Thursday, 5 November 2015

Treaty of Waitangi Identity Unit


Hi guys,
Here is my presentation on the Treaty Of Waitangi Unit.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Formal Dancing

Hi guys,
Yes, it is that time again, formal dance. Every year, the year 7/8s' have to participate in a formal. And of course, we have to practice. Today I will tell you about what we do in Formal Practices.

WALT: Learn a variety of different dances to perform at formal.

Right now, the dances that we are learning are, the Rock 'n' Roll Reel, and the Waltz.

My next step is to: Learn the Line Dance, and the Jitterbug.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post!
Cheers,
Azriel.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Reflection On Term 3

Hi guys,
I don't think that I have ever published a reflection on my Learning Portfolio, so I thought, better late than never!
Here are three things that I have done well in Term 3:
- Putting out the flags, and other responsibilities as a house captain.
- Turning up to my leadership responsibilities, e.g: Peer Mediation, PALs' etc.
- Trying my best in class.

 I have done well as a House Captain in term 3, because I have sometimes reminded people to put out the Oaklands School Flags, and I have been trying really hard to co-ordinate events.

I have done well in my responsibilities because sometimes I remind my team mates to turn up as well.

I have done well in class, because I show resilience in class, when I don't understand a certain concept of learning.

Enjoy your holidays!

Cheers,
Azriel.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Update About Showing My Leadership In Kapa Haka

Hi guys,
I have only ever done one, update about showing my leadership in Kapa Haka, so I may as well do another one. I have shown my leadership in Kapa Haka, by:
- Teaching the younger students the haka, and doing it patiently
- Trying to be a role model to the younger students doing Kapa Haka by trying my best, and always trying to remember the actions
- Sometimes telling my friends to be quiet and to sing to the best of the ability so I am not being a hypocrite
- And overall, trying my best.

This is part of my leadership proof for my Merit leadership badge.

Cheers,
Azriel.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Reading Update Week 5 Term 3

Hi Guys,
For reading this week, we have been trying to identify the author's purpose by identifying the main publishing conventions in a text. It sounds like gibberish doesn't it? This means that we will learn why the author, for example, put a picture sideways, or made a font bigger in the title. These are called publishing conventions.
To showcase what we learnt, we had to create a mini poster, showcasing the publishing conventions that we learnt about.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Science Update Week 5 Term 3

Hi Guys,
WALT: Learn about the causes of gases
Today, we had a science lesson. In science, we learnt about different types of gases, like: Carbon Dioxide Co2 and other gases like that. We learnt the different atomic signatures for different elements. Like salt is NaCl and oxygen is O, and water is H20. You may be wondering, what does this have to do with my update? Well here is how:

As part of an experiment, we had to put in two teaspoons of baking soda and citric acid in a cup, and then we put in vinegar. As a result, it started fizzing up, and then spilled over my group's table.

Then as another experiment, we had to grab:
- An old, washed beer bottle
- Some Citric Acid, and Baking Soda
- A balloon
What we had to do was fill the beer bottle up to where the neck starts. Then we had to blow the balloon up, and stretch the neck, and then put in a tablespoon of Baking Soda and Citric Acid. We then had to stretch the mouth of the balloon over the top of the beer bottle. We tipped the balloon upside-down, and all the contents went into the water. The result, was truly amazing. When the contents of the balloon was tipped into the water, the two chemicals collided, and created carbon dioxide, (Co2), which created fizz in the water, and trapped gas between the water and the balloon. As a result, the balloon was filled with carbon dioxide, and was blown up, (without exploding). Then, of course, we had to tidy up.

I hope you enjoyed this update.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Winter Sport

Hi Guys,
I don't think I have EVER posted an update of what has been going on in Winter Sport, so, I better start now. I am in the Oaklands Football A Team, and we have done really well this season. We have won all of our games, except one, where we lost against Sumner A Team. Today, we are versing Halswell A Team for the finals. The last game where we versed Halswell, we drew 1-1. In the South West Zones competition, we won all of our games, so we are moving on to the Canterbury's Competition. I hope you enjoyed this post about sport!
Cheers,
Azriel.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Maths Update Term 3 Week 2.


