About Me

My name is Danielle and I attend Berkley Normal Middle School as a year eight. This blog is all about my learning in school and out of school. There are six people in my family my Mum, Dad, Myself, Amy, Hannah and Patrick. My family lives on a dairy farm where my Mum and Dad work. My hobbies are Irish dancing and swimming. My favourite is Irish dancing so I get to do competitions in Auckland and this year I'm aiming to go to the nationals. My favourite subject at school would be maths because there is always are right or a wrong answer; unlike english when you have to keep improving and keep improving . My favourite tech art is food because I really enjoy cooking and I would love to be on junior master chef. Every year my family go camping with about six other families. We take tents and our boats and go ski biscuiting and fishing and one time we went to Cape Reinga. My favourite year camping was when we visited and snorkeled at the Poor nights New Zealands' best snorkeling attraction. My family love fishing and we belong to a fishing club so we do competitions sometimes. We have been to Fiji and England and they are both great places to visit we went tobogganing and built snowmen in England and we went snorkeling and swam with Manta rays in Fiji. I hope you like my blog and please comment on some of my posts.

Tuesday 26 May 2015

SBC - Week 10


How many Posts did I write?

I wrote 19 posts including this one.

How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?

15 were set by the challenge
4 were school based

How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?

Overall I received 16 comments from:

9 from class mates
5 from overseas students
2 from teachers

Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?

My Turangawaewae poem received three comments along with Adding and Subtracting Fractio Review and My mini game I made.

I think this happened because they were different and fun posts and visitors asked questions and I answered them.

Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?

I enjoyed making my mini game on sploder as my post the best because it was fun and creative.

Did you change blog themes at all and why?

Yes, I did change blog themes at the start because I wanted my posts to be on a plain background, my widgets to be on a transparent background and my background to be Autumn-ish.

How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?

I have 9 widgets I think this is too much so I will take one of the irrelevant ones off like my fish.

How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

I have 5 at the moment and I will try and find more. The ones I have on their though are great blogs.

Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?

I have used Lucidpress, GetLoupe and Sploder. These are all really easy and fun to use. I will know try and use more web tools I haven't used before.

Monday 25 May 2015


This is My ThingLink

In class we have been learning about types of energy. My ThingLink shows 5 different types of energy.

Friday 22 May 2015

Food Technology

Today in Food Tech we melted chocolate with a chocolate fountain and moulded it with shapes:

How has the chocolate fountain evolved over time?

They have become bigger, more complex and more common. The first chocolate fountain was invented by Ben Brisbane and were popularized in 1991.

Evaluation of the chocolate fountain and our method:

The chocolate fountain was easy to use. But our method of moulding it takes a while for the chocolate to set. This could be improved by freezing the moulds before hand.

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Defenseless Ducks SBC - Week 9

It's duck shooting season in New Zealand at the moment, and in class we are having a bit of a debate about whether ducks are defenceless or not. There are two sides to the story. One thinks that they aren't they think that the ducks can fly away and they choose to come in range of the gun. The other side thinks that they are hopelessly defenceless.

I think they are tricked into flying into the range of the gun. When the hunter, duck calls the duck is tricked into coming into the  sound of the call becoming in range of the gun.

Some facts about Duck shooting.

  •  Maori Hunted ducks for their meat and feathers; mainly in the late summer when the birds were fat.

  • European settlers introduced more than 20 species of game birds to NZ; not all survived though. Mallard ducks and Canada geese established and laws were passed to set a season for duck shooting.

  • Lots of wetlands ( The ducks main habitat ) were drained so that the land could be used for farming. Luckily the two species mallards and paradise shelducks did well on open farmland and today some organisations are working to restore wetlands.

  • Ducks and geese have good eyesight so hunters will hide in a maimai sometimes and will also wear camouflage clothing. They use decoy ducks which are fake birds made from wood cork or plastic. They also blow on instruments to mimic the birds call to make them think it's safe to land. These things are all done to attract and trick the birds.

  • On the opening day of each season ( the first Saturday in May ) Most hunters take part so tis is when most of the birds are shot. Hunters head out to their own shooting spots in the dark and then at dawn the shooting begins.

  • After a day's hunting the hunter will oil his gun put away gear and pluck and dress the birds. Ducks are often roasted and eaten with gravy.

Info from :  http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/duck-shooting

 Taken by Dr. F Eugene Hester. Picture supplied by Fish and Wildlife Service Website. http://www.fws.gov/hunting/ The gun fired by the man standing is a Browning Auto-5 or possibly a model based off of it.

So are Ducks Defenceless?



Sunday 10 May 2015

My adventures in Fiji

Thanks Mum for the photos

I'm on my Way

United Kingdom

Toilet signs in each country


This is Japan's Toilet sign

The Canada and UK toilet sign is the same as the New Zealand one.

Road signs:



United Kingdom

Time Zone for Skyping:

Canada: The difference is taking 16 hours away from nz time so a good time to skype would be: 5:00 pm Canada and 9:00 am NZ or 6:00 pm Canada and 10:00 am NZ

Japan : The difference is taking 3 hours away from NZ time so a good time to skype would be:  any where in between 7:00 pm NZ and 4:00 pm Japan to 10;00 am NZ and 7:00 am Japan

United Kingdom: The difference is taking 11 hours away from NZ time so a good time to skype would be: 7:00 pm NZ and 8:00 am UK or 6:00 pm NZ and 7:00 am UK

The Website I used was :


Tuesday 5 May 2015

Student Blogging Challenge - Week 8 - Let's Travel

The countries I will visit:

South Africa - Africa
Bouvet Island - Antarctica
Fiji - Oceania
Canada - North America
United Kingdom - Europe
Japan - Eurasia
Argentina - South America

I'm now 18 and I'm going to go travel. Over the this week I will post blog posts planning my trip, what it's like their and at the end sharing my experiences.

This first post is all about planning. I will plan for three countries these will be:

United Kingdom


Japan - Because I'm not staying longer than 90 days and I have a New Zealand passport I do not need a visa to enter the country how ever if i am working I would need that. The table that I used to find out this information is really easy to follow. Information found here

Canada - Because I will also not work in Canada I do not need a visa to enter Canada with my New Zealand Passport.

United Kingdom - The UK visa conditions are that if you are staying linger than 6 months then you will need one but because I am not I will not need one.

What will I need to pack:

Canada - Because the weather conditions in Canada are warm and cold at the moment I will need some warm clothes for example coat, thermals, jumpers as well as the basics (shorts and tee-shirt). This is the weather in Canada.

United Kingdom - The weather conditions in England - UK is mostly sunny with a slight drizzle so I will pack some warm clothes as I stated in the canada one as well as the basics. This is the weather in the UK.

Japan - Because the weather conditions in Japan is a nice warm temperature. I will want tee-shirt, shorts maybe a jumper and a rain coat in case it rains. This is the weather in Japan.

Where I will stay:

Japan - I will book a hotel using this website.

UK - I will stay with my grandparents and other friends in England.

Canada - I will book a hotel using this website.