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Friday, 26 February 2016

Recount: First Tennis Experience!

Room 7 lined up outside of the classroom and made our way over to the Tennis Court, closely followed by our Teacher Mrs Tui. Where 2 large Tennis nets were already set up, with Tennis balls, Tennis Rackets and our new Tennis coach. Everyone suddenly broke out in whispers about how excited they were.

After lining up along the yellow line our new coach went through the line getting to know everybody's name. But for some odd reason he never mentioned his name. “Now just come grab one racket and one ball,” our Coach asked us after getting to know everybody's name. We excitedly obeyed and spread out throughout the tennis court. I immediately started to bounce the ball on the tennis racket. Which was what almost everybody else started to do as well.

“Try to bounce the ball on both sides of the racket, switching sides every now and then.” Our Coach said perfectly demonstrating. I did so trying to imitate our coach, which resulted to me running around the tennis court trying to catch my Tennis ball. After a few more attempts I finally got the hang of it and starting congratulating myself inside my head, very pleased.

A few minutes later our Coach wanted everyone to find a partner and spread out on either sides of the Tennis nets. I unfortunately didn’t have a partner so I decided to just buddy up with my best friend Rosrine and her partner. We then started to practise how to serve and hit the ball. It wasn’t very difficult, but occasionally I would hit the ball a little too far. Rosrine on the other hand was having difficulty trying to hit the ball at all.

Next we had a few rounds of Tennis singles and then Tennis doubles. It was just as fun as playing netball and I was also getting a real sweat out of it as well. So I was really enjoying myself. “Now since we are getting to the end of the lesson I think that we should have a game!” Our coach announced. Everyone then almost immediately broke into 2 teams on either side of the Tennis net. “Single file please!” Our coach asked us. We did so and waited for the next instructions. “Ok so basically you just hit the ball to the other side of the net, then the other person will hit it back. But once you’ve had your turn of hitting the ball you run to the opposite line and if you make a mistake then you are out!” Our coach instructed. Some people were still quite confused so our coach demonstrated and everyone finally understood and got excited.

One by one each person made a mistake and suddenly I found myself being one of the last 2 people left in the game. “Go Alecia!” I heard all the girls screaming. My palms suddenly started to become even sweatier and so was my forehead. The next thing I knew I was having a match with my classmate Richie. After swinging the ball back and forth we luckily tied. I was so revealed because I really wasn’t in the mood to be humiliated in front of the entire class. After our round we collected all the balls and rackets and headed off to class. But while everyone else was chatting I was silently smiling to myself more pleased than before.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

My Maori Conversation

Today for Maori we learnt how to have a conversation in Maori. My partner for today was Albert.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Maths About Me

This is my Maths About Me. In this it will tell you things about me that is related to Maths. In this post I want to tell you about myself.

Reflection: Maths, Reading Results


In Maths I am a Well Above Average Student. My goals are to either maintain that position or to try and go above that position. In Reading I am a Above Average Student. My Goal is to try and go above that position.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Holiday Recount: A Day At The Auckland Museum

We hopped out of the van and unpacked it. “It’s such a hot Saturday,” my Dad stated. “Yeah,” my sister (Sonya) and I agreed. We then walked over to the entrance. ‘Auckland Museum’ the entrance sign read.

When we had finally entered I was instantly drawn to the Pacific Lifeways Gallery. There were different Islands displayed there, like Tonga, Samoa, Niue, Cook Island etc. We then carried on our journey by passing through the Maori Court and the Wild Child Gallery. After walking around we found ourselves at the Special Exhibition Hall. There it featured Air New Zealand over the 75 years that it had been active. This really interested me because I don’t know much about Air New Zealand or Airplanes so I went around reading the facts that were printed on the wall.

Next we made our way to the second floor. When we arrived on the second floor we found ourselves at the Origins Gallery. There we also found our Aunty and her family plus my Grandpa. We eventually ended up exploring the rest of the Museum together. Later we walked over to the Weird and Wonderful Gallery. The Weird and Wonderful Gallery had to be one of my favourite Galleries at the Museum. Mainly because it was so colourful and vibrant. Plus it featured a lot of interesting things, like Dinosaurs Bones and Insects.

Later on we arrived at the Volcano Gallery. The Volcano Gallery had to be my favourite Gallery. This is because it had a really cool display of a Volcano. But also because it featured some really interesting facts about Volcanoes, like that Volcanoes had been erupting here every few thousand years for the last 250,000 years. The Volcano Gallery was also my Aunt’s favourite Gallery. After we explored the Volcano Gallery we headed for the top floor, which was the War Memorial Gallery.

Throughout the Top Floor there were galleries of the Wars that involved New Zealand. Which included the Holocaust Gallery, the Boer War Gallery, the WWII Gallery etc. There were other Galleries on that floor including the Zero Gallery, the Spitfire Gallery and the Armoury Gallery. My favourite gallery on that floor had to be the Holocaust Gallery. This was because the Holocaust had always triggered my interest so it was really cool that I had a chance to learn more about it. It had also shown some really fascinating facts about WWI and WWII. After exploring the last gallery we ended up back at the beginning.

We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. But since it was still blazing hot we were really tired so decided to go straight home. That day I was really glad that I had decided to go the Museum because I really enjoyed myself and plus I loved seeing the different Galleries. Now I can’t wait for the next time I go there.

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Greeting of 2016!


Kia Ora and welcome to my Learning Journal of 2016! I am a Year 8 in Room 7 and I am 12 years-old. I am looking forward to this year because it is my last year in St Pius and next year I will be heading to Baradene College. This year I am a school leader, so this year I will do my best to act as a role model to our younger students of St Pius. I hope that this year I will achieve my goals which is to excel in Maths and Spelling. But other than that I am looking forward for 2016!