Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Action on the streets near school

Click on this link NZ Transport Agency to view the following article about Toreka, Selena and Gabriel experience with Stuart Hale and Innes Kennard.

Point England School students turned their winning NZTA storyboard into live action video. 
Pt England students work on their storyboard. 

Video camera, tripod and bicycle were all on the equipment list as three hard-working students took their learning onto the streets around Point England School in Auckland’s eastern suburbs.

Toreka and Selena, both year 8 and Gabriel, year 7 created one of the winning storyboards in the NZTA Primary Years Competition. The initial challenge was to create the plan for a video about safer journeys for children. The trio’s reward for winning included a new challenge – to work with professional educators to improve their storyboard and turn it into a short movie.
E-learning facilitators Stuart Hale and Innes Kennard visited the school and spend an initial two days with the students. They reworked their storyboard to create intersections between the stories of students who walk, cycle or come to school by car.

A storyboard gets worked up before the shoot.
Once this critical thinking work had taken place, the team was outside, rehearsing what shots to take on locations including a pedestrian crossing, footpath and the driveway to a family home.

Teacher Sandy Lagitupu says doing this video work with coaching from the professionals was a special experience for her students. “The students really enjoyed the opportunity to work with professionals to help them put together their movie. They enjoyed the process of improving their storyboard for the movie. Spending time with Stuart and Innes for a couple of days was a lot of fun. The students said that they were ‘really cool.’” 

During a subsequent two day visit, Stuart and Innes gave expert advice as the three students edited their work into a finished video.
Innes says the final product is outstanding work that highlights the three students’ abilities. “It reflects excellent classroom teaching, and the students’ extensive knowledge of visual and digital literacies, a focus on quality, teamwork and collaboration and above all, a pride in and enjoyment of the learning task. It was so much fun to work with such talented students.”

Sandy says the learning experience links back to the curriculum in several ways – writing a storyboard and making a video promotes literacy, the video project supports the New Zealand Curriculum’s emphasis on e-learning, and the context of students making safe journeys to school sits well with the health and physical education learning area. She says the school used its prize vouchers to purchase three iPads and accessories, two cameras and a video camera.

Great outcomes in 2012
E-learning facilitator Innes Kennard says 2012 was an exemplary year for the quality of student work in the NZTA Primary Years competition. He or colleague Stuart Hale ran workshops for the eight winner or runner-up schools.
“I think this year's final products have provided teachers and students with eight exemplary pieces of work, some of which are world-leading. The real bonus is many people will view them for their road safety message, while others who look at these projects for e-learning ideas will still see how the context of safer journeys integrates into classroom learning.”

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Outlook for Someday Awards 2012

On Wednesday night (5th December) the Outlook for Someday Awards 2012 was held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland City. Twenty winning film making teams out of 190 entries walked down the red carpet to receive their awards.

We are proud to say that our school won the Tagata Pasifika Award which was awarded to a film by a Pasifika film-maker or team and/or featuring Pasifika language or culture. Our movie was called 'Lost Paradise' and it was about the effects of global warming in the Pacific.

Well done to Makerita, Shoal and Kingston for receiving the award on the teams behalf (which includes Toreka and Selena). Thank you to the teachers and parents who attended for their support. A big HUGE thank you to the Outlook for Someday organisers and Tagata Pasifika for the cool prizes.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Outlook for Someday winning entry!

Congratulations to Toreka, Selena, Makerita and Shoal for their winning entry into 'The Outlook for Someday' movie competition. They were one of 20 winners selected from 190 entries by young film makers around the country. Their movie titled 'Lost Paradise' is a movie about Global Warming and its effects on the Pacific. Please click on this website: The Outlook for Someday' to vote for their movie. Well done Team!!!

Lost Paradise from The Outlook for Someday on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

PEPA Rap Boys

Today the Manaiakalani 5th annual Film Festival is being held at Hoyts cinemas, Sylvia Park. This movie stars the P.E.P.A (Point England Performing Arts) Rap Group. The song is called 'Go Hard' by NZ artists Tyson Tyler and J. Williams. Check it out.

PEPA film fest 2 from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

NZTA Competition Winners!

Well done to Gabriel, Selena and Toreka for their winning storyboard entry into the NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) competition. Their entry was titled "Smart Travellers" and their storyboard will soon be made into a movie or animation. Excellent work you guys!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Olympic Message

The Olympic Message

Since the beginning of the Modern Olympic Games, the message has been: “The most important thing about the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part...just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle”. ( Baron Pierre De Coubertin)
What the Olympic message is trying to say is, that people think that winning is the most important thing in life. In my opinion I think that the struggle is more important, because if you fail you can get back on your feet and strive forward as many times. Eventually all of your struggles in life will lead to success and triumph if you work hard to strive to succeed.

