Thursday, 14 December 2017

NEXT Foundation Assembly

Yesterday at assembly we had some people from the board of trustees and the NEXT foundation come to our school. Rachel (the creator of SLJ) also visited. Mr Johnston, Rachel and Bill Kermode (the CEO of the NEXT foundation) got up on stage and talked about the Summer Learning Journey. Some students from PBS also got to talk about the Summer Learning Journey. We also got to watch a video staring one of our students, Daniel. The movie was about the Summer Learning Journey program. The video is above if you want to watch it. We also got to have free lunch after the special assembly. It was a delicious lunch. Thank you to the NEXT foundation for providing us free lunch.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Screencastify - Christmas In Switzerland

This week LS2 is learning about how to work as a team and how to work collaboratively. We discussed about different countries who celebrate Christmas. We were split into groups and had to choose a country that we would like to research about Christmas. We decided to research about Christmas in Switzerland. We learnt a lot of new things about how people celebrate Christmas in different ways. There are four languages spoken in Switzerland which are German, Italian, French and Romanch .  Above shows you our DLO about Christmas in Switzerland and we made a screencastify to record our thinking about Christmas in Switzerland.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Maths - Cleanup Crew

For maths today, we were doing some geometry coordination. First of all, we had to complete four pages of reading maps. Then, we were given a piece paper with instructions and a piece of paper with a half completed dog. Our challenge was to follow the instructions to complete the dog. We then had to color the dog in. For this task, we had to remember and use the ladder rule (You can't go up and across but you can go across then up)

Google Game

Today I played a google game. The aim of the game was to collect all the carrots on the level using arrows. The game was like using scratch because you had to code to control the bunny. The game was a bit hard but at the start of every level there was a tutorial on how to use the different codes.

Tech Reflection

This year every Friday our class went to Tamaki College to do Cooking, Graphics and Hard Materials. It has been a fun year to go to Tamaki because it gave the Year 8s a look at what it is like at college. In Cooking we learnt how to make a lot of yum stuff. Our teacher was Mrs Heka for most of our sessions. The next activity we went to was Graphics. In Graphics we made our own clocks out of wood. It was fun looking for designs. The final design I chose was a basketball. The last activity we did was Hard Materials. We were making stained glass designs. The design I chose was a shield with a cross on it. Out of all of the rotations, my favourite activity was Cooking because it was fun to learn how to cook.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey

On Friday Hazel came in to talk to everyone about the summer learning journey. She told everyone that if you participate and come first, second or third you will get a prize. The theme for this summer learning journey is traveling back in time. The prizes will have things like lego, slime, fidget spinners and other cool things. It sounds like fun to do and you also get something if you are the most active blogger in the summer.

Tamaki College Tech - P.E

On Friday the year 7 and 8s went to tech. We did our normal rotation for the morning. We then split into groups. One group went to Robotics, Another group went to Social Science and another group went to P.E. I was in the P.E group. Our teacher was Mr Moyes and he told us that our focus was on teamwork. We then played a warmup game of infinity tag. After we were warmed up we played benchball. The aim of this game was to chose two catches. If the catcher catches your ball you join the catchers. When your whole team was on the platform your team wins. Mr Moyes added one interesting rule. If you got the yellow ball in the hoop your team won automatically. The other team won because they got the ball in from half court. We then played a game of Samoan Softball where you hit the ball with your hand and run to the wall. It was really fun at P.E because I like running around. This was our last session for the year. Looking back this year for tech was a fun year with cooking and making clocks. Thank you Mrs Ferguson, Mrs Heka and Mr Grundy for teaching and doing fun things with us.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Fire Safety - Smoke Alarms

In LS2 we have been talking about to keep safe from fire. Having smoke alarms all around your house can be very helpful because smoke alarms sense smoke and makes a loud screeching sound to alert you. Make sure to have one in every bedroom. Make sure not to have placed in the kitchen because when you are cooking it will trigger the smoke alarm I have worked with Oh Hsen to complete this DLO.

Fire Service Summary

I have created a DLO explaining how the fire service helps our community with my group: Oh Hsen, Tiava, and Lyric. The first thing we did write down 20 important words then choose 6 from the 20. The last thing we did was make a 25 word summary using the 6 most important words that explains how the fire service helps our community.

