Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Our school is now officially on holiday. We wish you all the best and a Happy Holiday over the break. Our blog will still be posting so watch this space. God bless from Room 13 and Miss Takerei and Miss Lavakula

Friday, December 13, 2013


We are blessed! Johnson & Johnson & the Variety Club came to our school today and presented us with gifts. It was so lovely of them and we just wanted to say thank you for our presents!

Johnson & Johnson

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Taunese's Farming Animation

Taunese created a farming animation using hyperstudio. Watch and listen as she shares with you her work!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Manaiakalani Film Festival 2013 Who Pushed Humpty?

Our school is part of the Manaiakalani Cluster. Here is our entry for this year. Click here to view all the entries from all schools involved.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Aaron's Farming Animation

This is Aaron's farming animation of how we get milk and eggs to our houses. Watch and listen as he shares with you his learning.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Promise's Guy Fawkes Animation

November 5th, is Guy Fawkes day in New Zealand. Do you know how it all started? Listen as Promise shares with you his learning. Well done Promise!

Friday, November 1, 2013

What Now: Ultimate Trip

Aaron has been following What Now closely and it was all his idea to make a movie to enter this competition. This is our entry.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Niuean Language Week

This week is Niuean Language Week. Watch and listen as the children share with you the days of the week and the Niuean villages. Thank you to all the children that made this movie.

Monday, October 14, 2013

What in the World is going on?

Our topic this term is related to social sciences and our team will be looking at Farming. Room 13 will be looking at the celebration of Harvest and Thanksgiving. We will finish our term on Thursday 19th December. Our class have decided to start this term strong and finish this term strong. We hope you have a wonderful term too! Here is a silly video clip of what teachers do to get children interested in the topic.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Shavana's Cat Poem

Hello this is my poem about a fat cat I hope you like it

On the carpet there was a cat
You have to look twice
For a big fat cat
Might be sleeping somewhere!
On the top of the mat
Can you find a black nose?
Against the cool bench
Can you see two round eyes?
Whiskers that sharp
oh! my fat cat.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Action Movie on iPads

Here are a few movies that the boys have made using an app on an iPad.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Skyping with our buddies

Here is a short video of Shelford video conferencing with his buddy Cameron from Newington College.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Skyping with our buddies

This term our class has had the privilege of connecting with a Year 3 class in Australia, Sydney from Newington College. The children started with emails and have finally had the chance to talk to their buddies via Skype. Here is a snapshot of Kyan talking to Cullen. Each buddies are given 10 minutes because of time difference and trying to get everyone through. Kyan and Cullen talked for 30 minutes. It was nice to see them getting along like old pals. Here is a snapshot of Kyan and Cullen chatting via skype.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Fair Swap

Here is a movie made by Jalen and Lukis sharing their learning about a story they read. Well done boys. They created this using an ipad and edited it, all by themselves.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Youth Town

Last week on Wednesday 11th September, rooms 13 and 14 had an excursion trip to Youth Town in Auckland CBD. Watch Aaron's movie that he has created to share with you some of the things we did.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Baking in Room 13

Today Jessica, Shavana, Mele and April made 'Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes'. We were learning to use our knowledge of fractions and measurement to create yummy cupcakes. Here are some photos to share with you.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jessica's Cross Country Writing

Last Thursday, Point England school  had cross country  outside on the court. It was a beautiful nice day, it felt like I was baking in the hot sun. All about cross country was the fun run that’s why we did it.

Looking around me was the only fast people that I know, I was shaking nervously to death because I always think that I will come last but when I was standing waiting in line till its my turn. I saw My friend it was her turn to run its almost like a marathon. Everyone was sprinting and gasping for air running in the squishy mud their feet was like a stick covered with Dark Chocolate I said to myself “eeeeuuuuu that’s just disgusting’’.

Behind me was the ten year old boys it was so gross because I felt something under my bottom it was a sticky bubble gum stuck under my bum. I looked at the back of me there were two boys laughing at me. I knew it was them so I undid it, because someone might look at my bottom and then mock me.

Then my friend said to me “is it  our turn?" I Replied "Yes it is" so we lined up and walked normally to the beginning. Our Principal said we just have to wait until all the other people clears the track for you guys okay when it was time he said the magic word get mark get set go! we ran fast as we can and there was buzz of excitement cheering for our house colours.

When I looked down I saw mud oozed through my toes it was just not cool. When I was running and running I was almost the last one in the ten year old girls but I said to myself “I can do this Jessica’’ and so I ran and ran until I met My Bff and said to me “I don’t want to do this ever again I’m just going to stay home next year’’ when I passed Miss walter and Miss King I raced till the end. I was so exhausted so this lady said here you go. "Thank you", I said.
Check out her blog here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Should this have happened?

