Thursday, November 27, 2014

Film Festival-Recount

One early morning, I woke up without hesitation and saw the sun shining brightly through my bedroom curtains. I leapt out of bed and ran towards the bedroom curtains as I excitedly yanked them open. I glimpsed outside and saw an amazing view of the sunshine blooming on my face.  “Get out of bed, are you going to the Manaiakalani Film Festival?” yelled my dad as I just remembered that today was the film festival.

Just then, I walked towards the stairs and smelt a marvellous fragrance of fried pancakes and pineapple juice. I trudged downstairs to get a better sniff of the nice smell of pancakes. “Eat up you have a big day ahead of you”, said my dad as he put some pancakes on a plate. While munching on my pancakes, I settled my feet into my shoes ready to go to school.

I eventually made my way through the door to the car trying to beat my siblings as I wanted to sit in the front seat, off to school we went.

                                                                    5 minutes later.........

It was 9.00 o’clock in the morning. The busses arrived at school and they were ready to pick up the juniors. The juniors swiftly boarded the busses and off they went to the Hoyts Cinemas.

Later on that day, it was 11.00 o’clock and the busses arrived to school prepared for our intermediate classes to attend the film festival. We boarded the busses and off we went to the film festival!

Without hesitation I gently hopped out of bus and lined up quietly in front of my teacher. Just then, we strolled towards sylvia park. My hand gripped the railing of the elevator, higher we went towards the over sized for Hoyts Cinemas, I quickly made a dash for the front of the line as I wanted to get a good seat. I wonder what order our class movie was played in.

The lights switched off as our class presenters, Henry and Muamua presented our class movie. “Go Henry and Muamua”, I yelled as I cheered them on with a clap. After their speech, they swiftly ran down back to their seats as our class movie started to play.

After about 20 movies had played, we trudged back to the carpark and waited patiently for the bus to come.

                                                                  2 minutes later........

The bus instantly arrived at the carpark and we were ready to head off back to school. I respectively went into the bus and sat down next to my friends. “What was your favourite movie Faaiua”, I asked. “I liked class 2’s movie because it had a lot of funny scenes in it and it was very enjoyable to watch”, he replied.

After about 15 minutes had gone by, we arrived back at school and strolled back to class. The school bell rang just in time to go home. I looked at my watch and it was flashing 3.00PM.  

Here is a peek of our class movie!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Future Aspirations

On Wednesday 26th of November, our intermediate classes came across an important bunch of people talking about their past and their future lives. These important people are Anthony Samuels which is a T.V entertainer, Paula Fakalata which is an Attitude Presenter and also Amelia Unufe that is a Fashion Designer. They taught us about their lives, like how they became a T.V entertainer, Attitude Presenter and a Fashion Designer. "To Miharo Hoki-You Are Amazing"

Thursday, November 6, 2014


What is Kowhaiwhai?

Kowhaiwhai are beautiful painted design patterns. At first, kowhaiwhai patterns can be viewed as decoration only, but closer examination shows that they involve sophisticated mathematical precision.  These patterns include symmetry, rotation, reflection and translation.

The koru or pitau is the most basic design element of kowhaiwhai. These are curving stalks with bulbs at one end. They bear a striking resemblance to the young shoot of a native fern.

After the koru or pitau, the next main motif or pattern of kowhaiwhai is the crescent or kape. This  is characterised by a line of evenly placed white circles on the outer edge of the crescent.

The koru or pitau and the kape, are all that make up the list of basic kowhaiwhai motifs. However when used in various combinations these two patterns can create many varying designs of incredible depth.

1. Why does it say that kowhaiwhai are more than just decoration?
Because in the text, it says that (At first, kowhaiwhai patterns can be viewed as decoration only, but closer examination shows that they involve sophisticated mathematical precision)

2. Describe the two main patterns of kowhaiwhai?
The Pitau/Koru and Kape
(The koru or pitau and the kape, are all that make up the list of basic kowhaiwhai motifs)

An Artform

Stories that explain the origin of kowhaiwhai all say that it is an art form secondary in importance to  wood carving (whakairo) and tattooing (ta moko). When kowhaiwhai is compared to wood-carving and tattooing, there are several contrasts.  Apart from the obvious differences of how they are created, kowhaiwhai is seen as something more temporary. It is not seen as having  lasting value, so requires no special ritual and no formal training. It is considered to be a common (noa) activity and so therefore, can be carried out by anyone.

The colours red, black and white are often the only colours that appear in kowhaiwhai patterns. Red was obtained by mixing red ochre with shark-liver oil.  Black paint was made by mixing shark oil with powdered charcoal. For white paint, taioma or pipeclay was burned then pulverised and mixed with oil.

