Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Haiku - Softball

I stood on home base.
Then grabbing the baseball bat.
I swung a hard hit.

I stood on the field.
With a glove tight on my hand.
My hands were ready.

I was in the line.
I was waiting for a turn.
It didn't take long.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Jack - Mmm, That's Tasty!

Mmm, That’s Tasty! by Neville Gardner
School Journal June 2012

WALT: Begin to use a range of scientific symbols, conventions, and vocabulary.
SC:      Complete a small science report on the taste + smell experiement

  1. There are 5 main flavour receptors. Sweet, Salty, Bitter, Sour and Umami.
List some foods fit each of the flavour receptors.  

  • Coffee
  • cocoa powder
  • vanilla essence
  • salt
  • fish
  • lemon
  • sour lollies
  • lollies
  • chocolate
  • fruit
  • fizzy drinks
Umami (savoury)
  • pie
  • roast chicken/other roast meats

  1. Record the words you didn’t know before. Add a picture or sentence to describe what they mean.
Before I did not know what Umami meant but now I know it is a category of food that is a savoury.   

Papillae (p.26)
a small part of the tongue
Receptor (p.26 )
a organ or cell that can sense spice, sweet and other tastes and can send them to the nerve system
texture (p.25)
a feeling of something
recognise (p.28)
to know what something is

  1. On Page 29, there is the great jelly bean challenge. Mrs Parker will provide you with some Jelly Beans (or other items) to complete this task.
    Use the template for a science report below to write what you did, and what you found.

Question: Do our taste buds require smell?

Hypothesis: Yes our taste buds do require smell because if you  block your nose and have something sweet you can only taste sugar.  

Materials: You need pen/pencil, paper, some jellybeans and a partner to record what you taste

Procedure:  (1)First you get a pencil and paper. (2)Then you close your eyes and block your nose. (3)Then get your partner to give you a jellybean and make sure your partner see’s what colour it is. (4)Then chew it and make sure you do not swallow it. (5)Then guess what flavour it is. (6)
Then unblock your nose and open your eye’s then guess the flavour again. (7)
Then get your partner to write what you said and then write the correct the flavour.   

Observations: First I blocked my nose and closed my eye’s then I ate a jellybean and chewed it I guessed that it was blue and then unblocked my nose and straight away I realised that it was red then we wrote what I guessed and the correct answer after it all.

Conclusion: What I guessed was wrong because after a bit of chewing I could only taste sugar so I took the closest guess I could think of.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

My holiday explanation


It was the term three two week holiday but Instead I got a four week holiday. Because of a foolish move that broke my ankle causing a lot of pain and a moon boot for 6 weeks.


The holidays is a two week break from school and to spend time with friends and family. We have three two week holidays and then one six week holiday at the end of the year.


For these holidays it was an unpleasant break to the thanks of my broken ankle. From the day I broke it it’s been a slow ride for me.For three weeks I have been clanking around on my crutches. But after those three weeks I realized that I had the strength to walk without my crutches. Then on.... it’s been much easier to get around.

For these holidays I went up north to my mum’s she lives in Whangarei I go up there every four weeks. The people who live there is my mum my little brother and my nan. I don’t go up there very  often because  she lives far away and isn’t suitable to stay with her for more than three days.

For these holidays my big brother and I have bought a Xbox 360 with our own money. It came with a bundle of games and a controller. And for most of the holidays I have been playing it all day long.


Next holidays instead of doing nothing not including the normal stuff I want to go camping or go to Waiwera for the day or something cool like that.   


Friday, 12 September 2014

Letter to Matua Leighton

Jack P
Room 10
Glenbrae School
103 Leybourne
Glen Innes

Friday 12th September 2014

Dear, Matua Leighton

My name is Jack. I am very thankful for you to spend your time with the year 7 & 8s of Glenbrae School. It was a pleasure to hear what you had to say about how you got to where you are now.

The thing I found most interesting was how you went to Dilworth school and the thing I learnt was you have to work hard to get a job or to complete your goals

And again I am thankful for you to visit us and encourage us to work hard towards our goals.        

Letter to Constable Andrew and Geoff

Jack P
Room 10
Glenbrae School
103 Leybourne circle
Glen Innes 1072

Friday 12th September 2014

Dear, Constable Andrew and Geoff

My name is Jack. I am very thankful for you and constable Geoff   to spend your time with the year 7 & 8s of room 10. It was a pleasure to hear what you had to say about how you became cops.

The thing I found most interesting was how you were both big and lost weight to achieve your goals. The thing I learnt was always have a back up plan.

