Wednesday, 30 April 2014

6 Hats Current Events


Here is my Current Events presentation. This is another update to the story of a teen who travelled from California to Hawaii. His father has recently arrived in Honolulu, excited to bring him home. This story is getting really interesting, because I have been with this story since it started. 

Monday, 28 April 2014

6 Hats Current Events - Holiday Edition


Here is my 6 Hats Current Events for this last week of the holidays. This is a lead up to the other Current Events about a teenage boy who travelled from California to Hawaii, despite cold temperatures and low oxygen. 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Found Footage of Party (Edited)

Here is some found footage from that party 365 days ago. I edited it to be short. It includes the dancing friend that cracked us up, Dave.




One Year On Since the Party

Today marks one year since Junior's late 21st birthday party. His birthday was on ANZAC Day. It was great, the food, the drinks, the people, the lights, the food, the night sky, the food, the big tent gazebo, the candles, the small fires in the candles, the balloons, and the food! The cake tasted amazing, even the morning after it tasted so sweet and chocolate-ty.

Here are three stories of the event:

Part One - Part Two - Part Three

Although, the three parts of the story also represent "The Lost Blogpost", the blogpost that includes an event I have always wanted to blog, but never knew how to write it, nor had the time to blog it, until one day.

Friday, 25 April 2014

FACT!

BBC TWO LOGO (BRITAIN)
TV2 LOGO (NZ)



I had just discovered a fact...

These two logo's look similar, yet they're from different countries....

ANZAC Day 2014


It is ANZAC Day today. Today marks 99 years since the ANZAC's came to the Gallipoli Shores. Today we will remember the Australian and New Zealand soldiers that have fallen, fought and served for their country. Today we show respect to those brave soldiers. Today on this day, we will remember them. 

Thousands of NZers have turned up to Dawn Services. More than 3,000 people came to a Dawn Service in Auckland Domain, and hundreds of Cantabrians gathered in Cranmer Square. 

Ode of Remembrance:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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Today also marks my uncle's birthday, who turns 22 today.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Alouette (French-Canadian Song)

Last night I listened to a popular French Canadian song called, "Alouette". It's a really catchy song, in french! It made me learn the parts of a body (e.g. tĂȘte = head, beke = beak) and a name of a bird, a lark (french = alouette). To read about the song, go to this Wikipedia website

Here is a short version of the folk song from YouTube:


link: Alouette

Here is the singable version in english:

Little skylark, lovely little skylark,
Little skylark, I'll pluck your feathers off.
I'll pluck the feathers off your head. x2
Off your head! x2
Little lark! x2
O-o-o-oh

Little skylark, lovely little skylark,
Little skylark, I'll pluck your feathers off.

I'll pluck the feathers off your beak. x2
Off your beak!  x2
Off your head!  x2
Little lark!  x2
O-o-o-oh

Little skylark, lovely little skylark,
Little skylark, I'll pluck your feathers off.

I'll pluck the feathers off your neck. x2
Off your neck! x2
Off your beak!  x2
Off your head!  x2
Little lark!  x2
O-o-o-oh

Little skylark, lovely little skylark,
Little skylark, I'll pluck your feathers off.

I'll pluck the feathers off your back. x2
Off your back! x2
Off your neck!  x2
Off your beak!  x2
Off your head!  x2
Little lark!  x2
O-o-o-oh

Little skylark, lovely little skylark,
Little skylark, I'll pluck your feathers off.

I'll pluck the feathers off your tail. x2
Off your tail!  x2
Off your back! x2
Off your neck!  x2
Off your beak!  x2
Off your head!  x2
Little lark!  x2
O-o-o-oh

Little skylark, lovely little skylark,
Little skylark, I'll pluck your feathers off.

If you read the Wikipedia page, you should probably know why 
the bird is being plucked its feathers off.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

6 Hats Current Events.......for Wednesday


Here is my 6 Hats Current Events for Week one of the School Holidays Wednesday.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Disaster Writing: Part 3

AFTER-EFFECT

Tuesday 19th August 2014

8:54AM.

It was morning. I'm still trapped in the rubble of a hospital, or at least that was the name, I actually never knew the hospital name. The doctor is still with me, the fire is out, and I'm still feeling alright. Thank goodness I'm still alive. I haven't died from my injuries, which is weird.

I am a really lucky person. "Doctor......" I say to him. The doctor, who I know know as Dr Lambert, according to his badge-thing, woke up. "Oh! I'm in the building. Huh, thought it was dream. How are you, Willy?" Dr Lambert asks me, "Oh, good, is there food nearby?" I reply with a question. "Nope. Hard luck, I reckon." Dr Lambert replies. "I hope you don't die, Mr Lambert." I say in a sad voice, since nearly everyone I met In Wellington died. "What?! What do you mean?! How do you know my name?" he asks frantically, "Oh no, no, your badge-thing, on your coat." I point out. "Oh! Great, I thought you were a freak or something." he concluded.

