Friday, December 16, 2016

Final Goodbye

Today is my last day here at Pt England School. It has been an honour and privilege working here for the past 11 years. I have loved working with amazing staff, team and children. Thank you Pt England, I will miss you. Thank you everyone who commented and helped me throughout my journey. God bless. Love Priscilla Lavakula

End of an Era from Priscilla Lavakula on Vimeo.

End of Year Class Party/ Fun Day/ Shared Lunch

It was our second to last day at school and we decided to have some fun. Our first game was the chocolate game. There were two plates with a cake of chocolate and forks and knives on each. Children had to roll a six and put on three items: one on their head, one of their face and one on their bodies. If there were already two children changing and another person rolled a six then they had to tap one out and start putting on their costumes.

The second game we played was the Balloon Stomp game. Each child was given a balloon and had to blow it up. They were given a piece of string and tied one end to the balloon and the other end to around their ankle. When the teacher said go, each child could run around and stomp on another person's balloon. Once your balloon is popped, you were out. The last person with their balloon still inflated and around their ankle was the winner. We had two winners yesterday: Kurtas and Simon but they were so good to include Noah as well.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kiwisport: Softball

Over the last six weeks we have been learning about softball. We've had two coaches come and teach us skills of how to play. Thank you Miss Va'afusuaga and Kiwisport Auckland for teaching us. We love softball.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Year 6 Prizegiving Item

Last week on Thursday, our school had Senior Prizegiving. All children in each year group are to share an item. Here is the year 6 dance item.

Year 6 item Prize Giving 2016 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

While the year six children were away at Camp Bentzon on Kawau Island, the year five children got to do some baking. Here is a short clip of what we got up too.

Baking from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Pt England PIcnic 2016

Today we had our annual school picnic at the Pt England reserve. We had to postpone it twice earlier in term one because of the weather. We weren't too sure today about the weather because it was overcast. But from 12pm today, the sun came out. It was a great day and we all had a great time. Here is a short clip of some of the things we did.

Picnic 2016 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Kiwisport: Cricket

For the remaining weeks left of school, our class have been learning about cricket. Our coach is teaching us skills to play the game first. Here is a short clip of us practicing our bowling. We need to keep our arms straights and it has to be an overarm bowl. We are trying really hard to hit the wickets with the ball.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pt England School Bike Track

Our school is in the process of having a brand new bike track made for us. The track is set around the outside of our school field and also goes around the junior and senior playground. It has been so much fun watching the men making it, hard at work. Our children have loved running over the dirt piles too. We can't wait till it's finished so we can ride our bikes on it.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Kiwisport Softball

For the next four weeks, we are going to be learning about Softball. So far, we have learned about the different bases. A reminder for us is to make sure we touch the bases with our foot when we run around them. We also practiced our aim by throwing the softball and trying to hit the bat. Here's a short snippet of what we have done so far.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Maori with Whaea Saf

This term for Maori with Whaea Saf, we have been learning about a pepeha (which is a Maori mihi) that identifies not just Maori people but all people and where they come from. It helps people to recognise and make connections when they listen to people share their pepeha. We've also started learning a waiata. Do you recognise the tune?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Farewell Miss Clark

Last week on Friday, it was a farewell / "see you later" to Miss Clark. She has taught in Year 7 and 8 for the past three years and is off to work in a different career path altogether. We will miss her and wish her all the best for the future. Here is a short snippet of our senior children singing a waiata (song) for her during assembly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Year 5s at MOTAT

Do you know what MOTAT stands for? MOTAT in Auckland, is the Museum of Transport and Technology. Our inquiry is called "Ch-ch-ch-ch changes" and it is all around Science and the Material World. We went to learn more from their programme called "Bust that Myth". Some of the myths included: You can turn a cup over without spilling water and Electricity cannot flow through people like wires and many others. Throughout the day, we got to explore and look at other exhibitions like: telecommunications, the Village, the Big Machine and the Get Smart space. It was a lot of fun even when the weather wasn't great and we learned a lot too. Thank you to Abby and her team from MOTAT who looked after us while we were there.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Year 6s are off to Camp!

Every year our year 6 children go off to camp at Kawau Island. They travel north, by bus to Sandspit and catch the ferry to Camp Kawau. We're very blessed to have parent helpers go along to help keep everyone safe. 