Police Visit

On Thursday the police helicopter came and landed at Panmure Bridge School. They came and talked about how they help out in the community. The helicopter was cool to watch come but the dogs came as well and everyone was excited to see the dogs. When the dogs came out they did tricks. They then gave an example of what the dog sniffs out. They then showed how the dog catches someone trying to run away. A man came out with padding and the dog ran after him. It was a fun to experience the helicopter landing and seeing a dog in action.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Fire Station Visit

As part of our inquiry this term we have been learning about people who help out the community. On Tuesday LS2 went to the Mt Wellington fire station. We learnt all about there job. One interesting thing I learnt about firefighters is that they are first responders. This means that they can be the first people to help the injured. 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mussel Harvesting

In maths we have been doing some maths problems. This week the problems we were solving involved using our times table and our division. I have worked with Jeremiah to show our learning through a DLO.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Exploring Characters

For novel study, Tiava, Nazella and I were working on exploring Captain Tombs and Tam Spratley from the book Rat Island. We read the book then we had to answer questions about the characters. We created two drawings, one on Captain Tombs and another one on Tam Spratley. We then explored the similarities and difference between to two characters using a venn diagram.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Swamp Tiger Adaptions

In LS2 we have been learning about the adaptations of an animal. I chose an animal the starts with the first letter of my name. I decided to do a Swamp Tiger. An interesting thing I found out about Swamp Tigers is that there fur is to help them blend in to the forest. Researching was hard but I kept going.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

How Children Learn At School

How Children Learn at School

Are you aware that children watch and copy other people? Learning is important for children because they are going to grow up and become adults. Children ask a lot of questions, talk and have fun this helps them to learn and experience as they grow. 

Firstly, children copy what they see. They copy things from other people, television and especially their parents. They are awesome observers and this will help their imagination grow. They often follow a certain role model. They listen to things that they are highly interested in. Kids also have a lot of energy.

Kids have a lot of energy and they use this energy to play with friends and talk. They have numerous ways to play and have fun. When they play it helps them to gain more experience in the environment they are in. Children also ask plenty of questions.

Children ask questions when there confused. They take a lot of risk when they ask questions. They ask questions to help them understand. When they ask questions they improve the skill that there learning about.

Learning is vital for children because they be our next generation. Children will take risk and make mistakes. They will learn with and from each other.

For writing we have been practising to write an explanation for our writing test. Me and Ofa worked together to write this explanation. While writing this we learnt that there is a title, introduction, paragraph 1 2 3, conclusion and to add a hook. I also learnt how to link my paragraphs together. I think that this helped me because it gave me a recap of all the things that I need to use in my writing test. After we finished we gave our work to other groups and they proof-read our work.  

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Production 2017

On Wednesday night we had our production for 2017. This is the first time we were in front of an audience so I was nervous. We did this because we were celebrating 60 years of Panmure Bridge School. In LS2 we have been doing 70's and 80's songs. We have been practising a dance so that we could present our dance to everyone who came. Pasifica and Kapa Haka also performed. Both performances were well done. Tonight we will be dancing again for everyone who comes. Thank you Zoe for teaching us the dances. 


Cross Country

Last week Panmure Bridge School went down to Dunkirk and had our Adidas Fun Run. The school leaders went down and helped set up. The first people to run was the young students. The last people to run was LS2. It was hard because we were running through mud. Daniel and Aj came first and Te Wai came second. I came 8th place out of the year 8 boys. At the end of the run I felt tired and proud of myself that I finished.


Today for the last session of kiwi can we played games for the whole session. The first game we played was called object. We had to turn a random object into something useful. My group won two times. The next game we played was hand soccer. Our group one with 4 points. The last game we played was ten down. We had to pass it around and everyone had to touch the ball onto the ground. Kiwi can today was fun because we were all getting active.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Scale Drawing

Last week I finished my scale drawing. For this task we had to find an image that we were going to enlarge by drawing it. We had to rule 1 centimetre grid over our original design. We then doubled everything and made a grid so that we could enlarge it. First we drew grid lines on an A3 paper. One thing that was hard was that we needed to make sure that we were copying the image square by square.

The Princess Bride Character Introductions

 Today I created a DLO about The Princess Bride film study. I chose to make a DLO on how the characters of the movie were introduced. I created this to show what I learnt about the characters introduction. An interesting thing that I found from the movie is that Inigo and Fezzik turned good and helped the protagonist.  

