Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Welcome to 2016

School has begun here at Pt England School. Our theme this year is 'Make Kindness go Viral'. Our inquiry for this term is The Point England Way. Our team are going to be learning about the wider Auckland area, in particular the volcanoes that are dormant. Here are some pictures of our first day.

Day 1 2016 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Our school year has ended and now we are all on holiday. We would like to thank you all for visiting our blog and leaving comments on posts. But, most of our blogs will still be active over the holidays. On our last day, we played games, had a small shared morning tea and final assemblies to farewell staff members but also our year 8's who move onto high school next year.
We wish you all a great holiday and wonderful Christmas. 
Love Miss Lavakula and Room 8

Friday, December 11, 2015

Point England Prizegiving 2015

Every year our children share an item for prize giving to celebrate their achievements this year. Also because our families and community love seeing their children on the stage. The children have been practicing very hard and have had heaps of fun along the way. Check out the Year 6 item.

Year 6 Prizegiving item 2015 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Year 5s applying for Ambassadors in 2016

Each year the year 5 children are given an opportunity to apply to be a Year 6 Ambassador. This year our year 5's were lucky enough to listen to our Year 6 Ambassadors give their presentation.
Here is Kaharau's application and you can find some examples here too. Good luck to all year 5 applicants for this year. To leave a comment on Kaharau's application click here.

Kaharau Ambassador from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Team 4 are Coding!

This morning we have a team from OMG Tech and Code Club. They have come to help us learn about coding. You can check out what we are doing here at code.org. Our kids are having so much fun!

IMG_2460 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


WALT: study information (data), collect it, summarise and present it

Our maths class have been learning about Statistics. Statistics is when you gather information to find things out. First I had to create a google form. Then I got my friends to fill it out. Using spreadsheet, I created my graph. 

In my class, six people liked picnic. Only one person liked Flake. Three people liked Snickers and dairy milk.

Next time, I would like to find out about how many children in my class like different movies.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Year 5s at the Auckland Museum

Last week on Thursday, the Year 5 students got to go to the Auckland Museum. Our programme was all about Entomology. We had so much fun. Here are some of our highlights of our trip.

Museum from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Year 6 Campers are off!!

Every year our Year 6 children are very fortunate to go to Camp Bentzon on Kawau Island. They are there for 3 nights and 4 days. They are going to enjoy lots of activities from swimming to kayaking and sailing. There'll be lots of other activities too. Here are a few photos from this morning seeing them off. We hope they have heaps of fun!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pt England Athletics 2015

Last week Friday we had our annual School Athletics day. Our junior school did one rotation and our seniors did another. Here are some highlights from the Year 6 girls perspective. Thank you to all our helpers and to Miss Va'afusuaga for organising a wonderful and successful day.

Athletics from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Manaiakalani Film Festival 2015: I'm the Man MTV by Aloe Blacc

Here is our movie for the annual Manaiakalani Film Festival. We based our movie around the song "I'm the Man" by Aloe Blacc. We felt the lyrics were uplifting and reminded us that it's ok to do well and be proud of it. We are all special and unique in some way and to keep trying even when things get hard. Please leave us a comment once you've viewed our movie.

PES_Lavakula_I'm the Man from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Weetbix, Cream and Apples!!

Last week to help motivate our students with a riveting writing experience, we got them to eat half a piece of weetbix with some cream on it and then eat a whole apple. You can view here the amount of fun it was to watch but not so much to eat. Here are some highlights of the fun we had and some gems that the children have written:

Some people were cheating by using their hands and eating it - Daniella

My favorite part was when I got revenge on Charles. I put whip cream on his face and I put the apple over his face. - Josh

But after my turn my buddy Sheena was the one I had to feed when I put the Weetbix up to her face she nearly bit my finger cause she gobbled up the Weetbix snack - Dekorah

Well I hope we don’t do it again because that was the worst thing I ever tasted in my life - Kosini

Silly Food Eating Comp from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Testing Week

Like most schools across New Zealand, now is about the time that all school students undergo "End of Year" testing. Last week we had our writing sample, you'll see some gems soon. Yesterday, we had our PAT tests for Reading Comprehension and today we had our PAT test for Maths. Here are some photos of us under serious concentration.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rocketry Science in Team 4

Today our children were very fortunate to have Gerry and Emily from New Zealand Aerospace Education. They came in and taught us history of rockets, science around forces of rockets and we were very lucky to build rockets in groups of threes and launch them after lunch. Here are some photos and a small video clip of today.

Rocketry from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band

Our school were very fortunate to have the Royal New Zealand Navy Band perform for us today. They played lots of familiar tunes that the children loved and enjoyed dancing too. We all had lots of favourite parts especially when Sponge Bob Squarepants came out and when Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker were fighting. It has inspired lots of children who love music into playing different instruments. We're all very grateful and would like to thank them all for coming. If you would like to know more about the Navy, you can click here. Here are some highlights from today.
Royal NZ Navy Band from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Niuean Language Week: Vagahau Niue 2015

Fakaaue fakamua ke he Atua ha ko e haana tau levekiaga kia tautolu oti. Ko e faahi tapu nei, ko e faahi tapu he Vagahau Niue.
This week is Niuean Language Week. Here is a short video of what we did here at our school to celebrate. This year also marks a special event. One hundred years ago 150 Niuean men left Niue and joined New Zealand troops in World War 1.

Thank you Mrs Lagitupu who organised our children into the Niuean group and got them to practice during the holidays too.

Niue Group Item 2015 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Term 4 Inquiry: PES Survivors

This term our inquiry is called "Survivors". We are going to be learning about animals, creatures and living things and how they adapt to survive in their environment.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Zealand National Shakeout Day

Today is Shakeout Day. In support of this, our school took part at 9.15am. We heard a deafening destructive noise on our loudspeaker and we all had to find somewhere to "Drop, Cover and Hold".
Here are some photos. Check out more information on this site here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Run, Jump, Throw

This term we've been so fortunate to have coaches come and teach us skills for Athletics. Coach Vaughn taught us the correct starting positions when getting ready to race. Some of the tips he gave us was to face forward when racing, start on your stronger leg and to pump your arms fast.

We had another coach teach us the correct technique of how to perform high jump. And coach Eric taught us how to correctly throw a shot put and a discus. It was so much fun! Thank you to everyone involved and thank you Miss Va'afusuaga for organising this for us.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Building up to Market Day in Team 4

Here is a short clip about what we have been up to with our inquiry. Watch this space for how our Market Day went. It was so much fun!!

Team 4 Trade and Enterprise from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tasha Hohaia performs at Pt England

Yesterday we had our whole school Duffy Rolemodel assembly. We were so lucky to have Tasha Hohaia come and speak to us about why reading is cool and why she loves reading. She also performed a song for us. Here is some footage.

Tasha Hohaia performs at Pt England School from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.