Monday, 29 August 2016

Extended Abstract (Reading)

I can recognise and understand a variety of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns

In this unit I have been learning about:
  • The parts of speech.
  • The types of nouns.
  • The types of sentences.

In this unit, I found challenging… Everything, because I was just learning

Something new I learnt was… Everything, because I need to learn everything for the future

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Student Council (Distinction badge)

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Student Council

Today I had Student Council in room 14. When I found that we had student council I had to go straight to the hall foray. When Mrs Trotter came to the hall foray, she told us that we had to be in Room 14 which is now the music room. When jack w was told to go and tell Mr M that we were coming to talk with the Nice Lady 

When we finally got to Room 14 I went in to get a chair to sit down. When we found out that this lady was coming in to talk to us about education which I thought it would be interesting. When Mrs Trotter came in with the lady she left and the Nice lady sat down and got her self ready for to talk to us at some point. When she finally got her self ready she told us to stand up to play a quick game which we play. When we finished the game we sat back down to answer some questions about education. 

One of the things that we did was talk about what if we would have a new school around our neighborhood. The lady had given us some paper to right some ideas for a new school to look like and I had put lots of ideas down of what a future school should look like. 

The learner qualities that I showed was listening to the Nice Lady that was specking.

The leadership that I showed was to turn up to Student Council. 

Technology (Distinction badge)

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Today we had technology. When I got to technology I went straight to the textiles with Monique. Once we put our bags away, we got a pen, then we went straight into the Design class to play a game of Kahoot. When I signed I went and sat down next to my friends ready for the teachers to start. The teachers told us to get into groups of  2, so Sam L and I went together and Monique and Sam W went together. Sam L and I came second with the Kahoot game of the Values, after the game finish group A (which is my group) went next door to do sewing.

Once Mrs Patterson talked to us about how to thread our machine and asked if anybody new, so I put up my hand up, because I remember from last year, so I had to help everybody out on my side, and Mrs Patterson her's on her side. Once everybody got there machines threaded we went onto our test about how to do, a Straight line, a square and a line of Zigzag on the side. I passed so I got to make something else, but it was time to go back to school. 

The learner qualities that I showed was always listening to the teachers 

The leadership that I showed was turning up on time in the morning's.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Being a good house leader (Distinction badge)

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Being a good house leader 

Today we had a school full assembly. When I walked in I had to go straight up to the front, but there was no chairs, so Samara, Me and Jack M got a set of chairs for the front, because the boys forgot to get the front ones out. Once we got the chairs, we sat down ready for the head students to start the assembly.

The first thing that we started off with was our school Waiata, once we sang that we went onto the Certificates and the year 7/8 badges. We started off with the Principal's awards. After that we went onto the year 7/8 badges. The people that got the badges were Alex M for a Merit badge, Charlotte L with a Excellence badge and Me with a Excellence badge. Then we went onto the bucket filler's.

After the assembly finished the year 7/8's we let to go and I walked out as quietly as I could be while being a good role model.

The learner quality that I showed was being a good role model at the front of the stage 

The leadership that I showed was clapping at the appropriate time     
This is the School Waiata that we sing in the morning and at full school assembly 
Oaklands School Waiata 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Being a good house leader (Distinction badge)

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Being a good house leader

Today at the end of the day Mr Ladbrook took the House captiains, Heads, Deptys and Emma hill for a small meeting. Why Mr ladbrook tooks  us away was for the quiz night coming up and so Mr Ladbrook was wanting to know who wanted to go around the westfelid mall, to find things that we could have to give away as prices in the quiz night. 

Mr Ladbrook had to do a pull it out of hat draw, but on his laptop and it is where he wrote our names in and then he spun it and the first three people didn't get to go. The first person to be out was Jack M, then the second person was Samara then the last person was Me!!!
I was really sad that I didn't get to go, but I would get other chances to go to different thing. 

The learner quality that I showed was coming to the meeting. 

The leadership that I showed was by being a good role model. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Technology (Distinction badge)

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Today we had Technology. When we got to Lincoln we have to go to our class once we get off the bus. Today was the first day of doing a different which was sewing , but some people call it textile. 

Mrs Paterson told us to grab a pencil, pen or just bring your whole pencil case, so I just grabbed a pen, because it was in my pocket and we didn't need anything else. The first thing that we did was to find some where to work was which sewing machine we were going to be working at. 

The next thing we did was Mrs Paterson want to find out what our names were and she need to get a photo for the roll. Mrs Paterson didn't get my photo, but she does know my name now. 

At the end of the day we went next door to play the game Kahoot with the design group. Mrs Scott told us to get into groups of 3-4, so I went with Sam L, Charlotte and Maddy. The game was okay we can 4th out of 13 teams.

The learner quality that I showed was being quite when the teachers were speaking.  