3. Why is kowhaiwhai seen as less important than whakairo and ta moko?
(When kowhaiwhai is compared to wood-carving and tattooing, there are several contrasts.  Apart from the obvious differences of how they are created, kowhaiwhai is seen as something more temporary)

4. Do you think whakairo and ta moko was carried out by anyone?
Yes it can. Because in the text it says that (It is considered to be a common (noa) activity and so therefore, can be carried out by anyone)


One oral account from Ngati Kahungunu, traces the origin of both wood-carving and kowhaiwhai. It tells us that:

When Whiro, Haepuru and Haematua climbed up to the second heaven to obtain carvings for their house, they were told by one of the gods that the art of decorating houses with wood carvings had already been taken away by their younger brothers. Whiro and his two friends complained to the god that they could not go begging to their younger brothers for the art, so the god showed them how to embellish a house with painted designs.
Whiro and the others then descended and adorned their own house with painted designs.( Best (1982:287-8…)

5. Why couldn't Whiro, Haepuru and Haemata get carvings for their house?

6a. sophisticated

Look at these words in the article and see if you can work out their meaning from the context. Then look up and write down the definition from the dictionary

Precision- The aim or accuracy. The state or quality of being precise.
Resemblance- Forming something. The state or fact of similarity.
Motif- The next main step or subject. A recurring subject, theme, idea, etc.
Secondary-The next thing after the first. Next after the first in order, place, time.
Temporary-Something that lasts only a period of time. It lasts only for a limited period of time; not permanent.
Pulverised-I think that it is something that you lift. Reduce to fine particles.
Obtained- Capturing. Get, acquire or secure (something)
Embellished-Make something more attractive.
Adorn-make something more beautiful and attractive like decorating.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Maths- Assessment Stage 7 and 8 (2)

Addition/Subtraction Stage 7 and 8
Solve the problems below. Try to use the strategy explained in the box above each question. Make sure you show all the steps you use to solve it.
Stage 7: Advanced Multiplicative
I can choose appropriately from a broad range of mental strategies to estimate answers and solve addition and subtraction problems involving decimals, integers, and fractions. I can also use multiplication and division to solve addition and subtraction problems with whole numbers.

Stage 7: Advanced Multiplicative
I can split decimal numbers in parts to solve addition and subtraction problems.
e.g.a)  6.03 – 5.8 = __   as 6.03 – 5 – 0.8 = 1.03 – 0.8 = 0.23 (standard place value partitioning)  or
b)2.36 + 1.27 = 2 + 1 = 3,  and .3 + .2 = .5,  and .06 + .07 = .13  So 3 + .5 + .13 = 3.63
1. Shona needs a length of wood for some shelves. Her first shelf needs to be 1.27m long and the second shelf needs to be 1.86m long. How much timber does need altogether?

1.27 + 1.86=3.13
1.0 + 1.0=2.0
0.27 + 0.86=1.13
2.0 + 1.13=3.13

2. She ends up finding 2 lengths of timber that are long enough but will have to cut them to the right length. The first piece is 1.5m. How much does she need to cut off it for the first shelf?

2.0 - 1.5=0.5

Stage 7: Advanced Multiplicative
I can solve addition and subtraction problems with decimal numbers by rounding and compensating. e.g.  a) 3.2 + 1.95 = (3.2 - .05) +  (1.95 + .05) = 3.15 + 2 = 5.15
Or b) 4.31 - 2.98 = 4.31 - 3 = 1.31 + .02 = 1.33

3. Dane was 1.46m tall when he last measured himself. He has since grown a further 0.47m. What is is height now?

      1.46 + 0.47=1.93
-0.03                   +0.03
      1.43 + 0.50=1.93

4. When Dane was 1.46m tall his little sister was  only 0.98m tall. How much taller was Dane than his sister?

         1.46 - 0.98=0.48
+0.02                      +0.02

         1.48 - 1.0=0.48

Stage 7: Advanced Multiplicative
I can solve subtraction problems with decimal numbers by reversing to an addition equation then jumping up tidy numbers on a numberline (reverse and jump)
e.g. 6.03 - 5.8 =  5.8 + __ = 6.03
5.8 + 0.2 = 6,  6 + 0.03 = 6.03    .2 + .03 = .23       So 6.03 - 5.8 = 0.23

5. Tiana has a container with 2.75 litres of juice in it. She uses it to fill a smaller container of juice that holds .985 litres. How much juice is left in the larger container?

2.75 - 0.985
0.985 +      = 2.75
0.985 + 0.015=1
1  + 0.75=1.75
0.015 + 0.75=0.765
1 + 0.765=1.765

Stage 7: Stage 7: Advanced Multiplicative
I can solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of unlike fractions by finding common denominators and partitioning
e.g. ¾  + ⅝  =  (¾  +  2/8) + ⅜ =  (¾ + ¼) + ⅜ = 1 ⅜

6. Allanah has 3/4 of a one pizza left and 5/8 of another.  How much pizza has she got altogether?

3/4 + 5/8=1 3/8
3/4 + 2/8=5/8
5/8 + 3/8=1
3/4 + 1/4=1
1 + 3/8= 1 3/8


Stage 7: Advanced Proportional:
I can use a range of mental partitioning strategies to estimate answers and solve problems that involve adding and subtracting fractions, including decimals. I am able to combine ratios and proportions with different amounts. The strategies include using partitions of fractions and “ones”, and finding equivalent fractions.

e.g. 2 ¾ - 1 ⅔ = 2 - 1 and ¾ - ⅔
= 1 and 9/12 - 8/12 = 1 1/12  (finding equivalent fractions)

7. Tom knows that for every 20 newspapers he delivers he gets $1.60.  How many papers does he need to deliver to earn $20

8. Hannah has a cup that hold .275 litres and a container that holds 2.2 litres.  How many cupfuls does she need to fill the container.
2.2 - 0.275=1.925
0.275 +       =2.2
0.275 + 0.725=1
1 + 0.2=1.2
0.725 + 0.2=0.925

1 + 0.925= 1.925