frame. I also learnt about equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. One of the talking frames I learnt was "If you want to simplify a fraction, you have to look for the lowest common multiple or the most common factor that you can divide by the Numerator and the Denominator. Another talking frame I learnt was "Equivalent fractions are the same number/value but it is put into a different form".

Our last netball game

We had a great time learning and sharing skills from each other, bonding with each other and getting to know more things about netball. Thanks to all the supporters. Thanks for all the hard work the netball has done to get this far.

DLO about being successful this week

Chapters 1 and 2 for The boy in striped pyjamas

For chapters 1 and 2 for The boy in striped pyjamas I have created a family tree.

Friday, 11 August 2017

What I have learnt this week in maths.

This week I have learnt what equivalent fractions are.  Equivalent fractions is a fraction times two. For example : 1/2 = 2/4 = 4/8. Maths is fun is a helpful site that I use with my maths.

Lectio Divina

Today in prayer time I did the Lectio Divina. The scripture was Matthew: 14 23-33. I have chosen the word Faith. I have also written why I have chosen the word faith.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Islander in me!

My hair is rough like the husk of a coconut. My voice is as loud as the choir singing in the church. My eyes reflect the light coming from the sunset. My skin is as brown like that palm tree trunk that reach over me when I walk outside.

My feet sinks down into the soft green grass every time I step out the door. The hot wind blows my hair back and forth. Trucks go past blasting music louder than a lion's roar. Village people carrying baskets made from long palm fronds across their shoulders.

The sounds of animals rings through my ears as I walked pass derelict houses abandoned by owners may be through tribal wars. The aroma of freshly cooked umu food causes my nose to twitch. Roasted pork, still on the burning fire, leaves my mouth watery as I would savour just even the slightest drop of water.

Tired from walking in the hot rays of the sun, I stop to catch my breath, faster than I could catch a ball.  For a moment it feels like the sun peeking through the clouds. Then I thought “What a magnificent and beautiful place Samoa is.”

Monday, 31 July 2017

A great start to Cook Island language week

Full of excitement and wonder my heart was pounding as I entered the TakiTumu Reo. As I walk inside of the kindergarten I see smiling little faces on each child's face. I see children running, dancing, singing and playing with toys. I see the beautiful Cook island dresses that they wear. I hear guitars, drums and little kids singing. I thought that today was a wonderful experience about the Cook Island culture. I experienced the language, the dancing,  the songs, the instruments and my favourite the food. I felt proud to hear the history of my culture. I loved the different kinds of Cook Island foods that was prepared. I also thought that I learned a good amount of knowledge about the Cook Islands.

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