Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A night to be Treasured


Yum, yum, yum, in my tum, tum, tum
Masala Restaurant here we come.

This was a night to remember,
In the month of December,

The year 8 dressed so beautifully,
To dine at Masala Restaurant was such a great opportunity.

Across from Mission Bay,
We saw the beautiful view on the sunny day.

Finally we sat down, time to eat!
Woohoo! I jumped up and stomped my feet.

Yummy, I ate spicy Garlic Chicken mild,
and talked with everyone who laughed and smiled.

All our memories of friendship of friendship will always
What a night to never forget,
As we left, the sun began to set.





















Friday, November 30, 2012

Piha Mills Camp

The three days at camp was a great experience for me to forget about school work and just have fun. It was an opportunity for everyone to work together and experience life outdoors.

Walking through the bushes to the waterfall was the most enjoyable time at camp. I felt so calm walking on my own looking at the trees and bushes surrounding me. The only thing I could hear was the birds tweeting and the river babbling.

I finally reached the waterfall. I was so excited that I almost slipped down the slimy rocks. Robbie, Lavinia, Angelica and I slowly walked in the waterfall. It was as cold as ice. I shivered and grew goose bumps. People started splashing around. It was super fun!!




Friday, November 16, 2012

Nutrient - Water


Water

Water is good for you
It’s good for me too

We drink it everyday
to wash the waste away

We keep our blood cells clean
Even though it can’t be seen

You can drink water from tanks, bottles and taps
after doing many laps

Fruit and veggies contain water too
and is good for me and you

The End


Monday, October 29, 2012

French numbers

Je suis dix bonbons. - I have 10 lollies

Je suis un bagguette. - I have one French stick.

Je suis cinq crayon. - I have 5 pens/pencils.

Je suis sept croisante. - I have 7 croisante.

Je suis trois bonbons. - I have 3 lollies.

Monday, October 15, 2012

French Week 1

Today my learning intention was to recap on what we have learnt from Term 3 on how to greet someone. We used Babbel.com to practise. It helped recap on some greeting words. I had to spell the French words, match the pictures, match the words etc. I learnt two words which helped. Such as Bonsoir - Good evening and Bienvenue - Welcome.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Musical Evening 2012


Performer - Room 2
I was so scared. It was my first time to sing in front of a huge audience. I stood there on stage as everyone made the sign of the cross. I tried my best to calm myself down, but I couldn’t. Everyone’s big sparkling eyes were staring right into mine.

It was my turn to shine. I sang our opening prayer which gave everyone a big smile. As I sang the verse, Room 2 began to play the xylophones. I tried to sing with all my might.  I think I did my best.   When I sang the verse for the second time, I was actually enjoying  myself and pretending I was by myself in a big meadow and beautiful daisies all around..

I was so relieved that the song was almost over.  I had a BIG smile on my little face.   Everyone started clapping and cheering. 

We finally ended with a bow and walked off stage, wishing to have another chance to perform!! 
By Dorothy

Thursday, August 23, 2012

St Pius X poem

Giuseppe
Generous, Caring, Kind, Peaceful
Brother of 6 sisters and 3 brothers
Who likes to lead the church
Who feels happy with his family and friends
Who needs his family and friends
Who gives encouragement to his family
Who fears Wolves
Who would like to see Pope Pius X
Resident of Austria empire
Sarto

Friday, August 17, 2012

David Copperfield

Here is my groups summary we have written together. It talks about Chapter 2 of David Copperfield written by Charles Dickens.

Chapter 2 is about Davy observing his childhood. He remembers the times his nurse/housekeeper, Peggotty use to take him to church. She also used to look after him when his Mum was out. One night his mother came home with a gentleman. The same one that escorted them home after church. His name was Mr. Murdstone. Davy did not like him.
2 months later Peggotty asked if Davy would like to spend a fortnight at her brothers, away from home. Davy was excited to leave but at the same time he was sad to leave his home and his mum.

MATHEMATICS

I've learnt how to solve a ratio problem. I am capable of writing my own ratio problems.

Angelica is packing party bags for a party. Each bag has 2 apples and 6 oranges.


1) She needs to fill 12 bags. How many apples and oranges will she need?

2) If she has 36 apples. How many oranges does she need?

3) She has 24 fruits to pack. How many apples and oranges would she need?


DO YOU THINK YOU CAN SOLVE MY PROBLEMS?



