Friday, 22 September 2017

Hockey session

Hockey Session

Clank,clank! Hockey balls went flying everywhere. Today we were doing a hockey session.We learnt 3 types of dribbling, how to balance a hockey ball and juggling a hockey ball. Bounce, bounce, bounce went all the hockey balls as we tried to learn how to juggle them. 

Making bags

Making bags with Matua X

We learnt about the life of a plastic bag. First it is used in shops. After it is used it then escapes and sometimes gets stuck in trees or bushes. Eventually, it falls into rivers, streams or drains which leads it into the ocean. The plastic bag travels across oceans until it reaches it destination. The great pacific ocean garbage patch. Where turtles and other sea life are mistaking it for jelly fish, eating it and thinking they are full when they're really not. So they die of starvation. We put together a story to show the life of a plastic bag.

We made bags out of old t-shirts. The only skills you need to have is how to use scissors properly and how to tie your shoelaces.  First you cut off the sleeves but leave the steams/stitching on. Cut little strips along the bottom and tie them together.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Term 2 proud moments 2017

Term 2 Proud moments 2017

This term I am proud of...

-Making the Ngahinapouri 7's netball team.
-Getting Merit on my science fair.
-All my writing this term.
-My Matariki art.
-Being house captain.
-Getting my role in Annie NZ musical.
-Sports camp.

This term I am proud of making the Ngahinapouri 7's winter champs netball team because I didn't think that I would make it because I normally play Goal Keep not Goal Shoot.

This term I am proud of getting a merit on my science fair because I was finding it challenging and at times just wanted to give up and quit.

This term I am proud of all my writing this term because I have done lot's and they are all good pieces. I really enjoy writing reports and have written about 2/3 extra pieces. 

-I am proud of my Matariki art because they look really cool.

-I am proud of being house captain because I never thought that my speech was going to get me this role.

-I am proud of getting my role in Annie as the foster care person. I am really happy with the role that I got.

-I am proud of my results at sports camp because I didn't think we were going to win the sportsmanship cup.

-I am proud of my performance at gymsports. I didn't think that we would be first.

Science fair

Science Fair 2017

8 weeks might seem like a long time for science fair but it's not. I found that coming up with the question was the hardest part. Eventually I did come up with a question "How long does ice take to melt with different things added to it?".

I learnt that adding sugar to ice makes it melt the fastest and adding sawdust makes it melt the slowest. 

Friday, 9 June 2017



Zebras or Equus quagga equus burchelli are a part of the horse family. There are 3 species of zebra Plains zebra, Mountain zebra and Grevy’s zebra. Did you know a zebra’s predators include Lion, Tiger, Hyena, Hunting Dog, Leopard and Human.Zebras are mammals so they have live babies. Normally they have 1 baby per litter. It’s quite rare to have twins. The most known is 3 at a time.

They range in height from 1-1.5 m. Plains zebras have a different stripe pattern to other zebras. They have broad stripes that go horizontally towards the back and vertically towards the front. They have a stripe that runs down the center of their backs onto the tail. Zebras have an “under belly” stripe. Zebras have unique stripes.

They are quite social animals. Zebras go/run in groups called harems. Mountain and Plains zebras both have 1 stallion and 6 mares in their harems. They have up to 30 zebra’s per harem. Often, they whinny or bark when they have sighted a predator(Lions, Tigers etc). Also, they sleep standing up in case they need to get away quickly. Zebras have very good hearing and eyesight, which helps them stay clear of predators.

Zebras are herbivores so they only eat plants, grass etc. They eat a variety of grasses. Their diet includes Shrubs, Herbs,Twigs,Leaves and Bark. In the zoo their diet consists of hay and dry grass. 90% of a zebra’s diet is grass.Zebra’s have a hindgut fermentation which helps digest(and get rid of) bacteria.

Habitat and Location
They live in the African Landscape. Plains zebras live in grasslands or Savanna’s. Grevy’s zebra live in arid grasslands of Ethiopia and North Kenya. Mountain zebras live in South Africa, Namibia and Angola. The plains zebra is extinct in Burundi and Lesotho. The zebra spends its busy life on the move seeking the best grazing in the mostly dusty world of the African savanna.

