Thursday, 21 September 2017

Reflection: Term 3 Paideia Seminar

On Tuesday we had our 3rd Paideia Seminar.

20170919_142009.jpgThe Statement we had to think about was: ‘Is being civilised such a good thing? There are different meanings for the word civilisation. It is good to be civilised because if we weren't nice to each other there would be wars. What I think civilisation means is how advanced or how easy things are now than back then. If we weren’t civilised and there were no laws, first of all there would be lots of car crashes and wars because some people might not be loyal or kind towards others.
20170919_141957.jpg I thought  we did a great job at Piggybacking, sharing and including people in the Seminar.

My Goal was to speak about 3 times and I finally reached my Goal. What was different from this seminar from our 2nd one was that I opened my mouth more and last time I was really quiet. What I am going to work more on is to think more critically and share more information about the topic.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pisirina Recount Writing: Stardome Trip

While sorting out groups, I was scared if I was with my friends or not. Mrs Buchanan called out my name and said “ Pisirina, Roshaan, Jedida, Marika,AJF, Jacob, Varnce and AJT are in Mr Eze’s group.

When we got there, I was so excited because it looked so fascinating inside. We marched politely inside the Stardome classroom. We met our instructor, his name is John. He talked with us about all of the facts of the planets in the solar system. A few facts I learnt in the room is that some nicknames for the planets are Rocky midgets(Earth, Mars, Mercury and Venus), Gas Giants (Saturn,Jupiter,Uranus and Neptune). Another thing I also learnt is  Venus is hotter than Mercury and Mercury is the second closest to the Sun.

After that we had a scavenger hunt about space. We had to look for answers around the Gallery area. There were three groups who came 1st equal. Mr Eze had two groups for the scavenger hunt and they both came 1st! The names of the two groups are The Galaxy / Mr Eze’s boys and The Stars A.K.A. me and the other girls.

Now we went over to the Planetarium and this is where all the magic begins. We looked up into this dome and watched this cool movie. We saw some zodiac signs and other things in the milky way.
The worst thing about the trip was going in the same bus which had no windows and the Air conditioner didn’t work! I literally thought that I was going to be a baked potato.  Another problem was I was all by myself because I had none of my besties with me and so I kept on singing Lonely to myself but it still didn’t change a single thing.

In the end of the day I really enjoyed what had just happened last Thursday and I was really excited to write about it.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Week 7 - Algebra

Week 7 - Algebra 
Walt: create diagrams and graphs to represent equations.
Walt: Explain how certain algebraic problems work.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Pisirina Term 2 Rubric Reflection.

When I saw my final score and how I did, I was kind of  disappointed because I think I could’ve had a bigger score. The most obvious one that I didn’t do well in was the Paideia Seminar because I didn’t really participate in with the conversation that much. But I really am proud of what I have achieved because I think that I have really improved from Term 1. But Something I obviously know what to work on is contributing more in the Seminar.

My goal for the next Paideia Seminar is to talk more but not dominate the conversation.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Pisirina Scanning task.

Walt: scan for information in texts
Walt: make connections across texts
compare resources on Earth and Mars
Walt: understand the wider solar system and distances between planets.

This was pretty easy because I always scan information. So it wasn't really new for me.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Earth's Resources

Walt: understand that water, air, rocks, and soil, and life forms make up planet Earth and are Earth's resources.
Walt: make connections between texts and be critical of other texts we go to in order to develop our knowledge.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Pisirina Reflection Paideia Seminar Term 2.

This Term we had the Paideia Seminar for Term 2 because we had no time for the Seminar. Me, Jahzara, Levonah and Amelia were in a group for the Seminar. Our perspective was School. I chose this because it had lot’s of reasons and facts to talk about.This is what we were talking and arguing politely about:          
Is it important to keep our humanity, emotions, critical thinking, and empathy or doesn’t it matter if we live in a wired world where we are individuals, not a community?
What is the best or worst case scenario of living in a world, where we don’t communicate face to face?
I felt really nervous, I kept on telling my group I don’t know what to say but Amelia told me to just piggy bank on my Idea. My Emotions took over me but I was okay. I thought that I didn’t really talk that much because I was really shy. One person who surprised me was Bethan because she barely opened her mouth and usually she dominates the conversation. Something I could do better is to talk more and express myself because everybody has a voice.

