Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Google Expedition

Today on Tuesday, our school had the chance of doing the Google Expedition which was to try on special glasses that was called Google card box. It would have a phone in a cardboard like box, and 4 circle glass like things that you look into, and make it look 3D. Team 5 year 7's went first before the year 8's. Year 7's went in the morning, and the year 8's went after morning tea.

The year 8's got split into three groups: one, two, three.  I was in three, and we went second right after group one. We were going to be instructed by Mrs Teala, and miss Clarks son, Mr Clark (miss Clark who does reading with students, and not the one in class 2). The Google Cardbox was place in sections, and rows on two tables, which the boys will go to one table, and the girls go to the other.

Mr Clark was holding a tablet which lets him pick we will go and what we will see. The most fabulous ones I think were amazing was going into space, being on the Burj Khalfia and looking at one the most spectacular scenes of Dubai. Visiting Liberty Island in New York. It really looked like we were there.

We then had to finish off and get it ready for the last group, while we still had heaps of fun. The expedition was astonishing, and it was fun to do.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Andrew Patterson year 8 talk

Today a common radio live guest, known as Andrew Patterson came and talked to the year 8's about attending collage next year. The things he talked to us about, was that we were 50 or 60% though our school education. Important things that he mentioned were the 7 habits, which would be important in collage. Being Proactive, See beginning and end, Priorities I think, syenigise, sharpen saw, Understand something before understood and some one more other habit, but I forgot.

It was a lot of knowing what is important and not important. We were inspired by Mr Patterson so we could be prepared to go to collage.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

A time with Friends

“Ding ding ding ding” The bell went for the students to come back to class. I excitedly and quickly dashed back to class, knowing that we had a fun activity that the whole of team 5 were going to participate in. It was Tuesday today and we were going to do something known as the amazing race. We were only given a little bit of information, which was related to the amazing race. That little information was just that It was going to be fun and long.

We had to get changed into our fitness gear, and as someone our us could tell the teachers were very serious and eager for us to hurry up, get changed and be ready. Every student was then sitting down in the street silent listening, to miss Telea as she then gave us the rest of the information. She gave us a booklet which told where we go and our team name eg room 1 a team 3, room 4 b team 1, room 5 b team 2. We were given specific stations, which each team attended to, such as Pea pipes, Fear factor, Brain busters, Photo booth and Cookie fall. We were at those stations for only 10 minutes, so listing and silence was a priority.

Miss Teala then enabled us to leave to our first stations. My team which was room 1 a team 3 or 1a3 went to our first station which was the Pea pipes outside on the court with Miss Hockley. In my team was myself Lee, Mikano and Isaiah. We were up against other teams which was going to be interesting. This was going to mean teamwork.
The aim of this was to use a skinny straw and suck some peas from a white plastic bowl, then transport it while still sucking on it, to get it to another white bowl which a teacher will hold, without dropping it. To be honest it was pretty hard. A lot of the teams suction power from there mouth was probably poor. It was going well at first for me, but then I started having trouble, thinking I would get all of them in without dropping them. But then in the end our team still won.

Next course was the Fear factor in the Breeze. I didn't want participate in this so I let my friends take over. Then another friend didn't want to do it, so it was just two. What we had to do for this, was to first eat very dry weetbix quickly then eat a bowl of spaghetti, mixed in with kiwi fruit, salad and Tomato Sauce. This wasn't a very nice activity to do but, still in the end our team managed to win again.

Then next up was the Brain buster in room 1 and we had to work together and solve some very complex problems, and riddles, like a real amazing race might have. One of the most interesting problems had four dotted boxes which went 3x3. We had to try and connect them together with only 4 strikes of lines. For this our team had to put of minds together and try and figure that out. We failed a lot, until we had clues, which then we had it, which to make a square which would cover the four dotted boxes.

We didn't win it though, none of us did, so we moved to the second to last station. It turned out to be our last, because we didn't have time. It was called the Photo booth in the Street with Miss Teala, which was to dress up in costumes and take photos. There was no competition for this. Our team were in boxing gear, some of us were trying to act like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Then Miss Teala told us to pack up and get ready for fitness, It was all over so quickly. For me my team was like brothers, we shared a bond together. I hope to do something like that again.