Pages

Thursday, 17 May 2018

All about my Significant place


Today in Social Studies, we were to write about our significant place with 3 reasons why. Like I said before on my other significant blog post, my significant place is my village in Samoa; Lauli'i. 

The place that is significant to me is .... My village in Samoa - Lauli’i because … it is the place where my genealogy birthed. It is the place where my ancestors were born and were raised up, coming down to my parents as well as myself and my older siblings. This significant place of mine is the place where my identity started and thrived since I was born until I moved to NZ in 2005. It provided myself food, especially cultivation food from our family plantation. Lauli’i provided fresh water…. Provided shelter where I lay as a child and warmth from the sun. Most of all my village gave me love that I now give to others as well as the knowledge that they passed down to me that I now use. Although I haven’t been back but I still remember everything that this place has done for myself and my ancestors. This is why Lauli’i is my significant village because it was where my life started as a young child experiencing life.

Above is a paragraph I wrote myself about my significant place and why. Below are my 3 reasons about this significant place of mine.

Aesthetic:
Aesthetic means beautiful. I believe that Lauli'i is the most beautiful part of Samoa. The lush green branches and the blue, clean waterfall within the village. The houses that are built in the village are also beautiful surrounded by beautiful colours of the flowers that decorates the presence.  

Historical:
One historical moment that I never forget is having this place as my birth place. Aswell as my ancestors. It is the place where my ancestors were born and raised up to be who they are as well as myself until I reached 3 years of age when I had to leave. But this place is history. Many magical things has happened at this place. Wars, celebrations, birth and much more. 

Cultural:
Lauli'i is a cultural place. People in this village has shown cultural values aswell as our very own village values. Like loving each other, when they need help... a hand is lent by neighbours. Showing hospitality to visitors from overseas. These values are being shown by the people in the village and it defines cultural is cherished and sustained in the village. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Will Smith's Well Being


Describe what is happening in the video with links to Will Smith’s well-being:

Emotional/Mental well-being:
Uncle Phil awarded Will Smith with a season ticket to the clippers for his impressive behaviour lately. Will was very happy with the award he had received. But then he knew that he didn't deserve it because he was hiding something he had been hiding that was unacceptable to his family and for his health. Will immediately was emotional because he had to confess something that Uncle Phil wouldn't expect from him. 

Spiritual well-being:
Uncle Phil wanted to award Will with his achievements from school. He wanted to save the tickets for Will's graduation but he was too happy with Will's recent achievements so he awarded it early but it turned out that Will didn't deserve it. 

Social well-being:
Will Smith lived with is Uncle's family who cared about him, especially his health. Will was surrounded with people who loved him who treated him as their own son or brother. When Will told his family that he's been taking pills, his family reacted with disappointment and surprise because they cared for Will and his health. When they saw Will was sorry for what he did, they forgave him. 

Physical well-being:
Will told his family that some boys at his school gave him pills for him to take in order for him to be awake. Uncle Phil and his family weren't happy with Will's choices of keeping pills because it'll affect his health. It could also affect his actions on the basketball courts.  

Explain what positively or negatively affected Will Smith’s well-being:
Will was very fortunate to have a family who cared about his well-being. But Will made wrong decisions off keeping his health well. He accepted pills from students at his school because he thought that the pills would help him keep awake at his basketball training and games but he didn't know that the pills could do so much more. Affecting his health. He told Uncle Phil about what he had done after he was awarded for his achievements, and Uncle Phil got mad at Will because his actions was unacceptable. Taking in things that weren't good for his health and his sons health too. 




Monday, 7 May 2018

My Significant Place: Samoa: Lauli'i

Today in Social Studies, we learnt about the meaning of significant. I learnt that significant means importance and noteworthy. We had to write about a place that is significant to us. Below is a paragraph of mine about my significant place. My village in Samoa: Lauli'i.