Diary Entry

Monday, 31 July 2017

Pisirina Making connections (Ta'i nga'uru)

Walt: use known times tables and +/- to solve unknown times tables.
Walt: use a number of different strategies to solve unknown multiplication problems.
This was really easy for me because I worked with my friend Amira. I can't wait for more of these Challenges.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Day #6: Native Aotearoa.

Day #6: Native Aotearoa.
Hi, guys, this is going to be my last post for the Winter Learning Journey. Anyways for this activity, I have to write a poem about me just arriving at Shag Point.
Activity 1:
File:Perbargus Point West Portholland - - 514754.jpgI’m off the boat and I set my feet into the sand. I hear the people surrounding me asking questions in another language. I smell the yummy fish they are cooking and the ones in the Sea. I look behind, Should I stay? The Villagers greet me with a Hongi and into their Village, showing me new things and facts about their culture. “Yay I shout, I finally found the home.

Image attribution: David Mitchell [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa.  There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.             
Let’s Begin.
           Activity 2:
  1. Star Weave Jam: Because you can weave stars out of many materials like recycled materials.
  2. Ngā Kai o Matariki: Celebrating Māori Cuisine: because I love cooking and we also get to taste some samples of yummy food
  3. Timo Timo: Because I love hearing people sing and stories too!

Bonus Activity: As part of the Matariki festival, there is a two day Kapa Haka competition. The haka is a traditional war dance that Maori performed before going into battle. The haka is now performed by children/adults in the community and by professional sporting teams, including our national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks.’  The All Blacks have performed various haka over the years. Watch the following three haka videos (1 – 3) and, on your blog, list the haka videos in order from best (#1) to worst (#3). There are no right or wrong answers ☺

File:All Blacks Haka.jpg
Image attribution: By Sonya & Jason Hills from London, UK [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

At the end of your day at Te Papa, you head to your hotel in the centre of Wellington. You are staying on Cuba Street, one of the coolest streets in the city.
Here is my opinion.
#1. Rugby World Cup 2011- All Blacks vs France.
#2. All Blacks vs South Africa 2016.
#3.World Cup 2015 – All Blacks vs Argentina

I really enjoyed and learnt a lot on the Winter Learning Journey. I can not wait until the next Summer Learning Journey or Winter Learning Journey! See you guys until the first day of Term 3!

Day #5: One Step at a Time…

Day #5: One Step at a Time…  
On the Site, it said that we had to pretend that I was lost in the middle of a forest and that I lost my group and Curious Kiwi.
File:Usnea (Old Man's Beard lichen) hanging off beech trees on Lewis Pass.jpgActivity 1:

I have no idea what to do maybe I should call out for them. “Umm, hello, Curious Kiwi” I shouted out loud. “Thump” I heard something around the corner. I was scared to look behind the bush but it was just wind pushing the rubbish. “Whew” I was relieved.

Since they are not replying, I guess I have to walk, all by myself! I was only walking for 10 minutes until I saw some Campers wait is that my group and Curious Kiwi!

Image Attribution: Pseudopanax@Wikimedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Activity 2:
For this Activity, I had to choose a Famous New Zealander and write 5
facts about your person you chose.

Name: Lorde(Stage name),Real Name: Ella.
Born: Takapuna but raised in Devonport, Auckland.
How she is famous: How she is famous is from her song she came out with called Royals in 2013.
Lorde (Ella) began performing in theatre productions at the age of 5 years.
Lorde was 17 years old when she released her song Royals. 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Day #4: Swimming with Sharks- W.L.J.- Activity.

Day #4: Swimming with Sharks.
Hi everyone, today I am going to be blogging about the Farewell Spit Whale stranding. On the Site, it said we had to explain what the locals did to try and save the Whales. So let us begin.

