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EDITOR’S LETTER

CONTENTS

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4. STUDY TIPS 6. SHOW REVIEW 8. STUDY SNACK 10. YOUR ART 16. UNI INTERVIEW 19. TUNES! 20. YOUR WRITING 22. CATWALK ARTS


Hey guys! Welcome to Vault Magazine’s second issue for 2019! We have both worked so hard to put this magazine together through mock exams and really appreciate all the contributors who helped us out during their busy schedules. We are aware exams are right around the corner so we tried to touch on dealing with stress and how hard work always has its rewards. Thank you to everyone who supported our last issue, it has been so amazing to get so much positive feedback and get more students wanting to be involved. Thanks again to our principal, Mr Macleod who has continuously shown us support throughout the entire process. Thank you for picking up an issue and we hope you enjoy! Perry & Willow

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EDITORS:

WILLOW WHITHAM & PERRY PITCHER

DESIGN:

WILLOW WHITHAM & PERRY PITCHER

CONTRIBUTORS: COCO BONE LEILANI JONES REIKO PHAM OLIVIA WHITE ANNABELLE MCKENZIE GRACE OLIVIER KATIE FULLER EMMA NORTH NASIA MCLENNAN STEPHANIE WALSH MACKENZIE BUTLER CATHERINE THATCHER CANDICE BREWER PIPI ROSS PETER MCHALE JULIETTE TWHIGG CLAUDIA MUNRO - BOGA BRIAR MINSON LEXIE VAN SANTEN XARIE MANWARING

CONTACT EMAIL vaultmag1@gmail.com

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DEALING WITH EXAM STRESS

STUDY TIPS By Coco Bone

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xam stress affects most of us in varying ways. It is important to manage this stress and eliminate the risk of burnout. For some students, exams can be a breeze; revision is second nature to them and they could ace an exam with their eyes closed. But for others, sweaty palms and heart palpitations are just a part of the territory and it seems that nothing is more impossible than sitting down and revising. One of the most effective ways to deal with exam stress is keeping everything in perspective. This is perhaps easier said than done, but try not to give yourself such a hard time. You’re doing your best and that’s the best you can do! Keep your eye on the bigger picture, and remember that one “meh” result isn’t the end of the world. Putting yourself under a lot of pressure will only have a negative effect.

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Worrying really doesn’t solve anything. Another key reason why people feel exam stress is due to comparing themselves to other people. So don’t be put off by friends saying that they are doing huge amounts of revision. As already mentioned, that’s probably not actually a productive or efficient way of working long term. Just focus on doing your best. Parents with steep or unrealistic expectations can also add unnecessary pressure. If you can, discuss with your parents what they are expecting you to achieve. It’s helpful to let them know what you think you have the capacity to achieve and to insist that the best way to get there is to have support from your parents, not pressure. Lastly, once you’ve done an exam, try to forget about it. There’s nothing you can do about it and worrying won’t change your mark.


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Don’t worry about your IQ

Far too many students worry about whether they are smart enough to do well in exams and see IQ as being a significant driver of their results. This is one of the biggest obstacles for many students, leading many of us to give up before we have even started. Advancement in any abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Anyone can be good at studying and exams if you are open to learning and improvement.

2. Make a realistic study timetable

Self motivation and discipline

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There are many factors that lead to achieving your goals but self motivation and discipline is key. While it is important to aim high, it’s equally as important to encourage yourself by hitting small goals along the way. People who set a specific set of small but challenging goals are 90% more likely to achieve what they’ve set their mind to. To reduce the temptation of doing things other than study, remove the distractions completely. Have the urge to check your phone when studying? Try leaving it in a different room until you have achieved your study goals for the day.

The vast majority of us will make a study timetable only to throw it out within the week. Usually we have made unachievable goals and give up when we can’t stick to them. You need to be realistic about when and for how long you’re going to study. You can’t schedule six hours of study each day when you’ve got other commitments such as sports practices, work and homework to do. Instead, put all your commitments in first, even schedule in downtime so you’re not trying to study when you’ve mentally clocked off. This way you won’t flag it completely from feeling overwhelmed.

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Work hard doing the right things

It’s a common misconception that exams are a test of memory and the key to doing well is remembering as much as we possibly can. Your examiners don’t want to see how much you can remember, they want to see how well you use what you can remember. They want to see that you can analyze, evaluate and develop ideas. The key to practicing these skills is practice tests. Taking a test doesn’t just measure how much you know, it reinforces your learning and makes it easier to retrieve the same information later. It’s proven that practicing a test can actually be more beneficial than spending that same time revising.

