Friday, 12 January 2018

Appreciation Post - Rachel and her team

Appreciation Post - Rachel and her team

It's been a great 4 weeks blogging with the Summer Learning Journey team.
I've had heaps of fun along the way and I appreciate all your guys hard work.
Thank you for organizing the SLJ, i'm sure if it was never made i'd have a very boring holiday. Each activity was well made and I've learnt heaps from them.
I also appreciate you guys commenting on each of every participants blogs.
Thank you and goodbye!
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WK4 SLJ - Activity 1,2 & 3 (D4)

Activity 1: Your future self

It may be hard to imagine, but one day you will graduate from high school and it will be time to decide what to do next. You may want to study at university, become an apprentice, go to training college, travel, or start working. There are so many options!

Take a minute to think about your future. What would you like to do when you finish school? Would you like to work in a specific job? Would you like to study at university? What would you study? Maybe you’d even like to move overseas. Share your thoughts and ideas on your blog site. There are no wrong answers!

When I graduate from college my ideal choice would be to study at university. At university I would want to study Creative Writing in order to fulfill my dream of becoming a writer.
If I succed in getting my bachelors and masters degree, I would then start writing poems and short novels. I would start small and begin to build on it day by day. And once the right day comes i'll be in a writing career earning money and traveling the world! Being reconized in other countries would be my ultimate goal, but I don't want to have high hopes for my future. Things can always go wrong.

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Activity 2: Flying Cars

Let’s imagine that you’ve just learned to drive, and your family has decided to buy you a brand new car. You are allowed to choose from any of the following designs:

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On your blog please tell us which of the three cars you would choose and why.

I would choose the Hummer Car (picture 2) because it looks very tough and sturdy.
It is also very similiar to my dream car (Jeep). Another reason why I chose that car is because the other choices were to flashy. Picture 1 looks unique but old fashioned and Picture 2 looks cool but too futuristic.

Activity 3: Blade Runner 2049

There is a new movie out in cinemas at the moment called Blade Runner 2049.
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It is a movie about what the world will be like in the future. Imagine that you able to travel through time and that you can see what the world will look like in 2099.

On your blog write a description of what New Zealand will be like at that time (80 – 90 years from now). What kind of houses will people live in? What will they eat? Where will they work?

Year 2099 - New Zealand

Nearly on every street will there be a luxurios home. A pool in the front yard, a two story yet wide building and a great interior. How could anyone not want to live in a home like this? It even has a great amount of space for the whole family to play in. 

From disgusting to delcious is how you would describe food in year 2099.
Peculiar chefs knew just how to catch people's attention.
And that of course leaves us with exotic eye catching food.
Once you bite or slurp into any food or bevarage, nothing but fasination will be seen in your eyes.
It looks amazingly appitzing to eat but really it's awful to digest, until a few seconds the taste changes to a tasty party in your mouth. Expect to see many more extraordinary ideas from chefs. 
You'll be blown away!

It'll be a rare occasion to see someone without a job.
Nearly everyone and anyone will have a something to do.
Why? Because they don't need jobs. Robots will be there to take care of everything.
All though there will be some people who will have to look after the robots.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

WK4 SLJ - Activity 1,2 & 3 (D4)

Activity 1: Moana
In late 2016, the movie Moana was released by Disney. It’s a beautiful story about a young Polynesian girl from the fictional island of Motunui, who goes on a big adventure.

Watch the trailer for Moana and then write a summary of the movie on your blog. If you’ve seen the movie, you can include your favourite part! Tell us as much as you can about the movie. What is it about? Who are the main characters in the movie? What do they do in the movie? Where do they go?

Main characters:
Grandma Tala
Cheif Tui
Hei Hei
and Teka


One day a mysterious issue occured on the island of Motu Nui. It turns out a demi god named Maui had stole the heart of Te Fiti. This heart was what was keeping every island, ocean, and nature together. But since Maui had stole it, Moana knew she had to get it back. But as Moana sails along the ocean to find the heart she ends up stranded, on a small island. On that island was Maui, after a long time of arguing they finally came to an agreement. So together they sailed across the ocean to find the heart of Te Fiti. Along the way they faced monsters. Each obstacle that got in their way only bought them closer together. But in the end they fight a huge monster named Teka.
Moana realises that the heart belongs to Teka and so she should find some way to restore it.
Once they come close together, Moana places the heart in Teka's chest and her normal being comes back to life. This resolves to the islands also returning to how they used to be.
Moana returns to her family and the story ends happily.
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Activity 2: Country Calendar

Did you know that the longest running television show in New Zealand history is a programme called ‘Country Calendar’? It started on 6 March 1966 and has been running ever since. The programme includes stories of everyday New Zealanders, many of whom are farmers.

