Monday, December 12, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
As much as I have loved having a Netbook there are some things that I haven’t liked. For example, When your at home the Internet connections sometimes don’t work as well as you’d hoped it would, which has bothered most of us. Secondly there are little captions that come up like: Major upgrade! or Wrong password, And the wrong password caption is annoying especially if another person is on your Netbook, It will reveal your password to them.
An advantage is that you can finish your overdue tasks off at home other than coming to school the next day and having to finish it off at lunchtime. Also at home you can go onto Maths Whizz and get ahead in your Maths.
Well from time to time It is hard to resist the temptations of the Internet like Games and other things but I sometimes am careful of what site I am on. I think I have been cyber smart because I am always aware of what site I am on and if it is a sensible site to be on.
It would be an absolute DISASTER to go back to pen and paper! Pen and paper isn’t that bad but It does make your hands sore from writing. With typing it is easier and much more efficient. Plus it is tidier to type because I must admit my hand writing is nasty so it would be better for me to stick to typing. It also help because If we were to go back to pen and paper: what if we needed to do research? We would have to take turns on the Multi Media machines.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I was standing there awaiting for my cue. Mr Burt was talking and I heard the crowd roar with excitement. My heart was pounding so loudly that I think that the whole audience heard it. Feeling like I was going to faint, I started singing a little song. Suddenly I realised It was nearly time for me to go on stage, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Here goes...
While I was saying my lines, I could feel the lights beaming down on me. Looking out into the hall, Seeing 1000 eyes staring at me. My butterflies were fluttering like mad! Fearing I would forget my lines, I remembered that it was the Fakebook scene relief took over. Why I hear you ask? Well in this scene I barely had any lines.
Finishing the Fakebook scene, Came: World’s got talent! In this scene I act as a judge on a famous show that is called, you guessed it: World’s got talent. I act alongside the other actors: Pale Fanua (Judge) Becky Green (Judge) and the MC. Reciting my last line I felt my pocket for my laser. It was going to be used in the scene ‘Youthtube’. “Oh no!” I whispered quietly. Panic took over. Searching my pockets for my laser was hard especially when the audience is RIGHT THERE!!! The scene was nearly over, and that was a relief because I needed to warn the Techies about this situation. I ran off stage (Part of the act) and I was trying to look for the person in charge of backstage, Mr Marks. “Selena go on” I heard Helen tell me. A little too late...
Scene 3: Youthtube. Worrying about the laser, A good Idea sprung into my head. It was improvisation. I didn’t need to take it this far but you got to do what you got to do.
With my laser I had to point to a video but, if you haven’t realised I don’t have my laser. So instead of pointing I touched it with my fingers. Nothing happened. Touched it again, still nothing happened. Thinking I looked like a fool up there I was preparing to give up, when a miracle happened. It worked. Finally they worked out where the flow was going. Guess improvisation works out.
Sadly the Production was coming to an end. Everyone was taking their final bows. It was my turn to take my BIG bow. “And our Main actor Selena!”. The crowd cheering for me was the best feeling I have experienced. Making sure my final bow was the biggest, I was grinning from ear to ear, because the whole cast from the production did a great job. If I had to do this again I certainly would!
*If you’re wondering what a production is, it is kind of like a show that happens every 2 years. It is a screenplay written produced and performed by the lovely children and teachers at Pt England school.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The flag that you can see above belongs to France. You might be wondering: What do the colours on the flag mean? Well the blue represents the influence that France has over other countries. White shows the peace and purity that France has. The red shows the bloodshed that must be lost when you are fighting for honour for your country.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
As we opened the pizza boxes, the aroma of Pineapple and bacon filled the air around me. I wasn’t waiting any longer. I stabbed my teeth into the pizza, and ripped a chunk of it out. The scrumptious tenderness of the pizza made me feel like I was in heaven. A greasy strip of cheese slithered down my throat like a slippery snake roaming around the Savannah. 5 minutes later my whole box was empty, Woops didn’t realise how hungry I was!
