Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Don't stop me now!

Greetings to all our followers this year! Prize giving was a special evening for us. All of our whanau present were so happy and we were too! Right from the start we were singing, cheering and clapping as loud as we could! Many awards were presented, best effort, citizenship, attendance, academic, service to the school through sports players of the year. It was awesome!

We have a special movie to share with you. This is our final performance for the year the year 6 team. It is our school prize giving item. Our teacher Ms Tito taught us this very fun item. We loved being part of it - you will be able to see this in the video.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Take care, keep safe and well. See you in 2010!
Room 18 students

Friday, November 20, 2009

What's on your mind Tiki?

When the tall Mr J passed me the mic I knew it was my turn. As much as I was nervous I was excited. I love that feeling. I was back on the stage waiting for those words .It's like time plays a game with you when you want it to slow down it speeds up. I could see my parents - that made my palms start sweating. The guitarists were in the wings waiting until it was our turn . By then I was as hot as a Ferrari's engine . Sione said those words 'Tiki whats on your mind?' I stood up, my heart beating as fast as it could. The guitarists were creeping on to the stage with their big guitars .

I turned on the mic ready to sing . Now that is a buzzy feeling . I opened my mouth and my little brother was laughing his head off. I started to sing with a smile on my face. I sang the first two lines and I was already dancing. The crowd was quiet so I thought they didn't like it. I started singing the chorus. My hips swaying, my mouth moving. I saw my dad then calmed down. That is one of those times when time plays that game with me. So I just let it slide. Before I knew it my song was slowly ending .I felt like everyone stopped.

I turned and thought seriously 'what's for dinner?' Then the crowd just let me have it they were clapping and yelling. That I will never forget. I looked at my dad and smiled he smiled back then I knew what was for dinner.

By Kalim

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Big Thank You from Kalim!

Hi! As you all may know my name is Kalim. I thank you for all of your comments. This has made me feel supported I feel more confident to get up on stage and perform for all of my fans. I thought that only my school would watch this movie but I was wrong . I am glad I could share that movie with you. A BIG THANK YOU!!!!!
From Kalim

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pompeii with Te Papa

This morning we had another wonderful opportunity to meet with Dr Hamish Campbell and two new people. One person was Riria Hotere who has taken the place that Diana-Grace normally has and Dr Matthew. All three were great to listen to. It's amazing how much we can learn in such a short time. Matthew explained to us what life would have been like before the eruption in 79AD, how life would have been. It was interesting to learn about all the different gods the people worshipped in Pompeii. There seemed to be many. We were shown the plaster casts as well that were made when Pompeii was excavated. It's amazing to think that what stands now as the ruins of Pompeii was excavated because it was buried by the ash and rock that came from Mt Vesuvius. It was buried for 1700 years!

We were able to ask some questions throughout. The answers we received were so good - the team at Te Papa are so good at explaining things. We've posted some photos here of our VC with Te Papa. Students of Room 18 will be posting their reflections on their individual blogs soon. Some will have some short videos to share with you.

Thanks again to the team at Te Papa. We look forward to meeting with you again.

Manaiakalani Film Festival

It's Thursday the 12th of November and we've just returned from watching films created by our very own teachers and students. I'm not just talking about Pt England but schools from all around our community. The hall was full of laughing, singing and dancing students as the movies were shown to us in the hour we watched. Our class had a movie too. We got to show it to our school on Friday afternoon. We've posted it here just incase you missed it. It's based on a topic that some of us have been learning about in our extension class. We hope you enjoy our movie.

Movie produced by Tanielu, Blessing, Moses and Leoden of Room 18

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Little Pink Riding Hood

Who said that Little Red Riding Hood was just red? Who said the Big Bad Wolf was even in this fairy tale ? Who said Grandma lived in a house? Who said there was no Grandpa? Well watch this movie and tell us what you think it was all about.
By Cruz, Moses and Tevita

Friday, September 18, 2009

Jack and the Brick Wall

"There are no such thing as magic beans!" roared Jack's mum.
Nearly everybody in the world knows the story of 'Jack and the beanstalk' and the nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty' but what about giving both a twist?
Watch the movie below and see what the twist is. We hope you appreciate It.
This movie was made by two year six students in Room 18.
Leoden and Sam

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hey Diddle Diddle - remix!

