Friday, June 28, 2013

Hansel and Gretel Retold.

Living in a dilapidated house with my step dad, step brother as well as my mum was not the fairytale I was wanting in my life. My dad died because he was eaten by a wolf in the forest when I was the age of four. My mum then married a man named Bob and Bob had a son named Hansel. He was twelve years of age which meant he was two years older than me . So now I’m stuck with my step dad Bob, my mum and my annoying brother.

Five years had passed and already I wanted to leave. Hansel was always spoilt while I had to clean the house and cook the food. It was another Cinderella story. Anyway, mum and Bob never payed attention to me unless there was a mess to clean. How unfair! They accused me of being spoilt as well, even though I wasn’t. This all lead to Hansel and I being kicked out of our own house! “You can not come back until you have learnt how to be sweet little grateful children!” Yelled both my mother and step dad. It was weird how my own mother had agreed with that stupid guy.

We travelled through the woods that surrounded our house. The cool breeze tugged on my long, curly black hair. Hansel led us through the woods. I looked up and the trees were tangled upon Hansels head. He was my older brother so I had to listen to him. “ Everything is alright Gretel! Were not lost.”  His voice didn't fool me at all. I knew we were lost the minute he took the lead. We had been walking for so long, I just wanted to stop.  However, as I was about to give up, we stumbled across something awesome.

The biggest mansion on earth was in our way. I wanted to avoid it by going around it but NO.... “Come on Gretel, we can live here.” Hansel said cheerfully.
“NO! I am not going in there. What if something scary or even someone is in there.” I said. But Hansel didn’t care what I thought. So he walked inside. I had to follow him because as I said before.... He was my older brother. I was soooo angry at him. I always didn’t get to have a say. It was like living at home again only not with mum and Bob there. I walked through the door and my spine tingles. That was a warning sign. I told Hansel but he was too busy playing with all the technology that was in the house.

“Come Gretel. Remember this ga-”
“HEY!” Someone interrupted....
We looked around and saw an old man standing there. “HANSEL YOU STUPID!!!! I told you there was something scary about this house.” I yelled furiously. We argued and argued until finally the old man stopped us. “ OH RIGHT SHUT UP!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY HOUSE?” I was struck by how ugly he was. His eyes glowed bright yellow and scars were scattered across his face.

“We are just passing by and we will be on our way now.” I was speaking calmly to the man. “ No you’re not. You came into my house and I consider that trespassing.” His voice was firm and sound like he intended to speak once more. “ Since you are intruders I will have you be my servants. You can stay and tend my every need.” My brother tried bargaining with the man saying that he will stay if he lets me go. “ No way! You are both staying here with me. There is a room for you and your sister to stay in when I don’t need you.” The man was planning something. It is a gut feeling. I washed his clothes and dishes as well as clean his pet hamsters cage. Its funny how such an evil man can care for such a little creature. “ You are dismissed. Go to bed now.” I dragged my feet up the stairs, tired from all the hard work I had done today, and jumped onto my new bed.

Hansel was fast asleep while I had to lay there and listen to him snore! Anyway, just as I was about to sleep an old raspy voice starts to say something. It was the old man talking to himself. I quietly get one of his gadgets that hung from the wall and recorded him. “When its time to sleep tomorrow, and they are just about to doze off, I will kill them.”
“Hansels gotta believe me now.... We can make a plan to kill him first. Why am I so SMART!!!” Gretel whispered to herself. The next morning came and Gretel showed Hansel. After Hansel just finished listening to it he finally took her advice and they planned to kill the evil old man.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SER Survey.

Here is the link.
This a little survey about the new Self Explaining Roads here in Glen Innes. The extension group are gathering information for a Tamaki University student about the roads and Vivienne and I put together this form for her. Please fill it out if you live on any roads like Maybury Rd, Holland, Anderson Ave or any in this area with newly put road islands on them. Your help would be much appreciated.

Monday, June 24, 2013

What is Protein and Why do We Need It?

