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Friday, 23 September 2016

Distinction Evidence: Kapa Haka 8

Today I had Kapa Haka.  One of the the songs we are learning is called Tenei Matou, it's one of the old songs that Oaklands performed in the Cultural Festival in 2014. Another song is Ka Waita.

We started by going over Ka Waita a few times so we could warm up.

Then we went onto Tenei Matou we went over the actions. We went over them heaps of times to make sure everyone knew them.  But I think we should've spent more time on the song than the actions because I still don't know the whole song. But I just hum, and do the actions. The actions to Tenei Matou are really fun. 

I really hope that the if we do any other actions to other songs they will be cool actions like Tenei Matou. 

The care value I showed was respect by listening to the teacher.
I showed leadership by listening to the teachers when the were showing us the actions. 
I was a role model by not talking over top of the teachers.

Distinction Evidence: Technology 3

On Tuesday we had Technology. When I was on the bus I made sure that I was quite and that I was only talking to the person next to me not others around me. 

Once we got to Technology we went to the Woodworks room and got our stuff out. Then we did some sanding before went went to Mandarin. 

After that we left for Mandarin and learnt numbers 1-100. 

We went back to Woodwork and got four new pieces. Mr Bowers taught us how to use a chisel to cut out a piece on wood on each of the four pieces. It started off hard but then it got easier on each piece. 

After that we got on the bus and headed back to school. I made sure I was only talking to the person next to me and using a quite voice.

The care value I was showing was Respect because I respected the bus when I was on it. 
I showed leadership by helping other with the cutting. 
I was being a good role by not talking to people around me. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Improvisation Drama Reflection


WALT apply the techniques of improvisation to a range of different scenarios.


Improvisation TECHNIQUES that I have used successfully are always say yes because I keep the performance going by not killing it. Also listen because I listen to the people before me or with me so I know what to say.


Improvisation TECHNIQUES that I would like to have more practice at are establish a who, when & a where because when I don't it gets hard to carry on the performance not knowing what to say.


The thing that I enjoyed most about this unit of learning was the games because it was fun acting as characters that I would never want to be.


The thing that I found most challenging during this unit of learning was actually getting up and doing it in front of other people because I was nervous and sometimes didn't know how to act out the certain character.

My favourite improvisation game was family picture because it was funny watching people in a freeze frame while on a roller-coaster or a fancy restaurant etc.


My next step/ something I need to work on further  in improvisation is to be more confident and be able to think on my feet because I'm not and I can't but I would like to be able to.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Distinction Evidence: Deputy Head Girl 6

Talent Show

On Wednesday we had the final of the Kauri Talent Show 2016. Us head students and Mr McCallum organised it. We had a guy that runs a programme at school to host it. We had seven acts in total performing. 

We had organised people to do the curtains and getting the performers backstage, on the doors, making sure people don't get in without paying, getting tables and chairs for the judges and chairs for the audience. 

It was really cool and we had some really good acts in the show. Some dancers, some singers. The prizes we had for the tops three were chocolate and gift vouchers. 

For the auditions it was us four heads and Mr McCallum judging. Then for the semifinals it was some teachers and the finals were different teachers. 

The care value I showed was excellence because I stepped up and help organise it. 
I showed leadership by not sitting around doing nothing, actually helping. 
I was a role model by respecting the acts eg: clapping at the right time, not booing.

Distinction Evidence: Kapa Haka 7

The other day I had Kapa Haka.  One of the the songs we are learning is called Tenei Matou, it's one of the old songs that Oaklands performed in 2014. Another song is Ka Waita.

We started by going over Ka Waita a few times so we could get our volume up. Then Mr Brown moved all of the seniors to the front and the younger kids and to the back. Then we tried singing Ka Waita with the years fours singing the first verse and then the seniors come in for the last verse. 

Then we went onto Tenei Matou we went over the actions. We went over them heaps of times to make sure everyone knew them.  But I think we should've spent more time on the song than the actions because I still don't fully know the song. Then we sang Tenei Matou faster than usual and I thought it was really fun. (And they put the lyrics on screen.)

I really hope that the if we do any other actions to other songs they will be as fun as Tenei Matou

The care value I showed was community by listening to the speaker. 
I showed leadership by listening to the teachers when the were showing us the actions. 
I was a role model by not talking while the teachers were talking. 

KORU GAMES

The activity I did was Touch Rugby.
Two Highlights were,
When I got moved up to the A team.
When my ankle felt better and I could play.
I'm proud of when I got to play in the A team because I haven't been in one before.
Some advice on Koru Games for next years year 7's is to not worry about losing just have fun!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Distinction Evidence: Kapa Haka 6

The other day I had Kapa Haka. When we got there we all sat down in our rows and talked about how the cultural festival went. Mr Brown said that the people organising it said that we were one of the best groups that went up on stage. That was because of our transitions, our volume, our actions and our pride. I was wondering if we were going to keep practicing the original songs or different ones; turns out we are doing different ones. One of the the songs we are learning is called Tenei Matou, it's one of the old songs that Oaklands performed in 2014.

We started by singing the first part over and over until everyone got it. Then we sang the second part until everyone got it. After that we sang the song a few times just so everyone would remember it. 

Then we went onto the actions, we were able to watch the 2014 performance so we could learn the actions. It was really fun learning the actions because they were quite easy. But a few times I did the wrong action and just laughed it off. 