The place that is significant to me is .... My village in Samoa - Lauli’i because … it is the place where my genealogy birthed. It is the place where my ancestors were born and were raised up, coming down to my parents as well as myself and my older siblings. This significant place of mine is the place where my identity started and thrived since I was born until I moved to NZ in 2005. It provided myself food, especially cultivation food from our family plantation. Lauli’i provided fresh water…. Provided shelter where I lay as a child and warmth from the sun. Most of all my village gave me love that I now give to others as well as the knowledge that they passed down to me that I now use. Although I haven’t been back but I still remember everything that this place has done for myself and my ancestors. This is why Lauli’i is my significant village because it was where my life started as a young child experiencing life.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Students protesting in America


Students sit in silence as they rally in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2018. Student walked out of school to protest gun violence in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged in response to last month's shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo by: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

There was an article that I read today on Newsela, it was about students in America out on the streets protesting during school hours. Thousands of students protested on gun violence in school ours, a threat to them. They wanted the lawmakers to change the law of gun allowance in schools because it threats them in their classrooms. Although the students were out on the streets protesting during their school hours, I think that they did the right thing for themselves. To open up to the public and the country about what they have in mind about the gun violence in their school grounds. That this law might be affecting their learning. I strongly agree with these students who protested as their social action because  it can be one of the solutions to their problems. The lawmakers should change the law of allowing guns in school grounds because they never know what is going on the minds of the students, that it may be the reason why they aren't doing good in school. Or the reason to why they don't want to attend school but who knows? With the students protesting, I think that they are calling out for help to hear them out.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Coconut Cookies


Today in food technology, our class baked coconut cookies. As always my cooking partner was Lydia. I found today's cooking session easy because we were able to follow the instructions that were written on the board without hesitating to ask the teacher.

I believe that we did good in everything that we did. We managed to finish cooking early. I don't think that we did anything wrong baking the recipe, we mixed the right amount of ingredients and heated the oven on the right temperature. Next time we cook chocolate muffins, I would most likely to do the same thing that we did today. But slightly improving more with our skills and knowledge towards our cooking. I enjoyed cooking coconut cookies.

Monday, 19 March 2018

2018 Polyfest




This year I joined our schools Samoan Group 2018. It’s actually my second year experiencing Polyfest and a lot of comparison has occurred between my first and second years. But it’s a good thing that joined this year’s group, I met new people, especially people from different cultures. It was one of my highlights to see other students from other cultures trying out the Samoan group. Although it was hard to catch on to the language and the actions, I think they did a good job achieving it. As for myself, I was glad to learn new values of my culture as a Samoan. This years experience went by so fast that I can’t even remember out first practice. But overall I enjoyed this years experience, it was my last time to perform with my older brother who is in his last year and it was good to be in the group together. Also I managed to be more confident on the stage as we were performing unlike my first year, I was very shy and frightened. But my highlight in the Samoan Group is meeting new people and bonding with them. Laughing together and facing challenges together while learning our 20 minute set. I hope that my remaining years at Tamaki College, I will have the opportunity to join the Samoan Group until year 13 and hopefully become one of the leaders in the group. But this years Polyfest, I was happy to hear the results that our schools Tongan Group came 2nd, with the Niuean Group 3rd as well as our Samoan group coming 2nd in two categories. I am happy to part of a successful group.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Cooking Chocolate Muffins

Today in food technology, our class cooked chocolate muffins. As always my cooking partner was Lydia. I found today's cooking session easy because we were able to follow the instructions that were written on the board without hesitating to ask the teacher.

I believe that we did good in everything that we did. We managed to finish cooking early. I don't think that we did anything wrong cooking the recipe, we mixed the right amount of ingredients and heated the oven on the right temperature. Next time we cook chocolate muffins, I would most likely to do the same thing that we did today. But slightly improving more with our skills and knowledge towards our cooking.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Food Technology recipes


Here are some photos myself and my partner Lydia's cooked recipes, multi-color muffins above and macaroni and ham on the right side. Both were delicious but did take time to cook. What I think we did good on is measuring the right ingredients and mixing it well. Also making sure the oven or stove heating is on the right temperature. Next time we cook these two recipes, I hope we could do better by getting things done faster.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Why was a treaty needed?

