Monday, December 16, 2013

2013 overall

Kia ora I'm a Year 8 student at Pt England school/intermediate. This year of 2013 has been my last year attending Pt England. I started here at yr 4 in 2008 with Miss Lavakula and have built the years up to year 8 in room 19 with Miss Tito.

This year I've made yr 7 friends, they're basically people I never knew last year. I'd like to make a big shout out to the friends I have made, especially the years 7s. This is the last year being together rom room 19. We won't really see each other next as all the year 8s split up for college! Room 19 isn't just a class, we've survived a year together we're more like family.

Farewell to Ms Tito, she's been the best teacher that has ever taught me in my schooling years. Farewell to Pt England's principal Mr burt! He's helped the school achieve everything it needed, from net-books to being a school where everyone is friends. Lastly farewell to everyone attending Pt England, may god bless them and they have a good future ahead! Thank you to the teachers who have taught me.

I'm exited to attend Auckland Girls Grammar because there are so many good opportunities there. I'm looking forward to a new school and and being a year 9. My goal for college is to be prefect and to achieve that I know I'm going to have to give 100% every day! Also going to school with a good attitude!

I enjoyed my year in room 19 with all the students and especially my teacher, singing with my class, laughing and even arguing, we all peace it out in the end. Camp was my second favourite thing I win this year! Time flys when you're having fun, especially with your friends that make it fun.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Yr 8 End of the year Camp.

The 2013 Year 8 camp was held in Rotorua for a total of four days and three nights. It was the last gathering of all the year 8s before we all head off for college. Keep reading to find out what we did during the four days and three nights.

The picture above is a picture of the group I was in. Our group leader at the end on the right decided our name should be "The Fashion Killers". There I am, right in the middle in the picture just above the first text.                                      

I don't want to write about the whole camp, so I'll just skip to my 3 highlights.

One of my highlights, not my favourite but I did partially enjoy it, was visiting the blue and green lake. I learn't you aren't allowed to swim in the green lake because it's secrete. We had an hour walk before we finally got to the bottom of the hill to swim in the blue lake, I didn't swim, it was too cold.

My probably second favourite thing was when we went to the skyline and luge, it was amazing! I had so much fun riding down the luge and going up then down the skyline!

My last favourite highlight was being with all the year 8s! we had so much fun together and we worked as a team in our groups to do what we needed to do! It was our last time together and although the weather wasn't that great we still had a lot of fun, and all those moments will be treasured.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How was having a net-book connected to internet helped my learning this year?

Learning with a net-book connected to the internet is good, when I don't know what a certain word means I search it up on Google, the internet is basically a faster way of learning things I don't already know and it's more interesting than just looking stuff up in a dictionary. If I don't understand a maths problem I would usually search it up on Google, not the answer but ways to figure out the answer. My teacher is very artistic and fussy when she does art with our class, so I sometimes look on you-tube to find some painting or drawing techniques.

This year I have learnt a lot of Maori traditions with my Teacher. I've also learnt to never give up, always %100 percent of effort put into anything you do. Harakeke plating (flax) is one other really cool thing I have learnt this year, but out of all things I have learnt the most important thing is to be a purple cow (stand out/individual) in everything you do.

I learn't how to search for cheat on a ps3 game on my net-book, like  the key cheats for hard missions,  when I'm at home bored I go on you-tube to look for easy things to bake. If I don't know the lyrics to a song I Google it. I taught myself how to push the buttons on the control fast enough to unlock the cheats on gta v, but one of the really cool things I learn't on my own was changing my net - book Linux theme to macbuntu.

We've got the new update on our net book and I didn't know how to screen shot but one of my great friends taught me how too. My cousin was the person who taught me how to change my chrome browser background. This year I help someone change their net-book theme to macbuntu.

I have well qualified physically with learning on the internet independently.

Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Sunrise: July 18, 1918, Mvezo, South Africa.
Sunset: December 5th 2013 (age 95)

Nelson Mandela was on of the worlds most loved human, he changed the lives of dark skinned people, from down hill to the very top, He went to jail for 27 years for what he believed in and came out to be the next president of South Africa. Mandela had nine siblings, three brothers and six sisters. Nelson Mandela said I quote "May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears" 

In 1918 Nelson Mandela was born his birth name was Rolihlahla it means trouble maker.
The English name Nelson was given to him by a missionary teacher from his middle school. In 1939 Nelson Mandela attended at the university college of fort hare, in Alice then got expelled.

51 years ago, Nelson Mandela was was Arrested and charged for standing up for what he believed in which was: white people and dark people live and do things together as one, in other words stop racism and all people live in harmony. He said in court "I will do whatever to achieve this, even if it means death" 

1948 - 1951 Mandela was released from prison and made his stand, he stood strong and achieved what he said he would achieve. After he achieved the stop of racism Nelson was elected President and National Secretary for ANCYL (African National Congress Youth League).

Even at the old age he always kept to what he did best 'Bringing Peace' In 2012 Nelson celebrated his 94th birthday with his family in Qunu in eastern cape. Mandela was admitted and charged into hospital two times until finally his suffering from being sick was over on december the 5th 2013.

I have learn't a lot about this wonderful man! He has done so much to help the world and with his passing he leaves a great legacy. Nelson wasn't respected because he gave revenge to the people who put him in jail for 27 years, he finished what he started. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

High Lights of 2013 Year 8.

It's the last term and the last few weeks at Pt England 2013. Looking back at the year from the beginning to now I know my highlights.

My first highlight is being in Miss Titos class. She is by far the best teacher that has ever taught me, she inspires me with her Maori language and how she interacts with us class. When Miss Tito teaches us she makes our learning fun which makes us wanna learn more, she will and always be my favourite teacher.

My second highlight was doing harakeke (flax) with miss Tito. We started off walking to the creek near by our school, we learnt the Maori rules on how to cut flax and which ones to choose. Cutting and choosing the Harakeke is very critical! If you cut it the wrong way or choose the wrong one, all the harakeke connected to that piece will die.

My 3rd and last highlight was being with room 19. Last year I didn't know most of the yr 7s I know now, we're a class but also a family! It is my last year at Pt England so I wont be seeing the yr 7s next year as much as I did this year. I hope them the best for next year and further on.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Statistic Image Information.

(Statistic images) Every image that doesn't move (that stays still) is a statistic image.

This picture I chose caught my eye the minute the page loaded. The picture shows that the persons grandparents took a picture of the exact same thing when they were younger and the grandchild found the picture and thought creatively and created the picture above.

I get a ‘wannabe photographer’ feeling when I look at this picture.

The interesting thing about this image is that it shows past with all so the present all in one picture, it’s really unique, not many people would think of a great idea like this.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Mihi

Kia ora koutou
Greetings you all
kua hui mai nei
(who) have gathered here
ki tenei huihuinga
to this this gathering
ki te mau mai
to bring
i tga whakaaro pai
the good thoughts
Ka nui te koa i te aroha
Great is the happiness the love
Mo to koutou kaha
for your support
ki te huihui mai
in assembling/gathering
ki te ako
to learn
i nga kaupapa
the topics
e pa ana ki tenei wananga

concerning this school of learning

Monday, September 16, 2013

Day at the Beach

The day started off pretty windy with about a 20 minute shower of rain. When the sun finally popped around the clouds my friend TeRina and I decided to go to the Pt England Reserve. After waiting for it to get a bit warmer we finally left the house. When we arrived we saw one of our friends.

The tide was coming in and the wind picked up fast. We played on the park for a little bit but we were still bored. I was thinking about having a swim but I knew I would get sick! So I played on the sand and around the rocks.

Playing around the rocks kind of felt like a small adventure. I was jumping up and around when suddenly I slipped back back luckily I caught my self. A few minutes after that I almost my foot stepped into a hole causing me to fall almost to my face.