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

French Week 1

This Week in French I learnt how to greet someone in French. Here is a conversation in English where two people are greeting each other and I translated it into French. 

Greetings:

Translate the conversation between Roller and Mimi.
                                            
                                   Roller                      Mimi

English
Roller: Hello Mimi
Mimi: Hello Roller
Roller: How are you?
Mimi: I’m ok, how are you?
Roller: I’m good.

French
Roller: Bonjour Mimi
Mimi: Bonjour Roller
Roller: Ca va ?
Mimi: Comme ci comme ca, Ca va ?
Roller: Ca va bein


French
Dorothy: Salut Ofa
Ofa: Salut Dorothy
Dorothy: Ca va ?
Ofa: Ca va mal, Ca va ?
Dorothy: Comme ci comme ca


Friday, June 22, 2012

Room 7 Times News Report


In Room 7, we work in groups to create either a radio, t.v, or newspaper report on our learning. My group chose to do a newspaper report. 
Every week we get together to reflect and share our learning. 
It keeps us busy and focus during the week. It is always great to share our learning with the class. We have to know what we are learning, and how we know that we have learnt something.

My first basketball experience !

“Yay finally!, it’s time to play basketball”. I couldn’t wait to play. It was Room 7’s first experience of basketball on a lovely Tuesday morning. Rush, rush, rush everyone rushed in a messy line to the courts.

“Good morning” said a tall man. He was Coach Bruce. He introduced himself and said he was from New York. Woow, I could recognize it from his voice.

The first skill I learnt was how to dribble the ball. It was challenging for me. I kept losing the ball. But at the end I got better and better.

Everyone split into four groups then played a little game. It was a fun game. The four groups had a coloured cone. My group had a red cone. All the coloured cones were spread out. Everyone had to run and dribble the ball to turn their cone around without stopping, back and forth. I had heaps of fun but it was still really hard. “Phew!” I was sweating and puffing.

“Stop, times up!” yelled Coach Bruce. Ohhhh, I had a lot of fun and didn’t want it to end. It was a awesome, new experience. Everyone left the courts and saw Room 6 on their way. Yay I couldn’t wait to come back next Tuesday for another fun experience. What an experiment!

Alone at home !



It was a cold, late night as my mum left home to buy dinner. I stayed home with little brother, George. Mum said not to answer the phone or the door, so I didn't.

I walked to the lounge and watched t.v. It was a horror movie with people running everywhere, I was too scared to even watch it. I then wondered where little George will be, so I crept upstairs with fear. A loud bang had frightened me as I tiptoed quietly.. “George, George, I yelled! Where are you?”.  Suddenly I heard a weird noise. It scared me to death. George yelled for help so I tried walking quickly trying not to make a sound.

“George what was the matter?” said his big sister. “There’s a spider in my room!” yelled George. I was relieved that he was okay. I looked at the spider and thought it was real. But it was just a toy spider. “C’mon George let’s go down stairs” I said.

Squeak, squeak went the stairs. We both walked down together as we heard a loud knock on the door. I was hoping it was Mum. Knock, knock. “Who is it?” I called out. It’s Mum. Yay, mum eventually came home after a terrible experience. I then gave her a big hug and whispered not to leave again.

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Mum

My Mum is amazing, that’s why I love her. She is my best friend and someone I can trust.

Every morning at 6:30 she’ll get up, prepare lunch, and get my siblings reading for school. She is a helpful Mother.

When I’m sad she would be by my side asking for help. She’d always be there for me in times when I need her. My Mum cares about my learning by helping and pushing me to achieve my goals. She is a caring Mother.

She always makes me laugh and keeps a BIG smile on my face.
My Mum is a loving person because she cares for her family and always provides a home for us. My Mum is like an angel, by protecting me from danger. I love her with all my heart and no one will take her away from me. She’s my one and only guard who watches over me.

I thank God for this amazing gift!!!

The Matchbox



WEEK 2 Chapter 2
TITLE OF THE BOOKThe Matchbox
PEOPLE IN THE GROUPAgnes, Dorothy, Lavinia and Ofa
ROLES:
DISCUSSION DIRECTOR
Agnes

Write four to six questions about what you have just read. These questions will be used for group discussion during the next reading session. Think about the question helpers in the box below.
Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Details? Inferred? What if? Opinion?