I woke up to the sound of birds chirping and to the sight of the bright sun on the horizon. I lay still on the couch, just thinking and praying for a sunny day. Unlike my friends who excitedly bolted out of bed, I crawled slowly to my bag, barely awake. Reaching for my brush I whispered to myself “ Time to get ready for another great action-packed day at Rainbows End!”.
The fear fall sign was haunting me from a distance. Up, Up Up the fear fall went. My eyes were wide open with fear, staring out onto the horizon I kept repeating the phrase: “Everything is going to be fine”. I looked down nervously and saw my legs dangling over the edge of my seat. Staring down in horror, people walked around calmly while we were up here praying that we won’t die! I grasped the safety bars hoping it would bring me a little more sense of safety, but actually it made things worse. Glancing down at my hands, I just realised that they were actually red...AND SWEATY!!
“CLANK!” The horrid sound of us being released rang in my ears. As we were racing down, the gravity applied pressure to my cheeks, making them go up. Memories of my short, but rather interesting life flashed before me. Glancing at the ground I started saying me goodbyes...”Goodbye world, goodbye everyone... I felt us stop “Am I in Heaven?” I asked myself. Opening my eyes I realised I was still alive...Barely! I jumped off, My legs still quivering with fear, and I snatched my shoes off of the ground.
After a long day at Rainbows End, I was dropped off home. Racing inside, I dropped everything and fell face first onto my bed. “SELENA” Instantly I knew it was my mum’s voice. She told me off for just throwing my stuff on the ground, But I didn't really care. I was just grateful that I made it home in 1 piece...and even ALIVE!!!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Pt England School
130 Pt England Road
Dear Minister of Education - Anne Tolley,
I am writing this letter to inform you on why we should keep Pt England’s year 7 and 8 classes.
This is a great school, because of it’s many unique qualities. Below I am going to state the many reasons why I along with my family made the decision for me to attend this full primary.
The main reasons I chose to stay here is that our voices can be heard. From year 2, aged 7 I’ve had this opportunity. For example one way that our voices can be heard is through PODCASTING. That is when 2 students review a book. Then they publish their review on our KPE blog for the WHOLE world to listen to . Some of our very own year 6 students are chosen to recite their very own script to visitors from across the globe. They focus on the 3 main areas of education: Learn, Create and Share.
Another reason is that ,at the beginning of EVERY term, all of the teachers dress up in wacky costumes that amuse all of the children. This is called immersion assembly. The reason for this is that they are trying to immerse us in the school wide inquiry through little acts. There is an important value, behind all of this. The values are like a way of ensuring that our school is a great place to be.
My 3rd reason is that everyday we get to tell people around the world what we have been up to. They can also comment on a particular post that they like, they can say what they liked about the writing and give you some tips on what you could improve. We also have learnt lots of Technical skills that come in handy in some situations ,when there is a problem of our net books.
We will all be shocked if this important part of our school was to be removed. Most of the year 7 and 8’s, have had great experiences and memories here: Take me and my classmates for example. We have been here since year 1 and we know that this is the best place for us. Also, I want my younger siblings to experience and have all of the opportunities that I have had.
Thank you for taking your time, to read my letter.
Selena Hafoka, Year 7 student of Point England School.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
After I was changed, I strolled down to the edge of the pool. As I clambered in, I felt the coldness of the water, splash onto my skin. I heard Mr Harris’ demanding voice tell me to do a whole lap of the pool. I dove into the chilling water. My arms were forced to move through the Turbulence. I was trying to ignore the fact that I was freezing to death.
“Nearly there, Just a little bit more.....” I was chanting to myself. My heart was beating so fast that I thought it was going to pop out of my chest. My legs were aching, my arms were moving like they were windmills and I thought I was going to die. Then all of a sudden I hit a hard wall. I could feel the throbbing in my head. I can’t believe I was SO distracted that I bumped into the wall, that indicated that it was the end of this swimming session.
