Thursday, 25 January 2018

Summer Learning Journey - Day #18 : Social Systems

Hey Bloggers! Here is Day #18 for you! I have been really busy. Anyways, Let's Begin!

Activity 1 : Mixed Member Proportional 

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In 1996, New Zealand adopted the MMP voting system. In September of 2017 we had a national election.

Everyone in New Zealand, over the age of 18, was invited to vote for who they wanted to form the next government in New Zealand.

The race was really close and in the end, three different political parties (Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party), came together to form the new government.

It is called a ‘coalition government’ because it includes different people from different political parties.

I have been asked to imagine that I had to form a coalition government with two other people. I would partner up with my Uncle Chris and my Aunty Angie. I think they are really intelligent people who would be great people for the job. That's who I would pick!
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Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand.

Activity 2 : Migration

Over the past few decades, there has been a huge rise in the number of people coming to New Zealand to live and/or travel. Rachel was one of those people! In fact, she moved with her family to New Zealand in 2010 and she is so glad that she did. It’s a pretty amazing place to call home! At the moment she lives about 10 minutes from three stunning beaches and a beautiful national park.

Speaking of home, where do I live? On my blog I have been asked to post a picture of my hometown and provide a list of 3 things tourists would like to do and participate in. What do I like about my hometown?

I don't live in the Glen Innes suburb but I like to think Pt England, Tamaki, Wai o Taiki Bay and Panmure are apart of this suburb. I also grew up here and my great - grandparents live here moving soon as of the housing crisis happening right now.

Here a list of 3 things tourists could do :

  • Swimming - they could swim at our local beaches in Pt England. It's a great place to visit on a sunny day. I recommend going with a lot of people. It's pretty boring with no one there. Especially fun when there is Movies in the Parks.
  • Landscape - we have amazing beautiful landscapes such as reserves, beaches, creeks, rivers and our very own Mountain ( Maunga ) located in Mt Wellington.
  • Entertainment - we have a lot of events that happen in our area such as : Movies in the Park, Te Oro Public Events, Matariki Festivals and more!
Bonus Activity : Modern Learning Enviroment

Over the past few years, a number of schools have changed the way that they teach. Instead of one teacher working in one classroom with one group of students, some schools have built huge classrooms where many teachers work together to teach a big group of students. This is called a ‘Modern Learning Environment’ (MLE).

I have been asked to imagine that I was a classroom teacher and was to design my very own classroom. I used Sumo Paint as my drawing picture provider.

Here is mine : ------->

Tables - I have created 3 circles to show an example of circular tables where the whole classroom could work together and help each other out.

Classroom Rug - I have shaped a big circular rug in the corner of the room that is huge and a bright colour.

Storage and Entertainment - I created a star shaped organiser to store things such as books, paper, pens, crayons and maybe some spot prizes and candy! Also a TV on in the corner I forgot to add.

Thanks For Reading!
By Mitchell.M


  1. Hi Mitchell!

    It's so great to see that you are actively participating once again in the Summer Learning Journey programme. I really enjoy your posts. They are always so engaging, informative and interesting to read. I had to smile when I saw that I had even been included in the description for Activity #2. I really do love living in New Zealand and do feel very lucky to call Auckland home.

    I will have to bring Aronui over to Glen Innes one day soon to check out the local beaches. We typically go to a west coast beach but it would be great to have a change of scenery. It would also be great to check out a movie in the park. I see that there is going to be a special movie at the Pt England Reserve in March of this year, that is currently a surprise. I wonder which movie it will be...

    Do you have any ideas?

    I hope that you and your family are all having a wonderful summer holiday together. I'm really looking forward to seeing you when you go back to Pt England in Term 1. I'll be coming in with prize packs and certificates to hand out at an assembly early in the term.

    See you then!!!


    1. Hey Rachel!,

      Yes, I love participating in this holiday blogging programme! It's really fun. I've also been told I am going to be interviewed by Seven Sharp if i'm right.

      Speaking of New Zealand, I just came back from Rotorua, New Zealand. I went with my family for my sister's rugby touch tourtament. We travelled to Skyline Rotorua, Lakes and more.

      See you in Term 1 when you hand out the prizes at school.

      See you soon!,

      Mitchell :D

    2. Hi Mitchell,

      Thanks for the great message! I hope that you had a lovely time in Rotorua with your family. It sounds like you saw the sights and did a number of really cool things! I'm so sorry that the Seven Sharp interview didn't transpire. We had to wait on word from the host of the show and they decided to interview just two people instead of three so we weren't able to come to Pt England this time. We'll have to save it for next time!

      Looking forward to seeing you very soon when I come in to hand out the certificates and prizes for the SLJ.

      See you then!

      Rachel :)

  2. Hey Mitchell,

    This is quite the quality post! Regarding your 'Migration' section, it's nice how you've integrated different parts of the suburbs to create a satisfying activity list for a good time.

    I used to live in Glen Innes - moved out before the housing crisis became apparent. Wai o Taiki Bay was a great location fishing, sometimes he used to take me with him but I got tired as it became night! Haha! I also agree with Point England, the more friends/family you take, the merrier the time will be!

    Great work! Good luck for school next week!


    1. Hey Willy,

      Thanks for the compliment! We now live in Panmure as I said in my blog post! Yes, my dad would also go fishing with me on the edge of the Marist fields when the tides were up!

      Thanks Billy and also Good Luck for you too when you go back to school!,

      - Mitchell