The Kiwifruit group have read a book called 'Should this have happened?' written by Jill Eggleton and illustrated by Richard Hoit.  They have been learning about Debates and how to present their ideas in a form of an argument.

Their statement was 'Georgie Porgie should not have kissed the girls'. Here are there teams.

Here are some of their ideas and photos of them.

Taunese: Georgie Porgie should have kissed the girls because he had no friends and he wanted people to like him. Georgie Porgie should have kissed the girls because he was practicing kissing girls for his wedding day too and he wanted it to be perfect. I think Georgie Porgie should have kissed the girls because he was lonely and had nothing else to do.

Rowana: First of all Georgie Porgie should not have kissed the girls because he already had a wife. I think that the girls died because georgie porgie was so smelly and his smelliness was so bad. He wanted to make the queen of france jealous so he kissed the girls and the girls cried because they felt sorry for the queen.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Kyan's Humpty Dumpty

This term's topic is called Life's a Stage. We're learning about different fairy tales, nursery rhymes, fables, myths and legends. We've only been at school a week this term and here is a finished animation from Kyan. Well done Kyan!

Spoken Word

At Pt England School we have a Performing Arts group. There is a small group of children who have been learning about Spoken Word and preparing themselves to perform. Here is a video clip of Tihi and Promise who performed today. They were magnificent! Tihi Promise

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Term 3 Immersion Assembly

Here is a snippet of our special assembly we had yesterday. We always have an Immersion Assembly, on the first day of every term. It's a chance for teachers to dress up and act as a character. It's heaps of fun and the children love it.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Life's a Stage

Welcome back to Term 3. Our topic this term is "Life's a Stage". We will be looking at and learning about Fairy Tales, Fables, Myths and Legends. Watch this space to see more work from these amazing children in Room 13.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sealions by Jalen

The Kiwifruit reading group read an article called 'Searching for Sealions' by Kim Westerskov. Jalen emailed him and Mr Westerkov replied back. Great researching and investigating Jalen! Checkout Jalen's blog here.
Check out the email below:
Hi Jalen Thank you for writing to me. It was great to hear that you were reading "Searching for Sea Lions" - and I was very pleased to hear that you liked it. Thank you. Swimming with sea lions is definitely cool. Where is Point England School? Let me know when your blog is posted, and how to find it please. I have written 17 books and booklets for children - all of them about cool stuff like whales and dolphins and penguins and seals and sealions and Antarctica - maybe there are some more in your library or resource room. All the best Kim Westerskov

Hi Hi there my name is Jalen and I am Year 5 and I go to Pt England school in New Zealand. Yesterday in my reading group we read one of your books it was called searching for Sea Lions it was a really cool story about you looking for Sea Lions. We are making a presentation or a movie to show our understanding about what we read. I have a blog and I will post it up when I am finished. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Jalen

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

PJ's Antarctic Movie

Here is PJ's movie that he has made using hyperstudio. Well done!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Arohatia te Reo

Here is Aaron's entry into our Maori movie making competition.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Katareina's Maori Movie

Here is Katareina's entry for the Maori Movie Making competition. She made this all by herself. Well done!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Squid Hunt

I found a really interesting site about Te Papa's Colossal Squid. My question for you is: What is pungent gas made up of? Click here to find the answer and leave a comment.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Secret Agents by Sohel

Here is Sohel's narrative about a seal and penguins. It's a great read!

Once upon a time there lived a penguin named Mike. Mike and his friends were secret agents that rescued animals all over the world. During their fight training session Mike got hurt. He went to  his room to do some meditation. Suddenly he was teleported to the surface of the water. He looked around and realised he was among lots of  killer whales.  Mike was extremely scared and started swimming for his life he screamed as loud as he could, his friends rushed to his room but he was not there. Being secret agents they were able to track him down using his tracking watch.

Francis, Ferby, S.J Bomb and their captain Artix ran to get their gadgets they  put on there rocket boots, sword belt and their mini ring gun.They used their rocket boots and blasted themselves to where Mike was, they started to shoot at the killer whales. Suddenly the killer whales started to  shoot back. The whales  shot Francis he was injured so  Ferby and S.J bomb  took him back  to the lab in town.  Meanwhile  Artix stayed behind to  shoot the killer whales and rescue Mike. “Lets go Mike” said Artix, “Let’s head to safety where the others are”. They made their way back to the lab. When they got back  they found out that there master was a killer whale disguised as a penguin. Artix shouted “ATTACK”, Mike, Ferby and S.J Bomb pulled out their swords from their belts and started chopping up their master.

to be continued........

