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Why education about plastic vs paper use is important for understanding how they impact our environment

The environment is the natural world and how it is affected by human activity. Environmental education, studies human interaction with the environment and the goal is to have a world population that is aware of environmental problems. 
Most people don't know about environmental problems, by not knowing, we aren't aware of what damage we could be inflicting on the environment everyday that could be simply avoided. People with university degrees are 25% more likely to adopt pro-environmental behaviours than people with no education qualifications.
Who has heard about the potential plastic bag ban? Most people agree with it because of all they’ve heard about how bad plastic is. However people are blinding following what others are saying without actually knowing anything about the topic.
The alternatives for plastic bags are actually worse for the environment. Single-use plastic bags overall have the lowest carbon footprint compared to the alternatives. Majority of the greenhous…

Year 12 Health Expo

The school hall was a flurry of activity at the Year 12 Health Expo, May 21-25. Students flocked to view the information stalls and collect some free treats at the same time. There were stands raising awareness about healthy eating, self-confidence, body image, bullying, drink driving and anxiety/stress in the community. At some stalls you could collect pamphlets, recipe booklets and stickers, other stands asked you to complete surveys and get healthy snacks in return.
Most of the stands offered some form of food or drink. Herbal teas at the stress awareness stalls, mocktails at drink driving, a selection of healthy snacks from healthy eating, and a stress-anxiety stand serving out Tom&Luke snack balls. These products were donated by companies including Netsafe, Youthline, YMCA and more. It surprised me to see that for every apple, there was an equal amount of candy. I personally wouldn’t consider Fruit Burst to be healthy and certainly didn’t expect them to appear at a health expo…

Thoughts

Thoughts 
You can’t just stop and make yourself think, rather it’s more your thoughts that stop you and shake you awake until you can’t go back to sleep because your head is in the middle of a vortex and you can’t predict where it’ll be sput out. We need to give our thoughts space to drive safely, otherwise they’ll come crashing out in an overwhelming labyrinth of congested inferences and suppressed emotions. When was the last time you did something with no purpose but to let your imagination go wild? When was the last time you did something that made you feel alive, refreshed, and never want to stop? We all need that for the sake of our sanity.  We are most of us young individuals with most of our lives yet to be figured out, still trying to ‘discover’ ourselves. How can we do that when we don’t give ourselves the space and opportunities to be ‘discovered’? Time to think and meditate on our experiences, goals, and the things that matter to us the most is what will keep us going when we’…

Mute

All around me is quiet,
I desperately try to search for a sound, vibration or anything… but there’s nothing
6210 days- 6210 days I haven’t heard a sound
My whole life practically- actually no- my whole life completely- has been like this
I wasn’t blessed with the ability to hear, so why was I blessed with the ability to see
Seeing peoples mouths moving, but not being able to put the words together-it infuriates me
I open my mouth to try to communicate, but all that comes out is a cry of helplessness
People eye me like a magnet wherever I go
Their eyes say it, I may not be able to hear but I certainly can see
Their eyes are full of confusion, awkwardness and worst of all… pity
Imagine never being able to hear how your own mother and father sound like
Imagine how frustrating it is to have to constantly stare at the small tool bar in the trains to know when to get off
Imagine how useless I feel knowing I will never survive on my own
And those are only a small portion of hardships that co…

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

Are you a keen writer? Are you interested in current issues? Do you want to convey a message globally?
If you answered yes to all of the above, then The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is for you!
This competition is open to anyone in the Commonwealth, aged 18 or under. It started 135 years ago, and has been giving our youth the chance to express themselves and their opinions in the form of writing. The Royal Commonwealth Society runs it with the ambition to change the lives of citizens in the Commonwealth. They hope to promote youth empowerment, education, and advocacy. 
Each year, four winners win a trip to London to take part in a ‘Winners’ Week’ programme of activities, including an Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace! Other prizes in the past have been signed books and gold pens. Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificates are awarded to excellent entries, but every child who enters the Competition receives a ‘Certificate of Participation’. Schools receive a Certificate too.
Here are t…

Love, Simon

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Love, Simon if briefly stated is about a 17 year old boy, Simon Spier who is gay, but has not told anyone. Throughout the movie, the audience gets to see how Simon feels about everyone not knowing his true identity. As an audience, we also get to see the extent he will go to to have his secret remain silent. This is because Simon doesn't want people to see him in a different way and doesn't know how his family will react. "I've been thinking about why I haven't come out yet. Maybe part of me wants to hold onto who've I've always been, just a little longer." At his high school in Atlanta, Georgia there is a blog that the students read where people confess secrets. A person under the name 'Blue' confessed to being gay and his whole high school tries to track him down. Seeing Blues confession, Simon decides to reach out to him via email after creating another email account to talk about the struggle of keeping his identity a secret with someone …

Going behind the scenes with Mr Murdoch

On the 8th of march, myself, Jessika and Grace, went behind the scenes and met with one of our new deputy principals Mr Murdoch to learn a bit about him. We asked him a few questions and were surprised about some of the answers, Enjoy.

