Thursday, 27 April 2017

Current Events Term 1

Current Events Term 1

In Current Events I covered these topics:
  • The design of the Halswell Skate Park and I made a submission to the council.
  • Donald Trump’s Refugee Plan
  • Christchurch Earth Memorial
  • The new Ngā Puna Wai Sports Facility
  • The Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan with a submission to the council.

My favourite topic was The Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan with a submission to the council. because it was interesting learning about something that I have heard about before and drove threw. Another reason this was my favourite is because I know some people who live in the red zone it is cool to learn about what happened to them.

Here Is a link on the Red Zone and Avon River Regeneration Plan.

The Reading National Standards I have achieved are (delete the ones that are not relevant)
  • Year 7 and 8
    • Identifying and resolving issues that come from competing information in texts
      gathering, evaluating, and synthesising information across a small range of texts
    • I can use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes.

Band excellence #2

Band practice this week we didn't actually pratice our songs because Mrs Trotter wanted us to make a video to introduce ourselfs to present at the celebration of learning assembly. We made the video it was alot of fun espiecally at the end when we all rocked out playing air instruments. I do have to admit though, it took awhile to make the video but thats alright. After that Mr Rule asked who wanted to come up on the stage and say 'We are the Oaklands School band and we want to show you something..." So Maddy and I voluntered to so we spent the rest of the practice doing that which I really enjoyed.

A care value I showed was listen respectfully because when everybody else was recording there bits I stayed quite and listen carefully the whole time even though it was a long proccess.

Librarian excellence #2

This week was my last week of librarian duties for the term. There wasn't any books to put away so I got straight into scanning peoples books its always  the busiest at the start I usually am putting the books away at the start so I don't usually get to get the busy part of scanning so that was interesting after that Johanna took over scanning and I went around straighting the books up to use my time wisely. At the end Mrs Ward said she was very happy that Johanna and I turned up every week to our duties so she gave us easter eggs to congratulate us.

The care value I showed was use my time wisely because when Johanna was doing the scanning I found something good to do in this case it was straighting the books up.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Term 1 Novel Study

Term 1 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Trash by Andy Mulligan

I found this novel Fascinating because I never knew that people lived on dumpsites it was amazing to see how happy they were, It is a bit sad though because they live their lifes on dumpsites and have to work their whole life especially those people who have no family or home literally they live on a pile of trash.

During the novel I had to complete two major assessment tasks. The first is an Explain Map which shows the consequences of a major event in the book. The second was a Describe++ Map (Inference map) which shows I how I have connected prior knowledge and other experiences to what I have been reading to make an inference.
  • Link to Explain Map Link
  • Link to Inference Map Link

National Standard this covers

  • Year 7/8  Standard
    • using several pieces of information to make inferences
      using their prior knowledge, along with information in the text, to interpret abstract ideas, complex plots, and sophisticated themes
    • I can use a range of strategies, such as inferring, to work out more complex words

Visual Language

Here is a link to my taking action slide

Monday, 10 April 2017

Use simple fractions and percentages to describe probabilities

Assessment task: Use simple fractions and percentages to describe probabilities

Question 1:

So I worked it out by if you have 6 different topping I worked out who many different pizzas with two topping you could have which was 15 and Penny Wanted 1 pizza so the answer is 1/15 but you can convert 1/15 to a simpler fraction of ⅕ so that is the answer.

Question 2:
Show your working and answers here:
2a: The possibility of pulling out the same colour is ½ so if they pay for two bubble gums each they will probably get the same colour. Spend would be $2.

2b: She will probably have to spend three 50c coins on each twin because there is a one in three chance they will get each colour with three 50c coins. To total spend of $3

2c: ⅓ chance so 3 times per child or $1.50.  Total spend $4.50.

Question 3:

Show your working and answer here:
Q1: Everytime he lays 4 tiles there is four ways of doing it. This happens 5 times so the number of possible ways fred could lay tiles on Sue’s kitchen floor are 4x4x4x4x4= 1024
Q2: This would be 4x4x4x4x4...25 times

My next step is to try to explain my strategies better in more sense because some of my answers I think are a  bit confusing and I can't find a easier way to say some of them , I think I really to work on my time tables to answer questions within questions.

Finally, add the screenshots from the 3 IXL activities you did here:

Activity One
Activity Two
Activity Three

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

HLC excellence #1

R3. Research food from another culture. Prepare a dish from this culture and serve it to your family.

I decided to do this home learning challenge because I have traveled to Thailand and it is one of my favourite countries. I was only year two but really enjoyed trying the different foods unlike my brother Thomas. So I prepared a Thai dish called Chicken pad Thai which is one of our family favourites.

The care value I showed was: Try your best because I tried as hard as I could to get it as good as the Thai people.