Do you remember when Francis got shot, well the bullet he was shot with had a potion in it............Read on to learn more.         
One day Francis was sharpening his sword belt when suddenly he grew a tail.  He rushed to his friends but they had gone shopping. Francis started to panic he didn’t want to turn into a killer whale because his friends would hunt him down. Unfortunately there was no way he could stop it. Francis became an evil killer whale. He planned to blow  up the city with a nuclear bomb. When Mike and the others found out that Francis was a killer whale they were very sad and wanted to find a cure to change him back. They did some research and found out that the only cure for  him was to find three magic gems. they set off in search of the magic gems.

While they were searching   they saw  a magic gem on the back of a  giant polar bear. Artix said “we need to work as a team to get that gem”. “Mike, Ferby and S.J Bomb you circle around the polar bear while I distract him”. “Ok” they all said at once. Artix started teasing the bear S.J bomb and mike cut his legs then artix and ferby got the gem off his back when he fell over. They were happy they got there first gem. 

They continued on their journey and ended up in a forest. There they saw   a giant snake they used their sword belts and chopped his head off so the snake wouldn’t eat them. When the snakes head fell off  they found there second gem in it’s neck. The agents knew that to get the third gem they would have  to kill the king killer whale. The only way to kill the king killer whale is to use a Narwhals horn and stab the king in his heart. Then  the gem would be there's. Lucky Artix had one in his bag. They snuck up from behind the king and Artix stabbed him in the heart, The king screamed and Ferby shouted “there’s the gem in his mouth, I’ll get it!” He swam quickly over to the king and ripped the gem from his mouth. The king killer whale was dead. 

They pushed the special teleport button on their sword belts and teleported back to the lab. Mike got all of the gems and combined them together, and made a magical bullet. The nuclear bomb was getting closer and  closer to the city. “Hurry” shouted Mike, “we need to save the city” he handed the gun with the magical bullet in it to  Artix  to shoot the bomb. Artix fired the gun and it hit the nuclear bomb,they watched as the bomb turned around with extreme speed and headed toward Francis. They watched in amazement as the bullet that was stuck in the bomb exploded, smoke was everywhere, suddenly they saw Francis flying through the air  he was turning back into a penguin. His friends were really happy to have him back. The magical bullet combined with the nuclear bomb had killed all the killer whales in the city. The city was safe once again.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Our Origami Penguins

This week the children in room 13 got a chance to make a penguin using origami. Here are the winners. They were judged by being the most creative, bright and colourful penguins. Well done to everyone in the class for giving it a go. It wasn't easy but everyone managed to make one. Click here for the video. The winners are: Simon, Shaitarn, Rowana and Shavana.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Aaron's Crabeater Seal Presentation

Here is Aaron's presentation that he made about an animal that lives in Antarctica. Watch each slide as he shares some interesting facts. Well done Aaron!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Term 2 Movie

This movie is a collection of animations, food chains and audio boo that the children made and put together.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Monsters of the Deep by Kyan

The Marmite reading group had a task. They had to show their understanding of their reading by creating a presentation with facts about squid. Here is Kyan's google presentation that he created all by himself. Well done Kyan!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

What's a Food Chain? by Katareina

In class we have talking a lot about food chains and what they are. It was quite tricky for some of us to understand and explain what a food chain is, but after lots of discussion and working in small groups, here is what Katareina and friends came up with.

A food chain is an order of what organisms eat. It depends on their ecosystem. This means where they live. A food chain always starts with a producer an example of a producer is plankton. Then its consumer an example of what eats plankton is krill. And is forth. A producer is a living thing that makes its own food by sun and soil. A consumer is a living thing that eats other living things.

Click below to listen to me read this paragraph to you too.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Liz's Antarctic Food Chain

In Room 13 the children have been learning to create an Antarctic Food Chain using google drawing. The children have posted them to their blogs and here is one example from Elizabeth. Well done Liz!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Aaron's 4x timestables

Here is Aaron sharing what he knows about his 4x's timestables. He created this video using Educreations on an iPad. Well done Aaron!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Floating Eggs Investigation

Room 13 carried out an investigation into why things float better in salt water and sink in fresh water. Here are two short clips showing how we did this. Thanks to Sohel for filming it for us, using an iPad. If you've got some clear ideas about why this happens, please leave us a comment.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Antarctica by Ashley

Here is Ashley's writing about Antarctica. You can read and listen to it.

