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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Bugzy

I remember the day I got my most precious darling, Bugzy. It had shocked me a lot that day. I wasn't expecting to get a kitten at all, especially because Mum had told me we weren't allowed one.

At some point during February of this year Frank and I had to come along with Mum to a birthday party. It was being held at the Panmure Pools and it didn't start until somewhere in the afternoon. Frank and I reluctantly started packing our swimming gear once it was close to the time we had to leave the house. We were taking years to gather our things. It wasn't even that difficult. The whole time I was complaining about being forced to go but, it was in my mind. Since Mum realised we were taking so long, she decided to heat up the car and that got us moving quicker. Of course, I beat him at getting organised. We all hopped in the car and drove off, heading for the Panmure Pools.

Once we arrived, we got our wristbands to allow entry and to go on the slide. We strolled through the gates, leading to the outside pools. Mum was trying to find where her friend was at while Frank and I were just following her. The outside area isn't that big so it didn't take very long to find them. We could see her friend and her family were sitting near this little wooden picnic table in the front of the entrance to the slide. They had a barbecue going and some drinks, along with the cake and some snacks. Frank and I decided to have a race to see who got changed the fastest. We both speed walked all the way back to the gate we had come through, and then made a turn to the right and it was on. The girls changing room was closer so of course I was ahead. It was very empty and you could hear your footsteps slap against the cold, solid floor. I could feel a draft from time to time as well. I made a run for one of the stalls to get changed, not expecting to see a woman standing there doing whatever. That startled me a lot. I managed to get in one, lock it and place the bag on the door handle without causing too much noise. After struggling to take my jumper off, I chucked my shoes in the bag where the towel and my togs, which are now on me, were. I unlocked the door and darted out of a different entrance, looking around to try and find Frank. I couldn't see him so I continued on. I made it to the table with all the people, with Frank being in second place. To start the day off properly, Frank and I both headed for the huge giant blue slide which you wouldn't be able to miss.

A couple hours has passed by then and I was in the outside pool hanging out with Shakaia. That's when I noticed my mum holding a little furry buddy. It was as black as the night but eyes shiny gold, not able to miss. She walked towards me with the kitty and said with a straight face, "This is your cat. You better take care of it." Or something like that. Shakaia then announced that she had to go now so she left the pool and trotted off. I swam to the nearest wall, hopped onto it and then headed towards Mum. I was more than excited to be able to hug the cat and keep one for myself! I dried myself with my towel I had brought and then asked if I could hold the cat. He was in a box and was being fed some of the snacks there were. I don't remember the exact things he ate but I do remember that he was eating.

More hours have passed and I was in the car with the cat sitting in a small, cardboard box, on my lap. We went a few places before we actually went home. We went to Countdown and people were amazed at how a tiny kitty was sitting at the front of the car, blocking the view. Next we went to Carl's Jr. While Mum was inside a family walked by the car and Bugzy was still in the same position, in the same spot as he was when we went to Countdown. They gave a stare and a smile at the kitty. We finally got back home and I decided to hang out with my kitty.  I got the honor of naming him so I named him Bugzy. Nowadays he's very energetic and playful.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Moving Out?

A certain memory I love to think about from time to time is when I got to sleep in a separate from my brother. It started off with a casual conversation with my mother a few years back. She was asking me if I thought I was tired of sharing a room with someone. I told her I was fed up so that's when she decided to give me the option. I was extremely excited. Frank sure wasn't ready to let me leave though. He kept trying to reason with Mum but she kept telling him that it was my decision.
After that day had passed, Mum started pulling things out of my now old but back then new room. Of course, I had to clean up the mess from under my bed and then pack up the things which I wanted to bring along. "That took forever!" My kid self thought. Mum had spent a lot of time on taking out one of the items. Once she had finished taking everything out, she then had to move all of my belongings and furniture in.
After that I hung out in my room for a little bit and then went back to the lounge.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

I'm Back To School!