Watch this short clip from Country Calendar. What do you think would be the most interesting and/or challenging things about being a farmer? Would you would like to be a farmer when you are older. Why/why not? Give us, at least, two reasons to support your answer.

Interesting Things:
I found it interesting how they used animals such as horses to replace the use of machines. Due to steep hills, machines could not be used. So instead horses were used as a replacment. It's pretty smart of them to think that. I also found it interesting how long they've been doing this. 40 years is pretty long.

Challenging Things:
Planting crops, shaving sheep, gathering livestock, and harvesting crops.

Actvitiy 3: Singing a Different Tune

A number of New Zealand (NZ) singers and songwriters have recently burst onto the music scene, becoming popular both in NZ and overseas. One of these artists, Lorde, is gaining a lot of recognition for her unique style and songwriting ability. People all over the world seem to really like the lyrics (words) that she writes in her songs.

Think of your favourite song. Share the name of the song, the name of the person who wrote the song and the lyrics from the song on your blog. You must type the lyrics not cut and paste them in order to earn full points for the activity.

Song: Fire
People who wrote it: Kim Namjoon, Min Yoongi, and Bang Shi-Hyuk

When I wake up in my room, I have nothing
After the sun sets, I sway as I walk
I'm completely drunk,drunk
I'm swearing on the streets
I've lost it, I'm like a crazy guy
Everything's a mess, livin'like

Live however you want, it's yours anyway
Stop trying, it's okay to lose
Errbody say La la la la (la la la la la)
Say La la la la la (La la la la la)
THrow your hands up, scream, burn it up
It's on fire

(Eh eh oh eh oh)
Set everything on fire, bow wow wow
(Eh eh oh eh oh)
Set everything on fire, bow wow wow

Hey, burn it up like you're gonna set everything on fire
Hey, turn it up until the dawn is gone
Just live because we're young
Who are you to compare me with others?
I'm only human
(So what)

Live however you want, it's yours anyway
Stop trying, it's okay to lose
Errbody say La la la la (La la la la la)
Say La la la la la (La la la la la)
Throw your hands up, scream, burn it up
It's on fire

(Eh eh oh eh oh)
Set everything onfire, bow wow wow
(Eh eh oh eh oh)
Set everything on fire, bow wow wow

(Fire) All you with a lot of fear, come here
(Fire) All you who are suffereing, come here
(Fire) Lift up your fist, all night long
(Fire) With marching footsteps
(Fire) Run and go crazy

Set everything on fire, bow wow wow
Set everything on fire, bow wow wow

(Fire Fire)
Set everything on fire, bow wow wow
(Fire Fire)
Set everything on fire, bow wow wow
(Fire Fire)
Set everything on fire, bow wow wow

I'll forgive you

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WK4 SLJ - Activity 1,2 & 3 (D3)

Activity 1: Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP)
In 1996, New Zealand adopted the MMP voting system. In September of 2017 we had a national election. Everyone in New Zealand, over the age of 18, was invited to vote for who they wanted to form the next government in New Zealand. The race was really close and in the end, three different political parties (Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party), came together to form the new government. It is called a ‘coalition government’ because it includes different people from different political parties.

Imagine that you had to form a coalition government with two other people. Who would you choose to partner with?

I would form a coalition with my son, Aronui, and with my friend, Amber. Aronui would be a great addition to the coalition because he is funny and kind. He would make us laugh and take care of us. Amber would be great because she is really smart and thoughtful. She is also good at making decisions. I think that we would form a great team. What about you? Who would you choose? Why?

I would choose my friend (Telesia) and my mum. I would choose Telesia because she is very brainy and good at working in teams. She would be a great help in the team, espically when someone is in need of help. She would be there. As for my mum she is a fun and supportive person. For times when were down or low on self-esteem, she would be there to support and cheer us up.
Activity 2: Migration

Over the past few decades, there has been a huge rise in the number of people coming to New Zealand to live and/or travel. I was one of those people! In fact, I moved with my family to New Zealand in 2010 and I am so glad that I did. It’s a pretty amazing place to call home! At the moment I live about 10 minutes from three stunning beaches and a beautiful national park.