"So, what's the name of this building?" I ask Dr Lambert, "This is, now was, the building of the Graystone National Hospital." Lambert replied. "Graystone?" I question him. "Yes, the tsunami came as far as here." he informed me. "Oh my, that's really far." I say, thinking that I was in a tsunami for a LONG time. I wonder what the city looks like now. I already saw 3 buildings really damaged and collapsed, with broken windows and cracks. "My goodness, my second day outside of Auckland and this is what happens...an earthquake and tsunami tries to kill me." I point out to myself. "Don't worry, Willy. Everything will be alright. You'll be back in Auckland at the end." Lambert tells me. "Yeah, right." I reply, "The Airport could be damaged after the quake, and the planes, they could've been swept away from the tsunami!" I point out.

9:15AM.

I'm still in the building, bonding with a doctor I barely know, and also met just before another big earthquake. Even though I was trapped, I didn't panic, although some adults as the other side of a broken wall were crying their hearts out. With a big sigh, I try to think of good outcomes of this. Ooh! I get to meet new people, that's a good one, ooh! I could end up on the news with other people! No, wait, Mum would freak out, because one, she'll think I was sick outside of home, then she'll realise she would never let me travel outside again!....until the age of 29, and also, she'll be worried sick that I was in a collapsed building, but the good thing is that I'm not dead, right? I wasn't dead.

10:43AM.

I'm starving. Hungry. Thirsty for cookies water. "Doctor Lambert, do you have a phone?" I asked him, "Actually, yes, I do, but it does have a low signal." Lambert replies. "Let's take a photo, so if we die, or I die, of hunger, people will find this phone and see the photo." I explain, "Alright, then." Dr Lambert says, with a sigh. He takes his phone out and we come together, the phone clicks, and it was almost perfect. Just take away the blood on our clothes, the collapsed building, and th panicked people behind us and it's perfect! I just wonder, will I survive without food and water. I got shelter, well, the bad version, yes, but I'm so desperate for food and water. At least I can still talk.

1:29PM said the doctor's phone.

I'm starting to get frustrated. The last three hours were now a blank, and I was yelling for help, so was the doctor. "Help! Somebody help! I'm gonna die!" I yell. "Yes! Help me, too!" yelled a woman in a distance, "I can't move. I-I can't feel my legs." she continued, "I need someone to help me, please!" she concluded. "Okay, I'll be right back, Willy." Dr Lambert said, "Alright, but if I die when you come back, it's all on you." I tell him back. I breathe deeply. In......out. In.......out. I felt much better. "Aargh!" yelled a man. "Whoa." I say quietly to myself, "That must hurt.". Minutes went by, and the doctor hasn't come back. "Where is he?" I ask myself. I sit up to look. I only see ruble and people, walls collapsed and other stuff. "Doctor Lambert?" I question. "Yes, Willy?" he answers in a distance. "Nevermind." I answer back. Sitting down, I hear a sound. It's banging. "Hello?" I ask. The banging gets louder. "Okay, stop now..." I say more. "Hey, boy, are you alright there?" a stranger asks me, "Yes, I am.....No, I don't kno-" I am interrupted with the banging sound in the distance. "Oh my gosh, that sound is annoying!" I complain.

4:39PM.

I was sitting, thinking to myself what could've happened if Luke and the rest survived the tsunami, or if we left the lady there, but leaving the lady there would fill me with guilt. What if Luke is still alive? Wait, he would've been with me, because he's a great swimmer, where as I am a terrible swimmer. I hear that bang again. "Ah, there you go." I heard the doctor in a distance, and he crawled back to me. "I finally got those two out of there." Dr Lambert told me, "The two are now out of the tight spot, but they still have injuries." he says more. "I heard a bang from here." I tell him, pointing at the direction of the noise. "Hmm." Mr Lambert said, "Maybe it's just another person trapped, banging on the wall." he concludes. "Oh." I reply. I have a little nap, and so does Lambert.

5:16PM said the doctor's phone. 24 hours since the big earthquake.

Lambert wakes me up. "Willy. I heard that bang." he tells me quietly. I look at the direction of the noise, then we realise something. There was a sound of a small part of the wall collapsing. We both see a bright, shiny light. After a moment a man's face appears in the distance. "Hello? Is anyone here?" the man asks in an echo. I breathe in. "Help us!" I shout at the man, bursting with relief. "We're in here! Help!!" I continue shouting. "Okay, you stay there for a while, and I will get the team to get you out." the man informs me.

We wait.

Minutes later a group of people come through, holding on to the others trapped, along with us.

We are escorted to the outside. News crews everywhere. Cheering and gasping filled the atmosphere. "Are you okay?" asks a paramedic, "Yes. Yes, I am." I reply to her. I am taken away to another hospital in an ambulance. "You won't believe my time here in Wellington." I tell the paramedic, "I have experienced the biggest quake in my life, I have experienced a tsunami, and also experienced the loss of a family member. I have also experienced a building collapse, and being trapped in the building." I conclude. "Okay, now, we're just going to check you for damage in the body, alright?" asks the paramedic, "Okay." I reply.

5:43PM said the clock in the doctor room.

