Thursday, May 28, 2020

Vaiaso o le gagana Samoa. Pese ma viiga!

"Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga" - Prepare yourself a gift for your travels. 

It is tradition for Samoan people when travelling to have organised a gift to take to families who await them.  If travelling from Samoa a boxed umu was a typical 'oso' to bring.  When travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, money, canned food, clothing and any household items are greatly appreciated by those awaiting your arrival.   Don't be surprised that when you return to NZ with only a umu box and an empty suitcase.  Samoan people are very resourceful and will make good use of practically everything you arrive with!

The gift we have today for you is that of our children singing two hymns they requested to learn and share this week.   Our guitarist John is of Tongan descent who started this whole process of learning, practising and today sharing these hymns.   What a gift to share John!

This gift will be used during the  year as our students lead karakia, mihi and himene to start each school day.

Malo lava to all students, faamalo atu foi'i iā  Mr Wright (guitar and singing coach), John lead guitarist, Kitione, John L, Valeli, Pisirina and Lepisi.  Malo lava le faasoa, malo lava le taumafai ina ia iloa e isi o le fanau ia pese tāua o le tatou atunuu.

"Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga" - Prepare yourself a gift for your travels. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Taha Challenge no.1 - Tahi.

Kia Ora tamariki and whanau!
Here's my Taha Challenge - completing 10 press ups to help me build up Taha Tinana of my Whare Tapawhā!
I was keen to give this a go because I needed to AND in the hope that it will encourage others in Team 5 to build up their Taha Tinana too!  Let's go Team 5 students and teachers - the Taha challenge is on!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Student post of the week: Day One - how's it going by Jahzara

Congratulations to Jahzara of Room 3!  This weeks blog post of the week for Room 3!
Please visit her blog here to read more of her writing.   Malo aupito Jahzara!

I started my morning with a light breakfast and waited for time to pass by, 8:30 hit and I read our daily timetable. I said the school karakia and sang a little hymn. Then got straight into work. I had a little look at our reading work and waited for 9:00am to pass so I could request to join the hangout with Miss Tapuke. Finally I was able to join! Miss Tapuke explained our what our tasks were for the week. She then gave us time to ask our questions. After that we all said our goodbye's and set off to work. I read our group story again so I could have a better understanding of the story. Our story was called 'Moriori: A Story Of Survival.

I answered a few of the questions and well it was time to watch PENN. But because I was at home and no one was at school, there was no PENN. So I decided to watch something off our school Archives. I then had a little snack for morning tea and had a little break then did the bingo sheet Mrs Tele'a handed us. Later on I did some of my maths work. Had a flick through the presentation and answered a few of the questions. 12:20pm came around and it was time to call Mrs Stone about our maths work.

She explained our tasks just like Miss Tapuke did! We did a small workshop with each other, answering a few of the questions together and showing each other strategies of solving them. The call with Mrs stone and room 11 maths class was a bit Tragic. It was really noisy! But it was still a lot of fun :) Mrs stone then removed us from the call and again, we did our work.

It was then lunch time! I had a pie! It was amazing :) I had a little play outside on our trampoline and also played around with my younger sister Eva. 2:00 hit and it was the end of my lunch break :) It was time to do some home class learning. Usually we do FIOP (finish it off properly), Blog commenting or our inquiry work which is Te Whare Tapa Wha. So I decided to do FIOP. I eventually got to finish some work off and finally it was 3:00pm which means school was officially over!

I had an amazing day, I'm still not used to learning at home but I'll have to get used to it eventually.

Stay safe everybody and hope you had an amazing day! God bless you all xox

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Day 1: Distance Learning

Talofa lava to our teachers!    We farewelled our children yesterday afternoon hastily due to the late but important announcement that we were moving very quickly into level 3 then 4 mode to stop Covid-19 from spreading.

During our final korero, I shared with the children that they were heading home no for a normal holiday but rather to go home AND actually STAY in their homes.  The idea of hanging out with neighbours...picking up a mate to go bike riding, hang at the beach, for a feed of fish'n chips etc was not going to happen.  The Prime Minister has instructed us 4 weeks of isolation in our whare's!

