Friday, 22 September 2017

Scale Drawing

Last week, LS2 made scale drawings enlargements. Our original image was 1 cm each square, and enlarged it to 2 cm each square. The ratio would be 1:2 since we enlarged the original image. To enlarge the image, we had to make sure that we were following the original image square by square so it looked the same. 

Democracy Flowchart

Democracy is a form of government which citizens have the chance of governing. Democracy/Demokratia is originated in Ancient Greece which means 'Rule of the People'. Shakaia, Savelina, Brooklyn and I made a flowchart that shows how democracy works.

Helen Clark - Prime Minister of New Zealand

Since the General Election is in a few days, LS2 has been learning about Elections. For this activity, Shakaia, Savelina, Brooklyn and I researched a Prime Minister of New Zealand. We researched Helen Clark because she was a Prime Minister who stood out for us.  

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Political Parties - New Zealand Election 2017

Since the general election in New Zealand is on Saturday, LS2 is focusing on Elections. For our first activity, we researched who the leaders of the political parties are and what their logos look like. Shakaia, Savelina, Brooklyn and me looked at Labour, National, Green, Act, and Maori. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Read An E-Book Day

Cover image for Mother

Today LS2 read an e-book since it is currently 'read an e-book day'. This is a day were people across the world celebrate modern storytelling on September the 18th. We used Tamaki College Overdrive which has a lot of unique stories. I read a poem called 'Mother' by Maya Angelou from the Tamaki College Overdrive. This was interesting because I had never heard of the poem before, but I enjoyed it because the language was powerful. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Say It Tika!

Vodofone and Google have paired up to make sure that Maori names are being pronounced correctly in Google Maps. Say it Tika is a website created so we could pin the Maori names that need to be pronounced right. This is a great way to make sure that the Maori language is being respected and the pronunciation is correct. 


Friday, 8 September 2017

Netball Certificate and Badge

Today the netball players received a badge and a certificate as a reward for playing this season. It was my first time playing netball this year. I think I had improved on my skills, and my knowledge about netball. 

Cutting Glass - Tech @ Tamaki College

At tech, the year 8's were practicing how to cut glass since we will be cutting our final design in the next couple of weeks. While cutting, we had to push the glass cutter so that we could actually break the glass instead of scoring it. It was difficult because you had to put alot of power while cutting or else it wouldn't cut.  

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Tamaki College Overdrive

Today LS2 were exploring the Tamaki College Overdrive. This is where we are allowed to borrow books for free, then read it in your browser. I like reading in the Tamaki College Overdrive because you are able to find great books that you have never heard of. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

How To Stand Up To Bullies

Today LS2 looked at why it is important to stand up to bullying. We focused on this because as year 7 and 8's we have to lead by example and speak up against this issue and help the juniors.  Joshua and I made this animation which shows a little story of how you could stand up and stop bullying. I have never made an animation so this was very interesting and fun. 

Two Word Simple Sentences

On Monday, Ms. Kirkpatrick's writing group were looking at two word sentences. Two word sentences include a subject and verb. With the two word sentences, we were turning them into compound and complex sentences. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Tamaki College Visit

Today the year 8's went to Tamaki College to experience what it was like to be a year 9. We followed a normal schedule for year 9's. We first went to Maths with Mr Jones. He taught us about coordinates. To learn about coordinates we played Battleships. We had to ask Mr Jones where his ships were on the grid. After maths, we went to science with Mr Stoddard, where we learned about static energy. We had a few experiments. Our first experiment was rubbing a plastic tube on fabric, then we put it near water. We saw that the water was trying to stick to the plastic tube. After science we had lunch. We had subway, apples, cookies and water. Then we went to English with Mr Stevenson. We were finding visual images of 10 words to make connections with the words. We then went to P.E with Mr Moyes. We played a game called 'Turbo Touch'. This was very fun. We had to get the ball into the rectangle without being touched by the opposing team, or stepping into the rectangle. I had never played this game so it was extremely exciting. Thank you to Tamaki College for welcoming us into your school, and thank you to the Tamaki College teachers for providing such a fun and educational day.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Why It's Great To Be Me?