"So, you have only suffered some bleeding to the back. Any more bleeding, and you could've died in the building, ya'know?" the doctor says to me, "Well, at least I survived in there." I reply to him, looking at the bright side. "Now, here's the strange part, these records tell me that you never checked into the hospital yesterday." the doctor informs me, "How did you get there?" he asks. "I was swept away by a tsunami." I tell him, "My uncle didn't survive the car crash, and I am starting to doubt my cousin is alive now." I conclude. "But now, since we're done, could I go now?" I ask the doctor, "Okay, but be careful, another quake could occur." he replies with a warning.

6:14PM.

I sit in the waiting room, along with many other people. I am wearing new clothes, all white. An adult sitting next to me, wearing white clothes as well, asks me, "So, what's your story?", "It started off with a perfect afternoon. I landed in Welli-" I start to explain to him, telling him my story of how I came here.

6 Hats Current Events


Here is my 6 Hats Current Events this week in the holidays.

De Bono's Thinking Hats - War


Here is my Thinking Hats presentation about war.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Disaster Writing 2 - Part Two

AFTERSHOCKS

"Yes." I replied to Luke, asking me for an ice-cream. I was walking through the city with Luke and his parents. I was warm. I feel light-headed. I feel like great, better than ever. It's almost like the earthquake and tsunami never happened......

No, wait, I was dreaming.

7:46PM. 

A small quake occured. My eyes flew open. I was in so much pain. My body was aching, as if I was dead. I started thinking to myself, Am I dead? Is this what death feels like? I didn't know the answer to those questions. Wait.......where are the others?I thought to myself. I couldn't move. Was I paralysed? Ouch. Even blinking hurt. 

I went back to sleep.

8:13PM. 

Another quake. Stronger than the last one. I wake up again, feeling a little better. I attempt to stand up. "Aargh!" I scream. I push through the pain and finally, I was standing up. My vision was fuzzy. I couldn't think straight. I try to point out where I am. Looked up. Sky. Looked down. Red liquid. What could the red liquid be? Hmmm. oh! Juice. It could be juice someone left over. Then looking on myself, I had the "juice" on me. No, wait, that's blood! I chuckle, then fall over again.

8:32PM. 

Another quake! Wishing it would stop, I wake up....again. I can think straight, and quickly, I stood up. The sky is dark. I see lights, so I walk slowly to the lights. The lights made my eyes hurt. As I approach the lights, I trip over something. Something hard. Looking over, it was bricks. Then, I look up, and what a sight. A building, collapsed, bursting out smoke. This could give me the sign I'm in the city. Oh my. When I approached the lights, I am at a nearby hospital, looking like it could fall. 

People groaning inside. That's a sign. I walked fast, but before entering, I feel another quake. I scream, so does the people inside, who I see through the broken glass door. Pushing the door, it fell, and I walked in. 

"Could you help me?" I ask, walking towards her, looking at me as if I didn't notice my injuries. "I can't believe you survived that, boy." said the lady. "What? What happened to me?" I ask. "Well, you don't remember a lot, do you?" giggles the lady. "No, actually, I was.... what's the word? Unconcious, yeah." I reply. "Well, first off, the tsunami came, bumping buildings over, also tilting. The cars flew with the water, and when it eased down, you were lying on the ground. I would've tried to help you, but I didn't wanna endanger myself, so I turned on lights to guide you here. When you stood up, I was grateful you could walk, but then you fell to the ground." explained the lady. "Okay, now, can you help me?" I ask her, "Sure. I'd run through the door if I were you, though. " she said.. 

8:43PM. 

On what felt like the sixth floor. I feel more better know. I just need a doctor to check me to see i'm alright. "Hello?" says someone, catching my attention. "Who are you?" said the doctor, who was a man. He looked as if h- another earthquake began. 

"I'll tell you later. Can you HELP ME!" I begin to yell. Me and the doctor went under a table, and held onto it. The ceiling collapsed. Windows smashed. I heard other people screaming and wailing. "Drop, cover, hold, everyone!" yelled the doctor. The ground was shaking really hard. Then I felt gravity turn the wrong way. "What's happening?" I ask him. The doctor gasps, looking at the view outside. The damged buildings were tilting to the left. "We're falling.......WE'RE FAL-" he was immediately interrupted, because we were all sliding and falling to the wall on our right. 

Collapse.

BANG. Gravel falls onto the table, but thankfully, I am almost alright.

8:56PM. 

Coughing, I adjust my vision. A small fire lights the dark. I am trapped with other people, probably the only person under 16. Great. Now my night's gone worse. I have enough space to move. That's good. I see the doctor, coughing, waking up. "Everyone okay?" he asks. "I am. Beautiful night, eh?" ask him. I think about it. My first night outside of Auckland, and this happens. "We'll have to stay the night." the doctor advises us. "Oh! C'mon! Why!?" I yell to myself. I start to cry, but tears never ran down my tears. The doctor crawls and hugs me. "Don't worry. You'll be out in no time." he tells me,  "What's your name?" he asks me. "Willy. My name is Willy." I reply. "That's funny..." the doctor says to me, "Willy in Welly." he concludes. "Oh, very funny." I tell him sarcastically. I sleep again. Crikey, I have been sleeping a lot in one day!

