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Monday, December 16, 2013

Farewell 2013

Kia ora, I am a year 7 student at Pt England School and looking forward to being a year 8. This year, I have made heaps of new friends and but the sad thing is that most of them are leaving at the end of the year. This year as been awesome, mostly because I had a really awesome teacher (Ms Tito).

Because the year 8's are leaving, I just want to say goodbye to my friends Andrea, Te Rina, Hosannah, Richard, Zion and all the year 8 extension group. I'm going to miss Andrea and Te Rina's buzzing laughs, Hosannah and Zion's funny personalities, Richard's kick back personality and the year 8 extension groups awesomeness. And to all my year year 7 friends who are also leaving, just want to say "See Ya" and wish all of you the best for the future. 

I just want to say "BYE" to Ms Tito because I may not be in her class next year. Thanks for all the awesomely fun times and the inspirational growling's and lectures. Thank you for teaching me how to be a "PURPLE COW"and not an ordinary brown cow. Those are things I will remember forever, because I know it will help me next year in my new class and in the future. 

Besides from not having this years year 8's, I am looking forward for next. I am looking forward to being a year 8 and leading by example to the little kids. I would really like to achieve being in at least one sport team next year. 

I have really enjoyed being in Room 19. I really don't want to leave Room 19's dramas, fun times, awesome teacher, students and over all AWESOMENESS!! I hope next year will be as awesome as this year. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

HAVING A NETBOOK IS AWESOME!!!

Big Question:
HOW HAS HAVING A NETBOOK CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET HELPED MY LEARNING THIS YEAR?
Having a netbook that is connected to the Internet has really helped me this year. Like in literacy, Mrs Lagitupu would say all these intelligent words I didn't understand or haven't even heard before. So I typed them into Google and it came up with the meaning.

Something I Discovered/Learnt on My Own
This year my little sister wanted a bracelet for her birthday, but I didn't have enough money to buy one. So I grabbed my netbook and searched up "how to make an awesome bracelet that's cheap", and a whole lot of different websites came up. I ended up making a really cool bracelet that I wanted to keep but had to give to my sister.

Something Special My Teacher Taught Me 
This year my teacher (Ms Tito) taught me to be a "PURPLE COW". Being a "PURPLE COW" is thinking outside the box, standing out and not being shy to be different. This has helped to sign up for choir/band and now I am known as a singer and not just a normal brown cow. I will remember to be a "PURPLE COW" forever.

Something Significant I taught Myself
One day when I was at the with my family, I nearly drowned. I first read on how to swim. But that wasn't enough, so I searched it up on the web and taught myself. The next thing I knew, I was swimming just as good as a dolphin.

Something My Friend Taught Me
My friend taught me how to take a screenshot on my netbook after it got re-imaged. I was in a hurry and really needed the photo for my writing. Now I know that you take screenshot by pressing SHIFT + CTRL + PRT SCREEN.

How I Helped Other Kids Learn This Year
Earlier this year, our class did Tuakana Teina (little brother/sister Big brother/sister) with a junior class. I helped my partner to read by telling her to spell out the words she didn't know.

How Have I Grown my Key Competencies through Using Digital Tools this Year?
I think it has helped me a lot. Because when I still had pencil and paper, it was hard for me to manage myself because my hands would always get sore. It has also helped me in my thinking too because most of the time when I have pencil and paper I think more about my hands and how they hurt so much.

You would probably think there is no down side of having a netbook that is connected to the Internet.... BUT, there is. The down side is that there are a whole lot of temptations to stop you from doing your work. LUCKILY, we have WATCH DOG.

Monday, December 2, 2013

3 Favourite Highlights of the Year

My top 3 highlights of the year were ....


1. Making Koauau With Miss

Early in the year, Ms Tito treated all the 'STARS' in our class to an awesome experience in making koauau. This was one of my favourite highlights because, I got to try something new. I also liked shining it up with the spoon at the end. 


MKTO Classic from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.                                                                                         2. Making a MTV for "Classic" with Gloria, Kaycee, Isara and Tyla
Making this movie was very interesting. I enjoyed it because there were really funny bloopers, but we didn't show them. Plus, I got to do it with my friends.But the coolest thing was that in our movie making time, we filmed random things but it ended up really useful in the end.


