Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Chinese New Year Explanation

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?

Temple at night illuminated with light from decorations
Photo by Flying Pharmacist, CC BY-SA 3.0

Chinese New Year is the marking of the start of a new year. This celebration begins on the new moon and ends on the full moon fifteen days later. It is celebrated with special meals, gift giving and visits to family and friends.

During this celebration people prepare traditional foods such as egg rolls, noodles and shrimp. These different traditional dishes also have their own meaning. The egg rolls symbolise wealth for the upcoming year because they look like bars of gold. The noodles represent a healthy and long life, as long as you don’t cut them. The shrimps mean happiness because in Mandarin shrimp has a close meaning to smile.

Throughout Chinese New Year, you will see decorations that contain the colors red and gold. The meaning behind the red is happiness, because it was the color that was used to defeat the monster Nian. They use these colors on a lot of their decorations such as banners, flags and envelopes. These red envelopes (Hong Bao) are given to children and unmarried adults to give them good fortune and luck.

Chinese New Year celebrations end with a lantern festival and parade lead by dancing dragons and lions. This is because Chinese people use traditional dances to recreate and tell stories. In their dances they use different animals and creatures such as dragons and lions. All of the traditional dances have played a part in their history.

The Chinese New Year is the marking of the start of a new year. It brings family and friends across the world together, to celebrate good fortune.

Today my partner Te Pounamu and I wrote an explanation about the Chinese New Year. The reason was to help remind us how to write a proper explanation. To help us we used TIIC. Title, introduction, information and conclusion. We used simple, compound and complex sentences to improve our writing. We made sure to use present tense when writing our explanation. When we finished the writing we used DRAFT. Delete, rearrange, add, fix and talk. We used this to make sure our sentences made sense.

Meeting Our Younger Students by Jeremiah

As head students we need to make sure that our students know who we are and what we can do for them. We kept it short and simple so that they can understand it. We talked a little about how we can accompany them if they are feeling sad or do not have anyone to play with. We would like them to cite us as role models and as someone they can lean on. I express my gratitude to Mrs Millward, Miss Cockeram, Mrs Hiddleston, and Mrs Mclane for giving up time for us to introduce ourselves.    

Screencastify: Blog Analysis - By Sanujan, Jack and Ofa

Jack, Ofa and Sanujan created this movie to share their learning following our statistical inquiry challenge. We all think the boys did a great job at explaining why blogging is an important part of our learning journey.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Inquiry - Winter Olympics By Jeremiah

For inquiry we are focusing on the Winter Olympics. Already we have covered the mascot comparison, learning about the history of the games and the comparison between the Winter and Summer Olympics. Above is a comparison between our school and the Winter Olympics. Our school and the Winter Olympics have much in common but not that many difference in wording

Te Wiki - The Week - Summary By Ofa, Mataio and Fraidoon

As part of Reading we read the next article leading to the Treaty of Waitangi. The text we read was about the one week before the treaty of Waitangi was signed. It was an interesting book. While reading we had to note all the words we are unsure of or interested in. After reading the text we were to make a DLO summarizing the whole article. I worked with Fraidoon and Mataio. When we are summarizing a text we use a special method which is to write the 20 most important words, then the 6 most important words and write a short summary. This all links back to the words we were to write down while reading the text. 

Maths: Elective Maths By Jack

This week for maths, our activity was about solving problems. This weeks problem was about elecives. It was about finding the amount of people in each elective group. There were 6 to find, but we also needed to figure out how many people had left the school to go to an inter school sports competition. So we needed to change the amount of kids who are left at school to get the correct answers. We then needed to make a DLO showing how we got our answers, and showing our answers. This activity could either be done individually, or with a partner or group. This time, I worked with Carl, and it was a really challenging activity, but on the other hand, really fun to work out. It took Carl and I roughly half an hour to get our answer, and once checked, we found that we got all of our answers and working out correct. All of our working out can be found in the DLO, including the problem as well.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Summer Learning Journey 2017/18

Huge congratulations to all our Summer Learning Journey 2017/18 participants! Today Rachel, Mika and Matthew came to PBS to present our blogging champions with their certificates and prizes. Well done to Mele and Alex who were our top blogers, Ofa who came second, Marieta who came third, and Angela and Fau who were both highly commended. 

A huge thank you to Rachel and her team who read and commented on every post. Well done to all our PBS bloggers. You have set yourselves up for a successful year of learning, and we are all very proud of you!

Congratulations Jack!

Congratulations Jack for receiving your Respect CARE award badge! Have a look at Jack's blog  to see the different ways he explored the value of respect. Superb effort Jack!

Congratulations Angela and Viva!

Congratulations Angela and Viva, a certificate for the great start you have made to your 2018 learning journey. Keep working hard girls!

Blog post Record - By Hajera

Today, we were working on our blog post Record. We made a chart to show how much blog post we have done, and I did not post that much on my blog. My amount got lower as my year group went higher and in 2015 I was done good but 2016 and 2017 I cant say the same about that. 2018 we just got started school so I just have 2 blog post on my blog. I did not post that much on my blog at 2017 because my chrome book needed to be fixed.

Art Tech with Mrs Telefoni by Shakaia

Today was our very first tech rotation at Tamaki College. I was in art with Mrs Telefoni. First we had to get into groups on our table. In that group we had to write symbols that we see in everyday. Then we had to make a google slide to put together symbols that represent us and why. 

Mascot Comparison | By Magenta

Yesterday Fui, Zane and I worked on a DLO. Our DLO is about comparing this year's Winter Olympic's mascot and another year's mascot. What I really liked about completing this DLO is because I learnt about different mascots for the winter Olympics.

Where Is Pyeongchang - By Nevaeh

LI. Is to talk about Winter Olympics, and they're favourite Winter sport like, Snowboarding, Ice Skating, Luge, Alpine Skating, Biathlon, skeleton, finger skating, Freestyle skating, ski jumping, speed skating, Ice hockey, Nordic Combined and Bobsleigh.