This term we have been learning about the Art In Storytelling. As part of this Inquiry we had an eLearning project to create our very own animation of a fairy tale or nursery rhyme. Not just any nursery rhyme...
Take a look at this movie and see if you can figure out what we mean. We hope you enjoy our movie!
By Paulitia and Kezia

Detective Goldilocks

As you may know, Pt England School's topic for this term is "The Art In Storytelling". So you would probably think that we would have to create an animation of a Fairy Tale, BUT NO!
Ms Tito (our teacher) came up with an absolutely terrific idea. Instead of doing normal Fairy Tales we animated TWISTED Fairy Tales. This is one that we (Tanielu , Omni and Blessing) created. Enjoy!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Finally a post from Ms T

Kia ora koutou katoa - Hi everyone.
One thousand apologies for not posting sooner but my main focus has been to get to know the wonderful students in my new class... Room 18 of Point England school - Wooohoooo!
I can honestly say I am absolutely delighted with my whole class. I have a room full of very talented year 6 students that have wonderful attitudes towards education and learning. What more could a teacher ask for? (besides muffins and chocolate biscuits)
I am slowly getting to know my students to see what makes them tick... their interests, passions, strengths and weaknesses AND like most of them said, a lot of them have the same passions and interests as myself, so we get on like a house on fire.
This terms topic is of course 'The art in storytelling' and we are having a blast. We have pretty much focused most learning areas around myths and legends, fairy tales and folk stories - so lots of fiction and fictitious characters. Students have been writing creative 'twisted fairy tales' to produce for their I.C.T learning object, so watch this space for future posts of movies and animations. Our reading material for our reading tumble has a fiction focus also. If you know anyone in Room 18, you might want to ask them about some of the folk stories or myths we have been reading about. We have been inspired by Dr Seuss's illustrations and have based some artwork around his weird and wonderful drawings - we might have to take some photos to post as well.
All in all, we are having a ball in Room 18. I have been really impressed with the activities a lot of my students have been involved in such as; interviewing the prime minister, conferencing with Hamish Campbell, presenting (on a weekly basis) to visiting teachers and principals, being school role models during assembly and lots more.
So, to all you followers of Pt England School... I feel blessed to be working in a school that really cares about each and every person linked to the school. the children, the staff and the community. Watch this space for more updates (and yes my goal is to post regularly) Ka kite ano - Arohanui Ms T x

Thursday, July 16, 2009

UPDATE Kalim 5 minutes of fame

Kalim did us proud Pt England! He had the difficult task of being the very first performer on Monday. The audience were treated to Kalim singing as well as some very slick moves across the stage. Proud Pt Englanders and family members were in the crowd cheering.
Kalim sang 'I want you back' by the Jackson five and then followed it up with a dance routine to a song by TPain. At the end of the performance we watched 3 more items - all varied in style and talent. The winner was announced. This time round it wasn't Kalim, however we know that it's a great start for him and next time he will be even better. Thanks to Mr Jacobsen for the great photos!
Malo lava le taumafai Kalim.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Kalim - 5 minutes of fame

There have been invitations for entries to Westfield's 5 minutes of fame competition. Kalim - one of our talented performers has decided to enter himself on behalf of Pt England Primary. We are hoping that the competition organisers will visit our class blog page to see his talent! You never know - we could be posting his '5 minutes of fame' some time soon. All the best Kalim.
Room Eighteen
UPDATE!! Kalim's entry has been accepted and he will be performing on Monday the 13th July - 11am at the St Luke's Westfield. Let's get there and support him!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Room 18 have HIRED!

We know that a lot of you have been waiting to hear the outcome of our search for a great teacher for Room 18.  If you have watched our advertisement here, then you will know the kind of teacher we are after. Well, we can make an announcement, here on Room 18's blog!  After way too many people ignoring our advertisement and sending Mr Burt applications on forms and paper, someone finally 'GOT us' and sent the application WE were after.  Check out Miss Tito's video....

So you can see why, when we had watched that, we all said "That's the teacher for Room 18!"  We were pretty busy on Friday with our farewell party for Mrs Lagitupu, but we took a few minutes with a camera to film some messages to Miss Tito to let her know we like her application.
Mr Burt told us today that Miss Tito will be coming to Pt England in time to start term 3 with us.  In the meantime we have Mr Jacobsen as our teacher (remember him from this movie?), so look out for some good times being posted here...
Room 18
PS. Miss Tito gave us permission to publish her video if you were wondering!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

MTV Dance Stars

We didn’t realise how many talented dancers we had in our class until we put together an MTV video.