On average, plains zebras are smaller than the other two species of zebra. Grevys zebra are nearly extinct with only 2,500 left in the world. Zebras are native to 15 African countries. Did you know that if zebras run in herds it makes it harder for a predator to kill just one. Did you know you can not own a zebra in California. In the Golden State you can't own zebras, rhinoceroses, tapirs, or any other odd-toed ungulates (aside from ordinary horses) unless you've worked with exotic species for two years (including one year with animals in the same family as the one you plan to

by Ella

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Plastic Fantastic?

Plastic Fantastic?

    Have you ever wondered how are plastic bottles recycled?

Did you know every year 56 billion plastic bottles are generated in factories which are using RIDICULOUS amounts of fossil fuels, electricity and crude oil. About 20% of this is recycled and the rest are in the ocean or somehow ending up in landfills or other places they shouldn’t.

Once plastic bottles are recycled they are transported to factories in 700-1000 pound trucks. The bottles are put into bales. The bales get prepared so the bottles can be used by fork lifts. The bottles are put under an ultraviolet light which detects the contaminated ones. These bottles are taken from the process.

   Once contaminated the are put into a rotary drum which grinds them. Knives slice the bottles into  ¼-⅜ inches that a special device will monitor.

Newly shredded chips are delivered to a machine which separates the paper from the chips. The airflow separates the plastic chips and the light paper label chips.

They then go into a water bath. Soap is added to the water which is 170 degrees! After their water bath they go to a de-watering and rinse station. This station washes off the soap. They then are dried by a heated dryer.

Then they are made into carpet, clothes and more plastic bottles.  Did you know that  2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour. During this process they use RIDICULOUS amounts of electricity and HUGE amounts of fossil fuel which pollutes our air.  Plastic bottles take hundreds of years to disintegrate. So is plastic really fantastic?
By Ella   

Friday, 5 May 2017

science fair 2017

Science fair

My science fair question is How fast does ice melt with different things added to it? I want to find this out how to make ice last longer. I have a Waikato science fair booklet. I have started recording in my science log book. I have been learning about the hypothesis and have been making estimations. I did some background research and then made another guess. I have listed some ideas I am going to try including...
-saw dust

 Here are my guesses from before my research

Saw dust 

Here are my guesses from after my research
Not at all

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Why do dolphins jump so high?

Why do dolphins jump so high?
Flying through the air. Wow! I wonder ‘Why do dolphins jump so high?’. It provides entertainment for them and keeps their senses sharp.

To be able to jump they need to swim deep fast  then swim up really fast. The higher they want to go  the deeper down they have to go and the faster they need to swim. Dolphins use the muscles in their tails to be able to power to jump.

Dolphins jump out of the water to get a better view of the water. They also jump to conserve their energy because jumping is easier than swimming. They also do this to hunt for food. Dolphins jump to play and have fun. They also do this to have communication with others.

Some dolphins have jumped 25 feet! Juvenile spotted dolphins have been sighted jumping 15 feet. An average dolphin jumps about 5 meters. Dolphins use the muscles in their tails to be able to power to jump.

The dolphin high jump record is 20 meters! The most important reason dolphins jump is to look out for danger and avoid it.        

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

My enjoyed moments

2016 enjoyable moments - Google Slides

These are some moments that I am proud of.

Integrity games

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 Integrity games
This term Kawaka and Kahikatea teams split in groups and made up games to teach Rata and Tawa teams. I worked with Julia, Olivia and Asarina. We had to come up with games that included integrity. Our game was called 'AROUND THE WORLD' and our other game was'VOLLEYBALL WITH A TWIST' .

The younger kids came around in groups of 5 or 6 . They took turns.throwing, catching, batting. They had a bit of trouble hitting the ball over the net in the volleyball. The best group was group F by far. What I liked about them was their on going sportsmanship and their never give up attitude. They also listened to our instructions and showed good INTEGRITY. I think that this was a really good opportunity for the kids to show integrity.