Our literacy task for Mrs Lagitupu was to choose a subject around our school wide inquiry, PSI and our       team 5 My Healthy kitchens rules to investigate on. My group consisted of Ashleigh, Vivienne and I and we did the topic 'Protein.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Creative Literacy Reflection

What I really enjoyed about our creative literacy task was the fact that I could make a movie all about a Michael Jackson Song. Also because I got to work with my friends.

The thing I found really interesting was trying to find a song. We couldn’t decide on just one song at first because people would be doing the same thing.

What I didn’t enjoy was that when it came to filming there a lot of disputes on who was going to act out what. So instead we resolved it with getting a little kid to do it.

I enjoyed the actual filming of our movie. I had fun with the junior kids and our ideas had turned out as planned.

I learnt that when you film, you need different angles to make the movie more effective. The Long shot was my favourite to use.

The thing we need to work on next time is our time management. while we were animating, we wasted time talking instead of actually drawing.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Prospective Student Writing

Prospective Student-( Video my Writing is Based off)

He gripped the edge of the cliff, he puffed and panted realizing he had only needed to walk up the last hill to get to his destination. He was wondering “Can I actually make it?” Pulling himself up off of the ledge, he was dragging his feet up the hill and wiped sweat off his face. Determination was left on it as he knocked on the towering door of the dojo. The door slowly opened and the sensei strolled to meet him.

The boy bowed down to his sensei. His penetrating stare scared the boy a bit. Disappointment and rejection had made his head fall and shoulders drop. The sensei pointed to his right and slammed the door behind him. He breathed in and clasped his hands. A day and night he meditated, waiting until the sensei would come to his senses and realize what a strong warrior he was.

He heard the clanking of the chains on the door. Slowly, the sensei emerged from the dark. He was turned down once again and cringed when the sensei pointed to the right. He stomped away but something clicked inside him. His eyes went from sad to angry. He strode furiously back to the huge, hefty door. Clenching his fists, he threw a powerful kick to the door. The boy felt as if he was ready to fight and prove his worth.

Sensei lifted his arm, pointing right. The boy followed his arm and stood staring. “ PLEASE USE SIDE ENTRANCE” A sign was set on the right of the door. He stood humiliated and embarrassed.

Friday, June 7, 2013

20 Hour Famine

A whole team of eager kids are teaming up up tonight to go hard out for the hungry! The 20 hour Famine team here at Pt England School are having a get together to raise money for all the poor kids in Bougainville, Papa New Guinea.

 We are only allowed to eat barley sugar and drink water as part of the challenge and we are playing a heap of games as well to celebrate to 20 hour famine. It is going to be awesome!

World Vision started the fund to help kids all around the world without food and nourishment since 1953! They have cared for a lot of starving children and I think that its a great thing to for founder Dr Rob Pierce to have done.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Interface XPO

We arrived at the Ellerslie convention centre seeing the Interface XPO signs at the door. Vivienne, Makayla, Darius, Mrs Lagitupu and I walked into the elevator and we went up. The editor of a magazine called Interface had invited us to the XPO to film the experience through our eyes His name was Greg Adams.

The main conference area was lined with black chairs. I filmed a heap of teachers filing into the room. Makayla set up the camera and the music stopped. A animation of a little boy dancing on the screen. It was the intro to the XPO. Greg Adams introduced himself and the event had started.

The technology stands were scattered everywhere. I was surprised that we could get interviews with most of the stands. My favourite stand was the 3D printer. A 3D printer uses plastic to create model objects. You can make anything with the printer. The more intricate the detail, the longer it takes to make the object.

The guy who was running it had a toy printing on the side. I scanned the table. There were heaps of creations made by the printer on the table. My favourite was a black skull as well as a little ball toy stuck inside a box. It looked really cool.

Thanks to Greg Adams, Mrs Lagitupu and Mrs Burt for letting us have the opportunity to go to the wonderful Interface XPO. It was a great experience to have and I am really grateful.