I came out of the changing rooms with eyes that were ruby red.I felt blind because every time the wind made contact with my eyes, they shut completely like traps. Making my way to school was even harder, It was like having a blind fold on, and the word bit about it I had no one to lean on.There was good news and bad news, the good news was that it was another done day at the swimming pools. The bad news: We still had 4 days to go until swimming was over. Well at least I got back to school...ALIVE!!!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Chattering away I was hoping the pain would go decrease. On the television in front of me, there was a movie playing it was: The Incredibles. I stopped talking to my friends because the nurse told me to go and get my bandage off.
After the injection I was released,the plaster was off my arm now. I was making my way back to class rubbing my arm. I was hoping that the pain would go away but it was hopeless, the hurt was constant. I wish I would NEVER have to do that ever AGAIN!!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
1. Find a grid and add it to a new google docs drawing.
2. I had to add a shape,well in my case my shape was a square.
3.I copied the square and moved the square 2 down and 2 across.
4. Took a screen shot and uploaded it to my blog for the whole world to see!!! That is it. I really look forward to learning some more about Geometry in the future!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
All you could hear was the excited chattering of children. We were walking hurriedly down to the reserve, so all of us could get the picnic started. As we were walking, I looked up overhead and saw the stunning scenery. The blue sky had some splotches of clouds, here,there and everywhere. The water was sparkling and the birds were screeching.
“There is a good place” I shouted. I pointed up to a great spot on the hill. When my friends Ala and Mubasshira got there we laid out our bags. We looked like a group of gossipers, whispering secrets into each others ears and the wind carrying the secrets away! I glanced down and saw Pt Englanders playing in the mud. The School picnic was going GREAT! Soon after I got bored just lying around, so I stood up and made my way to the field to play a game of touch.
“ I can make it, I can make it” I said to myself. My heart was beating like a drum, my legs were aching. I was panting. Lungs searching for air, trying to go the extra mile...SCORE!! Breathing a sigh of relief , I fell to the ground . Confidence rushed through me as I put that ball down for the score. What a BREATHTAKING but AWESOME game of touch.
“AAAHHH” I breathed. I got back from a game of touch , so I just flopped onto the grass .A relaxed feeling came over me as I became calm. I glanced around the GIANT field, looking at the variety of activities people were playing, but I could not believe they could handle the heat of the scorching sun. As they were playing you could hear the speakers blaring with music. That was great entertainment.
If a bird was looking down on us from the sky, they would think that we were a big clan of red ants crawling to a tree. The sun was beaming down on us and the heat was unstoppable. We gathered at the tree, so we could get ready to go back to school.
The journey back to school was breathtaking, but at least it was over. We were back in our natural habitat and that was good.
A define highlight was spending time with friends and just relaxing, gossiping and playing about at the beach.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I am thanking you for helping us, come up with GREAT ideas for the Camp concert! The MTV was good and I am sure that Toreka couldn’t have completed it without your help.
Thanks for providing us with the music,equipment and confidence. You really pushed us to the limit and made sure that we did our best with our performance.
I am sure that the Respectablez and everyone who came to Camp are very thankful for your help. Without it the Camp concert and Camp TC wouldn’t have been possible without you.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
“ Do I have to Mum?” I groaned. My Mother had woken me up from my sleep. “ If you want to go to your senior camp you have to wake up NOW!” Mum screamed angrily. I got out of bed and crawled to the door, with my eyes still half closed. I glanced at the clock, it was........6:00 o’clock...IN THE MORNING!!! My Mum told me to stop groaning, because it was a reasonable time to wake me up at. A reasonable time, seriously??? It’s more like torture to me.
I finally arrived at school ready to camp on the field once more. Strolling through the street, I saw the excited expressions on my friends faces. You could hear the deep rumble in the hall from the street, because everyone was pulling their suitcases to their group’s spot. There were plenty of adults around carrying bags and piles of delicious food.
We were racing to the pole. The kayak was cutting through the water. “ OWWW “, water splashed into my eye, the salt in the water was stinging. I suddenly felt the kayak come to a halt. I rubbed my eye like crazy,struggling to get that horrible feeling out of my eye. I breathed a sigh of relief as the pain began to fade away. The race between us and Shontal was over and the winner is: Shontal . Oh well better luck next time I said to myself.
