Thursday, 14 December 2017

Walking in a Forest...

Here's an old piece of writing from a few years back.

Rainbow Warrior (3 of 3) - 30 Years On...

Hi, there.

Here's another History assessment for you, reader.

Earlier in the year oh my, I need to stop saying that. It was probably between June and July that my Level One History class focused on the 1985 Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. We had to look at the background events that led to the bombing and the consequences of the bombing.

This assessment was to take the research we had gathered (in the previous post) and put it into magazine article set 30 years after the bombing, along with little tidbits of information in some places, pictures, and a magazine cover at the front. Click the cover below to access my "article". Funny how it's set in 2015.

Those were the days...

Oh, I'm just putting this out there - it's a bit long. As usual.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Rainbow Warrior (2 of 3) - Resource Highlighting

The second installment in this Rainbow Warrior blogpost series. This is the first assessment from my History class, where I had to find sources that answered the three key questions (in previous post). All in all, it answers the three questions. It's a really long document (sounds surprising, I know). Click the screenshot to access it - and enjoy reading!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Rainbow Warrior (1 of 3) - Key Questions

Another piece from my History class. This will be the first of three posts relating to an assessment focused on the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

My History class delved into the background events that led up to the bombing (such as the Cold War and the effects of the Cold War - mainly nuclear energy and power) and the events that took place after the bombing (including the strain on New Zealand's relationship with France).

The first part will just show you the key questions I focused on for the research portion that will come sooner or later.

1) What were the causes of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior?

2) What happened during the bombing?

3) What were the outcomes and consequences of the bombing?

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Hi! 😀

I've got one more exam to get through (Level One History) and I'll be relaxing for the rest of the term.

I made a last minute decision to go to the Goat Island Marine Reserve. I had an amazing time there, watching everyone have fun snorkelling out in the water. I tripped towards the end of the day but that wasn't enough to turn my attention away from the lovely scenery and the bright atmosphere that surrounded me! I had a great time! Thought I would share that with you...

Also, last Friday I received my EC10 Diploma. I made a TIL about receiving my EC9 Diploma last year, and the EC10 Diploma is just like that, except more harder, i guess, because in my class' case (10E) some of the Year 10 assessments were replaced with Level One stuff. Anyway, my endorsement was a merit, but it changed to an excellence! And that means I'll be receiving my excellence endorsed diploma at the end of year junior prizegiving!

How cool is that?! My character's purpose has been fulfilled! I can finally come back to being a complete me now :)

But, yes, I'm having such a good time so far! I'm kinda waiting for the other shoe to drop, though, because whenever I experience a lot of good things in a short amount of time, it all turns badly just as quickly, you know? I'm not gonna let that thought take over me, though!

Thanks for reading!

Child Labour

Another school-related post here. And it's short. This is a little task from Social Studies that I completed during the "Child Labour" topic that was covered for a brief time.
  1. What is child labour?
    Child labour is when children are illegally employed to do work that an adult may be employed to do.

  2. Why does it occur?
    Child labour occurs for money-related reasons like trying to pay off debt, trying to get money for their family, and in some cases their parents may have been workers and so it could’ve been passed down to them.

  3. Briefly explain their working conditions.
    Child labourers work in dirty conditions in factories and places that could be harmful for their health, physically and mentally.

  4. Is this acceptable by the Human Rights?
    Child labour is not acceptable by the Human Rights because the work they do deprives them of their own childhood and their time that could’ve been spent enjoying their life doing things children do usually.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Rua Kenana: Prominent 20th Century Maori Leader

Once more, another school-related piece. Earlier in the year for my History class I completed an assignment that included research into a prominent 20th Century maori leader. This research was to then be put into a presentation to show our understanding of our research. Out of the choices of Maori leaders, I picked Rua Kenana, a maori prophet who lived from the 1860s until the mid-1930s, was for separatism and established a community in the Te Urewera region.

Below is the presentation showing the information I gathered through the research process. I've gotta say this before you read on, I read this NZ Herald article a month ago or so about how Rua Kenana's arrest was "unjustified" and that he would be pardoned by the Crown a century on from the arrest that left two maori men shot dead and a couple of officers injured.

That's just a heads up before reading the presentation - I would think that Rua Kenana did what he could, even if it was illegal, for his people. To view my speaker notes press S when viewing the presentation. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Social Studies - Jim Keady ✓s Nike

I made the 'v' a tick sign. Clever, huh? No? Well it was worth a try.

Here's another Social Studies piece from earlier in the year when 10E (my core class) focused on a documentary showing Jim Keady exposing Nike's treatment of workers in Indonesia...

In 2011, well-known shoe company Nike was exposed by Jim Keady about how they conducted and carried out child labour - illegally employing children to make their shoe brands, and making them work in terrible conditions, and paying them well below the minimum wage. Jim Keady set out with a camera crew to Tangerang, Indonesia to visit a Nike factory where young children and other people worked making Nike brand shoes for a low wage.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Reading Response - Dear Jo

Hi. This is one of my better reading responses that I completed earlier in the year for English. This is the first of a few posts that are school-related. I'm not gonna jinx myself again (about whether or not I'll blog consistently) and will only focus on the now.