3. Swimming
Recently, the year 7 and 8's of P.E.S, went down to the Glen Innes Aquatic Centre to have some free swimming lessons. I was in Group 1 and we did heaps of fun games. I enjoyed the last day the most because we had races and relays. Even though my team lost, I still enjoyed it.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Every Picture Tells a Story





I know that static images are images that don’t move at it can either be a picture or a poster

This photo has got 2 killer whales on it that look like they are on their way to somewhere to eat. I think what makes this photo unique is that the killer whales are there because you can have a photo of mountains and water but it is even awesomer because of the whales. This photo makes me feel relaxed and like I can just do nothing forever.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mihimihi

Kia Ora Koutou
Greetings to you all

kua hui mai nei 
who have gathered here

ki tenei kura
to this school

ki te mau mai
to bring 

nga whakaaro pai 
the good thoughts

Ka nui te hari
Great is the joy

mo to koutou manawanui
for your dedication

ki te haere mai 
in coming

ki te awhina
to support / help

nga kaupapa
the topics

e pa ana ki tenei kura
concerning this school

Noreira tena koutou, tena koutou tena ra tatou katoa
Therefore greetings once, greetings twice greetings again to all of us 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Narrative

This is my practice writing for my writing test next week. It is not finished.




Where?  At aunty Mel’s house which is planted in the middle of the forest
What? Cesar the dog and Samantha got lost in the mysterious room that looks like nothing in there but actually it was portal to where ghosts live
Who?  Joshua, Samantha, Aunty Mel, parents Cesar dog and Caspar How? Their parents dropped them off
Why? Joshua and Samantha go to there aunt Mel’s house for the weekends
When? After school on the day before Halloween


2 days before Halloween, and Samantha and I pack our bags for the weekends, where we will spending Halloween at our Aunt Mel’s house. Did I mention it was planted in the middle of the creepiest forest in the world, at least that’s what Cesar and I think ( Cesar is my dog ).

After school, Mum and Dad drop Me, Samantha and Cesar off at Aunt Mel’s house. Luckily the sun was out because if it wasn't, we probably would be lost in the incredibly thick forest of DOOM. So when we got there they just chucked us out of the car and left.  

“Hello, children,” Aunt Mel says trying to smother us with   
her soggy kisses.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Four Shot Movie Storyboard

A girl is watching a movie the she suddenly falls asleep. Then she wakes up and she finds out she woke up in the movie.

Monday, October 21, 2013

HALLOWEEN ?

These are things that I normally see on Halloween day while eating the lollies inside.

CANDY
COSTUMES
SPOOKY STUFF
“TRICK or TREAT”
CREEPY CHARACTERS
GIVING OUT CANDY
CRAZY CHILDREN RUNNING AROUND TRYING TO SCARE PEOPLE AND GET LOLLIES

WHAT I THINK HALLOWEEN IS ALL ABOUT...


HALLOWEEN :
I think halloween is about eating lollies all days and having heaps of fun with friends, knocking on all the doors in the neighbourhood and shouting “TRICK or TREAT, smell my feet, gimme something sweet to eat” at whoever opens the doors. I have never gone trick or treating but from the stories people tell me, it sounds very fun. And people tell me that it's about celebrating a devil's birthday.

WHAT I FOUND OUT FROM WATCHING A MOVIE:

Samhain
It says in the Celtic calendar that the year gets split into two, the light and dark half. Samhain ( sel-win ) was the beginning of the dark half.  

Lemuria day
On the 13th of may, it was Lemuria day, where roman people poured milk on graves or left soul cake on it to stop the dead from rising from the ground. Christian pastors told their churches to pray for those who are not in heaven and not in hell but in between in Purgatory. Purgatory is not as bad as hell, but it still might be as fiery. Christians said if enough prayer were prayed, they would rise and be sent to heaven.

Jack O lanterns
Jack O lanterns were originated from a man named Jack O Lantern. He was so bad that Saturn didn't even want him in hell. When Saturn kicked Jack out of Hell he flicked him a little ball of fire where Jack put in a turnip. People then decided to carve pumpkin's and put candle inside them, many years later. Many people said that Saturn came to visit Jack but Jack played a trick on him and hooked him on the wall. "I will let you go if you promise let me live and rome around for as long as I like," is what Jack said. Saturn had no other choice but to agree, so thats why people say "Stay away from flickering lights" because they think it is Jack O lantern.




Pakistan Earthquake



A major earthquake with the magnitude of 7.8 hits Pakistan, causing a new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast. It struck 235 km southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s quake prone province of Baluchistan ( This part is close to Iran ).

The earthquake was so powerful, it caused the seabed to rise and create a small island, nearly 600 meters off Pakistan’s coastline in the Arabian sea.