The night grew old and soon day came into life.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Disaster Writing 2 - Part One

AFTERNOON.

Monday, 18th August 2014. 

3:55PM said my phone.

 I had landed in Wellington, the Windy City. I got off the plane and in the Wellington Airport, and my gosh was it warm! A couple of months after the Auckland Eruption, I still had the creeps. The city is still under rebuilt, houses are getting repaired, the roads are getting made. I came to Wellington for a week to visit my first cousin, whose name is Luke. You know, it was my first time out of Auckland. So cool. Anyway, my cousin invited me to his home, and it was really near the central. 4:32PM. "So, how is it here?" I ask, "Amazing! The centrel is so great. You should check it out sometime, Willy." Luke replied. "Alright then, so, do you have any SKY Televison?" I ask some more, "Nah, we got Freeview, because it's free." he replies. "Your Mum home?" I point out, "Oh, my Mum's not here. She's at work at the moment."

5:13PM, according to my phone, 

Luke's dad took us on the motorway in Downtown Wellington. As we drove by, I saw the sea on my left, and hills on my right. I couldn't believe this was actually happening. Me out of Auckland. Me in Wellington. For a week only, that is. What could possibly go wrong now?

AFTER. 5:16PM

Suddenly, everything shook, even the cars. Lightposts sway from side to side. "What's happening?" I ask Luke, "I don't kno-" Luke is interrputed by the Luke's dad driving, who was driving faster and faster. I heard the earth growl as if it never liked us. I yell. "Dad! Stop!" Luke yells. The Dad doesn't stop driving. Then, I heard a big, loud CRACK. The car was flying in mid-air. Time stopped. I saw the horror on Luke's face. I saw the road right in front of us. Smash. Glass flying. The car spinning. My view is upside-down. 

I blacked out.

5:18PM. 

I wake up on a servely cracked road. "Willy. Willy, are you alright?" Luke asked. I sit up. "I'm alright. Wha-what happened? Wh-where's your dad?" I ask, shaken, not knowing what happened during my blackout. Luke was bleeding from his head. "Well, first, when you blacked out, the car was speeding, then crashing into a truck. Car spinned and ended up like that..." explained Luke, pointing at the car we were in. "My dad....well, uh, the thing is that, uh, um..." Luke's voice breaks. "It's okay, Luke. St-stop crying." I say, knowing that if he didn't stop that I would start crying too. "Have you called the ambulance?" 

I stood up with Luke, who had stopped crying, but continues to sniff. "Crike..." I say, speechless of the view I'm seeing. "We should go check out the roads." I suggest. We walk across the road, looking at cars and trucks filled with smoke, people in them, but sadly, some of them have people in them are not responding. Right beside me is part of the motorway lifted up higher than my level. Probably 3 metres higher. "Wow. The quake was that strong." I tell myself. We both walk over to another side of the motorway. We see people. Injured people. "Help me........Help me....." groans a stranger. A woman stands up, fallen from her car during the quake, asking, "What are you two boys doing here?". "Justing looking at the damage done, ma'am." replies Luke. "Okay, then. Have youse seen any ambulances by any chance?" the lady asked again, "No." I said firmly. 

5:28PM said my phone, and Luke takes it from me and desperately calls his Mum.

"Mum, mum! Hello? Are you there? Please!? Are you okay?" he asks her, but all he heard was the sound of gravel falling. 

"What about my mum? How could she survive an earthquake like this?" Luke asks me, "I don't know, Luke." I reply, "She's either dead or alive, no one knows". "Well thank you for making me feel better." said Luke sarcastically. Sarcasm. It runs in the family. Back on our side of the motorway, I saw a horrible sight. The hill above us is burning with fire. I grab my phone out and call Emergency Services. Dang, forgot, the signal's down I thought. 

5:36PM now. 

Me and Luke were just about to go to the city until we hear faint yelling. "Help! Help! Someone please!" the voice yelled. Stay or Go? I think to myself. I was not selfish, and I also was not going to leave the person here, left for dead. Just like what my friend did to me when the eruption happened. 

"C'mon Luke, let's find the person and help them." I say, 
"But Willy! We have to go no-" 
"No Luke, I don't care, let's help the person out. Are you that selfish?" I interrupt Luke, and when he thought about it, he said, "Fine, then, let's go.". 

5:41PM. 

Me and Luke run over to a woman stuck in her car on one on the rails, with a lightpost on the front of her car. "Are you alright?" Luke asked, "I don't know. Just ple-please help me." mumbled the woman, shaking, worried she couldn't get out. Me and Luke try to pull the car door open, but it's stuck. "Okay, now, don't worry, okay?" I advise to the woman. I turn around. "Can someone help us here!" I yell to the people. Some men come towards us, uninjured. Thank goodness. "What you need help with, kid?" asks on man, "I need some help opening this door. It-it's stuck." I explain to them. "Alright." replies another man. 

We all grab the door, and the lady moves back. "Okay, on the count of three, pull....one....two.......three!" I advise them, and they pull with all their strength. We all groan. "C'mon, men!" yells one of the helpers. While pulling I hear a faint sound. Looking up, I find out what the sound came from. Some water rising. It's too hard to see because it's too far away. We nearly too late. 

