Friday, December 9, 2011

Prize-giving 2011

As I walked up the stairs, I was feeling so relieved that my striving to succeed throughout the year had earned me an award at prize-giving. I shook hands with Mrs Teleso and received my award. I gripped the trophy in my hands and walked over to join my friends who had also won an award. There was a camera moment, and as eager as I was to hop off the stage, I stayed and smiled a cheeky/happy smile! Winning Dux was such an awesome moment for me that I will cherish and never forget.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Interzone Athletics 2011

My heart was pounding, butterflies fluttering in my stomach. I felt as nervous as a rat surrounded by a pack of rattlesnakes! Even though I was surrounded by my friends, I couldn’t help but feel as nervous as I did. With a mighty swing, I swung the discus out of my hand and I saw it soar over the grass.

As I saw it land, I got placed into first place! I was so overwhelmed! Unfortunately, my victory didn’t last long as I got bumped off into 2nd place, but that was alright because I still got to go and compete in the Interzone Athletics. As well as going to compete in discus, I also went for shot-put.

The Interzone Athletics was held just recently and it was an amazing experience. We arrived at Lloyds Elsmore Park (where the event was held) and came to see many schools there. Schools such as Sacred Heart, Sylvia Park, Bailey Road, Panmure District School and several others.

I didn’t feel that nervous before we arrived but as soon as I saw the bunch of schools there, nervous feelings began to overwhelm my body. Just noticing that I’d have lots of competition gave me a little chill down my spine, but as well as having that feeling, I also felt really up for it!

Miss Va’afusuaga explained the timetable to us and discus was the first event I was going to do. I walked over to the place where the discus throwing was held and on the way there, I met an old friend-Michelle! We had a little chat and I found out that I would be competing against her.

We were reminiscing about the times we had together back then, and before we knew it, it was our turns to have our throw. I walked up to the circle and took a couple of deep breathes. “1, 2, 3” I whispered under my breath and on the 4th count I swung my arm, just like I did at the school athletics, and let the discus glide out of my hand.

I saw it land and figured that I did pretty well. Many of the other girls had their turn and it ended. We didn’t find out our results, which was what I was wanting to find out. But we moved on to shot-put. I’m alright at shot-put, but I saw a few girls have their turns and said to myself “how am I going to win against these girls?” It was my turn and I felt even more nervous then I did before and with a mighty grunt, I shot the shot-put out of my hands. I reckon it didn’t land that far but still I was feeling pretty good.

The whole day went by so fast and the last event was the relays. I looked forward to these! Watching people race each other. Our school did really well and came first in nearly all of them. Like I said before, it was an awesome experience and I have just found out that I came 3rd in one of my events. It wasn’t enough to get me into the Auckland Athletics event but I’m still proud of myself.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Manaiakalani Film Festival 2011

I was extremely nervous. As nervous as an aero-phobic person on a plane! I had practised my script so many times and now it was time for the ‘moment.’ I anxiously walked up the stairs, butterflies fluttering like crazy in my stomach. I took a deep breath and...”My name is Sela”. I started my script off. I finished it off and walked off the stage, feeling so relieved that I had gotten it over and done with.

The Maniakalani Film Festival was an annual film festival that was held every year at the Hoyts Cinema-Sylvia Park. We had entered a movie into the film festival and I had the privilege of presenting it to everybody. As flattering as this was, I didn’t really want to do it because as you might know, I am not a very confident person. But it was good that I did it because it helped my confidence to grow.

The way the film festival went worked was like this: There were 5 sessions. The 1st session was for the little kids, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th one were for the older kids. The last session though was for the parents and everyone else. You would’ve been in for a special treat if you went on the last session because you would see most of the movies instead of just some of them.

There were many movies screening on the big screen. Many of which were comedies. Our movie was like a documentary but with a few funny bits included. I was so embarrassed of one of the scenes in our movie! It had each of us girls whipping our hair and when it came to me whipping my hair, I’d look away. In fact, I looked away for the whole movie!

