Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Y7&8 Extension - Te Wa Toi and Makey Makey

In Term 4 our theme is Te Wa Toi or Art Time. Our Year 7&8 Extension students were asked to select a well known artist to create a digital artwork based on the style of that particular artist. Then our students were asked to share their learning in an interactive way. Their artwork was printed out. Some pieces of foil was attached to the artwork and to Makey Makey and Scratch. When the student pressed on the piece of foil connected to a Makey Makey wire, a piece of text would appear on Scratch to share information about the artwork.

Here are some students explaining the process in the following movie:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Fairytale News - Film Festival Movie

Are you the type of person who prefers to watch the news? Have you ever read any of the classic fairytale stories e.g. Cinderella? Well imagine if you could rewrite the stories of some well known fairytales? Imagine if the characters were real? Take a look at our movie and see what you think.

This movie was created by our Year 7&8 Extension students. Students were split into 3 main groups and had to rewrite a fairytale in the form of a news report. Scripts were created and part of the movie was filmed and edited by our students.

JumanG.I. Film Festival Movie

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be sent back in time? You might have some fun seeing what your parents looked like when they were kids. But what if it turned out to be a nightmare? Check out our cool movie to find out more!

This movie was created by our Year 5&6 Extension students. It was inspired by the movie Jumanji. We called our movie JumanG.I. because of the name of the area that many of our students live in as well as the shopping centre (G.I. is also known as Glen Innes). The students came up with the idea, and collaborated with their peers to write the script using a shared doc. They brought their own costumes from home and enjoyed creating this movie.

We used a couple of modern songs for the dance battle and then used hits from the 90s in the rest of the movie. We also used some sound effects and special effects from imovie. Thanks to Mr Jacobsen for helping transport some of us in his van to one of the locations (Glen Innes shopping centre).

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Y5&6 Extension - 3D Pens and Jewelry Making

The focus this term is Te Wa Toi (Art Time). For the extension Year 5&6 group they had the chance to use 3D pens to create their own jewelry. First they designed their jewelry  using a 3D digital programme called 'Tinkercad'. Then they tried using 3D pens for the first time to create their jewelry. This was quite a hard process to begin with, but with some practice and experience the students managed to create some amazing jewelry of their own. We would like to thank OMGTech! for lending us the 3D pens and plastic filaments.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Y7&8 Trip to KPMG

On the 10th of August the Year 7&8 Extension students (and some students from Team 5) had the opportunity to visit KPMG for the first time. Our students were so lucky to visit KPMG in the city. KPMG are the biggest sponsors of our Manaiakalani Community of Learning. After meeting some of the staff including Justine who organised our trip, the students got into small groups and began filming.

Throughout the day we were treated to an amazing lunch and some neat activities with some of the staff from KPMG. One group of students interviewed some of the staff to find out more about what they do at KPMG. Another decided to have fun and created an MTV.

We would love to take this opportunity to thank Justine and the staff at KPMG for their hospitality and support during this trip.

Here are some of the student movies that were inspired by our trip.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Paideia Seminars - Extension Group Term 2

What is a Paideia Seminar? It's a Socratic discussion with participants talking about a topic or issue. During the term students researched information about a topic and shared their learning during the seminar. The school wide theme for the term was called 'I Like To Move IT'. The focus was around the topic of Flight. Students were encouraged to build on the ideas of others and share what they had learnt.

Here are some snippets from the Year 5 & 6 Paideia Seminar.

Here are some snippets from the Year 7 & 8 Paideia Seminar.

Forces of Flight Animations - Team 4

In Term 2 the focus for Team 4 was based around the forces of flight and what makes flight possible. Students were asked to create an animation to show their knowledge about flight. Some created animations about planes flying, rockets, birds and kites. Take a look at some of their amazing work.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Year 5&6 Talanoa Projects inspired by the Auckland Museum Trip - Term 2

Early on in Term 2 the Year 5 to 8 Extension groups had the opportunity to visit the Pacific Collection at the Auckland Museum. This was organised by a man called Ma'ara Maeva from the Museum and his colleagues as part of the Talanoa Programme. It was an amazing opportunity to see artefacts up close and see some of the work that the Museum curators do.

