Friday, June 29, 2012

Just Can't Wait For School

"Hip hip horay" Some of my friends said to me when the 3:00 o'clock bell went. Why? Well because the school holidays have began. Normally I am really excited that it has started, but for some reason I am sad. For the next two weeks I have to stay in bed, play more netball, shower and eat. BORING!!! Now I have to persuade my mum to take me and my brother to the movies. It's not that hard to trick her though. Anyway, as I said, missing school makes me sad. 

I am a year 7 in room 20. My teacher Ms Squires is so cool. She makes learning fun. Maybe thats why I don't like to miss school. Speaking about school the Olympics is coming up, which makes me think that next terms topic is about it. Anyway, happy holidays everyone!

P.S Just can't wait for school.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PEPA Part 2

PEPA Highlights from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

As I marched like a soldier to the front of the line, I looked up then looked straight down. Lots of kids are sitting down there watching us dance. I was so nervous. I turned around and said inside my head “jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, whoa! Move your body out on the floor, put your troubles aside and...” As I kicked and turned my arms I didn’t get nervous that much.Fist pumping and cheering, that's what the kids were doing. “Whooa” kids said when the break dancers came on the stage. They were doing the pin drop, baby freeze, turtle and lots of other things I don’t know. Our item was finished and we went off stage. “OMG. That was so fun” I said to Mary. Everyone was so excited to do our next performance.  

20 minutes later we were on the wings getting ready. This performance was going to be better then the yeah 3x. Our song came on and once again we marched on. Everyone cheered for us. The song we did the dance to was a remix with Starstrukkk, Till the world ends remix and Labrinth earthquake. My favourite dance was Labrinth earthquake because at the end I did something different then everyone else. I did a one arm handstand.

The performance was a success. No one was hurt. I can’t wait for our next PEPA item. If I had to rate myself from 1-10 I would rate myself a 9. I went hard out and wasn’t shy. To do better in the evening performance I could face the front and look straight. This would help me to get a 10.

Edvard Munch Presentation

Edvard Munch Vivienne from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

This is a presentation about Edvard Munch. Edvard Munch is an interesting man to find out about. Sadly he  has had a lot of deaths in his family. I hope you like me presentation and I hope you have found out a lot about Edvard Munch as you watch it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Maori Portrait by Charles Frederick Goldie

An amazing artwork was painted by Charles Frederick Goldie. The material he used to create this painting was oil paint. He painted this in the year 1917. As you can see the name of this artwork is called Maori Portrait.

Why are we doing this I hear you ask. Well we are doing this because an art gallery is coming up. Because we are the year 7&8 extension class we should be able to stand out. If you want to find more pictures like this come to the Pt England hall at 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. The art gallery is opened on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. When people walk past the extension part of the hall, I want them to see that we have been working hard for the past weeks and that Charles Goldie was a talented artist.

When I first saw this painting the first word that came in my head was ‘realistic.’ Looking at this painting reminds me of my grandparents, because of this mans wrinkles. If I was the artist of this artwork, I would call it ‘Getting Ready For War.’

After looking at this amazing painting, it made me want to paint my own version like it. The most difficult bit for me though was doing the shading. It was quite hard to get the right colour. The most easy part was drawing the background. This artwork has made me want to find out more about his moko. Where does it come from? What does it mean? What is it supposed to represent?
This is what the end result looks like.
Hope you like it!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


 PEPA posters of some of the girls in Hip Hop
For PEPA I was in the hip hop group. Our tutors (Tamaki College students) Ma, Nella, Ester, Pa and Jerome were awesome at dancing. I wanted to be just like them. They had the skills as well as confidence. When I finish this, not only do I want to walk away with the skills of dancing but I also want to walk away with confidence.

When our tutors taught us the routine I was too shy to dance in front of people. Everyone was actually. Instead Ester encouraged us to just dance and if we do a mistake just improvise it. This helped me, a little bit. We kept practicing and everyone got better and better by the minute.

It was our final practice. Everyone was going hard, just to show off in front of Ms M (Director). When we finished our last practice Ms M was proud of us. She was also proud of our tutors.

It was time for our first performance in front of our NE- year 6. Now was the time for everyone to be nervous. "It can’t be that bad performing in front of little kids that hardly know me" I said nervously. I went through the dance moves inside my head. “5,6,7,8...”

Suddenly our music came on. Jay’Lee told me to hurry up and come in line. As I marched like a soldier to the front of the line, I looked up then looked straight down. To Be Continued...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Kiwi Kick

As I walked out of the street my body began to shiver and my teeth started to chatter. Walking to the courts, I saw goosebumps appearing on my arms. “I am so cold”  I said when I was rubbing it. When Room 20 got to the courts we sat down and waited for something to happen.

We met Sam and Mike our coaches for today. They said to us “O.K guys. Welcome to Aussie Rules. To begin we need to warm up, and to do this we are going to play a game called continuous tag. The rules for this is everyone is in. You have to tag a person without them noticing you. If you have been tagged then you sit down but if you tag each other at the same time, you have to do rock, paper, scissors. Who ever wins keeps going and if you lose you sit down. It's not really fun sitting down so if you want to stand up and continue you have to watch the person that tagged you. If they get tagged then they sit down and you carry on.” This is a great game to play.

Some of the skills in Kiwi Kick is way different then other sports we play. In Kiwi Kick to avoid getting tackled you have to do a hand pass. To master a hand pass you need to make a plate with your hand and put the ball on the plate. Then with your other hand you pretend that you are holding an ice cream. After that you have to do the pirate dance. Swing the ice cream side to side. As you do this you have to step forward to gave it more boost. If you practice and practice you will be really good at it. Another skill in Kiwi Kick is a drop punt. First of all you need to do laces away from faces. The AFL ball has laces on them, and before you kick you put them away from your face. More tips to help you is that you have to drop the ball in front of your foot. This makes it easier for you to aim as well as kick. People find that aiming is the most difficult one to master but when you kick you have to point your toe at the place that you are aiming for. These are the skills that they have taught as so far.

To practice our drop punt we had a little game named aim at the coaches. This is a fun game. This game tested our accuracy. We had to do a drop punt and our target was Sam and Mike. It was quite hard for me but for the rest of my group, easy as pie. Two points for the coaches, three for the netball pole and FIVE inside the netball hoop. Unfortunately I scored only 4 points whereas my friend scored 8. “I haven’t mastered the accuracy yet” I said to myself.

It was time for us to leave. I didn’t really want to leave. I didn’t want to go through that horrible time coming here and by the way I enjoy doing Kiwi Kick. This is a new sport that I haven’t played and I want to learn more about.