Monday, September 17, 2018

Steev Laufilitoga Maka of Uvea comes to PES

Steev Laufilitoga Maka from the island of Uvea! Yes he's here to teach us Team 5 the art of dancing Pasifika style! All classes have had the chance to spend 1 and half hour sessions with Steev. Not only have we learned a new type of Pasifika dance but learned many lessons that go with dance. The ability to listen, follow and concentrate have been a need to experience success in these sessions.

Actions and dance are taught in repetitive cycle however never got bored as Steev has a gift for teaching dance - keeping us focused all the way throughout.  While Steev has openly shared that his spoken english is only developing, we understood all he needed us to do and were ready for more. Now that's a great teacher don't you think?! We do!!

 Our health and P.E. focus fits perfectly with these special dance sessions. We have talked a lot about persevering when learning to achieve a goal. We certainly have done this with Steev his wife Ebony and baby Vito. During our most recent session Steev spoke to our whole team about how proud he was of all the students. How also to care for one another as one people. To treat all well as we never know what one may be going through. What a neat lesson for life!  Thank you Steev!  Thank you Sefa for blessing us with this opportunity to learn.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Healthy Warrior Life!

Wow what a great way to spend our Monday afternoon!   The team sent to teach us all about healthy living were awesome!

We had a team of 4 Vodafone Warriors lead us through a very informative session.  The headings of the 3 areas they covered were: Nutrition, Sleep and Hydration.  Three very important parts of our daily life.  If we do a good job looking after what and when we eat, drink and sleep we will be in top shape for our learning and more!

The style of teaching used quick fun quizzes after every short talk on these areas.  Chanting our team names was the way we identified which group would answer first.  'Warriors' and 'Nate is the best' were the two chants.

No doubt Room 3 will swing into gear to tell you more detail about our great afternoon with the Vodafone Warriors here at Pt England School.

Special thanks to Tohu Harris, Nathaniel Roache and...can you name the rest of the team.  Leave their names in the comments section to win a prize!

Thursday, August 9, 2018


Covenant Events - Brings 'INSPIRE TOUR' to Point England!

It was an awesome time for all our year 7 and 8 students.  Learning valuable lessons for life right now and into the future!

Here are some gems from the show:
How can we achieve the goals we set ourselves?  Have you set yourself a goal?  Do it!
ASK - don't be afraid to ask for help.  It's the best thing to do when you're stuck.   People WANT to help you!   BELIEVE IN YOURSELF - having the confidence to give things a go is another key to achieving our goals!

Through play, song and dance Maio and Levi entertained and taught us.  Likely a message we've heard from our own families, teachers and friends.   However it's always good to hear again.  Maybe for some of us we haven't had it said enough.

Our boys had the privilege of spending some up front - close and personal time with these two talented young men.  They got to have some real talk about being Pasifika, Maori and Kiwi boys who CAN achieve what they want to.

Thank you  Covenant Events - Levi and Maio for this wonderful experience.   No doubt other Manaiakalani schools will be keen to have you visit them too!

Malo lava le faasoa ma taumafai auā fanau a le Pasifika ma Aotearoa.

Monday, July 2, 2018

DMIC - a new way in maths!

 WALT: Work collaboratively to solve word problems

My group and I were learning about decimals, in my group was : Ana, Myztique, Bryana, Uasi, and of course myself. We had to read the word problem and solve it Keep on reading to find out more!!

For the first question was 4.26 + 7.54 + 3.90 = 15.7, the first thing we did was

 4.26 + 7.54 = 11.8 
then 11.8 + 3.90 = 15.7 so the answer is 15.7

The second question was 30.77 + 94.65 = 125.32 

         so the answer is 125.32
Next is the third question which was
9639.66 + 2332.55 - 1780.30 = 10191.91, First we added 9639.66 + 2332.55 = 11872.31 then we minus 11972.31 - 780.40 = 10191.91

Thanks for reading my blog post about decimals. Hope you enjoyed learning with me.

Written by Anna of Room 3
Visit Anna's blog here for more!

Monday, May 21, 2018

The thrill and pain of paint ball!

Please visit Simon's blog for more great writing!
As I was sitting down getting ready to know what our first activity was, I was wishing it wouldn't be paintballing. But today my luck was bad, as they read out my groups first activity I heard “PAINTBALLING” I was nervous and scared because I have never done paintballing in my life and the stories I have heard about paintballing are not good.