Mr Murdoch speaks highly of the important quality of leadership, he himself loves being a leader. When asked what he likes most about being a leader he says he loves the moments of connection he gets to experience through this. He talks of the moments you are talking with someone and you realise that being been on journey with them, you have shared knowledge and together you have really connected over an incredible experience.

When we asked mr Murdoch about what he can bring to the school, he told us that  he believes that he can bring lots of enthusiasm to our school as it is one of his biggest values. He also hopes that he can help develop our school traditions in any way as he thinks that MAGS is already such a great place.  

Next, we asked Mr Murdoch a…

Book Recommendations

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By Roni and Juli

Noblesse (Webtoon*)
Author - Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee
Reader's thoughts: This is definitely a nice comic you could read if you have time and is not rushed because it is quite long. It is a webtoon* and I highly recommend it to vampire and werewolf lovers. People who enjoy action, fantasy and a little bit of comedy would love this.

Orange Marmalade (Webtoon*)
Author - Seokwoo
Reader's thoughts: One of those comics that pull on the heartstrings - the story is quite well paced. It has romance.

Lorien Legacies (series)
Author - Pittacus Lore
Reader's thoughts: It is a series consisting of seven books. It is an action-and-fantasy-packed story.

Cirque du freak (series)
Author - Darren Shan
Reader's thoughts: This vampire series is more of a dark fantasy story. It follows the adventure of Darren and it's a hell of a ride to the end. The story itself is very well written and thought out.

The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix
Author - Kate Saunders
Reader's t…

Futsal Achievements

The MAGS Futsal teams have recently come back from Wellington to compete in Futsal Nationals, and achieved 3rd in their grade!

Nicole Muir was one of the players in the Junior Girls futsal Team, and I managed to ask her some questions.

WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TOURNAMENT?
I would say it was winning 14-0 against New Plymouth in our first game.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO FUTSAL?
I have played football in the past, and it was an easy transition to futsal.

WHAT WAS ONE THING YOU REGRET AT THE TOURNAMENT?
Losing 4-1 to Marist

WHAT DID YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR THE TOURNAMENT?
I had to do vigorous fitness training some mornings, and we had regular futsal training.

WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT THE EVENT?
We had creamy pasta every night at a cafe that was a five to ten minute walk from our hotel. Another interesting thing was that we had to walk to the event stadium every morning.

WHAT WAS YOUR OVERALL OPINION OF THE EVENT?
It was a fun tournament, with plenty of competition. We played 6 ga…

Auckland Model United Nation

Interviewee: Fatima Imran: Year 13 student at MAGS

What is the Model United Nations event about? The Model United Nation is an event which is designed to get the youth to understand real world issues and to find ways to solve them. People sign up and get chosen by the board. The board then allocates each delegate to countries and provides committees which the delegate should prepare for. We get given two countries; one which we present for the first committee and the second country to represent in the plenary round. I was given Philippines and the committee which I part took in was Gun Violence and Terrorism. I was the delegate of Philippines and

A spoken Word - Technology

Technology

Tap, tap, swipe swipe, that’s all you’re gonna do, now the new apple’s ripe. They’re falling by the billion, filling up our homes, and you people have never been so obsessed with fruit. These devices are bubbles, bubbles, bubbles…...they won’t pop. They take you wherever, no matter the weather, because you’re together, and love on forever. Just pop. They strangle your brain much to the disdain of the one who bought your apple, with the love they saved up and is now down the drain. Please pop. Now just say your vows, because you hold this apple like you used to hold your wife or child - With passion. Love. Care. And gentleness. But if it pops... We will be alienated. Torn. Separated from the life we once knew. Everything is gone. Gone has departed, and departed is our personality.
Once you plug in - there’s no plugging out.

By Ella Vuetilovoni