Here is some photos of me preparing and the final dish

Iibrarian excellence #1

At librarian duty today we started putting the most enormous pile of books away, then Johanna went to the librarians desks to check out books. As soon as she got there the three bells rang and everybody thought they were meant to go to there classes but they were are actually aloud to stay in the library
so for the last ten minutes of lunch we didn't really have a lot to do because there was only one person left.

The care value I showed was: Use your time wisely because at the start I didn't slack of when tackling the enormous pile.

Band excellence #1

On Tuesday we had a full band practice we got all tuned up quickly, then we had a run threw of the song ( Hey Jude ), I could tell Mr Rule didn't think we were really getting into the song which we weren't so he gave us another song to practice which was "Cant stop the feeling" we were so pleased as we all really wanted that. So we started practising that ,but most of the session we were helping Emily our drummer find the right beat to play. Overall this was probably my favourite practice we have had so far.

The care value I showed was : Be a caring friend because we all helped Emily find the right beat.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Band Merit #5

Today was the sausage sizzle and a lock down practice which went into our lunch time at school but I also had band pracice so I only got five minutes of band practice but in the time we did have we had a run threw of the song we are practing ( Hey Jude - The Beatles )
,We went threw the different strumming patterns on when to come in and out. Then at the end we had to rush to pack up because the bell rang.

The care value I showed was: clean up after yourself because at the end when we had to pack up we did it fast and neatly.
Clean up after yourself.

Clean up after yourself.
Clean up after yourself.

Maths - Ashley

Evaluate statements made by others about the findings of statistical investigations and probability activities.

In the newspaper article, ‘Which Social Media for Teens?’, it was reported that young people are using different forms of social media than they did a few years ago.
Read the article below and comment on whether the reporter’s statements are consistent with the survey data.
Which Social Media for Teens?
It looks like Facebook is no longer cool amongst the teens of today.  Instagram and Twitter have taken over the most popular social networks among American children and these kids are ditching Facebook.
Research has shown that today’s teens are no longer using Facebook. Rather, they are using Instagram and Twitter. There has been a steady decline in the usage of Facebook, with all other social networks increasing in popularity. Surveys of 15,000 social network users between the ages of 13 and 19 over the past three years, gave the following results:
Source: This article has been created for the purpose of this statistics exercise and is not from any publication.

The Reporter's Statement was true about that facebook has not as much people using it in 2015 and instagram and twitter have taken over instagram with 27% and Twitter with 12%

Monday, 27 March 2017

Librarian Merit #5

On wednessday I am going on camp so I will not be able to go on my usual duty at the library so I asked if I can go Today ( Monday ) I did it with Johanna because she will also not be there. It was quite busy because it was a wet lunch so first of all we put all the books away. I spent the rest of the time on the computer checking peoples books out.

The care value I showed was: Use manners because I changed my date of duty because it was my responsibility.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

HLC Merit #5

A11. Design your own challenge.

On Saturday I made a whole lot of different slimes with Maddy and her sister Bella. I am going to show you some photos and what is happening in the photos.

The care value I showed was: Try your best because we problem solved when I added to much pink.

This is from when maddy wanted me to put a little bit more pink in but I added to much then we relised it looked pretty cool.

So for this one we experimeted and we thought we could put decorating beads into slime we soon relised the colour faded out and the beads fall out everywhere.

Something about slime is that it is really cool when you add the borax solution because it all starts coming together its really fasinating.

This is all our slimes I cant belleive how cool they all turned out.

HLC part 2 #2

So I prepared a three course meal. The entrèe was Thai chicken tempers and the main was Chicken pad thai the dessert was brandy snaps with ice cream. My favourite thing to make out of these was the chicken pad thai because it tasted amazing. something I found a bit difficult was getting the meals ready on time because we waited about 45 minutes for the dessert because I didnt realise it would take that long to do the brandy snaps. I also made lemen lime and bitters.

The care value I showed was: clean up after yourself because in the last meal I made I did not clean up the dishes so I made it a goal to do it this time.

Here are some photos

Thursday, 23 March 2017

HLC Merit #4

Improve your fitness: Over 4 weeks: Walk 60km or cycle 100km or swim 1km.
Over the past 4 weeks I have swam 1km I have done this at my swimming lessons and some off it at zones. I really enjoy swimming but sometimes it gets really tiring like sometimes for assessments I have to swim 20 lengths which is quite difficult but I usually manage to do it.

The care value I showed was: Be resilient when challenged because I kept trying at the 20 length assessment.

Here are some photos:)

Band Merit #4

On Wednesday at band we started setting up and when I was waiting for everybody else to get ready with their instruments I learnt how to play twinkle twinkle little star on the keyboard. My friend Maddy and I thought it was to slow to play on guitar so we sped it up and Mr Rule really liked it that way which was good hopefully next time I could try learn a new song on the keyboard.

