Monday, 23 December 2019

SLJ (Day: 5, Activity: 1, 2 & 3)


Sophie Pascoe is a New Zealand para-swimmer. This means she is a competitive swimmer with a physical disability. Very sadly, Sophie was run over by a lawn mower when she was only 2 years old. She had to have the bottom of her left leg amputated. However, despite this terrible accident, she was determined to become a competitive swimmer.

Sophie has won numerous New Zealand and world para-swimming titles, including nine Olympic gold medals. She has also won the Halberg Award for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year three times. Sophie is a great example of a New Zealander who did not let her disability stop her from achieving her dreams. She is truly a ‘National Treasure’. A national treasure is someone or something that is very important to a country.

Activity 1: National Treasure
For this activity, we would like to learn more about the things that are important to you.

On your blog, please share three things that you treasure and say why they are treasures to you.

Yusra Mardini is a teenage girl who was born in Syria, a war-torn country in the Middle East. She left Syria in 2015 to get away from the constant fighting and became a refugee. During her journey to reach safety in a new country, the engine on the boat she was travelling in broke down and Yusra, her sister and two others jumped out of the boat and swam to get help. Her heroic actions saved twenty people’s lives.
Yusra now lives in Germany. In 2016 she was named as part of the Refugee Olympic Team and she swam for this team in the last summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is now training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Activity 2: Swimming to Safety

For this activity, listen to the podcast of Yusra Mardini, or read her story on her personal website.
On your blog, retell the story of this amazing young woman from Syria.
There once lived a girl who enjoyed swimming. It soon became a hobby then turned into one of her own dreams. Before hand, she had a pretty rough past.

Introducing, the story of Yusra Mardini......

Yusra lived a pretty normal life at first. She grew up in Damascus Syria and even went to school there. But, Yusra didn't swim. While all the other kids swam, she would always stand close to the edge of the pool. Sometimes she would just stare into the deep swaying water. Yusra could hardly see the bottom. The pool water gave her excitement but Yusra's fear would always take over.

One day Yusra looked at the water in the pool. She wanted to do something very shocking and completely unexpected. She leapt immediately into the water. Covering the whole body in the water of the pool. A few seconds before she lifted her head out of the water to breathe, Yusra knew that she was swimming at last! She grew into a very skilled and talented swimmer.

A few years later, a couple of issues arose. Some from the crowd were not happy with the government. The government fired at brave people, and demonstrations that spoke their minds. This was a big issue that didn't affect Yusra at first. But the violence had become so bad at the age of 13, that it turned into a civil war. Large protest groups gathered around Syria fighting together against the government

At first, Yusra and her family stood safe. While they were staying in a quiet part of Damascus, Syria's capital. But the battle soon closed on them. Bad news was heard every day, and deterioration continued. One day while Yusra and her father walked to practise in the pools. They saw that the pool in front of the bombing was left in ruins and Gun fights. Yusra could no longer train, her dreams, ruined. They had nothing left and nowhere to go. Yusra's house was destroyed too. Innocent people were killed.

They were forced to go into hiding from Yusra's family and they lived in fear every day. No idea whether they will be able to see the next day live. At Yusra's age of 14, she only saw 1 way out. They have had to leave Syria, seeking a better life. Yusra's parents said no to the idea of going aboard, as it would be too hard. Especially with the little sister of Yusra who was no older than a child. After a while, Yusra's mother planned to send Yusra and her older sister on a risky trip to Europe, with her 2 cousins. They had no choice, it was unclear whether the rest of the family would make it, but it was the best way forward for now.

Yusra flu to Berlin, Germany, where many other Syrian refugees had left. They could start a better life there and maybe Yusra would start swimming again. She could train well in Germany with many other great swimmers. Yusra left Syria with a cell phone and some clothes, and a little money. The money was going to be used to pay smugglers, as refugees are not allowed by most countries. Yusra abandoned one of her perilous journey into Europe.

They flew first to Lebanon then to Turkey in Istanbul. They were afraid as they went on their journey that they might get caught by the police. Surely the police would have sent them back to Syria, where the war was still going on. They went south from Istanbul to a coast in Turkey, near a Greek Island called Lesbos. The smugglers were waiting at the coast to get them on board a dinghy for the right time, which would take them to the island. It took 2 attempts until eventually at nightfall they forced the dingy out to sea.

