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Friday, 25 September 2020

Last Day Of Term 3

 Wow, and just like that Term 3 is over. This term was so interesting and I've got some mixed feelings about it. We're only a couple of weeks away from Prize-Giving, Graduation, High-School. 

We had a lock-down this term and that didn't help our learning at all. But of course we recovered from it very well. However many of our main events we cancelled, Hopefully we won't have one next term!

This week, I was really stressed because, even though it was the last week of term we still got the normal amount of work. On Thursday especially I was all over the place just trying to get things done. I know this is just the beginning of it and next term will probably be worse. But a future reminder to myself and a message to all TAKE A BREAK FROM TIME TO TIME.

And that's it for now, have a happy holidays everyone and keep safe!

As I saw it!


 What is this item? ~MakoI~

Makoi are used to scrape the leaf waste and moisture of the harakeke to leave the muka. Muka is used to make kakahu and taniko.


Who has this item? Was it traded/ used for something? ~Kaiwhata~

Kaiwhatu had been using this item that she found on the beach. She used it to get the Muka from harakeke. 


Write a paragraph in the perspective of the item.

- Makoi POV -

Wow no isn’t this just fine and dandy. I’ve just gotten thrown around like a piece of trash. I’m not even being used anymore. This lady seems upset, something must be wrong. ARGH! These useless humans, can’t they just get along!?


Today in class we continued the as I see it task. This was the last part of it, we even got to see the items that we were looking at. But even so this task was really interesting as we got to see how people interpreted this event and there were so many different ways and stories about it.


Thursday, 24 September 2020

South-America Research ~Extension Term 3~


Here is my extension research for this term. We had to choose a continent and then we had to research countries in that continent. I enjoyed this and even though we had a lockdown, I'm quite happy with the standard I finished this too!

New Zealand Sign Language

 New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is strictly homegrown. The natural language of NZ’s deaf community, it expresses New Zealand culture by using Maori terminology. This includes terms like Whare, Marae and Whanau.

NZSL has been an official Language of New Zealand since 6th of April 2006. It's the 12 most frequently used languages in New Zealand. 24,000 people use sign language daily.

New Zealand Sign Language is a stand-out language used to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It’s a series of Hand gestures, movements and facial expressions used to convey meaning. Of course it’s not to be mistaken as body language.


Hades and Persephone

This term in inquiry we covered myths and legends. We looked at different countries and how different cultures have different myths that are similar but have there own twists. We learnt that myths are completely made up to explain something illogical and a legend is just a deeply exaggerated story.

Persephone is the goddess of vegetation, and grain. One day Persephone was picking Flowers. 


Hades appeared and stole her to the underworld. There he fed her 6 pomegranate seeds. But the seeds were special as they were grown in the underworld, thus binding Persephone to the underworld.


Meanwhile, Demeter went looking for her, and it came to her attention that Hades probably had something to do with it.


She took off, and arrived in the underworld. She confronted Hades telling him that Persephone did not belong in the Underworld and demanded Persephone returned to Earth with her. But Hades had already thought about that and told Demeter it was too late as Persephone had been bound to the Underworld.


As stated before Persephone is the goddess of vegetation, and without her presence of Earth. Plant-life started to decrease and everything started to die. Hades and Demeter came to an agreement that Persephone would spend 6 months in the underworld for the 6 pomegranate seeds she ate and she’d the remainder 6 months on Earth. 


Thenceforward for 6 months a year the vegetation would thrive and for the 6 months it would die, preparing for new growth. Over time this became known as the 4 seasons of the year. 


Over time Persephone grew to love Hades who treated her with compassion and loved her as his Queen. She stayed young and beautiful as things don’t age in the underworld. The god and goddess ended up getting married and lived happily ever after.

My Name in Sign Language


Today we had to complete a Te Whare Tapa Wha. Each well being had it's own create task. I chose to learn how to sign my name in New Zealand Sign Language. In literacy this week we learnt the complete alphabet in Sign Language!

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Ko wai ō hoa? ~Te Reo Maori~


Today like usual we had our Te Reo Maori it was the last Te Reo Class for this term. We learnt how to list our Friends Teachers and Parents names. We also had our usual create tasks and I really enjoyed it!