Monday, December 16, 2013

PES Reflection

This is now the start of my last week of Point England school. During my years at Point England School I have met new people and made new friends. I have grown to love this school and all the people in it. Next year I will be heading to Glendowie Collage. Its going to be really hard for me on the last day saying goodbye to all my friends and teachers. But I hope we will still come back and meet up again for riverside.

I can still remember my first day at Point England. I was so scared but I just hung out with my friend Ashleigh. Ashleigh is still one of my closest friends. Mrs George and Mrs Dwyers were my two new entrant teachers. And they were my two favourite teachers. My first year was great it really helped me to settle in properly and I met a lot of new kids who I am still friends with. Thank you Mrs George and Mrs Dwyers for starting me off on the right track.

Point England School for me has been great it was full of laughter sadness and joy. I will truly miss this school and all the people in it. My final year at Point England  is with Mrs Squires. I was also in another class with her which is cool. And I am happy that for my last year I am in her class.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Camp Keswick

Day 3 @ Camp Keswick

Thursday was quite a dull day but that never stopped us from heading off to the Blue lake. The bus took us to the other side of a mountain which we had to walk to the blue lake were we could go for a swim. At first we were a little bit lost to where we were heading too, but we found our way in the end. The walk was at least an hour but it was a pretty fun walk.

Surrounded by greenery we walked along the path. When we were nearly at the end we could see our buses which were already there. I could hear a little moaning from some of the other kids because we past this place before in the beginning.

A first it was freezing cold but it slowly got warmer. We played a little bit and then Ashleigh, Tui and I went on the pontoon it was really fun but I think when one of the boys jumped of he broke the chord that was holing the pontoon down but it was still fun. Sadly we had to leave because it started to rain.

We headed off back to camp because well we were all soaking wet but when we arrived we heard news that if we wanted to we could go to the pools. We planed to go sightseeing but it was raining hard out so that was the alternative activity. Mrs Nua payed for the kids who wanted to swim because it was $2 each but we had to pay her back when we got back to school.

The 2 meter pool was really cool because there was a little trampoline that we could jump off and do bombs or dives in. Ashleigh and I jumped off it a couple of times but sadly the blocked it of because one of the boys kept jumping of wrong and started playing around on it. I'm not sure how long we stayed there but overall it was fun.

That was the last activity of the day so after that we went back to camp to practise our prize giving dance. For me that would be the best day at camp.

Digital Reflection

Being connected with this years new digital technology has helped me to improve my learning. Having my net book connected to the internet has helped me for the following reasons. It has increasingly helped me to exceed more in my maths and reading academic scores at the end of each year. It has also help me to learn more about technology and the digital network.

The TLN Manaiakalani system is a great investment it has helped me personally to access my school work not only at school but at home also. That is great because if I have a task that has to be finished the next day I can always just work on it at home.

My teachers have helped me to learn different sites to help me get through tasks. Some of these sites are Mathswhizz, Xtramath and Thesaurus. Not only do they help me to finish tasks but I also get to learn something new every time I go on those sites.

My friends have helped me a lot with my work when I get stuck on a question or something like that but they have also helped me to stay on track and not go off task. Overall having a net book has helped me a lot and I think this new change is a really good improvement from having books and pencils.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

RIP Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is a great man who has helped to change the world in many ways. For example he had led his own race into becoming more independent and humble. Sadly he had passed away on Saturday the 7th of December at the age of 95. He lived an amazing life, and everyone who has ever been in his presence had been very blessed. He will forever be remembered and adored for his good works he has done. Rest in paradise Nelson Mandela. 

Camp Keswick

Day 2 @ Camp Keswick

Day 2 of camp was full of fun and laughter as all the year 8 kids went to the Agrodome. The Agrodome was so much fun. At first I think we all thought it wasn't going to be fun but we were all wrong. It was really quite interesting and funny.

We first watched as the host sheared a sheep. We felt sad for the sheep that was getting sheared because we thought it was getting thrown around. But he said it was al right and the sheep would be fine. After that he got some volunteers from the crowd to help milk a cow. Two people were invited to go up stage and help from our group and there we also others from the different groups It was really funny because I don't think we have ever seen a cow being milked before so it was really funny.

After that we went to see the Lady Knox geyser which erupts at 10:30 everyday. The Lady Knox geyser when it erupted went between 4 - 6 meters because of the days weather. When that had finished erupting we all went to the Thermal Wonderland just down the road. That was full of funny smells and interesting views.

The day overall went well and was pretty cool I couldn't wait for the next day and what we were going to do then.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Camp Keswick

Day 1 @ Keswick Camp

During last week, camp Keswick was filled of Point England's 2013 year 8's. We ventured on our way down to Rotorua heading to Keswick. That was where we had our year 8 camp. Our bus ride was at least three hours long, but lucky enough we had a few stops on the way. Our first stop was at a reserve which was where we had lunch. At the Reserve we had lunch and also skimmed rocks on the water. We found out that there was a lot of muscles at the lake.

After our break from the bus we had to go strait back on our next destination was a dam. When we arrived at the dam we went for a walk around. If you looked down the dam you could see a great big whole with a little lake down the side. But if you looked on the other side there was so much water I found it quite cool because it was really dry on the other side. Some of the teachers were a little scared of heights which was funny because they told us not to look down and pretend to push them off.

When we finished our walk we went back on the bus for the last time and headed down to Keswick camp. It was really cool because they had a big field to play in and all the girls also had their own sort of cabins. After we unpacked we had to go back onto the bus and we drove to a hill which we walked up. The mountain was really bug to walk through. It was 3.8 kilometers. The first day of camp was fun and I couldn't wait for the next.

Day 2 @ Keswick Camp

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thank You!

WOW! I just can't believe that my time at P.t England School is almost coming to an end. I really love this school and all the people in it. I have meet new people and made heaps of friends. First of all I would like to say a HUGE  thank you to Mr Burt and Mrs Burt. These two people have tried to make this school  more productive and have tried to improve our students academic records. I would also like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all of my teachers who have taught me through all my years at P.t England. They along the way have help me to go on the right path and have help me to get where I am now. So again a BIG thank you to all of my teachers. I will truly miss you next year.

Now to all of my friends, I have grown to love each and everyone of you, I could almost say that you are my family. Each of you have your own personality and I know some of us are going to different collages but I hope we all keep in touch. Thank you for sticking up for me during those tough times and thank you for helping me when I need you guys. I wish all of you good luck and I hope you will have fun during your way through life.