Saturday, 30 September 2017

Term 3 animation - by Farah

We wrote a story about finding somewhere else to live in space because we had destroyed planet earth. Here is my animation about finding a new planet to live on.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Fishing for flounder

This morning the whole school walked down to the Tamaki Estuary to support our students and manuhiri as they went fishing to catch baby flounder for our Flounder Project. Our beautiful singing brought blessings and good luck as many baby flounder were caught in the net. They have been transferred to our flounder tank to grow into healthy adult flounder that can be returned to the awa when they are ready.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Duffy would be proud!

Yes, Duffy would have been so proud if he had come across Room 9 this morning. SSR in the sunshine! While our library monitors finished off their jobs, it was wonderful to catch everyone engrossed in their latest library books before we returned to class. Ka mau te wehi!

Friday, 15 September 2017

The stars of the show!

The stars were twinkling at Stardome as Rooms 9 and 10 learnt more about the solar system and life beyond earth yesterday. As well as finding out information by reading and looking at the displays, we were treated to John's expert knowledge of the planets and their moons before we sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the show in the planetarium!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Times Tables - by Jarreka

Jarreka is learning her 3 and 4 times tables at the moment to help her solve multiplication problems. She decided to create this presentation to help her.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

Cycling with Rochelle

Rochelle Young from Avanti recently visited Point England to help Rooms 9 and 10 learn some new cycling skills. We helped each other fit our helmets correctly and carry out the ABC bike safety check. We were finally ready to ride …

Here is a movie we created about this visit which was shared with PES on PENN today. As you will see, we had so much fun!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

My astronaut suitcase - by Trinity O

Walt:  write our ideas using complex sentences.

Description: This was my suit case of my stuff I am going to take to space
and somethings that describe it. I also wrote things that are important to take and that are things that you can do if you are board. 

Description: This activity was to do sentences about what you should take to space in a suit case. We also had to write sentences about complex sentences of why you might need them. We had to do one sentence for each  word.

Friday, 1 September 2017


What a beautiful afternoon for the annual Point England cross-country event. We enjoyed the sunshine as we watched others run and then took our turn to run the 1.5 km course around Point England Reserve and the school field. It was wonderful to see everyone trying their best in the muddy conditions.

We also had heaps of fun this morning helping Miss Va'afusuaga by checking that the course was free of rubbish, sticks and tree branches. In the end we found more puddles and mud to explore than rubbish to pick up!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Our ballet trip

A few lucky learners in Rooms 9 and 10 were part of a group of PES students who attended the school matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Royal New Zealand Ballet at the Aotea Centre in the city this afternoon.  As well as the trip into town on the very plush bus, everyone was blown away by the magic of the set, dancing, costumes and music.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Solar eclipse - by Deelani

What is a solar eclipse?

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A solar eclipse happened in America this week. It turned dark in the middle of the day.

Paragraph 1

What i know about the sun and the moon is that the moon was in front of the sun .  So the  moon stopped the light coming to earth.  Then the sun came back out.and it was daylight again.

Paragraph 2

This happens because the earth orbits the sun and the moon orbits the earth..


The next total eclipse in new zealand will be on 22nd july 2028.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Blasting off at Maker Space

George and Izaiah have been busy making a rocket at Maker Space.  After a lot of effort pumping to increase the air pressure, they were able to launch it into space on the basketball court. They looked pretty impressed by how far they were able to make it travel.  Fabulous job!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike

We had so much fun practising our cycling skills with Rochelle Young from Avanti yesterday. We showed how we could cycle in a straight line through the cones and stop using our brakes instead of our toes! It was trickier as the cones were moved closer and closer together. The most challenging activity was trying to keep straight as we cycled along a length of an old flattened firehose.

We're so looking forward to cycling on the bike track again once it has dried out after all the rain.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rallying ahead

We are learning to play tennis with Kiwisport this term. Now that we're able to smash those forehands around the hall, we're learning how to hit a backhand. We're hoping that the weather is kind so that we can practise our skills outside on the courts next week.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Life Education

Lynn and Harold have been visiting Pt England School over the last three weeks and it was our turn to hang out in the Life Education caravan for a second time this afternoon. Lynn asked us to think about the kind of decisions we have to make and how other people may feel based on what we say and do.  She showed us some cool videos to help us think about making appropriate choices and decisions as we go through Years 5 and 6.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Writing sentences - by Sonnia

Here is Sonnia's presentation which shares what she has learnt about writing sentences of different lengths.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Space Follow Up Task - by Brooklyn

My favourite thing was going outside and holding hands so me and my two friends Lily Zamera and I was holding each other's hands so we can spin around.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Space - by Zane

We are creating animations about space this term - a story about how we have to look for another planet because earth is polluted.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Blogging's a blast!