The school holidays have finished and now I'm back at school! In the holidays I spent most of my time in my room just watching YouTube while doodling. My favourite days were the 14th and 15th, when I went over to Jessica's house. We ate her cheesecake which was half cookies and cream and the other half was chocolate. This term, for writing I would like to try and make my ideas stronger and a lot more interesting than they are now.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Where I'd Go

After watching the video, Auckland - City Video Guide, the five places I would go to are,
  • Elliot Stables
  • Rainbows End
  • Waitakere Ranges
  • Auckland War Memorial
  • Auckland Domain
I would start off with the Elliot Stables because it is said to be a wonderful place to get some breakfast. I would save Rainbows End for last because it is filled with a lot of thrilling rides. Having extremely exciting things for last make the day seem a lot more fun. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Facts That Have Caught My Eye!

I am currently on school break and I have decided to participate in the Winter Learning Journey! For the first activity we have to visit this website and read some facts about New Zealanders. We then have to share three facts that we read about and put them in our own words.

1) As of right now, there are 4. 4 million people living in New Zealand and 69% are of European descent.

2) Three quarters of the population live in the North island.

3) Us New Zealanders love the outdoors and the water! 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

One Of My Favourite Series

This term Leanah and I have been reading a fictional story called Inna Furey. This is a five series book and the first one, the book we read, is about a girl named Leanne who met a girl named Inna Furey. Inna had two sides to her, a bird and a human. Leanne had to complete a lot of tasks to free the bird Inna from the human one. She didn't do this alone though. She was accompanied by a woman who goes by the name Miss Peck. The girl, Inna, has now been separated from the bird Inna and is now spending a lot time with Leanne, her best friend.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Reading From The Past

The article Leanah and I read today was called "Righting The Wrongs". It was talking about how the Chinese people couldn't enter New Zealand without paying a poll tax. At first it was $10 and then the Prime Minister moved it to $100. In 2002 on February, Helen Clark gave the Chinese an apology for what had happened to their kind years ago. I found this story pretty interesting and full of information from the past.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

This Is Tonga!

This term our inquiry topic is on Tonga. There was only one Tongan and the rest of us were Maori. My group had a lot of fun creating this and learning new things though. I loved to research about the monarchy.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Terevaka And His Opportunities

On Monday last week, Leanah and I read a book called 'Terevaka'. The main message in this story was that if you explore then you'll be able to find opportunities you wouldn't find if you back home. I really enjoyed this story. The characters, how they broke the news to him and the artwork! I would like to read another story like that.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Teamwork Makes It Work


For writing we had to choose two other people beside our self to work with to create a poem about ANZAC Day. I was working with Dominic and Brazie. We had a few disagreements and arguments but I still had fun creating this and I bet the other two did too! 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

ANZAC Knowledge

 
For inquiry we had to turn seven questions that relate to ANZAC into statements. This was easy to complete especially with the resources we were given. I learned new information I hadn't already known. 
What do you do for ANZAC Day? Do you do what I do, act like it is a normal day or do you bake cookies, go to parades or throw parties?

Monday, 10 April 2017

Reading Time! Jack's Auntie And Her Long Brown Hair

This morning Leanah and I were reading a short poem called Jack's Auntie And Her Long Brown Hair.
The message of the story is that the auntie had cancer and the medicine they gave her made her hair fall out. That gave her the opportunity to try different hats and different wigs while having fun. In the end she got her long, brown hair back.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

ANZAC Day Soon


As you all know ANZAC Day is coming up soon and ANZAC is our new inquiry and writing topic for this week. We had to write a cinquain poem about ANZAC. A cinquain poem has five lines, the first one is the title, the second has two words describing the title, the third line has three doing words, the fourth describes your expression and the fifth has one word which would be a synonym for the title. This activity was really fun and easy to complete.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Clocks Again!


I was suppose to finish and post this last week but I guess I never got around to doing it.

This was the last activity to do with time and also the last time we'd learn about time. This week we are now learning about proportions and ratios. What I've learned about proportions so far is that they're like fractions. Ratios are about the amount so say that there are five boys in the class and four girls in the class. It would like this, 5:4.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

How To...


WALT write a successful procedure.