Today in Social Studies we were to create a diagram of Treaty of Waitangi with the question why was a Treaty needed. Using Lucid-chart, I created my diagram. As you can see I have added facts around the big yellow question to why the treaty was needed. On the top left side of the diagram are 3 columns that represent the tribes and their reasons why they wanted the treaty to be signed. In red, was what they had in common, the same things to why they want to sign the treaty. I have also added in 2 photos that I think is best related to the story. 

Let me explain one of the 3 key points to why the treaty was needed to be signed. One of each colour. 
   Protect the Maori from outside nations: One of the reasons why Maori wanted to sign the treaty so that they can have protection. In 1813, chiefs sent a petition to the British government for protection because they were worried about the outside nations with big armies trying to take over their lands and their tribes. 

More access to land, timber, flax fiber, food and water: One of the reasons to why Pakeha wanted to sign the treaty so that they have the rights to have access to the land for new homes to be built, timber to build strong ships and boats, flax fiber to make ropes for boats and ships, and more quantity of food and water. Basically wanting to start a brand new life.

Subdue wars between Pakeha and Maori: Something that both tribes had in mind of signing the treaty was to subdue the wars between their tribes. Wars about settling into someone else's property, having no respect for one another, stealing each others belongings and many other reasons - as well as trading. 



Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Food Technology: Cinnamon Cake with Peach

Yesterday after interval, my class had double period food technology. We were given instructions along with the recipe for what we were cooking. We were cooking cinnamon cake with peach topping! As usual, we had to work in pairs, my partner was Lydia. Personally I found the recipe easy to follow and complete. Once we completed mixing the ingredients, we placed our baking tin with our mixture under the oven for 20 or so minutes. It was heated 180 degrees Celsius. After leaving in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, it was time to take it out. It was perfectly ready for a photo. Above is a photo of our cooked cinnamon cake with peaches on top. What I think my partner and I did good was getting the required amount of flour, sugar, cinnamon and all the ingredients that we needed. But before that we heated the oven to 180 degrees Celsius before we did our mixing. I think Lydia did good mixing the ingredients because the outcome was better than I thought it would. Next time if we were to cook cinnamon cakes again, I want to make it just the way we did yesterday. It was tasty.

Current events: Woman stabbed in Winchester Public library

Topic / Subject of the Story ;
A woman been stabbed by a 25cm hunting knife in Winchester library reading room.
Where is this story based ?

Winchester public library, Washington. USA

(local, regional, national, international )
Why is this story in the news?


A woman was stabbed out of nowhere by a suspect Jeffrey Yao in the public library of Winchester, Washington USA. The woman’s name wasn’t notified. Not only the woman was attacked but also a 77 year old man got stabbed on the arm while he tried to subdue Jeffrey with the help of the other patrons. Jeffrey’s neighbours mentioned that Jeffrey was a dangerous man around their neighbourhood. They have made it clear to the police officers that Jeffrey is dangerous and sometime someone will be killed by this man and now it has happened. Now people of Winchester is finding it hard to attend the public library due to this incident. Thinking that the library was no longer safe especially when they thought it was a safe and peaceful place to spend time.

Eg is it a story of conflict ? Natural disaster ? Interesting or Unusual ? Shocking ? Tragedy ? Controversy ? Humour ? Overcoming ? Victory ? etc    (Give a reason why )
Who are the individuals or groups involved in the story ?
  • Stabbed woman (victim)
  • 77 year old man stabbed on the arm
  • Jeffrey Yao (the suspect)
  • Neighbours of Jeffrey Yao
  • Leslie Luongo (one of the neighbours)
  • Winchester library director Ann Wertanen
Write down 4 facts from the story

