Monday, 4 December 2017

No Hat, No Play!

Since Summer is approaching, sweatshirts and trousers are now BANNED! The sun is shinning everywhere around Auckland and I haven't seen a drop of rain around. At Ruapotaka School, hats are to be worn at interval and at lunchtime play. Not only are students wearing hats, but so are teachers on duty.

"No Hat, No Play," is a simple rule used for sunny days like these ones. Students without hats sit under the shelter, to keep nice and cool, on a hot day. The sun is going to burn off for a hard 3 months (November, December and January) and going to the beach or pools in the holidays would be appropriate.

Reminder: Hats are to be worn on heads at all times, and it is not a glove.

Final Technicraft Of 2017

On Week 7 of Term 4, the Year 8 and 7 students had their final Technicraft of 2017. The Year 8's finished off in Mr Grundy's class, while the Year 7's finished their last tech off in Mr Pineda's class.

After weeks of working on a project with Mr Grundy, which was stained glass, most Year 8 students finished it off. Basically, we had to illustrate an image on a piece of paper (e.g castle) and finalise it with stained glass.

Unfortunately, I didn't manage to finish, due to the lack of time I used on tinning the glass pieces together. My design was a volcano, and I was proud of what I created.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Athletics Day 2017

Athletics Day 2017
On Tuesday it was Athletics day. There was plenty of fast paced action going on and it was fun to watch. All classes gathered onto the top field while the parents observed with amazement. I even heard a parent or guardian gasp when Dakbai crossed the finish line. I could tell that they were impressed.

I was also at a loss of words, when I saw the new entrant and Year 1 students pump their little legs to the finish line. Unfortunately, I wasn't cleared to run so I sat under the tree, but still enjoyed watching everyone give it their all and show off their speed. As the Year 8's and 7's dashed past me I could feel a strong gust of wind blowing my hair. They ran like the speed of lightning.

I simultaneously clapped and cheered as the races went on. I didn't criticise, because there was no lack of effort on the field. Everyone ran their hardest and it was a pleasure to watch. Well done to all the first, second and third place getters and to those will be running at the Inter-Schools' Athletics this Tuesday.

I don't want to be too biased but, my favourite runners were Pate, Timote and Dakbai. The effort they put into their races were amazing. I loved watching them challenge each other to their limits. I could see they were nervous, to compete against each other. It was like a fantasy rivalry.
Year 8 Boys (400m dash)

  Year 7 Boys (400m dash)

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Wait Is Finally Over

The Manaiakalani Film Festival was 24 hours ago. The wait was finally over and every schools movie was entertaining. I am proud to represent our film, which was entitled 'Rugby Values.' Our Year 8's gave handy tips about rugby, for example; discipline. Our movie had a clear message which was, The Benefits Of Rugby. We went to Cinema 3 to watch our movie. I was surprised to see all of Ruapotaka's classes make a short-film.

My favourite movie was 'The Time Machine,' by Room 7 of Point England School. It was unique and funny. I can't imagine what the bloopers would've been like.


Friday, 3 November 2017

The Film Festival Is Soon!

The Manaiakalani Film Festival, is just around the corner. It will be on November 8th. The Film Festival is a local event for Manaiakalani schools like Ruapotaka School, Point England School and other schools around our Tamaki area. This is our School's third year making movies for the Festival.

For those who don't know what the Manaiakalani Film Festival is, it is where our Tamaki schools make short films and they get to showcase them at the Sylvia Park movie theatre. The Year 8's of Room 12 made a film, but I don't want to spoil it ....

Meafou and Vaimoana are our movie presenters. Personally, I think our movie will be one of the best this year, due to our amazing and entertaining actors.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Assessments Are Today

Today, Room 12, had five Maths tests and a Spelling test right after fitness. Our Maths test was a bit tricky at first but as I finished a maths problem, and moved on to another, I started speeding up and eventually finished before the time ran out.

Our first Maths test was multiplication. There were two rows filled with problems to solve. We had one minute to fill in the answers for each column, but we just used the whole two minutes to complete both two rows. The second Maths test was on division, and again we repeated the same process.

Our next two Maths tests were addition and subtraction. And our fifth and final Maths test was a mix of all four previous tests. I had no problem finishing on time but I found out that I got some wrong, because my, "Nine's were shaped like the letter 'a'.

We just finished our STAR Reading Test as well. Mr Reid is currently marking them and we are yet to find out the results. Fingers crossed, I will receive a high percentage correct.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Term 4 Goals

On the first week back to school, Room 12 recorded their goals on a piece of pad paper. We set out our goals and then slid it into our goals folder.

After we had written down our goals, we tried our very best to achieve them. We all wrote a goal or two for each subject such as Maths, Reading Writing and most importantly Personal goal.

My personal goal, was to use my initiative and help out my peers when I see them struggling. My goals for this term are going to be achieved before I move to High School.