They shrank in the landscape as they quickly drifted into the depths of the Mediterranean sea. They left the coast less than 20 minutes later. The dinghy's engine began to clang louder and they began to slow down, before they eventually came to a halt. The dingy started sinking, it was only supposed to carry just 6 passengers, but instead the smugglers fitted 20 people. Everybody panicked and started tossing desperate things overboard to keep it afloat. None of this helped as they kept sinking in the middle of the Mediterranean sea.

Just 4 of the 20 people on the dingy knew how to swim. They tried to save the dinghy in many other ways but nothing succeeded. Yusra, her older sister and the four swimmers jumped into the water and began to pull the dingy. Yusra used one arm to grip the rope at the front, and the other to help her swim. They started moving slowly but surely. They started to swim, the dinghy was heavy, Yusra was sick of numbness, and her eyes burned from the salt water but, she kept swimming. She knew that if she did not do it, the rest of the refugees would die without a doubt.

Yusra and the other swimmers sighted land after 3 and a half hours. There was no way they were going to give up, now with an eye catching sight of the finishing line. Eventually, the refuges and Yusra made it out of the water and onto land. Two swimmers dragged the dinghy onto land. The refuges and Yusra camouflaged themselves in the cornfield where they decided to wait until the time was right to make their move by. Approximately at nightfall.

They were unfortunately caught by police when they began. They were taken by police to a refugee camp not so far from where they had landed. When Yusra and her sister were being moved they began to laugh. The police commended to know what they found so amusing. Yusra answered in her head, "We were almost about to die at sea and now the police think we should be frightened of them." Yusra left the asylum camp with her sister. Of course, they had made it to the island, but their destination had not been met. They continued their trip, traversing nine more nations. After a month, Yusra and her sister entered Berlin Germany. Conditions weren't the easiest so Yusra had to work very hard.

At the refuge camp, Yusra slept on the floor. Although she really wanted to attend a swimming club. She was out of shape when she first tried it out, and could not do her best. Surprisingly, the Coach saw something rather special in Yusra. Yusra's technique was strong but Yusra could be better with some preparation. She planned to awake at 6:00 am so she would be able to train before her classes. Yusra was eager to achieve her goal.

Yusra has been asked to join the first refugee team at the 2016 Olympics. She competed in the butterfly race of 100 metres, and won. Yusra is currently training for the 2020 Olympics. Nothing will get in the way, nothing will stop Yursra from meeting her goals.

You have now made it to the end of Week 1 and have the chance to choose your very own sportsperson or explorer who you think has changed the world. There are no right or wrong choices for this activity, so find someone who interests you and tell us about them on your blog. It could be someone from your family, church, community or someone famous who you admire.

Here are some starting points in case you get stuck:

Jessica Watson

Tanielu Tele’a

Sachin Tendulkar

Ann Bancroft

Kelly Slater


Laura Dekker


Activity 3: Own Choice

For this activity, please choose one person (a changemaker) and read all about them.

On your blog, provide us with:

The name of the person
A description of the work they do/have done
An explanation of how they/their work has had an impact on the lives of others

I decided to choose my aunty (my dad's sister.) 

My aunty was a netball coach. She enjoyed the sports and was an amazing coach. My aunty was very kind. She cared for a lot of people and helped some too. She cared very much for her family. My aunty was also very popular around school. All of my cousins (her kids) attended Pt England. My aunty fought through cancer and unfortunately lost her battle. I am actually named after my aunty! She helped feed kids at school by preparing sandwiches and other type of foods for them. 

I reckon my aunty helped a lot of kids. A lot of the children she coached for netball are still playing netball. I think some are even in the top teams. My aunty fed a lot of kids that didn't have any lunch. She had a great personality and a kind heart for anyone. A strong faith in our lord up above and a strong fighter who never gave up. My aunty taught  my siblings, her children and I a lot of things. Wanting us to use them in the future. She influenced a lot of people to be brave and to achieve the things they want to achieve.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

SLJ (Day: 4, Activity: 1, 2 & 3)


Billie Jean King, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams are three exceptional, female tennis players. They are not only outstanding athletes and some of the best tennis players in the world, but they have fought for women to be recognised as equals to men in the game of tennis. Billie Jean King famously beat a male tennis player, Bobby Riggs, in 1973, to prove to the public that women could compete at any level in tennis.

Billie Jean King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was recently awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - Lifetime Achievement Award.


Activity 1: Making a Racket

For this activity, watch these videos about Serena and Venus Williams.

On your blog, tell us three things that you learned from watching these videos, as well as one thing you would still like to know.


Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all time. He started boxing when he was 12 years old and went on to become the World Heavyweight Champion numerous times in the 1960s and 1970s.
Muhammad Ali was an African American man born with the name Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. When he was a young man, however, he became a Muslim and converted to Islam. When he converted, he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. During his life, Ali gave a lot of time and money to various charities. He also helped to feed more than 22 million people across the world who didn’t have enough food. Despite all of his charitable work, Muhammad Ali is still best known for his agressive boxing style, his confident personality and his inspirational quotes.
Changing your name is a big deal! If you were to change your name, what would you change it to?

Activity 2: What’s in a Name?

For this activity, imagine that you were allowed to change your name to anything that you wanted.

On your blog, tell us what you would change your name to and why you would choose that name.
I wouldn't change my name at all. I really like my name and enjoy the fact the my name is very unique. Although people do get the pronunciation wrong a lot, other's get it right the first time. I know that my name is a hard name to pronounce and so I'm not bothered if others get the pronunciation wrong. The meaning of my name is Princess. Pretty cool right?!

I reckon my name is perfect the way it is. I'm happy my name is Jahzara <3

Dame Valerie Adams (half sister of basketballer, Steven Adams) is a shot put champion from New Zealand (NZ). She has won the World Championships four times as well as both gold and silver medals at the Olympics. Here, in New Zealand, she has won the Halberg Award for New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year seven consecutive times (2006-2012)! She is a bit of a legend both in NZ and in her homeland of Tonga.

Valerie Adams is a proud Tongan New Zealander. You can see her wearing a ta’ovala in the photo. There are many Tongans living in New Zealand - you may be one of them! The Kingdom of Tonga is a group of 169 islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is located between Fiji, Samoa and Niue. Here are some travel tips about Tonga.
Activity 3: Worth her Weight in Gold

For this activity, imagine that you were asked to create a travel brochure for Tonga (or a country that is important to you). On the brochure, include lots of great tips about what to see and do in the country.

On your blog, post your finished copy of your brochure.


Friday, 20 December 2019

SLJ (Day: 3, Activity: 1, 2 & 3)

DAY 3: Team players
Jonah Lomu was a rugby superstar. He was the youngest ever All Black, selected at just 19 years of age. He went on to have an amazing career that included 63 caps (international games) and 37 tries. Jonah was Tongan, but spent most of his childhood in Mangere, South Auckland. He started out playing touch rugby and rugby league but changed over to rugby union and quickly made a name for himself. He was very tall, strong and fast.

Richie McCaw is another example of a famous rugby player. He was the captain of the All Blacks between 2004 and 2015. Like Jonah Lomu, he had an outstanding international career in rugby union and had many achievements. In fact he was the most capped All Black captain, most capped test rugby player and World Rugby Player of the Year in 2006, 2009, and 2010. He has been given a Halberg Award and made a member of the Order of New Zealand. As well as being an outstanding player, Richie McCaw was also a strong leader and captain.

For many people, players like Jonah Lomu and Richie McCaw are superheroes with extra special ‘superpowers

Activity 1: Rugby Superstars

For this activity, let’s imagine that you could be a superhero for a day. What three superpowers would you most like to have?

On your blog, please list the three superpowers, tell us why you have chosen each one, and tell us what you are going to do with them.


1: Teleportation
2: Super Strength 
3: Power of healing

1: I'm a super hero for the day and something goes wrong. Someone's in danger and there's violence all around. Being able to teleport to other places is a helping hand. Instead of walking, running, using a vehicle to get to where all the action is. I could just teleport there, it's quick and easy. I could also use my teleportation to teleport the victims who are in danger away from the evil.

2: Of course you would need some type of strength to defeat violence. Without strength, you could be in a lot of trouble. Let's say, you have no idea what the villain is capable of. You then turn up, face to face with the villain and ready for a battle. Now the villain could be strong or could be capable of something else. Using your strength could give you a chance to defeat evil!

3: I chose this power not only for myself but for others too. If anyone get's damaged or hurt. I'll be there to help them. If I get hurt, I could help myself too. I reckon this super power is very important. You're able to use it for those who are in pain, who have been injured or hurt.


LeBron James is one of the most famous professional basketball players in the world. He currently plays in the NBA (National Basketball Association) for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has won numerous awards over the years, helping his teams win many important games.
Steven Adams also plays in the NBA, but unlike LeBron, Steven comes from Rotorua, New Zealand and is the half-brother of Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams. That’s a pretty cool family connection, isn’t it?! Steven Adams currently lives in the United States and plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.
Despite being born in different countries, these two incredible basketballers have a number of similarities. Both men came from humble beginnings. Neither of their families had a lot of money, and neither man grew up with a father at home. Even though they faced challenges, they were able to overcome them. Both men are examples of what is possible when you work hard and believe in yourself.
Activity 2: Defying the Odds
For this activity, we would like you to imagine that you had the chance to interview LeBron James, Steven Adams or another basketball player of your choice.

