Thursday, 24 June 2021

KPMG trip

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Yesterday the year 7 & 8 extension crew along with a few other selected students, Mr J, Rima, (Nadia's brother) and Miss West, went to KPMG! We left school at around 9 AM and came back at around 2:15 PM.

This blog post is a recount/summary of what we did during the time we spend at KPMG. But first, if you don't know what KPMG is, 'KPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 146 countries and territories and in FY20 had close to 227,000 people working in member firms around the world'.

An amount of the year 8's have already been to KPMG once before but for the majority of us, we haven't been. Once we walked into the KPMG building, everything looked so proper and fancy you could say.

Once we went inside the little 'hangout' room we'd be staying in for pretty much the whole day, the people working at KPMG that would be staying with us throughout the day, introduced themselves and told us what department they work in. 

From what I can remember, there was John, Jack, Christine, and Justine. There was also another man but I don't know how to spell his name. If I'm correct, his name is from the Indian culture.

Oh and also, there was this long comfy couch. Justine said that if there was no more space on the couch, you'd have to sit on the carpet. I was able to sit on the couch 😎 yuh.

After the small introduction from them, we were told to split into four groups of eight, (I think). My group was Simon, Nadia, Yolanda, Lily-May, Finau, Adriana, and Valessa. I don't think there was anybody else in our group though.

But anyways, once we were split into these groups, we were passed around paper little tag things that had one out of the four element's on it for each group. Fire, water, air, and I can't remember the last one, (excuse my sucky memory). It had something to do with earth? The ground? I'm not sure.

But anyways, we wrote our names on the tags and my group was fire. Once we wrote our names on the papers, we were given out these pins/badges we'd put the paper in for the workers at KPMG to know what our names were.

To summarise what happened next, we separated with the others in our groups to take a tour of the KPMG offices etc. We went with a guy named John. We said hello to the mail lady that took care of the mail that KPMG received and even got to take a look inside the kitchen! We were given a good insight of their techniques of cooking- a good speed yet delicate and the food looked fantastic.

This made us even more excited for morning tea which would take place after the 30 minute tour. During the tour, we took the elevator, some stairs, said hello to a few workers and spotted some of the other groups.

But once we finished taking a look at the different parts of the KPMG building, we went back into the little 'hangout' area where we were able to have morning tea! I forgot what we had for morning tea but I do remember there were fruits however I don't know the name of the other foods, oop-

After eating, Christine gave us a more detailed 'about me' about her. She goes to university at Pennsylvania in America! Apparently, (if I heard correctly), Joe Biden used to be a professor at her university! That's so cool-

Mr J asked her how she's a student at an university at America but works at New Zealand, she said that due to the coronavirius pandemic, she was brought back to New Zealand. However, she said she'd go back to America after around 2 months.

She explained how she was passionate about how we can help planet earth. She handed out these foots, (paper foots might I add, 'foots' sounds weird), and she said we had to write/draw how we were going to help the earth.

Once we finished that, (I don't even know if this is the correct order), a guy named Jack helped us make some experiments that we had to do with our team. We had to make a spinner that spins without us touching it.

This is what the other groups' experiments were:

Air: Put these acidic and alkaline substances, (liquids such as baking soda) to blow up a balloon. I don't think that was what their literal challenge was, but that's how they figured it out.

Water: Put these substances like vinegar and baking soda in the trays. Then put ice cubes in them to see which one would met the fastest.

Earth: They made oobleck! Oobleck is a substance that's solid once pressure is applied and a liquid when poured- how cool! There was this long word for that sort of thing but I forgot it; Oops.

After our experiments, we had lunch! Lunch was sliders, chicken tenders, spring rolls, some fruit and something else I think.

After that we marked the quiz we did, (I seriously forgot the order we did this stuff in), we had to mark another groups quiz and they got 2nd place while we got third. We did good but it didn't really matter who was first or last. The winning team however, received a little bag prize thing. I'm not sure what was inside but it looked really cool! Good job to them :)

Towards the end of the day, we made up our own planets on these paper sheets they gave us. My planet was called 'Fauna' which is a planet with only animals. Kauri came and checked out my planet while also showing me his one which was planet Toes 😃 

Its Kauri we're talking about anyways so I wasn't that surprised. Miss West chose me to say the 'thank you' and this is what I said:

"On behalf of this group, I'd like to say thank you for this wonderful learning opportunity and an insight on what goes on here at KPMG. I hope we can come back in the future and have just as much fun, if not, even more.. Um yeah."