Many of the greatest athletes in the world have struggled in life and then excelled to become one of the greatest inspirations in the world. You may know Michael Jordan. He is the best basketball player who ever played the sport. He quotes in his inspirational speech “You may think that I would of made basketball look easy but my failure was my success and my pain was my motivation”. What Michael said really inspired me because when people put others down, they can advance to the next level of success because they can keep on developing on their weak areas in life.

I agree with the Olympic message because it is a really inspiring message. In parts of it, it that the olympics are not about winning but to take part. Athletes who strive for gold but don’t achieve their goal get really upset. It is good to aim high, but they should be proud of themselves for actually making it to the Olympic games to represent their country.

by Joshua

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Room 21 on Tagata Pasifika

We were lucky enough to be interviewed by Tagata Pasifika last week. It was a chance to talk about how talented many of our Pt England students are at making movies. A snippet of last year's winning entry in 'The Outlook for Someday' movie competition was included, as well as some thoughts from Selena and Toreka about our intention to enter this years competition. Anyone up to the age of 24 can enter a movie about 'sustainability' and this is the first time that Tagata Pasifika is sponsoring an award. The deadline for entries is September 21st.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Art Alive

The term our topic was Art Alive. Team 5 studied the life and art of 5 famous artists: Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Daniella Hulme. Students had to take photos of their 'special place' and use it to provide inspiration for their artworks. They also attempted to paint their 'special place' in the style of an artist that they selected.

Please take a look at their individual blogs to find out more.









Tuesday, May 22, 2012

'Another Hitachi Day' movie competition

This is our entry for the 'Another Hitachi Day' movie competition. It was put together by Joshua and other Year 8 students in our class: Toreka, Selena, Matthew T, Toko, Aidan and Joe (from Room 22).

They had to show how they would bring the outdoors inside. The students chose a beach scene with volleyball, swimming, surfing and sunbathing etc. They used green screen effects to recreate their scene. The top prize is $10,000 and the top 5 schools can win a heat pump for their school.

You can also watch it on Youtube on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yRFZn_SvJw

Please click on this link to vote for our entry: http://www.hitachiheatpumps.co.nz/

Follow these instructions to vote:

Once you are on the website, click on the competition page.
Go up to the top of the screen and click on the 'enter' tab.
Go to 'create new account'.

Your username can just be your first name (make sure that you can remember it).
Put in your email address.
Put in a password that you can remember.
Don't put in a YouTube URL - our school has already got a video entry.
For your 'entry type', just click on the third option which is ‘voting only’. 
Then click on 'create new account'. 

Once you have done this you should be automatically logged in. 
Next, go to the 'voting' tab up the top. 
Go down to 'schools' and click on it.
This will give you a list of all the entries. 

Scroll down and click on 'Pt England school'.
You may be asked to verify your account with a simple code or maths problem.
Click on 'vote'.
Log out when you are done if you use a shared computer.
You can go back to 'enter' and then 'log in' and vote again every hour. 
Voting ends next Sunday 3rd of June. 

This screen recording will also help you to vote if you get stuck. Thanks for voting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Meet Ms Haapala!

Greetings! My name is Ms. Megan Haapala and I have been working in Mrs Lagitupu’s fantastic Year 7 & 8 class this week.  I am from the United States, specifically from the state of Michigan (the one that looks like a mitten).  I traveled to New Zealand with a group of 11 new teachers.  We all just graduated from the university.  We are from two different universities - Michigan State University and Oakland University.  I am in New Zealand for 3 weeks and am visiting schools around Auckland and Wellington.  Point England is definitely the best around and I don’t want to leave!

This week in class I have watched the students working hard on various assignments.  With the theme “Art Alive”, I am very impressed with learning the class is doing on different artists.  They have been working hard learning about famous artists, where they came from, and how they became the way they are. I sure have learned a lot from the discussion I have had with the students and by reading their compare and contrast 5 paragraph papers!  Very impressive!  

They have also been working on describing their “favorite place”.  I have read about many different places including the rugby field, beaches, homes, and cities.  The students are starting to draw these favorite places in the styles of the artists they have been working on.  I can’t wait to see the final results!   I also got to experience tech (at Tamaki College) with the Year 7s and got to try my hand at making some delicious chocolate cookies. Yummy!  Along the same line, I was able to read some awesome podcasts on books the students have been reading.  They are absolutely fantastic.  

It has been an exciting week at Point England.  I have had so much fun talking to the students and learning about their lives and sharing some laughs.  I really love this school and have been very lucky to have been able to visit for a whole week!  It has been absolutely fantastic!  I look forward to looking at the students blogs when I am back in the states and leaving some comments on their work.  THANK YOU FOR THE LOVELY WEEK!!

Matthew - Comparing Matisse and Van Gogh

Our class teacher has asked our class to compare Vincent Van Goghs painting of ‘Sunflowers’ and Henri Matisse’s painting ‘La Musique’. Henri Matisse was a French artist who used a very different style of painting called Fauvism. Fauvism actually means ‘wild beast’ in French and that’s how Henri Matisse painted. Vincent Van Gogh became a famous artist when he died. When he was alive he was very sad and he even chopped his ear lobe off and sent it to his girlfriend.