The song is called ‘1, 2 Step’ by Ciara. Most of the dancing was unrehearsed, and we quickly discovered that there were some pretty talented dancers in our class.

Watch Jacob and Bobbi Grace amaze us with their krumping moves, and see Blessing with his cool flips. You might see them starring in a real music video in the future!

Well done to Cruz, Leoden and Destiney for filming all the footage.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Riverside Club Rocks!

Riverside club is held every Wednesday between 3:30 and 5:00pm throughout the school year.

Take a look at Sela’s interview with Mr Burt:

Q: When did it start?
A: Riverside club started in August 1991.

Q: How long have you been a part of it?
A: Since the day it began. It was started by me and Mrs Burt, and Mr and Mrs Liddle.

Q: Why is it called the Riverside club?
A: It’s called the Riverside club partly because I live on Riverside Avenue, but also because when the club started, it was in the Scout hall on Riverside Avenue.

Q: What gave you the idea to start the Riverside club?
A: Well we noticed that there were a lot of kids who didn’t have much to do after school, especially when there were no winter sports on. So we thought that we’d start a club that could give people fun things to do once a week after school, and that they could do camps in the holidays.

Q: Where do you get all your game ideas from?
A: Well Sela, two places really. One is from experience and friends and from reading books. I’ve acquired those games over a long, long time. The other place I get them from is, I make them up!

Sela: Thank you Mr Burt for your time.
Mr Burt: You’re very welcome.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

C.R.E. with Mrs Clarke

C.R.E. stands for Christian Religious Education. Mrs Clarke teaches C.R.E. to the Senior School for half an hour every Friday from Term 2 to Term 4.

Every lesson is about a story from the bible. We always learn something important from the lessons such as a moral of the story, or a message about how we can become better Christians.

We really appreciate Mrs Clarke for teaching us more about the bible.
Well done to Sela, Cruz and the team for putting this clip together.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sam and Kalim's got talent!

During many a lunchtime you can hear Sam and Kalim singing away as we eat our lunch . We were so impressed that we asked them to record themselves for fun and add a video to show off their talents. This is their take on an old classic "I want you back" by Jackson 5 (Michael Jackson and his brothers).

Thank you to the other great students in Room 18 for agreeing to be back up singers and dancers. Tanielu did a great job as usual editing all the footage with some help from the teacher.

Hopefully we will see Sam (Semiliu) and Kalim on NZ idol in the future!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Meeting House update

Hooray! Our new meeting house has finally been completed and is already in use. It looks fantastic and has created some much needed quiet space for staff and students to use.

Each of the 3 meeting rooms has a new name. If you know the names of these rooms please post a comment, especially all you Pt Englanders.

Cruz did an excellent job of putting this movie together, and Tyler was a great reporter. Leoden, Kezia and Omni also helped with this movie. Thank you Mauina from Room 17 and Mr Jacobsen for agreeing to be interviewed. Well done team.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Immersion Week

During the first week of each term, the Senior School usually have an immersion rotation. This involves each class in the senior school learning about a different aspect of the topic from each of the teachers in the senior school. Having an immersion week helps our students to gain background knowledge about the topic so that they can ask better questions.

Senior students always look forward to immersion week as they never know what the teachers have in store for them. See what these students have to say about immersion week.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Room 18 are hiring!

Hi everyone, in a few weeks time I will be leaving to go on maternity leave. That means that the fantastic Room 18 will need a new teacher to take over when I am gone.

A group of talented Year 6 students from this class decided to create an advertisement for the position. If you haven't already seen it, the movie ad is on our school website under 'Employment opportunities'. But you can view it below.

Mrs Burt tells me that we have had some amazing responses from people around the world interested in the movie. I just hope that we get an amazing teacher for this amazing class. Watch this space......!

Mrs Lagitupu.

Friday, May 1, 2009


We have an exciting new topic this term. Our new topic is called "Dino-Might!" and it's all about dinosaurs. These amazing creatures roamed the earth for over 140 million years. What did they eat? How did they live? How did they move? What colour were they? Why did they become extinct? These are some of the questions that we will be investigating this term. Maybe you can leave us a comment if you know some of the answers to any of these questions.