File:Whales on beach, Farewell Split, South Island, New Zealand.JPG

They had to keep on pouring the buckets full of water so they can still be hydrated. The locals had to keep away from their tails and keep their blow hole clear and cover them as well. They had to help over 300 beached whales. The Farewell Spit is now a graveyard of the 300 pilot whales.

Activity 2:
Day #4: Swimming with Sharks.
Hi everyone, today I am going to be blogging about a movie trailer called Whale Rider. On the Site, it said that we had to summarise the trailer and vote it on a scale of one to five. Here is my description of the trailer.
Whale Rider is about this girl named Paikea who had a twin brother. Her twin brother didn’t make it at birth. Paikea is a descendant of her ancestor Paikea. But every generation the first born son was going to lead them out of the darkness and so Paikea wanted to prove that not only the chosen people are the ones to lead their tribe but all of them could as well. I give the Trailers a 5 out of 5 because it had a true meaning behind the whole movie/trailer.

Day #4: Swimming with Sharks Bonus Activity.
Hey, guys, it’s Pisi and today I am going to be doing the Bonus Activity for Day#4. On the Site, it said that we are going to be learning about Hector’s Dolphin. I am going to be blogging about if we should stop people fishing in the Farewell Spit.

I say we should stop the fisherman because they are very rare and native. Did you know that Hector’s Dolphins only grow up to 1.5 meters, so they are the smallest Dolphins in the world? Another reason why we should stop them is that there are approximately 80 individuals left and 55 adult Hector’s Dolphins left on earth.

That is why we should Stop the Fisherman.                      

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Day #3: Wild Eyes-W.L.J.

Day #3: Wild Eyes

Hi, it’s Pisi and today I am going to be blogging about an animal. On the Site, it said that we had to go to this page and choose a bird and do some research about it.

Image Attribution: By KeresH (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Name: Tuatara.
Type of animal: Reptile.
Weight:0.5- 1 kg.
Length: Adults are 50 cm (20 inches) long.
Skin Colour: Greenish brown so they can camouflage in the wild.

Day #3: Wild Eyes

Hi, it’s Pisi and today I am going to be blogging about if we should let predators be free or if we should trap them up and kill them. Here is m my opinions. I think that we should trap them up and kill them because…….
Activity 2

  1. People used to think that Possums only ate plants but there is research that Possums can eat eggs and chicks and I don’t want little baby chicks getting harmed.
  2. Possums also eat nectar and berries and that is what the native birds eat . So there are fewer berries for the Native Birds.
  3. If we kill the possums we can take their fur and make some clothing.

Day #2: New Zealand by Land and Sea-W.L.J.-Bonus Activity.

Day #2: New Zealand by Land and Sea
Hi, it’s Pisi and today I am going to be doing the Bonus Activity for Day #2. For this activity, I had to interview a member of my family and ask them to think about their 5 favorite outdoor activities to do. I interviewed my Older Sister, here is her response.

#1. Relaxing on a tree.
#2.Playing Sports like Netball.

I hoped you enjoyed my post.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Day #2: New Zealand by Land and Sea-WLJ

Day #2: New Zealand by Land and Sea
Hi, it’s Pisi and today I am going to be showing you guys my favorite place I’ve been to so far.

Activity 1:
Rangitoto Island was wonderful. It was an amazing place to go but it was a long walk up the Island. When I was hiking, I couldn’t see a thing except for trees. When I was on top of the Island I saw a Majestic View and I even saw the Sky Tower.

For this Activity, I had to ask questions to this German Sailor named Laura Dekker. Here are my 5 questions for her.
Activity 2:
  1. At my school we were learning about Sailing, What did do you use to find your destination such as a compass, sun, stars and ocean swells?

  1. What types of food do you eat while you are Sailing?

  1. How do you feel about that 800 Million Tonnes of rubbish go into the ocean?

  1. How many countries or continents have you visited?

  1. How long did it take to travel around the whole world?

Monday, 10 July 2017

Bonus Activity-WLJ

On the Site, I had to create a new flag with all the facts I  knew.