Congratulations to our July holiday bloggers: Jedida, Tepaia, Trinity T, Brooklyn, Sonnia and Devontae. Rachael Williams presented each of them with a certificate at assembly today to recognise their commitment to blogging during the holidays. Whether it was blogging about the holidays or completing activities as part of the Winter Learning Journey, they all had a blast! Ka mau te wehi!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy: where do we begin?

What cosmic fun was had by Team 4 at our Immersion Day yesterday! This fabulous opportunity allowed us to explore what life is like for those who venture into space. Everyone had a chance to hear from a space expert via an audio link and learn about gravity while exercising at space bootcamp. After watching a couple of videos about preparing lunch on the International Space Station, it was time to sample some food that an astronaut might eat. It was pretty tricky trying to catch that floating dessert!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy

Earlier in the year we learnt about Kaitīakitanga i nga wā kātoa, being guardians of everything around us. This term we are exploring being Guardians of the Galaxy: What makes earth habitable? What's out there in space? Are there any planets that could support human life? So many questions and so much to learn about!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Thank you - by Aaliah

Reading Support learners enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Pump House Theatre earlier in the week where they were entertained by the sights and sounds of The Great Piratical Rumbustification. Shiver me timbers, it must have been an exciting show with such an exciting title!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Pump House Trip - by Donte

On Monday reading support went on a trip to the pump house. me and my friends were playing chatter box. And also we went past the city and over the harbour bridge.  when we got to the pump house, there were other schools there.  we had our own lunch then we went in the pump house. there was a house on the stage then we sat on the chairs then it started there was a teenage boy and his mum and dad. then there were pirates and they were having a pirate party then the pirate captain  shot his gun then fire works shot out of his gun. then all the pirates went to his house. when his mum and dad were at dinner then they were driving back from dinner. they went inside their house and there were pirates in there house. then we did a dance and then it was the end.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Making Matariki Stars

An amazing group of learners joined together in Room 9 last Friday to make Matariki stars out of salt dough for our whole school Matariki celebration. We rolled, shaped and cut the dough before it was baked. Some glitter paint has added an extra sparkle to our treasures.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Sailing - by Zamera

I am doing an animation about how sailing technology has changed over time. A long long time ago maori people used to go in different wakas and travel around the sea to find other islands. Wakas were made out of strong trees. Also maori people carved into the waka to make patterns. Maori people use trees to make the waka stronger. 300 years later there were sailing boats. Those boats were really big boats and it kind of looked like pirate ships. The wind made the boat go by blowing the sails..They made the boat out of different materials. Captain James Cook sailed to New Zealand in one of these boats. 100 years later people invented speed boats they were different kinds of boats,big boats or small boats. In the boats they had engines that made the boat go.It was easier to go in a boat because you didn’t have to paddle like back in the days.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

How things changed over time - by Farah

A long time ago people use to walk instead of taking cars. People used animals to go place. People used boats to go across the water. People had wheel’s for things that needs wheel’s. People used carriages and horses for going places. People had large ships for the water. Trains had been for the railways.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Fractions - by Roshaan

This week in room 9 we have been learning about fractions.
There are quarters, thirds and halves. I love doing fractions.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Welcome back, Raymond!

Welcome back to Pt England, Raymond! You have done an amazing job of settling into learning in Room 9 this week. You have caught up with old friends and are making new friends.  Ka pai!

We look forward to getting to know you much better during the year and reading all about your learning on your blog.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Maramataka: an introduction to the Māori calendar

Maramataka: an introduction to the Maori calendar by Room 9. from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

As we will soon be celebrating Matariki, we have been learning about the Māori calendar with Whaea Saf.  She has taught us a song and actions to help us remember the Māori names for the months of the year.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Making a paper helicopter - by Farah

First of all to make a helicopter is to have 3 or 2 paper clips, Scissors and a paper. Then you cut the solid lines and don’t cut the dotted lines. After that you fold one piece in the front and one at the back and do it on the other side . Next you put one paperclip on the paper so when you're done you throw you’re  helicopter up also watch it fly down.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Coding - by Hope

Today me and my class did coding it was so much fun and I made it to level nine.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Digital Licence Assembly

So much excitement finding out about New Zealand's Digital Licence at our special assembly today! This online quiz has been developed for Year 8 and 9 students throughout New Zealand to make using the internet positive, constructive and enjoyable. Guests from Google NZ, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Netsafe were there as Dominic Bowden hosted a competition between teams of Year 8 students to check it out. The buzzers could hardly keep up with all their Cybersmart thinking!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Finding our way around school!