And again I am thankful for you both to visit us and encourage us to work hard and not be lazy.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Last week we had a visiter and this is my thank you letter

Dear Dagma,

My name is Jack and I am very thankful to you for giving up your time to spend with the year 7 and 8s of Glenbrae school. It was a pleasure to hear your stories of how you got to where you are now.

I enjoyed listening to how you became a professional artist and I found it interesting when you were talking about your cultures and how you were German and could speak it well and could also speak French.

And again I am very thankful to you for spending your time with us and showing your lovely artwork and designs we all appreciated you coming to talk to us. Thank you and hope you come again.

Yours Sincerely
Jack P.     

Monday, 11 August 2014

Powhiri Recount

It was Thursday the 7th of August and Len Brown the Mayor of Auckland was coming to glenbrae school. Because we are going to build a early childhood education centre. So for that we had a powhiri in our school hall and outside there was a kapa haka.

Once Len Brown came in with Nick Smith and a whole lot more politics he started talking about the early childhood education centre that was going to be built and he also said that 32 houses were going to be built in the next year.

Next Len brown said that after he speaks to a crowd he sings a song so he sang a maori song to us. Then we sang our songs to him and the rest of the politics first we had samoan song then two maori songs then we went outside to where the early childhood education centre was going to be to sod the soil. When we got there someone had already upturned the dirt so they put it back in the ground and dig another hole. But before they dug another hole Matua Jim did prey then Len Brown and Nick Smith upturned the dirt. Then lastly the house leaders went for a walk down to the glenbrae scout hall it was getting fixed up and it’s going to be a community hall so we carried on walking then stopped outside of a construction site and we were told it was going to be the first house to be built out of the 32 houses then we went back to school and it all slowly went back to normal.                

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Tae kwon do Recount

Tae kwon do. a martial arts that really hurts if used and this is what we are learning this term.We are up to our 2nd week of it and I enjoy it this week we learn’t how to punch properly then we learn’t a counter attack where you dodge a sweeping kick by jumping up and then double punch.Then we learn’t how to get out of a person grabbing you by your throat you have to put your arms up and hands together then twist your body sideways.After all this we had a fun game of helicopter and finished off the lesson.        

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Badminton Recount - Jack

On every Tuesday for the last four weeks our class has Badminton. My favourite thing about Badminton is that the bat was very easy to maneuver. The shuttlecock,a small rubber or plastic point with feathers or plastic feathers on the end,could fly through the air and could go up to a furious speed of 260 km an hour. The thing I found most difficult was when the shuttlecock was coming towards me from directly above when I needed to hit it back over the net.          

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The blazing 7 stars of Matariki

The blazing 7 stars of Matariki :

     Matariki a time in the year for celebration
     when the seven bright stars blaze
     in the morning sky
     seven sisters glazing upon us
     with persuasive eyes
     wondering when set free from the skies
     wondering if 7 more men
     will hear their persuasive
     screams and crys
     to set them free
     to persuade another day.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Recount - Long bay Marine reserve

I was on my way to school thinking it was just a normal day but then a thought struck me, I had just remembered that there was a trip. I ran to school just to be in time to sort our groups for the trip. It was time to go so my group jumped on the bus and took a seat and once the rest came on it was getting a bit cramped. But my friends and I got to sit together it took one hour but we made it I stepped out and it was blowing furiously the people who worked there came to greet us and took us to the shelter we got told all the rules of what you can do and what you can’t do.

Next we got some trays to full up with water to put all the creatures we found in the rock pools. My group found lots of different creatures like a starfish, a big empty old shell, a dead crab and two cool looking shells that had crabs in them. Once it was time to go we emptied our trays back into the rock pools then we walked onto the beach and onto a flat area and we got told to draw the best creature we found so I drew a giant starfish then we walked back to the shelter to have some lunch.

Then we got given a bucket for each group. We got told our task was to find all sorts of washed up stuff even rubbish. In the middle of that we found two stranded jellyfish one was dead but the other one we didn't know if it was dead or alive .Then we went up onto the dry sand and went digging for sand hoppers I found a huge one and one of the other children found some sort of grub that  one of the workers said she had only seen two of them before. It was a rare sort of beetle I forgot what it was called but it looked ugly then we took our buckets full of stranded creatures back to the shelter. We sorted the things we found into groups and did a quiz about what we found it was fun we came 2nd but it was good so then we finished and grabbed our bags and lined up to go back to school we walked to the bus and jumped back on by the time we got back we were able to go home.      