  • Why does Ginetta put her odds with people in authority?
  • Why does her parents hide the newspapers they bring from Switzerland ?
  • Who are the characters in the second chapter?
  • What is the second chapter about ?
  • Where is chapter two based?
SUMMARY DIRECTOR-
Ofa

Find four to six interesting, powerful or tricky words from today's reading. Write them below along with the page number. Use flags to mark those words. You will be asked to share those words during our next guided reading meeting.

Chapter 2 talks about Ginetta’s family and what she does with her life.
Her Mom is Jewish and her Dad is Catholic. This happened in 1937 to 1940. During this time Ginetta would help care for the sick and poor.

While she was working, Ginetta would dream of her summer holidays. Climbing the mountains and living in the stone house with the old shepherd and his wife.
WORD FINDER DIRECTOR
Dorothy

Find four to six interesting, powerful or tricky words from today's reading. Write them below along with the page number. Use flags to mark those words. You will be asked to share those words during our next guided reading meeting.
  • Physicians - a person who is skilled in the art of healing and is legally qualified to practise medicine.
  • Smuggler - to import or export goods secretly.
Selection Director
Lavinia
Pick the most interesting part to read to your group during our next guided reading meeting.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PART

Put the page number and the paragraph number
Book Title: The Matchbox
Pages to read: 7-9
Today’s Date: Thursday 26 April 2012
  • “Ginetta’s parents, her Jewish mama, Rosa, and her Catholic papa, Dario, both physicians”.
  • “One day her teacher was praising Italy’s dictator, Mussolini”.
  • “Ginetta and her friends would save the lives of many innocent people”.

The Matchbox


WEEK 3 Chapter 4

TITLE OF THE BOOKThe Matchbox
PEOPLE IN THE GROUPAgnes, Dorothy, Lavinia and Ofa
ROLES:
DISCUSSION DIRECTOR
Lavinia
Write four to six questions about what you have just read. These questions will be used for group discussion during the next reading session. Think about the question helpers in the box below.
Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Details? Inferred? What if? Opinion?


Who are the characters in the chapter? 7/5
What was Ginettas nickname? 7/5
What was inside the suitcase? 8/5
Why was Ginetta disguised as a cleaning lady? 8/5
Where was Ginetta when the suitcase broke? 9/5
Why was the name ‘Topolino’ given to Ginetta? 9/5





SUMMARY DIRECTOR-
Dorothy
Find four to six interesting, powerful or tricky words from today's reading. Write them below along with the page number. Use flags to mark those words. You will be asked to share those words during our next guided reading meeting.

Chapter 4 page 14&15, talks about Ginetta and her jobs. Her first underground job was in a city hall. During the next two and a half years, Ginetta was a researcher, a spy, a courier, a secretary for the Air Force, a cleaning lady, and a smuggler.
The truth was hard, in the war years. The newspapers were full of propaganda, but it didn’t report the truth.
One day Ginetta carried a cardboard suitcase which was filled with secret newspapers. As Ginetta stopped on a tram, her suitcase hinges fell apart and the newspapers flew out everywhere.
Ginetta hurried to pick it up and walked for miles to her flat.
Ginetta  wore many disguises. She dressed as a cleaning lady. Ginetta was sent to the Swiss border to pick up a knapsack. She had to do take it to her friend. When Ginetta returned, the central train station was bombed. As she walked, two officials were checking passengers bags for contraband. Ginetta tried to walk through. Ginetta reached for her knapsack and went to meet Nino who took her knapsack to the bank. “The knapsack was full of money to help families and prisoners.”
WORD FINDER DIRECTOR
Ofa
Find four to six interesting, powerful or tricky words from today's reading. Write them below along with the page number. Use flags to mark those words. You will be asked to share those words during our next guided reading meeting.
*Propaganda - rumors are spread to help or harm a person or group, page 14.

*Concierge - a doorkeeper, page 15.

*Rendezvous - a meeting or appointment, page 15.

Selection Director
Agnes
Pick the most interesting part to read to your group during our next guided reading meeting.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PART

Put the page number and the paragraph number

*During the next two and a half years , she was a researcher, a spy, a courier, a secretary for the Air Force, a cleaning lady and a smuggler. Page:14

^I chose this sentence because it tells us how longs it has been since her parents were taken and her past jobs.

*They clipped and gathered information for secret newspapers, then risked carrying them to distant towns, even though the penalty for being caught was death . page:14

^I chose this sentence because it shows that this job is important for Ginetta and that she would risk her life for this job

*When Ginetta finally stepped off the train , hoisting her heavy load , a german soldier reached for her suitcase “Signorina,” he said , “may I help you?” Ginettas legs turned to jelly.