Waiting patiently on the plank, I was teasing the other team. You could hear the despair in their voices when they miss the shot. Just then you could hear a bang. “ SPLASH!!!” is the noise I made when I fell into the water. It was freezing, but refreshing and plus: It was a scorching hot day. I had officially been dunked!!!
After a long and tiring day out and about the school grounds, I returned back to my tent along with my tent buddies Toreka and Mubasshira. I snatched my cutlery and ran back out of my tent. My stomach was grumbling, so I quickly made my way to line up with my team. As soon as I collected my food, I sat down with my friends and took my first bite of my food. The scrumptious taste of chicken ran down my throat. “ Lovely chicken” I said with a sigh.
“ Boom, Boom “ My heart was beating fast. I had a gut feeling about this. Then I heard Mrs Langitupu announce that it was the Respectablez turn. I was about to turn and run to the exit, but then I heard the support and encouragement of my friends, that’s when I had the courage to do the item. A few minutes later the teachers were going to announce the winners, here were the highest places:
3rd place: Responsibles
2nd place: Thinkers
Now it was the moment of truth, Who won? I had doubts about us winning, and I am sure that the rest of my team agreed with me. And the winner was: RESPECTABLEZ!! You could hear a large roar in the crowd. “ YAY WE WON “.
From the senior camp I learnt how to take charge and be respectful to those who are older than me and to those who are around me.
Unfortunately we didn't win, but we came in second place. The most valuable lesson of all is to trust in other people’s ideas because sometimes they are good and sometimes they are bad, but you will never know if they are either unless you try them out.
I really enjoyed Rock up, but I think that the life lesson in this is that you have to work as a team
to get through.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Do it like a dude
Jessie J ( Jessica Ellen Cornish ) was born on the 27th March 1988. She is a singer/songwriter and she wrote some successful songs for the artists Chris brown and Miley Cyrus. The most successful track she co-wrote was Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus.
She signed a deal with the record label Island records. Her first debut album is named Who you are. Her first single Do it like a dude rose to number 2 on the UK charts. Her follow-up single Price tag went straight to number 1 on the UK singles charts. It stayed at number 1 for 2 weeks. Her album Who you are also went to the top of the UK albums chart.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
A tent package including:
Hammer ( Mallet ) Poles
1. Open the package and unfold the tent and make sure you have the following equipment which are listed above. The following equipment are essential: Hammer or Mallet. As soon as that has happened put the fly aside and start working with your base (Make sure your door is facing the right way).
2. As soon as you have separated the fly and the tent, get the pegs and nail it down with a hammer .The corner of the tent have little (eyelets) and make sure you have nailed it at around about a 45 degree angle. This is so then they don't come out easily and while camping your tent does not break down.
3. Get the poles out. Be careful because there are 3 poles and 2 have the same length and that is long, But the other one is the shortest one. You don’t need to use the short one, you use it later for the fly.
4. Now lay the two longer poles out in a X shape. Where the corners are of the inner tent, you can see that there are hooks , so you hook them on to the poles that are on the top of them. Now you need to tie it to the middle of the poles. Now place the fly over the top of the tent and make sure that the door is facing the front.
5. Now that you have finished that, throw the fly over the tent and and when you start working with the fly make sure the door is closed. So then it goes perfectly. Thread the short pole through the sleeve of the fly. This will make the top of the tent stable. Make sure the pole is secured to the ground.
6.Nail the Guy ropes down but here is a useful hint: nail the Guy ropes on the edges first so the tent has good balance.
7.When you are finished with the Guy ropes, there will be some hooks, you will need to hook it on to the poles.
8. Now you are finished, make sure that all the Guy ropes and the pegs are secure and tight.
9. Enjoy camping in your tent and if your breaks down during 24 hours, please don’t accuse us.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
If you are wondering how I got this data, this is what I did:
Well I made a form on Google docs and I sent it to everyone in my classroom to fill out. Once the survey was completed by everyone in the class, I got the data and sorted it out into groups. I created a new sheet, to create a tally of the data. Copied my data into my new card. Then I made it into a pie chart.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
“WOW” was what I thought when I saw the room. I had just stepped into a new environment,and I wasn’t used to it. “ Grab a stool and take a seat “ said a mysterious man. I walked to an empty table and took a chair. Just then the man introduced himself” My name is Mr Grundy and I am your teacher “. So he is our teacher “ I thought. Then his thundering voice filled the class again: “ Now this is the class of wood works...