As soon as the movie ended, I looked back up with such a relieved feeling! Our movie was pretty cool, even with all the embarrassing moments. There were several movies, but only a few stood out for me. T-News, Tamaki College League Girls and Italy VS New Zealand were those few that stood out.

T-News was such a crack up movie, with Brody-Jack as Billy T James. Tamaki College League Girls movie was awesome! Showing Tamaki College’s girls League team making some massive hits on their opponents and Italy VS New Zealand was a very cute movie! The little kids from Panmure Bridge School challenging each other at things such as eating Weet Bix or spaghetti the fastest.

The Manaiakalani Film Festival was just so amazing! I think it really helped me to boost my confidence. Now, I just can’t wait ‘til next year’s film festival!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Brother's Prizegiving

Its an event most people await. You have to get there in time to get a good seat and it has many awards. Do you know what I’m talking about? No, its not the Emmy’s but its quite close. Give up? Okay, its prize-giving!! It wasn’t my school prize-giving but it was my brothers.

The auditorium that the prize-giving was being held in, was pretty packed. But luckily, we got there in time and found us a good seat at the top. The view from the top was awesome, seeing that we could see everything from there!

Anyway, the prize-giving kicked off with a powhiri and soon after that, a few speeches were made. The Level 1 awards were given out and a musical item was then performed by Jamilla, who has an amazing voice! She sang ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’.

Soon after, the Level 2 awards were handed out. People got awards such as merits in English and things like that. Sometimes when awards are given out, you get more then just the average certificate. Some people got books and trophies.

The Level 3 awards were also handed out and a while after that, the special awards were awarded. The special awards were awards such as Sportsman, Sportswomen and Dux. These awards cause so many nerve-racking moments because no one knows who’s going to get which award! I was extremely proud of my brother because, as well as getting a Level 2 award, he also got Dux!! I was also very happy because of the many lolly-lei’s he got.

I’ve gotta say, it was pretty hilarious watching all the people get up to go and congratulate their family and put lei’s and lei’s of lollies on them. The one person who’s family was extremely proud of them, was the head girl Helen. She got so many lolly-lei’s that her face was almost covered!

I’m sure that all those who got awards, their families were immensely proud of them. I know I was so proud of my brother! Now, I just can’t wait for our school prize-giving!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


The universe...many things have not yet been discovered in it. Things such as: other living lifeforms or another planet we human beings are able to live on. I’m sure there are several other things we do not know about but the things we do know about the universe and our solar system are quite interesting.

The topic for this term is called “Outta This World” and has us focusing on planets and our solar system. To help us learn more about these, we performed a little experiment yesterday. It wasn’t really an experiment like the ones you see on TV with the test tubes and bunsen burners, it was more like a fun activity type of experiment.

The experiment we did had us studying the sizes of the planets. Seeing that we couldn’t just fly up into space and see the actual planets and their sizes, we had to use an alternative. I actually found it sort-a odd that the alternative we used were balloons! To find out the sizes of the planets we (obviously) had to blow the balloons up. What I found also kinda weird but funny, was that some of the balloons didn’t really need to be blown up, they just need a little huff & puff and that was it.

Pluto was one of those ‘planets’ that only needed a little huff & puff. As well as learning the sizes of the planets, we couldn’t help but learn some very informative facts too. Here are a few (facts) that I found to be quite fascinating: Earth is known to be unique because we are the only planet in the solar system that is known to have living life forms. It takes 365 days for the Earth to orbit the sun but we have day and night because as the Earth orbits the sun, we are also revolving. Jupiter’s red spot is known to be the most violent storm in the universe and is about 3-5 times bigger then Earth. Pluto is now classified as a dwarf planet.

Even though our experiment turned out to be successful, there were a few things that went wrong like: we were supposed to do it outside but then we had to abort back inside because it started raining! My friends and I found that hilarious for some reason, anyway. One low-light for me was that, about halfway during the activity I had to leave. But I felt really relieved that I could stay for half of the lesson.

I really enjoyed doing the experiment yesterday and I think that space is an awesome topic to be studying and hopefully in the not to distant future, many of the unsolved mysteries of space will be solved so that we may perform more fascinating experiments!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Planets & Sun's Measurements

If you look at our sun, it looks pretty huge. But seeing that our topic this term is “Outta This World” and includes us learning about space, we have found out that our sun is actually quite tiny compared to the other sun’s out there in space. Finding this out was very overwhelming!

