Friday, 24 February 2017

Bike Track Opening!

Today we had the opening of our new bike track at school! There are some amazing people who have helped this project to happen, including Dimension DataVarietyAuckland Transport, and Bikes in schools!

We all gathered out on the field for the special occasion. 

After some welcomes, speeches, waiata, and karakia, some students were fitted with helmets and bikes, cut the ribbon, and rode the first loop around the track! 

We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has made this possible. We are very excited about getting out on the track for the first time!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Rooms 9 and 10 Korowai

At the beginning of term 1, we created a Korowai for our shared space. Each of us used blending with oil pastels to create at least one feather, and then wrote our names onto a coloured feather. We then put all of these feathers together to create this beautiful Korowai. When we created our Korowai, we came up with five expectations for our learning space. We expect that everyone will show:

- Respect
- Support
- Responsibility
- Gratitude

Finally, we expect that everyone will work as a team.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Creating through animations

This term, team 4 are creating animations of Māori myths and legends which have strong links with the environment. Learners can choose from either Rata and the Totara tree, Māui and the Sun, or Māui and the Giant Fish. In Creative Space with Mrs Lagitupu, we are developing our animating skills. We look forward to sharing some of our animations with you later in the term!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Toby: Untie the human knot!

This week for writing, room 10 took part in an unusual, yet fun, experience! Toby wrote this descriptive and engaging recount about it:

Check out Toby's blog post and leave him a comment!

As the cheers of laughter spread through the classroom, while the three groups of kids all 8,9 and 10 year olds stood in a circle to wrap, then untie themselves from each other. “AJ, put your feet through Jacob’s arms” I shouted to a friend of mine, my friend josh was having loads of fun twisting, turning falling to the ground.

“What kind of game is this?” I thought to myself while trying to untangle myself from all the disaster that was happening around me. My firm grasp was no match for Josh’s weight, a few seconds ago I couldn’t risk it, I had to let go. Once I let go I could see josh and myself laughing together then slap! He had hit the ground, both of us still laughing.

What I could hear and see was every student having a beaming joyful time, it was so cool to see how the students and teachers were happily getting along with each other.

People were shouting and screaming because of all the fantastic happiness around and inside the classroom, like a zap of lightning striking the classroom and providing laughter and fun while we still had the time to play the game.

I was trying to make sure everybody was listening to me so we could untangle ourselves and be free, but their was too much fun happening. A few minutes ago Miss West shouted ”alright everyone packing up and sitting on the mat” “yes Miss West!” everyone shouted and had already sat on the mat before she knew it, to learn new things!

Photos below!

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Our environment in photos

What comes to mind when you think about the environment you live in? As part of our 'Te Taiao o Tāmaki' (The Environment of Tāmaki) inquiry, this week we took some photos of our environment around Pt England School. We are using these to create Pt England Environmental Magazine Covers. Check out some of the creative photos which we took!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Te Reo Māori with Whaea Saf

Kia ora! Today, we had our first Te Reo Māori lesson of 2017 with Whaea Saf!

This year, we are focusing on 'Responsibility' - Kaitīakitanga i nga wā kātoa. With Whaea Saf, we learned the meaning of 'Kaitīakitanga.'

Kai = food/ feed
Tiaki = care

The word Kaitīakitanga means 'guardianship' or guardians of everything. 

We are going to continue to learn more about the meaning of the saying: 'Kaitīakitanga i nga wā kātoa' throughout the term.

              GJ (2017)                   

This links nicely with our cluster-wide inquiry: Te Taiao o Tāmaki - The environment of Tāmaki. We can show Kaitīakitanga in many ways by looking after the beautiful environment in which we live. 
                                                                                         GJ (2017)