Monday, August 25, 2014

Authors - Story LIne

Catherine Mayo is a author that has written a lot of books. She has written books about Wars Books about kids that get lost and etc. Catherine Mayo also has another life beside being an author. There are interesting things about Catherine Mayo that none of us never knew.
1. She was a musician in a band called Gentle Annie.
2. She also loves being out in the bush.
3. And was born in a Catholic maternity hospital in Auckland.
Catherine Mayo writes Novel books, and also picture books. Novel books are like chapter books but with different word describing the same thing. One of Catherine's latest book is called 'The Bow'. Catherine is a great author and I hope she keeps on writing great books!
Here is a link to find out more about this particular Author.

Paula Green born in 1955 is a poet and children's writer. Her first children's book 'Flamingo Bendalingo' and was published by the Auckland University. She is a great writer and I hope to meet her someday. Here is a link if you would like to find out more about this Author.

Jill was born in Dunedin but now lives on the Kapiti Coast where she was a school teacher for many years. Her photographs capture children using their environmental resources to maintain their traditions. Here is a link if you would want to find out more about this Author. 

Juliette MacIver is also an author that writes incredible books. She grew up in Wellington and went to Victoria University. She writes book for children like the Toucan can. That is a really funny book.She is a great and clever author. Here is a link if you would like to find out more about her.

The author that I would like to see at the Story Line presentation would have to be Paula Green. She writes incredble poems. I really would like to meet her!

Friday, August 22, 2014


Ki-O-Rahi is game made up out of strength, accuracy, speed, ball skills, and you definitely need a strategy. You need to be able to do all these things so you can get points. And it is a hard game to try and win.

This game was created by the legend of Rahi. This is what it is about.

A tribe took Rahi’s wife, Te Ara while she was planting. And Rahi was determined to find his wife so he went to go and look for her. After he found her the tribes didn't want to keep fighting they wanted to make peace. So they united. And that is where the legend of Rahi came from the story.

This game is stilled played to this very day 2014. It is played on a field that is circular. Earlier during the year actually no so long ago, our school went to go and compete. They played at the AMI Netball courts. They played really well. Because they didn't understand what the ref was saying because she was speaking in Maori. Also we made it into the semi finals. So that was an good experience for them.

The purpose of this game is to try and get into Te Marama. So Te Marama can try and score a point. Also there are 7 players that are meant to be on a field, and is played on a circular field.

Ki-O-Rahi is a really great game to play and is also energetic. Plus it is a game that means a lot to Maori's.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Robin Williams

1951-2014 Robin Williams life sadly ended tragically. Robin Williams was a guy who had everything. He had money a life and a family. He was also a comedian an American Actor, Producer and screen writer. Robin was nominated academy award for best actor 3 times and won Academy award for best supporting actor.

Robin Williams was born at St Luke's hospital in Chicago. His mother Laurie McLaurin was a model from Jackson Mississippi. He had 2 brother s and 1 sister. He also had his own children. Their names were, Zelda Rae Williams, Zachary Pym Williams, Cody Alan Williams. My favourite movies that he was in was Mrs Doubtfire. There's also more movies he's been in as well like... The Crazy ones, Dead Poets Society. 

Robin Williams was a great guy. I wish that he never committed suicide because he was one of the best actors in the world! I will mis him and his funny jokes. He will never be forgotten. R.I.P Robin Williams. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Astria Countdown to Impact

Today was our final day of playing Astria Countdown to Impact, because we have just saved millions of lives. We also scored a percentage of 80%. The first time we killed the people then we tried again and we saved the whole entire planet. Firstly we killed the planet then we tried a different solution which was Solar Sail and the Kinetic Impacter.

Todays difficult part was figuring out how to save the planet after we have just destroyed it.
The easy part was when we knew everything. Before it froze we figured it out and just in time. Luckily I'll say!
Key Area's we completed today was everything because we saved the planet the second time.
Today was a great day and I would like to keep playing the game. If there was more levels that would be even better. This game has really taught me a lot in my vocabulary and my reading. I also learnt different meaning of words. It was excellent!
Now it it Groups B turn to go through what we went through! Good Luck to them!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kahurangi Dance Group

On Monday after morning tea we had made our way to the hall. When I was walking I was thinking, "Why are we going to the Hall". I thought we were going to play something. But there was year 4’s and up sitting down. I was like... "WHAT?" I was confused. I finally remembered that the Kahurangi dance group was coming in to perform for us. I was excited.

When I sat down I saw one of the girls standing there in her costume. It looked really appealing. As soon as Mrs Nua had finished talking, the girl started the performance off with a speech. "Kia Ora everybody." I reckoned that was a great way to start the performance of. When she finished the men turned up the volume. They started dancing and singing. They had powerful voices and great harmonies. They were all like warriors. With a fierce face they did their pukana’s while doing their haka. It looked absolutely like they were a group. They finished their dance and haka.

"Kia Ora." We replied with a big "Kia Ora." The guy who said that was hilarious and was like a comedian. He was cracking us all up. Later on they chose 3 boys from our school. And they were.. Mr Goodwin, Korobeau, and Auri. Those boys were so funny. Whenever one of the men would do something with the Taiaha, they tried to do the same. We also talked about our Tangoa. Which means what we treasure. And they told us what their Tangoa was. One of the woman's Tangoa was their 2 year old daughter. I reckoned that was extremely sweet and lovely. My Tangoa would have to be my family.
We all had a great time and we wish that they come again to Pt England School.