It's great to be me because I have big goals and dreams. My favorite foods are salad, apples and butter chicken. I am easy to talk to and easy to ask advice for. I like talking to my friends in my spare time because they always make me laugh. My big goal is to graduate university and be qualified as a nurse. If I could wish for something, I would wish for a world with no wars. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Apostrophes - Writing Challenge

This weeks writing challenge was apostrophes. Apostrophes shows there is a contraction between two words. For an example, you could break down I would into I'd. This was great to revise because you could break down two words using apostrophes. 

Friday, 25 August 2017

Clocks - Tech @ Tamaki College

Our clocks at tech have finally been put together. Today, we finished painting and glued the sides with the back of our design and the front of our design. It was hard gluing the two sides because there was paint stuck inside the holes. To solve this problem, I grabbed a safety knife and cut the dried paint out of the holes. Thank you to Ms. Ferguson for making the clocks and helping/supporting the year 8's throughout our clock journey. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Osteopath - Careers

LS2 has been exploring careers and jobs. To look at different options of careers that suit us, we completed a quiz where we chose if we were interested, not interested, fairly interested and neutral about certain things. One of the options that came up was osteopaths. I have never heard about this career so it was interesting. I learned about the skills and knowledge that osteopaths have to know, personal qualities, pay, and how many years that it will take to become a qualified osteopath. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Compass - Tech @ Tamaki College

Today at tech, we were making shapes with compasses. We made flowers, stars, and cubes with circles. It was fun and difficult since it was hard getting the perfect circle. I think I have improved with using compasses because I know that I should hold the black top to control the compass. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017


For the past two weeks, we have been looking at cybersmart. We covered choosing keywords, what matter and what doesn't, and how to speed up while you are surfing through the internet. This was entertaining since I was having fun while revising knowledge about cybersmart. 

Idiom Writing Challenge

This week's writing challenge was idiom. Idioms are a set of words that have different meanings to what the person has said. For an example, when someone says to 'Break a leg', they don't actually mean to break a leg, they mean to try your hardest. 

Suffragette Movement Sketchnote

Mia and I made an online sketch note using google drawing, based on our learning about the Suffrage Movement. We made a sketch note to make connections with our learning and to show what we have learned. Learning conversations helped us learn from our partner. It was definitely an important skill for this activity. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Kate Sheppard - Mia, Jorja and Nazella

Mia, Jorja and I researched about Kate Sheppard. Kate Sheppard is the Suffragette Movement leader. 124 years ago, the movement was created so that women were able to vote in elections etc. The Suffragette's finally achieved this in 1893, but Kate Sheppard still wanted to protest for women.

Rewindable Learning - School Production

At the end of term 3 PBS is performing a school production. Zoe, our dance instructor came in yesterday and taught us some of our dance routine. While we were learning, Mrs Anderson took a video of our group dancing. Today we used the video to practice rewindable learning. We watched the video and replayed it so that we could practice/revise our dance. I think that rewindable learning helped our group improve and realize that some moves we were performing weren't correct. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Impossible? Really? - Poster

Are you sure it is impossible? This poster is trying to motivate people to believe and never give up, because so many things which were thought wouldn't come true, has come alive. So is it impossible? Our topic this term is relationships with ourselves and others. One way you can have a relationship with yourselves is by telling yourself that it isn't impossible, and that it is possible. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Winter Learning Journey

During the holidays, I took part in the Winter Learning Journey. This consists of fun activities which helped my reading and writing while the holidays. The theme was based on New Zealand. Rachel, who is responsible for the Winter Learning Journey came to Panmure Bridge School today and rewarded the students who had taken part. She even gave out fun prizes to 6 people, including me. The amount of people who had taken part in the Winter Learning Journey was great, alot of LS2 students had taken part which is amazing. I got rewarded for the Panmure Bridge School top girl blogger. Thank you to Rachel and her team for making this possible and putting so much effort into making this a perfect project. I would definitely join in the next holidays because I was learning while having so much fun. 

