Friday, March 28, 2014

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary Biography/Report

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 and died on January 11, 2008. He grew up in New Zealand, Auckland and lived on Grand drive located in Eastern Auckland. If you noticed Sir Edmund Hillary is actually on New Zealand’s 5 dollar note, he is very famous because he was the first person to climb Mt Everest. Where he went for Primary was Tuakau Primary. For college he attended Auckland Grammar School and then studied maths and science at University of Auckland.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay was the first people to climb to the summit of Mt Everest. They both achieved this huge goal in 1953. Both of them went through a lot during their trip up Mt Everest. Such as blistering winds, dangerous heights and freezing days. But he was determined to make it to the top along with his buddie Tenzing Norgay. Eventually they both made it and were very proud of what they have achieved. If you were to look on a New Zealand five-dollar note, you would see that Sir Edmund Hillary is the figure on it. I think that he is on the five dollar bill because of his historical achievement for being the first New Zealand person to climb Mt Everest.

Sir Edmund Hillary became a famous person after he climbed the tallest mountain in the world (Mt Everest). But before he had accomplished that he had already been successful with climbing other mountains. In 1939 Mt Olivier was the first mountain Sir Edmund Hillary climbed. He then decided to join the Air Force and trained to be a navigator in 1943, he promised himself after the war that he would be a mountaineer. In the year 1945, Sir Edmund Hillary was a flying  boat navigator in the Pacific during the war. He got badly burnt and got sent back home. He spent the next few years climbing in the Southern Alps, including Mt Cook. 1949, Sir Edmund Hillary travelled to Europe and climbed in the Austrian and Swiss Alps.

Sir Edmund Hillary married Louise Rose. But sadly in 1975, Lady Hillary and their youngest child Belinda were killed in a plane crash in Nepal. He was really devastated and he went through depression. Ten years after the accident he recovered and married June Mulgrew, widow of his friend Peter Mulgrew who died in 979 during the Erebus plane crash.

Even though Sir Edmund Hillary has passed on, he is still a legend. I think he probably inspired people to keep on going, even when they feel like giving up. He was a great person and has achieved many different things. Especially climbing mountains, he was really good at that.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Multiplication Wheels

 This is my presentation that I have to complete during maths time. WALT: instantly recall our multiplication facts. This presentation is called "Multiplication Wheels".

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Adding and subtracting numbers with tenths/hundredths- Tuesday and Wednesday Questions

Octagons - Answer the following questions using the correct strategy such as rounding and compensating,  making tidy numbers and making whole numbers.

These are my Tuesday and Wednesday Questions that I have answered. WALT Add and subtract numbers with tenths/hundredths.

1. 2.34+ 3.56 = 5.90
 -0.34  +0.34
2.00 + 3.90= 5.90

2. 7.32+3.92 = 11.26
  -0.08 +0.08
7. 24 + 4.00= 11.24

3. 12.45 + 12.99 = 25.44
   -0.01    +0.01
12.44 + 13.00= 25.44

4. 45.05 + 193.03 = 238.08
    +0.03    -0.03
45.08 + 193= 238.08

5. 385.32 + 59.07 = 444.39
  +0.07       -0.07
385.39 + 59= 444.39

6. 83.35 - 33.92 = 117.43
   +0.08    +0.08
83.43 + 34= 117.43

7. 72.83 - 12.92 = 59.09
  +0.08     +0.08
72.91 - 13.00= 59.09

8. 28.48 - 12.03 = 16.45
   -0.03    -0.03
28.45 - 12.00= 16.45
9. 37.03 - 13.04 = 24.99
  -0.03    -0.03
37.00 - 13.01= 24.99

10. 853.37 - 384.44 = 468.93
    -0.37      -0.37
853.00 - 384.07= 468.93

11. 84.01 - 38.38 = 45.63
     -0.01    -0.01
84.00 - 38.37= 45.63

12. 484.93 - 375.53 = 109.40
     +0.07     +0.07
485.00 - 375.60= 109.40

Cyclone Lusi- Current Events, Six Thinking Hats

Monday, March 24, 2014

Report- Cyclone Lusi

The horrifying cyclone struck New Zealand with its ponderous winds and heavy rain. Emergency call-outs were busy during the cyclones arrival. This has been causing incidents throughout the country and this cyclone’s name is “Cyclone Lusi”.

