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Monday, 11 December 2017

Inspirational Talk - Andrew Patterson

                              Walt: Write about Mr Patterson's 2nd visit to Pt England School.
Today we had two special guests come in to talk to us about College. Mr Patterson was going to interview Raenan about him being a Pt England student, who didn't want to go to Tamaki College. Raenan didn't want to go to Tamaki College because of all the rumors he heard from other people.

When he started Tamaki College as a Year 9, he was nervous because he didn't know what he would expect from the students. The year thirteens would welcome all of the Year 9's with a warm welcome and the prefects would look out for all of the year 9's so they would feel the aroha for them. Raenan inspired each and everyone of us to put lots of effort into our school work and to make sure to stay out of trouble.

The most important thing about college that Raenan taught me, is that if you set yourself a goal, then you just need to put all of your hard work to it and you would achieve it. Raenan gave us lots of helpful tips for college and he inspired all of us year 8's to take the opportunity given to you. Mr Patterson told us that schools like Girls Auckland Grammer school has lots of students, but less opportunities given to them.

Mr Patterson showed us a video about a boy who went with Raenan on a boat to sail around New Zealand. When he was 7 years old, his father was put in prison because he was in trouble with the police. He was growing up with his older sister and was a really troubled student. Until one day, the principal of Mangere college, gave him an opportunity to experience the things that he has never done.

For example, he was on a boat for the first time, getting his first passport and getting to meet new and amazing people. The prinicipal of Mangere college was grateful enough to give him the chance to experience these things. Since that faithful day, his bad habits and his attitude changed forever. He never got to see his father since he was 7 to 15. His speech was really inspirational and it inspired.

If there are problems in your life, you need to work hard to be able to achieve your goals. Even if the boy was having a hard time without his father around, he still tried his best in school and he never gave up his goals. He didn't even think negative thoughts once he entered college, like what most year 9's would do.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Hans Zimmer - Composer

Walt: Write a little blurb about Hans Zimmer and how he has composed his music, since he was little.

Hans Zimmer is a proud composer who was born and raised in Germany. He is recognised as Hollywood's most famous composer and for making popular movies with amazing soundtracks. Hans was born on September 12th 1957 in west Germany. Since the 1980s, Hans has composed over 150 music for different movies. He is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and works with other people who are just like him (composers) through the company that he founded.

Hans Zimmer started his music career in small bands. He was applying keyboards/synth during the 70s. From playing with small bands, he went on to co producing tracks for punk bands and electronic bands. In the 80s, Hans went on to writing jingles for advertising companies to make a living, while he was living in London. From all of his hard work, he was recognised by a composer named Stanley Myers. They both joined forces to make their music bring out different emotions from the audience.

This is where Hans Zimmer began to compose music for famous films like moonlight, insignificance and success is the best revenge. Hans used modern day music with his amazing approach to sound with moving images and to his powerful scores. He is the most amazing person in the world of music and he is a great inspiration for people who wants to be a composer just like him. 

Music & Emotions


Our task was to look at our topic that is called "Musical Madness." We had to put in 6 different emotions with appropriate songs that is good for kids our age. Also we needed to add pictures and the colours that suit the emotion. If we wanted to get a bonus point, we had to pick songs that nobody else would pick. It was a long task because everybody needed to find songs and think of the emotions. What I learnt is that different music that has been played, can lead up to how we feel and our emotions.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Seat Belts

Walt: Look for clues in the text to help us make meaning when we interfere.

Our task was to look for clues in the text to find our best fit answer. Then we needed to eliminate some answers that we think doesn't match the text, needs to be eliminated. Our text was called "Seat Belts." This text was to show people that wearing a seat belt might not be comfortable, but its safe for everybody around you. Most people would get into accidents if they don't have their seat belts on and it outs every bodies lives on the line, when your driving.

Nursery Rhymes


Walt: Use Interesting writing in our writing.
Coincidentally Row, Row, Row your boat, Discreetly down the stream, Observe the fish, then ponder your mind and blurt out Life is but a dream.




One, Two, Three, Four, Five. Once I discreetly caught a fish alive. Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Then I Coincidentally let it go again. Why did you let it go? Because it bit my finger so. Jacob blurted out, Which Finger did it bite? After that, Aysha Observed her fingers and pondered out, This little finger on my right.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Hero Within

Walt: Look for clues in the text to help us make meaning when we infer. Use the process of elimination to find the 'best fit' answer.

Our task was to read a book and look for clues in the text, that would support our answers. We also needed the element of elimination to take away all of the answers, to find the best fit. We needed to answer some hard questions to put ourselves in the character or the students shoes. This means on how they are feeling inside. Once we have finished, we needed to do some research of our own and find out what "Graves Disease" is.

Year 8 Experience

Walt: Write a blog post about your experience at Tamaki College.

Last week on Thursday, half of the year eights went to Tamaki College as an experience. The students who were going to Tamaki College next year would get to experience the life of a college student. Most of our students were scared because it was their first time in a college. The Year 8's were split into 2 different groups, so that we could get the best experience out of college.

When we arrived, we were welcomed by many amazing people and leaders of the school. We got to meet some of our ex-students that use to attend Pt England School. Tevita, Elizabeth, Liz and many more students, were our guides. They looked after us and made sure that we were on our best behaviour. My first class was Science. We had lots of fun learning about Chemistry, Physics, Biology and many more things.

Once we have finished our first period. We had to go to the library so that we could eat healthy food. There was apples, banana's, chocolate fish and a drink bottle in the middle of the table. While we were eating, one of the Year 9 leaders of Tamaki College was talking to us about the upcoming events in Tamaki College.

Once the day was over, the Year 8's who would be attending Tamaki College learnt lots of things. I've learnt many things from this experience and look forward to attending the college. Now I'm not afraid about starting a new chapter in my life and making new friends again.