Monday, March 31, 2014

Life Symbols

This is my Mihi that I made in extension this term. My last Mihi that I made in year 4 wasn't as detailed as this one. Just to make sure you understand the symbols, I'll tell you.

The upper left symbol signifies that I'm learning Arabic. Why? Because I'm a Muslim. I know how to say hello in Arabic. Ahlan.

Underneath it, shows that I like rugby. I like watching it, not so much playing it. I also like playing soccer. I'm better than most people at school at it.

My family came from South Africa. Around 94% of my family that I know is South African. Recently my family has become NZ citizens.

Next to the flags, is chicken. I love the taste of roast chicken, which is why KFC is my favourite take-away restaurant.

Above it is technology. I love it. I have a netbook, which provides lots of entertainment, my family has an Ipad, and for my birthday I got a Nokia.

And in the middle, Shows how I think of myself. In case you need help understanding, I'll tell you. I rage a lot. Usually when I fail at Flappy Bird, I get angry quick and feel the need to break the thing in half.

And those are my life symbols! To view more extension Mihi's, click here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tamaki College Sports

On Thursday or Friday every week after Tech, our class goes down to Tamaki College for sports. Many of you may not know about this, so I’ll explain it to you.

Our activities are held at Tamaki College, GI. Most of the students who go there are Maori and Polynesian. Many of them went to our school before, or are related to some students in our school. Our tutors are year 12’s. They’re doing a sports leadership course for credits in NCEA.

We walk to Tamaki, as it’s just around the corner. Once we arrive, they put us into seven different groups of 10-12. It’s always mixed, and our 2 tutors give us different activities.

Some of the activities are electric fence, chain tag, relays, trust fall, orienteering, the Amazing Race, and the rope jump. Most of them involve teamwork, co-operation and participation.

Many of you may know why it is important for us to do this. The reason is so we lose weight, become fitter, reduce cholesterol levels, and to have fun!

Although some games involve thinking and those sorts of things, some games involve lots of strength. Like this one for example. One person had to stay up while hoisting the other person up, and so on around.

Another one, is a game called Treasure island. Using all your teammates, you have to get to the blue mat with a plank. The plank mustn't touch the ground, and you can’t either. To keep the set of wood up, other participants must stand on the wood to keep it up. And of course, the winning team is the one with all their team players on.
Tamaki College has quite a lot of games to play. They’re all interesting, and they most certainly manage to keep us occupied for an hour or so. Sport at Tamaki College really is awesome!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cyclone poster

Here is a poster that I made about cyclones. In literacy, we were given a task to create a poster informing people about cyclones.

So I made this poster to inform people about cyclones. I put a lot of effort into it. Please leave a comment!

Cyclone Lusi

Cyclone Lusi caused some damage to certain parts of New Zealand in the weekend. There was rough, gale force winds, and dark clouds. Luckily, it wasn’t as severe as some storms.

What is a cyclone? A cyclone is a large-scale, atmospheric wind-and-pressure by low pressure at its center and by circular wind, counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.(Source,

What is a cyclone? A cyclone is similar to a tornado, but sometimes deadlier. A cyclone can send gale-force like winds towards anything in it’s path. It can also send storm surges to coasts, and can definitely bring heavy, cold downpours. Sometimes it brings lightning as well.

What happens during a cyclone? There may  landslides, flooding, flying debris, damage to buildings, mudslides, and other dangerous things. Cyclones can be very dangerous. Well known ones like hurricane Katrina, causes many, many deaths. New Zealand certainly was pretty lucky!

At this point you may be wondering, how do we evade it? We can evacuate, but if you stay at home, to prepare you need a torch. There may be power outages. Bring spare batteries as well. Bring a radio set for instructions for what to do. Be sure to have spare food and water as well. Those could be cut off. Sometimes school could be closed. Yes, some people might love that!

Are there different types of cyclones? In some places it’s called a hurricane, in other places it’s called a typhoon, and in other places it’s called a tropical storm. But there is one thing that those storms have in common. They’re all the same! They're just called different in different places.

We can’t change the weather so that hurricanes wouldn’t damage anything. But as we’re learning more and more about them, we can fight back.

Monday, March 17, 2014


This is what me and my partner Jacob know about Anzac.

Boer War Diary

July 16th, 1899 5:43 p.m.
Cape Town, South Africa.
Boer War

I have been suffering from trench foot and frostbite. I don’t know how much more I can endure of this war. I just wish this war would wrap up so I could go home to my family. These Boers really know how to put up a fight.

