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!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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



Intro:
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.

Conclusion
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.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Blog post of the week! Mystique shares about her IKAN test

Today my group Tapawha got to see our results on our  test. The thing that was different about our Ikan test was that we could go over our test twice if we needed extra time to do the answers again for the questions.   Another difference was that we used our own Chromebooks with our own headphones.  After the first test we got to sit the test again because some of the people in Tapawha had missed out some and thought that it would be good if we done our Ikan test again.

When we started the test I felt nervous and kind of relaxed at the same time, I also felt pressure coming in. When I was half way through the test I started feel pretty positive about my self and I thought I did alright on the first test and did better listening to it a  second time.









The next day ( which is today ) we marked our test. The different thing about marking our test was that we got to circle the ones that we got wrong but was a silly mistake because you knew the answer.   I was thinking of another question and forgot to answer the previous question then I ended up  missing it out.
Before our  teacher didn't let us do this but now she has told us that we could mark it circling the silly mistake we made.  This means I could also count this as question correct!
 After looking at my own results - my data, I still need to improve in place value. My grades on the test this time are better than the last time we did our test.   I still find  place value on the tests a little hard.  I will work on this!



Go here to read more from Myztique.  Well done Myztique on sharing your learning!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Year 8 Leadership Camp - Kauaeranga Valley Camp

Y8 Leadership 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.
Here's some pics we captured while away on our leadership camp this year! Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th May. Our group was slightly smaller this time around but still jam packed with a lot of fun and learning opportunities! We had a range of workshops where our students had to step and out as leaders and active team members.

 Key phrases like 'Build up, positive self talk, service to leadership 'O le ala i le pule o le tautua', show support and we kept a focus on. Why do we have camp? Naturally as year 8 students there is an expectation that students will step up and lead. This camp is support our students to do this. You'll all agree the act of leadership and even teamwork is not something all people do naturally, many of us need to shown and taught this! So camp is where we get to do this together without any distractions! The building of self confidence to stand, speak and participate was developed during camp. We took part in - leading groups around rotations, taking charge in team challenges, showing 'kaha' when we needed to be brave. Being the hosts even during our meal times was a job all teams carried out which included prayers in all our various languages, songs and chants that always made meal time so enjoyable!

 We have video that we are currently editing so you can see for yourself what we've shared here. A big shout out to all the year 8 students, their whanau, teachers for the great support you gave. We are very thankful! Fa'afetai tele lava. Andrea Tele'a

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Te Taiao O Tamaki

Term 1 saw our cluster come together throughout the term through our shared focus on 'Te Taiao o Tamaki'. Our place - our space - our environment. This went hand in hand with our year's value of responsibility. Our Pt England way of expressing this is using te reo, 'Kaitiakitanga i nga wa katoa', Guardians of our all things.

 Our students typically in term 1 focus on belonging to Pt England. This time around it was this focus with the addition of looking up and across further than our school gates to the rest of Tamaki. Participating in our 'River talks' production right here at Omaru creek alongside other children of Manaiakalani was an experience we all learned so much from.

 All the learning this term was brought together by our cluster celebration that took place at Te Oro, our Glen Innes Music and Arts Centre. The displays were wonderful in catching our attention and imagination, aided aptly by the student presenters found at every stand. Please watch this video produced by Mrs Sandy Langitupu of Pt England School. She captured a number of our talented students and their presentations.
Malo lava i le fanau o Tamakī mo le tou fai mea lelei. Manuia le sauni atu i le toe amata o le aoga i le vaiaso fou.

Te Taiao o Tamaki Exhibition Highlights 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hidden Figures - Extension Group to the cinemas!

The extension class were sponsored by a teacher's sister to view this film. This was actioned as the sponsor believed that it was inspirational film for our students to see. It certainly was!! Thank you!! The following blog post is by Cameo who is one of the extension students. Hi Bloggers!
On Wednesday the 8th of March Pt England school's year 7&8 Extension group had to opportunity to go and watch the movie 'Hidden Figures'.  It is based on a true story about three African - American women who worked at NASA, they were part of a group who were behind some of the greatest achievements.  This movie was incredible and it helped me to realise racism and how much of an impact it would be to be racist and how uncool it is.  By the way we also got to take as much lollies, chips and junk food and fizzy drinks. This was an amazing experience to have gone and watched this movie for free! He is a short film with a few photo's and clips of us.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Polyfest! Year 7 & 8 @PES were there!

The following post is by student Trinity of Room 3. It was a beautiful day with so much to see and take part in! Thanks Trinity for sharing your thoughts on this day. To see more from Trinity go here.

  On Thursday the 16th of March our year seven and eight students went on a trip to Poly fest. We had organised three busses to take us to Poly fest. It took about half an hour to get there and once we had arrived we walked to the centre and sat down. Not long after we had sat down and another school had sat down.Once all the schools had arrived each class had one tour guide. Our tour guide was showing us some of the place the would give us some learning time.I could remember two of the places which were the Police area and the ASB truck.
One of the highlights that I enjoyed from poly fest was going to watch the Maori stage. The Maori stage was breathtaking because of the way they showed they wanted to be there. They sang their loudest and that was what I liked the most about the Maori stage.