Success Criteria: 
I will state my goal in the beginning of my writing.

I will be able to write a successful procedure.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Bitten By Common Annoying Pests

Last week on Monday the 13th we had to write an explanation about what happens before and after we're bitten by a pests. You got to choose which pest to write about, you could even have more than one. I chose to write about fleas and mosquitoes. Friday was supposed to be the last day but our teacher is so nice, she gave us an extra day! I don't like writing explanations but hey, at least I got this finished! 

You’ll probably be minding your own business, wandering around and then you’ll hear buzzing right next to your ear and think nothing of it. A few minutes later you’ll see a red bump and feel itchy or you’ll just be scratching at your head. There are so many insects waiting for you and you don’t know when they’re going to strike! I’ve been struck by fleas many times because of my cute, adorable kitten. After you’ve been bitten, you’ll be scratching at a red lump in the hope of it going away but nope! More will appear after the first one, well, that’s what happens to me! If you try to resist then it will get noticeable and will be the only thing you’ll think about. Scratching might not be the best idea in the world though. Some itchy bites start bleeding if you scratch them too many times and some might become infected and swell up. Mosquitoes like to live in tall grass and bushes near our homes waiting for us. They’d also live near places with water to help them live. Fleas like to live in our homes, on animals and even us! If you have a pet or pets, that will make it easier for the fleas to get to you. Mosquitoes are just annoying. You can slap and spray them to get rid of them. For a flea, you can pop its head, flea bomb the house or clean your pets. Thirdly, lice start sucking a small amount of blood from you, less than mosquitoes. If you want to know if you have lice or you feel like you have them then, clean your hair with nit shampoo and comb your hair. To know if you have lice is the itchiness, them biting us causes an allergic reaction. Now, you might not feel itchy right away but later on you’ll start scratching your head, ears and even neck! If a mosquito bites you, you have a chance to get the zika virus. Sometimes you’ll start showing symptoms and sometimes you won’t. You can treat this but not get rid of it.
You have been warned. Use these tips to see if you have any pests lying around! Remember, they’ll be hiding waiting to get to you, your house or pet. It’s not always that easy to make pests “disappear,” so make sure you know what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Maths - Time

For maths we are currently working on time. Maths isn't my greatest strength and time definitely isn't either but I tried and it was fun decorating my answers.

I'm planning to do some work at home when I get the chance just to improve.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Weird Obsession

For inquiry we had to write a description about our desired pest and I chose a rabbit! I have an obsession with rabbits that I didn’t even know I had! We had to create a poster with a picture of a pest and I said rabbit, we also had to write a description about a pest and I chose a rabbit! This is a short presentation.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Tweet Tweet!

The past Wednesdays we've been doing art with our Wednesday teacher, Mrs Hoeberigs. Lately, we've been drawing New Zealand's native birds. I drew an owl but, I copied it from a book. I think it turned out pretty good, so good that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference! Out of all seriousness though, I really am proud of my drawing! The next step, painting!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Potential Friends!

Eight days ago I was sent something. A document which had to do with inquiry. Can anybody take a guess?


Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Welcome to Te Taiao o Tāmaki Quad Blogging
Thank you for registering your blog. This is an awesome opportunity for us to learn, create and share with Manaiakalani bloggers this term. All our schools have chosen a unique Te Taiao o Tāmaki  learning focus and we are looking forward to our cluster learning celebration at Te Oro, on Wednesday 12th April.

YES! I am apart of a blogging group! If you haven't already noticed, I love to join any activity that involves blogging! I have been put in a blogging group with some interesting people! (And I mean that in a good way!)
When I checked out all their blogs, I could tell how different they all were just by their posts! I then was happy about the group that I was put in!
This is my Te Taiao o Tāmaki Blogging team
School
Name
Blog Address
Pt England
Ana
Glen Innes
Mahaleah
St PiusX
Mikaela

The first thing I did was read the instructions.
  1. Move this Google Doc to a folder in your Google Drive
  2. Check you have created a blog post to share some information about your Te Taiao o Tāmaki learning focus. Don’t forget to include the label on your blog post...Te Taiao o Tāmaki
  1. Visit each of your buddies’ blogs and bookmark them.
  2. Choose a recent blog post and leave a blog comment to introduce yourself. Look for the Te Taiao o Tāmaki label on your buddie’s blog.
I ALMOST forgot! The reason there even is a blogging group (there's more than one just so you know) is because we're going to do something for our inquiry topic, PESTS! All the people that have been chosen will blog to their buddies and talk about what has been happening and what they've been learning.
On Wednesday the 12th of April, that is when all the participants go to Te Oro. I can not WAIT to go and meet them all in person! 