The casualty rate for this quake is unknown. But officials say 45 people had been killed so far. This number may rise.




Friday, August 30, 2013

Maths - MY NAUGHTY SON

My Son is Naughty
Jack and Ray were at the rugby. Ray’s team was winning 
so Jack decided to give Ray a problem to deflate his ego a 
bit. So Jack said “Did you know that today is my three 
sons’ birthday?” “How old are they?” Ray asked taking 
the bite. “I’ll give you a hint. The product of their ages is 
36 and the sum of their ages is 13,” Jack replied. “That’s 
no help,” said Ray. So Jack weakened and gave him 
another clue. “O.K. My youngest son is very naughty.”
“Nothing to it,” exclaimed Ray and he told Jack the 
correct ages of his sons. 
How did Ray figure out the correct answer and what are 
Jack’s sons’ ages?

We made a movie to explain our ANSWER.


Jacks Sons from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Math's in Room 15


Lisia maths problem. from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

The Question: Some octopuses, some fish and a few
mermaids were happily frolicking in a rock
pool. Altogether there were 38 arms, 24 eyes
and 8 tails all swimming in the pool.
How many mermaids were there?



Our ANSWER is = 3 MERMAIDS


Friday, August 23, 2013

THE VERY FUN, FUN RUN


 Does your school have cross country in muddy paddocks full of horses,cows and sorts of other stinky farm animals? Well our school does. Yesterday after lunch time, our school had  cross country. It all happened on the field and also the reserve next to our school. We have been practising for at least the entire term.

Watching all the 8 - 11 year old girl and boys start their races, the year 7 and 8's were encouraging them to go hard and don't give up. Then suddenly, "Year 7 girls Please" shouted Mrs Nua, summoning us to the start line, I then get butterfly's. 

After Mr Burt demonstrates us where we will be running, he turns on the siren and we begin our run. Heavily jogging, I try to weave through all the girls that were bunched up together in front of me. Making my way an open space, I then hear a whole lot of year 7 and 8 boys and girls cheering for us go hard and not stop. 

Seeing the finish line, Laita and I sprint as fast as we could. Coming a tie, we celebrate by having a nice drink of cold water. Even though I didn't come in the top 10, at least I ran, and that is what I am most proud of. Overall, the entire thing was FUN.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Creative Strand Reflection

During the past week, the year 7 and 8's have been working on making movies, painting pictures, and many more other creative creations about 'LOVE'.

First, we got shown a presentation about what little kids think LOVE is. My favourite explanation was about a four year old child whose next door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Seeing the man cry, the little boy went over to the gentleman's yard, climbed on to his lap and just sat there. When his Mum asked what he said to the neighbour, the little boy said, "Nothing I just helped him cry."

In my group there were Chloe, Dhara, Ane and Myself. Our idea was to make a movie music video about two children who love food. Our video goes with the song 'THIS IS LOVE' by Mcfly.

Yellow Hat - The things I enjoyed
I enjoyed making a movie with my friends and also filming and editing the movie.

Black Hat - Which things didn’t I like.
I didn't really like the way that some of my team members were slacking off at the end.


Green Hat - What was something interesting about this week.
I found filming and editing very interesting.


White Hat - What did I learn.
This week, I learnt how to put music on a movie and then how to put a movie on Vimeo.


Blue Hat - What can I do better next time.
Next time, I could choose better team members that don't slack off and maybe learn to edit properly.

In the end, my group and I did not quite finish our movie but we sure did have a great time making it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gavin Bishop Information

Gavin bishop, an author and illustrator of children's books, he did not always work as that, he was once an art teacher at a secondary level for thirty years. For twenty of those thirty years he spent at Linwood High School and for the last ten years, he spent at Christ’s College.


Gavin was born in Invercargill, New zealand. His farther's family were from Dunedin and his mother's family was mainly from the North Island. Gavin's tribal connections are Ngati Mahuta and Ngati Pukeko, Ngati Awa.

As a young boy, Gavin started school at the age of four and a half at Kingston School. At his school there were only 11 pupils in his class. Some days, he was able to ride to school on a huge horse with two other kids. They got on by jumping on the school gate. Gavin also had two pets., a dog named smudge and a cat called Calla Callutsa, which go tgiven to them by thier Greek neighbours.

I am looking forward to this Thursday, because the year 7 & 8 extension group will be meeting Gavin Bishop and three other author's.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

An Awesome Birthday

"Get up, Get up!" I heard my sisters shout as I was still in bed, half-a-sleep. When I was fully a wake, I realized why they were waking me up so early..... IT WAS MY 12TH BIRTHDAY. After I cased out my sisters and got changed, my dad told me that we were going to go to my Uncle's house, I was so excited.