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The poem of WAR

The poem of WAR :

War is nothing but destruction and death

yet the soldiers who fought for us are now at rest

all though there are the lucky ones who still live among us....
but lets ask are they lucky

they shall live on with the memories of the lost souls

that are now in peace without the sounds

of gunfire and explosions

they are now free but all will be remembered of them.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

My loopy person

For the last week room 10 have been working on measurement. We decided to make loopy people they are made from paper. To make them we measured all our body parts and halved them. Then we glued all the bits into the right places. This is an image of what my one looked like. The hardest part for me was to keep the parts glued together. But the easy part was measuring my body and halving the measurements.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Back to school recount - Jack

It was Sunday night and I didn't feel that great to go to school the next day then I went to bed feeling tired and just wanting a sleep in until 10:30 am .But then the next morning I was waked to a continuous beeping noise and that was my alarm at 6:30 am when I was ready I walked out of the door and off to school then I just walked around with some friends until the bell rang .And now that I've been back for 2 days it’s been good .We just finished a netball lesson and it was quite exhilarating and fun .         

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Basket reflection

Today was the last day of our basketball lessons .I learn’t the names of how you can bounce the ball you can do bongo drums, left high, left low, right high, right low but you normally have to do bounces under the knee .

The most difficult trick I did was bouncing the ball back and forth through my legs in the end I  still wasn’t any good .But I was pretty good at spinning the ball on my finger that was my favourite trick when we finished the last lesson I gave a big thanks from our class and school.     

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Our awesome trip to the Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo trip :

Friday the 4th of April was the date set for the rooms 7 ,9 and 10 we were set to meet in the hall at 8:50 am .there were 2 buses waiting outside the gate .

When we were in the hall our class was split into 4 groups I was in Mrs “Parker’s” group we were the first group to go I got on the bus that was at the back and I was the first 1 on so I went to the back seat with my friend Alex .

The trip took 30 minutes to get to the Auckland Zoo and our bus got there first straight after the other bus came we had  to wait for bit in the bus I didn't know why but I wasn't fussed we got off and walked through the big doorway and through the gate at the end .We got leaded by the zoo keepers we then walked to a room by all the N.Z native animals ,plants and insects we had a talk with the zoo keepers they said to be very quiet or the animals will get scared and hide .

After the talk about the rules our class room 10 went with Laura she was 1 of the zoo keepers The we went in the cage that had the native trees and birds .We saw the Nikau tree and the kawakawa plant and up on a high branch we saw a wood pigeon when we started to go up the path we saw some native parrots .Next we went up to the high deck and saw the birds on the roof I didn't know what they were because they were too far away.

Then we left and went with the other zoo keeper his name was John he was British he showed us the lizards they weren't as amusing as I thought they would be .then he took us to the cage with the kea’s we went in and there were weka s as well but there were lots of keas after I just took a photo of kea that was on the ground 1 flu from above and glided along my head and I got a fright but it was cool to get so close to 1 .

Then we went with the last zoo keeper that was with us his name was Richard we stopped at a table and he had a bag he showed us what was in it .It was a stuffed owl and stuffed ferret we were aloud to touch them as we walked through the gate he was taking us to the night forest .But we quickly had a look at the ells they were big he said they were up to 30-40 years old .

After that we went to the night forest but I only saw 2 kiwis they  were bigger than I thought they would be .So that was cool then in the room at the end there was a machine that had a kiwi egg in it but.... it was fake then we walked back to the meeting place where we had a talk we then had another talk and split into the groups we sorted at school and went to the building that was near the tigers and sat there to eat .

Then we went to go see all the animals we saw lots of different animals and reptiles but there was 1 spider monkey that was funny it was hanging by it’s tail while it was fighting its own feet and then it grabbed it’s BUT!!! it was disturbing but funny at the same time.

At the end we went to kid zone and saw the pigs and guinea pigs then Hannah, Eseki and me went down the slide while we were going down little kids were coming down behind us and we weren't even moving then we finally got out that was the worst time out of the whole trip then we went to the front of the zoo and waited until the other classes got there and then we left and went back to school .           

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Jack-The Hatchet - Response Activity 1

Responses to The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Chapters 1 - 5

.WALT: Analyse underlying ideas in texts
.Success Criteria: Recall information from the text and class discussions to make evaluations Brian’s behaviour and feelings.

Personal Response
1. How did you react to Brian’s thoughts and actions? Do you think he is sensible or unreasonable? I think that Brain is sensible because he hasn't killed himself yet.

Analysing Literature - Recall and Interpret
2. Why is Brian visiting his father in Canada? How does Brian feel about his mother? Brain is visiting his father because his mother had an affair with another man so they got a divorce`  

3. What is Brian’s plan for landing the plane? What conclusions can you draw about Brian from the actions he takes before the crash? His plan is to go straight until the fuel runs out and crash land the plane .But he could of parachuted out of the plane as it was going down.

