Sunday, 26 March 2017

A quick and easy side dish to accompany your pasta dish by Shivay

How to make coleslaw!

Today at cooking, my partner and I made Macaroni and Cheese, Lasike made the macaroni and cheese and I made the coleslaw.


  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Cheese


  1. Image result for coleslawShred a large piece of cabbage using a green chopping board and put it in a small stainless steel bowl
  2. Peel and grate a carrot and put that in the bowl
  3. Grate a half cube cheese and add that to the bowl
  4. Put a little bit of salad dressing and stir it for 1 minute
  5. Enjoy!

This takes 3 minutes to make

Macaroni Delight! by Glen and Cameron

Today in Technicraft, my partner Cameron and I created macaroni cheese and this is how you make them!

2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Edmond's standard flour
½ tsp dry mustard
2 cups milk, heated salt and pepper
2 cups grated tasty cheese
2 cups macaroni elbows, cooked
2 Tbsp dry breadcrumbs

  • Preheat the oven to 190˚C.
  • Melt the butter into a saucepan, add the onion and cook gently for about 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir the flour in and cook.
  • Then add the mustard.
  • Remove from the heat and add the hot milk gradually, stirring.
  • Return to the heat and cook, still stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens.
  • Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper and add half the grated cheese, and the macaroni.
  • Combine well and put into an ovenproof dish.
  • Mix the breadcrumbs into the remaining grated cheese and sprinkle over the top.
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until golden.
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A tasty mid day meal bought to you by Ace

Pasta Bolognese

  • Large and Small Frying Pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • 2 Measuring sets of spoon
  • Large and Small Bowls
  • 2 Plates
  • Pot stand
  • Chopping Board
  • Grater
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Knife
  • Spoon and Fork
  • Peeler

Ingredients Whole Pasta:
  • Pasta
  • 500 g Minced Meat
  • Seasoning (Salt and Pepper)
  • 2 Tablespoon of oil
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 400g can tomatoes in juice
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 250 g diamonds spaghetti cooked

Ingredients Salad:
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Lettuce
  • Grated Cheese
  • Grated Carrot

The Meat Sauce
  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Stir in meat keep doing it until it’s brown
  3. Add tomato sauce/paste and then push tomatoes and juice into the frying pan.
  4. Stir in basil, oregano and water then bring to the boil. Reduce heat.
  5. Cook uncovered for 35 minutes or until the mixture has turned into a thick consistency.
  6. Season the meat with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve over hot pasta. Garnish it with parmesan cheese.

  1. Pour 4 cups of warm water onto a small bowl.
  2. Place the small bowl onto the element and bring quickly into a boil.
  3. Add pasta when water starts to boil then lower the heat by half.
  4. Cook the pasta until it doubles in size and softens.
  5. Place the meat on top of the pasta when ready


  1. Cut lettuce into small pieces and place into small bowl.
  2. Peel the carrot with a peeler then grate it until it divides into small little pieces
  3. Grate a cube of cheese and pour it onto the salad.
  4. Pour Caesar Dressing onto your delicious salad.

Chemical Reactions by Tristan


Chemical Reaction of Sodium Bicarbonate and Acetic Acid!

Today at Science, we learnt about the effects of the chemical reaction when we mixed sodium bicarbonate (baking powder) with acetic acid (vinegar). We followed various steps to successfully accomplish our experiment.

First we started of by filling a bottle with 150 ml of acetic acid with the help of our trusty pink funnel. Using the funnel we filled our small balloon with sodium bicarbonate.

Image result for chemical reaction of vinegar and baking sodaAs we finished pouring, we grabbed the neck of the balloon and stretched it on the mouth of the bottle. We were cautious not to tip the balloon because we thought it might trigger the chemical reaction, making a mess. Before we tipped it, we would have to travel to the grass just in case anything went wrong with the experiment.