Title: Dear Jo
Author: Christina Kilbourne
Text type: Novel

Summary: This story is set in America and is based around a teenage girl named Max. She and her best friend Leah used to chat with this guy online. Leah meets this guy in person, and she disappears. Her body is found a few months later. Max along with many other people are saddened by the news. Under police supervision, Max chats with the boy that is suspected in Leah’s death, and plans to meet up with him. During the setup, the police intervene and arrest the guy (who turns out to be a grown man). Finally, Max is relieved.

Monday, 13 November 2017

English - Research Report: What is NZ's Teen Suicide Trigger?

Hello, again! This is my research report I handed in for English earlier in the year. I've used that phrase a bit, haven't I? Earlier in the year...

I should just point out that the

Hypothesis: New Zealand’s high teen suicide rate is mainly due to family problems in the home.

Key Questions:
  • What are the causes of teen suicide inside the home?
  • What are the causes of teen suicide outside the home?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Tricks and Treats of Halloween

Forgot to post this on Halloween. I was busy. This is a piece from 2013.

On the day of Halloween, I came back from school. Skies were filled with blue, not a cloud in view. I was looking outside, no one on the roads. The wind was blowing nicely, like it was hitting me in the face. Realizing my mistake, we had no lollies, it was a little bad, because now trick or treaters now walk on the land. I’ve eaten all the lollies, that was a mistake, so we had to go out, the little hearts we could break.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Exams Week

Hi, blog.

This week was exams week so I wasn't able to post much. You know, studying and getting ready. The Year 10 exams are done, there's a Science external next Wednesday and History external the Friday after next week. From tomorrow I'll start posting some schoolwork from earlier this year, plus some Today I Learned posts I didn't post in time from last week.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Throwback Thursday: Hauora Padlet


I didn't think I'd have to do this kind of post again. But here I am, once again, with another "throwback". If you're new to this "series" of mine, a throwback in this case is a piece of work that I never got around to posting. This could be work from a weeks ago to a few months to even a few years!

In this case, it's a few years. This is a padlet (haven't used that application in a while). I have a feeling this piece was from back in 2014 for a lesson about hauroa (wellbeing).

Made with Padlet

Thu 26 Oct - Today I Learned...

Some moves...

Thursday, 31 August 2017

End of Year Speech for 2014

I'm not sure whether or not I've posted this before, and I'll be shocked if you find this already posted from 2014. This is my end of year speech presentation in which I talked about my experience as a student councillor. I remember when I was saying my speech to the class - well, the remainder of the class, some other students left for kapa haka practice. I remember at one point during the speech I stopped and played around with some jovi crayons, "distracting" myself from the speech.

I've got to say, this presentation alludes to the countless puns I would make from mid-2015 onwards.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Explanation: How To Become a Good Student

2014 piece of writing that I feel is relevant to my mindset at this point in time.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hi, there, blog.

Forgive me for the lack of posting lately, I've been busy and haven't made blogging a major priority.

I'm planning and working on stuff for school and getting things together to make myself the "better me" - which in this case is my alter-ego from May and still continuing in August, who I've given a name.


A combination of me (Willy) and my previous alter-ego Abraham. So that I'm not fully in character the whole time.

I've realised that Gracepath Talk 2017 wasn't finished. My bad. I can't really leave the series like that. I'll get back to it in the next holidays, yeah? It's the fact that I stop blogging during a series that's left me with the yearn to blog like I used to - I will get back to it soon, I just need time to think about how to keep blogging a blogpost series (or keep blogging in general) without abruptly leaving it - quite like the Today I Learned... blogpost series. I was doing great throughout most of February, but it then went from a daily post to a weekly post to a monthly post to a bi-monthly post to get what I mean. Today At School... was a good attempt, but leaving it once again ruined it.

As this character of mine, I am sure to figure out something that I can do to get back to blogging consistently.

Soon, reader...soon...

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Final Sprint...

Hi, there.

Another post from long ago in my archives in Google Drive. Sometime in 2015, Ms. Kyla approached me one day to ask if I can come up with an imaginative recount so that she could use it as an exemplar. I wrote this in a few hours and had it checked by Mehi (really great friend of mine). It wasn't in my character to end the recount the way it ended, but it was really nice to do something different once in a while.

Some teachers requested some access to the document, and I kindly did so.

Anyway, here's the piece...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Market...

Near the high mountains in the morning, I see a market close by. Blues tents are set up as many people scramble around the market to find and buy lots of food. Caravans parked up nearly block one side of the market. I can smell the gas, even though the vans were off.

The voices in the market are calm, as many people buy tonnes of many food items. The smell some barbecue food were served to the people behind me. I see people just standing around, looking at the many choices of food. Nearly everyone waited in patience as the food are sold to others. Some got lost, not finding the tent or food they were looking for.

The fresh air coming from the trees also made me calm. Sun rays came down on me, making me thirsty. I smell others with body sweat on their heads and more people getting lost, so they went to the people who sell food for directions. I wanted to rest under a shade, like the trees or the tents. After a day in the markets, it was done, every one packed their tents and stuff. Crowds went away walking, or driving, with the smell of gas coming from the cars, making me cough a bit.