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.

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.

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!


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.

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.


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:


Friday, 5 June 2015


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.
Jack, Fletcher, Hatham and Azriel.