The leadership that I showed was was turning up, not late after morning tea.   

Student Council (Distinction badge)

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Student Council 

On Wednesday I didn't have a student council meeting, because of the mini Olympic, but what we have been talking about the whole time was things that could be changed in the school for example the school name, what the school could look like in 20 years, like the classroom, the playgrounds and other things. 

One of the things we talked about last week was what if we changed the school name for example the Oak tree had actually come from Canada so what if we changed it to something native to New Zealand or that is for school, we had someone say Kāuri or Kākano school which would be different, but the Kāuir tree is native to New Zealand and the Kiwi is native to NZ. 

The learner quality that I show was turning up to student council. 

The leadership that I showed was aways contributing to group discussion.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Rewrite a traditional story that has a botanical theme, in a modern NZ setting (Science badge)


21 (2 stars) Rewrite a traditional story that has a botanical theme, in a modern NZ setting - eg Jack and the Beanstalk, Rata's Canoe
Xanthe and Thumper

Once upon a time there was a girl named Xanthe she made a hut in a tree. It was a big old oak tree and it was beautiful. Xanthe had made the small hut in the tree out all sorts of things. It was a very strange looking tree hut, but she loved it and it was all hers.

Xanthe went to Oakland’s Primary School. She loved playing in the oak leaves at school and making big piles of leaves when the dropped off the tree. She also liked collecting lots and lots of acorns.
Xanthe loved playing in her garden, where her Oak tree grew at home. She had a new baby pet rabbit named Thumper, he was light grey and white and he liked being in the tree hut. Thumper didn't hop around much, but he did like to eat.

Xanthe  liked to plant seeds in her garden and mow her grass. She also liked to watch the birds in the trees when she was in her tree hut. She sometimes thought she was a bird in a tree.

Xanthe decided to make a special corner of the tree hut just for her baby rabbit to live in. She found an old cardboard box, a cushion and an old blanket. She made it look really good and even drew a picture of lots of other pet rabbits and stuck it up on the wall behind the box so that her bunny wouldn't get lonely.
One day Xanthe went to New World to get some food for her pet rabbit and she bought a big bag of bright orange carrots. She also bought a packet of biscuits, some popcorn, a bottle of lemonade and a big bar of chocolate, because she loved sitting in her tree hut having a big picnic and reading her book.
When she got home she chopped up two of the carrots for her pet rabbit. She put the carrots in an old ice cream box and then put everything for her picnic and the carrots into a backpack. Then she went out to the garden to find Thumper who was in his cage in the garden. Thumper looked really excited to see Xanthe and sat very still whilst Xanthe unlock the cage. Most bunny rabbits would probably have jumped out, but Thumper was different, he just sat and waited until Xanthe picked him up and took him to the tree hut. Thumper was so small that he fitted in Xanthe's hand, so she was able to carry him easily up the ladder with her backpack on her back.

At the top she carefully placed Thumper in his new box, which he liked straight away and sat very still looking at Xanthe for some food. Xanthe got out the ice cream box and took off the lid with the carrots inside. She put a carrot next to Thumper in the box. Thumper gobbled the piece of carrot staright away, so Xanthe gave him another one. Thumper swallowed it whole and wanted even more carrots. Xanthe gave him another and another, until all the carrots were gone and the box was empty. It had only taken Thumper five minutes to eat every bit of carrot. Xanthe was a bit surprised as to how quick Thumper had eaten them, but decided to go and sit on her own big cushions and read her book. She also dedcide to eat some of her own snacks.

Thumper sat in his box and looked very sad. He stared at Xanthe, whilst she ate her biscuits and drink her lemonade. He looked so sad that she decided to go back to the kitchen and cut up some more carrots for him. She climbed back down the ladder and quickly ran to the kitchen to cut up more carrots. Then she ran back to the tree hut. She wanted to be quick, because she was worried that Thumper might try and escape out of his box, but when she got back he was still sitting there. He hadn't moved at all, but he did look very excited to see the box again, which was full of lots and lots of juicy carrots.

Thumper ate the lot. He didn't even seem to chew them, but he did really like them and looked really sad when the box was empty. Xanthe started to worry that she wouldn't be able to buy enough carrots. She'd already spent a lot of her pocket money on the last bag of carrots.
The days went on and Xanthe bought a bag of carrots every day and every day Thumper ate a bag of carrots. Thumper was growing quite quickly, which meant that he wanted to eat even more carrots.
Xanthe couldn’t afford to buy any more carrots so she decided to try and grow her own. She was so poor now that she couldn't even buy a packet of carrot seeds, but she did have lots of left over carrot tops. So Xanthe dug her garden and then made rows and rows of her carrot tops that sat on top of the soil. She knew that they would need water and lots of sunshine. Luckily it was spring, so that meant that the sun was out today. She watered the garden of carrots tops with her watering can and then went back to her tree hut to see Thumper.