5:45PM

"Hurry!" I yell to the men and Luke. BANG! The door swings open, causing all of us to fall. Dirty water. "Damn! My seatbelt! No!" yells the woman. "Who's got a knife?!" I ask. "Here! Sharp glass!" Luke tells me, handing me some sharp glass, with a pointy end. "Watch out..." I advise the woman. The fabric breaks when I cut it. The woman can escape now. "Thank you!" says the woman, crying. She's bleeding to the head. "Whoa!" yells an injured fella, running up from his boat at where the sea was. "Are you okay?" says one of the men who helped us, "Yes, I all good. Youse need to go now." he replied, with a warning to us. "Oh, no." said Luke. The tidal wave comes closer. "Come on." I say to them. "Run, c'mon!" I yell to them all. 

5:49PM. Impact.

It was too quick to recall. I'm running. Panting. Luke looks back, and he screams. The men are running with us, along with the woman. "Ru-" I say, but I am interrupted because I am swept into the tsunami. I couldn't swim. I couldn't talk. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't do anything. I didn't know if I'd ever wake up again. Maybe I have finally gone to "sleep". 

Or have I?

Would I survive, or not?

My 2-Weekly Blogpost

Finally, we meet again,

This is another of my 2 Weekly Blog Posts.

During one of the two weeks, and also one week after my birthday, (April 10th) it was the Performing Arts Fiafia Night! So amazing, all the families coming along to watch their children perform, and also fundraise for the Year 7 and 8 Camp. We raised $1,400!

Of course, on Tuesday (April 15th), Room 8 had a Shared Lunch! There were lots of foods with drinks, with great times, like having a drinking competition of the first person drinking their drinks the fastest. It was more fun watching Shantai, a friend, play WeeWorld. Funny as, we kept on looking at this man who was a wolf, and was shirtless, and this other person who looked SO scary!

Moving along from the great night full of reunions and laughs, it was on Thursday (April 17th) Term One ended at school. Classes were packed up their classes, and then played games, but in Room 8, I couldn't describe how it was in there. We played Dead Soldiers, walked like models, ate Easter Eggs, and more. At the end, we did the Harlem Shake, and the next thing I knew was playing was Gentleman - PSY! Really sad when we left the classroom.

Also, on that Thursday, Cyclone Ita reached our shores, and guess what? I never knew anything about it! Nope, I just thought it was some random weather. The aftermath. A roof was blown off a home in Auckland. Talk about that line from Happy - Pharrell Williams

Clap along if feel like a room without a roof...

It struck the school. End result, fallen tree branches and a long water pipe swinging, dangling from the roof. I noticed it, and panicked, told everyone, told Mr Wong, and then Room 7 noticed, but I bet they already noticed already. 

Just when I thought it was over, I walked home from school, and noticed that a neighbour's home had a tree that had collapsed. Literally.

Tree left fallen after Cyclone, and also left for over 24 hours
Then at home, I realised the tree in the backyard wasn't right...

Big Branch on Tree almost broken
Damaged Area on Tree

If you think about it, my birthday was on the 3rd, and 7 days later (or a week later) it was Fiafia Night, and now, a week on, the Thursday this week was the last day of school. Amazing, huh?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Disaster Writing 1

ERUPTION

Thursday 1st May. I'll never forget that day, as it was the day of the Eruption. 

It was in the early evening. About 3:10PM. Small and big earthquakes have struck the Auckland Region for more than two days now, resulting in some minor damage to buildings and houses. Police cars drove through streets, and I had absolutely no idea why. I was watching television at a friend's house, and sadly, I was left there because he went out, telling me nothing. I started to think he tricked me into watching his house. "Dang!" I say. It's worth it though. I didn't do anything in the holidays, not go on the computer, or read the newspaper, actually, I never even got the paper! Anyway, I took some of his food, went back to the sofa and ate some of his chips. Plopping down on the sofa I surfed through the channels, feeling too lazy to get up. I look at the clock. 3:30PM. My phone rings, and when I answer it, everything was distorted, especially the caller's voice. "Who is this?" I say, "Can you hear me? Ca-Hello? Hello! Stupid phone calls."

Turning my phone off, the television pops up with a news report. Said something about an eruption happening. Parts of the video said stuff like, "Evacuate now.". Also, sirens started in a distance. The news are cut off. I am a little shocked. Another small quake. Not surprised. Suddenly a big bang rattled the house. It was black stuff rising. It's here. No...

I had two choices, stay, or go? Go. I didn't know why but I had to do something instead of standing like a statue as if I looked at Medusa, and that was the new volcano. I raced down the stairs, constantly hearing bangs, and some windows cracking. I'm outside. Cars are gone. Houses are left stranded. No one in sight. I felt like the only person in Auckland. Snapping myself out of it, I grabbed a bike, with no one watching, and rode through the streets. Looked behind me. What did I see? Black and white smoke rising, with big rocks the size of meteors flying in the horizon, some even striking houses. As I rode the bike I saw cracks on the roads, roads leading to the shopping centre. Whoa. A ghost-town. Plastic bags flying through the air, which is soon going to be filled with ash. BANG. Thunder breaks the glass of some shops. I ran to a shop that said, "EVACUATION CENTRE". 

