Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Health - Diabetes

 These past few weeks for health we were tasked to pick an issue in life that can affect peoples daily lives or already has. We were tasked to research and then create a DLO that could help others with or to inform them about the problem. I chose to do Type 1 diabetes, as it is quite common in my family. First, we were asked to pick a group we wanted to be marked in, the three groups were rookie, Pro and Legend, I decided to pick Legend. We were then asked to pick five questions that we wanted to answer during this whole process. The questions I chose were;

- When and why did this become an issue in NZ?
- What long term effects does diabetes give to people?
- What assumptions are made?
- How is it passed down from parents to children?
- When and why do people get diabetes?

After picking our questions we were left to research for a few lessons, which let me learn a lot about Type 1 diabetes as I didn't know much beforehand. After researching we were tasked to create a DLO about what we have learnt that also answered our questions, I decided to make a poster about it as I find making posters are fun.

here is my final poster

It was challenging when I had to find out my information about Diabetes in New Zealand as many sites I found were foreign and didn't help me that much. I started looking for news articles as it recently has been on the news which did help a lot though. Next time I will try to find more about diabetes type 2 as now it has interested me a lot as most New Zealanders have diabetes type 2. I'm proud about how I was able to learn a lot that normally I wouldn't be that interested in which is nice. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Enterprise Studies - Kiwisaver Advertisement

 These past two weeks for business studies we have been learning about Kiwisaver. Kiwisaver is when you voluntarily put money away from retirement, if you work your employer does too. Our task today was to create an advertisement about what Kiwisaver is and how to convince someone to have a Kiwisaver account. I decided to create a slideshow that explains what is, how it can help with retirement, withdrawals, and the risks. 

I Personally like my advertisement because it gets straight to the point and you can understand it as well. I like how I was able to add my information easily and then add photos afterwards because I could figure out what looks good and what doesn't. I could've done better if I learned a bit more about Kiwisaver, but I did still learn a lot.

Do you have a Kiwisaver Account or something similar?

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Home Economics - Korea

This term for Home Economics we were tasked to research about a different country we didn't know much about and make a dish associated with the country as a group of two or three. I decided to work with Alesha and Sofia, we also decided to do the country Korea. We chose Korea because we didn't know anything about Korea other than the music and Kimchi. It was really fun to learn about Korea because I wasn't that interested in the country at first, but learnt so much about the country and culture over there. We were then tasked to either create a slideshow or a document showing everything we learnt and what we decided to make. We decided to make Korean Barbecue Wings. it was really fun to make and a good learning experience with oil. This is our research


South Korea ^

Han River ^

South Korea is known for its entertainment, specifically, its music called K- pop. They are also known for the famous food called kimchi and Samyang, a noodle company which has produced the spiciest noodles in the world with a rating of 8,000 Scoville Heat Units.


The climate in Korea is up and down throughout the year. In winter the climate is long, cold, and dry, summer is short, hot and humid. Since Koreas climate is hot, the climate causes some problems with agriculture in South Korea. In tropical weather, Bacteria and plant illnesses can grow quickly which can ruin crops, luckily Korea has adapted to this, but because of the climate, they are also able to grow things they weren’t able to before such as sugar cane, papaya and more.

- Christianity
- Buddhism
- Confucianism
- Islam
- Shamanism

Food Types

Kimchi ( fermented vegetables )
Bibimbap ( mixed rice )
Tteokbokki ( rice cake )
Jjigae( Korean Stew)
Jajangmyeon ( noodles in black bean sauce )
Bulgogi ( marinated beef barbecue )
Hoeddok ( sweet syrupy pancakes )
Samgyeopsal ( pork strips )

Table Etiquette

When eating in South Korea

Drinking etiquette - Never pour your drink, always be alert for your neighbour’s cup or anyone else glass. If it is less than half full your neighbour is obliged to fill it up for you. If they don’t fill it up, still don’t fill it up, it can cause you to lose face. You can indicate by pouring a little more into your neighbour’s glass. Always wait to be seated, wait for the oldest person/people to sit down first before you take a seat at the table. The honoured guest, who is usually the oldest there, takes the seat of honour farthest from the door. Before you begin it is polite to say that you are looking forward to the meal. In Korean people say “ I will eat well”. When eating, wait for the oldest person/ people to lift their spoon or chopsticks first before you can start eating. Don’t blow your nose at the tale, it is considered impolite. If you need to use a tissue, excuse yourself and go to another room to do so. Eat at the same pace as everyone else, especially the elders. This helps to make the meal more enjoyable for everyone. Don’t hold your bowls while eating like other Asian countries. Always pour for the people older than you. When someone gives you something hold both hands out when accepting the dish or drink. When pouring a drink for someone who is a senior to you, place your other hand lightly under your pouring hand or your opposite elbow. Don’t stick your chopsticks straight up into your bowl because it resembles traditional Korean ancestor ceremonies. It is disrespectful but also considered bad luck. When finished, utensils go back onto the table. If you are in somebody else’s house, or they have treated you, it is customary to say thanks after the meal. In Korean people say “I ate well”.

Table Setting

Bv 4

Koreans serve all dishes on one table at the same time as an open pattern. The basis of the table setting is for one person.