Speaking of home, where do you live? On your blog, please post a picture of your hometown and provide a list of three things that tourists, like us, could do if we came to visit. What do you like most about your hometown? (Remember the guidelines for being Cybersmart, and never post your address online).

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This is Auckland. In Auckland you can

  • Visit the Sky Tower and bungee jumping
  • Visit Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
  • Or Go on a tour around the Hobbiton Movie Set
But personally I like seeing all the beautiful landscapes. Like this one time I went to a waterfall (forget the name). It was really pretty and nice.
Activity 3: Modern Learning Environments

Over the past few years, a number of schools have changed the way that they teach. Instead of one teacher working in one classroom with one group of students, some schools have built huge classrooms where many teachers work together to teach a big group of students. This is called a ‘Modern Learning Environment’ (MLE).


Some people prefer Modern Learning Environments while others aren’t so sure. Take a look at the pictures above. The one on the left is a photograph of a traditional classroom, and the picture on the right is of a Modern Learning Environment. Imagine that you are a teacher, and design your own classroom. What would it look like? What furniture would you have? I would love to have some beanbags for reading on.

Draw a floorplan of your classroom (either in Google Draw or on paper) and upload it to your blog. Describe what is special about your classroom and why you designed it this way.

I’ve drawn a classroom with pink carpet and bright coloured tables. I also included a kitchen so that we can do cooking every day and a HUGE bookshelf because I love to read! What would you like to see in your classroom?

In my classroom we have

  • Cushions in the corner
  • Square tables with four peopleat at each of them
  • A black carpet
  • A bookshelf
  • Hooks to hang your bags
  • The teacher has her own area
  • And of course we have doors

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

WK4 SLJ - Activity 1,2 & 3 (D2)

Activity 1:Chasing Great

Over the past 17 years New Zealand has experienced a number of sporting highlights, perhaps none larger than the back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories in 2011 and 2015. In both competitions our national rugby team, the All Blacks, was captained by a man named Richie McCaw. He is arguably one of the best rugby players of all time. A movie called Chasing Great was recently created to document his incredible rugby career.

Please watch the trailer for Chasing Great and read about Richie McCaw online. On your blog tell us three things that you learned about Richie that you did not know beforehand. What else would you like to know about Richie?

#1: During the 17 World Cup, he really understood and knew who th All Blacks 

#2: Although he was not a talented athelete he was a boy full of ambition

#3: He was a hardworking, desirable, extraoridnary, and talented captain of the All Blacks
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Activity 2: Sporting Heroes

In 2015, a kiwi golfer named Lydia Ko became the youngest woman in the world to reach the #1 ranking.  She was only 17 years old. Many people from here in New Zealand and overseas really admire her and think of her as a modern-day sporting hero. Who is your sporting hero? They can be a famous athlete, or even a member of your family or community. It’s completely up to you.

On your blog tell us about your sporting hero. Who are they? Why are they a hero? Include a photo of them in your blog post.

My sporting hero is Lisa Carrington. She is an incredible rower, and last year she was awarded the prestigious  Lonsdale Cup for her amazing results in 2016! She spends hours training, and I think her commitment to her sport is inspiring.

My sporting heroes are my sisters. They used to play netball at the ASB Netball courts. They've also won a few medals and trophies. I'm proud of their achievements and so it encouraged me to play Netball aswell. 

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Activity 3: Shake it Off

In recent years, many New Zealanders have embraced a new form of exercise called Zumba©. It was developed by a man named Alberto Perez who lives in the country of Columbia. He created Zumba by bringing together many different dance styles including: cumbia, mambo, hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, tango, merengue and mambo.

Choose one of the dance styles mentioned above and click on the name to read more about it. Once you are done, post three interesting facts about the dance style on your blog. In which country did it originate? Who originally created it?  

Dance style: Salsa
Which country it originated from: Cuba
Who orginally created it: Cuban Son

Other facts: 
The salsa is a mixture of latin dances and styles
Salsa became popular around the 1970s
American soldiers first encountered the Salsa during the Cuban war of 1898.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

WK4 SLJ - Activity 1,2 & 3 (D1)

Activity 1: Celebrating a win

In 2000, the country of New Zealand celebrated when Russell Coutts and his sailing team won their second straight America’s Cup. This was the first time that a team from New Zealand had won back-to-back championships! Many people celebrated the victory with their friends and family.