I sounded so awkward but anyways, Nadia helped me with that because Miss West told me earlier just so I could plan what I was gonna say.

But sadly our time at KPMG came to an end as we said our goodbyes but they gave us these cups that had a milky way chocolate, (now that I think of it, I get it now. Like 'milky-way'? The galaxy? Y'know?), candy sticks, paper with things that either said 'telescope', 'earth', 'moon', 'star' or something else. But the best part was these mini aliens!

There was green ones, (basic green screen looking dudes), yellow ones, (lemonade) blue ones, (mega mind), and orange ones, (orange juice). But like their eyes were painted red and the paint wasn't all neat making it look like the alien's were crying blood-

Anyways, that's the end of the KPMG trip! I hope you enjoyed what I thought was going to be a short recount that turned into a long one. Adios amigo :)

Wow, my hair looks super nice-

Topic 5- Flower Power

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This is topic 5 of science at tech. I worked with Autumn for this one, it was quite fun. Thank you for checking my blog out, adios amigo :)

Topic 4- Floating and Sinking

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This is topic 4 of science at tech. Adriana and I worked on this task together as well! Thank you for checking out my blog, adios amigo :)

Topic 3- Testing out Labortory Equipment

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This is one of my science tech lessons I didn't post before. Adriana and I worked together for this one! Thank you for looking on my long, adios amigo :)

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Thinking Critically

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This is my reading task but I had to have a reading test so I didn't finish it. Hope you enjoy! :) 

Monday, 21 June 2021

Perfect Perimeter

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This is my maths task for today. It is about perimeter, area, and also volume :)

Information Report about Mars

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This is an information report on Mars. This was written a long time ago, I thought I posted it but apparently not so here it is. I hope you like it- I think I did it good enough :)


Just like Earth, Venus and, Mercury, Mars is a Terrestrial planet meaning it has a rocky surface. Our “Red Planet” that is fourth away from the Sun is known to be the second most habitable planet, first being Earth.

Apparently, Scientists have found small traces of the Martian atmosphere within meteorites that have came from Mars onto Earth. This probably intrigued the Scientists to begin studying Mars and also to launch some space missions.

Mars actually has the largest dust storms in our solar system! They can last for months and they cover the entire planet. This is definitely something that we should know about the Red Planet before we try living on it. Living on Mars could have some pro’s and con’s and the dust storms are definitely one of the cons.

There are a few signs of liquid water on Mars although, for years Mars has been known to have water in the form of ice and not liquid. The first signs of water are dark stripes or stains on crater wall and cliffs which have been seen in satellite images! However, due to Mars’ atmosphere, this water would have to be salty to be able to prevent it from freezing or vaporising. So potentially from that fact, salty water may be able to stay liquid on Mars but we’d need fresh water to drink if we moved there.

Apparently one day Mars will have a ring! In the next 20-40 million years, Mars’ biggest moon, Phobos, will be torn apart by gravitational forces which’ll lead to the creation of a ring that could be able to last up to 100 million years! So maybe Mars will end up looking something like Saturn? This’ll also mean that Mars would be left with one moon after Phobos is torn apart!

Sunsets on Mars are blue! Imagine how pretty it’d look yet different from Earth’s sunsets. During the martian day, the sky is a pinkish-red, this is the opposite of the Earth’s skies. If we were to live on Mars, we’d have to get used to the new colours of the sky. The colour of the planets’ skies depend on that planets atmosphere and also the Solar Spectrum.

Mars, one of the 3 Terrestrial planets, will we be able to one day live on it?

Friday, 18 June 2021

Why does matter, matter?

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This morning we learnt a bit about the three matters. We were given paper sheets with the questions and had to answer them on a doc :)

Thursday, 17 June 2021

The Jacket - Part 3

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This is my reading task. It's part 3 of The Jacket. I will be working on Part 4 now since Mr Moran isn't here and we have a reliever :)

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

The Seasons

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This is my science task from today about the four seasons. We didn't really do much science, we just did this task about the seasons and it includes subjects like the torrid zone :)

Space diorama plan- extension

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Today we had extension and my group, (Valessa and Nadia) drew a layout/brainstorm for our space diorama creation! We haven't started it yet but we will make a start on it soon.