Here is the link to where I have checked that I have everything that is needed in a paragraph.
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2nd & 3rd Day Countdown to Impact

Yesterday I had my second day on the game Astria Countdown to Impact. It was an outstanding time. Me and my partner finally unlocked the code. It was 8 - * and .. - >>. It took us a while to figure it out and a very long time to in that 20 minutes. Me and my partner were relived to Have figured the code out. Now we are kind of on the other level. We are almost finished. All we have to do is get into the other room to but supplies for our spaceship.

Me and my partner tried again today. We only used 20 minutes of our time. We are so getting into it and it is really fun. It also helps us learn about space I guess.We had a lot of fun and we finally knew that it was fireball. We were always clicking falling rock. And it was the wrong one for the code. We were both trying our best today to try and getting into the door to our spaceship. We might have to try again tomorrow. I hope we do better.

This game is really fun and cool to play. It isn't just a game it is also teaching us something. I hope they make a second one if they can because this is such a great game!!!!

Tukutuku Patterns Maths

Monday, August 11, 2014


a. How many sticks were needed to build the 5 fish patterns?

b. How many sticks would you need to build 20 fish patterns? (See if you can work out how many without making the pattern)

c. Explain how you worked this out.
6 x 20 = 120 plus the 2 sticks from the fish tail.

d. In a spreadsheet create a table that shows how many sticks are needed for up to 20 fish.

f. How many sticks would there be in 42 fish?

Diving Description

With concentration, the diver was balanced steadily on the end of the platform.
As she jumped of the springboard she was times to precision and was doing all these things you had to do in diving. She had a perfectly symmetrical shape and only did a minimum of splash. The diver was really nervous at first but she didn't show it that much. When she got out of the water she went to go and dry off.

When judging you have to judge on the time, the summersaults and the minimum of splash they do. They can get a lot of points if they do all of that exactly.


Standing at the edge of the platform the balanced diver was just waiting for the perfect time. Just seconds to go she had counted. Not one bone moved from the diver. Until she leapt of the springboard. She kept her toes pointed and her feet was touching.

In mid air she twisted and turned like a spiral. She added some somersaults but only being a 4ft drop she had to wrap it all up, by ending it off with a clean entry into the water. With only a minimal splash the judges and crowd cheered. As she got out of the pool.

The judges were taking a while to score the diver from Australia. Standing there cold waiting for the judges to score. Finally they put up their score cards 9, 8.5 and 7. The cheering crowd welcomed the diver to the top of the podium as the diver received her gold medal.

If you don’t know how they score the divers they do, 3 points for  take off, 3 points for flight and 3 points for entry. To score a 10 they must impress the judges with their performance so that the judges can give them a 1 for their liking.

Athlete Task

Here is our Presentation about Valerie Adams. There are slides about her family and slides about her other life besides being a champion!!

Astria Countdown to Impact

This morning the extension group was very lucky to have very special people come in today. Their names were Naomi and Jasinda. They came in to tell us about this game they created. It is called, 'Astria Countdown to Impact' and it might sound like a planet game, but it is really fun and you could get quite addicted it. The person who created it was Stephen Knightly. It's about this girl/boy that is trying to save the world. There is like a thing or a comet ready to attack but that's when the Hero comes in. She/He has to try and stop the comet from attacking the planet. 

What was the most difficult part of today's session? The hard part of the whole session was when playing the game. We had to figure out the code and it was ultra hard!
What did you find easy and why? The thing that I found easy in the game was finding the ipad's because they were literally sitting on the ground. 
What key areas of the game did you manage to complete today?  Control Room, Sail lab and Hanga.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Stan Walker

Stan Walker is one of the best singers that I have ever known. He was born in New Zealand then moved to Australia and age 7. As he grew older he was starting to sing. Luckily there was a show called Australian Idol. The song that he chose to sing was 'Ordinary People' sung by John Legend. He got 3 yes's and went on to compete. He made it into the finals and won. While he was standing their after be announced that he won Australian Idol, his family was doing a Haka for him. It was outstanding.

Later on during the years Stan Walker had a daughter. Ataahua which means Beautiful in Maori. Sadly he lost his daughter during miscarriage. But since then he has made incredible music and has been in movies. Not so long ago there was a music video called Aotearoa. And it was made for Matariki. The song is in Maori and is really catchy. 
Stan Walker has had a lot of fun during his journey. I wish that he will make more fun and cool music. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Drumming in Assembly

As we were walking into Assembly I saw drums up on the stage. I had no idea what was going to happen but I had a fair idea. The Assembly went on as usual. Like we had the Duffy Awards, The Korero, and the Sports Certificate and notices. After that a man named Mr Sargent came in and did a performance with drumming. It wasn't electrical. It was acoustic. There is a difference. Electrical has plastic on the drum, whether with the acoustic it is rubber.

Mr Sargent started off a bit slow then he got the hang of it. There were different pitches like, High and low. It was very good and had a great beat. There was a certain beat that I liked and it was one where you could actually have a dance to it. It was incredible. It also looked a bit complicated because he had to drum on different things to.

Then we had another drumming group, but this one is a bit different that Mr Sargent's. This group was Cook Island drumming. And they use wood for their making of the Drums. Sometimes they even use shark skin. When they started drumming I could feel the vibration. It looked tiring once they were in the middle of their time but it was worth it. They had a awesome rhythm and was inspiring.

Both drummers combined their music together and it sounded AMAZING! At one part it was hilarious because Mr Sargent grabbed two of the parts from his kit and moved it towards the Cook Islands. Then he started drumming and turned around and moving his hips. It was ultra funny. In my head I was saying, "What a funny guy".
It was a great Assembly and I wish to have them here again. And I would want to learn how to play drums in the future.