The day was kind of a bad day trapped in a good day. We giggled a groaned but I had a very nice day I really hope to have another day but with the sun shining the whole day!.

Finally it was over we left the beach and had a lovely day. But we had a stuck in the mud problem on our way back! We struggled awfully through the mud, when finally we escaped. Saturday we had quite a big adventure through the mud and in the rocks, but all day was great.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Maori Poi

"POI" is the Maori word for "ball" on a cord. 

The Poi is originally made from the Maori people, Maori Woman have performed the Maori Poi for over a thousand years, a dance with a ball attached to a string swung in rhythm to a song to keep the Wahine (Women) Hands flexible to weave Flax. 

In the early Maori tribes the woman job was to bring up their children and weave flax into clothing, in their spare time they would make Poi. 

Back in those days Poi was made out of flax and bulrush. 
They would usually twist flax leaves together for cords and adding the ball with bulrush which gave it a weighted end, the ball and cord were then joined together. 

Men of the Maori tribe often used the Poi to increase strength in their hands and arms, to improve balance for later on battles. 

The ancient form of a Poi has changed a lot. People now perform the Fire Poi, Tailed Poi and L.E.D Poi. These different designs of Poi were all originally came from the first generation Poi. Also the Poi has changed by the looks as you can see in pictures left to right. 


Friday, August 23, 2013

Basket - Ball

For the last 4 weeks this Term t
he whole of Pt England school have the amazing chance to play Basket - Ball with a professional Basket - Ball coach. I'm not really good at observing because I don't know his name.

The first session with him was great, we learn't a few tricks and played a game. We first got taught how to hold the ball & how to throw it. The game was called "King of the court" you have to dribble the ball and try and stop others from dribbling it, the last person standing wins.

The second, third & fourth session was even better, we learnt the rules when we're dribbling in a real game. We learn't heaps of other things but I didn't really observe to remember what we did! He taught us another game this involved us moving the ball around our bodies, we start off slow then get faster! Last person standing wins!

I really enjoy practising skills and learning the proper rules for Basket - Ball. If you play it right obeying the rules I garuntee you'll have a good game! Special thanks to the Basket - Ball coach who has been teaching us these amazing steps to success.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Creative Strand Reflection.

Over the past week, the year 7 and 8's have been working on painting pictures and making movies about 'Love'.  You have a choice to make a MTV or a story about the topic.

- Humorous.
- Camera unfocused
- Facial expressions
- Interesting camera angles.
- Noisy in the background
-  Lip syncing.
- Good lip syncing.
- Same positioned shots too long
- Only two actors playing all parts.
- Very good acting & singing.
- Camera Shaking
-  Using Flashbacks
- Stayed in Character.

- Different types of songs.

Monday, August 5, 2013


'Started from the bottom now they're here' 
Moorhouse the popular Christchurch boy-band was recently voted off the New zealand show Xfactor. 
All though the show is over, Moorhouse hasn't stopped rising just yet. 

Marley Nanai, Brock Ashby, Jason Aileone & Roary McKenna, these four talented boys worked with Melanie Blatt. They've left auckland and are now home. 

They're performances on Xfactor were great! They managed to get through too the top 4, but unfortunately New Zealand didn't vote for the best! After saying good-bye they were getting interviewed by and many other high people!

Monday, July 1, 2013

If you could say anything to the world, what would it be?