If you go to Antarctica you might figure some weird things but interesting facts about Antarctica, is twice as large as Australia. Antarctica is freezing cold and windy to  there is 70% freshwater there and 90% of Antarctica is covered in ice.

There is lots of wildlife like hump back whales,penguins,seals and orcas.Antarctica is the coldest,driest and windiest place on earth.
There is lots of ice bergs there so if you go there you better watch out for ice bergs.

Introducing Owen

Owen is new to Pt England. Here is some information about himself.

My name is Owen and I’m nine years old
My culture is Samoan.
My old school was Glenbrae School
My old friends were Fusi,Moses,Mata,Sam,and Frazer
The bestest movie was when I watched Ghostbusters
My favourite song is Stan Walker Take it easy
My favourite sport is Basketball player
My brother’s name’s are Fano, Pou, and Hamish
And my sister’s name are Fia, sienna, Vienna and
Cholletter. My Mum’s name is April and my Dad’s
Name is Villie Taavili
My favourite food is McDonald’s
My favourite is yellow.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Penguin Walkers

The Marmite literacy group read an article called "Penguin Walkers" (School Journal Part 2 Number 3 1987). They created a presentation afterwards. Here is Kyan's work.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rugby League

Over the next 5 weeks, every Tuesday morning Room 13 have lessons with coaches from Auckland Rugby League. Here are a few skills that we have learned and done so far.

Our warmup: Benji Says

Passing the ball back

Two on One

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Special Visitor by Joshua

Joshua is new to Point England School. Here is his writing about a very special visitor to our school. Well done Josh!

 After morning tea the whole school went to a special assembly. And there was a special visitor coming to our school and and his name was And Mr talked about his family and his friends and Will.i.ams big dream was helping his mum then he gave maniaiakalani a cheque with $ 100.000.00. The whole school felt so proud that that he gave us the cheque with $100.000.00 I felt excited that Will.i.Am came to the school.

A Special Surprise

Owen is new to our school. Here is his writing about Will.I.Am coming to Pt England. This Morning we went to assembly and a very special person came to PT England school.He got here in 25 minutes after morning tea.He came to give a special Prize to PT England school and the Manaiakalani school. was talking to us about his mum and his friends To have a good friend’s.He talked about his family and a wonderful dream about helping his mum and helping his family. The school felt so enthusiastic and everyone was so happy That he gave $100.000.00. The money was for to help our School with technology. I felt so enthusiastic that WII.I.AM came to Pt England School to give $100.000.00 Dollars.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Will.I.Am comes to Pt England

We're so fortunate. Today a very special visitor Will.I.Am came to our school to make a large contribution to Manaiakalani. Here are two video clips of the special event that happened today. Thank you Will.I.Am.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Term 2 Has Begun!

Welcome back to school! This term our topic is called "PSI - Pt England School Investigates". It is all science based so watch this space to see what Room 13 and the school are going to learn.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Shelford's Omaru Creek Animation

Here is Shelford's Omaru Creek animation that he has created using Hyperstudio. Well done Shelford!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lukis' Omaru Creek Animation

Here is Lukis' animation that he has created using Hyperstudio. Well done Lukis!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

It's the Holidays!

It is now the end of Term One. We are all on holiday but that doesn't mean that our blogs are. Our school will return for Term Two on Monday 6th May. Stay tuned and watch this space for more awesome posts.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sohel's Eel Narrative

Here is Sohel's narrative that he wrote about an Eel. Once upon a time there was an Eel named Jack who lived in the beautiful healthy Omaru River. Jack loved to swim and play with his family in the River. One day he noticed the crystal clear water of the river was starting to look dirty. Jack saw lots of people throwing rubbish into the river it was dirty and smelly it was uninhabitable for Jack and his family to live. Jack needed to find a way to clean up the river so he would be able to live in the crystal clear water. So Jack followed the creek looking for a way to clean Omaru River. Suddenly Jack realised that he was swimming into the sea and Jack hated saltwater, it made his eyes burn. He was so hungry that he could not take it anymore. He turned around to go back but it was too late and sadly, Jack died. After a while a man picked up Jack’s family. Luckily, his family were saved. He took them to his house and put them in a big clean pond, where they could live forever. In the meantime Jack turned into a ghost and followed his family to the mans house and they lived happily ever after.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Promise's Omaru Creek Animation

Here is an animation that Promise created using Hyperstudio. Watch and listen as he explains what he is doing. Well done Promise!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Aaron's Eel Narrative