Look after yourself

Your study time is way more effective if you take care of yourself. It’s easy to give up sleep when you need to study, but sleep is more important for staying healthy. It’s the time where your body and mind get a chance to rest and recharge. Sleep actually helps with learning and memory which makes it really valuable. While studying try not to reward yourself with too many sugary or fatty snacks either. It’s a good idea to make sure you drink lots of water and eat well. When things get out of balance and you feel stressed out, it can negatively impact your health.

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School Production: The school production this year soared well above expectations with a show worthy of one you might see at the Civic in Queen St. The time and effort put in by every single actor, backstage hand, teacher and director was admirable and could be clearly seen by how polished the show was. This amazing acting was paired with equally beautiful singing and accomplished playing from our musicians. The show went down well with the local children who came to the matinee sessions, inspiring them to have the courage to perform in their own talent shows and performances.

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Many of whom hope to star in a school show in years to come.

The Sound of

Music

I spoke with a Year 4 girl, Jess, who said, “The acting was amazing and my favourite scene was the one where they got married because it was so cheerful. It also inspired me to go and watch the original film afterwards.” Other students commented on the acting; “Very high standard and well performed play. Was shocked to see such maturity in the student’s acting and presentation of the play. It was presentation of the play. It was very enjoyable to watch.”


One of the student leaders from Matakana School, Eva, commented; “I don’t know how they managed to learn all of those lines. The singing was great.” She then added, “I’d love to be involved in something like that when I am older”. Another student said “I think the best scene from Mahu’s rendition of The Sound Of Music was the wedding scene. Emily Martin did a wonderful job of bringing the scene to life. The lighting and the dress

made it just that much more dramatic. Her entrance through the back doors of the auditorium through the audience made you feel like you were a part of the romance of the scene. It was wonderful. “ The production this year was amazing to watch and definitely a performance all of the members should be very proud of. Words by Leilani Jones

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hocolate hia ranberry ookies

Ingredients: 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate 40g (1/4 cup) chia seeds 170g softened unsalted butter 200g brown sugar 1 large egg 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 100g (3/4 cup) all purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 3 cups old fashioned oats

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Method: Method: 1) Preheat oven to 180°C. 2) Soak cranberries in hot water. 3) In a bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together until slightly smooth and creamy (about 2-3 minutes.) 4) Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until completely incorporated. 5) In a separate bowl, add in all the dry ingredients (except the chocolate) and mix. 6) Mix in the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture, in 3 parts.

7) Once all the mixture is mixed together, fold in the bitter sweet chocolate. Scoop mixture into 3-4cm balls and flat them into about 1cm thick circles (approx. 15-16 cookies.)

9) Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges are gold en brown. 10) Once ready, take out of oven and leave to cool.

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You can substitute the cranberries and chocolate with any nuts of dried fruits of your choice.

You don’t have to soak the cranberries in hot water, however this ensures that the cranberries remain plump and juicy.

You can substitute all purpose flour for any kind you like (gluten free or coconut flour is fine as well.) However, as different flours absorb liquid different, the batter could end up a little too dry or too wet. If it’s too dry just add a little bit of milk, if it’s too wet just add a bit more of your flour.

RECIPIE BY REIKO PHAM

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YOUR YOUR ART ART A COLLECTION OF STUDENT CREATIONS OLIVIA WHITE - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

GRACE OLIVER - LEVEL 2 DESIGN

ANNABELLE McKENZIE - LEVEL 2 PHOTOGRAPHY

KATIE FULLER - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

EMMA NORTH - LEVEL 2 DESIGN

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NASIA McLENNAN - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

OLIVIA WHITE - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

ANNABELLE McKENZIE LEVEL 2 PHOTOGRAPHY

MACKENZIE BUTLER - LEVEL 1 PAINTING

STEPHANIE WALSH - LEVEL 3 PAINTING

CATHERINE THATCHER - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

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CANDICE BREWER - LEVEL 2 DESIGN

LEILANI JONES - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

PIPI ROSS - LEVEL 3 PAINTING NASIA McLENNAN - LEVEL 2 PHOTOGRAPHY

PETER McHALE- LEVEL 2 DESIGN

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KATIE FULLER - LEVEL 2 PAINTING


GRACE OLIVER - LEVEL 2 DESIGN

JULIETTE TWHIGG - LEVEL 2 DESIGN

PIPI ROSS - LEVEL 3 PHOTOGRAPHY

KATIE FULLER - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

LEILANI JONES - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

STEPHANIE WALSH - LEVEL 3 PAINTING

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LEILANI JONES - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

ANNABELLE McKENZIE - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

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CONNOR SIMPSON - LEVEL 3 PHOTOGRAPHY


ANNABELLE McKENZIE - LEVEL 2 PHOTOGRAPHY

NASIA McLANNAN - LEVEL 2 PAINTING

GRACE OLIVER - LEVEL 2 DESIGN

CONNOR SIMPSON LEVEL 3 PHOTOGRAPHY

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AN INTERVIEW WITH POST MAHU - DESIGN STUDENT

CLAUDIA CLAUDIA MUNROE MUNROE BOGA BOGA

WHERE/WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING? Visual Communication Design at Massey in Welly! (Essentially graphic design).