The children will take part in different activities like: kayaking, sailing, swimming, hiking, building bivouac's, a burma trail and more. We hope that they are safe and that the weather is sunny and warm for all of them. All campers will return on Friday afternoon.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kiwisport: Touch Rugby 2016

We have been very blessed this term to have coach Lewis come and teach us skills and how to play the game of touch rugby. Children got to practice how to play the ball, run over it and then move to the side and back. They also got to play attacking and defensive games as well working with others.
We'd like to thank coach Lewis and his dad who came and took us during these sessions and Miss Va'afusuaga for organising this for us.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Athletics 2016

Today was our annual school athletics. The weather forecast was to rain but we were very blessed that it didn't. Thank you Miss Va'afusuaga for organising yet another successful school event. Thank you to all Spark helpers that volunteered and all parents and ex students of Pt England who came and helped out today too. Here is a small snippet of the year 6 boys at Tug of War.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Manaiakalani Kids got Talent

This year for the Manaiakalani Film Festival, our class looked at New Zealand artists and their songs. We looked at the lyrics and the music videos. Thank you to Justus and Skye for hosting this movie and David and Bryana for presenting our movie today. Please leave us a comment.

PES Lavakula Manaiakalani Kids got Talent from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thank you Variety!

Variety is an organisation that helps children all around the nation. Today at assembly, we had visitors from Variety come and gift our children with chromebooks for their learning at school. Here is short video of the children that received gifts today. We would like to say thank you to all who help this organisation to help children all around New Zealand. We are very blessed!
During assembly we also had an ex student Tanielu Tele'a come and speak to the children about some of the things he has achieved and got up to while here and what he has been up to so far. We are all very proud of him. Tanielu is also Justus' big brother and he came and sat with him for a bit this morning in class.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gratitude: Being thankful!

Team 4 have an important value for children to learn alongside respect. We have been talking about 'Gratitude' and what this means to us and what it would look like to others. Here is a short movie about what some of our children think gratitude is and what they are grateful/ thankful for. Thank you to all the children that helped make this movie.

Gratitude from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Celebrating Niuean Language Week 2016

To finish off the week, our Niuean group performed an item for the whole school during assembly. Mrs Lagitupu quizzed the children on some words that we had shared on PENN News through the week. We had visitors from the Manaiakalani Trust come and speak to us as well as our new police constables for the Glen Innes area.

What a wonderful way to finish the week. Fakaaue lahi and thank you everyone for supporting us. We would especially like to acknowledge the Tusini-Rex family for their song Koe tau Tau Loga kua mole ki Tua. We love our culture! To find more resources, click here.
Niue Group item for Niue Language week 2016 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Niuean Langue Week: Days of the Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu kia mutolu oti. Greeting everyone! It's Niuean language week. Here is a movie of some of our children teaching you how to say the days of the week in Niuean.

2016 Niue days of the week from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Niuean Language Week: History and Fruits

Fakaalofa lahi atu ko e faahi tapu he Vagahau Niue. Greetings! It's Niuean Language Week. Over the week, we're going to be sharing some basic terms in Niuean with you. As a school, we watch these movies during the school news on television. At the end of the week, there will be a quiz and the winners will be announced during our school assembly on Friday morning. Check out a bit of Niuean history and our movie for fruits here. A big thank you to all the children who helped film and make these movies.
2. Niue history from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Fruits in Niuean
Fruits in Niuean from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Niuean Language Week 2016

Niuean Language Week has begun! Ponataki, Tukutaula ke Mauokafua e Vagahau Niuean. Bind, Anchor to Firmly Uphold the Niuean Language. Here is our video that we have made and shared on our PENN news for the school. At the end of the week, we will have a quiz so watch this space. (note: quiz is only for Pt England students who are present at assembly on Friday).

Niuean greetings from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Olympic Day 2016

Today was a Point England school Olympic event. There were eight countries that children were divided into. Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, Fiji, Ireland and Japan. Each country had four teams, seniors (Year 5-8) and juniors (Year 1-4).
There were games for just the juniors and just the seniors. All teams had to compete against other countries. Third place was South Africa, second was Brazil and first place was Fiji. We've had so much fun.

(We were supposed to have the games last term but had to postpone because of the weather). Thank you Miss Va'afusuaga and all the teachers, helpers, students and parents who helped to make this event and awesome one.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Immersion Day

Team 4 had heaps of fun today. It was all about science experiments. Mr Somerville and Mr Goodwin looked at blowing stuff up (with dry ice), Miss West and Mr Baxendine looked at other experiments using dry ice and Mrs Moala and Miss Lavakula made a bouncy ball. Here are some photos and a short clip of what we did today.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ch ch ch ch Changes...