Aaron (pronounced: Ah-roon) wrote a narrative about an eel that lived in Omaru Creek. Watch and listen as he shares with you his work. Aaron independently made this movie by himself using an iPad. Well done Aaron!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jalen's Omaru Creek Animation

Here is Jalen's animation that he has created using Hyperstudio and iMovie. Well done Jalen!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Harlem's Omaru Animation

Here is Harlem's animation that he has created using Hyperstudio. Watch and listen as he shares with you his work. Well done Harlem!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wacky Hair Day 2013

On Thursday 28th March, our school had Wacky Hair Day and mufti day. The objective was to have the most outrageous hair do in the school. Here are some photos from the day and Rowana from our class was the Year 5 winner for the girls.
Make your own slideshow with music at Animoto.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Very Special Frog by Aaron and Sohel

Here is a movie that Aaron and Sohel created using an iPad. They are showing their understanding of an article that they read, written by Lindy Kelly. Well done boys!

Friday, March 29, 2013

True Crew's Camp Item

Here is True Crew's camp item that they performed on our concert night.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Johnlee's Omaru Animation

Here is Johnlee's animation of himself walking by the Omaru Creek. It was once a beautiful creek that flourished but now it is polluted and unsafe for people to swim in. Watch and listen as Johnlee shares his work with you. You can also check out his work on his blog. Well done Johnlee!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Band's Camp Item

Here is the Band's camp item that they performed on our concert night.

A Very Special Frog by Jalen

 Jalen has created a movie to show his understanding of the above article written by Lindy Kelly. Well done Jalen!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Force's Camp Item

Here is the Force's camp item that they performed during our camp concert night.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Synergy's Camp Item

Here is Synergy's dance item that they performed during our camp concert.

Co-operators Camp Item

Here is the Co-operators camp item that they performed on our Concert Night.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Camp 2013

Here is a short clip of some of us at the Year 5/6 Camp held at our school.

Make your own slideshow with music at Animoto.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Welcome to 2013 Harlem

Click there to view Harlem's blog.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Our school picnic

Last week on Friday we had our annual school picnic. It was held down at the Point England Reserve on a cloudy but fine day. We started our day with prayer in the hall and then made our way down to the park. Once Mr Burt explained the rules each class found a picnic spot to sit and the children went off to play and explore the beach. Here are some photos of the children in Room 13.
plavakula's School PIcnic 2013 album on Photobucket

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Welcome to Room 13 Elizabeth

Click here to view Elizabeth's blog.

Welcome to Room 13 Brooklyn

Click here to view Brooklyn's blog.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Welcome to 2013 Benjamin

Click here to view Benjamin's blog.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Welcome to 2013 April

Click here to view April's blog.

Welcome to Room 13 Aidan

Click here to view Aidan's blog.

Welcome to Room 13 Ashley

Click here to view Ashley's blog.

Welcome to Room 13 Aaron

Click here to view Aaron's blog.

Introducing Room 13

Here is a short clip of all the students in Room 13. Watch and listen as we share a bit about ourselves and at the end, you're in for a real treat - Pt England Styles.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Our children have been very fortunate to have swimming lessons at the Glen Innes Aquatic Centre. They are divided into three groups according to their abilities in the water and children learn swimming skills. Each group has a qualified and very friendly instructor that teaches them for half an hour per session. There are eight sessions in total. Here is a short clip of what they've been doing so far.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Riverside has begun!

Riverside is an afterschool club for children Y4 - 8. It's held every Wednesday from 3.30-5pm. All the children have heaps of fun playing games and learning different life skills. There's even an end of year camp. Here are some photos from some of the students in Room 13. Can you see who they are?
plavakula's Riverside album on Photobucket

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Netbooks in Class

We've had our first two days using Netbooks and the children have done so well. We've learned how to create a doc and file it in the right folder. The children know that if they don't, then the teacher can't see it. And some of us got to use MathsWhizz for the first time. Today we had Mr Barks come in and show us the beginning stages of making a presentation in Google. Here are some photos of us with our Netbooks.
plavakula's Netbooks album on Photobucket

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chrome Book Roll Out

We had our first roll out of Chrome Books in our class on Friday 8th February. It was an amazing experience. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Burt, Mrs Tele'a, all the Manaiakalani people involved and to the Tamaki Transformation Project and everyone else that helped make it happend. We can't wait to use them for our learning in class on Monday. Here are some photos!
plavakula's Netbook Rollout 2013 album on Photobucket

Friday, February 8, 2013

Taiaha's Holiday Animation

Listen as Taiaha shares with you what he did in the holidays. Well done Taiaha! You can view his blog here.

taiaha holidays from Team 3 PES on Vimeo.