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING TOWARDS AS A CAREER? At the moment I’m wanting to look into incorporating a bit of spatial design into graphic design - how I could create a company logo, then fit out their retail/service space to suit that visual style - I’m big into interior design as well as graphic! But could change for sure, I’m trying to use the next couple of years as a taste test to see the different avenues of the design industry.

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WHAT IS UNI LIFE ACTUALLY LIKE? There is absolutely stress (and nights out!) but for the most part, as long as you go into the year with a willingness to change habits and views, it can stay pretty chill and the work load is very doable - except for hand-in week! The work has been a little bit incomparable to what we learnt in school, I’m using everything I learnt at Mahu but in a totally different context. In my own case, studying graphic design - I used to have a very different design style in high school, to what I am now doing at uni. It’s both because of tutors guidance, and also just being able to spend all of your time on one specific subject, as opposed to spreading your time between 5/6 different ones - like you do at college. There’s a bit more time to think when creating something for class, so everything is a bit more intentional, as opposed to just trying to get the homework done for a grade. I’ve found that uni is also a lot less focused on grades and more on the learning, which is nice! There’s no longer an end game of trying to get good grades for uni applications and


scholarships - it’s just a score to signify how well you understood the brief. In saying this... I go to an arts school so can’t speak for more academic degrees. I think the biggest difference with uni is the independence aspect. It’s very different to high school in the way that if you don’t show up to class, tutors don’t care - it’s your own fault if you don’t want to learn. It’s both completely freeing, but also kind of weird! Wouldn’t recommend not showing up to class though - each course is worth hundreds, so each class is a portion of your money down the drain if you don’t go!

Is it difFfIcult living on a budget? Bit of an adjustment from living at home for sure! I’ve been pretty on top of tracking where my money goes which I totally recommend! Keeps from stressing out when looking at a low bank balance, haha. I guess it’s just about keeping your spending in check and not just buying because you have the money in your account (or because lay-buy is offered lol). I’ve been in a non-catered hall this year so I’ve found that money has had to stop being something I can dedicate towards things I want, and instead it has become dedicated to things I need, like food and rent! Real adult living haha. It’s a change of mindset towards money for sure. Anyone thinking of going to uni, get a REALLY good job over the summer - you need savings! Don’t think it’ll all be fine! Sometimes its not! If you’ve got some back-up funds in savings, you’ll be fine. Also suss your study link loan/allowance as SOON as you can.

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what were your expectations of uni?

what’s it like studying in Wellington?

I expected it to be a bit more intense I think! You hear a lot of stories of being stressed out of your mind, and just going between parties and lectures. (Although I think some people’s uni experiences definitely look a lot like this!) I was also worried that I would be super out of my depth and the courses would be a world away from what we were doing in school.

It’s the perfect student city without being totally geared towards just uni life. Cool bars and gigs, there’s always something happening on the weekend, and heaps of young people. There’s a bit of everything going on and nobody takes life too seriously. Very chill, very cool. I tend to describe it as a small town community with all the amenities of a city. Plus just getting out of a small town and into a city for a bit is so refreshing, plus it means coming home to the beach and the bush is way more special!

WOULD YOU RECCOMEND GOING TO UNIVERSITY?

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For a while I was a bit on the fence as to whether I needed to go to uni, because I’m going into a career that you don’t NEED a degree - unlike medicine or law. None of my family had gone to uni, and my cousin, who is a filmmaker has created a successful career in the creative field without even considering going to uni, just doing it all through internships and putting his work out there. In the end, I (obviously) decided to go, and I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve thought how glad that I did. I totally love it down in Welly and am finding my course super fulfilling, it’s a different kind of learning to what you would learn while working. Instead of learning a company specific way of doing things, you’re able to learn industry standard - then run with it and figure out what you want to do with that to suit any job you’re faced with. It’s definitely not for everyone and it’s a lot of money/energy/time to waste if you’re not sure, so definitely have a hard think. It’s all relative to what you’re into and find interesting. Sometimes it’s like “why am I paying to do more work and stress out about grades” but the experience and learning far outweigh those kinds of questions - in my opinion anyway! Interview by Briar Minson