Kate Sheppard and the Suffragettes - Summary

Mia, Javeylor, Zahra, Mishaan and I made a 25 word summary about what the Suffragette Movement was. The Suffragette Movement was a campaign created for a right to vote as women since they weren't allowed to. It was difficult making the 25 word summary, because we couldn't fit everything in, but we managed, by talking with each other and discussing what was important and what wasn't in the summary. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Hyperbole Example

Hyperbole is a form of language feature used to exaggerate. I made a paragraph which included hyperbole about an unfortunate walk to home on a sunny day. I will add more hyperboles into my stories to make it more interesting and detailed. 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Ordering Fractions - Quiz

In this game, I was ordering fractions. After the quiz, we were given a percentage. I got 100 percent, I liked this quiz because it revised my knowledge on how to order fractions. This quiz was entertaining since I was able to watch videos and learn, if my answers were incorrect. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Photography - Excellence and Innovation Care Award

One hobby of mine is photography. This hobby helps me see the world completely different. I like photography because it helps me think about certain things like the setting, the subject etc. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Why is it so important to keep oral story telling alive?

Maori storytellers believe these stories have been forgotten and lost in dust, they are trying to keep their culture, beliefs and language alive for tomorrow.

Today, Brooklyn and I worked collaboratively making a 25 word summary based on the question: Why is it so important to keep oral story telling alive? We watched YouTube videos and looked for the main message in the videos. Then we made our 25 word summary, it was difficult because we couldn't add everything inside the summary. To get around this problem, we had a few learning conversations which helped us agree and disagree.  

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How Maui Slowed Down The Sun - Myths and Legends

This week, LS2 were focusing on myths and legends. In this activity, Brooklyn and I made a storyboardthat based on a scene from the myth 'How Maui slowed down the Sun'. We completed this activity to learn how to use dialogue to show not tell what is happening in this scene. It was challenging because we couldn't find the background which could suit the scene. To cope with this difficulty, I changed the background colour to make it look dark as if it were night. It was fun exploring this website because I don't 

Ordering Fractions - Math's Warmup

For our math's warmup we played a game based on ordering fractions. This game was great for revising my knowledge about ordering fractions. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Red Crowned Karariki - Winter Learning Journey Day 3

Image result for Red Crowned Kakariki

The Red Crowned Karariki is a native bird to New Zealand. This bird is an omnivore. Their main diet consists of eating seeds, flowers, fruit as well as invertebrates. They are spread across the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Their forehead is red, while their body is a beautiful shade of green. The edge of the wings is identified as cyan or a very dark blue.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Favorite Outdoor Activities - Winter Learning Journey Day 2

For this activity, I interviewed my little sister about her favorite outdoors activities. 

What do you like to do outdoors, Akifa? 

1. Play on my scooter.
2. Play soccer.
3. Run in our backyard.
4. Water fights.
5. At the beach, I like to make big sandcastles. 

Laura Dekker Interview - Winter Learning Journey Day 2

Laura Dekker is a German girl who sailed around the whole world by herself at 14 years old. I had to imagine that I was interviewing Laura Dekker. These are my questions:

1. What was your favorite country you sailed to?
2. How does it feel to be inspiring young people with your story?
3. Why did you want to sail across the whole world at such a young age?
4. When did your passion of sailing start?
5. What message would you like spread across to people you have inspired?

Exploring New Zealand - Winter Learning Journey Day 2

In this activity, I explored Tane Mahuta, Karekare Beach and Rangitoto Island. 

I enjoyed going to Rangitoto Island the most because the scenery was absolutely beautiful. The mountains were majestic. I loved the ocean, it looked like it was painted. 

Flag Design - Winter Learning Journey Day 1 - Bonus

For this activity I had to make my own flag design for New Zealand. I added blue to symbolize water, since New Zealand is an island. And I added black and white to symbolize the All Blacks and Silver Ferns uniform.

