Friday, July 15, 2011

Brief Development: 1st Brief

Conceptual Statement:
(What is the concept or idea behind your design brief? e.g “To produce a sign with a message that helps eliminate the issue of...”)

“To produce a sign with a message that helps eliminate the issue of running in the school.”

(The measurable must haves ie. the things that are important to designing an effective sign e.g. sign must be easy to read etc...)

1. Bright
2. Easy to read
3. Stands Out
4. Big enough to see and read
5. Creative
6. Specific
7. Strong enough/Lasts Long
8. Clear

(Musts that are beyond my control e.g. Must be completed by the end of the term)

1. Project is due in week 7
2. Sign has to have a clear message

(things I need to make the sign)
* Metal
* Paint
* Cardboard
* Paper

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Planning Log


eep a record of both what you intend to do and what you did over the course of the next 3 weeks as we work through the Technology Process.

Week 5Week 6Week 7What I plan to doBrainstorm IssuesResearch question ideas for signsplanning log, make signsMaterials I will needPaper,Pen,IdeasGoogle Docs Questions
People/Sources I need to consult for more information.Peers/Friends/Yourself/TeachersPeers/Friends
Year 7 & 8 kids
What did you find difficult and why?Get more ideas for a good signAnalyse the data check the answers
What I will do next as a result of any difficulties.

STAKEHOLDERSThe Stakeholders are the people who have an effect on the production of your productThe Primary Stakeholder is your client ie. the person or community of people that your sign is going to be created for. eg. ….Wider Community Stakeholders:Key Stakeholders:Primary Stakeholder:Parents

Year 7/8

ATTRIBUTES: These describe the physical (what it is like) and functional (what it will do) characteristics of a product. These characteristics are key or essential for the successful function of a product and should be re- evaluated at each stage of the design process.

With your sign in mind, complete the following attributes table:
AttributeMethod of MeasurementSpecificationeg. Eye catchingsign will appeal (be noticed) by stakeholdersSign must be clear, stand out and be creativeSizeSmall/Medium/LargeBig enough to fit words/images.Easy to readColourAppealingStand out/ReadableCreate awareness (e.g. clear message)
clear messageDurable/ Weather resistant
sign must be made out of strong cardboardIdeal location (in the right area)
must be in the street or breeze

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Design Progress

Names of people in my group: Mauina, Muii and Sharon

Your task is to design a sign that will clearly assist in eliminating a problem within our school.

Type of sign:Purpose of the sign:
‘No Smoking’Keep a free smokefree area. No smoking in inside.
‘Give Way’Traffic sign. Look out for traffic. E.G: Cars/Trains/Buses.
Slow Down’Near pedestrian crossing. Traffic sign.
Chewing’No chewing in school grounds.
Littering’No throwing rubbish around our community. Keep area nice and tidy.

Brainstorm some Ideas/ problems that we have around our school environment.

*Chewing inside school grounds
*Throwing rubbish around the school not putting it in the bin.
*Spitting, Children could stand on the spit.
*Kicking on the courts when we are not aloud to.
*Running inside classrooms


You need to think and expand on your answers, one sentence is not sufficient.

What is your issue in our school?

Who does it affect?
Mr Malloy, Mr Burt, Teachers.

Why is it happening in our school?
Kids walk and eat, Don’t care, Not putting rubbish in the bin, Lazy.

When does it happen?
Play time , Lunch time , Before and After school.

Where is it happening?
Street, Around the school, Outside classrooms.

What needs to happen to prevent this issue?
Bin It , Signs, More Talking/ Punishments/Consequences, Monitors, More bins.


Recently I have received my report from school. My results were very disappointing. Reading, Writing and Maths are the subjects that I am going to be working on during the holidays. To improve this I am going to be reading at home, practicing my maths and also using the thesaurus for my writing.

In class I need to focus more on my school work and pay less attention on other things such as talking. I also need to use the ‘Language of Success’, respect others and contribute to discussions. My listening skills are very unsatisfactory. This means I need to always listen to the teacher.

My next steps is to try to be a role model for the younger ones and to be more considerate of others in class. I have to “Take charge” of my learning to achieve more on my school work.
Next Term I am hoping to move up a level for my reading, writing and maths and to use “ The language of success” at all times.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

During our Street assembly our Principal Mr Burt had a korero about “Why we are one of the richest children in the world ?”. At first I thought that he was lying but then when he told us about his trip overseas I thought back to myself “Oh what if he is right”.

Mr Burt said during his trip he went to a school that really needed money. They had ceiling handing down, curtains wrecked and wires hanging out of walls. It was so horrible to look at. There classes had very loving kids and teachers but there school is broken down. In front of there school there are steel bars and a Guard with a gun. To get inside you have to give your stuff to check if there are any illegal stuff.

Homes are another problem. Many people have lost there homes and are now living in the streets searching for food. They sleep with no beds and nothing comfortable to keep them warm. They also go to sleep hungry and have no food to eat at times.

I thank Mr Burt for going overseas and bringing back great technology for our school to use for our education such as the Net-books. They have been very fun and easy to use. Now I know that we are very special and its all because of Mr and Mrs Burt.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Term 2 Highlights

This term it has been very busy but mostly full of excitements. For the past few weeks students have been involved in School competitions, sport tournaments and school entertainments. The year 5-8 entered movies at the I AM Making Movies Competitions. Our Year 8 extension girls from Room 21 won the Supreme and the Best Story Telling. It was a joyful moment.

Hip Hop
This term we have a Glee Club organised by Mrs Muliamasealii. There are all sorts of groups such as Singing, Hip Pop, Jazz and Ballet. I’m in Hip Pop which is lots of fun. Four Tamaki College students come on Monday and Friday to help with after school practices. In week 11 I will be part of the Glee performance and I am looking forward to it. We will preform on a Thursday after lunch at 2:00 in the school hall. I so cant wait!.

Taoga Time
Taoga time is when you go to different classes to learn something new.
This term I am in Mr Harris class. Science is what we are learning about. We have Taoga time ever Friday's after Morning Tea. Next Term we will be moving to a different taoga time group which means we are going to have a new teacher. With Mr Harris
we have learnt that Science is a way to view the world and has defined methods of research and “knowing”.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tamaki Tech!

Every Monday at Point England School the Year 7 and 8's go to Tamaki College for Tech. We leave school at 8:30am and should arrive there at around 9. For Tech there are 5 groups. Each group takes different subjects. There's Science, Electronics, Food Tech, Graphics and Wood work. I'm in Science.

My teacher is Mr Dewan. For the past few weeks in his class we have been learning about things like Acids, Chemicals and things that we have to know. Science for me is very interesting and I find it quite easy to understand. Today our class was learning how to know what temperatures are. We got divided into groups and then got to work. If you do not know it is the last day in Science. Every Term we move to different groups and I cant wait to see what group I am going to next.
I hope that it is fun like Science.