The gusty winds destroyed approximately 300 homes and basically caused every suburb to have floods, during its weekend in New Zealand. Christchurch had 7000 houses with no power, and in north land 2000 houses had the same problem. Massive floods occurred in different places through-out NZ, and waves were very powerful.

The wind picked up to a dangerously high speed which occurred to be 130km/h. These kind of winds took place in Wellington, in exposed places and in the capital, with gusts at the airport reaching 60km/h.

During to Cyclone Lusi’s damage, it’s cost NZ heaps of money to get houses fixed and available for people to live in. It’s going to cost them millions of dollars to even get damaged houses up to scratch again. If the government has a lot of money, surely it won’t be a problem fixing all the damaged houses. The only thing is that it will take some time.

I think since New Zealand is having Cyclone’s then probably the next one would be even worse. I’m also happy to still have my house not damaged and that I still had power on the day that Cyclone Lusi hit.

Word Web- Hard

This is my Word Web. We had to find at-least 20 synonyms for hard. I found 23 words.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Multiplication Wheels

 This is my Multiplication Wheel presentation that I have finished off for my maths work.

Violet Walrond: Olympic Swimmer by Philappa Werry

Violet Walrond: Olympic Swimmer by Philippa Werry
School Journal Level 4, March 2012

WALT: Skim and scan for key information.
Make inferences

Success Criteria: I can locate key information in the text.
I can formulate my own ideas about the text.

Referring to the title of the text and the images visible on the first page, what do you think the text is about? I think this text is about a girl swimmer by the name of “Violet Walround”.

Why was the 1920 Olympic games a historic occasion? This was a historic occasion because it was the first ever time that New Zealand competed as an olympic nation.

Who is Violet Walrond? Violet Walrond was New Zealand’s first female Olympian. She is still the youngest athlete ever to compete at the games. She was only fifth-teen when she was accepted to compete at the olympics. She trained with her dad even before she started to compete.

Why did Violet have no idea of what the olympics would be like? She had no idea because, she was trained by her dad at the local pools.

Who coached her? Why is it surprising that by having this particular coach she was able to make it to the olympics? Violet Walrond’s dad was her trainer. I think she made it into the olympics because her dad trained her so well, but its also very surprising how she could go to the olympics.

At what age did Violet start winning races? because of winning at this particular age, do you think she had been practicing for years prior? She began winning her races at the age of twelve. I think that because she kept on practicing and believing in herself, thats how she probably got accepted into the olympic games.

At what age do you think Violet began swimming, justify your reason. I think that she probably started swimming at about the age of 10, but started winning races at 12 years-old. I think this because normally, when you first start off swimming you focus on the basics then start to compete in races.

What did people refer to Violet as? Why do you think this was her nickname? People refer to Violet as “That Splendid Girl Swimmer”. I think she had this nickname because she swam very dainty and smooth.

Where were the first modern Olympic Games held? They were first held in Athens. Why is it ‘cliche’ that the games were held here? (think about Greek Mythology) I think that the games were held here maybe because it was supposed to be. Maybe because of the Greek Mythology and the history.

Who were the three New Zealand athletes that had competed in the 1908 games? Henry St Aubyn Murray, Arthur Rowland and Harry Kerr.

Why were the 1920 games held in Antwerp? I think that they were held there to honour the people who lived in that place.


What does the quote “money and distance had always been hurdles” analyse this sentence, what does this mean to you? I think this means that money and distance was a big problem for people. Such as if you were going some place far-away it would probably cost a fair bit of money.

Do you think it was difficult to raise money to send athletes to the Olympics? Why/ why not? Yes I think it was difficult. Because you’ve got to have the time and effort to even raise the money + it would take quite some time to raise money.

Think about the locations of where the Olympics were held in relation to NZ, would this make it more difficult to send our athletes to the Olympics? Yes, because most of the places that they held the olympics are far-away from New Zealand.

What were the Canadian team willing to help out with? The Canadian’s gave them a place to stay. How do you think the NZ team would have reacted to this kind gesture? I think they would have been grateful, and also very pleased.

When Violet and her other Olympian team members reached Antwerp they had no uniform, however they did have one particular plant embroidered into their hats, why did they have  this particular plant? They had a fern on their hats. Maybe they had this particular plant because they're from New Zealand (Aotearoa).

What other NZ teams have sports teams and names that are the same name as this plant? Silver Ferns (Netball)

How does this plan represent NZ? Because New Zealand is also known as Aotearoa and Maori first came to New Zealand. Some plants were special to them, they still are.

