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Show Not Tell

Task description: This week during literacy as our writing task we had to use descriptive language to describe what is going on rather than telling, and describe actions that help paint a picture in my readers mind, after that we completed the task, and posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Tatau – By Zaria


Hi my name is Zaria, and I have decided to go back in time to discover, and retell a myth that was told to the children in samoan called Tatau. This myth is about twin sisters called Taema and Telafae’nga travelling to visit a relative married to Te fiti. They received a basket of tattoo products. They thought of tattooing the women and not the men as the women were allowed and men weren’t. As that was the rule for the people of samoan, if they wanted to receive tattoos from Fiji. 

The sister’s, Taema and Telafae’nga left Fiji and went to the Samona islands, tattooing the women and not the men. When they surfaced Taema was the Goddess of swimming and Tilafaiga was the goddess of canoeing. Tatau samoa history was passed down by songs long before the missionary arrived on the island, legends and myths tell the story.

Samoan tattoos, or tatau, is a tradition that goes back for centuries. I always thought that meant that the symbols used would be the same over the years, but further study has shown me that tatau can evolve just as much as clothes do over time.  Not only that, but the interpretation of each symbol or section, while keeping similar meanings, can vary from artist to artist.

I think it is also interesting to note that it is considered disrespectful to copy another person’s tattoo and tattoo artists usually refuse to do so. Each tattoo, whether traditional or not, refers to the recipient’s family history, accomplishments, and responsibilities. Meaning, each tattoo is unique to that person! It’s no wonder that tatau are seen as being sacred and something to be treated with respect!

A tatau represents the recipient’s heritage, personal history, present, and future.  Their tatau represents everything that makes them who they are as well as who they will be!  It also represents their family and the community they belong to.  The pain of receiving the tatau, that was also endured by generations of Samoans before them, brings the recipient closer to their ancestors and creates an inseparable bond between him or her and their family.

The origin of the Samoan tatau is believed to have been introduced to the Samoa islands by two Fiji women, who came ashore with the tools and knowledge of tattooing. The tale proclaimed that the two sisters sang a song, which chanted that women are only to be tattooed, but as they neared the beach shores, the song mistakenly became reversed, indicating that only the men will be tattooed. 

At first no one was interested in their art and skills. It was difficult to convince anyone to give them a chance. But finally one of the Samoan chiefs decided to give these women the opportunity by offering himself to the whole ordeal of getting a tatau. Soon the art of tatau became a family tradition that spread throughout the culture.


The artwork and designs go beyond being skin deep, there is history and deep meanings behind them. The tattoo and designs of the Samoa islands represents community, power, status, respect, honour, and is a mark of pride that is only to be worn by Samoans. For those who have no cultural influence or heritage background it is an act of disrespect to display their symbols and designs.


The Samoan word for tattoo came from the Polynesian language. The word tatau originates from the tapping sounds of the tool made during tattooing. This primitive tattoo tool was made of bone or boar husk sharpened into a comb style shape with serrated teeth like needles. It was then attached to a small piece of sea turtle shell that was connected to a wooden handle. Several of these tools are made with different comb sizes for use for small or thick lines.

The ink or pigment used in the tatau rituals is made from the candle nut or lama nut. These nuts were placed on a hot fire to smoulder and a coconut shell was placed on top collecting the soot that came from the nuts. Once there is enough, the soot is mixed with sugar water. 

The Samoan tattoo artist is known as the Tafuga. He is responsible for the execution of the design and the tattooing sessions. Traditionally, only descendants of a Tafuga can continue on with the practice of tattooing. The father passes his skills and knowledge on ensuring that the tatau ritual continues.

The Samoan tradition of applying tattoo, or tatau, by hand,has long been defined by rank and title, with chiefs and their assistants, descending from notable families in the proper birth order. The tattooing ceremonies for young chiefs, typically conducted at the onset of puberty, were elaborate affairs and were a key part of their ascendance to a leadership role.

The Samoan tatau is very unique in the world firstly because of its history and as a lot of people know it’s the only Polynesian archipelago where it has had a continuous practice and has been continuously undertaken despite the presence of missionaries.  “So that’s what we wanted to understand – how come only in Samoa? What were the historical circumstances that explain the continuity of this practice?” Sebastian said.

Sean said for him just on a pure, practise level it’s distinctive through its tools and hand tapping technique. “It’s important to me as a Samoan because it’s been a way or a medium through which to explore Samoa’s history and culture and how it’s changed over a few centuries, several centuries over 3,000 years. So tatau is a medium that allows me and hopefully other readers of the book to understand that.”

