Thursday, 24 May 2018

Pop, Lock And Drop It! - Hip Hop With Jess

Last week on Tuesday my class, Room 12, had a hip hop class with an amazing dancer. Our instructor's name is Jess.

She taught us the difference between warming up and stretching. Jess said that dancers stretch at the end of their performance. I thought that was some what strange.

She had us warming up by doing weird arm and leg movements. Once we all were warmed up and pumped, she started showing us the dance. She designed a fun dance for us to learn. We were dancing to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.

By the end of the session we were all laughing with bright red faces. I thought it was very fun and tiring, but I did enjoy dancing.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Getting Up For Training... Ugh

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During the holidays I was hanging out with my father. We did so many different "activities" together.

On a bright Monday morning my dad barged into my nan's room and woke me up. At first he gave me a fright. He then jumped on me, I couldn't breathe! "Jess, get up. We're going to the gym!" 
I looked at him tired and annoyed.

8:30 a.m
It took me a long period of time to get out of bed. I did not want to leave the warmth of my blankets. I eventually got up, brushed my teeth and got dressed. As I was putting my t-shirt over my head I felt like I was going to fall. 

I then grabbed my shoes and waited by my dad. He looked at me in a weird way so I started staring at him. After sometime, we had to leave the house. I hadn't even put my shoes on! As I sat in the car I looked outside my window day dreaming.

Once we arrived I slipped on my shoes and prepared myself for the training session that was about to begin. 

A few minutes later
It was around 9:30 a.m when my dad started his training session. We did kicksits, push ups, kettlebell swings and many other movments. The workout he had designed was fun and tiring.  

By the end of the session I was exhausted! I could barely move my arms, nor my legs. Luckily, we did some stretching otherwise I wouldn't have been able to transfer myself from inside the gym to the car!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Key Points To Being a Cybersmart Learner

Throughout this week my class has had a few refreshers. The most important refresher we had was how to be a cybersmart learner/student. We started researching on the Manakalani website for some help. Each one of us has written down at least 3 or 5 facts we learned throughout this process. I have written 5 new facts I have learned.

I have linked the sources for my ideas so, you can check them out for yourselves!
  1. Being able to understand the difference between private and public information. Source: Smart Footprint
  2. Everytime I connect, collaborate and publish things online I create a digital footprint. Source: About - Cybersmart (Sideshow, slide 15)
  3. Making smart, positive and supportive decisions about who I interact with online. Source: Smart Relationships
  4. Being able to understand copyright laws and the consequences that come with agreeing to terms and conditions. Source: Smart and Legal
  5. Being able to think and analyse the construction of digital media. Source: Smart Media

The Profit Is Coming - The River Talks

On Thursday the 15th I followed with 14 others from my class and Room 10 to an event called "The River Talks". We walked to the little river beside the Glen Innes pools. It was disgusting

The river smelt terrible, the water was green and there was barely any fish swimming. A man was standing in the river saying a special message in Maori. He then translated his message. It was about the history of the river. He also spoke of his history with the river. 

After that, he walked us over to a massive waka. The waka was long and slim. The man told us that we are the future, we will row the waka in the river once we make it clean. That message really inspired me to try harder to stop pollution and help stop people from littering. He started telling us about his childhood, how he went to the river all the time. 

Then, a young boy from Tamaki Primary read a poem. The poem was about imaging a future where no one litters, where the world had less pollution, a world where rivers were clean. Soon after this two girls from Point England presented a poster their class made.

Later on, we moved along to two adults demonstrating what happens if the water pipes were blocked. I was amazed. A young lady then performed a dance. The dance did look weird but I enjoyed it. It was different. Followed by a man from one of New Zealand's many islands, showed us how the river talks. He had a little drum. The beats represented the river's emotions. It was really interesting. We then did a rhythm game by following the beat.

There were art pieces spread around the area. I was able to have a few quick glimpses. As we continued we watched a Cook Island group perform and learned about the benefits of having plants and trees around a clean river. 

The River Talks, in my opinion, was a significant event.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Pewter Casting

Every Wednesday my class, Room 12 takes a bus to Tamaki College. We are divided into 3 different groups A, B and C. I'm in group B.

Have you ever handled metal? I have! My group is doing pewter casting. We've been conspiring ideas for pendants for family members and friends as a gift.

Here are possible pendant concepts I had thought of. Each silhouette represents something that my recipients (people who maybe receiving a gift) like. I have thought of my father, papa and mother. They are all so dear to me. 

This week at least 4 people in my group were able to get started. I decided for my final design, to go with the fish for my papa. The metal we are using is called "pewter". It's a melt-able metal that is somewhat easy to bend.

So far I've been able to make my mould and get a rough looking pendant. Next week I'll be moving onto smoothing and polishing my pendant.

Becoming A Prefect

At the end of last year, 2017 I was chosen by five prefects to become one! It was very nerve wracking. Three others from year seven and six were chosen. Receiving a badge knowing that others notice how responsible I am makes me feel more proud of myself.

Now, here we are in 2018. Everything has changed. I have new responsibilities and expectations to fulfil. So far I am having lots of fun. Everything has been so exciting and interesting to me. It is now easier to understand how responsible and efficient a teacher and principle has to be.