Wednesday, November 13, 2013


A selection of Team 5 students were lucky enough to experience Waitangi during Term 3.

Before the trip, students researched the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. They brainstormed ideas of what they wanted to film while up in the Bay of Islands and it was decided to create a mini-documentary about the signing of the Treaty.

One of the highlights for our students was the fact that they got to walk in the footsteps of many of our ancestors.  It was an amazing experience for them indeed!

Many hours were spent writing scripts, choosing actors, collecting costumes, thinking about film shots, shooting, editing, creating voice-overs etc.  This is their entry for the Manaiakalani Film Festival 2013.   Introducing... 'Waitangi'

Waitangi Room 19 from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

A special thanks to Mrs Lagitupu who organised students to put this movie together.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Arohatia Te Reo - School Competition Resutls

On the final day of Term 2 winners for the Arohatia Te Reo school wide competition was announced.  Here is the video played in our school assembly from our special judges.  Do you think they made good decisions?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Arohatia Te Reo - Māori Language Week

Kia ora.  Last week students worked on creating a resource to help others learn Te Reo.  This was a school wide competition and we thought we would share some of our entries.  Don't forget to check our blog daily for the different entries.  Here is Anthony, Howard, Mosa, Raihan, Jonathan and Nathanial's entry:

maori AHRMN from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

Monday, May 20, 2013

He Hōnore

Anthony has created a DLO to help teach the rest of the school a himene.  You can click here for the translation.

He Hōnore from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kitiona's post about

Have you ever heard of the hip hop group named the Black Eyed Peas? Last week was a very interesting week for the Point England kids because (the lead singer of Black Eyed Peas) came to our school.  He came to donate a cheque for the Manaiakalani Education Trust to help  provide the schools with  new computers and ipads for students to work with.

I felt very excited and delighted at the time because a very famous pop star came in to donate a large amount money.

So, I would like to say a big thank you to for your support and your kindness to our trust.   Hopefully in the future we can succeed in what we would like to be.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Karakia DLO

During Te Reo, all Year 7 and 8 Students have been learning our School Karakia (blessing).  Students were given a brief to create a D.L.O (digital learning object) to teach the rest of the school the karakia through P.E.N.N.  Their audience is both students and teachers and the purpose of their DLO is for the audience to be able to recite the karakia in Māori and to also gain understanding of what the karakia means.  Here is an excellent example from Kobe and Carlos! Tau kē korua!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Osana & Harakeke

Last week my class and I had the privilege to experience the kaupapa (protocols) of collecting harakeke (flax). Flax is a taonga to all Maori people because they used flax for all sorts of things like for example clothing, baskets and many more things. We all walked down to Omaru Creek and talked about the rules.

Some rules were to not pick flax at night and to not pick them when it's raining. One of the most important rules was to not cut the Pepi (baby), Matua (father) and the Whaea (mother) because if you do then the whole bush will die. There were some other rules we were not to do with it

After discussing the rules we went off and picked our flax. My friend Jorja and I didn't really get to pick flax but we did get to capture everyone participating in this event. It was amazing seeing everyone co-operating together as a team. It was a short time down at Omaru Creek.

We came back to school with our flax in our hands and our class sat down quietly ready to start weaving. We were trying to weave a putiputi (flower). Some people got through it but some struggled. This was a great experience.

Even though I didn't get to do all of these things but I still had fun seeing people make the putiputi. At the same time is was funny. Anyway this day was AWESOME!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lisia's day at the school picnic.

Guess what?  Pt England School walked down to Pt England Reserve for our school picnic last week. This happens every year so that the students, teachers and other adults can bond.

Walking down to Pt England beach, I felt excited. But then started wondering, "What I should do first?"  When we got there everyone had to wait for Mr. Burt to tell us where.  The first thing I did was eat my lunch.

After eating a whole lot of food Jorja, Levi and I wondered off wanting to do something exciting. As we were walking, Mr. Barks called us and asked if we wanted to learn how to fly a kite, we all said YES. First it was Levi. When I got the chance to fly the kite it felt like I was going to be pulled up into the air. It was scary but at the same time fun.

My favourite thing that day was playing ball tiggy with Jorja, Tyla, Gloria, Kaycee and Neo. Even though it didn't even last 10 minutes, it was still fun. It was fun because you can get tagged easily and there was heaps of action.

At the end of the day I felt really tired but happy that mostly everyone got along. I am really looking forward for next years picnic.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Anamei making Koauau

Kia ora my name is Anamei, I am A year 7 at Pt England School. I am in Rm 19. At the end of this week some kids that finished all of their work got to make Kouauau (a flute).

First we had to cut our cube of clay in half with a string. Then we had to use our thumb and fingers to curve it like a bowl. We were pinching the clay.

Then we had to use a special tool to put lines on it. People call it criss cross. After that we had to use a toothbrush and some water to make the clay stick together. We had to do that on both halves of the clay.

Then we had to stick the clay together. And put our initials on the clay. Then we had to wrap it up and tape it because if we didn't it would dry overnight.

The next day we had to make a hole for the mouth. We used a special tool for it .The tool was sharp. I was blowing in it. We made three other holes as well. Then we had to rub it with the spoon (burnishing) to make it shiny.

Stay tuned and read my next post. We are going to carve it.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Introducing... Anthony.

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce to you one of our new students to Pt England School.  Anthony is experimenting with some creative programmes that we commonly use here at PES.  We often use these to help create and share our learning.

This is Anthony's first attempt at an iMovie, using iPhoto and Garageband  His brief was to create a quick introduction of himself and to share something interesting that others may not know about him.  Enjoy his very first DLO (Digital Learning Object) Ka mau te wehi Anthony! Awesome!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuakana/Teina Reading

One thing I love about having senior students in my class is providing them opportunities to tautoko (support) and awhiawhi (encourage) other students, especially juniors.  Something magical happens when you see seniors (tuakana) become the teachers of younger students (teina) when helping them to read.

Every Tuesday afternoon Room 19 and Room 9 meet in the library and select books to read to each other.  After our first session last week the feedback from the senior students was very positive.  They loved it!

I wondered around and took some photos of the tamariki reading together.  Maybe it's something you'd like to try in your class or in your school.  Give it a go!

Tuakana Teina Reading from Jaybz on Vimeo.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Anamei's take on honesty!

What is honesty?  Honesty is the best policy. 
Being honest is good because then everyone else will trust you and you will be trustworthy. 
When you tell a lie to someone you are also lieing to yourself. Lieing is bad because when you lie to someone they can actually take it seriously.
Remember to always tell the truth because lieing is not right.