Cooking Methods

Koreans mainly use simple methods such as pickling, stewing, grilling or pan-frying. Pickling is used for vegetables as it preserves the food and makes it tastier. Most times Koreans would pickle the vegetables in salted water after seasoning the vegetables. For example, Kimchi is made with cabbage, salt, garlic, ginger, sugar, and fish sauce, shrimp paste or water and gochugaru (Korean Chili Pepper). You then mix it all up and let it ferment it until you want to use it. Stewing is making a stew, it is made with broth and is rather quite spicy. Soup can make you feel full quickly on a low-calorie yet quite satisfying meal. Grilling is used for most Korean meats and seafood as it can heighten the taste of the meat by preserving the juices. Your meat is first marinated before quickly being cooked over coal. Pan-frying is mainly used for savoury pancakes called Jeon, frying meat, fish vegetables, tofu or for pan-frying dumpling. The pancakes can have additions like mung beans, kimchi and scallions, as it can make the pancakes more flavourful

Preparation of food

When preparing to cook Koreans use technology and normal kitchen equipment to make foods. Koreans use Rice cookers, stone pots, grill plates, A mandolin, big bowls, gloves and containers. Koreans use stone pots for cooking bibimbap as you can put it on a stove and eat it straight from the pot too. Grill plates are used for grilling, as Koreans love eating grilled meat. Koreans use mandolins to cut up vegetables like cabbage easily as the blades are sharp enough and it is simpler to use. Koreans use big gowls, gloves and containers to mainly make Kimchi, People in Korea make kimchi in bulk so that it can ferment for long er and the taste can be better than eating it straight away. They also use containers to store foods for later consumption.

Common Food Item/ingredient

Sesame oil -
Sesame Oil is an amber-coloured, aromatic oil, made from pressed toasted sesame seeds that is a common ingredient in Korean cooking. It is not used as a cooking oil due to its intense nutty and buttery flavour and aroma; however, because of that, it is an excellent seasoning and flavour enhancer. It is used in most Korean foods to give it a nice glaze of sesame. The oil has been used for generations and is said to be “ubiquitous” which means it is everywhere.

Sesame oil can be paired with any Korean food and ingredients because of its savoury and nutty taste. Koreans use Sesame oil to add richer taste in stews, veggies, bibimbap and more.

How food is in another country

Kimchi - People in Korea make it and ferment it properly, whereas people can just buy it in an Asian store pre-packed

Korean Barbecue Wings Recipe
Time Management Plan
Order Form

Final Product^

Why we chose it
Well, this was a last-minute choice… The main reason this dish was our final choice was that it is that people know it is a good, delicious dish from Korea. Also, we love fried chicken with flavour so we thought we would give it ago.

What we liked about the final recipe

After tasting the Barbecue wings we thought about what we liked. After deciding we thought that the sauce was the best thing about the dish. We liked how the sauce was spicy but had a sweet aftertaste. The sauce wasn’t on as many wings as there wasn’t that much sauce which was a bit sad. We also liked how crispy the wings were as they were crunchy on the outside, but the chicken was tender and warm on the inside.

What we would change if we did it again

We would double check with the teacher that they have all the ingredients before we started preparing the food. Another thing is we would have patted the wings dry of oil before we put it in the sauce. The reason we didn’t do this is that we were rushing to get it all finished in an hour. Now we would have doubled the frying mixture and the sauce mixture since it didn’t do all the wings! Lastly, we would actually use wings instead of nibbles.

What did you learn during this practical process (this includes the planning section) e.g. how to budget, the adaptations, the measurements, cooking skill? How do you know this?
We learned a lot during this process as we learnt how to budget ourselves for what we actually need. Sofia also learnt how to fry chicken with oil, which she still struggles with frying things. We also learned that we shouldn’t rush through making the wings, as it can affect the final product and make it harder.

Explain the adaptations you may have had to make to this recipe and the reason for why this adaptation had to occur in the first place Eg personal likes and dislikes, cost, availability of ingredients.
One adaptation we had to make was replacing the ingredient gochujang for chilli paste. We had to do this since Countdown didn’t have it in stock so we had to make do with chilli paste. Another thing we had to change was using grated ginger to ginger paste, in order to rub onto the wings before frying.

Some links we used







Friday, November 13, 2020

Enterprise Studies - 6 Steps to Budgeting

 This week for Business studies we have continued to learn about budgeting and how people can save money. This week we have been tasked to create a DLO to show the 6 steps of budgeting. I decided to create a Prezi with my information because I found it would be the easiest tool to use to make a DLO on. 

Personally, I like my DLO because it gives information without it being too hard and it is quite simple. I could've done better if I had more time to write down the information because it was hard to put into words. Budgeting is quite a hard thing to do and hard to maintain without almost breaking.

Have you ever tried to have a budget, if so are did you maintain it or did you break?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

English - Gucci Advertisement

 L.O: Create an Ad

This week for English we have been learning about persuasive writing. Today we were tasked to create an advertisement for something of our choice. I chose to create an advertisement for Gucci, this was because it seemed the most fun for me to create.

My Advertisement uses the following persuasive writing techniques...

- Humor

- Personal pronouns

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Enterprise Studies - Impulse Buying Brochure


This week for Enterprise Studies we have been learning about impulse Buying. Impulse buying is when you buy things unnecessarily when shopping at a store. We first learnt about what Impulse buying was, why people impulse buy, and the consequences that can happen when you impulse buy. We were then tasked to create a brochure that explains things about Impulse Buying, we also were asked to add in the words Impulse and savings. I decided to create a google drawing as I found it the easiest to work with when creating a brochure.

Personally, I like my brochure because it's simple and gives information about Impulse Buying, as the topic isn't that hard. It is also easy to read and isn't too long. I could've done better is I had more time but I'm still happy with the result. There aren't many easy ways to stop impulse buying because everyone does it without realising, most have to take a while to get into because you have to get into the habit of stopping yourself from buying something that looks interesting

What was the last thing you have impulse bought?


- Photo On Brochure - Photo

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Social Studies - Treaty Of Waitangi History Road

 This term for Social Studies we are learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. Even though we know a lot about the treaty we still don't know everything about what happened before and while the treaty was being signed. We were then asked to create a history road about five events that happened before the treaty was signed. This is what I have made.