Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ode to Year 10 Camp - 2008

To motivate this lot, God what a mission,
We started early, we showed photos, from every position,
Till finally we had an acceptable amount,
To cost towards Lakewood – oh what an account.

The wall climbing and horse trekking were a hit with everyone,
Even down in the paddocks, where the Frisbee Golf was done.
The kayaking as usual was the highlight of camp,
No comparisons though, to the stormy Monday night’s damp.

The camaraderie and team support were awesome to see,
The gender separate groups weren’t exactly hiccup free.
New friends were made, new leaders spotted,
The students responded well to all tasks allotted.

Our final acknowledgement to the teachers who come,
They’ve taken everything on board, even dog bites on the bum…

A poem by Miss Gayle Murray.

Here are the photographs from the three days at Lakewood Lodge taken by Mr. Thorpe and Miss Murray.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Junior Prize Giving 2008

It was an exciting day here at Tamaki College. Junior Prize Giving was celebrated in the auditorium today with lots of friends and family invited to join in.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Year 9 Activities Day 3...

It is the third and final day of activities for the Tamaki College Year 9 students. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time at Rainbow's End. The screams could be heard all over the park as the students went on all the rides, sometimes over and over again!!! We were based in a great area in the park, just next to the Gold Rush where the huge bar-b-que was used to cook up loads of tasty food.
Big thanks to Mrs George and Miss Robertson, the Year 9 Deans, for making sure we were all organised and entertained over the last 3 days.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Year 9 Activities Day 2...

It might have been bad weather in Auckland today but that didn't put off the Year 9 students from Tamaki College from enjoying themselves.
It is Day 2 of Activity Week and they set off for Waiwera this morning hoping for as much fun as yesterday.
Here are the photographs of the day and as you can see, the rain did not stop everyone enjoying themselves.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Year 9 Activities Day 1...

It's that time of year again here at Tamaki College, with the lucky Year 9 students out and about doing all sorts of activities this week.
TCTV was on hand to record all the fun today and we were having plenty. First of all we went to Paradice Ice Skating rink at Botany where there was lots of falling over and laughing at each other. Disco lights and music added to the fun.
After that, we got back on the buses and went across to the Berkeley Cinema at Botany Downs. We had a cinema all to ourselves to watch the fantastic new movie, Madagascar 2 - Escape to Africa.

Here are the photographs from the ice skating...

Here we are in the cinema, all ready for the film...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Graduation Night and Leaver's Dinner..

On Thursday 4the December, we had our graduation ceremony for the Year 13 class of 2008. It was an emotional time here at Tamaki College, with friends and family all invited for the occasion. The students came into the auditorium to the music, "Happy Boys and Happy Girls" and then the National Anthem was sung.
We had a review of the year from our Head Boy - Sam Finau and our Head Girl - Mama Tuarae. Everyone was reminded what a full and eventful year it has been by looking at the photographs.
We then had Valedictory Speeches from our Deputy Head Boy and Girl, Mavis Stowers and William Tuikolovatu.
The graduation presentations were made and the band played "World in Union" while the Year 13 students all sang.
Here are our graduating students for 2008 :-
Elizabeth Aretere, Maggie Cramand, Quintel Edmonds, Kaikona Fetu'u, Sam Finau, Lesieli Fonua, Viliami Fonua, Minatila Fusitu'a, Solomon Gak, Matheson Haffeiki, Elenoa Hafoka, Puna Hopini, Nia Hui, Aiga Ioane, Sera Kulasoro, Sese Latu, Sophia Lauvi, Christina Leef, Brian Lima, Brown Lio, Anamalia Mapa, Junior Mara, John Maria, Catherine Matavao, Apisai Ma'u, Raymen Misa, Mele Na'a, Leeanne Nakono, Tash O'Meara, Muna Oto, Ilaisaane Palusa, Havea Pamaka, Palu Penitani, Unaloto Pita, Joshua Price, Talaitupu Pula, Puti Rapana, Akairi Rata, Nevada Riki, Jay Ruaporo, James Sao, Steven Sioneuesile, Mavis Stowers, Dion Strickland, Flossy Tangata, Ma'u Taufa, Tamaki Terito, Bernadette Tevaga, Mitchell Thompson, Mama Tuarae Filipo Tuiavii, William Tuikolovatu, Neomai Tuitupou, Uate Tupou, Memory Uea and Nathan Vilione-Palalangi.

Here are the photographs from the night...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Maths Calendars Looking Good....

The Transformation Geometry project is an integral part of the Yr10 Mathematics programme at Tamaki College. It allows the students to apply their skills and knowledge of Reflection, Rotation, Translation and Enlargement, learnt formally in class, to a practical situation, in this case of creating a design on a square tile. With further applications of Rotation and Translation, identical tiles are tessellated to generate more intricate patterns.

Transformation Geometry and in particular the symmetries that are produced, underlies the arts and crafts of all cultures. It influences paintings, sculpture, music, dance and poetry and is an important tool of geologists, archaeologists, physicists and of course mathematicians. In a more everyday situation, Transformation Geometry is used to produce fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper designs.

The construction of these patterns is simplicity in itself, no “artistic bent” is needed, just some Mathematics. First a simple motif is formed, literally any “squiggle” will do. A template of the motif is made out of cardboard. This is placed on a square in any chosen position and using guidelines and points, the template is reflected, rotated or translated or a combination of these. During this process, the motif often overlaps itself creating a variety of regions. Using colour creatively further defines the design. One individual tile, though may be very attractive in itself, is only an element in the overall pattern created by the tessellation and one individual tile can generate an almost endless number of different patterns. The students created the original patterns by hand, technology has perfected them.

Over the years a great variety of exceptional patterns have been designed by the students, which regrettably have disappeared into oblivion. When compared with commercial publications, the students designs often surpass these both in design and structure and visual effect. Therefore it seems a good time to publish some of the students work, hence the creation of this calendar.

All of the designs made by the students at Tamaki College, in 10KKo were used for publication is this calendar.

We hope that this Calendar will give you pleasure throughout the year and remind you of how Mathematics can be used to tap the hidden talents of our students.

These calendars were created in Mrs. David's Maths class using Adobe Illustrator.
We are selling the calendars in school for $10.00

Here is a preview of what the finished calendar looks like.

Maths Calendar
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Graduation Class of 2009.

It's an emotional time here at Tamaki College this week. Our Year 13 students are graduating on Thursday 4th December, with the ceremony in the auditorium at 6.00 pm.
This is then followed by the Leaver's Dinner at 7.30pm at the Hotel Ibis, Greenlane.

Here are our lovely Year 13 students in their Graduation photographs.

Here is how cute they were back in 2004 when they were in Year 9...