At the start of each new term, we have an immersion assembly where all the teachers dress up according to the theme or topic for the term. Team 4 decided to put together a movie to share for immersion. Well done to Mrs Nua, Ms Squires, Miss King and Mr Palmer for starring in it. Mrs Lagitupu was the director. We hope you like it.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Visual Mihimihi

In term one, the Senior School learnt how to mihi in Maori and introduce ourselves appropriately in English (using the 'Language of Success'). We also created 'visual mihimihi' artwork to accompany our speeches (mihi). Each visual mihimihi had to have four parts to it:

1) A self portrait
2) A koru design that represents our whanau
3) A place of significance to us
4) A piece that represents our culture.

We also had to explain why we chose to draw the artwork/image and how it was significant to us. Those of us who spoke clearly and confidently, and memorised our mihi, scored well on our rubric. Take a look at some of our finished artworks and tell us what you think about them.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sam and Tyler's holiday recounts

Going to the beach seems to be typical part of the kiwi holiday. Take a look at Sam's and Tyler's recounts and animations about going to the beach in the holidays.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Kezia's holiday recount

Take a look at Kezia's holiday recount about her trip to Whangamata.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Beni's Holiday Recount

Check out Beni's cool movie about what he got up to in the holidays.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Trey Holiday recount

Even though Trey is new to our school, he has really enjoyed e-learning. He quickly caught on to using the applications, and was able to create this movie within the time given. Check out the cool graphics. Well done Trey! We look forward to seeing more of your movies.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Moses Holiday Recount

In this movie, Moses briefly tells us about what he got up to in the holidays. Each of the Senior school classes were assigned a task, which was to create a movie about one thing they did in the holidays.

The graphics were created in Hyperstudio 5, and then the images were exported as jpegs into i-movie. A voice over was included to explain what the graphics were about, and then a soundtrack was added to some movies if there was enough time. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of the completed holiday recounts from our class. We would love to hear about what YOU got up to in the holidays!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Check out this cool powerboat! Leoden was lucky enough to visit this amazing boat at the Panmure Yacht club a couple of weeks ago. So what's so special about this boat? Well for one thing, it has an amazing design and cool graphics on the outside of the boat. The Earthrace set a new record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe. The time was 60 days, 23 hours and 47 minutes, over 2 weeks faster than the old record.

It is 78 feet long and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. It was built in Auckland, NZ and was ready to launch in February 2006. The Earthrace cost about $3 million dollars to build. Did you know that it uses 100% biodiesel fuel? If you didn't know, this type of fuel is natural, nontoxic and biodegradable. In other words, its good for the environment.

The Earthrace sure is one cool boat! Well done Leoden!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Building at Pt England

Have you noticed the new building here at Pt England School? Well, Gates reading group decided to investigate what the new building was going to be. Leoden interviewed Mr Jacobsen and found out the answers to some of our questions. We can't wait to see the new building completed!

Tanielu did a great job with the videography and Leoden was a fantastic interviewer. Cruz edited this movie with some help from Mrs Lagitupu. Sela took some great photos, and Paulitia and Kezia provided the script. Well done guys!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Language of Success

At Pt England School we have been learning about the language of success. This means that we need to be able to speak and write in English using the correct form for the occasion. We will know how and when to speak and write in the 'formal register', and have a vocabulary wide enough to help us choose words that will help our audience understand our message.

In this movie, the members of Gates reading group present scenarios where the language of success may be used. We also showcase some of our class holiday recounts, and Kalim and Semiliu do a wonderful job singing acapella for our soundtrack.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Treaty of Waitangi

The following movie is about the Treaty of Waitangi, and is presented by the Einsteins Reading group. They had fun investigating what the Treaty was about. They learnt that it was about the 3P's of Protection, Partnership and Participation. They also learnt about some of the key people who were involved in the Treaty. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed on the 6th of February, 1840.

Included in this video are some bloopers to show our audience that filming and acting is not as easy as it looks. The students filmed this movie independently, but had help with editing. We hope you enjoy their movie.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Meet Room 18!

Welcome to our class blog! The following movie was put together by a group of students in our class to introduce Room 18. First they had to brainstorm their ideas, write a script, prepare a storyboard and then conference with their teacher. Once this was completed, they began filming and editing their movie independently. We hope you enjoy watching their movie. Please feel free to leave a comment.