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!!