The Colours represent the national colors of Maori.The anchor represents our boats in New Zealand.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

WLJ Pure New Zealand Activity 2.

Hi, guys, it's me again (Pisi) and today I am going to be blogging about Pure New Zealand Activity 2.

Pure New Zealand. On the Site, it said that I had to watch a video and blog about it. On my blog, I had to write about one of my 5 favorite activities. Here is one of my top 5 favorite things to do in Auckland.

  1. I love going to the Rainbow’s End theme park because there are many things to do there, my favorite game there is the Log Flume.

  1. The Auckland Zoo is the best place to go if you are an animal lover like me or even eager to learn about new animals you’ve never heard about.

  1. My favourite beach to go to is Mission Bay. I love swimming in the wavy ocean especially when it is summertime.

  1. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is located in the Auckland Domain Park. I love going to this Museum because not only can we go with our family we even have school trips to this place and we get to learn more about our national culture(Maori).

  1. My last favorite place I love going is to the Sky tower to see the rest of the City up high.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Pure New Zealand, Activity 1.

Pure New Zealand. Here are some facts about New Zealand.

  1. Our country is made of Maori, Europeans, Pasifika and many more cultures.
  2. Rugby is the most famous sport in New Zealand,  the All Blacks trained so hard that they were able to win the World's Cup.
  3. A traditional greeting in Maori is called a Hongi. Maori people do a Hongi at a special occasion. A Hongi is when two people press their noses together and breathe in when they breathe in they are breathing in life.

Winter learning Journey, Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Activity 2

I find coloring in relaxing because it clears my mind when I am stressed. Here is a photo of me coloring in one of my favorite colorings books.

Winter learning Journey, Keep New Zealand Beautiful Activity 1

Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

There are many ways to keep your neighborhood neat and tidy. Here is how I would keep my neighborhood clean.

1. I would gather around as many people as I could and at least each person would've collected 10 pieces of rubbish.
2. Spread the word, You could make a poster so it would convince people to think about the environment and not only electronics.
3.If you haven't already got a garden then you should plant some flowers, it is a very good way to enhance your house and neighborhood.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Magic Squares

This week we have been adding numbers altogether. We did Magic Squares! It was really easy because I love Addition.

3D Shapes

This week we have been learning about 3d shapes.

Friday, 30 June 2017


This is my animation. I hope you enjoy!

Here is my script.

Back in the day before europeans came, Maori had lots of technology and methods to make useful thing in their life. One of the products was a Waka. A Waka would’ve taken months and weeks to build. They might have carved a Totara tree into a narrow boat and used strips of harakeke to lash the woods together.To move the Waka, they would’ve needed strong men to move the boat .

Time flies by very quickly so when the europeans and pakeha came to new Zealand, factories were built because of the materials they had. So when more factories were built that meant more materials were made like metal and steel.

Before we had speedboats, the europeans made steamboats.One of the famous steamboats is the titanic. The titanic needed 500 men to move the titanic in the boiler room. Fast forward to the present, Nowadays we have speed boats because it is faster to get from one place to another. We use motors to push our speed boats forward.

Technology changes over time because every year new inventions and products are being made. People make technology to fix problems.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Now That's Thinking!

This is our Slide that we have been working on for 8 weeks, I hope you enjoy the facts and info that we have written.

Pisirina Yr 5&6 extension Mini Production

The Production was amazing, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I had rotten butterflies in my stomach but as soon as I started like a star.I really enjoyed the soloist, especially Bethan's solo because she overcame her fear.I had 2 roles in the production, I was a Narrator and a Kid/Grandma in the 60s scene. My favourite scene was the 60s because I loved the costumes for the girls/dancers. Something I would work on is speaking more clear when I was ending the show. I was really surprised by the main actors who managed to learn their lines within probably 4 weeks. But after we did our mini production I wouldn’t change a thing because we performed it perfectly.