On your blog, tell us who you would interview and then provide a list of five questions that you would like to ask your chosen player.

I chose LeBron James. I don't really watch basketball but I know a little bit about the sports. I chose LeBron James for no specific reason. It was a random choice.

My questions:

1: How do you feel when you're playing on a basketball court in front of lots of people?
2: When did you first have an interest for basketball?
3: Which game would you say you played best in?
4: Any other goals for the future?
5: Have you ever had interests in any other sports?

The Silver Ferns are New Zealand’s professional netball team. They are based in Auckland and play against teams from all over the world. Next year they are due to compete in the first ever Netball Nations cup competition in England.
In order to earn a place on the team, each of the players had to prove that they were one of the best netball players in the country. They have all had to work very hard, sacrifice many things, and show dedication and determination throughout their careers. In many cases, they have also had a lot of support from others - their family, friends, teachers, coaches. This support has allowed them to pursue their dreams and to, ultimately, do a job that they love.

Activity 3: Achieving our Dreams

For this activity, choose a friend or family member and ask them what their dream job would be. Please then brainstorm six ways in which you could support them in achieving their dream job.

On your blog, present your ideas as a poster or infographic.

I asked my brother what his dream job is and he wants to be a professional rugby player. He's an amazing player. He's been playing rugby for almost 7 years and he was able to make 11 representative teams. My brother played at PES in his past years, and he still plays while at college.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

SLJ (Day: 2, Activity 1, 2 & 3)

Jean Batten was a famous aviator (pilot) who was born in Rotorua, New Zealand in 1909. In the 1930s she made several record-breaking solo flights (on her own) across the world. In fact, she was the first person to fly solo from England to New Zealand - a huge achievement! She also flew a number of long solo flights between England and Australia/Brazil. When she flew, she always took a silk dress with her so that she could look beautiful at the parties she attended upon her arrival.

Amelia Earhart was an American aviator who lived at about the same time as Jean Batten. Like Jean, she also flew solo. In fact, she was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She flew all the way from Canada to Northern Ireland on her own without stopping. In 1937, Amelia Earhart attempted to circumnavigate (go right around) the world. Unfortunately, the flight ended in tragedy when she disappeared near Howland Island, about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. She was never found.
Activity 1: Flying Solo

For this activity, compare and contrast these two aviators. You could use this venn diagram.

On your blog, share your comparison between the two women and be sure to include at least three similarities and three differences between these two aviators.

Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut and engineer. In 1969, Neil and his team of astronauts flew to the moon in a spacecraft called Apollo 11. When they arrived, Neil got out of the spacecraft and walked on the moon. He is the first person in history to walk on the moon! As Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he famously said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
As you can imagine, landing on the moon is a very dangerous task. Many things can go wrong, and a number of astronauts have died attempting to land on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (the three astronauts on Apollo 11) must have been extremely brave.
I always imagine that walking on the moon must be like jumping on the trampoline! Do you like jumping on a trampoline? My daughter Laila loves it!
Activity 2: One Small Step For Man

For this activity, let’s imagine that you were Neil Armstrong.

On your blog, write a short poem describing how you felt when you first set foot on the moon. Here is a link to some different poetry forms.


The moon
Feeling nervous
First few steps on the moon
Heart pumping, Excitement and Joy
Home time

I decided to do a Cinquain poem. We learnt the rules for this poem in literacy. It's like a pattern, first line has to have 2 syllables. The next has to have 4 syllables. The third line needs 6, then 8 but then we'll have to go back to 2 syllables. Check my other poems out by using this link.


Mr Chesley Sullenberger, or “Sully” as he was known, was an airline captain (pilot) for about 30 years. In 2009, he became world famous when he landed his aeroplane in the middle of the Hudson River in New York City. He was forced to make an emergency landing when both of the engines in his aeroplane lost power. Amazingly, all 155 people on board the A320 plane survived the landing. This incredible event became known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’

You can watch a video about it here.

Although Sully must have been scared when the engines lost power, he didn’t show it. Instead he stayed calm, and saved the lives of everyone on board. What a brave man!