Monday, 25 September 2017

What Is A Coalition

Today we have been following the election results and what a coalition is. We found out that NZ first has the power to chose who our government is. We did some questions that we had to answer. At the end of the task everyone in our group had to know what a Coalition was. I was working with Miki, Josh S, Te Wai and Freeman.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Democracy Flow Chart

Democracy is used in a lot of countries like Australia, England and New Zealand. Democracy derives from the Greek Language. Before the English language changed to democracy the french wrote it was démocratie In New Zealand we have the queen on top with the governor-general as her representative.

Former Prime Minister

Helen Clark was one of the former Prime Ministers of New Zealand. She is now a valuable member of the United Nations. She has made New Zealand well recognised and have done great things in her time in parliament like introducing the superannuation fund. She is a very influential women and is respected by a lot of people

Government Party Jigsaw

The election is near and in every intermediate in New Zealand we are learning about the elections. Apart of our learning we have done an activity called a Government Party Jigsaw. In the jigsaw there is all the leaders of the political parties and what electorate they are in. The two main parties are Labour and National. I worked with Mataio, Tiava and Jeremiah.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Read An E Book Day

Today LS2 have been reading E-Books because it is Read An E-book Day. I use the Tamaki College Overdrive to find and read E-books. E-Book day celebrates modern day storytelling. The book that I am currently reading is called Storm Breaker. It is about a boy who is told that his uncle is was a spy. His uncle has died and he takes over his uncles mission. If you use the hashtag #eBookLove. If you want more information you can click Here. #eBookLove

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Tamaki College Overdrive

Today LS2 explored the Tamaki College Overdrive. I was reading storm breaker. It is about a 14 year old boy who finds out that his uncle was a spy. He then gets sent on a mission to investigate a sketchy man by the name of Herod Sayle.   

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Bullying Animation

For this task we had to create a animation about bullying. First we talked about standing up and speaking out when this happens to you or anybody. We also talked about using our WITS and being good role models. I was working with Te Wai, Harlem and CJ.

Sentence Writing

For this task we explored two word sentences. We then put in FANBOYS and AAWWUBBIS to turn them into compound and complex sentence. We had to add 2 more after we finished one. The task was a bit hard because some words didn't fit well in the sentence. We then had to find a photo to go with one of the sentences. I chose to illustrate no hitting.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Y8 College Experience

Today the Y8s went to Tamaki College and stayed there for the day to experience what it was like in college classrooms. We had timetables and we had to be organised. There were some Y9 students guiding us around the college. First we had Maths with Mr Jones. In Maths we played battleships. Then we had Science with Mr Stoddard. In Science we did some experiments with static electricity. Next we had lunch. For lunch we had Subway and it was delicious. At lunch some students got rewarded $5 to go and spend at the tuck shop. Next we had English with Mr Stevenson. We were finding visual images to make connections with words that we had to memorise. The last thing that we did was PE with Mr Moyes. We played turbo touch. It was a really fun day and a good way to experience what it was like to be a Y9 student. Thank you Tamaki College for organising the fun day that we had.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Why Its Great To Be Me

Its great to be me because I have a lot of positive qualities that make who I am for example, I am thoughtful towards other people. I have created a Tagul with words that describe why its great to be young (11 - 13). I was working with Te Wai, Fraidoon and Freeman. We did this because we were learning to strengthen our ability to make positive choice. First we made a list of words of why it is good to be young. When we finished we transferred our words onto a word cloud.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Tech At Tamaki College

Today at tech we have completed our clocks and are starting a new rotation next week. The design that I chose for my clock is a basketball. First we had to finish painting our clocks and the side of our side pieces. Next we glued our pieces together. Then Mrs Ferguson and Mrs Anderson put the clock mechanisms inside our clocks. We then let the glue dry.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Reciprocal Reading Task

In Reading today we have had a session with one of the reciprocal reading experts, and his name is Fraidoon. On our DLO we have the words people in our group can't define, things we need to work on and things we did with success. To do Reciprocal Reading we need to collaborate and take risks to be the leader. I had fun doing this and it was great to work with people who engaged in the learning as much as I did.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Careers DLO - Game Developers

This week we have been exploring careers. This gives us a good idea of what we want to be in the future. I completed a test that would tell me some careers i'm interested in and one of those results was to be a game developer. I have created a DLO about game developers. This is a career that I would be interested in because I like playing video games on the computer, console and mobile phones. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Flex-tangle Math

This is my flex tangle that I made. We did this because this week is maths week. LS2 started doing this on Monday. The next thing that we are creating is a hexaflexagon. I learnt how to score with scissors. One thing that I like about this flex tangle is that you could create the designs.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kate Sheppard Sketchnote

For this task we had to create a sketch note. We had questions that we had to answer. The learning conversation that I had with my group helped me complete this because I was stuck on a question and talking to my group helped me get ideas. 

