Friday, 6 April 2018


WALA: the different types of printing techniques and each of their processes

One of the focused things we did in art this term was learning about the types of printings. Of all the eight printing types we researched; we had only ever got to do the woodcut process. I would really like to share with you my experience in pursuing the Woodcut process with the rest of my class. Check out my blog regularly for any posts.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Made in Taiwan

Walt: write a detailed summary of a documentary called 'Made in Taiwan'
Image result for made in taiwan documentary

Nathan and Oscar are two men who travelled to various countries; in search of clues to the locations that their ancestors might have come from. Before they went on their journey they took throat swabs to be tested so that they could receive information about their ancestors.
They visited four countries and found so many similarities between the tangata whenua (people of that land) in comparison to the Maori people. For example; Rarotongans speak quite a similar language as they do, whereas the Taiwanese people look as if their Maori. Even the female wear moko-like prints on their face as a Taiwanese tradition.
One of the most significant experiences in their trip was getting to be in an archaeological dig for the very first time. This was an important part of their journey because they got to see an old human skeleton and had learnt that every single skeleton that was found underground there had no skulls. That meant that the people who buried the bodies had revisited the graves and disposed their skulls.  
Another great experience that they had in Vanuatu was learning about the Lapita pottery. Getting to see and touch this ancient object was quite fascinating for Oscar; it was very exciting to be holding what our ancestors might have used or eaten from in the past thought Oscar. Looking at the patterns really unlocked where the Samoan patterns might’ve come from. They were really similar to the patterns on Oscars arm and he had seen them before on the Samoan Tapa cloth.
The two most important places that they had stopped off at was Samoa and Mahia in Aotearoa. These places were important because this is where they went to reveal their envelopes to their families. This is also where they found out where there parents come from and who they were descended from.
Overall, it was a terrific trip for Nathan and Oscar. They found their journey quite successful because they accomplished what they had gone to do. They travelled to numerous countries and enjoyed looking and learning about each of the countries history.  

Monday, 26 February 2018

Current Events

Walt: read and write about a current event

Title of Story : Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
react to their bronze medal wins Date of Article : 22/02/18   
Do Now : Term that you don’t understand (choose 4)

A view or opinion that is held or expressed
Having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre
Completely fascinated or absorbed by
what one is seeing or hearing

Read the story and answer the questions below
Topic / Subject of the Story ;
New Zealand skier’s
Nico and Zoi getting bronze medals
Where is this story based ?

(local, regional, national, international )
The story is about two 16 year-old
New Zealanders getting bronze medals for
skiing. The event is based on the Olympics.
Why is this story in the news?

 Eg is it a story of conflict ? Natural disaster ?
Interesting or Unusual ? Shocking ? Tragedy ?
Controversy ? Humour ? Overcoming ? Victory ?
etc    (Give a reason why ) The news is about
their victory in the olympics and their big
achievements at a young age.

Who are the individuals or groups
involved in the story ?
.Bronze medalist in the men's halfpipe Nico Porteous, of New Zealand, smiles during the medals ceremony. Photo / APBronze medalist in the women's Big Air snowboard Zoi Sadowski-Synnott. Photo / AP
Write down 4 facts from the story

  • Nico Porteous vomited multiple times before his run at skiing.
  • Zoi Sadowski-Synnott & Nico were the youngest medal receivers.
  • Both of these athletes represent New Zealand in the Olympics
  • Nico and Zoi’s scores were around the same digit’s with Nico at 94.8 and Zoi’s at 92

Give two points of views
mentioned in the story ?

For Nico’s run he was really shocked at his score and he described his experience as “insane” and “crazy”.

Zoi’s coach said that it was an exceptional day for New Zealand and was really rapt with how everything went.