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Homework

Slice of Life recount


The clouds were floating in the blue sky as we were going to our third activity; abseiling. The terrific tower was looming above us like a bird upon a worm; intimidating us every second with its horrific height. As we were nearing it, the instructor was introducing himself to us and we started to put on our harnesses. Some people were being led up the tower, or as some people in my group would say; their demise.

Cameron was leaning back and walking down the tower, slowing sliding the smooth rope unless he slipped. There was silence, then he started to hop down the wall as he gained more confidence, and the silece was broken by a sudden burst of cheering. Finally, it was my turn. I climbed up the tower, and knowing that I would choose him, before we knew it, Marcus was hiding behind a pipe. Up and up I went, climbing was felt like endless stairs, but I finally emerged from a trapdoor out on top.

They were preparing me for the trip down the wall. I was on the sloping bit of the top of the wall, and the instructor was telling me to lean back. For a second, I was thinking that he was mental, but eventually, I listened and leaned back. I was swinging back and forth against the wall like a pendulum. Tap, tap, tap.......Tap, tap, tap. I felt the taste of fear in my mouth and heard the endless rustling of the dancing trees. I kept staring at the wall, or else I would lose my balance. I felt adrenalin surging through me and continued my way down.

Tap, tap, tap, against the wall. The wind was wrapping itself around me and I was becoming unstable. The rope was tearing at my thumbs. TAP. I touched the ground. It was over. I did it. It felt awesome! Unfortunately, we couldn't have another turn, so I was watching dreamily as the rest of the group were having their turns. Finally, we were told that we suceeded, and we proceeded to our last activity.

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BEING A KIWI MEANS TO STRIVE FOR DREAMS AND TO TAKE RISKS. IT ALSO MEANS TO BREATHE FRESH AIR, EAT FRESH CRAYFISH, DRINK FRESH MILK, AND EAT LAMB AND BEEF. OVERALL TO ME, BEING A KIWI MEANS TO BE MYSELF.

Here's a video I think is awesome. It's about a boy being bullied and stands up for himself in a cool, but unneccesary way. The boy is interviewed in this video and explains it all. It probably inspires other victims of bullying to stand up for themselves. I hope you enjoy it!!


I have made an optical illusions page that is called 'Optical illusions'





JOSEPH'S RECCOMMENDATIONS OF BOOKS
SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT SERIES (DEREK LANDY)
PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THEIF AND OTHER TITLES (RICK RIORDAN)
ALEX RIDER SERIES (ANTHONY HOROWITZ)
CHERUB SERIES (ROBERT MUCHAMORE)
JUST SERIES (ANDY GRIFFITHS)
ASSORTED RANGE OF SHONEN JUMP MANGA (JAPANESE COMICS) (NUMEROUS AUTHORS)
AMULET SERIES (KIZU KIBUISHI)
ERAGON (CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI)
A WEB OF AIR (PHILIP REEVE)
DELTORA QUEST SERIES (EMILY RODDA)
ROWAN OF RIN SERIES (EMILY RODDA)
ARTEMIS FOWL SERIES (EOIN COLFER)
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS SERIES (DAV PILKEY)
ANY POKEMON BOOKS (NUMEROUS AUTHORS, BUT MOSTLY TRACEY WEST)
DUSKY MOANA (STU DUVAL)
RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT SERIES
GUINNESIS WORLD RECORDS
YOUNG SAMURAI SERIES (CHRIS BRADFORD)
ASTERIX COMICS (RENE GOSCINNY & ALBERT UDERZO)
TINTIN COMICS (HERGE)
YOKO TSUNO COMICS (ROGER LELOUP)
SPY X SERIES (PETER LERANGIS)
HARRY POTTER SERIES (J.K ROWLING)
HORRIBLE HISTORIES SERIES (TERRY DEARY)

MORE WILL BE ADDED SOON........



Drug Brochure



What is this drug?

Description
Datura Stramonium is a very poisonous plant belonging to the Nightshade family and is also known as “Jimson Weed”, “Datura”, “Locoweed”, and “Devil’s Trumpet”. It is a naturally grown weed that normally grows in pastures, fields, waste ground, cultivated areas, roadsides and railroads. It is green- stemmed, can be 2-4 feet tall with few branches and approximately two 8 inch long ovate leaves. They have white trumpet-shaped flowers which are about 4 inches long. The seed capsules are located at the forks between the branches and are oval shaped and covered with prickles. The capsule splits when mature, releasing poisonous black seeds to be sown. Nearly all parts of Datura Stramonium are poisonous.

Origins and History
Datura Stramonium possibly originated in two places; North America and Southern Asia. It is believed that in 1676, in a place called Jamestown, Virginia, that a troop of British soldiers accidentally consumed the plant and were overwhelmed by its hallucinogenic effects, and that lead to the discovery and origination of Datura Stramonium.