Galloping Greyhounds

For this task we had to make a DLO about a question that we solved for maths. Ofa and I completed this task. The task was about greyhounds and money. We had to solve how much money would a trainer make if there greyhound came first, second and third. We had clues from the photo and that helped us a lot.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Kate Sheppard DLO

For this task we had questions that we had to answer. I worked with Tiava, Mataio and Jeremiah to complete this DLO. It is about Kate Sheppard and the suffrage movement. We had to do a lot of talking to get this done because everyone had to know what they were doing. Talking helped us get this finished because we had to talk to see if it makes sense. 

T3 Production Practice

Today we have been practising our dance for the end of term 3. Zoe came in on Tuesday and taught us dance. Mrs Anderson recorded us doing the dance. Today we looked back and saw what we needed to improve. This learning is called rewindable learning. Rewindable learning is watching yourself do something and checking what you need to improve. My groups song is Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. All the groups practised there dance then presented it to the class. It was really fun to see what the other groups have been doing.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Writing Challenge - Idiom

For this task I had to make a list of Idiom examples. An Idiom is a figurative speech that is not meant to be taken seriously. The first thing we did was find out what idiom meant. Then when we finished the list we had to chose an idiom to illustrate. I chose to illustrate try your best. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Winter Learning Journey

During the winter holiday I participated in the winter learning journey. Rachel came to our school and gave out prizes to the people who participated. The top three people who blogged as the most, got prizes. The first place winners were Daniel and Oh Hsen. Second was Alex and AJ. The third place winners were Ofa and Eric. For all the other people who participated got a certificate. I enjoyed doing the winter learning challenge because it was a fun way to keep learning during the holidays. Thank you Rachel and her team for making the winter learning journey awesome. I look forward to the summer learning journey.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

It Pays To Win Math

For this task we had to solve some problems. I worked with Ofa and Mataio. We had to use our times tables knowledge to work out the answers. This task was a bit hard because we had to multiply big numbers.

Hyperbole Writing

For writing we have been learning about hyperbole. We had to write a paragraph that included 5 hyperbole.  We had to write a paragraph about the long walk home. A hyperbole is an exaggerated statement that is not to be taken seriously.   

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Suffrage Movement Summary

For this task we worked collaboratively to write a 25 word summary about what the suffrage movement was. We watched a video explaining the suffrage movement. I was working with Jeremiah, Mataio and Tiava. One thing that I found interesting was that people risked their lives so that women can vote. We all contributed to this by talking to each other to decide if what we had written made sense, and if the information we had found answered our question.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Why Is It So Important To Keep Oral Storytelling Alive

It is important that we remember to pass down the storytelling of Maori people and keeping it alive because it can keep the Maori language alive.

For this task we had to watch a video about Maori oral storytelling. We watched three videos talking about oral storytelling. We had to work collaboratively with our partners. We had to answer the question Why is it important to keep oral storytelling alive. The hard thing about this was that the videos were in Te Reo so we had to read the subtitles.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Exploring Myths and Legends

For this task, Mataio and I had to retell a part of the myth, how Maui slowed the sun. We used Storyboard That to create this comic strip. Mataio and I chose the scene when Maui captured the sun. We did this because we are learning about myths and legends. We were practicing to show not tell using dialogue. One thing I that was hard about creating this storyboard was that I wasn't to familiar with the site so we had to get used to it.


For maths I played a warm up game. In this warm up game you had to order fractions from lowest to highest. I think that this is a good warm up because it is not hard but it gets your brain thinking.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey

For this task I had to form an opinion about predators and if killing them is good. I think that killing them off is a good thing because possums carry a disease called bovine Tb, There skin can be used to make clothes and much more. I also think that they should be killed because they feast on endangered birds eggs. They are also destroying our native wildlife. They are also costing farmers $35 million dollars for the damage done by possums

Winter Learning Journey

For this task I am adopting a native pet. I am going to adopt a Tuatara. A Turatara is a lizard creature that is native to New Zealand. I chose this because the Tuatara caught my eye. The Tuatara is a carnivore so they eat things like insects, beetles, spiders and much more. Tuatara's mainly live on offshore islands. Facts I fond out about the Tuatara is that is has survived for up to 200 million years and the Tuatara can live up to 100 years.

