I was too busy mucking around in class and talking. I got an F that day and in the same hour I got kicked out of school. I didn’t care because my mum and dad never care about what I have to say, but when I went home I was surprised because they were waiting for me to get home. Dad came up to me and said “I heard you got kicked out of school today”. I replied with a shrug of shoulders and a mumbled ‘yeah’. Then mum turned to me with her cigarette in her hand a told me that if I didn’t get my act together then I would have to move out the following day. That following day I not only got kicked out from school but from my own house too!. “But I didn’t understand the instructions.” I said to myself. (This is a narrative story. This does not have anything to do with my family and I.)
In a representation of what I did at the retreat, I made 3 different kinds of shapes. I made it
to represent that it’s okay to be different from others. The testimony that was said at the retreat made me really think about college and the type of decisions I make. One of the activities we did was to do with buying stuffs like paper, pencils and tape. We didn’t know what we were gonna do with what we bought so it kind of made it hard. Once we purchased our stuffs, we were told to build a house using what we bought. It was difficult because we did not know how to make one using what we purchase, however, we made a house. It was not strong because the structure was poorly made. It was not stable and we didn’t have enough materials to build a roof. This taught us that the choices we make now, even if they are small. Can affect us in the future.
Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why? If I had the chance to meet a character from a book, I would like to meet captain underpants. I would like to meet him because he is funny. All the jokes he tells in his books always make me laugh. I would also like to meet him so I can go on one of his adventures with him. If it’s to take down a toilet robot or a little ant with the power of 400 men. Captain underpants also sounds like a great role model. Captain underpants is also a good example of someone not being as smart as others, but more heroic and brave as others. This is why I would like to meet Captain underpants.
Learn: I know how to describe nature and how to present it
I found these flowers underneath some dirt, it looked like people kicked the dirt underneath it. I chose it to represent what some people go through. Before the flower was dirty and looked not so much like a flower, then I cleaned it with water and it made the flower look new and beautiful. God has a plan for everyone and thing. I think that this was a good time to find that flower and think of it like this than to think of it just as a dirty old flower.
These are my wonderful and talented soul friends Moala and Langilangi. They are both very independent and intelligent people. Langilangi is loud and rough, while Moala is quiet and shy. Moala is 7 and Langi is 8, Moala is year 3 and Langi is year 4. They both have the same favourite colour which is blue. They are both in room 3 and both like eating fast foods like KFC, Dennys and Mcdonalds. Langilangi likes to play sports, he likes getting his hands dirty and likes having a fun time. Moala likes to read books, she likes to learn music and doing typing speed test. My two soul friends are like my best friends while at school. It's going to be a fun year teaching them the actions of a leader.
Today we had our first hip hop session without instructor Jess. We started it off by doing some warm ups. We did a lot of warm ups that included us to use our: Head, neck, legs, hands, arms, fingers, wrists and feet. The first warm up we did was we had to turn our head to one side then push it out and then turn it to the other side and do it again. The second warm up we did was more focusing on our legs. We had to kind of squat down/bend down and then up. Our third warm up was my favourite because it was really fun and something out of my comfort zone. We had to do a arm wave. We had to put our arms out straight on the sides on us. I really enjoyed our hip hop lesson and didn’t want it to end.
Let’s imagine that you’ve just learned to drive, and your family has decided to buy you a brand new car. You are allowed to choose from any of the following designs:
On your blog please tell us which of the three cars you would choose and why.
I would chose the third car, the white one with wings. I would chose this car in particular because it can fly. If there's a traffic jam or somewhere I need to get to urgently I can just fly over all the cars and red lights and be there just like that. I could even fly to maybe say Paris or Samoa or Fiji in my very own car! That's why I would choose the white car out of all the others.
It may be hard to imagine, but one day you will graduate from high school and it will be time to decide what to do next. You may want to study at university, become an apprentice, go to training college, travel, or start working. There are so many options!
Take a minute to think about your future. What would you like to do when you finish school? Would you like to work in a specific job? Would you like to study at university? What would you study? Maybe you’d even like to move overseas. Share your thoughts and ideas on your blog site. There are no wrong answers!