4:10PM said my phone. I knocked the door and straight away someone pulls me in. "Crikes sake, man, show manners!" I say to the person, who turns out to be a man with a couple more people, probably 20-25. The building was quite big, with the windows covered with hard wood. Tables were full of equipment, food and other essentials. Radios were on, repeating the statement, "Please remain calm, the eruption is happening. Stay tuned to this radio broadcast.". "What were you doing out there, kid?!" said the man, looking confused, "I just knew about the eruption." I reply, feeling quite sick due to the temperature. "Just knew? Just knew! Newspapers have told us, online updates told us, warnings have been in place since last week, you ignorant! Haven't you seen them?!" he exclaims, "Well, I have not been outside for a while, I have not seen any warnings on tv because I watched another channel, and the newspapers, I never picked them up." I reply, "Also, I haven't used the computer, recently." I said. 

5:34PM. "I think we've been here long enough, am I right?" a woman asks, "Okay, then, YOU go out and check." said the man, whose name was Matt. Never knew his last name though. The tables were nearly empty of food, since we waited a long time. After a few thoughts, Matt then decided that we could go out. "Now, everyone have shoes on?" he said, and we all replied, "Yes!". I opened the door. It creaked open. Covering my mouth, I walked outside, and that was the moment that changed my life. 

Shops have now turned from colourful to just black and dark grey. Cars left stranded were completely destroyed, hot and unable to open. The now orange sky was filled with black and grey clouds. I heard faint fire engine sirens in a distance, along with police sirens and ambulances sound their sirens. Everything was burning hot. I was allowed to go back to the house, and since I had no bike anymore, I walked. 5:46PM my phone said. Houses burned, and one house that used to stand tall is now fallen, damaged, COLLAPSED. Walking down more streets, I saw trees, badly burnt, covered in black, their leaves now gone. At least they still stand tall. At the house, the bushes burned to the ground, the grass now black, and the roof now gone, it is obvious the house didn't survive. I could go inside because, actually the house could be hotter than the sun by now. 

5:57PM. When I thought about the destruction, and how lucky I was to go and not stay, I recieved a phone call. "Hello? Who is this?" I ask the caller. "Hey, man, I'm so sorry I left you.". It's the guy who left me for dead, and I bet he knew about the eruption! "How could you?" I complain, "Leaving me in you home, watching the disaster! Where are you?" I ask. "Well...I'm in Hamilton." he replied. I let go a big sigh. "Okay, now, why could you actually leave me here?" I ask once more. "I don't know, I received a phone call when you were at the house, saying that I had to go to the CBD on my bike. I tried to ring you earlier but traffic messes the signal. I left you a note saying 'Run now, Willy' on the sofa, didn't you get that?" he said. I stand there in silence. Sitting on the sofa at the time of the eruption, the note on the sofa. I sat on it. "Oh, I, um, uh, didn't get it. Well, I better go now, bye!" I say nervously, "Phew!" I said to myself. 

In the distance, I see the new volcano, bursting out lava the colours of fire. It was almost as if that was the only colourful thing in sight.

Friday, 11 April 2014

IKAN Knowledge Task - Fractions

Today I did another IKAN Knowledge Task. This time I did a task about fractions. I had to put fractions in order.



Newspaper Article about Fiafia Night

Fiafia Night a Success for Camp

By Willy

Above: Mrs Kelly welcoming the visitors
and families to the Fiafia Night
On the night of April 10th, the Senior Syndicate, along with Room 4, from Tamaki Primary hosted a Fiafia Fundraiser at the old Tamaki Intermediate Hall (or new Sommerville Special School Hall) for two reasons, one was to show their items they have learned, and to raise money for the Year 7 and 8 Camp. The crowd filled the seats, with many Junior Syndicate students sitting on the ground.


The turnout of families and students at the event were astounding. Lots of cheering were spread throughout the performances, such as the Kapa Haka group, Technology Band, the School Band, Samoan group, Tongan group, Ballroom Dancing group, and the Tikana Maori Kapa Haka group. Parents also walked up the stage to place money on their children to support them, and the money put on them went towards the Camp Fundraiser.

At the time of the intermission, people lined up outside for food and drinks, and also, to go in the draw to win a new bike. People gave support to students who have not yet to perform, but are performing after the break. One of them Mavis, saying to one performer, “Good luck out there”. Students from the Ballroom Dancing group were nearly ready to perform, and while most some were feeling nervous and anxious, most of the performers were hyper and happy from having just one carbonated drink.

The curtains opened and the cheers were turned on again. Later, students and the crowd had a great sing-along of the song, “Roar” by Katy Perry, sung by Ma’asi and Alison, students from Tamaki Primary.

When the show ended with the Kapa Haka group performing, the people went wild, having liked the performance. It was as many people said, “Amazing and cool!”. Outside, students said goodbye and farewell to previous students who are now at college, but knew they would see them again, one of them were Kereama’s sister, who said to one of the performers, “I never knew you could dance like that! Great job!”.