  • An unsuspecting woman was stabbed several times but a suspector who also had been violent to his neighbour hood
  • The woman who was stabbed died at the hospital a little while after the attack
  • Jeffrey Yao who was the suspect was described as a quiet, sweet boy while in his high school years. But last two years, his classmates said he was acted strange. He smelt as if he hadn’t had a shower in 6 months straight.
  • Jeffrey Yao used a 25cm hunting knife to attack the woman and 77 year old man.
Describe the issue/conflict in the story?
Around 10:30 am last week Saturday, there was a tragedy in Winchester public library in Washington, USA. An unsuspecting woman was stabbed by a 25cm hunting knife on the head, chest and torso several times. Along with a 77 year old man being stabbed on the arm while trying to subdue the suspecter along with other patrons. It was an unexpected tragedy. The woman who was stabbed died at the hospital a little after the incident - her name wasn’t notified. The suspectors name is Jeffrey Yao. But this is not the only bad news about the victim, Jeffrey’s neighbours has confessed many news about this man frightening their neighbourhood. One of the neighbours confessed that at around 3:00 am, Jeffrey was trying to bust down their front door to get it. He was very violent.  But the big question everyone is asking, why? What caused him to stab someone.
Give two points of views mentioned in the story ?

  • Leslie Luongo, one of suspect’s neighbours said that every morning she would run to her car and leave for work around 5am
  • Another neighbour who told the newspaper to not use his name said that one early morning, someone was trying to smash down their front door and they knew it was Jeffrey Yao.
  • The neighbors had shared their fears with the police officers saying that someone will be killed by Jeffrey and yet it has happened.
What is your opinion on the issue ?

What can people do to help this problem ?

I think that this news is very sad to hear of because people should always feel comfortable and safe to attend public library’s anytime and now something has happened on a public property causing people to have fears of going to such a place which was once peaceful and safe. Also I think that police officers should be more concerned about news that’s been reported to them from people so that things are under control and that these suspects won’t go on further in their free world being violent to other people.


People can help this by making sure that they look out for each other just in case someone is suffering violence and no one knows. Librarians should always keep an eye out on their public visitors to if carrying any weapons inside to harm anyone. Police officers should be aware of the news that are being reported to them.

Around 10:30 am last week Saturday, there was a tragedy in Winchester public library in Washington, USA. An unsuspecting woman was stabbed by a 25 cm hunting knife on the head, chest and torso several times. Along with a 77 year old man being stabbed on the arm while trying to subdue the suspect-er along with other patrons. It was an unexpected tragedy. The woman who was stabbed died at the hospital a little after the incident - her name wasn’t notified. The suspectors name is Jeffrey Yao. But this is not the only bad news about the victim, Jeffrey’s neighbors has confessed many news about this man frightening their neighborhood. One of the neighbors confessed that at around 3:00 am, Jeffrey was trying to bust down their front door to get it. He was very violent.  But the big question everyone is asking, why? What caused him to stab someone.

My perspective on this article of tragedy is about the police officers. It was also mentioned that the neighbors shared their fears about this dangerous man with the police officers. The neighbors warned the police officers that they need to get this man under control because soon someone will be killed and it has now happened. Police officers should be more aware of the news that is reported to them. It will keep the country more safe and happy.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Social Studies 2018 goals

Social Studies Goals
This year in Social studies my main goal of the year is "work beyond requirements". This will mean I will have to listen to the teacher for more information to add into my work. If I finish my task, always go back to my doc or presentation to check for mistakes and fix it before posting onto my worldwide blog. Setting this goal this year will help me work towards bigger goals and accomplish them with my best effort.

Output
  • Pass with a grade at least higher than achieve.
  • Pass with merit or excellence
  • Be proud with my outcome
Process
  • Gain as much information for the task
  • Understand the SOLO grading so I know where I am working towards.
  • Working beyond required grades
  • Being engaged with school learning

Exams
Before exams, I need to study notes that will relate to the task we will be tested on.

Go back on my notes and docs to recap about what we will be doing in exams.
Attend study class.
Input
  • Always be on time to class
  • Fully focused on the teacher
  • Be accuracy with my school work.
  • Bring my netbook and make sure it’s charged
  • No distractions from my friends
  • Stay on task even though the teacher is not looking
  • Show RISE values