The largest sun out there is called VV Cephei and its diametre is 2, 644, 800, 000 km compared to our sun, who’s diametre is 1, 392, 000km! As well as learning about the sun and its measurements, I found out that the sun’s are actually big balls of gas, also known as stars.

I got this information from a strikingly informative YouTube clip. The clip contained facts about the sun’s diametre and also the diametre’s of the planets. Things I found out about the diametre of the planets were that Pluto’s diametre, which has the smallest diametre of planets, was 2306 km and the planet with the largest diametre is Saturn who’s diametre is 120, 536 km!

Learning about space, is without a doubt, extremely fascinating!


Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer are some of the biggest names in the sport-tennis. Tennis is a very competitive but enjoyable sport, so I think that we are very privileged to be learning how to play it.

We just had our first lesson and I found it very invigorating. Marcelle, our tutor, started off with some drills on the court. The drills were quite difficult. One drill included us bouncing the ball on the strings of the racket and then trying to bounce it on the side. It was sort of irritating because I couldn’t really do it.

Anyway, as we finished the drills we went on to playing a game. It was called King of the Court. It was a bit like a tennis rotation game. The rules were pretty much the same as tennis except for the rule that, if you lost you would become the king or queen of the court. The king or queen would stay on the court and play people until he or she lost and the person they lost to would then become king/queen.

Rugby is my favourite sport, but while learning tennis skills I slowly took a liking to the sport. It may be my second favourite sport but I think I still need a massive heap of help because, I still have a few things to work on!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rugby World Cup Final-All Black's VS France

The tournament, semi finals, quarter finals had all passed, it was then time for the big one. The Rugby World Cup was about to come to a finish with the All Blacks playing France in the RWC Final!

It was the match that the world had been waiting for and it was finally here. There were shots on TV showing the 2 teams training out on the field, shots from the dressing rooms and shots showing the 2 teams walking down the corridor to the field with very determined and focussed looks on their faces. Suddenly the countdown began. The crowd full of thousands of French & All Black supporters joined in. “3, 2”...”1” they roared out with extreme gusto!

The All Blacks’s Piri Weepu kicked off, and the intense match began. The All Blacks and France making some big hits on each other, performing some tricky plays. Later on, a lineout was held near the All Black’s try line. My house full of All Black supporters, shouting out things like “come on All Black’s, the try line’s right there !”

I, however, was cheering for France. So when Tony Woodcock scored the first try in the final, I was a bit angry but my family members were going wild. Cheering and yelling out “Yeah All Blacks, Woo Hoo!” The All Black’s also celebrated, but the game wasn’t over yet. The French knew that they would have to up their game.

France did exactly that, because close to the end of the first half, the French captain Thierry Dusautoir, scored a try! Now it was time for me to "yahoo" and celebrate! The first half ended and it was now time for the 2nd half. the score was 8-7, with the All Blacks leading by just one point!! 20 minutes had passed the another 20 and then another 20. But the score was still 8-7!

The final extremely intense minutes were passing by and I was hoping one of the French team members would do a little drop kick into the goal post and France would win! There were so many butterflies, I felt as if my stomach was going to explode!

My hopes were put to an end though, because the All Blacks had won. But, I am a quite glad that NZ won. Monday, 23rd of October 2011, was certainly a day to remember!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Term 3 has been quite an exceptional one. It was the sport season, the RWC cup season and all sorts of other things! This exceptional term is, unfortunately, coming to an end and the holidays are almost upon us. I have got to say, I'm not a big fan of the holidays. I enjoy coming to school, hanging out with friends, eating morning tea and lunch and sometimes enjoy what most students dread...Learning!! Anyway, what I'm really looking forward to is term 4. Its the last term of the year, then I'm off to college!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Term 3 Highlights

Term 3 has been such an awesome experience for me. My top 3 highlights were going to tech, playing rugby and learning different kinds of sports.