Many relatives from families hugged and congratulated each other, driving or walking home. The money raised money raised for the Y7&8 Camp was what Sau said was “Unbelieveable”. The total was $1,400!

IKAN Knowledge - Place Value


Here is my IKAN Knowledge Task. I had to use Place Value to figure out the numbers.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

My Group's Research Poster


This is my group's presentation about our poster about the 28th Maori Battalion. This is based on our poster, but the presentation has more facts.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

100 Question's

Today, or tonight, I did my 100 Question's in my maths book. This took me a long time to write all the hundred question's. I was learning a mix of maths skills, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.



General Knowledge Term One, Week Eleven - Libya


Here is my General Knowledge presentation. This week's country is Libya, it was North Africa, but North Africa has different countries, and this is the country I chose, and the capital is Tripoli! Would you believe that?

Term Two Goals 2014


Here are my presentation which includes my goals for the next term, Term Two.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

My 2-Weekly Blogpost

Hello Blog!

Welcome to my 2 weekly blogpost about the 2 weeks that have gone by.

Just to note that Daylight Savings has come to an end. I wonder, does this mean we get an extra hour? I was wondering that while watching tv because since we go back one hour, 3:00AM would be 2:00AM, meaning that 2:00AM would start all over again.

I also got excited, because I sent a "message" to Labour Party person, Carol Beaumont! What's even better is that...wait for it...SHE REPLIED!!! I burst out screaming in shock, the good kind of shock, like when you win the lottery and you just wanna tell the world.

I LOVE sleep. It makes me taller during the night, it makes me get crazy dreams, but then I forget them, and, most greatest of all, I relax from the day. Whether i'm in my uniform or just my home clothes, I love sleeping in them. Another thing I love is dreaming, and not just dreaming in your sleep, but there's day-dreaming, lucid dreaming, school-dreaming (dreaming of school in the holidays), and many more. I feel a little tired after talking about sleep and dreaming, and maybe I regret.....talking............about........it.............i'll be right back.

UPDATE: 5:27PM: After waking up

Okay, since I'm back, awake and better, let me talk about my weeks. Stomach flu from the 29th of March onto the 30th. April Fools on the 1st. 2nd was a blast, though can't remember, Birthday on the 3rd, and it rained. 4th was Baseball, and I got to go out of bounds while getting the ball, and sort of said sorry to Brooklyn for pushing him away. Saturday, yesterday, was when Dad went off walking to a house of a friend's.

Today was the usual, parents and Abbie go to church, I stay to watch Martin, I clean the house, do the dishes, have breakfast, watch the Shortland Street Omnibus, somewhere between 11:30AM and 12:30PM they arrive back, and they eat, and I always say, "I already ate breakfast". I'm on the computer, Mum goes to work, Abbie stays downstairs complaining about what she sees and keeps asking, "What's your name?" and points at a random person who I DON'T know, and she asks, "Who's that?".

What events are happening in Week 11? Yes, that's right, Just when you thought TIME would suddenly get slow......It got faster.. I could make a phrase out of this, it should go, The more fun you have, the less time you're left.

Anyways, Anyways, on of the events happening in Week 11 is the Cultural Performing Arts Fiafia Festival. I'm in one of the Performances....Ballroom Dancing. I just hope Charday comes on the dress rehearsal and the night.

There will be plenty more events, including the end of the term, 17th April.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Powtoon about Cyberbullying

This is my Powtoon about Cyberbullying and what to do about it.
To watch it, click this link.

My Birthday: 2 of 2

1:35PM.

That's what the clock said. I am still trying to figure out why the others ditched me and Chardonnay, and half of them were Student Councillors! Oh yeah, Tongan practice, and the reason that only two Student Councillors were allowed. I sat there, waiting, until Quitah's sister starts talking to me. Snot comes out of her nose, and I tell her. Guess what happened:

Was it:
A. She says "Thank you" and blushes.
B. She says nothing and tries to sniff it in.
C. She picks her nose and puts it on me.

If you answered, C. She picks her nose and puts it on me, then you are absolutely right! I chase her around the class walking, and she was running! Wow, I am that fast. Levi then gets her iPad out, and since the last time I touched her iPad was in Room 8, I wanted to have a turn. Camera was on, so some embarrassing photos were on there.

Oh! Finally, 1:40PM. I walk out, ditching Chardonnay, and run off through the rain. I saw a woman running with an orange vest. Probably think that it was Mrs Manuyag. I start running, but since it is raining HARD OUT in Auckland, I almost slip and slide through the puddles, and water fill my shoes. I heard a song coming from my left, the Music Room. It's Ma'asi singing. Cheers me up, but later I find out that the song I heard was the 2nd secret song for the Cultural Performances! Like the phrase I use at times like this, Whenever there's bad, there's good.

Lunchtime is over and it feels so wet. I walk to the hall feeling just a bit lucky, and I was right, because Viliamu and Brodie ran past me, and the next thing you know, they both slipped on the floor! In my path they slipped in, and we all laughed.