NEW NEW JAMS! JAMS! THROW BACK JAMS

LATE NIGHT THRASHERS

Evil WomAn - Electric Light Orchestra

Housequake - prince

Rock the casbah - the clash

Miss broadway - belle Epoque

Heart of glass - Blondie

everybody wants to rule the world TEARS FOR FEARS

Faith - George Michael For your love - chilly

We’re not gonna take it - twisted sister

Boogie wonderland - earth, wind & FIRE Therapeutic Glue - THE ORDERS Atlas - battles Fuji - Minuit

20th centURY boy - T. Rex Ramble on - led Zeppelin

Edge of seventeen - Stevie nicks

DOWN TIME

BUS RIDES

In my life - the Beatles

This must be the place talking - heads

Fade into you - Mazzy Star

This Night Has Opened My Eyes - The

Since I left you - the avalanches VoyaGer - daft punk

Knives n cherries - minthaze Friday morning - Khruangbin Northern Sky - Nick Drake

Acrid Avid Jam Shred - APHEX TWIN

Ghostwriter - RjD2 Smiths

Lovely You - Monster Rally

You, My Baby And I - Alex Gopher

Trav’lin’ All Alone - Billie Holiday, Zeb, Nickodemus

The Obvious Child - Paul Simon Erase/Rewind - THE CARDIGANS

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My barred eyes stare into glassy lies a warped reflection like a f u n house carny mirror. A morphed clone assembles these broken bones piecing together alterations re; construct, shape, form the vessel for my skelly friend. Stringed hands follow divine commands of dehumanisation demoralisation, to please my puppeteer. Guided limbs fasten tighter strings around a laced fish hooked mouth wires pulling, forcing; expressions, dances, life onto my skelly friend. My grazed neck suffering painful side effects gnawing at my innards sore throat sword throat. Rusting silver piercing any remaining essence of my vessel swallow my; tongue, pride, blade to make room for my skelly friend. A caked face to cover this disgrace witty commentary is customary

to the circus clown. Balloon frames play tragic games playground eyes amused by my; gimmicks, mime, disguise led by my skelly friend. Skelly friend pleased to pretend constructed this facade; exposed as the circus master. The freak house discontinues it’s exploitationfun-house mirrors smashed. marionette strings cut. wiry hooks removed. rustic silver purged. slashed innards healing. covered face revealed. I have come to realise this vessel was not built to terrorise so away goes my skelly friend. The question remains unknown for without my skelly foe, uncertain of who I am I’ll ask again, who is this clown? By Lexie van Santen

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Imaginations Wanted ~ With three gallery spaces ~ Two sculpture lawns ~ And 21 shows per year ~ The Vivian is unlike any contemporary art gallery in New Zealand ~ Our aim? To connect hearts with minds Art is a funny old thing. We love it when you love it. We even love it when you hate it. But we can’t stand it when you ignore it. That’s because we believe art has the power to connect us as human beings in ways that are compelling, joyful, and transformative. Situated in a purpose-built contemporary art space about an hour north of Auckland, we have 3 acres of landscaped grounds to explore – With events, talks, and performances all year round.

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C AT WA L K An interview with Xarie Manwaring, Designer & Model of piece “The Newest Fashion”

What roles have you had in the Wearable Arts Show this year?

Describe your piece you have created…

I was a model and designer in the Youth category.

Time consuming... It’s a magazine dress with curled pieces of magazine, hand sewed onto a shaped sheet atop of a recycled cardboard base I made. The only thing I bought was the crop top that I used a base for my top. I weaved magazines and I made paper roses.

Have you ever entered in the show before? Yes, the last two years. Three, counting this one.

What have you done in the past years? In the first year, I came seocnd with a newspaper dress. Last year I did a plastic bag ball gown. This year I did a magazine dress coming second again.

What drove you to enter the competition? In the first year my friend Sakura was doing it so myself and our other friend, Nikki, decided to do it together since we love the arts.

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How did you become inspired to design this? I looked at my mums magazines and saw them as ugly and useless promoting things that aren’t achievable. I wanted to make something that made these useless forgotten objects into something new and beautiful.

Did you face any challenges throughout the process? Yes! Time management! I have a horse who takes up a lot of my time, exams coming up and my drivers test that I needed to study for. My room is a mess!


“This was a great experience and I think that so many more people would love to be involved!”

What was your favourite part of the show? Meeting new people. I met a lot of the girls and we all shared our outfit struggles and how we made our outfits. So many lovely people were involved! Interview by Perry Pitcher

Nikki Wood From a Forest of Fantasy

I love the modeling and the showing of my work. But the part I like most is working out how to put it all together, how to make the top work and what else I should add. The stuff that challenges me is the best part.

Mother Nature’s Warrior

What has been the best part about the whole process?

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Sakura Ludolph


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