 Activity 3: Miracle on the Hudson

For this activity, we would like to hear about a time when you, or someone you know, was brave like Sully.

On your blog, recount a time when you (or someone else you know) did something brave.


This goes back to when all the year 6's were at Kawau Island. We were at year 6 camp! There were 4 full teams. In the teams we were split up into group A or group B. Paschal and I were the team leaders for team Mansion, group B. We had a lot of fun!

We were doing one of our activities. Sailing! Now, there needed to be 3 demonstrators. Only 2 people from our team put their hands up and got chosen to demonstrate. There needed to be one more person to demonstrate before we could even start. We waited for a few minutes and I finally put my hand up. Believe it or not, I was the only girl who decided to put my hand up.

Well, I got told to choose a boat with what ever number I would like. I'm sure I chose number 4 because well, it's my favorite number. I sat down in my sail boat and listened and followed the instructions while I demonstrated for our team. One of the instructions I will never forget is, "Always face your back to the wind."

We then got set off to sail with no help. I had an amazing time. For a first time experience I reckon I did pretty well. Actually, I did really good! Being able to be brave and demonstrate when no one else wanted to really payed off. I ended up getting awarded *Best Girl Sailor.* I'm happy I was brave enough to demonstrate for our team.

Even if you think you're not able to do something you've never done before or something you may fear just try. Put yourself in the open and challenge yourself to be brave and believe that you can do anything !

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

SLJ (Week 1, Day 1, Activity 1, 2 & 3)

Hello there! Well, yes I am back with more Summer Learning Journey blog posts. I joined this blogging comp a few years back. I had great fun commenting, reading, doing cool and amazing things during my holiday. I had a fun time with the crew & hope It'll be the same this year.  As some of you know, the top blogger will be awarded a Nintendo Switch. Of course It'll be cool winning one for myself but, I'm just making sure my grades are where they're meant to be for next year. Although I may be busy throughout the weeks but I'll try my best to keep you all updated. Have a nice holiday everyone & enjoy my blog posts!



(People from Pacific nations have always been expert explorers and navigators. In the past, they used the stars, sun and ocean swells to find their way (navigate) around the Pacific Ocean. Master navigator, Nainoa Thompson, has used the ancient Polynesian wayfinding skills to navigate around the world. In 2013, Nainoa led a crew across the Pacific Ocean on two large canoes (Hokule’a and Hikianalia). The crew stopped off in Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2015 on their journey and visited the Manaiakalani Schools in Auckland.

Here is a short video about Polynesian navigation. It describes the different ways ancient Polynesian navigators used the natural world to find their way around vast oceans. Incredible!

I think that it would be difficult to be ‘at sea’ for weeks at a time. I would miss my family but I would also enjoy the adventure. Let’s imagine that you were invited to join Nainoa for three weeks at sea. As part of the journey, you have to pack your own food.)
Activity 1: Setting Sail
For this activity, make a list of ten food items that you could take with you. Please think carefully about what you will take as you won’t have access to a refrigerator or freezer while at sea. Please explain why you would select each item.

On your blog, post your list of 10 food items you would take on an ocean voyage and the reasons why you chose these items.


Many people believe that Kupe was the first explorer to discover Aotearoa, New Zealand in about 1300. He navigated his way by waka to Aotearoa from Hawaiki using traditional Polynesian navigation techniques - just like Nainoa Thompson (from Activity 1) did much later on. Legend says that he followed a great octopus all the way to Aotearoa/New Zealand and finally destroyed it in Cook Strait (the water between the North and South Islands).

Many years later, a Dutch explorer from The NetherlandsAbel Tasman, was exploring the Pacific Ocean when he came across New Zealand. He thought that he was the first person to ‘discover’ the country (despite the fact that Māori already lived in New Zealand!) and made the claim in 1642 that he had ‘discovered’ a new land. His exploration of New Zealand inspired many other European explorers to follow his lead and travel to the Oceania.

Kupe and Abel Tasman were two different men from two very different backgrounds (cultures) who shared a common interest - exploration.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Activity 2: Discovering Aotearoa

For this activity we would like you to think about your own experiences and your own cultural background. Where does your family come from? Do they come from Europe like Abel Tasman, Polynesia like Kupe, or somewhere else?

On your blog, please tell us about your cultural background. Where do you and your family come from?
Hi well, most of you already know but, my name's Jahzara. I have 5 siblings (including me.) We've grown up around family from other countries and from New Zealand. We're half Maori, half Tongan.

Let me explain...

My family is very large. I have family all over the world!

