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 -