After I finish college, I would love to go university. It has always been a goal in my life. I would study to either be a lawyer or a teacher. Then get a job, maybe at the warehouse or pakensave just to get money while I go university. I would also like to flat with someone or buy a house if I have enough money. Then work as a teacher or lawyer.
Did you know that the longest running television show in New Zealand history is a programme called ‘Country Calendar’? It started on 6 March 1966 and has been running ever since. The programme includes stories of everyday New Zealanders, many of whom are farmers.
Watch this short clip from Country Calendar. What do you think would be the most interesting and/or challenging things about being a farmer? Would you would like to be a farmer when you are older. Why/why not? Give us, at least, two reasons to support your answer.
I wouldn't like to be a farmer because I always wake up late in the morning. I wouldn't like the Country life because I don't like to go out doors that much.
I wouldn't like to be a farmer because it is a lot of hard work to look after animals and plants/fruit. You also have to know a lot about animals and plants/fruits.
In late 2016, the movie Moana was released by Disney. It’s a beautiful story about a young Polynesian girl from the fictional island of Motunui, who goes on a big adventure.
Watch thetrailer for Moana and then write a summary of the movie on your blog. If you’ve seen the movie, you can include your favourite part! Tell us as much as you can about the movie. What is it about? Who are the main
characters in the movie? What do they do in the movie? Where do they go?
Moana is Polynesian movie that is based on a stubborn and strong minded daughter (Moana.) Who's father is a village chief that is very over protective of Moana, like every father is. The ocean chose Moana to sets sail to find her legendary demigod cousin (Maui) to fulfil her deceased Grandmas wish and return the heart of Te fiti to its home. While on this quest, Moana has to take down enemies who want the heart of Te fiti to use its grand power with the help of her cousin (Maui.)
Over the past few decades, there has been a huge rise in the number of people coming to New Zealand to live and/or travel. I was one of those people! In fact, I moved with my family to New Zealand in 2010 and I am so glad that I did. It’s a pretty amazing place to call home! At the moment I live about 10 minutes from three stunning beaches and a beautiful national park.
Speaking of home, where do you live? On your blog, please post a picture of your hometown and provide a list of three things that tourists, like us, could do if we came to visit. What do you like most about your hometown? (Remember the guidelines for being Cybersmart, and never post your address online).
I was raised in East Auckland. I live near local shops/shopping center. I also live about 3 minutes away from a beach. There are a variety of places tourists can go to visit that has a beautiful outlook. My favourite is the Sky city/Sky tower. It is my favourite because at the top of the sky tower there is a kind of platform that you can walk on, but its made out of glass (I'll put a photo at the bottom) My favourite beach in particular is Mission Bay. I like this beach more then other beaches I've gone to because it has a fountain (I'll put a photo at the bottom) that I like to swim and play in every time I go to Mission bay. Another place I think tourists would love to go is 'My Bakery'. I recommend people who visit Auckland to go to my Bakery because the food they make is very pleasing.
In 1996, New Zealand adopted the MMP voting system. In September of 2017 we had a national election. Everyone in New Zealand, over the age of 18, was invited to vote for who they wanted to form the next government in New Zealand. The race was really close and in the end, three different political parties (Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party), came together to form the new government. It is called a ‘coalition government’ because it includes different people from different political parties.
Imagine that you had to form a coalition government with two other people. Who would you choose to partner with?
I would form a coalition with my son, Aronui, and with my friend, Amber. Aronui would be a great addition to the coalition because he is funny and kind. He would make us laugh and take care of us. Amber would be great because she is really smart and thoughtful. She is also good at making decisions. I think that we would form a great team. What about you? Who would you choose? Why?
If I had to form a coalition with anyone I know I would for it with my mum, Tracey, and my best friend Save'u. I would choose my mum because she is very supportive of what I do and she helps me achieve the best I can. I would choose Veu because she is funny and supportive in in everything I do too.