Another highlight from poly fest was watching the cook island speeches. The Cook Island Speeches were outstanding even though I didn’t understand what they were saying. I liked that they tried there best to try and say it proudly.

My last highlight of poly fest was the diversity stage. They were astonishing with the way the worked as a team and had fun while doing it.They looked like they were enjoying their dance because I could see that they were laughing.

After we had seen the stages and looked at the stalls it was time to go. We were ready to go so we walked to the bus at head back to school. When we had got back to school we walked inside and it was 2.30pm. Mrs Tele’a was telling us about how great we were at being responsible. We sang a song to the helpers for helping us at poly fest. After that we all went home and had a big rest.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Student post of the week! Yvonne Room 3

Post of the week comes to us from Yvonne, year 8 student of Room 3. After enjoying this post about water as a source of life - be sure to visit Yvonne's blog for more!
    
One week ago for our reading task we had a task with two readings, I found this a bit hard as there were two different texts involved, so I have been working on this throughout the weekend. The first text was about "Water as the source of life" we had to research and use the texts provided to find two different cultures and compare their beliefs on water. The second text is about Tarakura of the Rangitaiki plains, we had to find the definitions for words and answer the questions about myths. I also made this WANTED poster, read my presentation to find out why. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Welcome to Miss Fepulea'i

Welcome Miss Fepulea'i!   The great start to the year has been with our student teacher.  Miss Fepulea'i has slipped into the Pt England way very easily.  She's no stranger to our Manaiakalani cluster as she has worked with children at Tamaki Primary.  

We are loving her contribution to our learning and are looking forward to when she takes full control of our class!

Here's Miss Fepulea'i judging our class role plays based on our school treaty.  Watch this space for our next happy happenings with Miss Fepulea'i!



Monday, February 20, 2017

Sculpture Walking with Miss Fepulea'i


The students were completely mesmerised by all the sculptures and structures that were on the trail keeping them pretty engaged in what seemed to turn into a little hike along the bush trail. Overall the whole experience was a blast and I was so happy that I volunteered to come.  With the flax art session, it made me think of some ideas that I could incorporate in the classroom in a lesson of my own. This term, the Point England principal discussed with the students about learning where they come from and who their whakapapa are. This got me thinking about making this into a lesson for my home class and how using the flax art from today and making it research and art lesson for the students. Getting the students to go home and ask their parents and grandparents about their family history and researching further about their heritage and coming up with symbols and patterns they could use on flax art of their very own.

Monday 13th February 2017

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When in the team meeting last week, an art field next Monday was mentioned and that some helpers were needed; I jumped at the opportunity. With a deep passion for visual arts I couldn’t be more excited to go on this trip and get inspired. Today was that day, myself and my fellow student teacher Mrs Sio volunteered as helpers on a small school trip to Waiheke Island to go on a sculpture walk. There were two teachers, Mr Jackson and Mr Vogt who were leading the trip of eleven students today and we were buzzing in the morning to get to the island. Getting to Waiheke took a bus and a train to get there and prior to the journey, the students had to get into buddies who they stick with for the whole day and Mr Vogt had to assign two people to take photos and video the trip. Mrs Sio was the minder for one of the students whereas myself and the two teachers were to watch out for the remaining ten students.

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When we arrived at Waiheke we were greeted by our guide Charlotte who would be taking us through the tour. We then started by walking through the wooden walkway which looked like a strange but very beautiful abstract walkway made of timber. We were then introduced to a female artist from the South Island who makes art from flax leaves and showed us pieces of art drawn on flax by other visitors of the island and said people drew things that meant something to them, representing something in their lives. Using a piece of board to lean on and a blunt nail to draw with, the students and teachers spent 15 minutes drawing things like cultural patterns from their heritage and pictures of things they like, like animals and objects like bibles to represent their spiritual beliefs. This gave me some ideas of my own which I put into my flax which I focussed on where I come from, from both sides of my family and places I’ve lived my whole life. After the flax art, we took a bus around to the beginning of the sculpture trail and began our hour and a half walk along the coast of Waiheke; admiring the various artists work, the different shapes, materials and themes were phenomenal and very contrasting from each other. From objects hanging from the trees to solar powered speakers playing rural classical music, the art pieces were all something the students and myself had never seen before.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Welcome back! Nau mai haere mai

Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Pt England!  It is with great joy that we greet all our year 7 and 8 students of Team 5.  It's a special time of the year where our year 8 students settle into being the most senior level and our year 7's adjust to a completely new learning space.

Both year levels have started off with great enthusiasm.  There's a strong sense of expectations from the students which is wonderful to have.   Listening and responding on time have been in action in this very first week of the year!  Kei te pai!


We welcome also 2 new teachers, Ms Tapuke in Room 2 and Mrs Judd into Room 4.  While we have assigned classrooms - it's definitely a shared learning space where all our students have access to all 5 teachers.

A very special welcome to my very own home class - Room 3 and Miss Fepulea'i!  You have proven already what a fun group you are!  I love how you are showing so much excitement about your learning.  Let's keep this going all year long.  (My student's blogs are found on left sidebar)

Ia manuia le tatou tausaga!