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Elections Argument

Are you sure National has been currently fit to govern the country? In my opinion, I think that the Green party would be the best choice as their policies will improve and do good to New Zealand. Three of their great policies are: the decision to make public transport free for under 19s and another is for the tertiary fees, the promise to reduce tertiary education fees gradually untill it’s free and extending the age of free GP visits to 17 year olds. The first policy I will explain is the decision to make public transport free for under 19s.

Green has a plan to make public transport free for under 19s and free during off-peak times for students and apprentices. Everyone under the age of 19 would be able to get a free “Green” card which would give them access to free bus rides, train rides and ferries. This would be a good idea because this would reduce the traffic congestion around the streets and reduce pollution as traffic is a very big problem in some cities in New Zealand. Furthe…

Letter Writing

In Writing we have been learning to: Write a formal letter.

We have followed the writing process and have planned and drafted a formal letter.

Here is a link to our online Modelling book. This shows the process that we have followed.

Here is the letter that I have written

Here is my reflection on the letter writing that we have done.

One thing that I found challenging about writing formal letters was trying to keep the vocabulary formal and trying to figure out the structure of the letter.
My next step is: look for more opportunities to put my letter writing knowledge into practice in the future.

Reading - Evaluate Texts

In reading we have been learning to….make decisions about the usefulness of the text for purpose, by using a variety of criteria to evaluate.

Here is a link to our online modelling book

We have been evaluating texts against the following four criteria: Readability Accuracy Relevance Status

These documents show evidence of my learning during this unit: (link your own learning for each of these activities. Please make sure your sharing settings are open)

Describing Author's Purpose Criteria to evaluate texts Evaluating a range of texts
My Next Step: Is to continue to apply this new knowledge and evaluate texts as I read them, checking for readability, accuracy, relevance and quality of language/ information

I can apply everyday compounding rates

I can apply everyday compounding rates.

What I learnt from this group is what the difference between simple and compounding rates are and how to solve them. I also learnt how to calculate continuously compounding rates.
What I found challenging was the extended abstract task Debt Race, which confused me many times. I spent a long time trying to work it out but ended up finding out that all I had to do at the end was to just divide the account by the amount paid each year.

Another task I did:
Compare and Contrast Map

Term 2 Book Review

The most interesting book I read in term two was a book called Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, which was basically six loosely related stories set in different time periods. Basically the book is told like a Russian nesting doll where five of the story are left hanging halfway at a cliffhanger, then the six story is told in full and then the other five stories are continued in reverse order they were told in, so 1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2,1. Each story has some kind of trace (for example a document or statue) that came from the previous story.
The first story is called The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing which is about some kind of lawyer who is at sea. The story begins in 1850 in the Chatham Islands. He finds a Moriori stowaway in his cabin while travelling and also catches a parasite.
The second story is called Letters from Zedelghem. Told in form of letters from a musician to their lover Rufus Sixsmith in 1931. They are hired to become an Amanuensis for a famous composer Vyvyan Ayrs (which i…

Excellence HLC C10

For my excellence badge I decided to create my own challenge which was to create a poster about something to do in the classroom. At first I decided to do it about BYOD use but then I decided on how to get out of the pit, just a redesigned version of Mr Ladbrook's poster. I made two versions of the poster because i could decide which was best. For the poster I used photoshop.

Current Events Term 2 2017

WALT: I can successfully research a current event. Here is a link to our online modelling book for this unit of learning.
The National Standard that I have been aiming for during this unit of learning is:
Year 9/10: I can read in different ways to find and/or understand information that that is not immediately easy to access or is not organised in familiar ways.
Each week we have read a short text about a current event/ topic. We then formed questions based on what we had read.  After this we researched the answers to our questions and finally we gave our opinions on what we had found out.
Here is some evidence of my learning.
Describe Map One - Microbeads
Describe map Two - Climate Change
My Next Step is to continue to  apply the reading and  research skills that I have learned in a variety of other areas.

Music Term 2

For Music this term, three things I learnt were: 1. That the biggest elements of hip hop are: Rap, Dance, Beat boxing, DJ 2. That Split Enz is a New Zealand Band 3. That "Why does love do this to me" was a New Zealand single.

Something I found challenging was... trying to do the rap very very fast because you quickly ran out of breath.

Excellence Care Values 3


This week in home economics we looked at how sugar was made and the different types of sugar and their uses. As a tester, we made some basic cookies to test them so each group used different sugars to see the difference. The sugars were: Caster sugar, Icing Sugar, Brown sugar, Raw sugar and granulated sugar. My group got caster sugar which was the original sugar used in the recipe. After we made our cookies we all shared our different cookies and tried them all. Then we got our books out and recorded what each tasted like. After that we watched even more videos about the different uses of sugar and then had to record what sugar did to baking. I think the care value I used was active thinking because we had to record and remember the different tastes and sugars. A leadership trait I used was also active thinking, for the exact same reason.

Excellence HLC R4

This week for my excellence badge I did the home learning challenge titled Learn a language and share six phrases with your class. The language I decided to learn was Norwegian. The six phrases I learnt were:

- Are you having a great day? Har du en flott dag (Har do-en flott darg)
- Hello My name is Nicholas. Hei Mitt navn er Nicholas (Hi meet nov ni)
- Can you help me? Kan du hjelpe meg (Kan du yell-pi my)
- Thank you very much! Tusen takk (To-sin Tag)
- Excuse Me! Unnskyld meg (Une-shill my)
- What's the weather like today? Hva er været i dag (Vai va-de dog)

Curriculum Vitae Writing

In CAREERS EDUCATION we have been learning to write a skills based Curriculum Vitae.
A skills based C.V. focuses more on the skills that we have,  rather than our work history.
Here is a link to our online Modelling Book that shows the process we have followed.
Three things that I have learned about writing a Curriculum Vitae are:
Curriculum Vitae's usually have referees
Spelling and Grammar is very important
 A C.V is a formal writing.
Here is a link to my Skills based Curriculum Vitae.