Thumper was still sitting in his box, but now Thumper was nearly as big as the box. He was looking very sad, because he hadn't had his bag of carrots today and Xanthe was very worried about him. She didn't know what to do, because she still had to wait for her carrot tops to grow. What if they didn't grow, what would she do and how would she feed Thumper?

Xanthe tried giving Thumper lettuce, but Thumper turned away. Xanthe gave him some chopped up apple pieces, but he didn't like that either. Each day Xanthe tried to feed Thumper lots of other vegetables and fruit, but nothing worked. Thumper was now too sad to eat. Xanthe was very worried about Thumper and she was even more worried about her carrot tops, because they didn't seem to be growing.
One day after school, Xanthe was walking home and she saw something golden and sparkly. She couldn't believe her eyes, because it was a baby carrot. She picked it up and ran all the way home to Thumper. In the kitchen she quickly chopped off the carrot top and ran out to her tree hut. As she ran she tossed the carrot top into the grass. She went up to her tree hut to see Thumper and gave him the tiniest golden carrot that she'd found on her way home from school. He was so happy and for once he chewed it slowly. It was so strange, because it seemed to fill him up straight away.

So Xanthe and Thumper sat happily together in the tree hut. Then they heard it start to rain and at the same time the sun came out. Xanthe looked out of her window and saw the most beautiful rainbow, which seemed to be going right under her tree hut. The rain carried on for most of the afternoonand the sun carried on shining, which meant that the rainbow stayed too. The tree hut was really pretty inside, because the rainbow made lots of pretty colours on the walls.

Then the rain stopped and the rainbow went away. It was very quiet now in the tree hut and Xanthe and Thumper fell fast asleep. When they woke up again it was morning. Xanthe couldn't believe she'd spent the whole night in her tree hut, she'd never slept in it before and couldn't believe it was morning. It took her a while to realise where she was and she could hear a tapping sound on the side of the tree hut. What was making that tapping sound?

She was a little bit scared, and Thumper looked scared too, but he also looked hungry! From where Xanthe was laying down she could see some leaves through her little window, but the weren't oak leaves, like the leaves on her oak tree, they looked more like a fern. She decided to get up and investigate. As she got closer to the window she realised that the tiny baby carrot top that she'd tossed in the grass had grown into a really tall fern like tree and hanging from the ferns were lots of tiny golden sparkly magic baby carrots.

Xanthe reached out and picked one of the tiny golden sparkly carrots and bent down to give it to Thumper. Thumper was so excited to see the same golden baby carrot that he'd eaten the day before, but he didn't gobble it down like all the other carrots, he chewed it really slowly and when he'd eaten the last bit he was really full. Xanthe and Thumper were really happy spending lots of time together in the tree hut and picked golden baby carrots from the window whenever they felt hungry.

The End

The New Zealand fern (Science badge)

Image result for Why is the NZ fern called the silver fernThe New Zealand fern 

32- Research and present your findings about a plant
unique to NZ (2 Stars)

Facts about the NZ Silver Fern
- It is an image to which all New Zealanders relate and is a powerful and emotional symbol of inspiration at times when it matters. The symbol comes from the leaf of the New Zealand fern - Cyathea Dealbata (Ponga is the Maori name). The leaves are dark green on the upper side and silver underneath.
This is a link to the The Silver Fern.

Where do Ferns grow

Image result for Silver FernFerns are typically found in moist, forested areas because they require lots of water. Ferns are abundant in all damp situations in New Zealand forests, forming the undergrowth beneath a dense canopy of evergreen trees. They are also found growing on tree trunks and branches and along stream banks.

Fern facts

  • The leaves of ferns are called fronds and when they are young they are tightly coiled into a tight spiral. This shape, called a ‘koru’ in Maori, is a popular motif in many New Zealand designs.
  • One notable New Zealand fern is bracken (rarahu), which grows in open, disturbed areas and was a staple of the early Maori diet in places too cold for the kümara to grow. The roots were gathered in spring or early summer and left to dry before they were cooked and eaten.


Because most ferns require damp, humid forest environments, they are easily damaged when forest conditions change – for example when the canopy is disturbed or when forest edges are created, thereby increasing sunlight and drying winds.

Here are some of the web sites that I looked at when finding stuff about ferns.

- New Zealand Ferns
How we use the Silver fern
We use the Silver fern on the tops of the sports that we play e.g rugby the All Blacks, Silver ferns and other different sports.
We are using the silver fern in the Olympics this year. If we had to change the flag for NZ it would look like this:
In this flag it has the Silver fern in the middle with the 4 Stars on the right and a black back ground behind the Silver fern and a blue back ground near the red stars.