Monday, 22 May 2017

Learning about water safety

We enjoyed the last of our swimming lessons at GI Pools last week. Here are some of the highlights from our ten sessions at the pools. We had so much fun learning about water safety with our instructors, Kat, Jed and Jess.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Netball: Year 5 Minions

It's the beginning of the netball season for our Year 5 Minions. The girls showed skill and determination to win their second game of the season 8-7 on Thursday evening in windy conditions at the Auckland Netball Centre. What an awesome coach the team has in Esther, Efe-Lata's sister! It was fabulous to see so many whānau supporting the team at the courts too.  Good luck for the rest of the season!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dictation race!

On your marks, get set, go! We raced off to read the short story while our buddies waited with their Chromebooks at the ready. They had to type up the words that we told them. It was tricky reading and remembering all the words. There was lots of walking backwards and forwards between the reading station and our buddies because we had to tell them how to punctuate the sentences too. We did an awesome job of listening to each other and working together.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

For our Mums

We spent time thinking about our Mums today and all the things that they do to care for and look after us.  It was fun these creating cards to share our thoughts with them.  Can't wait to surprise them on Sunday!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

What is orienteering?

So, what's orienteering?  We had our first session with Leon from Kiwisport today to learn what's involved and what we will be doing.  We will be learning to find our way around by reading maps and learning lots of different symbols.  We'll find out more next week!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Thinking about ... water safety

Just keep swimming ... just keep swimming! Yesterday we enjoyed our first swimming session at Glen Innes pools. Before we climbed safely into the pool, we talked and thought about staying safe at the pool and at the beach. Our instructor, Kat, asked us why we should swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach. As well as the lifeguards being able to keep an eye on us, we learnt about the danger of rip currents at the beach. So much thinking!  So much swimming!  So much fun!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Now That's Thinking!

The holidays are almost over ... I wonder what we will be learning about in Term 2?  Well, it's going to be all about thinking!

How has technology changed our lives over time? How do we use technology to communicate?  Back in the day, how did people find out who was who, and what was happening? Moving around from place to place ... how has that changed? Finding our way from place to place ... we know the way but how did our ancestors know the way? What might things look like in the future?

Now, that's thinking!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Giving it a go at hockey

Kiwisport came to teach us awesome hockey skills in Term 1. After choosing the right size stick, it was time to learn how to dribble, pass and shoot the ball. We showed off our awesome skills and how much we had learnt by playing mini-games in our final coaching sessions.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Te Taiao o Tāmaki @ Te Oro

Te Taiao o Tamaki Exhibition Highlights 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Last Wednesday all schools within Manaiakalani came together to celebrate and share their learning about Te Taiao o Tāmaki. Here are some highlights of the amazing day at Te Oro.  Can you spot the bird feeders created by Team 4'?

Special thanks to Mrs Lagitupu for putting together the video.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cleaning up our environment

As ANZAC Day falls in the holidays, the plan was for the whole school to clean up Point England Beach today by giving an hour of our time to support Serve for NZ. With Cyclone Cook on the way, it wasn't a great day to head to the beach to clean up our local environment! Instead we did an amazing job of cleaning up our school environment before the holidays. Ka mau te wehi, Rooms 9 and 10!  The beach clean-up will happen later.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sketching Te Taiao o Tāmaki

Te Taiao o Tāmaki is home to a variety of native birds, fish, plants and trees. Whether walking or playing at Omaru Creek or Pt England beach, there are many things to look at, watch and explore. We decided to sketch some of the birds and other things we have seen in our local environment. We needed to think about making our object look big enough on the paper and lightly drawing circles to begin to create the shape of a bird before adding any detail.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Maui and the sun - by Hunter

Hunter Maui and the Sun from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Once upon a time in Aotearoa the sun went too fast across the sky. The people were not happy because they couldn't get their work done but there was a man called Maui who was a legend. Maui could save the world with his magic hook. Maui went to catch the sun. He lassoed the sun with his hook. He hit the sun until the sun promised to move across the sky slowly. Now the sun moves slowly across the sky.