As my group lined up to go paintballing, I quickly ran to my cabin and got my big puffy jacket . As we were walking towards the battle area, I saw popped paintballs everywhere. I could also see mud, tires and  Slingshots.

We had 4 matches our first match was a team match. There was 2 teams with 4 people in each team. My team ran to the left side of the battle area getting ready to start the match. We heard our instructor Prince say “ 3 2 1 GO” First me and my team made a plan our plan was for 1 person to go to the left and one person go to the right. Me and my friend went down the middle. If you didn't know the middle is the worst place be right now.

My hand was shaking as I had the slingshot in my hand. I was scared that I will get shot first. But as I ran and dodged heps of paintballs I thought I will never be shot. But I thought wrong, I got shot in the leg and it felt like I just got stung by a bee. I had to get off the battlefield and stand with Prince or Instructor.

Round 2
Or next game for paintballing was capture the flag. Me and my group went back to the left side and waited for Prince to do the countdown.
The countdown was said and my team did the same strategy. As the other team grabbed the flag first We chased them But we could not catch them.

Round 3
This time it was a free for all. Free for all is when you can go for anyone. But Still people teamed up. My trick was to tell people i am in there team and then shoot them in the back. There was only 2 people left I ran up behind and shot them so I became the winner.

Last round
This was probably the scariest one. It is called the hail mary run. This round 1 or 2 people had to run straight while the others get a free shot on them. I was picked to do the run. I waited at one side on the field and then ran. I got hit about 3 times but I didn't really hurt thanks to my big jacket.

So that was my experience of paintballing maybe if you do paintballing one day you might  have the same experience as me.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Fiafia night - our time to shine!

Samoa, year 8 student of Room 3 shares about her highlights of our Fiafia night!

 On the 12th of April we had our annual FiaFia night. The weather wasn't too great, but we still had an amazing turn out from our students and whanau's. although the weather wasn't too great, we still had an amazing evening! As a MC for the evening along with Tevita, Noah and shenna, I was so proud of how confident and talented they were. Every student that performed looked so beautiful.                                                                                                                                                                    

This year will be last year attending Pt England School. And I am so glad that I could be a part of the fiafia for 2018! I was so proud to be a part of the Tongan Girls Group. Being in the Tongan girls group and leading the way, is a lot of work, but it all paid off, because our girls went out there and performed there hardiest. Out of every group that performed the Tongan girls had the largest group!

Please visit Samoa's blog to read more from her!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Visual Mihi - all about Tevita!

 This is my 2018 visual mihi, in the top left corner it shows that sport is a part of my life and I really enjoy playing sports and just having fun, also always finding a new team new brother hood to join.
In my right corner is the bible and a verse from Pslam, that shows that I am a child of god and will always worship him. In the bottom left corner is the shield of The Kingdom Of Tonga, I am a proud MMT (Mate Ma'a Tonga) representative. last of all in my bottom right corner is my family's last name showing that Family is first, hope you like also leave a good comment :))  Visit Tevita's blog here to see more from him.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Blog of the month! Money matters by Mitchell Room 3

saving money - mitchell

Hey you! Are you looking for some ways to save money? Do you spend too much money on things you don’t need? Do you need more money for more important stuff? Well here is a solution I think will end all your problems. 

Here are some optional ways you could save money. Firstly you should start putting money aside. If you earn pocket money from your parents daily instead put it in a money box that you can’t touch or maybe only spend around 3 - 4 dollars. Here’s a challenge : If you want to you can put away every 5 dollar note you find or receive and spend all of it at the end of the year. Also it is good to save for the future in-case of an emergency. You could even hide a 10 dollar note in a book for an emergency when you run out. This will help you to save more money and also think better for what could happen if you run out during a hard time.

Another idea includes to stop buying things you don’t need. For Example : instead of buying chocolate bars, bubblegum packs , bags of potato chips after school, save it for something more useful like school stationary or even to reward yourself at the end of the year buy something you like or have been wanting for so long.  Purchasing items you need will prevent you from buying things you don’t need in the future. For Example when you become a adult and you really want this new phone everyone else is getting, instead pay your rent and save for it later. I do think this will help you to realize what’s more important in life. 

