Saturday, 30 March 2013

My TIme At Eastern Beach:By Teagan

Make a video of your own at Animoto.

This my time at Eastern beach. It is a slideshow of all the things at the beach, like kayaking, playing sports and swimming in the water. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

My Comic Life presentation: Candice

This is my Comic Life presentation about World War 1. I researched information about how the conflict started and how it was resolved then put it into my own words. I have also included some pictures to help you understand.

My comic life poster on World war 1: Jacob

This is my Comic Life poster of World War 1. The conflict started because a Serbian student assassinated the Austrian Archduke. The war went on for four years and involved 65 million people. It was resolved after Germany signed the armistice on November 11, 1918.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Kapri's Digital Technology Task

I have learnt how to create a magazine cover on photoshop at tech and the year 7's at tech have been practicing.

Deannika's Digital Technology Task

I have made a magazine cover that the tech group for the yr 7's have been practicing.

Andre's Digital Technology Task

At Tech we are learning to make a cover on actv8 using photo shop

Monday, 18 March 2013

Kane's Recount of our school picnic

Trip to Eastern Beach

Last Monday the whole school went on a trip to Eastern Beach. We got on the back of the beast and raced down to the beach.  Once we got to there we all walked over to the reserve where Mr. Johnston was standing, and we sat down.  He told us our rules for being at the beach.

We all sprinted to a spot where our teacher told us to. We had morning tea then went out to play on the sand.  The sand was boiling hot and was full of broken seashells everywhere. It was like walking over bits of glass just scattered all over the place.  The sand wasn’t clean white like the paradise beaches, it was dark and dirty.

Room 9 & Room 6 were both split into 4 groups, A, B, C and D this was for Kayaking. The year 7 & 8’s were thrilled to go kayaking.  Ms. Kirkpatrick did a short training with each of the groups about how to grab the paddle and row. She also told us the do’s and don'ts while on kayaks.

On land Mrs. Anderson was on ‘grass time’ for the whole day. She watched over everyone while Ms. Kirkpatrick was teaching us kayaking skills.   Everyone was ecstatic. We played cricket and rugby, built sandcastles and explored.  When it was our groups turn to go kayaking we listened to Ms. Kirkpatrick very carefully. After she had talked to us about kayaking we all got in a kayak and blitzed off towards the pink bottle that was floating. It was scary for me because I nearly fell out countless times.

Once we all got to the bottle we all got close together, holding the kayaks next to us, while they were doing the same.  Ms. Kirkpatrick asked Leila and Isaac to stand up and walk across the kayaks. Leila walked across the back while Isaac walked across the front it was hard to watch, but it would’ve been funny if one of them fell in. After we did all of that we played tag. The taggers were Ms. Kirkpatrick and Mr. Grady, they had to tag us by touching our kayak with their paddles. If we were tug we had to hold our paddle up until a non-tagger touched our kayak with their paddle. It was very hard trying to get away from Mr. Grady because he was just too quick.

Once we all were tug, Faitele and I were the taggers. I could hear Ms. Kirkpatrick laughing at me saying “NA-NA-NA NA-NA!”  over in the distance. I knew I should go after her but I went after Mr. Grady for revenge. As I came up behind him my arms started to tire. I was running out of energy so I stopped. He was lucky he got away.  After that awesome game of tag we got together and had a race back to shore. It was a close game between me and Ms. Kirkpatrick but unfortunately... I won!!! WOOHOO!

After everyone got to shore and since we were the last group to go kayaking we had to help Mr. Grady and Ms. Kirkpatrick put the kayaks on the trailer, they were heavier than I thought they would be.  After that Ms. Kirkpatrick had a swim but Mrs Anderson still didn’t get to go have a swim, she just had the wonderful grass time.

At the end of the day we lined up and walked towards the bus I thought to myself
“ I don’t think this day could have gone any better” especially because I got to play my Xbox when I got home.

Leila's Recount of our school picnic

PBS Picnic at Eastern Beach

“Keep it down,’  I laughed, as I reminded the students that were surrounding me with their voices on the bus. I can't wait till we get to the beach.
“Yes!” I whispered to myself with relief.
We finally arrived at Eastern Beach! Above us it looked like the sun was trying to fight its way through the clouds. Mr Johnston made it clear what the rules were and what was going to happen while we were at the beach. Group A followed Ms Kirkpatrick to where the life jackets sat waiting.  The leader of Group A was Lavinia. I was the leader for group D, the last group to paddle out from shore.

While group A was with Ms Kirkpatrick the Juniors went in for a swim. The Seniors just had grass time till it was their turn to have a swim. Meanwhile I tiptoed on top of the sand because while I was standing on the sand it felt like I was crushing little bones that had washed ashore after the sea had finished chewing.