Learn About New Zealand - Winter Learning Journey Day 1

Five facts about New Zealand: 

  • Maui is a Maori Demi-God who fished up New Zealand with his magical fishhook. 
  • Did you know that NZ's oldest rocks are over 500 million years old?
  • The New Zealand native bird is a kiwi, but it doesn't actually fly. 
  • Kupe found New Zealand by using the stars and the ocean as his guide to find an island. 
  • Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand which simply means 'Land of the long white cloud'.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Term 2 Reflection

Term 2 has been a fun term with lots of learning as well as experiencing new things. In maths, I have revised my knowledge on decimals and fractions. I learned what BEDMAS stands for: Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction. In reading, I have learned how to summaries and how to find the vital, very important and important ideas in a text. I have also learned how to disagree and agree. I have learned how to use more language features in my writing to make it more effective. I can use similes and metaphors to hook my reader in. In inquiry, I have learned that I should reduce, reuse and recycle to help Earth become a tidier environment for everyone. This term, our Kiwi Sport was Tae Kwando. In Tae Kwando, I have learned how to discipline my body into kicking, punching and moving swiftly. This term's theme in Kiwi Can was integrity. I have learned how to be responsible, honest, supporting and reliability. This term has told me that I am capable of coping with challenges. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Inter-school Orienteering

Today was our inter-school for orienteering. It was challenging but not as challenging as last year because we had practiced more and more. It was hard keeping up my running pace since it was muddy and wet. The points were far from each other so we had to run a long distance, but everyone managed to complete the courses without difficulties. I learned that you must point your map north in order to find the correct points. 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

People Power

LI: Formula for finding a percentage using a calculator. 
Today in maths we were learning about the formula used to find percentages. This activity was based upon the population on Earth. This was fun because I didn't know the formula, but now I know and will use it. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Winter and Summer Solstices

This animation showcases how the Earth orbits around the sun throughout the year. While the Earth orbits around the sun, it changes the weather throughout the world. This was a fun activity because Mia and I have never made an animation with a presentation before, so we it was fun. We also learned that seasons change from the Earth's tilt or axis.   

France Celebration

This is one of the Winter Solstices celebrations in France. It is similar to Christmas but contains different traditions, such as burning a log for good luck. It was interesting because I didn't know that there was a story behind why they celebrate Christmas. Did you know that the children leave shoes by the fire place so that Saint Nicholas can bring treats and gifts? 

Legend of the 6 Sisters

Since it is currently a very special holiday to the Maori people (Matariki), we decided to celebrate with them by researching about the Legend of the 6 Sisters. We were asked multiple questions dedicated to Matariki, we answered them and added website references so we can thank the author for the information.  

Friday, 30 June 2017

Email Etiquette

There are 5 main steps into keeping your email etiquette. Email etiquette means to have a sense in manner while sending emails. Using these five steps will help you with job applications and more. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Etiquette Emails

Today in cyber smart we were focusing on etiquette emails. Etiquette means to be mannered or good manners. An etiquette email has five steps to it: 
  1. Address the person. Eg. Dear Mrs Lilly. 
  2. Stick to the point. Don't start talking about too many things. 
  3. Use correct spelling and compunction.
  4. Use correct grammar.
  5. Sign off with your name. Eg. Keep up your great work, Nazella. 
It's important to make sure your emails are etiquette because it could possibly hurt the feelings of the person you are sending it to.  

Rubbish Graph

This graph shows the responses from LS1 and LS2. 55 people have littered in PBS while 26 hasn’t. This was interesting because a lot of students have said to spread bins across PBS so it’s easier to access. The place that the students find most of their rubbish is around the park. The students think that we should add more bins so people can stop throwing their rubbish on the ground. 48 people think that we need more bins, 7 think we don’t and 28 think we maybe would need it. People have said that we need more rubbish around the park.

Yesterday, LS1 and LS2 filled a survey with some questions connecting to rubbish in PBS. This graph shows their responses.