As we tipped it, the tiny balloon started to fill up with CO₂ (carbon dioxide) coming from the solution of our base (sodium bicarbonate) and acid (acetic acid). Therefore the balloon started to expand like polyester.

Overall, Week 8 of Science was a very remarkable and spectacular day because I personally love doing scientific experiments!

Another fantastic Meal at technicraft - Siu


Today we made spaghetti bolognese and this is our recipe:
Image result for spaghetti bologneseIngredients:
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 400g can tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml hot beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup or puree
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper
  1. First heat a saucepan over a medium heat with tablespoon of oil and add onion if you want and garlic. Then cook it for about 2-3 minutes. Then add beef mince and season it with salt and pepper.
  2. Secondly cook the beef until browned all over then stir in the tomato puree, add tinned tomatoes. Bring to a boil then let simmer for around 30 minutes, and add a splash of water if it is looking a bit dry.
  3. Then bring another saucepan (Large) with water and add pasta (or spaghetti), stir the pasta from sticking to the sides and the bottom of the saucepan for about 7-10 minutes.
  4. If you're wondering how to check the pasta is cooked? If the center is still a little hard then a bit of minutes.
  5. When you finish your cooking, chop the basil and stir through the bolognese sauce. Divide the spaghetti and the bolognese, add bolognese on top of the spaghetti.


Reading about a Fish Drive by Vaughan

Some facts about fish drive!

I am learning how to persuade people to make a change! By using direct language to inform but also make readers make a change

Be careful - science test by Xyril


Be careful it might pop!

Technicraft: Experimenting with Acetic Acid and Bicarbonate of soda.

Materials - first test:
  • Ziplock bag
  • 20 mls of Acetic Acid (malt vinegar)
  • 5 mls of Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda)

  1. Open the ziplock bag ready for testing.
  2. Place your index and middle finger on the right side of the bag between the blue and yellow lines.
  3. Put the Bicarbonate of Soda in one corner and twist above where it was poured.
  4. Tilt it to the other side and pour the Acetic Acid on the other side.
  5. Close the bag and release the Bicarbonate of Soda.
  6. Shake the bag quickly.
  7. Listen closely to the bag, what do you hear.
  8. Place it on your cheek, what is the temperature.
  9. Leave it for a few minutes and come back, what is the residue.
  10. Observe and record what happened.

Results and Evaluation
The combination of the acetic acid and bicarbonate of soda caused a chemical reaction. The soda bubbled up and the bag filled up carbon dioxide, the test is a success!


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Reflecting and Giving thanks to God for the gift of 'Creation' - by Julius

Infographic 1 - Poor Mans Stream - By Philomena

Rubbish: Infographic

                         WALT:Use Info graphic to present information

Signing in Chinese - By Rosary

Signing the Chinese numbers!

We are learning to recognise the Chinese number system.
I know I can do this when I record myself saying the numbers 1-10 in Chinese.

We are learning how to count and recognise numbers in Chinese Alessandra and Faith

Come listen to numbers in Chinese with my friend Faith!

We are learning to recognise the numbers in Chinese.

Technicraft - Week 6 by Siu

Technicraft Week 6

Today we have cooked tacos with coleslaw. Inside it had a cooked mince with taco sauce, and coleslaw if you wanted. We ate the tacos and coleslaw at Pakuranga Intermediate School. When we had completed our cooking and delicious meal, we had to write out what we are going to cook next week, which is bread rolls.

Ingredients for bread roll:
  1. In a large bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour.
  3. Deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

I can't wait!

Using an info-graphic to combine both images and words to make people think. - By Xyril

Make a change EVERYBODY!

Learning Intention: We are learning how to persuade people to make a change! By using direct language to inform but also make readers make a change.
Success Criteria: I know I can do this when I use direct language to inform people to make a change.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Rubbish is it a problem - By Cheska

Rubbish is it a problem?

Technicraft Thursday!

Making Raspberry Jam!