How is the drug used?


Datura Stramonium is prepared in many types of dosage methods; powdered leaves, fluid extracts of the leaves, fluid seed extracts, tincture leaves, and ointments. The drug is also used as a remedy for spasmodic asthma and is also mixed with other drugs and burning it in a saucer. By inhaling the smoke, great relief is afforded, but after constant use, the relief becomes less relieving and not all curing. Many accidents have occurred due to unwise use of Datura Stramonium in this procedure.



What are the effects of the drug?


Long term effects:
  • Delirium: Affects the user with hallucinations, also making them unable to tell the hallucinations from illusion to reality. Lasts from several days to weeks.
  • Mydriasis: Affects user by severely expanding their pupils, which makes light painful to the eyes. Lasts for several days to weeks after consumption.
  • Rapid heart rate: Lasts up to two days after the intoxication wears off.
  • Amnesia: Affects user by damaging their memory, thus leading to forgetting significant details about oneself.
  • Exocrine gland issues: User is affected by exaggerated sweating and dry mouths. Lasts up to two weeks.
  • Coma: Possibility of user being sent into coma.
  • Permanent brain damage: Possibility of user being affected by permanent brain damage due to too much usages of Datura Stramonium.

Short term effects:
  • Disorientation: Lasts from 24-48 hours.
  • Confusion: Lasts from 24-48 hours.
  • Delirium: Lasts from 24-48 hours.
  • Psychosis: Lasts from 24-48 hours.
  • Hallucinations: Lasts from 24-48 hours.



Who could we go to for help?

  • Meth Help: methhelp.org.nz
  • St John: stjohn.org.nz
  • Addictions Treatment Directory: addictionshelp.org.nz/services/home
  • Ministry of Health: moh.govt.nz
  • Also, asking family, friends and relatives may also help.





Bibliography




Polar Bear Report Writing
The Polar Bear
The polar bear is a large, white bear of the North, where most live in areas where the mass of ice around the North Pole separate during summer. The polar bear belongs to the Ursidae family, and are called Ursus Maritimus in scientific terms, meaning “sea-bear”. Polar bears are known as the largest predators on land, and largest of all bears. They hunt
seals and other animals for food.
Polar bears have long bodies and necks. They have short, furry ears on their head and a black snout under their eyes. Sharp teeth line a polar bear’s mouth and their paws are equipped with curved claws, which are an aid in catching prey. Adult male polar bears measure from 2.3 metres to 2.6 metres long from nose to tail. On average, female adult polar bears are about 2 metres long. Although polar bears have yellowish-white fur, they actually have black skin, which helps them to absorb heat from the sun.
With their good eyesight and keen sense of smell, polar bears are great hunters. They feed mainly on seals, but may also feed on many other things, for example, berries, birds, reindeer, seaweed, walrus, specific types of whales and even other polar bears! They hunt seals by resting at a seal’s breathing hole in the ice (where they surface) and waiting for it the come up. When it does, the polar bear will pounce and bite deeply into the seal’s head. A polar bear may also stalk its prey and wait until it tires, then the polar bear attacks it with its teeth or claws. It may also hunt by swimming under the ice. Polar bears rarely attack people.
Polar bears mainly live near the coasts of Greenland, Canada, and the Soviet Union, whilst also inhabiting some islands of the Arctic Ocean. Some also dwell near the northern coasts of Alaska. Due to humans moving in to mine oil and coal, polar bears lose their habitats and places they live.
To survive in freezing temperatures, polar bears have black skin, which absorbs heat. Their thick fur helps trap the heat they absorb and usually keeps the bear at 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36.3 degrees Celsius) to help it keep warm. Their fat or blubber insulates the polar bear underwater. The fur of a polar bear also does not mat, so the polar bear is able to easily shake free of any water or ice that has formed during or after the swim. Furthermore, the fur of a polar bear is oily, therefore, water resistant and repellent. Humans are the only major threat to polar bears, for they produce oil spills accidentally and also produce pollution. Oil, when sticking on a polar bear’s fur, disables it from adjusting its body temperature properly. Consuming oil while it is grooming could kill the polar bear.
Female polar bears can give birth to cubs at the age of four or five. Normally, they only have two cubs. They normally give birth in a cave they have already dug in the snow. Cubs are born blind and weigh about 0.68 kilograms. The mother takes care of them until they are at least 10 kilograms and have the strength to join her in a hunt. It may take two-and-a-half years for the cubs to become like this, therefore the mother takes care of them until they are ready.
In 1973, the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Norway, and the Soviet Union signed an agreement to protect polar bears, but it is not enough; polar bears are being threatened by global warming and food shortages, too.