More people slipping and sliding on the wet floor, and that made me wonder, how was the floor wet? Anyway, we started on Ballroom Dancing, and Charday was my partner, and still is. We were on of the people picked to go in the front! During the moves, we did a new one where the girl partner is moving to another partner, and since me and Charday are on the side, I was left alone, along with Pio, Tionee, and many more others.

After, it was hometime, and yes, I still used my bike, even though the seat was wet, and drove myself home. I raced Tionee, and he beat me, obviously, because he was fast, and I just rode me bike on the hard, cracky footpath.

At home, a BBQ was set, and I went with my Mum and Abbie to go somewhere to celebrate my birthday, and it ended with Abbie crying since she "showed-off". It is now 5:33PM, and I do the tradition that I always do when on a birthday.

Sleep.

Friday, 4 April 2014

General Knowledge - Turkey


Here is my General Knowledge Presentation. This week's country is Turkey.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

My Birthday: 1 of 2

Today was my birthday. Well, there were lots of birthdays today, mine, Kini's, Taylor's Dad, who is in the US, and another person who I forgot its name. My day started with a morning prayer, and a few hugs and kisses from my parents. After, I took a short ride to school on my bike, and a few got surprised, including Petra and Mary-Jane. At least I finally rode my bike to school.

Just as I get a water drink at a nearby tap in the courts, "Happy Birthday" was sung. Embarrassed, I ran inside, a ball nearly hitting me, and I am now chased by William and Trent.

In class, I still get the "Happy Birthday" sayings, and I also get a rare Mavis hug, and that was pretty awkward. Others coming in say "Happy Birthday" to me as they get their netbooks for the day, including Alison, who clearly makes it obvious it's my birthday. Mavis speaks from the speaker in the office, and at the end of the announcement, she says, "And........Happy Birthday Willy." I yell, "Thank You!", and guess what? Another "Happy Birthday" song sung to me.

Still sunny, Technology was starting. Mrs Manuyag gives me a hug, and we started on Art, finishing as much of our artwork as we can.

Morning Tea. People still say, "Happy Birthday". I keep saying "Thank you". Morning Tea was when I found out Taylor's Father has the same birthday as me, but his is tomorrow. When I asked Taylor how old he was, or how old is he turning, he said, "59"! I almost choked! Minutes later, I walked off from Taylor and ended up with Danisha, Starr, Kelly, Devine, and Paterita. Starr shares a big chunk of Kit Kat with me. I feel so loved.

After Morning Tea, we went to the Duffy Role Model Assembly. We had a special visitor, as always, who once played for the Warriors and the Crusaders and other teams. He talked about lots of things, like how he didn't like to read or do homework while at school, but later when he was going to play rugby, he had to read the tactics and all the other stuff. Lots of Duffy Awards were given, including Sau and Viliamu from our class, Room 8.

Lunch orders. At the end of delivering orders, we got free yogurt sticks! I also ran down the hallway to class, and Ms Kyla was right there, bad, but since it was my birthday, she "didn't" see me running. Note: When holding a melted yogurt stick, be careful of the liquid when cutting.

Lunch time. I played with Tionee for the first time while we were waiting for Danisha, but Niko ruined our game by taking the ball, and also, it RAINED. I thought to myself, "Wow, my luck is now gone.". What was worse was that I had to run through the rain, bad, but I didn't slip at all, good. It's like a saying, "Whenever there's a bad, there's always a good".

I'm at Room 9 with Chardonnay, and lots of people, such as Taylor, Sau, Mehi, Tiere, Mele, Lauren, Maila, and others, they come to us, good, but since there was no Tongan practice today because it was raining, the went back to class, bad. I had to go to Room 9, because the Student Councillors had to go look after their buddy class.

1:30PM. This was going to be a long 10 minutes.

Other 50 of 100 Question's

Here is the other 50 of the 100 Question's I did online.

0 + 11 =11 
0 + 11 =11 
4 + 0 =4  
9 + 6 =15
5 + 9 =14  
54 ÷ 9 =6  
7 x 2 =14  
12 + 11 =23
1 + 7 =8  
6 + 7 =13  
7 x 8 =56  
6 + 6 =12
9 x 8 =72  
7 - 0 =0  
15 - 7 =8  
2 - 2 =0
5 - 3 =2  
11 + 0 =11 
4 ÷ 2 =2  
11 - 6 =5
10 - 1 =9  
9 + 4 =13  
12 - 4 =8  
17 - 10 =7
9 - 3 =6  
7 + 0 =7  
7 + 2 =9  
2 x 3 =6
15 ÷ 5 =3  
15 - 7 =8  
7 + 0 =0  
8 ÷ 1 =8
7 - 0 =7  
5 ÷ 5 =1  
20 - 10 =30 
9 x 0 =0
7 - 7 =0  
64 ÷ 8 =8  
20 ÷ 5 =4  
2 x 4 =8
17 - 9 =8  
14 ÷ 2 =7  
3 - 0 =3  
7 x 1 =7
7 x 0 =0  
54 ÷ 9 =6  
14 - 10 =4  
4 + 11 =15
10 + 3 =13 
1 x 6 =6