Finally the last way to save money is to shop smart. If you go shopping at the mall and you want to buy some shoes from a store you could look at the discounts they currently offer in the store. Maybe they would have a discount with some items - $150 black chucks with a 20% off discount. Or to shop even smarter if you have time, I would recommend to go to every store in the mall and compare the prices of the exact item. I do think that this will save money. Even if it’s by 1 dollar. If you are buying a chocolate milkshake for $5.50 maybe the ice cream shop a few steps away offers to sell it for $4.00 

Now that you have read some ways you could save money you could use these tips next time you go shopping. Remember think shop and save smart. It could save you a couple of dollars in the future. 

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M
Please visit Mitchell's blog of more fantastic writing!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Welcome to 2018 - new Room 3 and new teacher Mrs Siō!

The lovely Mrs Siō

What a great way to kick of the new year in assembly this week! Great to catch up with all our friends and teachers who are truly like family! A very special welcome to Mrs Siō who looks after Room 3 this year. Mrs Tele'a is away on maternity leave with her gorgeous new baby!

We are looking forward to the term! Time to meet our new year 7 students, teachers here and at Tamaki College for tech. We even have Fiafia later in the term.

Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the year!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Extension projects - technology in action!

A good number of Room 3 are also in our school year 7 and 8 extension group.  This is our group of gifted and talented students.   They were fortunate to have experts to teach them how to code through using programmes such as scratch.  Here they are sharing their games as well as inviting their peers to play.   Check it out!

Y7&8 Extn projects Term 3 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nekflix - Manaiakalani Film Festival #10

You sit down to watch telly, maybe Netflix and you can't decide what to watch. You end having an hour skipping around channels, a smorgasboard of some tasty and maybe not so morsels of film. Room 3 were similar in not being able to settle on just one film, instead created a film that combined 3 ideas. We've called our film - NeKflix! See if you can piece together the three different storylines. This is one of two movies Room 3 have planned and produced to celebrate 10 years of the Manaiakalani Film Festival.

We hope that you enjoyed your time at the cinemas celebrating and now are ready to watch again - or maybe for the first time our movie 'Ask your Aunty'. Be sure to leave us some feedback and your footprint so we can share the love right back with you!

 Manuia le 10 tausaga o le Manaiakalani Film Festival!

Ask Your Aunty! Manaiakalani Film Festival #10

 Got a problem you cannot solve? Want the answer to love and life? Ask your Aunty. It's a fun spin on some questions we have as youth and some typical answers we often receive.

This is one of two movies Room 3 have planned and produced to celebrate 10 years of the Manaiakalani Film Festival.

We hope that you enjoyed your time at the cinemas celebrating and now are ready to watch again - or maybe for the first time our movie 'Ask your Aunty'. Be sure to leave us some feedback and your footprint so we can share the love right back with you!

 Manuia le 10 tausaga o le Manaiakalani Film Festival!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Welcome back to Term 4 - Musical Madness!!

Oh we were treated to many delights during our immersion assembly.   Our Senior Management team were the opening act as our live band - song composed by our very own principal Mr Burt!
Team after team - all was sooooo good!   Please view the video embedded here to get a feel for the joy we had this very morning.    Immersion assemblies rock@PES!!

17 10 17 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Flounders made us do it!!

Read this post from Noah in year 7.  I love the way he writes 'Flounders made us walk...'

Flounders made us walk down to Riverside Ave; Today were catching flounders not to eat but to farm! Where are floundering in partnership with Kauri Flats school who are also catching flounder.

Pt england walked down to Riki road to catch some flounder, we sang 3 Himene (Hymn) and said a Karakia (Prayer) Mr Burt also said another prayer for safe journey and a good day. Cant wait to see the flounder grow and get bigger.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Farming Flounder with Kauri Flats School

 Have you heard of farming flounder?  Well for a lot of us in Room 3 this is something very new.  We are delighted to share that we are in partnership with Kauri Flats school to farm flounder.