The care value I showed was: Aim and achieve for the best in all my learning I am doing this by trying to learn a new song next time on the keyboard.

Librarian Merit #4

Today I went to the library for my duty I usually go on Wednesdays but I had band practice instead. I did it with Jacob H today something I found different about Jacob compared to Johanna is he doesn't really try hard at it and slacks off I even saw him sitting on a cushion with Austin at one point. Anyway this session was still a lot of fun because I got to be at the counter which is my favourite part of being a librarian.

The care value I showed was: Be resilient when challenged (E3) because when Jacob was slacking of I keep going with what I knew was right.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Weet-Bix HLC #3

On Sunday the 26 of Feburary I went to the Weet- bix tryathon. I woke up early and got dressed then me and Maddy headed of. we first of all put Maddys bike  away then we looked at the board that had the times on it. Then we went to or school tent and sat down we went and got breakfast after that then we watched and supported people that we knew finally it was time for our race so I took of my tracksuit pants and jersey then walked over to the pool. I swam and came first in my heat then ran to  maddy tagged her and she strted doing the bike. I waited for her and got dressed she finally came back and we went for the run then held our hands together and crossed the finish line. We got a medal each and a photo with Gemma Flynn.

The care values at showed is: Aim for and achieve the best in all your learning because I said I was going to cross that finish line and I did it.

Here are some photos

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Libarian Merit #3

This week I went to the libary on wednesday. I started of putting way the books with Johanna then I went to the desk to check out peoples books for a while. Then it  got busy I was helping people use the laptops and a few youger students find book for there age group. I was showing I was goal focused because I was looking at the at the 40 book challenge photos and people were asking me where to find different genres of books they wouldn't usually use.

The care value I showed was: Be a positive role model because when I was looking at the 40 book challenge people asked me questions and where getting more incouraged to do it.

Band Merit #3

At band on Tuesday we got given the song "Hey Jude" it was hard because I dont usally play slow songs after a while of practising Mr Rule realised we cant all practice together so we are doing different practices everyday for different instruments (Keyboard, Flute, Violen, Guitar, drums and accordian) so for now on I practice on Mondays with the other guitarists.

The care value I showed was: contrubitue to class and group discussions because I  played my instrument when I was asked.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


In writing I have been learning to:
  • use all basic punctuation independently
  • attempt more complex punctuation (eg semicolons, colons, parentheses)

I have been especially focussing on using parentheses and commas. I have highlighted these in green where I have used them as well as other punctuation that I changed because it was used incorrectly. Here is a piece of my writing that shows this.

Games with no or minimal equipment

In PE we have been participating in a variety of games that require little or no equipment.
Below is the Matrix which shows our progression in this unit of learning.

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The table below shows my understanding of games with minimal or no equipment.
(Fill this table in, in as much detail as possible. )

Examples of Games that need minimal or no equipment.
What equipment would we usually need to play these games.  
Why do we play games with minimal or no equipment?
* French Cricket
* tag games
* cricket
* indian tag
* octopus
* invisible touch
* touch
* bibs or bands
* cones
* whistle 
* games with no or minimal equipment equipent can be played anywhere
 *they are quick and easy to set up and pack away 

My Strengths.  
Some things that I have done well during this unit of learning are Joining in because I am not standing back and letting others do everything for me.
My Next Steps.

Some things I could improve on when playing games with minimal or no equipment are listening to the rules at the start because sometimes I dont listen because it know what the rules are.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Libariain Merit # 2

On wednessday I went to the Kauri run bike run as soon as I got back I went to the libary for my duty with Johanna first of all Johanna and I put away the books that needed a place and then we went around helping other students to find books then I taught a couple of people How to put reserves on books at home and at school while I was doing that Johanna was on the libary desk she asked me a couple of questions about how to do things and I told her.

The care value I showed was: Be a caring friend because I helped people place reserves and Johanna learned how to use the desktop I also helped children find books to read.

Ashley Choir Merit # 2

I went to Choir today and this was our second session we had Mr rule and Miss harris there teaching us we started of with a warm up which was counting up and down in tune it sounds really easy but it isn't then we talked about harmonies and we learnt how to harmonise it was really fun then we watched a video of a choir sing Africa Here is a link

One of the care values I used was: Be resilient when challenged because I was put on the spot and asked what is a harmony and I had to answer.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Square numbers to 100 and their matching square roots.

In Maths we have been learning:

Square numbers to 100 and their matching square roots.
This is part of our basic facts knowledge.
It is important to just know these as we can use this knowledge in other areas of maths.

Here is a link to our online modelling book. Link

Here are the IXL screenshots that show evidence of my learning.  
My next learning step in Maths is……. analyse your Asttle test results.