Hi guys,
Here is a maths update for week 2. Recently, we have received our test results from our test that we did a week ago. My new goal is to: Explain the meaning of digits in any whole number. I can't give you my Success Criteria, because I haven't had a teacher session.
Cheers,
Azriel.

PAL's Update, Term 3 Week 2

Hi guys,
I haven't blogged about PAL's at any time, this year, so I thought I should give you an update on what I am doing in PAL's. To be truthful, I didn't do my PAL's duty for the whole of the first and second term this year, but now, I am doing my duty every time. I think I am doing well in this role, because I am making an effort to turn up to my role and do it well. The last time I did my role, I played Duck, Duck, Goose with the Kakano team (Juniors) and Octopus.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Reading Update

Hi guys,
Here is a quick update on my learning in reading. As a new term starts, so does my new goals. My new goal for reading is to identify the main ideas' in the text by using conventional publishing features. I know, it just sounds like jibber isn doesn't it? But what it really means is to understand the main idea, by looking at publishing features like why would only part of a tile be enlarged? Here is a picture of my latest work. 
Cheers,
Azriel.

Maths Update

Hi guys,
I haven't been doing much blogging recently, so I thought that I would give you an update on my learning in maths. Yesterday we completed a test on measurement. What we had to do was go over the same test that we completed last term, but we had to correct our answers. Leading up to the test we had to practice or revise what we had learn't.  We had the option to either practice on IXL or practice textbook activities.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Writing Update Term 3 Week 1

Hi Guys,
So as a new term starts, so does our new goals. In my class, one thing as a whole class we need to work on is, punctuation. So we got to choose two new goals for this term. One personal goal, and one punctuation goal. My punctuation goal is going to master Advanced Punctuation. E.g ! " " ' ' : ;    . My personal goal is to focus on being able to generate more Ideas', much more quickly and efficiently. Also another thing that I want to focus on in Ideas, is to be able to organise my ideas' better. I haven't blogged in a while so I thought it was best to give you an update on what I have been learning and focussing on. Enjoy term 3!
Cheers,
Azriel.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Discovery Presentation

Hi guys, Here is my presentation on my goal in Discovery. Cheers, Azriel.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My Weather Report

video

H Guys,
Here is my video of my Te Reo Weather Forecast
Cheers,
Azriel.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Learner Licences

Hi Guys,
In class, our teacher has created a new system to help our learning, and they are called Learner Licences. The licences are as follows:
- Teacher Licence
This means that you need extra support in your learning and that you have to sit wherever the teacher tells you to sit and you can't talk off topic otherwise you get a punishment.
- Regulated Learner Licence
This licence means that you have the option to sit wherever you want in the class, do SDL in any order (Self Directed Learning) but the teacher can intervene at any time.
- Independent Learner Licence
This means that you get to sit wherever you want in the class and do SDL in any order without the teacher checking on you.
- Mobile Learner Licence
This means that you get all the privileges of the above but you get to do your work anywhere in the school. I am in this licence. You get this licence if you prove yourself to be a good worker.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Maths Update

Hi Guys,
In maths, we are now working on measurement. My goal is to be able to Solve Area and Perimeter of Shapes. For example, here is a question that I got right in my activity on it. If a shape's length is 8 mm and it's Width is 3 mm, what would the shape's area be? The answer is 24 mm2 (the two means squared).  I think I have done well, but I think I need a bit more practice when it comes to solving area and perimeter with decimals.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Careers Work: Journalism

Hi Guys,
For Integrated Learning and Writing, we have been writing an explanation on what a specific career is like: e.g pay rate, requirements etc. The career path that I chose to write about is Journalism. Why I chose this path is because I aspire to one day become a journalist. Here is my explanation. Enjoy!


