Monday, December 16, 2013

Year 8 Reflection

This year at Point England School is my final year at this wonderful school. The things that I really love about this school are the great teachers and people in the community. Also, my friends have been a huge influence on me. They have helped me carry on when times were hard.

             For 7 years I have been at this school. Through out the time I have developed skills and had been given huge opportunities. We have gone to the Museum on trips, we have gone to MOTAT and also, we went to the Zoo. I will always remember these moments at P.E.S.  This Year we had the chance to go to Waitangi and Te Tii Marae.

            Since I was year 6 we had been working on these devices called net-books. We learn digitally and the net-books are associated with The Manaiakalani Education Trust. We had been given a brand new net-book to learn and work on. It has been easier because we have been learning on Google Drive and we have posted our writing on our blog.

            Sports for me at this school has been a huge success. Playing rugby, cricket, basketball and more sports I have participated in was MEAN! We had great coaches that have taught us all the skills we know today.

             To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't like to leave this school. I don't want to leave the teachers and my friends. It will be hard on the last day but I will fight the emotion. This is going to be my last blog post for 2013. So to everyone that has taughtt me and been my friend, all I can say is Thank You ALL!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela's Death

On Thursday the 5th of December, a tragic event shocked the world. Nelson Mandela had died. Nelson Rolihlahal Mandela had died in hospital. In his earlier years, he was a amateur boxer. He started fighting at the age of 14. He had a tough childhood in South Africa but grew up to be the man.

          When he grew up, he helped fight for equal rights. As he done that, he got imprisoned because he was black. For 27 long years he was imprisoned. Once he got out, he was named the new President of South Africa. He was named because he was equal and fair.

          I wish he was still alive. He was a good man. I think they made the right decision making him president. From his tough life to a great future in Heaven. Nelson Mandela, born on July 18 and died December 5th.

How Has My Netbook Helped Me?

How has my netbook helped me? Well it has helped me in many ways. It has helped me by learning digitally. By now I have learnt more than my mum at working online. It has also helped me because if I want to search something on the internet, it will come up straight away.

In google drive, it has also helped me because you can learn with other people from around the cluster. The schools like Glen Innes, Tamaki and Panmure Bridge have interacted with us. They have help us develop our skills in the digital world.

At home, the net-books have tout me how to play the guitar. I looked it up on YouTube and now I am pretty good. I researched about Te Tiriti O Waitangi. Did you know that 13 women signed the treaty? I found that out by researching. Click on this link to go to the movie that we created at Waitangi.

Even though the netbooks are cool, they also distract us. They tempt me to play games and I do play games but I try my hardest to not play them. I just can’t help it. Most of the time I have completed my tasks but again I am distracted. I will never go back to pen and paper.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Yr 8 Camp

"YES!" I cheered to myself. It was Tuesday morning and we were off to my hometown, Rotorua. I was so excited to go and I couldn't wait. We quickly loaded the bus and we were on our way.

               "When the night, has come!" The boys were loaded on the bus. We started singing Stand By Me, but as time rolled on, we got over singing. We had been driving for about 2 hours we stopped at a lakeside. Everyone was keen to have a swim but the teachers said no. So we just skimmed the rocks instead. After a half an hour we got back on the bus. We drove another 1 hour, by this time is was getting a headache. We stopped and walked over a dam.

               "Yes, boys we are in Rotorua." I said to the bus. After 5 hours or bus riding, we finally hit Rotorua. We drove straight to the camp grounds. Unloaded the buses and went to Mt Ngonotaha. We went on an hour walk through the bushes. It was quite an experience for some, but not for me because I had already been there. I was still alright. After the walk we went to the camp grounds for free time. It was so cool on the first day, but that was it. It was just dinner then bed.

               On day two, I had a great start to the morning with a nice breakfast. We then went to the crescent creek to have a swim. The thing that surprised me about this creek was that the water was fresh and warm like a bath. It was so nice to everyone. We then went to the Argodome to watch the sheep shaving and all the wooly sheep. It was so amazing but at the same time it was uncomfortable because there were stones in my undies from the creek but the show was still cool. We went home after that then we practiced our item. Then had dinner and the watched Pitch Perfect. It was cool. 

              Day three was another good start to the day. We went for a walk around the blue lake. Despite the rain and the muddy footpath it was still a good walk. After the walk we went and had a swim in the blu lake. Jumping off the pontoon into the icy cold water. We then went back to the camp site to get have a rest. We then went to my favorite place in Rotorua, the Aquatics Centre. Bombing is allowed thats why I love it. After that we just went home, had dinner and went to sleep. 

               The final day, day four was exciting for me. It was time to hit the luge. The luge was exhilarating. The speed of it was amazing. After the ride we came back up on the chairlift. Me and Roman were shaking it up and down. When we got back up, I went to the jelly belly factory. My favorite jelly bean was the melon one. After that we went home.

             The highlight of the trip for me was definitely the luge ride. I hope that when I go down in the Christmas Holidays I can go back.