Look at the quote “amazingly Violet recalls no pre-race anxiety” what do you think this means? I think this means that she is a calm person. Why has the writer written this as being amazing? I think that the writer has written this because, this is what he/she thinks of Violet Walrond.

Violet was determined, can you give an example of a situation where you have been determined? I have been determined to finish off class work, so that I wouldn’t have to stay in class and finish it during my play time.


What did Violet finish as in her heat? She finished swimming.

Do you think the NZ team did well with receiving Bronze Medals? I think they could of done better, but I suppose they probably tried their hardest.

Think about the size and population of NZ compared to other countries who send athletes to the olympics, what might give larger more populated countries an advantage? Maybe they’ll get an advantage if people didn’t bother to even turn up to the olympics, or even if people were suffering a serious disease or sickness.

Why was Violet bored? She wasn’t allowed outside, because her Dad wanted her to keep on practising and focussing on her swimming. Where could she not go? She couldn’t go outside. For what reasons do you think it was disallowed for Violet and other athletes to leave? Because they had to focus on their swimming, they had to learn more techniques and tricks to help them win, they had to study swimming.

Out of all of the ‘Female Olympic Firsts’ what is your favourite sport? Swimming Why? I really enjoy swimming and learning new techniques and tricks when I am in the water.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Add/Sub Yr 8- WALT: solve subtraction problems with hundredths by changing the second number into a whole number.

 This my presentation that I have created and also completed.  WALT:  solve subtraction problems with hundredths by changing the second number into a whole number.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Add/Sub Yr 8- WALT: solve addition problems with hundredths by changing one number into a whole number

 This is my maths presentation that I have just completed today. WALT solve addition problems with hundredths by changing one number into a whole number.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mult/Div Yr 7 - 5 WALT use an algorithm to solve division problems

 This is my presentation that I have finished for the week. WALT: use an algorithm to solve division problems.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mult/Div Yr 7- WALT: Use and algorithm to solve multiplication problems

 This is my presentation that I have created and shared on my blog. I am in the Octagons and have finished my recent presentation. WALT: Use and algorithm to solve multiplication problems.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Empathy Explanation

Empathy is about caring for others. If someone puts herself in peoples shoes and looks after them. That's what you call being an empathetic person. Not literally put someone’s shoes on, but get the idea that their upset about something. Try find out what that something is.

For someone to show empathy they’ll have to encourage others, be kind by asking what's wrong, or be a person that they’ll always want to rely on, when they’re sad. People can show empathy by helping. Why not help them when they’re in need.

Why is it important to show empathy towards others? Well... its because, eventually they’ll do the same. Simply hanging out with people in your class that are lonely is a helpful thing to do. People may not realise, but when shown empathy to friends, family or whoever. Its actually really helping them out by them feeling like someone cares for them and how they feel.

In the playground or in the classroom empathy can be shown. Actually... empathy can be shown anywhere at any time. If someone’s on the playground empathy can be shown by sharing the flying fox and encouraging them with something they think they can’t do. Be empathetic in class, such as working together with someone that doesn't know what strategy to use, or even help them improve their writing.

Be sure to be empathetic towards others. Also making the right choices can lead you to success, it can turn you into a better person. How? Well.. its going to help you gain great relationships with people. In the end you’ll be known as a great person that helped others.

Weekly Quiz Answers

This is my weekly quiz answers that I got. I have not finished the visual answers though, but I will get around to it.

1. What type of whales were found stranded on
a remote Southland beach last week?
• a. humpback whales
• b. orca
• c. blue whales

2. Which New Zealand University has been
named as a major sponsor for the
Highlanders rugby team?
• a. the University of Canterbury
• b. the University of Otago
• c. Lincoln University

3. A Danish Zoo caused an uproar last week
when it decided to put down an animal
rather than finding it another zoo. What type
of animal was it?
• a. elephant
• b. tiger
• c. giraffe

4. Why have a small number of people had
their passports cancelled recently?
•a. because of unpaid student loans
•b. because they used a stolen identity to
apply for the passport
•c. because the government was concerned
they would join rebel armies oversea

5. Why are some homeowners in the
Coromandel town of Waihi concerned about
their homes?
• a. a new road is going to be built which
will mean some houses have to be
• b. a home has recently collapsed into a
large hole
• c. a mining company will open a new
mine under existing housing