I glanced at all of the tools around this class and I must tell you I was a bit weary of using them, but apart from that I was excited. I didn’t know what to expect from this class. I was so jiggly and jumpy, because it was my first ever option class at Tamaki College, and I wanted to remember it.
“ UURGH “I said. I was getting frustrated with myself. Do you know why? Because I didn’t have any Ideas. I was trying to think outside the box but my brain was getting tired. My piece of paper was sitting there, It looked like it was staring at me, mocking me. Just then I had a tick in my brain. It was like my hands were doing the work for themselves. When I was done with my designs I had a variety of options to choose from. At the end I decided to make....Woops it was supposed to be a surprise.
Sadly the lesson had come to an end. I moved sluggishly to the door. I reluctantly dragged my legs to the steps. That lesson was a good one, I left wishing it could have lasted a bit longer.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
“Wake up everybody!! “ I screamed. I was running up and down the hallway shouting until my throat hurt. After a “while I walked into the living room. I stared at the amazing sight that stood in front of me. “ It’s finally here “ I said. “ Christmas .
I was jiggly and jumpy all morning. I just couldn’t wait till the rest of my family woke up. I kept on glancing at the clock to keep track of time. Just then I heard my family rush to the tree. I was trying to push through the havoc so I could open my present first. “ Oh bummer “. I didn;t get to the tree fast enough.
Finally it was my turn in line. Snatching the first present in sight, I savagely ripped the wrapper off. It revealed a complete kit for your hair. I was so grateful. It was even my favourite colour: Dark blue. “ I thanked my Mum by giving her a hug and saying Merry Christmas to her.The best part of the morning was opening my favourite present of all: My Justin Bieber shirt. As soon as I saw it I screamed: A JUSTIN BIEBER SHIRT. OMG!!! Hugging my shirt to my chest I kept it in it’s package for the whole day.
When i finished getting ready , I went to the front yard where all the fuss was happening. Glancing around, I saw pools being put up, a HUGE beach ball and our FEAST. Our front yard was like a clan of worker bees doing different jobs. So I went over to ask if anyone needed any help, so I ended up helping my sister put the pool up. It was a really wet job, but I got through it.
After the prayer, we got to overload our bowls with salads like:
And heaps of other foods that I don’t have time to talk about right now.
As I took the first mouthful of Patato salad, the mayonnaise melted in my mouth. It was so delicious. I love my mum’s home made patato salad.
“ SPLASH” is the sound I made when I jumped into the pool. It was freezing cold. I was standing there as still as a statue, in one spot shivering , feeling sorry for my legs as they were the ones suffering from the horrible coldness. Then just as I was about to hop out, I felt hands on my back push with full force , and there I was: falling head first into the water. As I got up I glanced around the pool, to see if anyone had noticed and there he was : My little brother Leka was standing there laughing. “ Oh brother”. I’m going to get you Leka!!!
As the day ended, everyone was getting tired. We were packing up everything like, dirty dishes, dirty tables and lots of inflatable bouncy castles. When I was done, I made my way to the living room, where it was nice and cosy. I grabbed my cup of Milo, sat down and watched T.V by myself. It was the best Christmas ever, and I would never change this Christmas for anything.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Finally the day came. I saw the shiny coat of black as I unwrapped it. It was just sitting in front of me. That was the first time I saw my net book. We were told not to touch it but I couldn't help it. I tapped the net book.
" Now you can open it" said Mrs Burt. My heart was beating fast and I was just excited to finally use it for the first time. When I opened it I saw lots of features like: A tiny camera, a mini mouse and the little keys. It was the cutest net book I had ever seen. The best thing about it was that it was black.
I would just like to say thank you to Mr and Mrs Burt for getting us these precious net books. I am sure that everyone is thankful.
Anyway that was what I thought when I first saw and used my net book. Thanks.