I really hope that the other songs that we do will be as fun as Tenei Matou.

The care value I showed was community because I helped some people when they didn't know the actions.
I showed leadership by listening to the teachers when the were showing us the actions. 
I was a role model by not talking while the teachers were talking. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

CARE: My progress so far

CARE: My progress so far


The CARE award that I am working towards is:  Silver


The one area of CARE that I am doing best in is: Community because: I have highlighted almost all of the sections there.


The one area of CARE that I need to work harder in is:  Active Thinking  because: I haven't got many highlights there.


To show my leadership qualities I am a role model to others in the CARE values by doing/showing these leadership traits: Responsibility, Trustworthy, Integrity.

On the CARE SOLO matrix below I am at this SOLO level: Extended Abstract because: I can show the CARE values independently.



Friday, 2 September 2016

Distinction Evidence: Kapa Haka 5

On Tuesday night, there was the Canterbury Cultural Festival for 2016. Oaklands School was performing in this Cultural Festival, which was very exciting. 

I got there at 6:00 and went to the meeting place that the teachers set for us. It was so cool to see everyone in there costumes. All of the girl wore headbands and the year eight girls (that had there ears pierced) wore feather earrings as well. 

We went inside and sat down in our seats, we watched all of the performances because we were last, then we left our seats and went backstage. It was really cool to go backstage. We lined up in the lines that we would go in on stage, walked up on stage. I was really nervous at first but then once we started I wasn't. The first song was Hareruia, then we sang Tuhurihuri, where I do long poi, then our school song, Taitupu. 

After that everyone moved to one side and we sang He Honore with another school. And that was the end of the Cultural Festival, a really fun song came on while people were leaving and we all started dancing on stage, it was really fun.

This is a link to the video of our performance: https://youtu.be/lv02Tadm7DY

The care value I showed was Community because I have a performance for the community to enjoy. 
I showed leadership by not taking during the performance or other people's performances. 
I was a role model by respecting the teacher when they were trying to get us in line. 

Distinction Evidence: Koru Games 2

Day 1

Day one of Koru games started great. I'm in the B team. I was really excited and it was cool because we meet up right before the game and it was about to be the first real game I played with my team. 

Then during practice/warm-up I rolled my ankle. I was so annoyed so I walked around and tried to stretch it out. Then Mr Ladbrook put me on the field to play. I could play alright but it still hurt, then I decided that I should not play that day and then I could play day two and three. 

Then later in the day it became so sore I couldn't stand. But by the time we got on the bus it was good enough to walk on. After school mum took me to the doctor to get it checked, they told to rest, it and ice it.

Day 2

Day two of Koru Games didn't happen for me, my ankle was to sore and it would be stupid to go out that day. I was really disappointed because last year I was sick for the three days of Koru Games. 

Day 3

Day three was awesome my ankle was fine, and on the bus Mr Ladbrook told me that I could move up to the A team because there wasn't enough girls. So I played my first game, which was a full game because there has to be three girls on the field at a time, and there are only three girls in the team. We lost that game but it was so fun and got a few good touches. 

We had another game and again I had a full game. We lost that one also but it was fun being in a good team. I kinda felt like I was letting the team down, but they said they were losing anyway. So that me feel better.

We had one last game and we lost this one as well. It was disappointing but at least we got a last try. 

When we got back to school we found out that the Football Boys A team scored first out of about 30+ teams which was incredible, and our Volleyball Boys came third out of about 30+ teams as well!

The care value I showed was respect because I respected all of the teams even if we lost. 
I showed leadership by listening and not arguing with the ref. 
I was a role model by getting on with the game even if the ref was wrong or something along those lines. 



Distinction Evidence: Deputy Head Girl 5

On Wednesday I had Student Council, I turned up on time and had everything that I needed. Everyone else turned up on time and had all of the things that they needed aswell. 

Mrs Trotter was running the meeting and not the Head Girl. Mrs Trotter first asked everyone want the homework from last week was. The homework from last week was to fill in this document that Mrs Trotter sent to us. We had to type in what our classes answers were to the questions, does the name Oaklands School reflect the heritage of New Zealand? And If we were to change the name to some thing else that was appropriate what would we change it to? Some people didn't want to change the name and some people like the name Kauri School, Kiwi School, Cabbage Tree School and Pavlova School.

After that we finished up, and they asked if we needed to talk about anything else and we didn't so we packed up and left for lunch. 

The care value I showed was Respect because I respected the speaker. 
I showed leadership by role modelling to the younger kids by listening. 
I was a role model by not fiddling or talking while someone was sharing. 

Info Report (The Water Cycle)

The Water Cycle

The water cycle is a process that water goes through between land, ocean and atmosphere. There are four steps throughout the cycle, Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation and Runoff. There is no start and no end to the cycle. (that's why it's called a cycle.) The water in the water cycle is the same water being re-used and recycled over and over. (like when you recycle things and home.) Throughout the stages the water can change state eg. liquid, solid, gas. 

One of the important steps in the water cycle is Evaporation. Evaporation is and invisible process where the sun heats up the water in rivers, lakes or oceans, then the water turns into a gas. (water vapor.) This process is faster on hotter days because the sun heats up the water faster, so it turns into vapor quicker than usual. After the water vapor goes into the sky it forms into clouds... which is called Condensation.


That was the first two paragraphs of my Information Report about The Water Cycle

Grace, Kyla and Taylor's Mandarin Video