At orienteering yesterday we were learning to read a map of Point England School to find our way around: Which way is north? Where are we? What do those symbols mean?

We shared a map with a buddy and one of us placed a thumb on our map to show where we were.  As we walked, we moved our thumb along to track our journey around school.  Even though it was tricky to begin with, we were all pretty good at "thumbing" by the end of the session.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Our swimming - by Varnce

First of all we talked about boats and following off the boat with a lifeJacket and without a lifeJacket.Next we went to go for a shower near the Spa pool.After that we did our  falling off the boat with a lifeJacket and without a lifeJacket.we put our hand on our heads and our nose.Later on we did the chain holding onto our back of the lifejacket we were paddling backwards to the person at the back of us.In the end we huddled into a group like a ball and then we had free time. we had fun.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Learning about water safety

We enjoyed the last of our swimming lessons at GI Pools last week. Here are some of the highlights from our ten sessions at the pools. We had so much fun learning about water safety with our instructors, Kat, Jed and Jess.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Netball: Year 5 Minions

It's the beginning of the netball season for our Year 5 Minions. The girls showed skill and determination to win their second game of the season 8-7 on Thursday evening in windy conditions at the Auckland Netball Centre. What an awesome coach the team has in Esther, Efe-Lata's sister! It was fabulous to see so many whānau supporting the team at the courts too.  Good luck for the rest of the season!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dictation race!

On your marks, get set, go! We raced off to read the short story while our buddies waited with their Chromebooks at the ready. They had to type up the words that we told them. It was tricky reading and remembering all the words. There was lots of walking backwards and forwards between the reading station and our buddies because we had to tell them how to punctuate the sentences too. We did an awesome job of listening to each other and working together.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

For our Mums

We spent time thinking about our Mums today and all the things that they do to care for and look after us.  It was fun these creating cards to share our thoughts with them.  Can't wait to surprise them on Sunday!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

What is orienteering?

So, what's orienteering?  We had our first session with Leon from Kiwisport today to learn what's involved and what we will be doing.  We will be learning to find our way around by reading maps and learning lots of different symbols.  We'll find out more next week!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Thinking about ... water safety

Just keep swimming ... just keep swimming! Yesterday we enjoyed our first swimming session at Glen Innes pools. Before we climbed safely into the pool, we talked and thought about staying safe at the pool and at the beach. Our instructor, Kat, asked us why we should swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach. As well as the lifeguards being able to keep an eye on us, we learnt about the danger of rip currents at the beach. So much thinking!  So much swimming!  So much fun!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Now That's Thinking!

The holidays are almost over ... I wonder what we will be learning about in Term 2?  Well, it's going to be all about thinking!

How has technology changed our lives over time? How do we use technology to communicate?  Back in the day, how did people find out who was who, and what was happening? Moving around from place to place ... how has that changed? Finding our way from place to place ... we know the way but how did our ancestors know the way? What might things look like in the future?

Now, that's thinking!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Giving it a go at hockey

Kiwisport came to teach us awesome hockey skills in Term 1. After choosing the right size stick, it was time to learn how to dribble, pass and shoot the ball. We showed off our awesome skills and how much we had learnt by playing mini-games in our final coaching sessions.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Te Taiao o Tāmaki @ Te Oro

Te Taiao o Tamaki Exhibition Highlights 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Last Wednesday all schools within Manaiakalani came together to celebrate and share their learning about Te Taiao o Tāmaki. Here are some highlights of the amazing day at Te Oro.  Can you spot the bird feeders created by Team 4'?