We had prepared our children with a few changes made to our team learning site which followed the Kawa of care for the learner from Manaiakalani of 'Limiting the Links'.   So all connections for students were from our front page to their ONE page that hosted daily/weekly learning.

I'm stoked to share here that while some children did not attend the days we shared this new set up - they got online still - Day 1 of distance learning and got to the 2 hangouts - meets we set up across our team of 6 classes.

I must say seeing them pop up to join meet and then hearing student voices across the block of classes was a choice moment!   So good!   A style of learning children are accustomed to BUT this time no teacher body with to them - instead live on screen woo hoo!
Here's a screen capture of one google meet we - for maths.   Had 8 at this very moment on live.  Our team focus for these early days to simply connect with our learners, check in that they're doing ok, chat about how they were coping with the change AND then a bit of maths and literacy.  I know it'll shift into more academic content soon but priority right now is support our children with this sudden shift in life.  I'm pretty proud of our children, whanau and teachers right now!

DFI - cohort 1 of Auckland, I got to put into practice our learning around google meets, even turned the captions on AND fortunately had Dorothy Burt walk through to give me 1-1 guidance on some things I needed at that very moment!   Yes - bit mā...things Dorothy and Gerard had already told us lol - hand on face emoji right here eek!

Hows that??  3 weeks of DFI then immediately into distance learning putting into practice what we've just learned - phewww!

Looking forward to connecting with my learners today.  9am with our literacy groups then 12.30pm with our maths groups.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Kia mau tonu te tūmanako (Never lose HOPE)

Nau mai haere mai ki 2020!   A very warm welcome to our tamariki and all their whanau to the kick off of 2020!   Kia pai te kotahi!  It's better together has been a tag line for us to support our children in the past years.  We continue to practice this with the addition of our new value for 2020.

This is 'Kia mau tonu te tūmanako - never lose hope'.

We look forward to 2020 in Team 5 and especially in Room 3.  We will set goals and work together step by step to achieve them.  Where there will be challenges in our learning or our paths...we are going to learn to never lose hope and try out different ways of pushing through and achieving!

Visit our page often to find out what Team 3 gets up this year. 

Ia manuia lava le tatou alo atu e galuega ae maise a'oa'oga o le fanau.

Le Atua i lo tatou Va.

Mrs Andrea Bakulich Tele'a & Whaea Kelly Tipene

Friday, February 8, 2019

Welcome Room 3 of 2019!

Kia Ora te whanau!  Nau mai haere mai.  Afio mai - aere mai!  Welcome to Room 3 of 2019.
We've just about to end what has been a great start to 2019.   Our team is bigger than last year,  we have around 30-31 students in each of our 5 classes.  A big class means a lot of really neat sharing opportunities about our individual families.

Why our families?  Well this term we are looking at this question 'Ko wai au' to start with.  'Who am I?'  This has had Room 3 talking all about ourselves - our names, our whanau and the places we are connected to.

Please visit our blogs this term and find out for yourselves about the amazing people and places we are connected to.   From us to you - have a super 2019!

Kia Manuia!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Teacher Talk Room 3 Manaiakalani Film Festival

We hear our teachers talk to us everyday! Here's some teacher saying that the students of Room 3. They also have some messages for the teachers too! Teacher Talk by Room 3. Learn: what I say has impact Create: make a video showing your great ideas of what you could say as a teacher and/or learner Share: post it on your blog - share and show off your great movie to share you ideas!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Shrinkage - what's this about?

This is my Shrinkage poster and this is to the people that has been stealing. Its not fair that you go around stealing other peoples stuff. Go here to read more from Petesa.

Monday, October 22, 2018

The ART in Samoa's Traditional Tattoo

This term has kicked off with our students being exposed to 5 different types of art and artist.   Room 3 have had the privilege of studying the traditional tattoos of Samoa.  Specifically the 'Tatau' or 'Pe'a' for men and the 'Malu' for women.

Discussions around how these were viewed in the past compared to today took some interesting turns! We even got to chat about Roman Reigns and how he calls his tattoos 'tribal'.   Roman Reigns talked about the difference of the pe'a compared to the sleeves that many men wear proudly. 