I’m sick of eating hard army biscuits, & bully beef. At least there is sugar for my tea. I don't think I could eat much more of our food supply. We can't afford to purchase food as it cost too much. 

Uh oh. My frostbite is getting more severe. O-ouch! AARGH!!! my toes and nose feel like they fell off! Darling, please take care of Darfol and Diana. Stay safe, I hope to come home soon.

My troop is doing nothing; we’re just taking lookout. Earlier some Boers found this trench, giving us a little excitement. I hate that Richard Seddon told me to come to war. I didn't want to leave my family, to come to this place to die. But that's what happened. So now I have to suffer. YAWN...I guess it’s time for me to go to sleep. It’s been a big day.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Empathy vs Sympathy

Empathy and sympathy are different. How? Well, empathy is where someone is hurt, (e.g. someone falling over) and you know what they’re going through. Sympathy is where you just feel sad for the person. For example, someone broke their arm, but you never broke yours. You might feel sad for them, but you don’t know what they went through.

Empathy is where someone went through something, and you know what it’s like, as you went through it yourself. Take this for example. Someone trips over. You know what it’s like since you went through that. That is empathy.

Sympathy, on the other hand, is just when you feel for the person, without going through that yourself. Let’s say that a colossal tornado destroys someone’s house. You haven’t gone through that, but you feel recognition about their suffering.

So that’s the difference between empathy and sympathy. I hope you learnt more about those 2 emotions!


Fiafia is coming up again! Man! The last year has really flown by! I can’t wait to go up on stage again and impress many people with our school’s singing, dancing, and other skills. There are plenty of groups, but unfortunately I can only remember some. There are: Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Niuean, Cook Island, Hip Hop, Jump Jam, and my group.

I’m in an unusual group for Fiafia. Our group is called “Precisely that.” We can’t tell you what we’re doing, as our tutors told us not to. But I’ll breach that rule and tell you something. My group is doing something around ‘precision’. Our tutors are Mr Sommerville, Mr Goodwin, and Mr Barks. I feel that I chose the right group, as I’m okay with precision. My group hasn’t any leaders as we’re all doing it together.

But getting back to the Fiafia. It’s on April 9th, 2014. Fiafia is traditional for our school to do. We did it last year, as it was our school’s 60th anniversary. Our practice is every Thursday, from 2 - 3 p.m. We try to fit in practice as much as possible. Some year 7 & 8 students go to pick up little kids. Before Fiafia starts, you can order a stall to sell stuff for $20. Remember to bring your own table!

I can't wait to get all that food...I mean watch the other groups and perform for Fiafia! See you there!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WALT(We are learning to) Define Adolescence

My definition of the word ‘adolescence’: Adolescence is where you’re getting to adulthood, but you’re not there yet. It’s where you aren’t a child anymore. You enter puberty, and get girlfriends and boyfriends.

You become stubborn, and sometimes independant as well. You have to make big decisions, study, and you have less time to yourself. but along with that you have big responsibilities, and you’re a role model.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sketchup - how we use it

There are many things you can use to make 3D items, but in Class 2 we use something called Sketchup. “What is Sketchup?” I hear you ask. Read on then!

Sketchup is a 3D designing programme. With it, you can make ANYTHING, you just have to put your mind to it. If you have a good design or something, to print it you send it to a 3D printer to be made.

Sketchup to me is special. Why? because with it you can make whatever you wish, although sometimes it gets real tough. But still, Sketchup is really cool. Believe me.

Okay, I know some of you who are reading this want to know what Sketchup is. Well, there’s a video tutorial at the end of this story. If you don’t want to watch it, then you may read on.

Shapes - You have the circle, square, and hexagon shapes.
Pencil - Draw straight lines.
Colour Bucket - Colour things in.
Selector - Select things to move, turn, duplicate or delete.
Rotating tool/Shift Pan - Move around your design.
Eraser - Erase any unwanted lines.

At this point you may be wondering “What is it used for?” Well... You can use it for making, creating, building, learning, and architecture. This is because it isn’t just for learning and those things. It’s also for creating modern-day things.
Like I said before, there are many things we can use to make 3D items, but I choose Sketchup. In case you never knew, I have used Sketchup for a few years. Underneath is the video tutorial.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sketchup Designs

Train3.pngRecently my class have been on Sketchup. This is one of my Sketchup designs - a train. Underneath, is my All-in-one car. I've been given many questions, like "Why does your train look like Thomas the Tank Engine?"

The reasons for those questions are: Thomas was the easiest design that came to mind. I felt that an ordinary car wouldn't be enough, so I added and added until I was satisfied. Lets put it this way; I love creating unique things and sharing them. So that's why I made these designs.