Special thanks to Mrs Lagitupu for putting together the video.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cleaning up our environment

As ANZAC Day falls in the holidays, the plan was for the whole school to clean up Point England Beach today by giving an hour of our time to support Serve for NZ. With Cyclone Cook on the way, it wasn't a great day to head to the beach to clean up our local environment! Instead we did an amazing job of cleaning up our school environment before the holidays. Ka mau te wehi, Rooms 9 and 10!  The beach clean-up will happen later.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sketching Te Taiao o Tāmaki

Te Taiao o Tāmaki is home to a variety of native birds, fish, plants and trees. Whether walking or playing at Omaru Creek or Pt England beach, there are many things to look at, watch and explore. We decided to sketch some of the birds and other things we have seen in our local environment. We needed to think about making our object look big enough on the paper and lightly drawing circles to begin to create the shape of a bird before adding any detail.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Maui and the sun - by Hunter

Hunter Maui and the Sun from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Once upon a time in Aotearoa the sun went too fast across the sky. The people were not happy because they couldn't get their work done but there was a man called Maui who was a legend. Maui could save the world with his magic hook. Maui went to catch the sun. He lassoed the sun with his hook. He hit the sun until the sun promised to move across the sky slowly. Now the sun moves slowly across the sky.

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Duffy Role Model Assembly

On Wednesday Filipe Manu and Madison Nonoa visited Point England to share how reading has played an important role in their lives.  As well as being awesome readers, both Filipe and Madison are successful opera singers.  Check out their amazing voices!

Duffy Assembly from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

We are so lucky that Filipe and Madison were able to visit us.  It was just as exciting when we returned to class to be given our Duffy books for this term.  What is your favourite book?

Saturday, 1 April 2017

What are we making?

As part of our learning about Te Taiao o Tāmaki, we were hard at work in Maker Space with Mr Vogt this week. We are designing and making bird feeders to use in our local environment: Kaitīakitanga i nga wā kātoa!  Our bird feeders will be on display at the special event at Te Oro later in the term.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Animation Writing and Voice Over - by Ben

Maui went out fishing when the sun was out on his waka. Then it turned dark and Maui was still paddling, then morning came and he smelled the air and then he threw his hook into the ocean. Well Maui was waiting then he fell asleep. The ropes started moving then Maui woke up and started pulling the rope. A big stingray came up and it looked like the shape of NZ. If you're kill the fish then you will be killing mother nature you have to keep the creeks clean and the seas and the oceans then people will go fishing because there will be fishes to catch in the ocean.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Practising our Mihi

Today we enjoyed practising the beginning of our Mihi with Whaea Saf in Whare Fono. We will all share our personal ones once we have finished creating and learning them during the year.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

We are The Generals!

Congratulations to this amazing team of young people from Team 4 who were awarded top points for being so generally awesome, responsible and fabulous at our Year 5 and 6 camp!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Our generally awesome camp!

Camp Movie Room 9 2017 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

With so many amazing experiences and images to share from our Year 5 and 6 camp, it was tricky to decide what to include in our movie created for PENN today. Thank you Roshaan, Tepaia, Jedida and Donte for sharing your highlights of this adventure so clearly with everyone.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Dear Mr Somerville - by Zane

Thank you for looking after us during camp and bringing us amazing team leader I have fun at camp it was my first ever camp I am happy that I got to stay 2 nights And go to bomb in the bombing pool. At camp it was fun because everybody had fun playing in the cold and playing at kayaking. I am playing with my friends like leonardy.

I was helping Miss Takere take some food to the big tent and I got to load up the cooler with Patties and sausages.

My favourite was going  kayaking with my friend Lennox and it was my favourite because we got to get wet and when I went by myself my friend Lennox fell out of his kayak It was funny because he looked shocked because of the cold water.


After we  finished camp you told team 4 that the Generals were the winners and we got to have chocolate but you called it a healthy snack and that was funny. Thank you Mr Somerville for letting me go on camp.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Room 9's favourite activity at camp - by Donte

We voted to see what activity Room 9 liked best at camp.  Then, we made a graph to show this.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

About camp - by Shania

It was year 5 and 6 camp for three days.  We stayed on the grass at school. We slept  for 2 nights in a tent.  It was fun sleeping in the tent but it was hard to go sleep because too many people around us were talking. We were split into groups.  I was in the Generals.  With the Generals we practised our concert item. We went kayaking at the beach. I was afraid to go in the water but then I wasn’t because I got on a kayak. It was fun. We played with the rollerblades and scooters. I played table tennis and basketball.  We were against the Captains at Killer Zone.  We threw the water balloons at the other team. The Captains won the first round and we won the second round. We went to Mangere Pools on Friday. When we first hopped into the pool  I was cold but then I went out and went back in again.  It felt nice the next time when I dived under the water.

My highlight was dancing at the concert.  We made a dance to the song We are one (Ole Ola).  

Thank you to Mr Somerville, Miss Timmi and Mrs Buchanan and the rest of the teachers who helped us at camp.  Even some parents helped at the pools.

At camp I learnt to try new things and not be scared of new things like kayaking.