Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Back to school. After the FIRST lockdown

 Talofa to our friends and families!  Lockdown a second time around has had us reflecting on our Bubble life yet again. 

This is a movie Room 3 captured to share their reflections of our first lockdown.  What has changed for you this time around?  What has again become very clear about the importance of our whanau?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Winter Learning Journey star! Hannah of Room 3

Winter Learning Journey: Poster
Week 1, Activity 5
Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa Lava, Greetings to all and Welcome back to my blog. Today I'll be blogging to you, the last activity of my Winter learning Journey for WEEK 1. There will be more winter learning journey blog posts next week for WEEK 2, now back to my last WLJ activity for week 1. 

Task: Create a poster that shows 3 key quotes you have heard your parents/whanau say since your return to school in level 2. They must be quotes/sayings that you find helpful from your whanau. After that post on your blog with a written explanation for each quote.

Explanation

"Make sure to wash your hands before eating dinner!" by Mum - My mum always uses this quote to me and my siblings before we start eating our dinner because it's helpful for us to remember to stay clean by washing our hands just in case we have any germs and that we don't spread it to others.

"If you feel sick, stay home and don't go to school!" by Nana- 
My Nana always uses this quote to my little sister and cousin because they always got the flu or cold some days during school at level 2. So whenever she sees them cough a lot of have a really runny nose, she gives them this ginger medicine drink, puts them back into bed and tells them to stay home. She also does this with me and my other siblings sometimes.

"Sleep early for school!" - Nana and Mum
Both my Nana and Mum tells us these 4 words whenever it's a school night, they don't like us staying up long when it's a school night because they both know that when we sleep late, we won't get enough sleep and that would lead up to us  waking up very late and getting all cranky and tired for school the next day. If they catch us on our electronic devices they usually take it off us and give them back to us the next day.

Go here to see more from Hannah, one of our stars of the Winter Learning Journey.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cape Reinga - top of Aotearoa with my whanau. Jezakaia Room 3

Jezekaia travelled up north for a tangi.  It was a sad occasion but also one where whanau got to show off special parts of Aotearoa.  Go here to read more from Jezakaia.

The Cape

On 26th of June me and my family travelled to the far north for a tangi in Ngataki .Waking up at our Marae was something else!   There were no trees in the way and all there were was a stunner sun and white clouds!  

In our spare time we made a Road trip to the top of our country to visit Cape Reinga, it was about a 40 minute drive away from our destination. It was a beautiful experience to be out in the country area - not many people are able to travel to the top of our country but we did!

It was also good to hang out with my beautiful family. We passed some avocado farms, sand dunes and heaps of beautiful beaches on the way. It was nice being at the cape indulging the ocean view and soaking up the fresh air. I can't wait to visit again in summer with my Family.

Monday, July 6, 2020

The lucky Diamond, by Paige of Room 3

Narrative- The Lucky Diamond.  Blog post of the week!

Task Description: For this weeks writing task we have done another narrative and this time it had to a free image with a tree inside. We had to use the T.O.P.S structure and this stands for title, orientation, problem, and solution.

The Lucky Diamond



Fairy Tales Fantasy Narrative - Free image on Pixabay
Names:Bryant, James

It was a lovely morning and Bryant woke up, he  grabbed his favourite thing in the world, Bryant loves adventures and he always likes to explore places. There was a little shiny diamond on his desk and he loved it. He thought it was real. He went down stairs and heard a doorbell, it was his friend James, 

“What should we do today?” said Bryant with excitement.

“I saw a allway near my house, and I think it’s a new one,” he said.

They were thinking of having an adventure and so they packed up and went off with no explanation.  When they got there they walked through the alleyway and spotted a lot of green trees,
“It’s a forest!” said Bryant

“WOW!” said James with his eyes wide.

As they walked they saw a path and so they followed, on the way they stopped for a snack and water. It was day time and so they thought they had to be back by afternoon. 

As they continued with their adventure Bryant slipped his hand in his pocket for his diamond, but then suddenly it was gone.

