Monday, March 21, 2022
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
A lockdown in the life of Team 5! Nau mai haere mai! Here's a quick capture of our fantastic team of learners and teachers. Lockdown saw our teachers and students travel through different themes and language weeks to enhance our learning online. A big big KIA ORA to Team 5 for showing 'Karawhiua' everyday! Turning up and DOING the mahi - Karawhiua! We know that this lockdown has brought us many fun days of learning together online. We look forward to the days ahead where we will be able to sit together, reflect and share of all the good!
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Malo e lelei it's Tongan Language week. Uike fakalea Tonga.
This week our very own students have created resources to share and teach about Tongan Culture. Today's episode of PENN showcases our beautiful Lesieli, year 7 student from Room 2.
She teachers the basics of the Tongan dance for girls. She is followed by other items that have been sent in by our wonderful parents showcasing the learning PES kids are up to everyday!
Malo aupito to everyone for sharing the OFA - love! Saipe Malo!
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Lockdown level 4 means...we keep going. Here's our PENN - Pt England News Network presented by our devoted students! Staying connected, staying home, staying safe. Let's do this!
Friday, July 30, 2021
Falefitu Laulu Surprise Visit !
Today we got surprised by Falefitu Tony Laulu, an author who writes relatable and more real books about our islander culture. He came to deliver us some books that our teacher ordered. He showed us his amazing books about Pasifika culture in particular Samoan. It shows what it really is like in the world now. His amazing books included the English and Samoan versions. The book that I like the most is ' O au o le Samoa ' which is about this boy who thinks he doesn't know much about his culture. The story goes on to expalin that culture is not just about the way you speak - the language, it's the way you represent yourself to others.
He chose the characters to be his own sons which is neat! He thinks that most books now aren’t about Pasifika Culture and so he wants to show what it's really like for some of us. He had this incredible idea to add in his own family and friends to the story. Some in the names, labels on t-shirts, signs on buildings etc. He also shared what his point of view about what ‘ REPRESENTING ‘ is.
We would like to say a big thank you to Falefitu for coming out all the way to drop of your amazing books that tell some of our Pasifika culture. Pt England School can't wait to read heaps of your books, and we’re all going to enjoy it. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Malo aupito!
Go here to see his books!
Go here to read more from Hannah.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Term 3 has arrived! As usual our amazing teacher's provided us with an immersion assembly. Our PES way of capturing, hooking us into learning for the term. The Olympics always creates a positive energy, match this with our fun items today - we are soooooo ready to dig deep and wide to learn! Here we go PES, healthy me healthy you! Time to GO FOR GOLD!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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: 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.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
Narrative- The Lucky Diamond. Blog post of the week!
The Lucky Diamond
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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?
Monday, June 29, 2020
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Enjoy Being Your Age
There are many things I enjoy being this age
Friday, June 5, 2020
Why do we do Mihi, Karakia and Himene
Thursday, May 28, 2020
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.