Tuesday, 15 June 2021

1.4 No hea koe?

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This is my Te Reo task for today. I did it with Finau, you should check out her blog here:


Decimal Fractions

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This is my maths task for today and it's about decimals and fractions. One of the questions I didn't do because the denominator is different and since Mrs Stone is testing somebody, I couldn't ask her but I'll edit it once I find out.


Thursday, 10 June 2021

Topic 3- Testing out Laboratory Equipment

 Aim or Purpose: 

Measure an exact amount of sugar (10 grams) and dissolve in water to make a solution. 


- Weighing Machine 

- Stop Watch 

- Spatula 

- Pipette 


Measure the cold water and time how long it takes for the sugar to dissolve in the cold water. Then we measured the hot water’s temperature and timed how long it takes the sugar to be dissolved in the hot water. 

Temperatures and times- the results:

Cold water temperature- 23 to 24s

Time salt dissolves- 1:20

Hot water temperature: 80

Time salt dissolves: 15 to 16s

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

The Jacket - Part 2

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This here is part 2 of The Jacket after reading chapter 2! I hope you enjoy and I will do the create task at home. We also did a 'hot seat' thingy when our group was gathered together with Mr Moran at the table. I had to be Daniel and recount my perspective of the cafeteria situation as Daniel whilst the other people in my group asked me questions.

It was super fun and personally, I feel like I did amazing at being Daniel :)

The Jacket - Part 1

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This is part 1 of my reading task of The Jacket. We had to predict what we think was gonna happen in chapter 2 :)

Friday, 4 June 2021

Fiafia 2021


Wow, what a night! Last night we participated in our Pt England Fiafia or cultural festival. It was a huge success with a range of acts from Hip Hop to Kapa Haka. It was a huge success with a massive crowd and delicious foodstalls!

This is Aaron's reflection of the night: 
Yesterday was Fiafia day and there were so much food gathered in the table. There were drinks, and food. I don't know what kind of food there are because i didn't have time to try them but i didn't mind. When the big show started the crowd went WILD! They were excited to see our traditional moves.

My favourite dance was the year 7 and 8 Hip Hop, it made me kind of jealous and i want to join them so badly. My second favourite was the junior hip hop group and it was funny!. The way how Blessing's little brother danced was wild and he showed some moves that wasn't even in the dance!

This is Kiarah's reflection:
Last night was our 2 year annual FIA FIA, this is where the whole school is split into different culture groups. I was in the Tongan Girls group, and I had so much fun dressing up and dancing on the stage. Each group had their turn, but we were 5th to last! We got to see majority of the groups dance's, except for year 4-6 hip hop and the Myanmar group. My favourite groups were the Bollywood, because of the upbeat music and groovy dancing. My other favourite was the junior Jump Jam, because they had moves that put smiles on everyone's faces. It was overall a great night and we were cheering so loud that people lost their voices. Unfortunately this was our last FIA FIA, but maybe we can watch the others in the future. 

Fiafia 2021

Last night was Fiafia 2021 for the student's of Pt England School. The many practises we had before hand definitely came in handy for the night!

At 4:30, most of the student's, including me, came to get dressed into our costumes.

(Like that but blue).

It was quite nerve racking but in the end it was super fun and I loved all of the performances! My favourites probably being Bollywood, (as their jewellery, gems, and outfits were stunning), senior hip hop (their dance was very cool), and senior Samoan group because they were all in sync and it looked beautiful.


Thursday, 3 June 2021

Topic 2- Laboratory Information

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The year 7's had tech today with their new tech classes and teachers! My new group is STEM (science). We did 2 different tasks today, enjoy :)

Task 1: 

Look for any science equipment that is not in your classroom.

-Test tubes

-Measuring cylinders

-Stirring rods


-Human body chart (anterior and posterior chart of the human body)

Task 2:

Identify the different science equipment via showing us the equipment and then searching it online to get a picture.


Bunsen Burner:


File:Compound Microscope.png - Wikimedia Commons

A watch glass:

watchglass | Siyavula Education | Flickr

Water bottles:

Thermometer: (Not the type you measure your temperature with when your sick etc)



A spring balance:

Test tubes:

Litmus paper:

A spatula:







Volumetric flask:

Weighing machine: (Digital one, can’t find photo).

A magnifying glass:

Smashing Fractions

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This is my fractions task for today :)