“Oh no where's my diamond!” said Bryant as he screamed.

“What! Oh no!” said James with a fright.

They looked everywhere and suddenly saw in front of them a cottage, they walked towards it and didn’t know what to do, but knocked. There was an old lady that opened the door and said 

“What are you doing here at this time of day?” she said with a growly voice.

James answered

“Sorry to bother you, but we're just trying to look for my friend's diamond”  with a scared voice.

The lady looked with great relief and she thought in her head if she could help the little boys and see if she can find them around the forest with some help.

When they got to the end of the path of the old lady's house they went up and down the path heaps of times. It was getting too late and the afternoon was passing by, but suddenly a man was walking past and peeked down below all the way at the front of the path. He saw something shiny and he could see a shiny flicker from all they where they were and so they ran up to the man, and the man turned around and said

“Is this your little boy” 

“Yes, thankyou sir for this,” Bryant said with relief.

The looked closely and thought that it might be actually real, so he told Bryant this

“Little boy I think this is most certainly real” said the man with a smiley face.

They all went to a store to check out if the diamond was real and so it was. Bryant and James' faces were with a huge smile on their face and they were filled with happiness and couldn't wait to tell their parents. 

It was a brand new day and they decided to use their money that they got from the man yesterday to go on a family vacation, along with James' family too.
They had so much and were happy of how that man was so kind and honest.

End

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Matariki Celebrations by Hannah of Room 3

Matariki Day Recap

Matariki Day!!!

Kia Ora blog readers and welcome back to my blog, today I will be recapping to you what we did at our Whole School's Matariki Day Celebration we do every year at Pt England School, first let me tell you what Matariki Day is all about.
Matariki celebrates and signals the beginning of Maori New Year, on that day seven stars appear in the sky, these stars are called the seven sisters.Their real names are called: Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipunarangi, Ururangi and Matariki. Matariki is a big celebration of people, culture, language, spirituality and history, this celebration brings many family and friends together as one.

At our Matariki celebration at Pt England School we all were splitted into different groups, and they were Cooking, Arts and Craft, Sports and lastly Movie making (Entertainment). We were splitted into these 4 groups not only to have fun but learn the different ways we can express Matariki based on the activities we had. The group I was put into was Arts and Crafts which was actually cool because I like being creative in many ways. My highlight of Matariki was when we were drawing the patterns on our 7 stars and my table of friends I sat with were laughing and giggling when we got marker on our faces and our designs were very funny. My second highlight is learning more stuff about what Matariki is really about, I now have more knowledge of what it is.

In my opinion I think that NZ must celebrate this because if you are new to Matariki, you will learn what it is actually about and the interesting story behind it and this festive celebration will bring everyone together and celebrate Maori New 
Year. Have you celebrated MATARIKI DAY yet?
Go here to read more from Hannah of Room 3

Monday, June 29, 2020

Matariki Manaakitanga - it's a new year celebration!


This post is shared with by Zoe. She shares about our school celebration of Matariki. Our school mixed across levels to have a whole day to celebrate this important time of the year. Go here to read more from Zoe.

Last week on Friday we had a Matariki celebration. Matariki presents the 7 sisters or the 7 stars. In Matariki you will be able to see the 7 stars. They are so special. Matariki is all about spending time with your Whanau ( family ). It is important because it's the time of celebrating Maori new year.

The Maori legend talks about 7 starts that needed a role. A job, here are the 7 stars names
1. Matariki
2. Waitī
3. Waitā
4. Waipuna-ā-rangi
5. Tupu-ā-nuku
6.Tupu-ā-rangi
7. Ururangi,

My highlight from Friday was when Leylani and I baked the cupcakes and we learnt it so fast and made a lot of cupcakes. My other highlight was when we had to make the stars with the paper to decorate our tables. It was confusing at first and then I made more and I even made some during lunch on Friday. My biggest highlight was the whole day it was so fun, we had a lot of fun making the food and it was just a great time on Friday.