When our students got back to school they were inspired to create their own movies about the trip to the Museum. Students worked in groups to create some pretty cool animations, documentaries and movies inspired by the Talanoa Programme.

Toby, Kauri and Austin:

Jahzara, Eden, Pisirina, Levonah:

Marika, Zaeeda, Amira, Eva:

Maddison, Jane, Oali'i, Norah-Jade:

Caleb, Kahurangi, Simon

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rube Goldberg Machines - Team 3

Have you ever heard of a Rube Goldberg Machine? Have you ever seen one before? They are pretty amazing to see in action. Think of a set of simple machines working together. The students in Team 3 who are in Year 3 and 4 had to create an animation of their own Rube Goldberg Machine. Take a look at some of their amazing work.






Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Team 2 I like to move it graphics and animations

Team 2 focused on creating three types of graphics and animations to demonstrate:

1. Magnetism
2. Gravity
3. Push and Pull

Take a look at what some of the students in Team 2 created.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Team 1 - I like to move it graphics

In Term 2 our school wide theme was 'I like to move it!'

Here are some graphics created by some of our amazing students in Team 1 from Room 16. Most of these students are only 5 or 6 years old.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

40 Hour Famine 2018

This year the 40 Hour Famine was held during the weekend of 8th-10th of June. On Friday night a group of students stayed over at school to take part in the 20 Hour Famine. The students had lots of fun performing in front of each other. They could only have barley sugars and Just Juice. The money raised will go to help children living in poverty in South Sudan.

In this year’s 40 Hour Famine the extension group (and several students from Teams 4 & 5) raised a total of $1,584  this year. Congratulations and well done! Thanks to Miss Timmi, Miss Wylma and Miss Haare for your help.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Team 4 animations Term 1

During Term 1 students in Team 4 created animations to show what 'Respect' might look like at our school.

Monday, April 16, 2018

FiaFia 2018 @ Pt England

Last week on Thursday night we held our School FiaFia for 2018. This event is held every two years at our school and is an amazing way to share our many different cultures at our school. It's also a great way for our parents, families and communities to come together. Most importantly it was another opportunity for all of our students to shine.

The movies can be viewed on our school PENN archive. Congratulations to all of our teachers and parents who tutored and managed the groups. Thanks to all of our Pt England families and friends for turning out to support even though the weather was not the best.

Here are just a few of the groups from FiaFia.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Y5&6 Extension Group Projects Term 1

The Year 5 & 6 Extension group created  movies about the issue of pollution from different perspectives: Conservationists, Environmentalists, Doctors, School Caretaker, Maori Tribe and Auckland City Council. Here are some of their movies.

Team 2 graphics Term 1

In term one Team 2 worked on a stack called 'All About Me' using the Hyperstudio programme. Take a look at some of their amazing artwork.

FiaFia Rehearsal 2018

On Wednesday, the day before our school FiaFia, the whole school met in the hall for our FiaFia rehearsal. We couldn't sit in front of the big marquee like in previous years due to bad weather. Luckily for us footage of the rehearsal was streamed live onto the screen in the hall. Here are some highlights from the day.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Y7&8 Extn Projects Term 1

Here are just some of the Y7&8 Extension group projects based around the issue of pollution. The class was put into 6 different groups: Conservationists, Environmentalists, Doctors, School Caretakers, Maori Tribe and Auckland City Council.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Team 1 graphics Term 1

In term one the students in team one have been learning how to use the Hyperstudio drawing programme to create images. Here are a few of their artworks in Term 1.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Digital Nations 2030 Experience in 2018

Our Year 7 & 8 Extension students were invited to attend the Digital Nations 2030 Summit being held in Auckland on Monday 19th February. OMGTech and Code Avengers were running a showcase for local and international visitors to see what a digital programme might look like for students.

This was an amazing experience and our students got the chance to learn to code and play with robotics and electronics. Our students also had the opportunity to speak to visitors about what they were learning. Thank you to OMGTech and Code Avengers for an awesome experience!