Dance - Evaluating our Dance

Today in dance we were recorded so that we could evaluate our dance. Mia, Javeylor and I analyzed our dance and realized we should focus on our timing since it looked quite unorganized. Next week we should also add a couple of more dance moves so it looks more detailed. Either than that, I think we did better than last week. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Pizza Pieces - Mishaan and Nazella

This shows Mishaan and I's working out from the Pizza Pieces problems. This activity helped revised how to convert decimals into fractions, and fractions into decimals. 

Landfills Movie - Fifita, Mia, Zahra, and Nazella

In reading Mia, Fifita, Zahra and I made a movie based on landfills. The movie talked about how long it takes for rubbish to break down. It was interesting because plastic bottles never break down. We should be more careful about the waste we are throwing out because if we don't we will end up with so many landfills scattered around New Zealand.          

Monday, 19 June 2017

Division Game

This game is called the 'Divider'. You have to find the answer by breaking the numbers down. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Group Opinion

In inquiry, Tiava, San Kyaw, Mia and me were finding solutions to our rubbish problem in our school.  We divided the paper into four parts, and added a square in the middle so we could put the opinion our group found best into it. But we couldn't speak. It was difficult at first, but we found a way that we could communicate. We circled the ideas that we liked and put them all together to form one opinion. I thought that we could have put more bins outside as well as encouraging each other to pick up rubbish even if it isn't ours.

Dance - Evaluating

Today in dance we were evaluating our dance. We did this by recording our dance routine and watching it. Our group realized that we needed to work on our transition and timing. Next week Javeylor, Mia and me are going to focus on our transitions, timing and our music choice. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Recycling Cartons - Sylis, Nazella, Fatongia and San Kyaw

In inquiry we were looking at milk cartons. In Panmure Bridge School, Fontera gives students milk cartons. After we drink it dry, we fold it correctly and it gets sent to facilities which recycled it into many items. This was interesting because I didn't know that this happened after we folded it. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

All Blacks vs Lions - PBS Blackout Day

The All Blacks (New Zealand rugby team) are playing the Lions (England, Ireland, Scottland, Wales) tomorrow. To show best of luck towards the All Blacks, we showed encouragement and support by playing games, performing the Haka, and singing songs. This is a special game because the Lions only tour every 12 years. We first sang Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, then the Kapa Haka performed a jaw dropping performance. They were powerful and passionate.  After that, everyone went outside and spelled out 'All Blacks'. Mr Wong flew the PBS drone and took pictures. Then we played 'Pass the Ball', the whole school went onto the courts and passed the ball around the rectangle so that everyone would have touched it. Good luck to both teams. 

Metaphors - Poetry

This week while we were looking at poems I learnt about metaphors. Metaphors is when you compare an object with another object or action. I learnt that you shouldn't take a metaphor literal. Eg: The boy was a cheetah. This compares the boy with a cheetah which could probably mean the boy is fast. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Dance - Music Choice

Today for dance we talked about our music choice. Ms. Brett told us that our actions/movements needed to be in time with the music in order for it to look organized. We compared rock and piano to the music with the beats. We realized that the piano and rock didn't go well with the dance because it was slow and too fast compared to the dance. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Maui Haiku - Poetry

This is the Haiku that Brooklyn and I made. A Haiku is a Japanese traditional poem. Haiku poems have three lines in each verse, the first and last line has 5 syllables, while the middle line has 7 syllables. A syllable is like a chunk, you can find a syllable by clapping out the word. Eg: Be-cause. 

Language Features - Poetry

Yesterday we were looking at the language features in a poem. We were focusing on verbs, synonyms and metaphors.  

Three Inspirational Quotes - CARE Awards

This is one of my Excellence and Innovation CARE awards tasks. I had to find three inspirational quotes from inspiration people, to help motivate people. I found quotes from Rosa Parks, JK Rowling, and Nelson Mandela, because their stories are all unique, and I get inspiration from them.