Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Perspectives on the Dawn Raids (Level One History Assignment #1)

Hey, reader.

Prepare yourself for a long read.

Now, I mentioned in a TIL not long ago that I had been going to Level One History as an additional class. I felt like I should've taken the opportunity of having History as an extra subject since it would give me something to wake up early for - because last year I had many days where I came late. And there's not a day gone by where I've come to school past 9:00am. I mean, it's working, reader!

Anyway, for History the class focused on the Dawn Raids that happened in New Zealand during the 1970s and part of the 1980s. Then, after reading and discussing and going through lessons about the Dawn Raids and its effects and consequences, we were introduced the first assignment of the year. The main part of the assignment was to provide two perspectives of two different people clearly showing whether they were for or against the Dawn Raid policy. Now, if you've been reading this blog during 2015, you'll find that one of the people I named in my piece has been a character for a previous piece of writing.

I was half excited because I got to use that character again, but also half saddened by the fact that this time, he was used during the Dawn Raids era.

Now, I only realised on Monday the 13th of February that the assignment was due on Thursday the 16th of February. I mean, I was only told about the assignment about once or twice, and during both times I was working and concentrating on the work. So on Tuesday and Wednesday, I put myself into that kind of mode where I try to focus on my work to try and make it as good as it can.

This is an actual thing I do, reader. Haven't you read my "Heroes" Reading Response?

Ah, I should stop talking now. Here's my piece that I handed in on Thursday morning.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Waitangi Day 2017

Today is Waitangi Day. New Zealand's national day. After Australia Day, I thought I might as well do a post on Waitangi Day, knowing that if I only did Australia Day and not Waitangi Day, well, that would seem pretty weird, wouldn't it.

So, here it is! The post reflecting on Waitangi Day!

Now, I was going through memory lane (like I usually do sometimes these days) and I picked up this video from 2014. You see, reader, I was in this reading group called the Royal Pages. It was a big group, with half of the members from Room 8, and some members from Room 7. But anyway, the Royal Pages entered this competition that was about making an informative video about the Treaty of Waitangi, and how/why it is still relevant over 170 years on, and if they won that competition, they'd get a free trip to Waitangi and would go on a tour surrounding the Treaty.

 I've got to mention, reader, that this was where I met John for the first time, and I worked with him in a little group. Forgot to say, during the writing process, the Royal Pages were split up into three groups where we wrote about one of the reasons, which were Participation, Protection, and Partnership. I was in Participation. But, anyway, we did all the writing with help of Ms. Kyla (who was a big help in getting the information for the video, even getting a Labour MP by the name of Carol Beaumont come to Tamaki Primary for an interview). The presentation below shows the finished storyboard for the video...

Now, the video was submitted to the judges, and I had high hopes for the video to do well. I mean, it was really informative, it showed some pretty great reasons for why and how the Treaty is still relevant (not being biased here, just stating the facts). Here's the Royal Pages' video below. Enjoy!

In the end, the video came first or second (I forgot), but the Royal Pages got to go to Waitangi for about three days. Amazing!

Happy Waitangi Day!
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