Monday, 25 July 2016

Weekly Activity (Day 6) Activity 2

Activity 2: The opening ceremonies for every Olympic Games must include formal speeches, a parade of athletes, songs and dances that showcase the culture of the host country. Follow this link to watch the highlights of opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

In the opening ceremony for the London Olympics there were a number of famous English people including the Queen, the Spice Girls, David Bowie, U2, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. Imagine that we were going to host the Olympics here in New Zealand in 2024 and you were invited to be on the committee that decides who is invited to participate in the opening ceremonies. As a member of the group you must choose one of the following people to be in the opening ceremony: Richie McCaw (rugby player), Lorde (singer), Kane Williamson (cricket player), Maria Tutaia (netball player), John Key (prime minister of New Zealand) or Shaun Johnson (league player). On your blog, tell us who you think is the best person to choose and explain why you think that they are the best choice!

My Person: Richie McCaw

I would choose Richie McCaw because he is the captain of the all blacks and the all blacks is New Zealand's national team. I reckon that he will be a great person to represent New Zealand in the opening ceremonies.

Weekly Activity (Day 6) Activity 1

Activity 1: For all Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, the athletes from each country must wear a special uniform. The uniforms change each year. Look at the 3 pictures posted below. They are pictures of the uniforms that our New Zealand Olympic teams wore in 2012, 2008 and 2004. For this activity, you are asked to rank the uniforms from best (#1) to worst (#3). On your blog post your rankings and provide a brief explanation of why you ranked the uniforms in that order.

New Zealand Team Uniform - London Olympics 2012

I would prefer the London uniform to be the 1st one because 
 the Jackets have the Olympic rings
and the New Zealand leaf on it.

New Zealand Team Uniform - Beijing Olympics 2008

I chose this one to be 2nd because it have some maori patterns
and it also has a half black and white New Zealand leaf on it.

New Zealand Olympic Team Uniform - Athens Olympics 2004

I would choose this to be the last one because it doesn't have that much details
but I like the skirts and the long sleeve.

Weekly Activity (Day 5) Bonus

Bonus: Jesse Owens was a black American athlete who participated in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. He is considered to be one of the bravest and most inspirational Olympic athletes because he competed at a time when the leader of Germany (Adolf Hitler) did not want black men competing at the Olympic Games. Here is a picture of Jesse from the 1930s. Can you think of someone in your own life that inspires you? On your blog, tell us who your inspirational person is and why they inspire you.

The person who inspires me is my Mum. She is a hard working woman and she inspires me because before I leave to school she says to me that I have to work hard, behave and be respectful so that I can get a good education. Everyday after school my Mum will ask me if I have homework to do because she cares a lot about my education and in the future she told me to be what I wanna be. That's why my Mum inspires me.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Weekly Activity (Day 5) Activity 2

Activity 2: In 1936, a 13 year old girl named Marjorie Gestring became the youngest person to ever win an Olympic gold medal. She won the gold medal in the springboard diving competition. Imagine that you were alive in 1936 and you had the chance to interview her. On your blog, post five questions that you would like to ask the Olympic champion (if you had the chance to meet her!).

5 Questions

1. What got you into being a springboard diving athlete.
2. Who inspired you to become compete in the Olympics.
3. If someone wanted to be just like you what is your advice to them.
4. How did it feel to win a gold medal.
5. How often would you train.

Weekly Activity (Day 5) Activity 1

Activity 1: Some Olympic athletes become famous not because they win but because they have an amazing attitude and great determination. They are sometimes called ‘underdogs.’ One of the most famous ‘underdogs’ in Olympic history was a man named Michael Edwards. He was a ski jumper from England who competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Although he came last in the event, he never gave up. Recently, a movie has been made about his life. It is calledEddie the Eagle.”  For this activity, watch the trailer for Eddie the Eagle and then post a summary of the movie on your blog. What is the movie about?

When Eddie was a little boy he wanted to be a Olympic athlete but no one believed him so he decided to go to the winter Olympic. He never gave up so he was training to get better.

Weekly Activity (Day 4) Bonus

Bonus: The New Zealand Olympic Team has created a video called #Be The Inspiration. They have posted it on the homepage of their website (on the left hand side). Watch the Be the Inspiration video and then post a critique of the video on your blog. In your critique tell us what you liked about the video and what you didn’t like. It is very common for movie reviewers to use stars to indicate how much they liked a movie. A rating of * = very bad movie, ** = bad movie, *** = okay movie, **** = good movie, and ***** = very good movie. At the end of your critique, please provide a rating for the Be The Inspiration movie.