In 2015, a kiwi golfer named Lydia Ko became the youngest woman in the world to reach the #1 ranking. She was only 17 years old. Many people from here in New Zealand and overseas really admire her and think of her as a modern-day sporting hero. Who is your sporting hero? They can be a famous athlete, or even a member of your family or community. It’s completely up to you.
On your blog tell us about your sporting hero. Who are they? Why are they a hero? Include a photo of them in your blog post.
My sporting hero is Lisa Carrington. She is an incredible rower, and last year she was awarded the prestigious Lonsdale Cup for her amazing results in 2016! She spends hours training, and I think her commitment to her sport is inspiring.
My sporting hero is Valarie Adams also known as Dame Valarie Kasanita Adams. She is a New Zealand shot putter. She is the first woman to win our four consecutive individual titles at the world track and field championships. She has two Olympic golden medals and one silver Olympic medal.
Over the past 17 years New Zealand has experienced a number of sporting highlights, perhaps none larger than the back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories in 2011 and 2015. In both competitions our national rugby team, the All Blacks, was captained by a man named Richie McCaw. He is arguably one of the best rugby players of all time. A movie called Chasing Great was recently created to document his incredible rugby career.
Please watch the trailer for Chasing Great and read about Richie McCaw online. On your blog tell us three things that you learned about Richie that you did not know beforehand. What else would you like to know about Richie?
He is honorary squadron leader for the royal New Zealand Air force.
He is captain of the All Blacks team.
He has captained the All Blacks to 51 victories in 58 Tests.
Arguably one of the most famous movie trilogies of all time, The Lord of the Rings, was filmed in New Zealand. All three movies were directed by a New Zealander named Peter Jackson. The first movie was released in 2001, the second in 2002 and the third in 2003. The movies cost an estimated $300 million to produce!
Imagine that instead of spending the money on the movies, Peter Jackson decided to give all of this money to you. Lucky you! On your blog, tell us what you would do with $300 million dollars. How would you spend it? It is a lot of money so please think carefully about it and spend it wisely :-)
The first thing I would do if I had that much money is to buy my mum a new house. Then pay for her flight to Paris because that's one place should would like to go. Then pay for all my 5 years at DIO college. Then why I finish college pay for UNI. Then buy myself a house and a car.
In 2000, the country of New Zealand celebrated when Russell Coutts and his sailing team won their second straight America’s Cup. This was the first time that a team from New Zealand had won back-to-back championships! Many people celebrated the victory with their friends and family.
On your blog, tell us what you and your family do to celebrate special events, such as birthdays. Do you have a special meal or go to a specific place? In our house, we usually make a pizza and bake a special cake. What about you?
When we celebrate special events, we always have a bbq and go to the beach with my whole family. Then we eat together and play games and go for a swim. We don't usually spend time together as a family so I wouldn't know what we would do together.
On your blog, write a short profile of one of our former Prime Ministers. Upload a photo of them with your post. Click on this link to find a copy of the template. Click on file and then click make a copy. This will save the blank template to your Google Drive so that you can fill it in. Post the completed template to your blog to earn points for this activity.
Leading New Zealand
Week 3, Day 5 (Bonus Activity)
Name of Prime Minister: Jacinda Ardern
Date of Birth: 26 July 1980 (37 years of age)
Political Party: Labour
Number of Years as Prime Minister: She has been Prime Minister for nearly 3 months.
Three interesting facts about my chosen Prime Minister:
She is the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
She is the leader of the Labour party
Jacinda is the the world’s youngest female head government, taken office at age 37.
In 1990, one of the largest national parks in New Zealand, Tongariro, was listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a truly spectacular place to visit! Thousands of people go to Tongariro every year and hike the Tongariro Crossing. Visit the Tongariro websiteto learn more about the one-day hike.
On your blog tell us what you would need to pack if you were going to hike the Tongariro Crossing. What should you bring with you? Write a list of at least 5 items.
Other than making sure that you have the right equipment, what else should you do before heading out on a big hike? Click here to learn how to stay safe while you’re hiking.
Before I would head out hiking I would make sure that I've gone toilet.