At tech, we learn things such as: drawing techniques (graphics) to making alarms (electronics). Last week was our last week with Mr Dewan (science). Our new subject is hopefully cooking with Mrs Heka! Science was full of fascinating experiments and exciting practicals! I wish I could do it again.

During the past few weeks, we have been having sporting lessons. This term included us learning certain techniques for badminton and AFL (Australian Football League)/Kiwi Kick. Specky's, low marks, high marks and many more are just a few of the many techniques we learnt to do. Its quite fun.

Playing rugby was a major highlight for me! Tackling and fending people off is something I enjoy doing. When I play rugby, I feel as if I’m invincible. Although we didn’t win many games this season, I’m proud that we won at least one game. What was better was that we had won this game 95- 0!

Term 3 has certainly been a term to remember but I can't wait til next term!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

England Presentation

This presentation is to share what I have learnt about England.


The baby is as cute as a puppy.
The baby is as smooth as silk.
The baby is as quiet as a church mouse.

The monkey is as jumpy as a kid hyped up on sugar.
The monkey is as hairy as a man’s legs.
The monkey is as addicted to banana’s like a kid is addicted to lollies.

The car is as filled up with gas as a balloon is with helium.
The car is as clean as a whistle.
The car is as speedy as Usain Bolt on the race track.

As brave as a lion.
As brave as someone confronting their fear of something.
As brave as someone risking their life to save another.

As smooth as a newly born baby’s bottom.
As smooth as moisturised skin.
As smooth as silk.

As soft as pillow fluff.
As soft as the inside of freshly made bread.
As soft as rabbits fur.

As happy as a teenage girl on a free shopping spree.
As happy as a person receiving their food in a restaurant.
As happy as Happy Feet going back to Antarctica.

As loud as kids from Room 21 chatting.
As loud as a wolf’s howls at night during the full moon.
As loud as a scream coming from a house of horror’s.

As warm as a person next to a heater during a cold winters day.
As warm as a tropical summer in the islands.
As warm as a hug.

As large as a swarm of bees surrounding pots of honey.
As large as a blue whale.
As large as the Empire State Building.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tonga VS Canada

After their expected but proud loss to the mighty All Blacks, the terrifying Tongan team-Ikale Tahi were up for their second game against the fearsome Canadians.

The game was about to start and the two rivals walk side by side onto the field with determined looks on their faces. The captains Finau Maka (Tonga) and Pat Riordan (Canada) head off to the coin toss, Tonga wins it and decides that they want to be kicked off to. The referee blows his whistle and the first crucial 40 minutes begin.

About 10-15 minutes into the game, Canada scores the first try and the score, disappointingly for Tonga, heads off to 7-0. The intense game carries on. Around about halftime, Siale Piutau (Tongan player) has a try set up for him, goes for it and scores a beauty. Tonga scores a try yet the tough Canadians were still leading 10-7.

The ref blows his whistle and halftime ends. Another crucial 40 minutes up on the clock. In that time, some impressive tries were scored by both the terrifying Tongans and their fearsome opponents the Canadians. Approximately 70 minutes into the game, the Tongans end up leading the Canadians 20-18. If they hold up their solid defence line, Tonga can win this.

Unfortunately the Canadians manage to execute a superb try and the score changes to 25-20 to the Canadians. You could feel the tension build up as the Tongans try with such might to score a try, the last minute's up and the extremely intense game finishes with Canada winning by just five points!!

Awesome performances were displayed by both teams.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

RWC Paragraph Adjectives

As part of our writing task, we had to come up with 3 paragraphs about the Rugby World Cup. Instead of the normal boring paragraphs, we had to use adjectives to make it sound more interesting.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Black Out Day

The biggest sporting event ever to happen in New Zealand starts today! I expect that you all know what it is so I don't need to tell you...but I'll tell you anyway. Its the RUGBY WORLD CUP!!
The first game starts today and are between the All Blacks and Ikale Tahi! To support the All Blacks, we had the choice of coming in black, I chose to come in my school uniform and wear red & white socks to show my support for Tonga. I don't think it matters whether Tonga loses, all that matters is that they tried their best.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Silly Sports Day

Tuesday 23rd August 2011 started out like any other day with writing and reading at the beginning of the day but, instead of having maths after morning tea we played 'Silly Sports.'