Winter Learning Journey

For the task that I chose, I had to watch a clip about Laura Dekker. Laura Dekker sailed around the world at the age of fourteen. I had to write down 5 questions that I would want to ask her if I got the chance to interview her.

My questions are:
Was there a time when you wanted to turn around and go back home?
What made you want to travel the world?
How do you feel that you have achieved sailing around the world?
What did you dislike about your adventure?
What did you like about your adventure?

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey

For this task I had to design A flag for New Zealand. I used flag designer to create my flag. I took out the union jack because we are no longer part of the British empire. I also added a star to represent the southern cross. I also added some blue to say that we are an Island. I also added white to say that we explorers and bold.

Winter Learning Journey

For the second task of the Winter Learning Journey I had to watch a video and list 5 things that people can do and see in New Zealand. They are: Explore the coast lines of beaches, Walk along Mission Bay, Drive to the native rain forest of the Waitakere Ranges, Head to the Auckland Domain and watch people play cricket and explore the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Winter Learning Journey

Winter Learning Journey

For the first task I had to look at the New Zealand People website and find three interesting facts. The facts that I found interesting was over 400 years before Christopher Columbus, the rest of Europe was worried about falling of the edge of the world. The second interesting fact that I found was New Zealander AJ Hackett created the bungy jump. The last interesting fact I found was Rugby Football is the most spectated sport in New Zealand.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Ball Donations

Today the school got given some sports equipment. We got a bag of new soccer balls and 50 netball balls. I think that the donation was kind because we needed more soccer balls and netball for our teams that play sport. Thank You for donating the soccer balls and netball balls.  

Thursday, 6 July 2017


Yesterday, Miss Apelu who was a visiting teacher from Tamaki college came into LS2. After Mrs Anderson read a short text, we had to write down all of the words we were important. Then, we had to pick out 20 words we found important from the words we wrote down. After that we picked the 6 most important words from the 20 words and used them to write a short summary. I was in a group with Tiava, Mataio and Oh Hsen.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Solstice Animation

This is my animation that I have made with Tiava and Mataio. In this animation we had to explain what the summer and winter solstice are and how seasons work. I new thing that I learnt while making this was that the summer solstice is the longest day in the year and the winter solstice is the shortest day in a year.

Lohri - Indian Winter Solstice Celebration

For this task I had to find out about another countries winter solstice celebration. We did this to find out about how other people celebrate Matariki. I worked with Tiava and Mataio. Tiava Mataio and I chose to do India. When we did this we had to remember to attribute the images and websites we used. On the DLO it tells people about when the celebration starts and why it is celebrated.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Matariki Inquiry

Today I started an inquiry. It was for Matariki. I watched a video about Matariki and the Seven Sisters. I worked with Tiava to make a DLO and answer the questions about Matariki. We did this because Matariki started yesterday. We were given questions about the video that we have answered.

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Today for dance we were recording our dances so we could look at it and see what we needed to improve on. Freeman, Joshua, Sanujan and I were in a group. When we did our dance we had to think about the timing of the dance, the music and the shapes that we made with our body. The first thing that we did was practice our dance. When we looked back at the recording, my group found out that we needed to work on the speed of the dance because some people were going to fast.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Rubbish Solutions

Today for inquiry we had a provocation that we needed to explore. I was working with Mathias,
Oh Hsen and Eric. As a team we had to come up with our own opinions and chose which one was the best but we couldn't speak. Our provocation was about the rubbish in our school and how we can resolve the problem of rubbish. Our whole group came up with this opinion: We can put out more bins because people might be lazy to walk to the bin. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017


Today for dance we were working on our dances that we created. I was working this Joshua, Sanujan and Freeman. The first thing we did was warm up. This week we used Tiava and Eric's warm up. Next we were reminded that the music we used had to go together with the dance. We also needed to be in sync with the music. We then talked about the speed of our dance and that the music needs to be the same pase of the dance. After that talked about the mood of our dance. This helps tell your dance story. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Haiku DLO

For Poetry we have been learning about Maui and how he created fire. I have worked with Tiava to complete 5 Haiku poems. A Haiku poem is a three line poem with 17 syllables, that is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 syllables for the second line and 5 for the last sentence. We put the haiku poems in order of the story.