4. What lesson does Brian recall from Mr Pepich, his English teacher? How does that lesson help Brian as he sits beside the lake? Mr Pepich would always be positive and would think of the best.  

Evaluate and Connect
5. Sometimes Brian’s thoughts go back to an earlier time, when he was with his mother. What effect do these “breaks” have on the story. It was making him sad and and annoyed.  

6. Are Brian’s reactions to the pilot’s death and the crash realistic? Does Brian seem like a real thirteen-year-old boy? I think that he seems like a normal 13 year old but it just took him a while to get over the shock.

Extending your response
In the story, the author often relates events or mentions details that become important later on. For example, the pilot allows Brian to steer the plane. At first, this seems like a minor event. Later, it helps Brian survive. What other parts of the story later become important. I think that his mother getting him a hatchet was a little part of the story that turned into a big bit of his survival.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

How a life jacket could save your life

life j.pngToday we learn’t that if your life jacket is not tied on properly it could slip off so you have to make sure it is tight and the fabric that was in our life jacket was made out of a non absorbent fibre called Kapok.

Backpacker going to buy a Lotto ticket after survival

Photo / Thinkstock

Backpacker going to buy a Lotto ticket after survival

By Patrice Dougan
Photo / Thinkstock Article
A Chinese backpacker who survived three days missing in the bush says he might buy a Lotto ticket to test his luck.
Cheng Chen, 28, went for a walk in National Park, Ruapehu, on Sunday but lost his way and spent three days in the bush, without food or equipment, as poor weather closed in.
A search team found him on Wednesday afternoon on the outskirts of National Park.
He was discharged from Taumarunui Hospital today after receiving treatment for exhaustion and exposure to the cold.
Mr Chen acknowledged some people would describe him as lucky to have survived the experience.
"I'm going to buy a Lotto ticket, if I win a prize that should prove if I'm lucky," he said.
Now would be a good time, with tomorrow's Lotto jackpot standing at $32 million.
However, Mr Chen declined to elaborate further on his experience, saying it was embarrassing.
"I went to see a waterfall and got lost in the National Park without food, without water, no hiking gear, and nearly died," he said.
The alarm was raised about noon on Tuesday by the owner of the accommodation where Mr Chen had been staying. He had not been seen since before he went for a walk in the Tupapakurua Falls Track area on Sunday.
There was concern for his wellbeing, with reports that he was unprepared for the stormy weather that struck the North Island earlier this week.
After Mr Chen was rescued, search co-ordinator Sergeant Colin Wright, said he was lucky to have survived.

Success Criteria: I can locate information and make evaluations and recommendations based on this.
Knowledge Questions:
  1. Where did Mr Chen go walking? He went for a walk in National park Ruapehu.
  2. What three things did Mr Chen NOT take with him on his walk? Water, food and hiking gear.
  3. How long did it take for anyone to notice that Mr Chen was missing? it took three days for the rescue crew to find him.
  4. It says “Mr Chen declined to elaborate further on his experience” What does elaborate mean? It means that he will not go any further in his quest.

Discovering more information Questions:
  1. Imagine that you are Mr Chen and going for the same walk. Use the Department of Convservation website ( to find information on the Tupapakurua Falls Track that Mr Chen walked.
    1. How long (distance) is the track, and how long (time) does it take to walk? The distance of the walk is 11 km and the time it would take is 4-5 hours.
    2. Who is the track recommended for? The track is recommended for Experienced hikers.
    3. What are the conditions of the track? Slippery, muddy and following rain.
  2. Read the Plan and Prepare section.
    1. What two things does it recommend you do before your walk? Before always check the weather forecast always be prepared for bad weather.
    2. What five things does it recommend you take with you on your walk? Windproof and waterproof clothes, good hiking boots, food and plenty of drink, sunglasses and sunscreen, first aid kit.  

Evaluation :
  1. Do you think Mr Chen was well prepared for his walk? No because he did not have and of the above and he did not check the weather
      Why did Mr Chen think it was a good idea to buy a Lotto ticket? Because he thought he was lucky to be alive
  1. Why do you think Mr Chen was embarrassed to talk about his experience? Because he was unprepared and didn’t take precaution.    

  1. Using the information above, write an explanation in full paragraph format of Tupapakurua track, including:
    1. definition of a hike,
    2. description of the track, and
    3. operations of  what steps you should take before and during your hike.
    4. any other special features including a picture of the track to accompany it.   
Write your explanation paragraphs here:

If you were to take a hike in the Tupapakurua falls you would need to look at the weather forecast and be prepared for bad weather .The simpies you would need would be wind and waterproof clothes, good hiking boots, food and plenty of water, sunglasses and sunscreen and a first aid kit .The trip would take 4-5 hours and it is 11 km .