Journalism

Do you like knowing about the world around you? Do you like reading the paper, watching the 6:00 news or hearing Hillary Barry speak on the radio? Well I do to, and in 10 years, you will probably see me on the news, in suit and tie. My future career path that I want to follow, is the path of a journalist.
Requirements

Before you become a journalist, I would advise that you have a few qualifications and studied a few handy subjects. In high school, some good subjects to study are: media studies, english, writing, te reo (this depends on whether you live in New Zealand or not), classical studies, and history.
When you hit College or University, some qualifications that would really help when an employer looks at your CV, are: a national graduate or postgraduate diploma in journalism, a degree in communications, majoring in journalism and a degree in broadcasting.

Things To Practice When You Are A Journalist.

A few months ago, I had the chance to write to Mike McRoberts, who is a presenter for 3 News at 6:00 pm everyday. Guess what? Blow me down, he actually replied! One of the many tips he gave me was taking a stack of information and explaining it in a few paragraphs. Another good thing to practice is trying to interview someone you know. You know, the feeling when you are presenting and then you realise you know someone, or someone is pulling a face, you CANNOT laugh or smile in a way that may come across as silly in an interview, or you may run the risk of embarrassing your company.

Personality Traits

Life as a journalist can be at times, extremely stressful. Whether from scrutiny from something you said or published, or just from something you asked in an interview, or even just late working hours, journalism can be extremely stressful. Here are a few dispositions that you will need to develop if you want to survive in the world of journalism.

  1. Curiosity
As a journalist, you need to be curious, because if you are never curious, you will never get a good story.

 2. Resilience and Perseverance.
When you’re on the trail of a good story and you run into a dead end, you don’t just give up, because then the story turns cold.

3. Emotional Strength.
If you do make an incorrect judgement as a journalist and publish it, you will definitely receive criticism, so you need to develop a ‘thick skin’. A ‘thick skin’ is a figure of speech used to describe someone who needs to develop resistance against criticism. Also, you need to be able to cope with uncertain work hours, and being constantly available to be sent overseas at short notice.

Career Pathway
Because there are so many pathways to become a journalist ( e.g written, radio or tv) so I will just describe the pathway to becoming a television presenter. This is modelled off Mike McRobert’s pathway to where he is now as a presenter for 3 News. In his last year of high school, The Department of Maori Affairs held a journalism course. After seeing the action in the newsroom, Mike was hooked. Mike then won an extremely competitive Radio New Zealand Cadetship. After six months of training, he was having doubts about whether he was up to the job. Then he remembered a quote from the course about journalism that “Young Maori find journalism hard, because many find it difficult to question authority.” Mike then felt comforted by this. Then suddenly, a massive opportunity came up. He was offered a spot at the sports office. The young rugby avid Mike instantly felt at there, and by the age of 24, he was in charge of the sports department. As time went on, Mike then started doing fill-in shifts for reading the 6:00 news. In late 2000 Mark Jennings contacted Mike and asked if he would like to be a backup for John Campbell on the 6:00 News. Then when John Campbell left to start up Campbell Live, Mike and Hillary Barry started doing it full time.
Overall, the importance of journalists in today’s society is extremely important, otherwise, the public wouldn’t be informed about important government decisions, and about what is happening, in our own backyard, New Zealand.


By Azriel.






Cheers,
Azriel

Reading Update

Hi Guys,
Here is an update on what I have been doing in reading for this week. As Student Led Conferences are coming up at my school, we have to choose a piece of work in our reading book that portrays what our learning goal has been for this term. I chose my activities on a School Journal story called Bok Choi. My WALT has been to be able to learn about a character's personality by inferring through the text. My prediction on what the story was going to be about was that the story was going to be about a homeless Chinese man who sells his Bok Choi and gets bullied out of abuse because of his nationality. I thought this because on the cover it shows a Chinese man receiving money from a generous woman, but another woman looks in disgust. I knew that he was selling Bok Choi because the title is called 'Bok Choi' and the man receiving the money was Chinese. My prediction was nearly 100% correct but I would say my prediction was about 89% correct.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Reading Week 9 Term 2