Today we worked with Joshua Iosefo and we learnt about spoken word. Keep reading to find out more.
Scribble on board
- Facebook now has linked hash tags also my teacher Joshua had no idea what he was doing.
This has become a big issue especially on-line known as cyber bullying. Bullying usually occurs on Facebook & Recently there have been some teens who have come across bullies they obviously weren't strong enough to ignore them! Bullying others influences siblings thinking its okay to bully other people. We need to make a stop to this behaviour.
These are the things we learnt about.
- Spoken word
- Valuble voice
- "Theres no limit to writing"
- Express feelings
- Shared ideas
- Original ideas
- Personal

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Literacy Rotation Writting

In the senior block yr 7 - 8 student’s now have a literacy a rotation in the mornings. All classes in the senior area participate, we got shared a survey on the first thing we wanted to do, only a minimum amount of people are allowed in a group. The choices are: Kowhaiwhai (Maori Art), Movie making, Silent sustained writing and literacy.

For the first week around I chose Kowhaiwhai with Miss Tito. Miss Tito shared a few tips with us, she told us to keep our hands relaxed free our minds, instead of thinking about what It’ll look like, just let your hands do it. We practised by drawing Korus (Maori Pattern) and simply filling a page full of them. After all that practise we moved onto the real hard bits and that was drawing a simple pattern and cutting them out. Then came Kowhaiwhai our next rotation with Miss Tito a few students will get picked and will do their design on wood, which will be displayed in our senio area.

My second rotation I’ve participated in was with Miss Langitupu and that is silent sustained writing. We had to write a fiction narrative starting off with ‘It was It was a cold, dark, gloomy night. I stumbled upon an abandoned hut deep in the heart of the forest....’ I finished an interesting narrative on that, you can read it on my blog.

The last rotation I participated in so far was with Mrs Nua with her we do literacy. I learned alot from this group I learned new vocabulary. Did you know the way our food is being processed is putting our air endangered with pollutions? All the gas from the greenhouses causes global warming increasing.

I’ve enjoyed the rotations I have participated in this week and the previous week. It’s a fun and more interesting way of starting the day every morning! We’re gaining confidence and practise for college coming up! Starting school at 8:30am every morning really does motivate us for college and also doing fun learning in rotations is really cool!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Something Strange In The Hut.

It was a cold, dark, gloomy night. I stumbled upon an abandoned hut deep in the heart of the forest. I was just about to enter the hut, when suddenly I heard a disturbing noise coming from the hut, it was almost as if there were a strange animal trapped.

The noise was very loud, I couldn't describe what I was hearing, at first I thought I was hallucinating, a few days without water that had to explain it! Both windows on the hut were smashed with wood nailed over it to cover the smashed window, the door was padlocked, it definitely looked like someone was trying their very hardest to hide something!

I crept closer the noise grew louder. I walked around to the back, someone had just left and forgot to lock the door. As I walked in that strange noise disappeared. I searched the hut, There was one room I was afraid of walking into. It was very dark and foggy in that one particular room. I squinted my eyes, and I could see something which looked like a horse with a cone on its head, I thought for a minute it was a Unicorn!

I walked out, and what believed it was the Unicorn followed me. It was white, with a colourful sparkling cone on its head it shined bright in the sun. I touched it, for that moment I felt like it was real, then someone started yelling from far behind “Thats mine, bring it back here” the unicorn had a very worried look on its face.

I jumped on its back and he ran really fast, ahead a rainbow appeared he started galloping over the rainbow, we had finally escaped from that crazy man, I called him Rainbow Unicorn, in that moment.... I woke up, In my bedroom. It was all just a dream.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

League Practise.

Practising league every Thursday is very fun. We've been learning how to kick properly and catch. We play games before a practise session every time we go.

I have been enjoying the fitness and games we've been doing! I can't wait till this Thursday coming up! Ill post what we've learnt about.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Cooking competitions Narrative.

It was just normal cooking at home, but Kendle and Kylie Jenner both had a strong passion for cooking. They're 13 years old always watching MKR (My kitchen Rules) waiting and wishing for a chance to cook fancy foods on tv letting everyone know they're the best cookers.

10 years later... Kendle was just sitting at home a very slow day she decided to jump on her computer, she logged into Facebook and she saw a link stating 'Are you a good cooker? Would you like to have a chance to cook your way to a better even better life you have now? Click here, fill in a simple application to have your name drawn out by specials judges Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, she then clicked the link signed up for herself and Kylie.

