Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The Story Of Sabah

Bringing Sabah Back To School: Sabah

“It was 2014 when I first met Sabah, a shy, 11 year-old who had been uprooted
several times already in her short life”

11-year-old Sabah has seen things no child should see. But even being confronted
with violence on almost a daily basis, going back to school was her dream. She had
fled her home with her mother and 7 year-old brother. Her family travelled for three
years, here and there, until Sabah turned up with her family, in the house next door to

In Syria it is common to welcome new people to the neighbourhood. So soon after
Sabah moved in, I went with my mother to welcome the new family into our hood.
The first time I saw Sabah, she was standing next to her mother, looking at the floor.

“They are dreaming of going back to school, but haven’t seen the inside of a classroom in
more than two years,” their mother told me.

Even after all the violence Sabah and her family have gone through, her dream was to go
to school in peace. So I decided to do something positive for these children. I started
visiting their house every day to help them study English, Arabic, Maths and Science
so they could catch up with their peers at school. I went with the family to gather all
the required paperwork to enrol the children in the nearest school. They were so excited
to be back in school again.

Only days after Sabah and her brother started school, her school became under-fire with
mortar shells that hit the school and the surrounding areas.

Luckily, Sabah and her brother survived, but they were shivering with fear when they
returned home.

“We were in the basement and the roof starting shaking.” Sabah had told me, “I never
want to go back to that school.”

It was a huge tribute to the Sabah and her brother that they decided to continue their
education and not let fear stand in the way of their learning. We enrolled them in a
different school in a relatively safer neighbourhood to complete the school year.

Earlier this year, Sabah started Year 7, now 13 years old. She still braves challenges
every day living in Aleppo, the most dangerous city in the world.

I’m so proud and honoured to watch Sabah improve at school every day. I don’t
pretend that I helped Sabah - she’s the one who gave hope and value to my life.
There are more than 1.7 million children like Sabah in Syria. And it's our responsibility
to make sure they get the education they deserve.

Refugee Response

On Monday, A specific group, where I was apart of, worked together on refugee work. We learnt what refugee's were and how they move around the globe. The story that our group read was really sad and shocking. On my response work, I worked with Hannah.

Guided Text: “The Nowhere Land Where Children On The Move Are Someone Esle’s  Problem” by Sarah Crowe - UNICEF

Pre-read discussion
What is a Peugeot 404?
Image result for peugeot car 404
What is the difference between a migrant, a refugee and an asylum seeker? An asylum seeker is a
person that that has left their country and for political reasons and is seeking asylum in another country
.  A migrant is a person that has left there country to find better working or living conditions.
A refugee is a person/persons that has left their country because of violent reasons. A refugee may
find a refugee camp run by the UN where they will be supplied with
Where is Niger? Niger is actually called the Republic of Niger and is located in    m West Africa. Wher
e is the Sahara? The Sahara is in West Africa, the Sahara desert contains theses places, Egypt,
Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Libya, Mauritania and Algeria.
How big is the Sahara compared to New Zealand?This is a photo of New Zealand compared to the
Sahara Desert. The Sahara desert is 9.2million square miles and New Zealand is only 268,021 square
milling about,
elusive Eldorado,
bearing the brunt,
from pillar to post,
gesticulating tirade,
a motley bag,
transiting through,
flip flops,

Read the text to yourself and make notes/highlight/bullet point as you read. You are looking for the main
idea in this article. Be ready to discuss your notes.

Main Point:
The author is trying to convince you that to raise more awareness that there are child refugees out i
n the world and they need help to stay alive and well. There is around 30 million child refugees who
are begging and dying. We can prove this from the text we have read. “Daoussiya Gimai, 7, meets
her mother, Hassana, for the first time in 4 months since she left home to beg in Algeria.”
“Children pay the highest price with little or no structures to keep them safe.”

Biased Opinion:
We think that the author is biased opinion because she is using clines and good language to put a picture
in your mind about how the refugees are living. She is biased to having greater support to child refugees.

Agadez was once the migration capital of Africa, a crossroads for people one the move, a bustling business
hub for smugglers, roadside shops selling masks, and sunglasses for the daunting journey, traffickers
awaiting their human trade.

Since November last year, more than 8000 West Africans, including 2000 children, have been returned
to Niger from Algeria, with another 900 refugees and asylum seekers from East Africa transferred from
Libya awaiting cumbersome and slow resettlement processes. Children pay the highest price with little
or no proper structures to keep them safe. EU-Turkey, EU-Libya, France-Niger, Algeria-Niger are making
migration someone else’s problem, pushing migrants from pillar to post, farther south. The pushbacks
have meant the stakes are higher and the routes riskier.

He was among those returned from Algeria, left in a nowhere land of the desert in temperatures of 48
degrees, miles from the Niger border. Ironically when the migrants are brought to Agadez onto a bone-dry
open plain with a few threadbare tents, local children circle around with plastic begging bowls-begging
from the returned beggars. In April alone there was a 14 per cent increase over the previous month in
people transiting through Niger, and around a third of them are children, exhausted and traumatized.


Algebra D.L.O

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


The Purerehua

The Purerehua
Drifting through the waters of Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.
Resting on the tūporo
Scattered along the coast-line
Looking for the one
Got it
Smoothing, Picking, Drilling
Painting a tūī
Plaiting my string
Swinging my purerehua
Slashing, Slicing, Cutting the thin air

Monday, 25 June 2018

Book Report

Illustration of school books, pencils, and lab tools.
Book Report
The Wrinkle In Time  By Madeleine L'Engle  Illustrator Ellen Raskin

Meg Murry is 12 years old in the book. She’s the oldest and only girl of the 4 siblings.
Unlike her mother, Meg has curly brown hair and glasses. She’s quite insecure about herself until
she departs on a journey to find her father who disappeared. Mrs Who is very enigmatic out of the
Mrs’s. She’s caught in the middle of the oldest and most powerful Mrs Which and the more younger
and naïve Mrs Whatsit. I like Mrs Who better than the other two because she’s the only one that
interacts by saying quotes.
The genre to this book is science fantasy because they travel through a tesseract and they end up
in a new world with floating cliffs and flying flowers. In the story the 3 Mrs, can turn into leafs,
grow tall and see things that are invisible.
In the book the setting is in a different, vast world but at the start and end, the book is set in Meg’s
school and house.  `
I really enjoyed this book. In some way, the book opened up my mind to try a lot of new things. I think
that people should read the book first and then watch the movie, even though I watched the movie first,
my mum said that the book has better meaning and different things.
Madeleine L’engle wrote 8 books including A Wrinkle in Time, Many Waters and  A wind in the door.
From my point of view, Madeleine L’engle is a very good, imaginative writer. I really like how she used
a tesseract to transport in “A Wrinkle In Time”.

Tesseract: The tesseract is the fifth dimension that can shorten the distances across both time and space.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Python Syntax at Grey High

Python Syntax

We are learning to use basic Python Syntax. I can use the while true loop to
create my Trinkets. I can set up a Raspberry Pi and a blinking LED.
When we were using Trinket, We went through a series of stages to get to a
stage called: List of numbers. It was really cool to create different and weird
shapes. We got challenged to create different shapes and change the coordinates.