My mum is full Maori. She grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, Manurewa. My grandmother & granddad is also Maori. Pops (My mum's step dad) is from England. He grew up in London. My mum grew up having really tight bonds with her cousins. She enjoyed her time with her family as she was still young. My mum only has 1 sibling. My mum's sister, my aunty ! <3

My dad is full Tongan. My dad grew up in Tonga but then moved to New Zealand to go to collage in Auckland. My uncle joined my dad soon after and went to the same high school. My papa is Tongan and so is my nana.  I have a lot of family in Tonga. Sometimes we'll go visit them and sometimes they'll come visit us. My dad's step sister is currently living in Australia. As for my dad's other sister, my aunty, she's up in heaven. I already know she's happy, happy to be with her savior, our Lord up above.

We've all grown up to be so tight. To have strong connections and to be happy together.

(Here's a little animation I made back in term 1, Hope you enjoy!)


In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and his sherpa (guide), Tenzing Norgay, were the first people to reach the summit of Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.

At the time, Edmund Hillary was an apiarist (beekeeper) from Auckland, New Zealand. During the summer he worked as a beekeeper, and during the winter, he climbed mountains. Becoming the first person to summit Everest was not easy. In fact, Edmund Hillary attempted (tried) to climb to the top of Mt Everest three times before he succeeded. He was determined to reach the top!

While this famous explorer and climber is mostly remembered for being the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest, he has also made a huge impact on the world through his charity work. In 1960, Sir Edmund Hillary set up the Himalayan Trust to bring education, healthcare and safe drinking water to the people of Nepal - the country where Mt Everest is located.

Activity 3: Scaling new heights!
For this activity, please select a charity that you are interested in. You may choose your own or use one from our list (below). Read about the charity.

List of Possible Charities:
Auckland City Mission
Air Rescue

On your blog, write a short explanation of what the charity does.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------    I chose the charity SPCA. SPCA is a charity for animals. They rescue animals who have been injured, who are sick, abused or abandon. SPCA is technically a vet. They help a lot of animals. Guess how many animals SPCA saves a year.... They save around 40,000 animals a year. This is really good for our animals. Well, we are losing a lot of animals. Some of them are close to being extinct.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

UV light: Marika, Jahzara & Trendy

In this presentation it explains a lot about UV light. We had Ray come in and talk about UV light and other types of light. We also got to make UV sensors.

Friday, 29 November 2019


Walt: Understand what DNA is

Task Description:

In this presentation, we were tasked to write what we know about DNA. We had to write in bullet form and we had to understand what DNA is and what is apart of it too. We also had buddies to talk to if we needed help. Throughout the weeks we were also given a book. That book was for us to draw cells and other things that is apart of this topic.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Fair Trade

Walt: Analyse and interpret statistical data

Task description:

Room 4 maths were assigned to complete the slides in the presentation above. I found this task both hard and easy. Mostly because I didn't understand what we were suppose to be doing at first. Once I got the hang of it, I started finding my work easier to do. I hope that we get harder and more work like this in the future.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

DNA poster! :)

In this poster it explains how life is made. DNA is formed into RNA. Then RNA forms into Proteins and lastly, Proteins are formed into Life. Living things are all apart of DNA, RNA and Proteins. 

Monday, 4 November 2019

Having a closer look at onion cells!

Scientific Experiments:

Aim :

Are we going to be able to see a clear picture of onion cells?

Hypothesis :
We’ll be able to see the cells by 10x

Equipment :
  • Slide
  • Cover slip
  • Tweezers
  • Blue dye
  • Microscope
  • Onion
Method :
First we received our equipment. We then used the tweezers to peel a thin layer of onion and placed it onto the slide. Next we used saline to flatten the onion layer. We then used blue dye so we were able to see the outlines of the cells. Lastly we placed the cover slip on top of the slide and placed our finished object on the microscope.

Observation :

Even at 10x we were able to see the basic shapes of the cell. We were also able to see the cells from 10x and 40x. When using 100x all we saw was purple.

Conclusion :
Onion cells are very interesting to study. Even with a low observation you are still able to see the cells.

Onion cells through a microscope! (10x)
Image result for onion cells 10x
Task Description :
Today Room 4 was given the task to have a closer look at onion cells. Most of you may know that I am in Room 3. But because Whaea Kelly wasn't here today, Room 3 got split into different class rooms. Anyways, Room 4 got told to get into groups of 4 and follow the following instructions. The information that was based on what we had to do is in the writing above. After completing the instructions we were given,  we then were given the task to blog about it.