Arriving at my Uncle's house, I got a great big hug from my Aunts. It was a surprise, because I didn't know they knew it was my birthday. Later on, when all the food was ready and everyone stopped talking, my Uncle decided that it was time to bless the food.

My favourite part of that day was all the food we got to eat. I especially enjoyed eating chocolate cake and the new Whittaker's L&P White Chocolate.

Unfortunately, I had a least favourite part. That was when our entire church had a meeting, and my Aunty announced to everyone, that I turned 12 on that day. All because of that, my cousin next to me, started punching me, just cause I didn't tell her.

Even though I didn't get any presents, at least I had the love of my family.... and also a really good feed.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Twisted Fairytale Movie Storyboard

This is the storyboard to the movie that might be posted on my blog next. Our movie is a twisted fairytale, Goldey Locks and the three bears. 



Type of Shot
Voice Over
Action
Title: Once, there lived a girl - Close up
Once lived a girl named Paris
Close up on Monike
Establishing Shot - 3 secondsWide - long shot
that had beautiful golden locks she was as tall as a tree and had amazing brown eyes.
Monike standing in the green screen room, and the green screen would, be of a kingdom Lisia will draw.
Title


Close Up
she was born with golden hair
close up of the girl with Monike’s golden/blonde hair.
A camera shot from one of the brunet peoples view. For only 2 seconds
this was a problem because everyone in the kingdom were brunets
her in the middle of a circle. Odd one out cause she is the only one with golden/blonde hair.
Wide shot - 3 seconds
So at the age of 12 she gets kicked out of her own kingdom
Her Mum (Queen - Kaycee) kicking her out of the kingdom/school.
Title - Forced to live in a mountain
Forced to live in a mountain
Monike sitting on a little hill thing.

she found a boy
Monike acting like she found her brother (Richard).
Title - LONG LOST BROTHER -
This particular boy was in fact her long lost brother....
Monike and richard playing a game or 21 questions.      
Title - WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
they finished asking questions about each other and leave together.
Title - SEE THE MOVIE....
SEE THE MOVIE....
4 of september
Title - ....NEVER!  
....NEVER!  
but for real never!!!!!...


Final Shot - leaves audience wanting to see your movie.
______________________
The scene of Monike and Sonny fading away into blackness ...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Twisted Fairytale Writing

In the senior block, we have been working in our creative strand and Literacy groups again. Last week the A team were in our Literacy, Reading and Writing strand again. For Writing with Miss Squire's, we had to write a twisted fairytale in a group of three or two. 

At first, I started to write one on my own about Hansel and Gretel, then I got together with Hosanah and Tyla and we came up with this. 



"Reporter state, girl with Golden locks being chased out of the forest by three lions. She stole a pot of porridge. Her story was that it wasn't her fault. She had been living on a mountain with only what nature had provided.”


Reporter: “Why were you living on a mountain?” Paris: “At the age of twelve I was kicked out of my own kingdom for the golden locks I was born with. It was not my fault everybody else was brunet. I was forced to live in a mountain..

MORE TO COME .....HOPEFULLY.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Spoken Word

This morning in our literacy strand, we had Joshua Iosefo come in to help us with writing. We learnt that our voices are valuable and also how to express our feelings. Joshua also told us that 'Theres no limit to writing'. He asked us "If you could say anything to the world, what would it be?" at first I was confused but then my brain clicked and this is what I wrote.

First we wrote about a scribble that Joshua randomly drew on the board. 

The scribble on the board  is very messy and makes me confused and interesting in a way. It sort represents my messy room.  


Then he told us to write about anything we want and it was allowed to be about anything at all. It could be personal and also not personal.  


RACISM
A problem for me is that many people get teased about where they come from or the colour of their skin. When people tease me about being dark, I wouldn't really care but if was to someone else I would get really offended.............. My name is Lisia and I think racism should be stopped.

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Student!!

Filming Reflection

Yellow Hat - The things I enjoyed
I really liked working with my friends. One other thing was that I got to do most of the filming and normally I don't. 

Black Hat - Which things didn’t I like.

People walking in and out of the doors was something I really hated. Trying to stay humble I didn't hurt anyone in the end.


Green Hat - What was something interesting about this week.
I learnt that teamwork sometimes is the key. Also that I can stay humble.


White Hat - What did I learn.
This week I learnt that sometimes I can manage my time. Not just that but also how to make and import a garage band.

