Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Term 2 Malawi Advertisement

This is a movie that I was supposed to finish in Term 2. It has taken a while but here it is. It is an animation/voiceover explaining the Water Hoe. Back in Term 2 in Extension, we were learning about Malawi, Africa for the 40 Hour Famine. One of our activities was to take 2 different tools that they use in Malawi and put them together to make one handy tool. I chose the water bucket and the hoe from mortar and hoe. Watch the movie to find out what happens when you mix them together. :-)

Future Aspirations

This morning, the Y7 & 8s had the privilege of listening to three different speakers. All of the speakers talked about Future Aspirations. When the day began, I didn’t know that they were coming or why but afterwards, I was glad they came. Mr Burt introduced all the visitors before handing it over to Andrew Pattison who is a man who helps youth and young people along the way so that can achieve their dreams.

Mr Pattison started off by talking to us about a Yr 9 student at Manurewa College who gets paid for speaking in front of people. His name is Ivana and in 2013, he was one of the shiest boys in his class but now he talks in seminars in front of very important people. We got to watch one of his speeches and he talked about how in primary and intermediate, his report looked like, “Below standard, below standard, below standard, wait what, WELL below standard?”

The first speaker was Anthony Samuels, former presenter on kids TV Show What Now and father of four boys. He taught us a Maori saying, “To Miharo Hoki” which means, “You are Amazing” Mr Samuels taught us how to say, “You are Amazing” in sign language. Also, “Your past doesn’t have to determine your future” which means just because you do something bad one day, you don’t have to be bad the next.

The next speaker was Paula. he told us a story of when he nearly died while swimming in a race. He passed out from swallowing too much water and when he was conscious again, all the school was laughing at him. Paula didn’t go back to swimming till he was in high school because he was too embarrassed. He told us to always take risks at anything, even if we don’t think we are good at it, we should always try. Paula also told us about Lisa Carrington, a young New Zealander who got a Gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. She didn’t start canoeing till she was 17 years old, she didn’t know she wanted to be an Olympic Canoer, but look at her now.

Our last speaker was Amelia. She is a tongan student who is studying at AUT wanting to become a fashion designer and start her own label. In high school, everyone put her down because her brothers had been in gangs and had dropped out. Everyone thought that she was just like them but she wanted to prove that she is a different person, with her own life and she plans to do big things. She wanted us to remember, “Don’t let anyone push you back or stop you from doing something you want to do”

Friday, November 7, 2014

Maths Transitions

This is a Maths DLO showing the different transitions that we learnt about. They include rotate around the origin, where the shape moves around the square rotating as it goes. There is  reflect where the shape reflects like a mirror and last of all, the right, left transitions and the up, down transitions. It is made by my friends Hope, Annliz, Mele, Ane and me. I hope you enjoy it :-)

Term 1 Empathy Animation

This is my Empathy Animation from Term 1. I must have saved it in the wrong place so here it is. I hope you enjoy it:-)

Perspective Drawing

This is a picture that I drew on an IMac. It is a perspective drawing so it is supposed to be a picture from the perspective of someone standing at one end of a street. I hope you Enjoy :-)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Colour Wheel

This is my colour wheel, it shows the primary, secondary and tertiar colours.

Symbolism - Samoan Tatau

The use of symbols to use or represent an ideas or qualities.

In August 2011, Tufuga Suluape Alaiva'a Petelo took residency at Auckland University to teach about the history of Samoan tattoos and about Samoa. Falaniko Tomaniko a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland decided he wanted to get a full-male tatau (also known as a Pe'a) but before he could go through with the process, he had to get his parent's permission.

At first his mother was worried about whether he could take it, the pain of the tatau is much greater than just a needle and of course as a mother, she worried for her son. Falaniko's  father also worried whether he could take the pain because if his son couldn't take it and decided to stop half way through, he would embarrass not only himself, but his whole family.

The role of the apprentice to Suluape is to stretch the skin and prepare the cushions (To prevent aches) mats, clothes and tools. The tools are carefully washed each day to keep infections away. In the past, people have died of infection from the tools that haven't been washed properly. But now the only reason for sickness is if the person receiving the tattoo doesn't shower regularly.

The original ink was made by the Lama, the kernel of the candlenut tree. (Lama is the black dye and comes from the kernel of the Candlenut.) The Candlenut is burned, the soot is collected and it is mixed with the o'a to make lama. Suluape now uses a ink that is homemade by a tattoo artist in Florida.

Samoan Tatau are very beautiful when they are finished and are a great way to represent Samoan culture. Even though having a Samoan tattoo is a great way to represent, you don't have to get a tattoo for others to know you are a certain culture. You can show others but the way you talk, maybe in your culture's language, the way you dress and maybe just the way you act. There are many ways to use and show your culture and there are many ways for us to show that we are Samoan or Tongan or Maori. etc

My Kitchen Rules NZ Winners: Neena and Belinda

My Kitchen Rules New Zealand is finished and the modern day hippies, Neena and Belinda have taken 1st place. The Cambridge Mums were in the Grand Final against the Polynesian Cooks, Aaron and Heather. Each team had to make 7 course meal and were marked by 20 judges, Neena and Belinda beat them by only 1 point.

Neena and Belinda entered the competition wanting to change the way New Zealand cook, with earthly ingredients. With their first ever challenge the instant restaurant, they made it clear that they were all about the earth with their natural elements from the food to the table setting. With nearly every dish they made, they added some sort of plant or natural ingredient.

On the other hand 2nd place Aaron and Heather got an advantage because they got to work in Ben's kitchen and teach the chefs their pacific foods. But Neena and Belinda must have had really nice food because they managed to take out MKR New Zealand for 2014.