“Keshhhhhh” was the sound of my stick running through the sand. I was trying to be creative by drawing pictures and writing onto the sand. I wrote Mrs Anderson’s name and drew a big heart with Room 9 inside it.  My art was awesome until I  looked up and saw Trinity messing up my creativity.
” What a sad guy!” I moaned at him with disappointment.
“Yayyyy!” shouted Rooms 5 and 7. They were all so excited was because it was their time to swim. It was Group B’s turn to kayak and Tienira was the leader for group B. They made their way into their kayaks and paddled all the way to Ms Kirkpatrick out on the water.

Meanwhile Room 6 and Room 9 were making the most of their grass time by climbing trees and playing sports. The tree that some of the kids were playing on is the tree that we always play on when we go to Eastern Beach for a school trip. Luckily Ms Kirkpatrick grabbed that spot for us because it meant the other kids had to wait too get a turn. We had so much fun and all the photos that Rachel took show everyone was definitely enjoying themselves.

“Splash! Splash!” was the only sound you could hear once we made into the sea. There were so many heads, it looked like they had no bodies and were just heads floating around in that nice refreshing water.
“Hey?” I wondered to myself.  “Who is that swimming?”. I looked closely into the water and saw..... Miss Huggins neck high in the waves, it looked like she was having more fun than the kids. I think she was!
“Are you alright?” I asked Mrs Anderson. I was feeling sorry for her because she just had grass time.

Its lunch time! “Munch! Munch!” I was chewing so loudly that was all I could hear. Yum!
“Mine! Mine! Mine!” shouted all the people that were playing volleyball. I thought the game was getting serious, so I  strolled over to the sand.
“Hey Mrs Anderson” I said to her enthusiastically.
“Guess what?” she laughed.
“What?” I replied with confusion.
“I get to move to the sand!” she said still laughing.
“Group C!” Group C’s leader, Trinity shouted.
It was time for Group C to go kayaking. You could see they were listening  carefully to Ms Kirkpatrick’s instructions.

“What are they doing?” I wondered to myself as I looked out towards the kayakers. I could see someone on one of the kayaks standing up. This made me curious until I realised that if some of them were standing up and changing places they must be learning how to balance. When I looked closer I could see the people that were still in the kayaks were holding them tightly so the their friends could try and balance on top and walk over to the another kayak.

Candice and I made our way to the water and sat down on the sand, it still felt like little bones. We were trying to skim the rocks that were near us across the water but most of them sunk. We were having a competition to see who could skim their rock the furthest. I won but Candice wouldn’t believe me. When that got boring we moved back to the tree where our things were.  

Finally Group D was up. I called out the list I was given and quickly gathered my team together so we could begin the lesson. We had to put on the life jackets first. They were really soggy and really cold and wet because all the groups had used them before us. Ms Kirkpatrick taught us how to hold the paddle and which way to paddle. Then we all hopped into our kayaks. While I was making my way to the kayak it appeared to smile at me mischievously.

We paddled towards the floating pink and white bottle. On my way out I was searching for Candice and noticed she had gone the wrong way. She had somehow paddled her kayak towards the rocks.
“Stop!” yelled Ms Kirkpatrick. That made me focus on what I was doing. She told us to grip onto the kayak beside us and to hold onto it. Soon after Candice caught up we formed a line.
“Leila swap places with Faitele” said Ms Kirkpatrick.
My heart was racing because I had to stand up on the kayak while we were floating on the water and swap with Faitele. I had to get behind people and Faitele had to go in front of the kayaks. My legs were wobbling with each step and I felt scared. When I got too Faitele’s kayak I didn’t feel scared anymore I felt relieved and I was really proud of myself.
We then played games and sailed off to shore.

“Pack up your things!” I heard Mrs Anderson saying. It was nearly time to go. We quickly changed and packed our things. After thanking the parents and teachers we hopped onto the bus. Everyone was so tired. Some students fell asleep on the ride home, it was so funny. I had a great day at Eastern Beach!

Our great big beach school trip...

This is Candice's video that I made on Animoto... It shows some of the fun things that we did at Eastern Beach... Please watch and enjoy!

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Conflict surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi

 This is Jacob's popplet on conflict around the treaty of Waitangi. The blue frames mean it is to do with the British. The red frames mean it is to do with the Maori. The black frames mean it is to do with the treaty.

Conflict surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi

 This is Roswell's Popplet on conflict surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi, the colour of the frames represent the differences between the British and the Maori people.

Creating timelines using Lucid Charts

We learnt to summarise our research and show our finding in chronological (time) order by creating a timeline using Lucid Charts.