Today at technicraft, everyone made something in a jar, some people made apple sauce, some
made strawberry jam and the others made raspberry jam. I made raspberry jam, my partner was
Eugene. First I got a pack of frozen raspberries and emptied it into the preserving pan.
After that, my partner Eugene boiled the raspberries on a stove with the heat on 100 degrees and we enabled it on fan forced. Next, we put the jar that we are going to use for the jam into the oven on 100 degrees so that it wouldn't crack when we put the boiling hot jam into it. Following that, we added two cups of sugar and ¾ of a teaspoon of tartaric acid with the sugar and the raspberries. We continued boiling it for 3 - 5 minutes and it started
to look like runny jam. Eugene and I agreed to take it out of the stove and put the preserving pan on a pot stand to let it cool down, after two minutes we gently poured the jam into the jars.
It was another new experience in cooking class. it was really fun making the jam and it was
also fun to decorate the jars.
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Ash Wednesday - By Glen


What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, Lent is a Liturgical Season about penance and yielding those that are most precious to us. We give them up because Jesus is our greatest treasure and in giving those things up you are growing closer to God.

Ash Wednesday wasn’t specifically mentioned in the bible but the closest reference is when Job said to the Lord, “I know that you can do everything and that no thought can be concealed from you. Who is he who hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me which I did not know. Hear, and I will speak, I will question you and you declare to me. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

In Australia, some churches hold special Ash Wednesday mass in the evening or during the day. It is a time when people who seek penance for their wrongdoings are marked with the sign of the cross, from blessed ashes, on their forehead, it is the same practice we do at mass today. This symbolic occasion reminds people of their mortality and their sins, as well as the willingness to change and the hope of forgiveness. There are also those who chose this time of the year to donate to charities or take part in charity events as a way to get close to God.

In America Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lenten discipline for Christians. It is traditionally a time of fasting and prayer in preparation. For some Christians, Lent is a time to think about one’s life choices, as well as reflect on life directions. It serves as a wake-up call for some Christians.

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Religious Education: Reflecting on the message from Scripture - by Justice

Religious Education

Religious Education began with thinking about the message from scripture
Sirach 17:20-28:
"The scripture today is telling us to call for repenting which means for us to forgive and confess the things that we have done wrong. Repentance is about telling God what you have done wrong and how you are going to fix it. Turn back to God and reannounce your sins".

LentL A time of reflection, a time for thinking about our journey towards Easter and Jesus.

Ideas for fasting (Fasting is when we give up something.)
Penance is about your
  • Action
  • It is spiritual
  • Confessing  your sins
  • Forgiving for the things you've done wrong
  • Praying to God for what you have done wrong
  • Faith
  • To ask God to forgive what you have done wrong
  • Turning back to God for what you have done wrong
  • To look inside himself, Reflect
  • Strength
  • Fasted 40 days 40 nights
  • We intern and look inside ourselves.
  • Lent is a time is based on a time Jesus went to the dessert it was a test for and fasted and was tempted by the devil.
  • To grow closer to Jesus.
  • To look deeply inside ourselves or reflect on our life.
  • Reconciliation
  • Reflect on our action or words bring us closer to God.
  • If you help someone in need you are welcoming Jesus in your
  • Act of Contrition we are opening ourselves towards God
  • Are we thinking ofothers?
  • Are we reaching out?
  • Lent is a very special season in the Liturgical year

Lent is about...
  • Penance
  • Growing closer to God
  • Give up something for 40 day and nights just like what Jesus had done
  • Campaign for holiness
  • To take away the distractions that we have made in our lives
  • A preparation for Easter where there is a big feast
Ideas for fasting:
  • Fast from impatience today
  • No pushing and shoving
  • No put downs
  • Fast from unkindness today - no put downs
  • Fast from laziness - no shirking
  • Fast from snacks between meal today
  • Fast from bully and talking about other people

Ideas for almsgiving:
  • Give some time to help your mum or dad tonight
  • Right to your grandparents today
  • Learn about the Caritas  appeal today
  • Share your time with someone that is lonely today