Duffy Show! (Which Happened Two Weeks Ago!)

Two week on Tuesday the 14, we had a Duffy Show. We did the same thing we did every time, line up in our class lines and wait quietly for the show to begin. This show in particular was about a kid called Duffy who helped a superhero, Super Global Girl, who was trying to stop global warming but Global Girl had dyslexia. There was a bit of chemistry and all of us were impressed, especially the little ones!

One of my favourite parts was when Global Girl and Duffy were flying and Duffy dabbed! The second one was when the fire said she was melting! Fire doesn't melt! Last but not least, the branch that kept moving away from Duffy! I actually have one more favourite part and that was when the ocean, Moana, made a pun! Nowadays I love making puns and annoying people with it so the ocean pun made me laugh way too hard than it should have! That had to one one of my favourite Duffy shows.
Goodbye for meow! (Did you see what I did there?!)

Monday, 20 February 2017

My Term One Goals

On week two of school, we had to work on our term one goals like every other year. We all had to write it in our general book or on a piece of paper if we didn't have our stationary. It took me a few tries for my writing and reading goals, but maths and general took one take! I overthink my goals a lot.

These are my goals that I want to complete before the end of the term.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Me Again!


Talofa Lava,

My name is Riiana and I am a year six student in room 10. My teacher this year is Miss Misela who I had last year but only for half a year. I am half Maori and half Samoan. I have two brothers but I am the only girl. I'm still happy at home though! I am now into drawing and trying to improve my skills so, I try to draw for an hour.

My favourite subject at school is writing because I love to write narratives. I have all these ideas in my head that want to escape and narratives are just the thing! I love to spend time to myself in my room and also love to watch anime by myself. I love sweets but have to balance it out if with healthy food if I want to stay healthy. My friends like to say that I'm the weirdest person they've met which, I take as a compliment.

For school I'm trying to improve on adding more detail to my writing and socializing with other people and for out of school, I'm trying to improve on my drawing techniques and shading.
I am hoping that this year goes well and no one loses their mind by the end of the year!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Story Time Featuring Animals From The Zoo!

I had just entered the zoo when, all of a sudden, I saw a panda sitting there eating bamboo, completely ignoring all the people around it. After that I noticed the red panda exhibit. I observed the trees trying to find a red panda. I was never good at finding them because they're so small, so I had to rely on my best friend to point it out. It took a while to find a red panda but I finally spoted one! It was hiding in one of the trees to the top right corner, what a sneaky panda! After that I thought to myself "Hey! There should be polar bears here, I need to find them!" so I went searching and while searching for the baboon enclosure I stumbled upon the flamingos. Gorgeous creatures they are! I remember an interesting fact I read a few months ago. It said that flamingos feathers are actually grey, they're the colour they are because of the pigments in their food. I just stared at them, admiring their beauty.

After getting my thoughts together, I told myself to stop getting sidetracked or else the zoo will close and I wouldn't have gotten the chance to see the polar bears and capybaras. I started walking down a path listening to the noises the animals were making, surprisingly, I found that peaceful. After a while of listening to the animals and people I decided to try and finally find the polar bear and capybara exhibit since I have never seen either of them up close. I thought that would be a good idea so I looked up trying to find a sign that said "Polar bears this way" or "Capybaras that way" and I ran into the polar bear sign first. I followed the sign to where it was pointing and I saw one. I saw a polar up against the glass interacting with two kids who were the only ones there. I was staring at the polar bear's nose. I just wanted to go and touch it. I walked up to the glass and just stood there. The polar bear turned to look at me and star blanky. I put my hand on the glass and it did the same. We were technically touching hands. The two kids left, one of the zoo employees announced over the speakers that it was close to closing time and then we were left alone. We stared into each others eyes for a few minutes maybe, five to eight? It got too quiet so I decided to say "Hi." The polar bear still stared at me. I felt like it was trying to tell me something and I just wasn't catching on. Right before that polar bear was going to do something, the same person that announced the last message over the speaker told the remaining visiters to leave, and so I did.