This morning our entire school headed to our Tamaki riverside to support our school flounder team.  We said karakia and sang himene as part of this support. We have never done this before as a school so as you can imagine it was very special time. We have just met the team who have returned and according to one student we have caught more than 20 baby flounder. They are so tiny they look to be about 2 - 3cm in length. They will be placed in our special flounder tank where they will cared for as they grow. Congratulations to the the flounder project team. We look forward to seeing what happens next with this project.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What do you wonder about space? Talita animation

This week's class post comes to us from Talita. She's posed a very interesting question for astronauts. Watch Talita's animation to find out more! (Blog link for more from Talita)
WALT: Animate our answers.

Every term, we have to make an animation. This term we made our animation animate our answers to a question. This question had to say 'I wonder' in the beginning of the question.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani.'

PES Cook Island Language Week Item highlights 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.
This year's theme is`Ei rāvenga nāku i te tuatua i tōku reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani ka anoano au i te turuturu ā tōku ngutu`are tangata `ē te matakeinanga. An encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani.'
Kia Orana from the students of Pt England School. The week past we had the opportunity to practice using the Cook Island language! In team 5 we sang himene in the Cook Island language as well as practicing some other basic phrases to start us off everyday!

 We are so very proud of our year 7 & 8 students who took the lead in preparing this beautiful range of items. They gave up every lunch time to practice together for our Friday school assembly. A huge thank you to Mrs Lagitupu and Roimata's mum Puna who helped week long.  You are awesome!

Watch and find out for yourself how proud our students are of the Cook Island culture and language. Meitaki Maata tamariki!

Friday, August 4, 2017

'I wonder...'

This term we started with some 'I wonder' questions. This is where students get to simply 'wonder' about anything to do with our school focus. This term's it's a science focus on space. The following is a slide deck produced by two boys in Room 3. Noah and Christian. Have a look through at their questions and then answers they found out by researching. Well done boys!
 hi my name is...Noah my animation is about what is the moon made our of????

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Student blog post of the week! Cameo - coding Scratch game

Have you ever created a game using code? Well if you have you should be excited
Task: For the past 10 weeks my partner, Seini and I were assigned to create a game on scratch using our knowledge from last terms experience. The theme was based on space. We needed to include space facts that we read off sites and set challenges for the main sprite in our game.

Starting our Game
Getting started was not a problem but moving on to the next levels was quite tricky. We had to broadcast our sprite on to another backdrop and add a code to the backdrop to receive the broadcast so it would switch backgrounds. If that second step wasn't included than the background would stay the same which was frustrating at times.

Problem Solving
Our second level had the most issues, when trying to get our sprite (spaceship) to shoot at the enemies. Luckily, we had the internet! Tutorials were really useful when we had no help from Zoe. We were eager to learn and extend our knowledge of coding especially if we didn't have an experienced coding adult in the room who worked at O.M.G Tech to help us with it.

Highlight Levels
Level three and four were our easiest levels to work on. The third level had 15 martians attacking and one bullet point where you had to get to; to receive your bit of space information. Our fourth and last level, showed the earth orbiting the sun and had some obstacles around it to block the sprites way from reaching earth.

Unfortunately, my partner and I were terrible at communicating. We also weren't the best group at managing our time as well as w could have. Our game could have been better and more complex if we had done so. So these are one of the main things we need to work on for next time. Overall though putting beside our communication Seini and I created an amazing game and I especially thank her for that.

 Go here to read more from Cameo who is in Room 3 as well as our school extension class.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Technology Expo Time!

Angelo shares here about our 'Technology Expo'. It's been a creative term with students designing projects with the aim to make school even better!
Go here to read more from Angelo.

After ten weeks of hard work we finally got to show off our amazing project. Our project emoji pencil holders it took us ten weeks to build them and today teams 2 and 3 came in to see our projects. Our group got 14 people who said they liked it and 6 people said they didn't like it. We had to present and show off how good our pencil holders were.

The next day we had to. Present our projects teams 4 and 3. I think They really liked it because they had really big smiles on their faces and lots of positive question. Most of the groups that came liked the silly emoji. My favorite one was the angry one.

Next is team one the little kids most of them are shy. With team one me and my team member hosea are gonna have a battle who pencil holder get the most likes. Hosea's one has cluedo and a angry face, My one has a devil and a love heart emoji face. The result turn out out to be me with 18 likes and hosea winning 23.

We got lots of advice on how to paint and ideas how to inprove th pencil holders. At the end the end of the our project had  tons of good results and we got a list of names who liked project.