After 2 weeks had passed Kendle forgot all about the application. Kylie walked in with mail, Kendle looked through and saw a thin mail titled ‘My Kitchen Rules’ she suddenly remembered and opened the envelope carefully. Right there in fine and bold print it said, ‘CONGRATULATIONS you and your cooking partner are one of the two lucky people who have won the chance to cook your way into a better life you have now!’ just  behind it were two tickets to fly over to America. Kendle screamed with enthusiasm, explaining the wonderful news to her sister, they both started packing they leave in two days.

The first rounds were very tough, but now the other teams have been eliminated its all come to an end. Versing against another team from canada in the finals. Kendle and Kylie have sleepless rest’s and struggles to stay awake in the afternoon. They practice and think what they’re going to cook in two days it is the final, the last to see who’s going to take the one month cruise around the world everything paid for including a check for $200,000,000.

The judges yelling 3,2,1 cook. Kendle and kylie rush to the cupboards and grab all they need to make an original recipe taught to them by their mother taught to her by her mother and on it goes. 20 minutes is up 10 minutes to go, Kylie finishes what she doing, Kendle places it all on the plate preparing it nice as possible. Times up, time to test it, they all have a taste of each plate, and the judges announce the winners, "Kendle and Kylie congratulations you are the winning team"

They go off with their prize on the cruise then shopping till they dropped.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Reading reflection 2

TITLE: Pounamu Pounamu   
AUTHOR: Witi Ihimaera
Pages: 59 - 80
date: 23rd may 2013

When I read the part about how much the family misses nani miro and her old house, it made me wonder if she were still alive would the book still have the sad vibe? would the house still be there?
I wonder why the author chose to write about his life?
I think it might be because it was an interesting journey he lived through, or he probably wants everyone to experience what he went through as a child on the side lines.
This book is about Witi Ihimaera’s journey from young too and old age
The main character in the story is Witi.

Calories & Nervous system

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Reading Reflection

Based on what I’ve read about Mr hohepa how he puts curses on people who don’t listen to him. Mrs Jones did not care. I predict that she will have a Makatu (Curse) put on her.

I think the author is a good/bad writer because he uses strong enthusiasm into making me (the reader) want to read more and actually finish the book
I like this story because its about someones life and its an actual interesting life because I’m not a big fan in reading but this book is making me want to read more

I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this book and too actually finishing it.

TITLE: Pounamu Pounamu   

AUTHOR: Witi Ihimaera
Pages: 23 - 43

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Xtra Math

If you've been reading most of my post's I've posted on Blogger you'll know that I've been writing about Xtra Math since I've actually started Xtra Math. We'll I'm year 8 now and I'm still using it. I've improved a lot since the last time I've posted about this. I've been on Xtra Math for about two week's now and I've already passed 3sec Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication I am now working on Division as you can see in the picture.
Xtra Math I guarantee is a very good site for your children who struggle with their basic facts. click here to sign yourself up now.

Will.I.Am's amazing surprise and huge donation

On Wednesday afternoon our school gathered in the school hall to hear amazing news from our principle Mr Burt that an anonymous celebrity made an anonymous donation for our school project Maniakalani education trust schools, and that person wanted to meet our school the next day. We had to be prepared.

The following day (Thursday) we had an assembly for this mystery celebrity. As classes arrived, camera shows arrived too, we saw T.V1, T.V3Helenstein brothers and many more.  It was a long wait but then all of a sudden the the camera people ran to the front of our school as our prefects walked in with the anonymous donater Will.I.Am! 

This amazing person could've chose any school he wanted, but he chose ours! The wait was really worth it. Will.I.Am the front person from the black eyed peas believes that children are the future so he donated 100k so students can learn about science, mathematics and engineering. He grew up in a small area in East Los Angeles where there were a lot of violence and drug's as he grew up. Will.I.Am has started a foundation called I.Am Angel. 