I didn't get the chance to see the capybaras but I did get the chance to make a potential friend!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Power Of Imagination!

Imagine, you had the power to create a new holiday but it had to be a holiday that had a purpose, a strong reason as to why it should exist. Not just so you can stay home and not do any work or do nothing, but to enjoy a day with or without people. I would create a holiday called Visiting Sights. A creative name, I know.

The name mentions it all but if you haven't caught on, this holiday is about visiting sights. It doesn't matter if it's just a house or a lake, The reason I would create a holiday like that is because I want the people of Japan to be proud of what has become of their home. I want them to be thankful for all the things that have been created so, they have to visit places and think about the times they spent there or if they haven't visited a certain place they can just sightsee. So much fun! That is all the holiday would be about. What would your holiday be about and what would your reason be?


Monday, 9 January 2017

Holidays!

Everyone likes holidays right? And different countries celebrate different holidays for different reasons right? Well, Japan celebrate a lot of holidays but the one I'll be sharing some infomation about is National Foundation Day then share what I would do. National Foundation Day is a holiday dedicated to Japan's original founder and reign of the first emperpor, Jimmu. People will gather around and celebrate, they don't normally have huge parties or celebrations but most people do get off of work so that's fun unless you like working then yeah.

What I would do to celebrate is to visit a few places just to show my appreciation for all the things that have become of Japan after it was found. I've heard about Yakushima and how it is suppose to be a magical place with a goregous beach and is known for its wildlife and cedar forests. The second place I would like to visit is Aokigahara also known as suicide forest. It has rocky, ice caverns that is one of the few popular tourist destitnations. Aokigahara is associated with ghosts and is a common suicide spot, that is why there is a sign at the main trail that tells suicidal vistors to think about their families and to contact a suicide prevention association. All of those famalies who had a child/children that commited suicide must have been a dark day for them. The last place I would want to visit is a Tokyo Meiji shrine, a doll funeral. That is called Ningyo Kuyo, doll appreciation festival. Ningyo Kuyo is a ceramony for dolls of all sorts. They believe that dolls that have been treated poorly come to life and attack their owners, just for revenge. Those are called yokai which are supernatural monsters, spirits and demons. Those are the places I would visit to show my appreciation.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

They Left At The Age Of 12

Over 100 years ago when children went to school and reached the age of 12 or 13, they would start working. They would normally work on a local farm, milking cows. If I was alive 100 years and started working, I would be in the middle of happiness and sadness. I would love to go through the experience of being a farmer but also no matter what, I would still be lazy so I would be sad to do work, like when I have to do chores. These are my two main reaons why I wouldn't have enjoyed the olden days as much as now.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Swinging- Wassily Kandinsky

This abstract art was created by a guy called Wassily Kandinsky who called it swinging. Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist and he's painted one of the first recognised abstract art. I like all the bright colours and how I can form a few shapes into objects. If I could buy it, I would buy it for myself. I could get more drawing ideas and help me with shading. I could also try and copy it and try my own abstract art by using only those shapes. What's your opinion of this abstract art and if you could buy it, who would you buy it for?

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Would I Like To Be Prime Minister

Now, if I was the prime minister of New Zealand, I would reconsider. Being a prime minister is a HUGE responsibilty. I'd have to attend meetings, , make desicions. I would not be fit for that role especially the desicions part. I'm not good at making desicions even if they're simple. I would stress out and feel the pressure getting to me maybe get a few headaches. These are my reasons to why I wouln't want to be prime minister.