Friday, November 21, 2014

Inspired by Robyn Lamont - artist

This term the Year 8s are using the art of Robyn Lamont to help inspire their artworks. Robyn is originally from South Africa but now lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Our Year 8s have been fortunate enough to actually meet the artist in real life. Helen from our class created an artwork inspired by Robyn and was lucky enough to have a photo with her.

You can learn more about the art of Robyn Lamont on her website:

Year 8 Camp by Antonio

In the weekend, I got my gear ready and packed my bags so that I can go on a camp up the line at Whangarei. It's near a little community of Marsden and is a peaceful and tranquilizing place to live. We went there and spent 4 days experiencing the awesome activities like, the flying fox, the home made waterslide, kayaking and archery, we also had fun memories playing volley ball.

When I was on my way to Pt England, I was really excited to be out of Auckland. Finally I got dropped off to school I waved my mum goodbye, and saw my friend Lukis. We walked with each other to the hall so we can get called our group names and to meet up with everyone. My name got called out and I was in the group Ruakaka B. I saw plenty of my other friends and was excited that all the boys were gonna kickback and hangout also bond like brothers.

We were on our way, I waved at all the mums and teachers watching us lift off. This was gonna be a week to remember. The journey took close to about 2-3 hours in total from Auckland ,G.I Pt England to Whangarei Marsden Bay Camp. But there was a twist, we went for an hours bush walk through a very hard, muddy and huffing and puffing course. I stayed in the back for most of the time, then as we went further I went further to the front.

Finally the Course had come to an end and I was really happy it was. We went for little morning tea then went on a 30 minute walk ahead to a beach. We had free time, we could go for a swim in the very cold water, look for mussels, play at the rocks, build sand stuff or just enjoy the sun. I went for a swim then went and buried myself so I could look like a mermaid. It was time to go to the real action at camp.

We finally arrived at camp and unloaded all the bags and gear. I was amazed at how clean and fun it looked. Then the owner, took us on a very cool tour around the camp site. I saw the flying fox and the water slide they may have been the only highlights at camp. Then we got to go to our awesome cabins and have free time and most of the Yr8’s showered. I was In Frankie, Logan, Texas and Lukis' cabin.

It was time to experience my first afternoon at camp, I went to volleyball. I really loved volley because the court was entirely sand! I never knew I had a lot skill at volleyball, then I went on the deck and hanged out and played songs on the guitar. Shortly after that, we had dinner and dessert and the food was delicious and great tasting. Then we have 30 minutes free time and then meet back at the deck. We played games, and sang songs then shortly after that it was sleep time.

On the next day we got a surprise, all of the boys had to run around the field at 6 in the morning! It was freezing like 100 bags of Ice Cubes all around my feet. After that hard run, my foot felt very numb, then we got ready for breakfast. We had a good day planned and I was very happy, we had to pack our lunch and get our day pack. Our first activity was archery, I was a beginner so it was difficult. I never got a any of the targets and I failed. And to top it off, it started raining above us.

Our second activity was an indoor activity, so we had to get dried up before we could continue. So, we had the cooking challenge which was when we have to start a fire and make eggs and marshmallows, the old fashioned way. When we started, WE had received an orange between two. The aim, was to make poached eggs using the orange’s, in a fire. So we had to scoop the insides of the orange and use that as an bowl for our eggs to cook in. We foiled our babies, then we cooked them inside the centre of the burning fire. After a while, I got my one out and ate my poached egg and it was really delicious.

After eating that delicious poached egg, we made another meal, a marshmallow with 2 thin biscuits as buns for your marshmallow sandwiches. We had to first cook the marshmallow until its fully brown, then put the two biscuits on each side. Sadly my Marshmallows always turned out to be black. I was really full and I was happy we had free time. I played basketball in the hall with my friends. I never knew I had skills at basketball too. Lastly our last activity was kayaking at a lake not far from camp.

At kayaking, we got some advice from one of the helpers about kayaking and the boundaries at the lake. We got in our kayaks and went down the river, our helper asked us if we wanted a race around, I looked back and everyone had left and couldn't handle the cold rain. I came first and I never knew I had skill at kayaking too. I helped pack away the kayaks and I was freezing cold. I got my gear and left the lake and walked back to the camp base.

I got back to school and had a rinse off and dried up for lunch. Lunch was another amazing meal. After that, I got our stuff and showered. I finally was warm and I was happy that we had free time. Sadly it was raining which meant that the sand on the Volleyball court and I was sad but luckily the movie room was open. I stayed and played with all my friends, we went on the piano and I waited patiently for dinner and dessert. We had another great meal and another tasty dessert and I was very full on the very yum food. The movie had started, we got to get our sleeping bags and pillows.

The movie was about a person who had to save his schools music class. He needed to get $4,000 to help save the music programme. He didn't have any ideas for cash, so he joined cage fighting. He started off as a noob but as he trained, trained and trained. So he worked his way up into the professional fighting. He got organised a fight at UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) So hes won and saved his school music programme. Overall I thought it was an great movie, so did the others.

On the last day We had to go surf ed and learn some Surfing skill at a beach out of marsden. I was really paying attention and learnt a lot of stuff. On the last Night we had to Go to a camp fire and perform group performances. We sang songs and We were all happy. On the last day we went to waiwera and spent the day there its a pool function. I went home and was happy to see my sister and family.  

MTV by Rave and Nikita

This MTV was created by Rave and Nikita. It is very entertaining to watch and they did a great job editing and getting the music to match the lip synching. Well done girls! We hope you enjoy watching their movie. Please leave them some feedback.

Rave and Nikita MTV from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thank you Spark!

This movie was created by a group of senior students in Year 8 on behalf of the Manaiakalani group of Schools. It was an opportunity to thank the Spark Foundation (formerly known as Telecom) for their huge contribution to Manaiakalani. The generous contribution from Spark will benefit students in our cluster for years to come. So on behalf of all of us.....THANK YOU SPARK!

Thank You Spark from KPE TV on Vimeo.

Me TV by Class 2

This is Class 2's entry for the Manaiakalani Film Festival 2014. At first the students were put into several groups and they were supposed to create a movie each. We had hoped to select the best one, but we ran out of time, so we decided to include a snippet of everyones ideas into the one movie. We hope you enjoy our movie. Please leave us some feedback.

The Manaiakalani Film Festival movies 2014 can be viewed on this link.