The way these 'silly sports' worked were, the 4 intermediate classes were given a 'silly sport' to start out with. The 4 silly sports were ball tiggy-with Mrs Lagitupu, the giant slingshot-with Ms Tito, 3 legged race-with Mr Harris and a sponge race-with Mrs Nua. After a certain amount of time at a silly sport we rotated on to the next activity.

Ball tiggy was the first silly sport that we got. Before we started the game, Mrs Lagitupu split us up into 4 teams-green, yellow, red and blue. The aim of the game was to try and tag the opposition without running with the ball or throwing it at them. So to win the game, co-operation and good communication skills were needed. It seemed that at the end of that activity, my team was really good at those 2 things because we had won !

The giant slingshot was our next rotation. The aim of the game was pretty simple-try and shoot the ball out of the slingshot into a hula hoop. One hula hoop was pink and whoever shot the ball into that hoop earned 100 points for their class. Many people tried but failed at getting the ball into that pink hoop. That was, until Helen had her go. Some friends and I cheered "go Helen !" When she was ready, she fired. All eager to see where it was going to land, everyone sat up. It was rolling towards the pink hoop, “WOOHOO !” everyone was cheering. Suddenly the ball missed the hoop by a just few inches! We all sat back down and had a little laugh at how excited we all were. But not all was lost as someone managed to score us 10 points before we left to the next 'silly sport.'

We went on to Mr Harris who was taking a 3 legged race challenge. It was like a 3 legged race and a tennis ball race at the same time. We had to pair up with someone, tie one of our legs together and race to the other side and back without dropping the tennis ball. My partner Tia and I had our turn, and just when we were about to cross the finish line, I dropped the ball ! Tia started hitting me and shouted "SELA MAN, WE WERE RIGHT THERE !!" and we both dropped to the ground laughing our heads off.

Then we rotated on to or 4th and final activity. Again, we were spilt up into 4 teams and each 2 buckets, 1 full of water and a sponge and the other one empty. The aim of the game was to let the sponge absorb up as much water as it could in the full bucket, and pass it along to your team members (who would be in a line behind you) and squeeze it into the empty bucket. The team who's bucket had the most water in it won. The red won...twice!

That Tuesday was such an awesome experience. I would sure love to do it again!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Year 7 & 8 Cross Country 2011

Here's a little riddle: what do most people look forward to, is very competitive and is kinda like a battle of the fittest ?...Cross country !

Every year, we hold a cross country race. The way its usually set up is in age groups but this year it was a bit different. Instead of age groups, we just raced in years. For example all the Year 7 girls race each other, Year 7 boys race and so on.

Something that was also a bit different was the race course. Instead of just a run around the reserve and back to our field, we ran a race course that was 3.5km ! But luckily for the Year 7's, they only had to run 3km.

As soon as the Year 7 boys were out of sight, the Year 8 girls lined up along the starting line. Miss V explained the race course to us and we waited anxiously for Miss V to clap the clapper. "On your marks" she started "get set..." CLAP ! As soon as we heard the 'clap' we shot off like lightening bolts and tried to overtake each other.

We hadn't even gotten to halfway when we saw the boys catching up to us. Most of us girls started sprinting as soon as we saw the boys, but others were calm and collected and didn't even try to keep in front of the boys. Unfortunately, I was one of those girls. Taking our time, kind of just strolling through the bush.

For a while we started to just stroll along, but then we felt quite de-hydrated so we started to power-walk. A long while later, we saw our school poking through all the ferns and trees, so we started to walk faster. We had nearly gotten to the finished line when we were told by Mrs Lagitupu that we still had 1/2km to run. Puffed out, we went back to walking and finally got to the finish line.

I had known that I wasn't going to come first because I was competing against people like Etta and April. But my goal was to not come last and guess what ? I didn't !

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Holiday Highlight

Whether you’re a teacher or student, school always seems very busy and tiring. So when the holidays come, most people are excited. I, on the other hand, enjoy school and don’t really look forward to the school holidays.