^I chose this because it tells us Ginetta was nervous.








My first basketball experience!

“Yay finally!, it’s time to play basketball”. I couldn’t wait to play. It was Room 7’s first experience of basketball on a lovely Tuesday morning. Rush, rush, rush everyone rushed in a messy line to the courts.

“Good morning” said a tall man. He was Coach Bruce. He introduced himself and said he was from New York. Woow, I could recognize it from his voice.

The first thing I learnt was how to dribble the ball. It was challenging for me. I kept losing the ball. But at the end I got better and better.

We went into four groups then played a little game. It was a fun game. The four groups had a coloured cone. My group had a red cone. Every coloured cones were spread out. Everyone had to run and dribble the ball to turn their cone around, back and forth. I had heaps of fun but it still was really hard. “Phew! I was sweating already.”

“Stop, times up!” yelled Coach Bruce. Ohhhh, I had a lot of fun and didn’t want it to end. It was a awesome, new experience. Everyone left the courts and saw Room 6 on their way. Yay I couldn’t wait to come back next Tuesday for another fun experience. What an experiment!

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Matchbox

WEEK 1
TITLE OF THE BOOKThe Matchbox
PEOPLE IN THE GROUPAgnes, Dorothy, Lavinia and Ofa
ROLES: Discussion Director - Dorothy
Word Finder Director - Agnes
Selection Director - Ofa
Summary Director - Lavinia
DISCUSSION DIRECTOR
Dorothy

Write four to six questions about what you have just read. These questions will be used for group discussion during the next reading session. Think about the question helpers in the box below.
Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Details? Inferred? What if? Opinion?


Who are the characters in the first chapter?
What is the first chapter about?
What is the most important part of the chapter?
Where did the story take place?
How did the war begin, and why?
How long did the war last for?
When did the World war ll start?
SUMMARY DIRECTOR-
Lavinia

Find four to six interesting, powerful or tricky words from today's reading. Write them below along with the page number. Use flags to mark those words. You will be asked to share those words during our next guided reading meeting.

The first chapter in The Matchbox is about a girl named Ginetta. The story is based about her life. Ginetta’s adventures in The Matchbox happen between 1937 and 1945. During this time a man named Benito Mussolini ruled Italy.

In 1936, Italy, Germany and Japan banded together to support each other as they tried to take over the world. This was the start of World War II in 1939.
Although 6 countries from all over the world tried to stop them, the war lasted for 6 years.
WORD FINDER DIRECTOR
Agnes

Find four to six interesting, powerful or tricky words from today's reading. Write them below along with the page number. Use flags to mark those words. You will be asked to share those words during our next guided reading meeting.
Prologue : Contents page
A prologue is a introduction . The introduction provides some background information about the story.
Selection Director
Pick the most interesting part to read to your group during our next guided reading meeting.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PART

Put the page number and the paragraph number
Page 6 on Paragraph 1, 2 and 3

*World War 2 started in 1939
*Millions of innocent people, many of them Jewish, were killed and imprisoned
*The war raged for six years
*A man named Benito Mussolini ruled Italy, controlling the press, radio and schools
I chose these parts because they are sad and it’s telling some information about the 2nd World War.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Retreat!

My 2 days at St. Francis centre was a wonderful experience. I have learnt a lot of leadership skills. I also learnt to not be afraid and stand up for myself.

As I lit my first candle, I prayed for the year 8’s to receive God’s direction on our new journey.
So we can become great confident leaders, at our school.

The 1st day of retreat was amazing! My highlight was making our ark. We studied the story of Noah and the ark. The year 8’s got their buddies and each got a bag, of twigs, paper, cardboard, plastic paper and fake money. Lisi, Robertanna's aunty had the tape. We had to buy it off her. Lucky, I had $65 in my bag. We started making our arks. I was with Angelica and Ilaisaane. We had to put 3 stones in our ark, so we tried making it big to balance it.

Well guess what? When we finished everyone went to the fish pond and our one sank first! That was unexpected. I expected it to stay on the top. Well it didn’t. We saw who’s ark was still floating. Actually the small, light arks were floating. I think our one sank because it was pretty heavy. Do you know who won? Well I’ll tell you, It was Lavinia’s team, Zephaniah, Rolland and Siu’s team. “Congrats” said everyone, who lost!

I had the best of fun spending time with the year 8 students and enjoyed every bit of it