When I observe Vincent Van Goghs painting ‘Sunflowers’ I can see that the flowers look rotten and have not been taken care of. The background colours look dull. Lots of yellows and browns have been used. Also some flowers have lost their petals. The colour yellow is meant to make you feel like dancing but the painting doesn’t express that emotion. I think that Vincent Van Gogh was painting how he felt.

As I carefully eye up the painting La Musique I think that there are lots and lots of bright colours and patterns. By looking at the background patterns I could tell that Henri Matisse was a happy man. There is a mixture of colours and he used lots of triangular shapes. What I really realised is he painted two ladies and no men and one of the ladies is holding a guitar and also there are heaps of contrasting colour.

To me I think that ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘La Musique’ have hardly any similarities between each other. Mostly because ‘Sunflowers’ colours are dull, meaningless and sad colours and ‘La Musique’ has bright colours and lots of contrast. But one similarity is that both of the paintings have included types of plants. Another is that they both used the same colour yellow in their patterns. From what I see I don’t think that there are any other similarities.

From what I have experienced I think I had a good time observing both paintings. Also I have learnt to look at things more carefully to see some really unoticable similarities.

by Matthew T

Friday, May 4, 2012

Our Magic Winners!

Congratulations to the group of students who won their category in the competition. They received their prizes in assembly from Josephine Bartley and Alan Verrall from the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board.
From left (standing): Makerita, James, Alan Verrall, Shoal, Huelo-ata, Josephine Bartley, Selena,
In front: Toreka, Gabriel, Mary L

This was our entry for the MAGIC competition. We would love to see a few of these ideas happen when the Glen Innes Music and Arts Centre opens. You can also view our entry on the following website: http://gimusicarts.co.nz/competition/ and leave us a comment if you like our movie. Thanks!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Camp Concert 2012 by Toreka

“Next we have......... THE RESPECT CREW!!!” Mr Barks excitedlly announced. “YAAAY!!!!”, “WOOHOO!!”, “GO RESPECT CREW!!!!!” was all I managed to hear. Although it was our second night on our final year of camp, we still hadn’t had that much time to adjust to our group name. Sooo... while everyone was cheering for us, we actually didn’t realise that it was our turn to perform. We simply sat there waiting for an exciting performance, only to find that we were the ones actually performing.

Let me take you back a couple of days. We were at school. It was camp week. The hall was filled with anticipation, excitement, and big bundles of nerves. It was time for the camp concert. There were 12 long rows of crazy campers crammed into a small stuffy hall, all of them ready to perform. 

Maybe not all of them. Well technically, three people weren’t ready. And don’t you go thinking it was me and one of my Respect Crew that wasn’t ready. It was the judges! They weren’t ready for the most awesome and exciting show of their life!

Our Respect Crew walked up the steps looking like the real deal. But unfortunately none of the realio dealios wanted to walk on stage first, so I got pushed forward. I walked on stage angrily, but still graciously hopping in to my rehearsed spot. Our chosen songs were ‘Hey Baby’ and ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ - in that song the boys decided to catdaddy instead of the original choreographed moves.

Soon my crew was on and dancing, enjoying the camp concert atmosphere, and laughing at each other. The song transitioned in to ‘Hey Baby’, and our group were all jumping around clapping. We finished our performance with one of our members Jephte, thanking the audience. We walked off proud and happy, making sure the judges saw our thrilled faces.

After the Respectorz performed we got ready for the final judging. I looked up at my crew and they were all looking down and glum like it was the end of the world. 6th place was announced, it wasn’t us. 5th place was announced, it still wasn’t us. 4th went, 3rd went. My team all looked up and started smiling and crossing fingers and anything else they could.

“Finally, 1st place goes to..............THE RESPECT CREW!!!!!!!!” Mr Barks shouted! I looked at Lepa. Lepa looked at me. We looked at our crew, our crew looked at us. Then we all jumped up screaming and yelling, “WOOHOO!!!!” “YYYAAAAAAAAY!!!!!” “YEEEEESSSS!!!!!!” 
We had won.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Welcome to Room 21 2012!

Welcome to the start of another new year in Room 21. Check out these photos to see what we have been up to so far. 

The Year 7 students in our class put together a movie about the Treaty of Waitangi. We have been learning about the treaty in class. The movie was a re-enactment of what might have happened leading up to (and during) the signing of the treaty. They all had a lot of fun making the movie. 

 Every Thursday for the past couple of weeks, we have been lucky enough to receive some netball training from our instructor, Liz. We have picked up lots of new skills to help us improve our skills and understanding of the game. 

During our Art session, students had to select a cartoon character or superhero to draw that best represented them. They came up with a range of characters such as SpongeBob, Smurfs, Ariel, Dragon Ball Z etc. Which superhero or cartoon character best represents you?