Decades of work has gone into the comprehensive exploration of the history and shifting social contexts of the malofie in this beautiful hardcover edition.  Archival information sources from around the world and historic photographs sit side by side with contemporary pop cultural references of tatau in the modern day, in this important record of the journey of tatau.

Show Not Tell

Task description: This week during literacy as our writing task we had to use descriptive language to describe what is going on rather than telling, and describe actions that help paint a picture in my readers mind, after that we completed the task, and posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Year 7 – Step Up

Once a year the year 8’s go out on a leadership camp, to become better at following the three P’s partnership, participation and protection and communication. The amazing year 7 starts there step up days, which means we lead the school well the year 8’s are away learning and also become better at following the three P’s, like the year 8’s. And I’m going to talk about my two favourite things we did together as a team.

My first favourite thing we did probably was the silhouette art that my team, the Mighty Kiwis, did with Mrs Ilaoa. My reason for this is because I do a lot of painting and art at home, so it was very relaxing and fun. Another reason is because I was in a group with my friends so that just made it better.

My second favourite thing we did is going to be the movie that the teachers play in our movie theatre aka the street. My cause for this is because all the year 7’s were coming together and having fun. Also because our lovely teachers got us all popcorn with lollies at the bottom of the container.

So thank you so much for the food, amazing activities, and more. To repay your love and care for us for those days, the year 7’s promise them to carry what we learned together in those three days throughout the rest of our lives, to show support to everyone even if you don’t know them.

About Vika

Vika is a calm, gentle, and reserved person, with a positive character trait. Naturally, when I met her she was a quiet and peaceful person. Serene as a light in the darkness. I could think of millions of words to describe her, but the one that comes to mind is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, because she has a wonderful and extraordinary heart. 

Vika is a brilliant, classy, compelling, dazzling, odd, and outlandish friend. Vika is also peculiar, quaint, singular, and strange. She is one in a million when it comes to her heart and mind. She’s a quiet person, she has always been a quiet person, even in her past life. Though she was a pretty normal person I would say.

Vika is loyal and quiet to the people she cares about but when you get to the other side of her she’s like another person. I like how she is a talkative person but only to her close friends, and she loves to do her hair everyday. She is confident in what she does and lets nobody tell her she’s wrong if she knows she is right.

Vika is a quiet person and it’s for a reason. If she lets you get to know her amazing personality and mindset then you will understand the reason. She loves to work hard, care too much and lets people in too easily. She is a very trustworthy person, and I know this because she is the only one of my friends that can keep a secret. 

Thinking back on the many decisions, and choices that she has made. A lot of the choices involved several different individuals throughout her social circle. Vika had many life lessons that she was supposed to learn from, but in reality she’s the one who’s giving the advice to the person that wasn’t.

She has come to realise that a few of those decisions turned out good, and others not so good. Regardless of the outcome, opinions were formed by those around her. Everything about Vika as a person has come together to form views, opinions, and perspectives about Vika in her own and in other people’s eyes. Everyone has a word to describe her, even myself.

So I’m going to list 20 words to describe Vika, (1) peaceful, (2) serious, (3) silent, (4) phenomenal, (5) taciturn, (6) sympathetic, (7) great, (8) excellent, (9) amazing, (10) awesome, (11) astounding, (12) bedazzling, (13) brilliant,classy, (14) compelling, (15) dazzling, (16) odd, (17) outlandish, (18) peculiar, (19) kind, (20) special, and there’s this a bunch more I could think of it.

I hope everyone can find a good, kind, worthy, sensational, excellent, wonderful, and fantastic friend like Vika because she is an amazing person that each and every one of us in the world deserve, through suffering and pain, happiness and enjoyment, anger and madness. If you have a friend like Vika, then is he or she exactly the word that used to describe my friend, let me know in the comment below.

Characters Emotions

Task description: This week during literacy as our reading task we had to evaluate information from the text to make a judgement, extend our vocabulary, use information from the text to justify my thinking, and correctly use new words in a sentence, after that we completed the task, and posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Word Find

Task description: During the week my literacy class was working on finishing there word find off properly. I enjoyed this task very much because I had already finishing before everyone in my class. I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog. BBYE ;P

Inferring Character traits

Task description: This week during literacy we had to read a text and as we read the text we had to look at the character traits, and we had to express my opinion with my group, after that we then completed the task, we posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.


My Reading Quiz

Reading Quiz

Name of Story: Game Changers                                        Author: Clare Bardsley


Question 1: What is the story game changers by Clare Bardsley about?

Answer: The students at Newlands Intermediate have learnt that creating successful digital technologies requires a realistic, think-small approach, and that it’s OK to make mistakes. As well as attempting to build their own game, they were also part of a real-world software development team that developed and tested Mixiply, a platform for making games and apps that use augmented and virtual reality.