Should New Zealand celebrate this? Why?For me I think New Zealand should celebrate this because its a special thing to Maoris and even if we aren't Maoris we should celebrate it with them to get to know Maori culture more, as New Zealanders we should celebrate this it's about our land and people!

Little message to Mrs Tele'a: First I will like to thank Mrs Tele'a for preparing this for us we had a great time with you and I will also like to thank you for teaching me and Leylani to bake the cupcakes. Without your great idea we wouldn't had have the great time on Friday and I thank you for everything you did for us on Friday.



Thursday, June 25, 2020

5 awesome things about my Bubble!

This was a collection of data across our class.  The data shows what things we spent time on during lockdown in level 4.  We used a tally chart we created on our whiteboard to then create this pie graph.

You will notice that the most popular activity for our class was spending time with our family.  They were all times and activities that strengthened our family relationships.
The second most popular activity was learning to cook or bake.   We also agreed that there was a lot of time spent tasting dishes our families made!
The third most popular was sleep!  That's right many of us had more time to rest, some going to sleep late, some waking up late.  All in all we loved our time within our bubble!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Post for week 10! Paige


On Fridays we Point England School always has an assembly and today was a bit different.

As we started off with our normal schedule for assembly something changed and it was a special guest and his name was Joseph Parker, also his sister Elizabeth Parker. Joseph is a New Zealand professional boxer of Samoan Heritage, his sister Elizabeth is like a boss for him because she helps him train and do more things to be the boxer that he is.

Joseph's speech was about two important things that he has used to be a boxer throughout his whole career:

Believe in yourself: This is important because sometimes you need to focus on believing and not listening to what other people say about you.

Nothing beats hard work: This means always having hard work before everything you do and because without it somethings can be possible but sometimes you can achieve in whatever you do.

My question if I was to ask Joseph Parker is,
What was the best thing about being a professional boxer?.

My Message of thanks to Joseph Parker:
Thank you Joseph for coming to our school and to the teachers who has made it possible, you're two special things you’ve said that you used throughout your career was very cool and inspiring because all the negativity out there is wrong and you have said to always Believe In Yourself and that’s a very important thing to remember. The other one you have said was Nothing Beats Hard Work, everything that we do in life to try and achieve is to always do hard work and without it something may not be possible in life, so a very big thanks and God bless.

Go here to see more from Paige!  Well done Paige!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Enjoy being your age! A message from Arthur in Year 8!

Enjoy Being Your Age

                                𝔼ℕ𝕁𝕆𝕐 𝔹𝔼𝕀ℕ𝔾 𝕐𝕆𝕌ℝ 𝔸𝔾𝔼
Enjoy being your age' this is one of team 5 korero 
Za'ravo! I am 12 years old
There are many things I enjoy being this age
  • I enjoy playing sports.
  • I enjoy being with the same students everyday.
  • I enjoy getting to know my teacher well.
  • I enjoy getting to learn about our changing bodies.
  • I enjoy trialing to rep sports teams.
  • I enjoy dreaming about what college we'll go to. 
  • I enjoy getting ready for collage.
  • I enjoy being with my good set of mates.
  • I enjoy being with my teacher everyday.
  • I enjoy sitting in my own desk at school.
  • I enjoy being with my family everyday.
There is no rush of being older, that day will come when you become an adult. Just enjoy being your age.
Go here to see more from Arthur.  Malo Arthur!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Taha wairua - why do we?? A message from Kohatu, Arthur and Jezakaia

Why do we do Mihi, Karakia and Himene

Today Mrs Tele's challenged us as to why we have to d oout mihi, karakia and himene.
We pray because we always have to praise the lord for giving us another chance.
We do our mihi because it makes us think about our ancestors and family and its wakes our body and brain.
We do a Himene because it helps us to not sing to our toes it helps us to sing up and not be shy to sing and to stand up in front of lots of people.
These are a list of some of my class answered to Mrs Tele's challenge
*Connect to god, greater power ssource
*Connect- remember our ancestors, whanau
*kwon where we are from
*Build confidence to speak and represent ourselves and whanau
*To be ready for our day / future of learning

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