Monday, 30 May 2016
Last Friday was the tough kid challenge. It was so much fun and so many obstacles. My favorite was the mud pile as you can see in the picture above of me coated in mud. There was also a water slide it wasn't very slippery though. There was a massive cargo net you had to climb under, metal bars you had to hop over, Hay bails you had to climb over. I did not go over the hay bails though with my age group but when I went with the little kids I went over. Only because I was coated in mud. I came last in my race only because Emma and I stayed back and played in the mud pile and just enjoyed ourselves. We weren't there for the competition, we were there to have fun and enjoy our time.
Friday, 20 May 2016
This week my favorite thing was tech arts. Taylor and I are the only girls in our tech arts group. But since the year 8's brownie didn't go well Taylor, Jay, Ty and I had to be buddies. We put our brownie on the top shelf of the oven and when it was was cooked Mark and Isaac thought it was theirs. But it was actually theirs. So we got their brownie and they got our's. It's dumb because was cooked theirs was pretty much just mixture. But I am glad I passed my sewing test. Up above is my volcano explanation. My level for it is 4B which I am happy about.
Friday, 13 May 2016
My biggest challenge this week was converting ml to l and g to kg. I overcome it by getting my dad to help me at home. What I would probably do differently next time is take more notes in my modelling book, focusing more on MrsVandy wrote on the board than trying to understand it myself. I learnt that there are 1000 ml in a l and 1000 g in a kg. I had the most fun doing tech arts on Thursday. I was awesome because I had cooking and sewing, which are both my favorite things. I love to cook and the sewing machines are so much fun. I excelled at the talent show auditions I am really proud of myself for getting in. Next week is the semi-finals. I struggled a bit with my science fair because I had a few mixed messages but all is well now. We had dog handler come in and tell us about his job which was so cool.
Monday, 9 May 2016
This morning for maths we had Measurement Olympics where went around rotations. Before we started we had to make a estimate. Then we would do the activity and see how far off we were from our estimation. We recorded all of this down on a sheet of paper and glued it into our modelling book. At the top there is a photo of my group (Jay, Grace and I) doing the cotton ball shot put challenge. At the end of all the challenges as a group we had a look at who won each challenge. I won the marble challenge. But then as a class we sat down on the floor and went up for each challenge to see who was the top three in each activity. I didn't win any of them. Which means my estimations were too big for each of the activities.
Friday, 6 May 2016
New Zealand has been taking in refugees since WWll. There are 14 million recognised refugees world wide, all in need of resettlement.
The Demand Of Resettlement
New Zealand accepts 750 refugees annually. The refugees cannot return to their country due to religion, race, nationality, war, membership in a social group and political opinion. The global demand for resettlement is very high. But only 1% of the refugees worldwide are offered resettlement.
There was a three year quota put in place to help the organisations who resettle refugees. The quota includes six intakes of 125 people every year. The quota was put in place for women at risk, people with disabilities, people who need medical attention or people who have family already here. And refugees in general. The quota has given refugees a permanent residence on arrival.
The First Six Weeks in New Zealand
When they arrive they go straight to Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland where they focus on English skills, information to help them live in New Zealand, including the Ministries of Education, Social Development, Health, Work and Income and many more. Relating to the quota, NZ considers asylum seekers (People who fled from their country but are not accepted as a refugee) who say they are refugee status when they arrive. When approved, as well as the other refugees, they get sent straight to Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. In 2011-2012, 364 claims were decided and 115 approved.
I think that it is sad just thinking about how many refugees are starving, walking 100 miles and living in poor conditions. We need to make a difference!
Immigration- Refugee Resettlement Fact sheet, viewed 2nd of May, 2016
The UN Refugee Agency, viewed on the 2nd of May, 2016
Dictionary, viewed on the 14 April, 2016http://www.dictionary.com/