Page: 8-15


Question 2: What school does the MiniDevs go to?

Answer: MiniDevs are based at Newlands Intermediate

Page: 8


Question 3: What is the name of the project the software-development teams are working on?

Answer: Mixiply

Page: 8


Question 4: What did their teacher, Marianne Malmstrom, encourage them to be?

Answer: Their teacher, Marianne Malmstrom, encourages them to be bold thinkers.

Page: 8


Question 5: What’s the difference between AR vs VR?

Answer: AR starts with a live view of something, such as a street scene, then adds digital special effects. VR doesn’t add to the physical world; it shuts the physical world out and creates an entirely new digital environment.

Page: 9


Question 6: What did the MiniDevs decided they wanted

to create in the game?

Answer: MiniDevs decided they wanted to create something that was almost, but not quite, a story – a pick-a-path adventure, in which the player would need to figure out a series of riddles and clues.

Page: 10


Question 7: What does “It’s great to be ambitious, but in the long run, it’s better to be realistic” mean?

Answer: I think, “It’s great to be ambitious, but in the long run, it’s better to be realistic” means, If things aren’t working out, you need to rescope and don’t leave it too long!

Page: 12

Alice the alien – Narrative Writing

Alice the Alien

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there lived an alien named Alice. Alice was a kind and respectful alien. Every night when Alice goes to Terra (Earth) to visit the kids, she gets greeted by unpleasant humans.

The cause of all of this was they thought she wanted to hurt them when all she wants is to help the kids fall asleep and help them have happy dreams. Alice had never tried to hurt anybody since. Alice was a delightful alien. 

Her personality is not like the other mean aliens. Alice gets bored from sitting on the Luna and waiting for the Sun to go down. In the meantime, she dreams of magnificent and tremendous ideas of dreams for her to put in each snoring children’s head. 

Every time Alice was on the moon, she wondered what was going on with Terra, and when she came back from visiting Terra, she was still thinking about Terra. Alice said in her head, “I wish I could stay on Terra forever”.

Later that day, when Alice went to Terra (Earth), Alice returned home due to the thundering storm and lightning strike. When the humans found that Alice did not arrive, they figured it was because of the rain. 

The humans wondered why the alien had not shown itself, even if it was raining. It seemed very odd. The next day when Alice showed up, the humans went into hiding. They thought her behaviour was suspicious, so they went into hiding. 

The humans watched her meticulously in the bushes. Alice got out of the space capsule very carefully, without touching the water. They watched with the thought that she appeared to be apprehensive because she avoided the water puddles. 

The Humans watched her conscientiously climb and tumble around the dry grassy areas. After Alice finished her job down on Terra, she returned home. The humans discussed and asked each other questions, what her behaviour was? Was there any signalling that something was off? 

Some thought she had gone mad, while others had crazier ideas. Following careful consideration, they came to the conclusion that water may be Alice the alien’s weakness. They hatched an evil plan and laughed maniacally. 

The humans decided that they would capture the alien. They decided to set up a plan to trap her. The scheme was to put water around the space capsule landing space because she always lands in one specific spot. 

After they agreed on their plan, they went to their positions and waited and waited. They all were excited about their scheme to be put into action. They quietly sat there and waited for the alien space capsule to land. 

When Alice landed in her space capsule, she opened the door, and as soon as she saw it, she felt like vomiting, nevertheless, she strongly held it. Alice felt sufficient because of her surroundings. 

She did not feel well enough to want to go down because of the w-w-water. She had no way out but to go back home there were no dry spots. Finally, the humans truly believed that her weakness was water. 

The humans wonder what would happen if she touched water or swallowed water. The humans also wanted to know what to do with valuable information. The humans still did not know if it was just that or if there was more they desired to know. 

Afterwards, they had a long chat about it and talked about their reasonable reasoning. They decided that it was not right to be mean to the alien. The cause of this was that the alien did not do anything to them. 

They were even-handed being mean to the poor little alien. Alice did not like it, but she tried not to say anything because the other aliens would get mad and the humans would get hurt, which she did not want. 

The humans decided they would tell the other humans to stop being mean to the aliens because some of the humans started feeling sad for Alice. Finally, to settle, they had a little vote. 

The two things that you could vote for (A) we should stop being mean rather than (B) we shouldn’t stop being mean. Finally, everyone voted and guess what everybody was happy because vote A lost and vote B won. 

After everyone decided to be kind, they had a party and invited Alice, the friendly alien. They had a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious party, and now they had a space alien as their friends.