On your blog, tell us what you and your family do to celebrate special events, such as birthdays. Do you have a special meal or go to a specific place? In our house, we usually make a pizza and bake a special cake. What about you?

On special occasions such as a birthday, we would have a feast that the birthday person likes. We would give presents and let that person have free time, meaning no cleaning/chores.
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Activity 2: Lord of the Rings

Arguably one of the most famous movie trilogies of all time, The Lord of the Rings, was filmed in New Zealand. All three movies were directed by a New Zealander named Peter Jackson. The first movie was released in 2001, the second in 2002 and the third in 2003. The movies cost an estimated $300 million to produce!  

Imagine that instead of spending the money on the movies, Peter Jackson decided to give all of this money to you. Lucky you! On your blog, tell us what you would do with $300 million dollars. How would you spend it? It is a lot of money so please think carefully about it and spend it wisely :-)

First I would help pay the bills. Then I would put some aside for college. After college I would go to university. After I get my degrees I would travel the world and live in a foreign country, most likely South Korea. Then I would buy a house and get a dog. After that I would continue to write novels which would help make more money. But of course I would not forget about my family, so I would keep helping them out and visiting them.

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Activity 3: The Rise of the "Selfie"

Although most of you are quite familiar with the idea of taking a ‘selfie’ (picture of ourselves), this was not always the case. In fact, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that people started talking about the idea of a selfie, taking selfies and posting them online.
In honour of the rise in popularity of the ‘selfie,’ take a selfie and post it on your blog. Try to show us at least one of your hobbies or one your favourite things (maybe a special toy or book). For example, here is a selfie of Hazel drinking a big mug of tea, and Rachel with her son, Aronui, attending a Paw Patrol show!

This selfie includes my friend (Telesia) and me.
I really enjoy spending time with her.

Friday, 5 January 2018

WK3 SLJ - Activity 1,2 &3 (D5)

Activity 1:Hiking Tongariro
In 1990, one of the largest national parks in New Zealand, Tongariro, was listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a truly spectacular place to visit! Thousands of people go to Tongariro every year and hike the Tongariro Crossing. Visit the Tongariro website to learn more about the one-day hike.

On your blog tell us what you would need to pack if you were going to hike the Tongariro Crossing. What should you bring with you? Write a list of at least 5 items.

Other than making sure that you have the right equipment, what else should you do before heading out on a big hike? Click here to learn how to stay safe while you’re hiking.

What you should bring:

  • Food and plenty of water
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Smartphone
  • Waterproof and wind-proof raincoat and trousers
  • Sturdy boots
Important tips:
  • Be aware of the weather
  • Tell someone where you are going
  • Plan your trip
  • Make sure you have enough food, clothes, and equipment
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Activity 2: Leading New Zealand

In the 1990s, four different individuals served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand – Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley.

On your blog, write a short profile of one of our former Prime Ministers. Upload a photo of them with your post. Click on this link to find a copy of the template. Click on file and then click make a copy. This will save the blank template to your Google Drive so that you can fill it in. Post the completed template to your blog to earn points for this activity.

Leading New Zealand

Name of Prime Minister: David Lange
Date of Birth: 4 August, 1942

Political Party:
Number of Years as Prime Minister:
Three interesting facts about my chosen Prime Minister:
  1. He became the leader of the Labour Party
  2. He was the 32nd Prime Minister
  3. He died beacuse of Diabetes

Activity 3: You Have to Pay to Play

In 1990, for the first time in New Zealand’s history, universities and polytechnics started charging students money to go to school. Prior to then, it had been free to go to university or to a polytechnic. Since 1990, students have had to pay thousands of dollars to attend post-secondary (after high school) education.

The new Labour government have promised to give up to three years of free post-secondary education to all New Zealanders by 2020!

On your blog, tell us what you think. Should students have to pay money (tuition fees) to go to university? Why or why not?

I am kinda in the middle, because I don't entirely agree with university being free. But then again I don't agree with university being so expensive. So my opinion is that university's shouldn't be too costly in a way where students can afford the price. This would be helpful so they still have some extra cash for food, clothes, fee's and other important things.