Hi guys,
For reading, we have a new way of laying out our pages, and a new way to do our work. Here is how the layout goes, Top left is your prediction about what the story is going to be about, next to that is the vocab sheet where we record strange words in the text and then give a definition, across the top of the right page, is where we do our must do activities which is a comprehension task and also a grammar task, below that is where we have our summary sheet where we summarise the story, and on the bottom of the left page is the space where our work with the teacher goes.
 Here is what we have been doing. The story was called Spaceships And Aliens. My prediction was based on the title and the cover picture. My prediction was that the boy will be walking around when he sees an alien spaceship hover over his house and then he will see aliens drop out of the spaceship. My prediction was not true about what actually happened in the story though. The strange vocab that I recorded was spaceship, alien, outer space, universe and sketch. My summary is too long to describe so here is a picture of it.


Here is a picture of my must do activities:

Here is a picture of my prediction:

Here is a prediction of my vocab sheet:

Cheers.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Discovery

Hi guys,
For My Discovery, Jack, Hatham, Azriel and Fletcher have been doing how in football, to dribble up the field and then shoot well. We have reached multi-structural because we can do this proficiently and well. We know how to do it, and when to do it, without being prompted by a coach or another payer.
Cheers,
Jack, Fletcher, Hatham and Azriel.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Putting Out The Flags and Other Roles Of A House Captain.

Hi Guys,
This is proof for my merit leadership badge, but it is also just an update on how I am going in my role as Miro House Captain. As a house captain, one of the many things we have to do, is put out and take down the Oaklands School flags in the morning, and in the afternoon. Us boys, have been exceptional at this, and we have always remembered to do it. Also I think that I am doing a very good job at inviting people to our leaders meetings. I (most of the time) remember to email the person one or two days before the meeting, and tell them why we want them there.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Discovery

At school, we are doing something called Discovery. If we complete our homework and SDL (Self Directed Learning) we get to do it. In Discovery, we get to pick anything we want to, learn about, or something that we want to get better at, and study how to do it. Jack Walecki, Fletcher Due, Hatham Schaapveld and I, have picked how to take better free kicks. We have been practicing and we have completed the multi-structural level. Here is a video of a few of our free kicks and skillls : https://goo.gl/RCk73R https://goo.gl/KKvmSj https://goo.gl/8uh4m1
Cheers,
Azriel.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Showing My Leadership in Kapa Haka

Hi guys,
This is proof for my merit leadership badge, as well as being an update on how I am showing leadership in Kapa Haka. In Kapa Haka I am role modelling how the haka should be performed, and I am helping out with teaching new comers the words. I have been enthusiastic about Kapa Haka and I think I have been doing really well.
Cheers,
Azriel.

Peer Mediation

Hi guys,
This is proof for my merit leadership badge, as well as just as an update on how I am going in my leadership roles. In Peer Mediation I have been making an effort to turn up to my role as well as make an effort to do it well. One issue I do have, is to try and focus on the job and not get sidetracked, but apart from that issue, I have been regularly turning up to my role and doing a good job. Also, an other thing that I am doing well, is spreading out over the school. There is no point in just staying in one area, hoping that an issue will turn up, and I have been doing this well. I rotate around the back field area where I am supposed to be, but I also spread out when I am doing it.
Cheers,
Azriel

Monday, 2 March 2015

Peer Mediation

Hi guys,
Last week I know that I did my role to a high standard in Peer Mediation and I would like to share with you how I completed it to a high standard. Someone in Year 4 had come up to Fletcher and I and had said that someone (obviously I can't name them) had tried to bite them and push them off the playground. Now we had a little bit of trouble finding them, but after 10 minutes we eventually found him. We followed the usual procedure and of course, they both had extremely different views of what the other person had done. Finally Fletcher and I both agreed that if they didn't cough up with the truth we will finally have to hand the problem over to a teacher (this was only a lure to get the truth out of both sides). After 30 seconds of protesting they had finally told us the truth and we were able to undergo a proper mediation.
Anyway I want to thank you for your time to let me show you how we got the truth out of someone without getting teachers involved.
Cheers,
Azriel.