Movies, shopping and sleep-overs fill some people’s holidays, but for others like me, holidays are filled with sleep, chores and even more sleep. However, during the holidays, I did go to the movies and saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. I found the last chapter of the Harry Potter series quite exhilarating.

Going to the movies was pretty peachy keen, but another cool thing we did was go over to my grandma’s place to celebrate her birthday. We had a big feast and consumed most of it and sang happy birthday to her. We could tell by her facial expressions that she really enjoyed it ! We also enjoyed it.

The holidays weren’t as bad as I thought they were going to be, but the holidays I’m really looking forward to are the end of year ones, because when these holidays approach us, my family and I get ready for our annual trip to Tonga ! Unfortunately, this isn’t for another term so I have to wait for a pretty long time.

Monday, August 8, 2011


This term our topic 'Keep your eye on the Ball' is based around the Rugby World Cup (RWC). There are 20 countries playing and each person in our class was given a country to do research on. I got France and did a presentation about it. Here is my finished product.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Final Design

I chose this design because:
it was more detailed then the other 2 signs and more clear to understand.


* Does your sign meet all the specifications and requirements of the brief? If so, how?

* What is the purpose of your sign? Do you think your sign will help eliminate a problem in the school or street? If so, how?
The purpose of our sign is to stop littering. I think the sign will help eliminate a problem if people listen to it.
* What did you do well?
I think that we did the signs well, seeing that we didn’t manage our time well.
* What difficulties did you come across while making your sign?
Time management
* What can you do next time to improve your project?
Be more well prepared and organised and manage time better.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Design 2

Its now got more colourIts still quite plainthe words ‘Bin it’ are on a rubbish bin

Monday, July 18, 2011

Design 1

you can read it. simpleIt has no colour. messy layout. simpleblack and white.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Brief Development: 1st Brief

Conceptual Statement:
(What is the concept or idea behind your design brief? e.g “To produce a sign with a message that helps eliminate the issue of...”)

To produce a sign with a message that helps eliminate the issue of rubbish in the street.

(The measurable must haves ie. the things that are important to designing an effective sign e.g. sign must be easy to read etc...)

1.Big - good size
5.Clear message

(Musts that are beyond my control e.g. Must be completed by the end of the term)

1. due in week 7
2. must have a clear message about eliminating a problem

(things I need to make the sign)


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Planning Log

Planning Log

Keep a record of both what you intend to do and what you did over the course of the next 3 weeks as we work through the Technology Process.

Week 5Week 6Week 7
What I plan to doBrainstormed issuesResearch questions Ideas more signsComplete the signs
Materials I will needPaper, pen, ideasGoogle Docs QuestionsGoogle Docs
People/Sources I need to consult for more information.peers, friends, yourself, teacherPeers, friends, Year 7 7 & 8 kids My partners
What did you find difficult and why?To come up with 1 problem to focus onTo get the form done and sentTo get our design project thing done
What I will do next as a result of any difficulties.Get more ideas for a good signAnalyze the data, check the answersManage the time more better


The Stakeholders are the people who have an effect on the production of your product

The Primary Stakeholder is your client ie. the person or community of people that your sign is going to be created for. eg. ….

Wider Community Stakeholders:Key Stakeholders:Primary Stakeholder:

Year 7 & 8 students
year 7 & 8 students

ATTRIBUTES: These describe the physical (what it is like) and functional (what it will do) characteristics of a product. These characteristics are key or essential for the successful function of a product and should be re- evaluated at each stage of the design process.

With your sign in mind, complete the following attributes table:


Method of Measurement


eg. Eye catching

sign will appeal (be noticed) by stakeholders

Sign must be clear, stand out and be creative


Pretty big

Sign must be big enough for everyone to see


A bright/appealing colour


Create awareness (e.g. clear message)

Stop littering

People should stop littering so our school can be clean

Durable/ Weather resistant

Laminate it

Laminate it so it’ll be waterproof

Ideal location (in the right area)

Somewhere readable

Probably in the street up on the wall