Blue Hat - What can I do better next time.
Next time I could mange my time a bit better. Also to not laugh while people (Jouan) are trying to film me.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Siah, Lollypop & Monike

In the senior block, we have been working in our creative strand and Literacy groups again. Here is a presentation of my trailer planning that will hopefully be my next blogpost. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SER Research

Lately, in year 7 & 8 extension, we have been learning and researching about SER (Self Explaining Road) streets or roads. These are streets that have little islands in the middle of the road. If you press on this LINK, it will take you to a form. Please fill it out and submit to help us with our research.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Prospective Student Writing


Strenuously climbing the towering mountains, Tarzan dangled from the vertical rock face.  Reaching onwards, he gripped onto a rock that looked like it was bound to fall. Luckily it was sturdy. He was so scared. With an apprehensive feeling, he was determined to climb to the top of the steep cliff.

 Reaching the top , Tarzan saw the Dojo. At that moment he had so many emotions running through his head. But what he was feeling the most was tiredness, anxiousness and relief.
 
 Walking towards the humongous door, he knocked and waited to see who would answer. He heard a clanking of chains coming from the hefty door. “Huh? What’s that noise?” he wonders apprehensively. Glancing up he sees a Sensei and in respect he bows. The sensei gives a penetrating stare and points to the right.

 “What?”, Tarzan gives in expression of his face. He thinks that he climbed up the mountain, risks his life, and goes to the dojo to gets rejected. So in reaction he drooped his body in rejection of the sensei and slumps off slowly.

 Then, to show the sensei he is worthy he meditates all night and day. Deep in meditation, Tarzan doesn't even realize that the door opened. But then he opens an eye and stands up. Again the Sensei points to the right.  So he then again turns away in disappointment.

 Then something struck Tarzan. He scrunches his face and turns around to prove to the sensei. He ran up and “BAM” the door was knocked out. One kick and it was gone. Ready to show he was worthy, the sensei came out and pointed to the right hand side again, for the third time.

   This time tarzan looked and there was a sign that said, “USE THE SIDE ENTRANCE”. In embarrassment he turned and walked to the side entrance. So all this time when he thought he was getting rejected, he was actually getting told to use the side entrance.


Monday, June 17, 2013

SSW Week 7


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 my friend Kaycee pops up behind me trying to scare me but it  doesn't  work. After a moment of nothingness, we decide to go in together.

Waking into the hut we see nothing but spider webs, dust, old furniture and a very clean fish tank with piranhas in it, which made me think these fish get visited once and awhile. Suddenly I see green ooze coming  out of the walls, not only that but also a mysterious blur that flew past. I ask Kaycee “Did you see that?” but she just says “See what? NO!”.

Desperately wanting to know what that blur and goo was, I left Kaycee at the fish tank looking at the piranhas, to go investigate.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Fortified Foods


Room 19 students have given 2 words to research and make a presentation to show everyone about it. Here is a screenshot of my presentations about Fortified Foods. I hope you like it.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Reading Reflection 2




Reflection 2 
TITLE: Just Jack
AUTHOR: Adele Broadbent
Pages 13 - 24
22/May/2013
The main character in the story is a boy named Jack.Based on way Kenny treats Jack, I predict that might become friends, even though Kenny is mean to Jack and thinks he can tell him what to do and that but they have heaps in common and my cousin was like that to me but we are the best of cousins.Not knowing what will happen in the end just makes me want to read more and more.


Fun Run Training



During the past 2 weeks, the senior block has been training for a Fun Run that we're doing at the end of the term. We have been running the reserve behind our school but it's only not even close to what we have to run on the day.

On the first time we did it with Room 15, we didn't know why but then we got told at the end. Luckily I had friends in that class that I could run with. In the end I was very proud of myself because I didn't think I could run 1k in under 10 minutes.

The second time we did it was just our class, we had Ms Squires as our teacher. At the end she told us that that was the fasted any class has ever done that. We were pretty proud of ourselves and when we told Ms Tito, she was proud of us too.

Maybe the next time we do this, maybe today, we could do better and hopefully earn points for our class.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Will.I.Am's Surprise Visit


Have you ever heard of the Back Eyed Peas? If you have then you probably know who Will.I.am is. He came to Pt England to give a cheque of $100,000 to the Manaiakalani Education Trust. This huge amount of money was donated to us by Will.i.am because he believes that we will the future inventors.

As Will.i.am arrived so did other 6 principals and a few students from those schools too. Watching him walk through the hall doors got everybody really excited, even the teachers. It was all very overwhelming.

