Friday, 15 September 2017

Brushing our Teeth

Brushing our Teeth

Brushing our teeth is something that everybody should do everyday so that we don’t have rotten or smelly teeth. It involves a toothbrush and toothpaste.

How do you brush your teeth?
Of Course you have to have a toothbrush and toothpaste. Slowly squeeze the toothpaste onto the toothbrush, just so that it doesn't get all messy. Then start brushing your teeth. Gently move your brush back and forth in very short strokes. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Why do we brush our teeth?
It is very important to brush your teeth because you will get a lot decay or bacteria in your mouth. It will eat there way through your teeth and then soon it will fall out. If not you are at risk of plaque building up in your teeth. Plaque is a type of bacteria that occurs in everyone's mouth.

Why do teeth get dirty?
The reason why our teeth isn't looking as flash as we want them to is because the food that we are deciding to place in our mouths. For eg. Coke, Chips, Sweets, Candies and many more sugary and fat foods. These kinds of food are what we should stay away from and they are what are producing more and more bacteria into our mouths.

In conclusion everyone should brush their teeth daily unless they want to have smelly and rotten teeth.

Digi Tech - Moana Hour of Code

Throughout the past few weeks of Digitech at Tamaki College, the year 7's and I had the chance to create our own site and learn differents kinds of codes. To learn these codes we played a coding game called 'Moana Hour of Code'. I found it really hard but I managed to finish the 19 hard levels. My favourite part of the game was the last level, only because we had the chance to create our own dance with Kakamora’s. I am excited to see what we have planned next week!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Pompallier Mission House

On 22nd of August 2017, the year 7 and 8 students from Glenbrae school had the chance to visit the Pompallier mission house at Russell as part of our school camp. Sixteen students visited the Pompallier mission house, along with the 2 teachers Miss Stone and Mrs Tofa.

It took us only about five minutes to arrive at our destination because our camp site was also in Russell. Our groups walked through the path and waited outside the Pompallier mission house for the tour to begin. Minutes later, our tour guide arrived and greeted us with a warm smile. Julie, our tour guide, started by giving us some background information about the house. They say the house was built only by five people and in some rooms, the builders incorporated shells, rocks and sand to make the walls. I was completely shocked.

Julie, took us into the first room. I walked in and saw a printer placed on a cross and loads of brown leather, which Julie said the french missionaries had made. Again I was completely shocked. Julie took us into the next room which was about leather. She took us outside where there was a hole with brown water in it. She explained how they made the leather which made us all disgusted. It included water, bark and cow urine.

Julie took us upstairs where it all explained why they made leather so much, one reason was for clothing and book covers. She said that the whole point of the house was to share a type of Christianity called Catholic. They used the leather to make prayer books too!. They stuck it to the front, back and sides of the book and then gave them out for free.

It came to the end of our tour. The tour guide really wanted us to sing a waiata for her so we sang Hallelujah. I think that we sang beautifully and pleased the tour guide Julie. She was also very impressed

We spent about an hour there and really enjoyed the tour. We all learnt a lot about the house. I was absolutely shocked, surprised and all sorts of emotions. I learnt loads about about my religion that I hadn’t known before  and hope that I come back and visit the beautiful Pompallier Mission House!.



On 23rd August 2017, our year 7 and 8 students of Glenbrae School had the opportunity to go kayaking at Russell as part of our school camp. Six students from my group participated in the activity, along with my teacher, Miss Stone.

As soon as we reached the beach we changed into our kayaking clothing and put on our bright red life jackets. Afterwards, Dan taught us what to do and what not to do when you’re in a kayak boat. We then talked about how to paddle, hand placements on the paddle, how to go fast and to stop. Later on, Dan assigned us to our own kayaks and got straight into the very cold water. We paddled for a short period of time so that we could test out the skills we had learnt. Then we learnt how to raft up, which is when all kayaks get a hold of an object and link with each other.

Moments later, my group paddled around the bay, once again, practising how to direct our kayaks. Dan our Instructor and Sarah our Adventure for Good (AFG) leader, decided to let us got further and experience the beautiful sceneries. The seawater was absolutely beautiful and the sun was shining brightly in the sky but the water was really freezing.

Later on in our lesson, we had races with each other which got us very, very tired. Some of us even bumped into rocks that slightly rocked our kayaks giving us a small heart attack. At the very end of our kayak lesson, we rafted up one more time and  got the chance to walk across the kayaks and cannonball into the water. I was the last person to do it. I jumped into the deep blue sea and it was extremely cold. I  managed to get sea water in my mouth which made it hard for me to breathe. I got back into my kayak and paddled back to shore where my group and I, helped Dan load the equipment into his truck.

Miss. Stone and Sarah allowed us to have a quick swim and play around a bit. I thought it was the perfect time to practise my water survival skills, skills such as help position, huddle, sculling and treading water.  When I finished, I joined the others and played games with them. I was shivering non-stop but I was able to stay in the water for quite a while. As it was time to leave, we got out of the sea and wrapped ourselves with our towels. We got into the vans and drove back to the our Camp site.

Our kayak lesson was such fun and was very cool. I am proud that I came back alive from the kayaking lesson and also for learning several skills. I am glad that I got to practise some swimming skills and I hope that I get another opportunity to kayak again. I had an amazing experience which I will never forget.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

World War 1 (Great War)

For inquiry we have been learning about World War 1 or as people call it, ‘The Great War’.  Here is a template that our teacher has created for us to answer. Enjoy :)))))

Countries from all over the world but mostly Europe
1914 - 1918
Europe  or All the Continents
There were many different reasons  on how the war started  but one of  them was from, assassination Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife Sophie.
Some countries or groups had arrangements to work together in the war
There were many different reasons  on how the war started  but one of them was from, assassinators Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife Sophie.

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Learning In - tension: We are learning to find a fraction of a set or number

In my class, we learnt about fractions of a set. Our teacher thought that it was a good idea to use m and m's to help us a little bit when it comes to fractions. The photo below shows what 1/5 of 5 is. Which is 3. So there are 5 groups with 3 m and m's in it. 

In this photo or fraction there are 15 m and m's altogether. There are only 4 green m and m's so the fraction of this number would be 4/15

In this photo we had to find out what 1/16 of 16 is. Which is 1, so that means each m and m would be by itself and alone

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

How to make Scones!

How to make scones!

Scones were originally made by European people hundreds of years ago. It’s a more tasty and sweeter version of bread. Rich or wealthy people in England back in the 1800's always had tea with scones. They adored scones and had them all the time at tea parties. This recipe will make 6 small scones or 4 large scones.

  • 1/2 cup Raisins (Optional)
  • Plain flour
  • 1 ½ cups of self raising flour
  • 40g of butter
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • Fork


  1. First wash your hands with soap.
  2. Now add the flour and salt into your large mixing bowl and mix until they are well combined.

2. Next add in your butter (Make sure to cut the butter into small pieces) and rub it into your flour until it looks and feels like breadcrumbs.

3. Then poke in a little well just in the centre of the bowl and slowly pour in the milk.

4.You now want to mix the mixture slowly until it is a little doughy.

5. Now get in with your hands and massage it a little and cut it into equal pieces (You do not want touch the dough too much or it will get tougher by the minute).
6. Then preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
7. Now place your dough onto a flat pan or baking tray and put it straight into the oven.
8. Cook it for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Once you are finish, i'd recommend you add cream and jam to them or if you like, add on margarine. Now they are ready to be served and eaten.