6. What is a berm?
• a. a type of boat
• b. the grassed area outside a property
beside the roadside
• c. a hairstyle inspired by Justin Bieber

7. In what sport are teams from Australia and
New Zealand competing at the Auckland
Nines tournament?
• a. Rugby
• b. Cricket
• c. Rugby League

8. Where was the whaling ship from that
entered New Zealand waters without
permission last week?
• a. Japan
• b. China
• c. Iceland

9. What type of transport disaster claimed the
lives of 77 soldiers in Algeria?
• a. a train crash
• b. a boat sinking
• c. a plane crash

10.How often do New Zealanders have to
renew their passport?
• a. every five years
• b. every ten years
• c. every fifteen years

11.Prince Charles and Prince William joined
together in a television broadcast to promote
what cause?
• a. saving endangered animals
• b. saving the rainforest
• c. using electric cars

12.Who has John Key accused of visiting Kim
Dotcom several times in his Dotcom
• a. the leader of New Zealand First,
Winston Peters
• b. the co-leader of the Greens, Russell
• c. both of the above

13.Which supermarket is being accused of
blackmailing suppliers?
• a. Countdown
• b. Pak n Save
• c. New World

14.On what continent is the Amazon River?
• a. Asia
• b. Africa
• c. South America

15.Who was named New Zealand’s top
sportsperson at the 51st Halberg Awards?
• a. Scott Dixon
• b. Valerie Adams
• c. Lydia Ko

Word Web- Want

This is my Popplet that I have created this morning. We had to find at-least 20 synonyms for the word want. I found 22.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Octagon's Think board Division

I have finished my think board for the maths group I'm in (octagons). 

Octagon's Fact Finder

This is what we call "Fact Finder". I have completed my groups fact finder, and now I'm going to continue with my other maths work.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Octagons Mult/Div Yr 7-3 Dividing Large Numbers With Remainders

This is my maths activity that I completed. WALT: Divide large numbers with remainders.

Set 1:

a) 146 divided by 4=
120 divided by 4= 30
26 divided by 4= 6 r2
Total= 36 r2

b) 138 divided by 5=
100 divided by 5= 20
38 divided by 5= 7 r3
Total= 27 r3

c) 95 divided by 3=
90 divided by 3= 30
5 divided by 3= 1 r2
Total=  31 r2

d) 128 divided by 6=
120 divided by 6=20
28 divided by 6= 4 r4
Total= 24 r4

e) 158 divided by 7=
140 divided by 7=20
18 divided by 7= 2 r4
Total= 22 r4

f) 170 divided by 8=
160 divided by 8= 20
10 divided by 8= 1 r2
Total= 21 r2

Set 2:

a) 131 divided by 3= 43 r2
b) 107 divided by 9= 11 r8
c) 85 divided by 6= 14 r1
d) 224 divided by 5= 44 r4
e) 114 divided by 8= 14 r2
f) 556 divided by 5= 111 r1
g) 73 divided by 2= 37 r1
h) 97 divided by 3= 32 r1
i) 113 divided by 4= 28 r1

Set 3: Word Problems

a) A sports shop has 87 basketballs, which they want to pack evenly into 5 boxes. How many basketballs should they put in each box? They would put 17 in each box
b)How many would be left over? 2

c) 83 people are going to a school camp. Students need to be in tent groups of 4. How many four person tent groups can they make? They can make 20
d) How many people are left over? 3

e) A company has 113 tanks of water to deliver. If they deliver 4 tanks to each office they visit, how many offices can they visit? 28
f) How many tanks do they have left over? 1

g) Apart shop has 127 balloons. They sell them in packs of 5. How many packs can they sell? 25 packets
h) How many balloons do they have left over? 2 balloons

i) A stationery company has 98 pairs of scissors. They sell the scissors in packs of 3. How many packs can they make? 32 packs
j) How many scissors do they have left over? 2

k) A clothing company has 213 buttons. It takes 7 buttons to make a shirt. How many shirts can they make? 30 shirts
l) How many buttons do they have left over? 3 buttons

m) A school is selling 85 lollipops. If they sell the lollipops in packs of 6. How many packs of lollipops do they have to sell? 14 packets
n) How many lollipops do they have left over? 1 lollipop

o) A school purchase 128 laptops. They have 6 classrooms and they want to put the same amount of laptops in each room. What is the maximum number of laptops they can have in each room? 21 laptops
p) How many laptops do they have left over? 2