A general understanding we had is that tattoo in it's many forms mean a whole range of different things for the people who have them.  Here are some reasons we came up with as to why people have tattoos.  The pe'a and malu are dawned today by people who want to serve their community.  The tattoo being a daily reminder for themselves of this.  Again this reason may only held by some not all.

1. Cultural background and connections
2. Family and ancestral connections
3. Cosmetic: it looks good!  Makes me look tough!  Intimidate.   To remember a special event or person
4. To promote a certain status a person has in their community

In our second round of rotations we are trying to re-create the different types of art ourselves.  This picture here shows Room 3 focusing on one part of the tatau or malu to draw.   One of the neat things we've learned is that the Samoan traditional tattoos are made up patterns that use only straight lines.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Immersion assemblies - why have them? Chastyti of Room 3 explains.

WALT: Review the parts of 'Explanation Writing'

It’s the start of the term and it’s time to find out what our study will be.  As usual our teacher’s are playing things down, keep things under wrap so we won’t know until our immersion assembly.   Immersion assemblies are the Pt England Way!   Let me explain to you in the next 3 paragraphs why we love having immersion assemblies.

( Thanks for the Paragraph MRS TELEA) 

Immersion Assembly at Pt England School, means showing and explaining what and why each team has pick what they are going to learn this term. Each team of teachers will have a turn showing and explain what they are going to do this term. As each team acts out there item it gets my mind hooked into this terms topic, which is ‘ Te Wā Toi’. 

Another reason why I like Immersion Assemblies is, because the excitement doesn’t just stay in one little spot it spreads around to all the student learners. So as each team of teacher act and show what they are doing for the term, everyone gets excited and is ready to start the term off strong.  

The next reason why Pt England students love Immersion Assemblies is that, we all get to see capture ideas of what each team is doing including our own team. As each team performs everyone it really hooked in and listening really well so they can get a head start on what there doing this term. 

So there you have it. The 4 reasons as to why we love having immersion assemblies to kick off every term of learning at Pt England School.  Maybe you could use this explanation to help you set up something similar in your learning community.    

Task Description: For this task we had to write and explanation about our Immersion Assemblies that we have at our school. Mrs Telea also said that it is good for us, because next week we will be doing a explanation for our writing test. 

Go here to read more from Chastyti.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Move your body reflection by Sheena

What have you accomplished this week? It was finally time to show our siva samoa to Team 5. Me and my group managed to accomplish memorizing the dance of by heart.

What did you find challenging? Me and the girls (Daliz and Jayde) found it really challenging teaching the boys the dance because they would always laugh and play around which didn’t help because when we danced the boys didn’t know what to do.

What has helped you to overcome these challenges? Just a few minutes before we had to go into the hall the boys finally got it together and we managed to help them memorize some moves.

What did you enjoy about the performances? I really enjoyed watching the seven group from each class performing but Room 4 only had two group but either then that I had a great time watching and performing and I hope Team 5 does it again.

Go here to read more from Sheena.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

My mother. A poem written by Trinity Room 3

My Mother gave me comfort
And feed me everyday
They say be grateful you have mother
Cause mine was never there
My nana never seemed that bad
And neither did my Papa
But I never really knew them well
Not as good as my mother
Go here to read more from Trinity in Room 3.

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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What does maths look sound and look like in 'Developing Mathematical Inquiring Communities'?

This week we are learning to ask questions to help my understanding and others maths thinking. My class got spilt into two groups, and one group was in the ground, while the other group was doing rotations. We got given this equation, and we had to find out what A and B is, and how we came up with that question. The next page shows how my group worked out one of the questions. Please visit Samoa's blog to read more from her!

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 30, 2018

Benefits of the Brain by Mitchell Room 3

Hey Bloggers! Here is my Benefits of Exercise On The Brain presentation slides I have finished creating! It includes benefits of exercise and readings of articles that have similar meanings to it! Enjoy!

Thanks For Reading!
By Mitchell.M
30/07/18 Please go here to read more from Mitchell - one of our school's most avid bloggers!

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!