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Duffy Role Model Assembly

On Wednesday Filipe Manu and Madison Nonoa visited Point England to share how reading has played an important role in their lives.  As well as being awesome readers, both Filipe and Madison are successful opera singers.  Check out their amazing voices!

Duffy Assembly from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

We are so lucky that Filipe and Madison were able to visit us.  It was just as exciting when we returned to class to be given our Duffy books for this term.  What is your favourite book?

Saturday, 1 April 2017

What are we making?

As part of our learning about Te Taiao o Tāmaki, we were hard at work in Maker Space with Mr Vogt this week. We are designing and making bird feeders to use in our local environment: Kaitīakitanga i nga wā kātoa!  Our bird feeders will be on display at the special event at Te Oro later in the term.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Animation Writing and Voice Over - by Ben

Maui went out fishing when the sun was out on his waka. Then it turned dark and Maui was still paddling, then morning came and he smelled the air and then he threw his hook into the ocean. Well Maui was waiting then he fell asleep. The ropes started moving then Maui woke up and started pulling the rope. A big stingray came up and it looked like the shape of NZ. If you're kill the fish then you will be killing mother nature you have to keep the creeks clean and the seas and the oceans then people will go fishing because there will be fishes to catch in the ocean.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Practising our Mihi

Today we enjoyed practising the beginning of our Mihi with Whaea Saf in Whare Fono. We will all share our personal ones once we have finished creating and learning them during the year.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

We are The Generals!

Congratulations to this amazing team of young people from Team 4 who were awarded top points for being so generally awesome, responsible and fabulous at our Year 5 and 6 camp!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Our generally awesome camp!

Camp Movie Room 9 2017 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

With so many amazing experiences and images to share from our Year 5 and 6 camp, it was tricky to decide what to include in our movie created for PENN today. Thank you Roshaan, Tepaia, Jedida and Donte for sharing your highlights of this adventure so clearly with everyone.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Dear Mr Somerville - by Zane

Thank you for looking after us during camp and bringing us amazing team leader I have fun at camp it was my first ever camp I am happy that I got to stay 2 nights And go to bomb in the bombing pool. At camp it was fun because everybody had fun playing in the cold and playing at kayaking. I am playing with my friends like leonardy.

I was helping Miss Takere take some food to the big tent and I got to load up the cooler with Patties and sausages.

My favourite was going  kayaking with my friend Lennox and it was my favourite because we got to get wet and when I went by myself my friend Lennox fell out of his kayak It was funny because he looked shocked because of the cold water.


After we  finished camp you told team 4 that the Generals were the winners and we got to have chocolate but you called it a healthy snack and that was funny. Thank you Mr Somerville for letting me go on camp.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Room 9's favourite activity at camp - by Donte

We voted to see what activity Room 9 liked best at camp.  Then, we made a graph to show this.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

About camp - by Shania

It was year 5 and 6 camp for three days.  We stayed on the grass at school. We slept  for 2 nights in a tent.  It was fun sleeping in the tent but it was hard to go sleep because too many people around us were talking. We were split into groups.  I was in the Generals.  With the Generals we practised our concert item. We went kayaking at the beach. I was afraid to go in the water but then I wasn’t because I got on a kayak. It was fun. We played with the rollerblades and scooters. I played table tennis and basketball.  We were against the Captains at Killer Zone.  We threw the water balloons at the other team. The Captains won the first round and we won the second round. We went to Mangere Pools on Friday. When we first hopped into the pool  I was cold but then I went out and went back in again.  It felt nice the next time when I dived under the water.

My highlight was dancing at the concert.  We made a dance to the song We are one (Ole Ola).  

Thank you to Mr Somerville, Miss Timmi and Mrs Buchanan and the rest of the teachers who helped us at camp.  Even some parents helped at the pools.

At camp I learnt to try new things and not be scared of new things like kayaking.