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Excellence Care Values 10

On Friday in the middle block we usually have something where we do things, like there is a buddy programme and then there is a gardening programme, but the one I am in is Gamification, where you basically code and create a mini game. We started off at the start of the term using a programme called GameFroot, but it didn't really work well so instead we used scratch, which I found much easier. Mr Ladbrook now gives a series of challenges which we had to compete for and if we won we would win a prize. Last week we had to make a pong game and this week we had to make a platformer. Most people used Gamefroot for this but Jacob, Noah, Jak and I used scratch to try and do it. Mine had a landscape and clouds everywhere that moved side to side while they tried to get as high as you could. It half worked but the character could jump infinitely and it was very weird. The leadership quality I used was resilience because at the start I didn't really understand how the variables tab worke…

Excellence Care Values 9

Two weeks ago at technology we had Textiles and Design, in the session half of the class was away since they were at South West Zones so it was very quiet. When we first got there we watched a video about how life and technology was changing society and changing the amount of jobs in the world and Mrs Paterson asked us how we felt about that. The she gave us a competition to see who could thread the sewing machine the fastest. Jacob and I came fourth in that since we threaded the whole machine instead of just the thread and not the bobbin. Then since I wasn't feeling like doing my project since I wasn't really getting that much done I decided to just paint on denim. My painting started off with a mountain and a ski lodge at the top with a ski lift carrying everyone up. But then they ran out of white paint so I couldn't paint anymore mountains. The leadership value I showed and the care value I showed was Active Thinking since I instead tried painting on denim to take a bre…

Excellence HLC C6

For the Home learning challenge C6 Give to families in need: Find a way to help those in need (food or clothes collection for Salvation Army etc) my Mother and I went to the salvation army and donated clothing and shoes to them.

Excellence Care Values 8

At student council we took our next steps to making our ice cream day happen. We learnt that the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) had planned a massive sausage sizzle on the exact same day so we had to decide whether or not we were gonna cancel, in the end we ended up postponing the ice cream day and moving it to a later date which has not been decided yet. We decided on buying the small individual tubs and we had to figure out if they included spoons, and after some emails, we figured out that there was indeed spoons included with the tub. We then looked at the prices and did calculations to find out how much money we would pay and how much we would gain from an estimate, these were our calculations and they are probably not correct: Prices

If we bought 9 cartons of 125ml 24 pottles:
For each flavor
$1.14 per pottle excluding GST
$1.31 per pottle including GST

If we bought 648 pottles:
For all flavors
$849.56 including GST
$738.72 excluding GST

$771.12 for $2.50
$1095.12 for $…

Excellence Care Values 7

At student council we met and changed some aspects of the Ice Cream Day. Mrs Trotter came in and questioned us about some aspects about the day that she didn't think would work like "what do we do with the leftovers?", "How many people will buy it?", "What happens if we give them too much choice?", "How much would they pay for the ice cream?", "What day will it be on?"
We all discussed all these questions and changed aspects accordingly. We ended up deciding on three flavours which were Double Chocolate, Boysenberry Ripple and Vanilla instead of the 8 we had before. The day we also decided on was Tuesday the 26th of September, which was on the last week of the term as it would be hotter than the rest of the term since it was closer to summer. We also decided on how we would see how much people would buy it by creating an order form, where all the students had to order their ice cream ahead of time and we asked the year 6's to c…

Excellence Care Values 6

Student Council

At student council we met and decided on what would be our main focus for term 3 and 4. We all decided it would be an ice cream day and all the profits would go to the Salvation Army. We decided on company we would be buying from which was Deep South. We also had to decide on a date which would fit with the schedule. We decided on things like spoons, what kind of cartons we would be getting like 4l, 6l or in the small individual tubs and what flavours, we decided on about 8 of them. We also assigned Brook to contact the salvation army and we got Melahkye to contact Deep South and find out the pricing. We also got the year 4 and 5 and 6's to make posters for the day. The leadership quality and care value I showed was active thinking as we had to think of all the aspects of the day.

Excellence Care Values 5

Getting InvolvedAt school we recently have been putting up the volleyball net at break so we could play some volleyball during morning tea and lunch, setting up the volleyball net is pretty easy and the playing is fun. Usually at lunch the year 7 and 8's get involved with volleyball and we have a lot of fun playing, most of the time we don't get into disagreements and it's usually a game between Boys and Girls or Year 7's and Year 8's. We don't actually play proper volleyball though, we allow double touches, we allow it to go over the net in one hit and we also don't serve to save more time. The learner quality I show is integrity, because we give everyone a fair chance and the care value I showed was respect since we don't damage the volleyball equipment.

Excellence Student Leader 5

for our Wellington Trip we had to fundraise in multiple ways like selling chocolates and bacon. But a major fundraising event was the quiz night, which all the head leaders had to help out at. One of our jobs was to actually give out answers which were sold for $2 each and they could get a maximum of 5. We had to also help out at the mystery wine auction where 7 wine bottles wrapped up in newspaper were being auctioned off for an amount of money. We had to walk around the hall with the wine bottles in our hands showing people who wanted to take a look at it, but we couldn't let them touch it or get near it. Another job we had was collecting the answers where people waved their hands up in the air and we collected it from them. A learning quality I used was integrity because I gave everyone a fair chance at looking at the wine. The care values I showed was respect as I wasn't disrespectful to the guests there.

Excellence Care Values 4

Last Thursday we had to go to technology at Lincoln Primary School. The pentad I am currently in is textiles and design. My plan was to originally sew a big banana plushie but I'm not very good at sewing so I just tried to make things with clay. My figure I was gonna make was a hot dog

I did most of the figure but halfway I figured out that the head wasn't looking too much like a dog so I let Milan try and reshape it but she figured out it didn't look too much like a dog at all either. So we tried to reshape it. Then  we figured out that we didn't have any colour for the bun, so we tried mixing multiple colours together. It didn't really work out since the clay was so hard it didn't work. Then we hd to go to Mandarin and we revisited some words we did before. The learner quality I showed was resilience because I kept on trying to sew the banana plushie but it didn't really ever work. The care value I showed was excellence because I kept trying to do it.

Excellence Student Leader 4

This term the student leaders are going to be painting a chorus box as a kind of legacy project. We went through many stages and we also met with someone from the city council called Val. She told us about what we had to do in order for it to look nice and we went through designs and we chose Jacinta's one. Her design had an Oaklands logo on it made up by the leaves of a kauri tree. I also submitted a design, where Halswell was in the middle of a bunch of designs. We have planned to paint the chorus box on Wednesday. The care value I showed was excellence because I submitted a design for the chorus box.

Apply Standard Form, significant figures, rounding and decimal place value..

Decimal Place Value
I found this task pretty easy aside from when you had to figure out how many zeroes had to go in to the number or when you had to convert the number into standard form.

Calculate volumes, including prisms, pyramids, cones, and spheres, using formulae

I can calculate volumes, including prisms, pyramids, cones, and spheres, using formulae

What I learned in this group is how to calculate the volume of spheres, cones and cylinders. I also learned how to calculate the surface area of spheres.
Modelling Book
What I found challenging was the Extended Abstract Task Colossal Kiwi mostly because of the paint layer question and I also found the surface area and volume of spheres IXL task mostly because it kept on switching between the two.

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 couldn't 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