Excellence Care Values 2


This week in cooking, we had a reliever teacher called Miss Tobec who used to teach Home Economics at Lincoln two years ago. In that session we made Cinnamon Pinwheel Scones and Banana Loaves. Instead of making them in groups, we all made them individually for the scones and in pairs for the loaves. For the pinwheel scones we had to go get the flour and baking soda, sugar and butter and had to mix it around until it was well combined. Then we had to make a well with the dry ingredients and mix in the milk and water slowly and start beating it literally. After that we lay it out on the bench and started rolling it out with a rolling pin and then added the cinnamon and rolled it up. Then we put it in the oven. For the banana loaf, we had to get basically the same ingredients and mix it up while on another bowl we had the wet ingredients. We cracked the egg into the mixture and then split the mixture into two separate loaf pans. Then we put it in the oven. I think the care val…

Excellence Student Leader 3

Student Leader 

One of the responsibilities of being a deputy head boy is that you need to attend weekly student council meetings and contribute to them. My role in the student council is that I have to take minutes, where I have to do the roll and record every idea that is being suggested. This role is actually quite hard as ideas are suggested incredibly fast. This week in the student council, the topic was fundraisers and causes we should fund raise for. Some of the suggestions for causes were:
- Terror Victims
- Sport Clubs - Food For Homeless - Animal Shelters - Any type of shelter - Cancer Society - Second chance dog resuce - Dental care - Child Cancer - Second Chance dog rescue - SPCA - Plunket - Ronald McDonald House - Starship Hospital Next week when we meet again on Wednesday, we will be discussing the subject of what Oaklands school do against bullying. A care value that I showed during the meeting was Community, by contributing to the Student Council, I feel we are helping out the whol…

Convert between metric units using decimals

In Maths we have been learning………..
Convert between metric units using decimals. Converting is part of our Number Knowledge. It is important to just know these as we can use this knowledge when we are solving measurement problems.
Here is a link to our online modelling book.
Here are the IXL screenshots that show evidence of my learning.  

SKI JUMP  - This is the activity that shows my ability to apply the knowledge I have learned.
Here is link to my Ski Jump problem solving activity answer sheet. (link your answer sheet here)
My next  step in Maths is…… to use this new knowledge to help me solve a wide variety of measurement problems

Reading - Text Compostion

In reading we have been learning to…. recognize the way words, sentences and paragraphs are put together (eg sentences that express cause and effect) and use this knowledge to understand complicated texts.

Here is a link to our online modelling book

These documents show evidence of my learning during this unit: (link your own learning for each of these activities. Please make sure your sharing settings are open)

Defining parts of speech Types of sentences Analyzing paragraph construction Explain the relationship between components of texts. Complex text analysis

My Next Step: Is to continue to apply this new knowledge of parts of texts, to help me make sense of increasingly complicated text types.

Excellence Student Leader 2

City Council Trip
On Monday the 29th of May, the student leaders went on a bus to the CBD, where we went to visit the City Council Building to learn more about them and leadership. When we got there we took a little walk around the CBD, to make our way towards the Council Building. When we got there we got to have alittle break to take pictures while a member of the council staff got organized and ready to teach us. Once we got into a little classroom in the council building, we looked at a presentation about what the council does, eg; Taking out the trash, giving us fresh drinking water, doing building inspections, etc... and how the council is run. The council teams are split into different groups, most of them had just under 300 people working for them, while some of them had as little as 18. After that they had 6 council workers to take us to where they work and explain to us what they do and have us report back. My group had the Resource Consent workers who basically had to find…

Relate tables, graphs, and equations to linear and simple quadratic relationships found in number and spatial patterns.

WALT: relate tables, graphs, and equations to linear and simple quadratic relationships found in number and spatial patterns.

Assessment Task: A car rental business has two rental schemes, red and blue for rentals up to ten days. These schemes are advertised in their brochures with this graph. Use the following information to work out how many days of rental would carry the same total cost on either the blue or the red scheme (show your working). The area under the graph gives the total cost of renting. The schemes each follow a linear pattern, cutting the vertical axis at 120 and 170. Both blue and red schemes cost $110 on the 4th day of rental.

My Favourite Book Of Term 1

A Game Of Thrones - By George R. R. Martin
The story is set in the medieval ages in the fictional continents Westeros and Essos, and told through multiple perspectives in each chapter. One of the perspectives is of the Stark family who are the main family of House Stark, located in the fort Winterfell, the lord Ed Stark is called to be the Kings Hand as the previous one had been slain, which is basically the bodyguard of the king. A member of the Stark family, Jon Snow is taken to a place called the wall, which is a big wall made of ice where they keep all the people that commit minor crimes. The wall is the only place that separates them from the north, where it is infested with dangerous undead beings called white walkers. In Essos which is the continent split from Westeros by the Narrow Sea, a woman called Daenerys, part of House Targaryen, is sold off to a leader of the Dothraki, called Khal Drogo by her brother Viserys in-exchange for some men for his army. The story snowballs f…