School has begun and term 4 is finally here! This morning our school had an Immersion Assembly. It is the staff's way of introducing the inquiry to our children for the term. It is based all on Science and the material world. Here are some highlights of our assembly including Team 4's movie. Enjoy!

Team 4_Immersion Movie_Myth Busters from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.


Term 4 Immersion from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Term 3 Disco

Last night the Year 5-8 children had a night time disco. All the money raised is going towards senior camps next term. It was so much fun! Check out some highlights here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


This term for Kiwisport our class were lucky to have Kevin from Sport Auckland. The children learned skills like: how to hold the racket properly, back hand serve and others. Here is a short clip of us playing.
Badminton from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Friday, September 9, 2016

It's Tongan Language Week!!

This week is Tongan Language Week. This year's theme is Fakakaloa Aotearoa 'aki' a e faiva 'a e Tonga. Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Arts. Thanks to Mrs Ria Tuala who made a bank of movies for our school to share on our weekly PENN News. Here is a movie that some of children made a few years ago. Malo Aupito.

Tongan Language Week from Team 3 PES on Vimeo.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Our Winners this week

The last couple of weeks we have been very busy with sports. We've had so many children represent out school. At the Eastern Zone tournament for rugby our Year 5 and 6 over 50kg's team came first. Our Year 5 and 6A girls team came first in Ripper Rugby. Our Year 7 and 8 boys rugby team played Dilworth and St Kentigerns College and won both games. We've also had Year 5 and 6 boys and girls play basketball on Wednesday nights. Our children are amazing athletes and we'd like to thank all our coaches, managers but especially Miss Sally Va'afusuaga who organises and co-ordinates sports for our school. Here's a picture of all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from Cross Country a few weeks ago.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hiwi the Kiwi visits Pt England

Our school were very fortunate to have the Minstrel and his lovely wife come and talk to our school today about Fishing for our future, Boat safety and Seabird handling. We got to sing songs, listen to stories and some of our children won posters, stickers and other prizes.
Thank you Hiwi the Kiwi for visiting our school today!

Monday, August 22, 2016

School Cross Country 2016

Last week on Friday, our whole school took part in Cross Country. Our children ran in their year and gender groups. First up were the Year 1s right up to our Year 8s. All children tried their best and it was a beautiful sunny day for it too. Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to Spark helpers who came along as well.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Harold and the Life Ed Van visits Pt England

For the first three weeks of the term, Lynn and the Life Education Caravan including Harold came to visit us. Each team learned different aspects and themes. Team 4 focused on relationships with others and values that make us good citizens. Our class also learned about empathy. During our assembly Harold came out to say goodbye to us all.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Term 2 Art Pieces

Here is a short movie from Term 2 that showcases our art.

Room 8 Art from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bubblegum Dance Crew visits Pt England

This afternoon our school were very fortunate to have the Bubblegum Dance from the Palace perform for us. They are off to the World Hip Hop dance competition in Las Vegas. We wish them all the best. Crowns Up!

Bubblegum from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Term 3: We are the Champions

Term 3 has begun and our tumuaki Mr Burt and Mrs Burt have returned from their trip overseas. Our school wide inquiry is called: We are the Champions and we are focusing on the Olympics. Our team are looking at the Olympics "Exposed". Here was our team movie and a short snippet from today's assembly. Enjoy and watch this space for more work from our class.

Team 4 immersion Term 3 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Team 5 in today's assembly

Friday, July 8, 2016

Art Process: As I See It

As part of this term's inquiry's focus: As I See It. Our whole school had to create a piece of art to share in the exhibition. We practiced a lot of drawing and noticed what we needed to improve in our drawings, which was using the space of our paper wisely. Check out the process. We used pencil, paper, crayons, pastels and paints. We will post another movie of our finished art pieces.
Room 8 Art Process from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Paul Martin

Paul Martin is a New Zealand comic book artist, graphic artist and ex-rugby player for the Chiefs. He came to visit our team to teach us about comics and drawing. Paul Martin talked to us about what inspired him to do what he loves and encouraged us to keep persevering even when things seems hard. Some of us were lucky enough to buy his book and he signed them and gave them to the children personally.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Year 7 and 8 Boys Rugby