It was a wonderful suprise having at our school. Our school is very grateful for having you  at our school, and we apreciate that you want kiwi kids to become the invetnter's of us. 

Click here to read more about what happened that day.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reading reflection.

TITLE: Pounamu Pounamu   
AUTHOR: Witi Ihimaera
Pages: 1 - 23

Summerize: This book is about Witi Ihimaera’s and what had happen in his early and late life. The main character's in this book is Witi Ihimaera, Nani and dad.
Visualize: When I read the part about Nani and her best friend playing the last game of cards before she died I pictured Them laughing and having a good time, I think the main characters look like old but very wise.

I'm actually really excited to finishing the rest of the book, it is written by one of my teachers favourite writers, so it'll be very cool to read the whole book and share it what I've read with my teacher.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What my friends think about me.

In our class we've been participating in a cool and fun activity. First we tape an A4 paper on our backs, then let our friends write one positive thought on it. These are the three things that I like....

1. Infinity  swag, because in these days "swag" and "infinity" are two nice words anyone could say to someone.
2. Swagged out unicorn. Because I'm known to be a unicorn and a unicorn is a symbol/meaning of something.
3.Andrea you're so funny and cool :) Because I feel like a good person that can make someone laugh and to make them think I'm cool.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fia Fia 2013

Every year and each term we have a different topic. This term our main focus has been on Fia Fia! You're probably wondering what Fia Fia is? Well Fia Fia is an event where all the different cultures in our school divide into groups such as Kapa Haka, Samoan group, Indian and many more. Well this year is the schools 60th anniversary! So we're going to celebrate this as Fia Fia.

This is my first Fia Fia I've been involved and probably my last. So out of everything I chose Rapping! Because rapping inspires me! At the beginning of the practices it was kind of a struggle not knowing the song's. So I had to keep at it and push myself to learning all the right lyrics and getting the correct notes.
It got easier as it through to 8 weeks! So today we've been practicing for 10 weeks and its all about to go down on Thursday. Be there or be square.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Graveyard imagination

It was a cold and stormy night when Alice and her best friend Megan decided to watch a late night movie. After the movie had finished Megan and Alice were too lazy to take the long way home, so they decided to take a shortcut through an old cemetery. They got about one quarter of the way in, then Alice saw a really bright light “look Megan” gasped Alice. “What is it?” Megan paused “Lets go now!”.

Megan started walking a few steps turned around and saw Alice there, walking towards the bright light. “I see something” Alice yelled. All of a sudden like a switch the light turned off. Alice was nowhere to be seen. As Megan got closer she saw a white horse with a colourful cone on its head “wooooow” Megan dragged.. Alice ran out from behind this strange animal and yelled “It’s a Unicorn It’s a unicorn” repeatedly. “A Unicorn? but I thought they were mythical” whispered Megan with tears of joy in her eyes. A couple of minutes went by Megan and Alice decided it was a done deal to take this unicorn home. “Rainbow Unicorn I shall call you” Alice said fiercely.

They pulled the unicorn in the house. Tip toeing right till Megan’s room. They stayed up and tried to figure out how this could be. A breathing Unicorn in her room. They took a few pictures and videos of the Unicorn some with them in it and some with only the unicorn. They got blankets for the unicorn and pillows too. They said good night and off they went to sleep.

At the crack of dawn Alice and megan woke up. With pains in their head. They couldn’t remember anything from last night, they looked on the floor and there were pillows and blankets messy on the ground. They were very confused. Megan saw the camera on the ground still on. She flicked through the pictures. There were pictures of her and Alice with their arms wrapped around the air, one picture even had a sign in bold letters 'Rainbow Unicorn' Megan and Alice were very confused!