I will rate this video a okay movie=*** because I like the way how it was explaining about how our New Zealand athletes are a inspiration to us and how he was talking in Maori.

Weekly Activity (Day 4) Activity 2

Activity 2: Let’s imagine that you were able to meet one of the following three athletes competing for New Zealand at the Rio Olympics: In your blog tell us which one of these three athletes you would choose to meet and why.

Andrea Kilday

I would like to meet Andrea Kilday because I would like to learn some different skills and defences incase someone try's two come and attack you. She is also a New Zealander athlete

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Weekly Activity (Day 4) Activity 1

Activity 1:New Zealand will be sending approximately 76 athletes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August to compete in the Summer Olympic Games. To learn more about these amazing athletes you can read their biographies on the New Zealand Olympic team website. Each athlete has their own page dedicated to them.

For this activity, please choose one of the athletes listed on the Rio Olympic Athletes page, read about them and then write a short description of them on your blog. In the blog please include their name, their sport, and three interesting facts about them.

Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams is a New Zealand shot put athlete and was born 6 October 1984 in Rotarua. She is a four time world champion, three world indoor champion, two time Olympic and three time commonwealth champion. 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Weekly Activity (Day 3) Bonus

Bonus: This year two sports are being reintroduced into the Olympic Games. They are golf and sevens rugby. Imagine that you worked for TVNZ and you were paid to travel to Rio de Janeiro to attend the Olympic Games and report on the golf and/or the rugby competitions. On your blog, write a poem that describes how you would feel about travelling to Rio. Would you be excited? Would you be scared? How would you feel?

Travelling to Rio will be so fun, reporting Rugby & Golf that's the one. Experiencing everything in Rio will be amazing, especially the weather will be very blazing.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Weekly Activity (Day 3) Activity 2

Activity 2: Take a picture of yourself playing one of the 28 Olympic sports and post it to your blog along with the name of the sport and a brief description of what you are doing in the picture. As an example, I have posted a picture of my son, Aronui, posing as an archery competitor. He made his bow out of a tree branch!

The sport I am doing is swimming. In this picture I was learning different ways to use a swimming board, we were learning new skills and having fun.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Weekly Activity (Day 3) Activity 1

Activity 1: Visit the website for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Click on the name of the one of the sports that is listed on the main page. If possible, choose one that you have never heard of before and read about it. After reading about the sport, post a short description of it on your blog. The post must include:

a) The name of the sport
b) The aim of the sport
c) Two rules for the sport

a) The name of the sport
Swimming - Freestyle
b) The aim of the sport
The swimmer can do any freestyle they want when they are swimming. While there free styling they can either do a backstroke, breaststroke or a butterfly.

c) Two rules of the sport
1. The swimmer must touch the wall upon accomplishing each length and at the finish.
2. Swimmers cannot walk on the bottom of the pool during the race.

Weekly Activity (Day 2) Bonus

Bonus: It is time to get creative! For this bonus activity you are asked to design a simple logo for the next Summer Olympic Games. They will be held in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. The Olympic committee in Japan has already created four possible options for the logo (see below) but I think that you can create something even more interesting and attractive!
To create a logo I would suggest that you use the Design Mantic website. Click on the Design Mantic link. It will bring you to the homepage for the site. Enter ‘Tokyo 2020’ into the ‘Company Name’ box and select ‘Sport & Fitness’ from the drop down menu in the  ‘Industry’ box. From there you can create your own logo. When your logo is finished, copy and paste it onto your blog along with a short explanation of your design.
The triangle in the middle represent the racing tracks and the waves on the side represents swimming.

Weekly Activity (Day 2) Activity 2

Activity 2: Rio de Janeiro, the host of Olympic Games this year, is a huge, vibrant and dynamic city. Perhaps the most famous landmark in the city is a large statue of Jesus called ‘Christ the Redeemer’ that sits on top of a hill overlooking Rio. Here is a picture of the statue. New Zealand is also known for many famous landmarks, including the SkyTower and the Harbour Bridge. In your blog list 3 famous landmarks in New Zealand. Along with the name of each landmark provide a brief description of it. Where is the landmark located? In your opinion, why is it famous?  