Yesterday, our year 7 and 8 boys played against Sylvia Park school. The final score was 17-12 with a final try from Te Mauri. We were all so proud of them and hope they continue to play hard for the rest of the season.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Polynesian Hall of Fame Stars visit us

Last week we were very lucky to have Jesse Sapolu and Ma'a Tanuvasa along with others came to visit our school. They spoke to students from Year 4-8 students about American Football and how it can give others a great education. They also shared about how important it is for children to stay in school and get an education. Here is a short clip of their visit.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Kiwsport Netball


This term our class has had netball sessions with coach Christina. She taught us many skills like: passing, catching, pivot, shooting and defending. We were very lucky to have Christina us and we'd like to thank her for helping us.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Celebrating Samoan Language Week

Our Senior Samoan group from Fiafia performed in school assembly this morning. We are celebrating Samoan Language Week. Ia Manuia le vaioso le gagana Samoa. Here's a short clip.

IMG_2887 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Comic Art in our Space

Our team are focusing on comic art. We've been learning about comic art from reading different texts in literacy. We've also based our animations on superheroes and are going to turn our stacks into comic like animations.

Team 4 Comic from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Auckland Blues visit Pt England School

Today our school were very fortunate to have six players from the Auckland Blues visit us. They came and took 50 children from year 5-7 for skills, drills and games. Thank you Auckland Blues. We wish you all the best for the rest of the Super Rugby season. Here are some photos and a short clip.

Tamaki College Band performs at Pt England

On Tuesday, our school were very lucky to have the Tamaki College Band perform for us. Their senior students performed different songs for our whole school. It was a privilege to have them and we hope they come again. It was so nice to see some ex- Pt England students too.
Here are some highlights.

Thank you Variety Club

Toni was very blessed to have a new uniform this week. Thanks to sponsorship from the The Children's Variety Club. Here is a photo of him in his brand new uniform and a video saying 'thank you'.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

iluminate comes to Pt England

On Tuesday our whole school were very fortunate to have three members of iluminate come and perform for us. They are so amazing! Check out the highlights here.

i luminate at PES from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Term 2: As I see it

This term has begun. Our inquiry is called "As I see It". We are focusing on art. In team 4 we will be looking at comic art. Here is a movie that was made by Mr Goodwin to get our children hooked into the topic.

Teacher Vengers from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Raven from Mai FM visits Pt England

For our Duffy hero this term, Raven from the radio station Mai FM came to talk to us. She told us lots of things but especially about how much she loves reading. All our classes were presented with a box of reading books as part of the Duffy books in homes programme. Thank you Raven, Duffy Books and our sponsors for giving us these books to read.

Fiafia 2016

Fiafia Highlights 2016 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.
FiaFia 2016 Night snippets from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Every two years our school has a Fiafia. It is a chance for all the children to share an item to do with their cultures and their talents. There were 18 groups altogether and everyone takes part. Children could choose up to three groups of what they wanted to be part of. Here are some highlights from this evening.

Monday, April 4, 2016

More Camp Highlights

Here is a brief movie of our time on camp. The children have made presentations where you can check out here.
Room 8 Year 5 and 6 Camp Highlights from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Camp Highlights

Here's what we've been up to so far. We've had nachos for dinner and chocolate cake for dessert. We've also been practising our items for our camp concert tomorrow. The Year 5 and 6 campers are having so much fun!!

Year 5 and 6 Camp from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Year 5 and 6 Camp

Team 4 are now on camp. Every year we camp on school grounds. The school field becomes our home also know as tent city for the next two days. We hope the weather remains warm and sunny so we can enjoy all our activities. Here is a picture of one of the camp teams called "Kind Krew". Watch this space for more movies and pictures from our amazing camp.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Maori Rock Science by Sheena and Kerstein

The Kiwifruits reading group read an article called Maori Rock Science by Alan Bagnall. This is found in Connected 2 2003. Listen and watch as Sheena and Kerstein share interesting facts about rocks in New Zealand.

Keratin and Sheena's Maori rock science from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Be Kind

At school, our main focus is "Wheoritia te Atawhai". This means, "make kindness go viral". Check our movie that we've made to show what people do to show they are kind and what being kind means.

Room 8 Be Kind from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Duffy Theatre 2016

Every year we are very lucky to have the Duffy Theatre visit our school. Through acting, singing and dancing they encourage us why reading is cool. Our children had so much fun and we would like to thank them. Check out some of the highlights.

Duffy Theatre 2016 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

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.