Later that day Megan started having strange flashbacks from lastnight Alice started remembering too! They realised their imagination tricked them into thinking they saw a unicorn! From that day on Megan and Alice decided watching Rainbow Unicorn defeats the ninja they're never ever watching it again.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Last week Room 19 walked down to Omaru creek to learn how to make a Putiputi/Flower's out've Harakeke/Flax we also learn't the protocols/Kaupapa of collecting Harakeke/Flax. 

As we arrived we found a nice spot to sit. Miss Tito went over the most important rules: When cutting flax you have to cut diagonally down, when choosing your Harakeke you're not aloud to choose any of the first three in the middle (picture above) you're not allowed to cut flax at night time or in the rain because you might cut the wrong one or when you cut it in the rain the rain will kill the freshly cut flax.

After we learnt the rules we were finally ready to pick our own. Me and my partner TeRina picked ours as Miss Tito said. While I was cutting mine I accidentally cut the Pepi/Baby, now that bush will die. The whole class had collected theirs and was ready to start weaving.

We walked back to school, and sat in a big circle in the intermediate street. Miss Tito tried to go step by step but everyone kept mucking up! Me and my friend Jorja were the best at making it well we learn't very quickly. Hopefully we get another chance to make more flowers but different types.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tuakana/Teina (oldest & youngest)

Every Tuesday we walk to the nearby library in our school and meet the students from room 9. We meet them there so we can teach them how to read properly and understanding what they're reading. Some of us often have turns reading with our Teina they'll read and we'll correct them. My Teina (younger) student is one of the best readers in her class.

We've been reading with room 9 for 3 weeks 4 weeks tomorrow. Me and my Teina (younger) have been reading the very hard books such as, The Guinness Book of records, Nature books. I've chosen these books because they've got very hard words and my expectation for my Teina is to reach a very high level in reading. Some times she struggles and when she does we go back to a less difficult book.

Tuakana/Teina means oldest and youngest like brother and sister in Te reo Maori a language we speak in Aotearoa (New Zealand). In our class we're using this method to teach younger students how to read and understand what they're reading. This gives us a good opportunity to learn how to pass on knowledge to others in the future.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

All about me.

Sand fight friday!

The day started off cold, wind so strong not a spec of light in the sky. Students stood confusingly, thinking 'no picnic its going to rain'. As the hour ran past the clouds slowly pushed apart with a scene of the lion king the clouds made way, giving the sun a good path to shine.

School Picnic, once a year our school (all students, teachers and family members) go down to the Point England reserve/beach for a picnic. The purpose of going to the beach/reserve in the beginning of the year, is so that we have a chance a 'fun chance' to meet and get to know the people who have just started this year.

Boundrys were set, we're all ready to go! Off we went splitting up into our teams (ex: team 1 = yr 1 - 3) we found a comfy spot under a large tree. One by one the teams went for a swim. yr 7-8 were last to swim. Up on the grass area were many sports played, some were flying kites but most were playing sports. Down by the beach on the sand were all the yr 8's with the younger kids running around! Sand getting thrown everywhere, i got there nice and tidy left with sand down my back, in my ears and all on my face.

How the sand fight started out. My friend Tauwhare picked a bunch of sand up and threw it at me, well she tried but ended up throwing it at someone else. That person how ever didn't like that, so he threw sand at her, trying to get her he got someone else. We had a bunch of fails causing everyone to get angry and throw it at everyone, so we laughed and had a good time, finishing with something to eat then on our way back to school we left.

Personally I've moved around schools, I've been attending Point England for 4 years this year. This year I am yr 8 so this will be the last time I've attended a Point England Picnic! If you have children in the area of Glenn Innes and you want a fun day out, no costs just a good day at the beach.


This week, room 19 students have had the chance to find the definition and example of the three P’s (Participation, Protection and partnership).

Definition - participation is participating in something such as sport or decision making etc. Example -

Thursday, February 21, 2013

what is love?

Definition - A strong feeling someone feels about someone else, such as their mother, or another person. 
Example and definition below.