Sky Tower: The Sky Tower was built on August 3rd 1997, nearly nineteen years ago. The Sky tower is in Auckland city, It is the tallest building in New Zealand and it is 328 meters tall.

Eden Park: Eden Park is the largest stadium in New Zealand and it is located in Auckland as well. The Rugby Union uses the stadium in winter, cricket in summer and Eden Park has been a sports ground since the 1900's.

L&P Bottle: L&P is a famous drink made in New Zealand. It was first made in 1907 using lemon juice and mineral water from the town of Paeroa. The L&P bottle was put up in Paeroa close to the building where it was first made. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Weekly Activity (Day 2) Activity 1

Activity 1: The mascots for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are Vinicius and Tom. They can be found on all of the advertisements for the Olympic Games and they have also been featured in a number of videos. Click on the link below to watch one episode of the Tom and Vinicius show. After you have finished watching the video, post a summary of the episode on your blog. What do you think is happening in the video? Please make sure to include a title that tells us which episode you are summarising!

Tom and Vinicius Video Episode #3

Summary: Vinicius and Tom didn't know each other. Until something came floating in the air but when they saw it they were a bit unsure of what is was so both of them chased after it. It led them on top of a hill and when they saw each other Vinicius smelled Tom and Tom pocked Vinicius then they just did a handshake.

Monday, 11 July 2016

My Reflection of Term 2

Weekly Activity (Day 1) Activity 3

No Girls Allowed

During the ancient Olympic Games, men were allowed to compete in the events but women were not. In fact, women were often forbidden from even watching the games. In your opinion, is this a fair rule? Why or why not? On your blog please tell us what you think about this interesting rule.

Answer: My opinion is that I think this is actually unfair because women and men are equally the same and it is really not fair that women don't get to watch them because what if someone in their family goes to the Olympics but they can't watch them play.

Weekly Activity (Day 1) Activity 2

Milo of kroton

Activity 2: In the ancient Olympic Games the winner of each event was called the Olympionic. Instead of a gold medal, the winner had a palm leaf placed in their hands and a crown placed on their head to show that they were the winner. Arguably one of the most famous Olympionics was a man named ‘Milo of Kroton.

Fact 1: Milo Kroton was a six time Olympic conqueror and he also won seven crowns at the Pythian Games, ten at the Isthmian Games and nine at the  Nemean Games.

Fact 2: Milo Kroton was a 6th-century BC wrestler.

Fact 3: Milo Kroton's death was when his hand got trapped in the trunk of a tree then he was eatan by devoured wolves.

Weekly Activities (Day 1) Activity 1

Activity 1: Let’s imagine that you were alive 2792 years ago and invited to compete in the first ever ancient Olympic Games. Which of these events: running, wrestling, boxing, pankration, horse racing and pentathlon would you compete in? Click on the name of the sport and it will take you to a site that tells you about the sport. On your blog tell us which sport you would choose and why you chose it.

Answer: If I was alive in 2792 years ago I would have competed in Equestrian races because there were different events such as the four horse chariot, the two horse chariot and the horse with rider. The reason why I chose this sport Equestrian race because it is more challenging with 2 or 4 horses pulling you.

Sunday, 10 July 2016


Through the past few weeks I have been learning about Matariki. Matariki is a time for remembering the dead and celebrating new life.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Trip to the cathedral

The Trip to the cathedral

On friday the 1st July  St Pius x catholic school went on a trip to experience St Patrick's Cathedral.

The whole school was getting the opportunity to see the cathedral in town, I was so excited and full of energy.
Once we arrived at the Cathedral we went around to the other side in two lines and crossed our arms to show respect, then we walked through the doors of mercy. We blessed ourselves with the Holy water and we were seated by the priest  and waited for the mass to start.

When the priest came up he said a couple of words then we stood up and sang a song then we were seated again. After the mass we waited for a while then the teachers told us to stand up and take a picture. Then we all sat down and the priest came and talked to us about St Patrick and asking us what he did to help people and how his life had been.

Next we stood up into two lines and sang a song with father larry and while we were singing we were walking and blessing ourselves with the Holy water and went out of the cathedral.

As soon we were outside of the cathedral we went into this place that was next to the cathedral and we all had our lunch there. Last of all we waited for the bus to come and take us back to school, soon or later the bus was here so we all went back into our lines and walked to the bus. When we got back to school some of the classes stayed outside to play and some of the other classes went back inside there class. I had enjoyed my day because I have never been to a cathedral before