As Will.I.Am was finishing his speech, I realised it was nearly is time.. time to hand over the cheque. The Principals and students made there way up on to the stage to stand next to Will.i.am so it could be that we are all receiving the cheque.

After assembly everybody went to class as fast as they could. This was all so that he could visit there classroom. We were all very excited. Unfortunately he went to room 21 & 22 but not our class. It was a bummer.

Even though he didn't come to our class, I'm still grateful that he came to our school. But it's better than being away on the day, just like how Ms Tito was. Hopefully next time a cool famous singer comes to our school, Ms Tito will be here.

Maths Whizz Update


In Maths Whiz I am currently working on Place Value. Place Value isn't a strength of mine but I'm ready to give it my best shot. Wish Me Luck.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reading Reflection

TITLE: Just Jack
AUTHOR: Adele Broadbent
Pages 1- 13
8/May/2013

This book is about a boy named Wee Jack Baines who is tired of living in his brothers shadow so for his 14th birthday his parents let him go to Hastings to live with a man named Mr MacKenzie. This is so Jack can fulfill his dream of becoming a jockey. When he arrived at Hastings no one was there to pick him up there only just a note leading him to Mr MacKenzie’s stables.
Later in the story, I think that Jack will become a great jockey and make his family proud especially his big brother Robert and his uncle Onslow.
I'm really enjoying reading this and just can’t wait to read what happens in the end.



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What My Friends Say About Me

On the last day of Term 1 room 19 played a game including paper being stuck on to our backs,writing and positive comments.

One of the things someone said about me that I am funny and pretty at the same time. I think they may have said this because I love laughing as much as I do making people laugh.

Another thing is that someone wrote that they love my singing voice. They probably said this because I love singing and I have been singing for a long time now. I get my singing talents from my Dad.

I really enjoyed doing this activity and I think we should play this every single last day of term. The thing I enjoyed the most was writing down positive things about people.











Thursday, March 28, 2013

Picking Harakeke (Flax)


Last week on Thursday, Room 19 walked down to Omaru Creek to pick some flax. We walked down there so we could pick some flax and to learn the protocols/rules of picking flax. Harakeke is a treasure to Moari people because they used it for things like clothing, baskets and many more.

When we got there Miss Tito started telling us some rules. Some of the rules she told us were not to pick flax when its raining or at night. But the most important rule was to not pick the Pepi (Baby), Whaea (Mum) and the Matua (Dad). If you do, then the whole bush would die and that's just not good.

After discussing the rules, we went off with our partners to pick flax so we could weave some putiputi (flower) when we get back to school. My partner and I got flax from a harakeke bush that no one else got flax from, we actually some good looking flax.

Walking back to school I felt excited that I was going to make a putiputi for the first time. Finally we got to school after what seemed like a long walk carrying the flax. Miss T showed us how to strip it and prepare it for weaving. She showed us how to split it into four stripes. Then, I had to leave for choir practice which is fun but I really wanted to make a flax flower.

Not being able to make a putiputi made me feel sad but luckily I got to do something else that is fun like choir practice. Hopefully the next time my class gets a chance to do something cool, I would be involved in it.

Monday, March 11, 2013

School Picnic

Guess what, Pt England School walked down to Pt England Reserve for our school picnic last week. This happens every year so that the students, teachers and other adults can bond.

Walking down to Pt England beach, I felt excited. But then started wondering, what I should do first. When we got there everyone had to wait for Mr. Burt to tell us where we were allowed to go and where not to go, when he finished, the school had to find a place to sit. When we did, the first thing I did was eat my lunch.

After eating a whole lot of food Jorja, Levi and I wondered off wanting to do something exciting. As we were walking, Mr. Barks called us and asked if we wanted to learn how to fly a kite, we all said YES. First it was Levi. When I got the chance to fly the kite it felt like I was going to be pulled up into the air. It was scary but at the same time fun.

My favourite thing that day was playing ball tiggy with Jorja, Tyla, Gloria, Kaycee and Neo. Even though it didn't even last 10 minutes, it was still fun. It was fun because you can get tagged easily and there was heaps of action. 

At the end of the day I felt really tired but happy that mostly everyone got along. I am really looking forward for next years picnic.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"I Am" Poem

I am a Sister
to two younger sisters

I am a Reader
its novels I love

I am Kind
always caring for other

I am Musical
love to play different instruments

I am a Singer
but only around friends and family

I am Tongan
Nuku Alofa is my home