Friday, 9 July 2021

Watch this Space

 This term the students had to create an animation about space. They used a programme called Hyperstudio on our school iMacs to complete the images and then used either Quicktime or iMovie to add a voice over or additional effects. Check out a few examples below!

By Finau

By Austin

By Aye

Friday, 18 June 2021

Master Thief Game Release - Austin

 Austin is our resident game designer/ programmer/ animator and coding whizz. In his spare time he designs amazing animations and coding projects. One of these projects was a game called Master Thief.

These images showcase some of the features of the game, but to really experience it you have to check it out on scratch :

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Fiafia 2021

We have just celebrated our school Fiafia or cultural night. Check out some of the students reflections!

 "Last night we had Fiafia, it's when our school goes into cultural groups and does a performance for the families that come and watch. The group I was in was the Senior Samoan group, when we went to perform everyone cheered for us joyfully. My favourite group was the Junior Hip group, along with the Tongan Girls, they were both so amazing because, both groups looked really interested in what they were doing,and tried so hard to make everyone proud, anyways, most of all it was very fun, and am pretty sure everybody enjoyed it as well."  - Norah Jade

"Last night, a special performance took place at Pt England School. It was the night of Fia Fia. When school finished, I just stayed, and hung out with my friend Rongo. I bought a mango Otai for me and some of my other friends. After hours of waiting, preparation for Fia Fia had finally began. Along with some of my friends like Devante, Jermaine, Chaun, Simon and Lucian, I was in the Hip-Hop group. Though it wasn't really cultural or anything, I was happy to be there! After quite a few groups, it was finally our turn! We went up on the stage and it was kind of nerve-racking... But I managed to stay in the positions of our dance. I had so much fun during our dance, dancing with my friends. At the end of our dance, we were tired, but relieved it was finished... Overall, it was a fantastic experience! My favourite dance to watch was probably the senior Samoan group, just 'cause it's my culture and it looked awesome!" - Austin

Monday, 17 May 2021

Year 7 Snorkeling Trip

 The year sevens are super lucky this year! Usually they stay at school while the year eights go to camp, but this year they are heading to Goat Island for a snorkelling trip! This is being provided by Experiencing Marine Reserves and Whitebait Connection. We are enjoying some awesome science lessons with them as well as our snorkelling lessons and experiences. 

This video shows our first snorkelling lesson!

Friday, 7 May 2021

Building a Raft

 This morning Room 4 took part in a team building STEAM challenge - to build a vessel capable of carrying the weight of a small plastic animal. They were given straws, tape, cardboard and some decorative items.

This week we have been learning to recognise the strength in others and to be willing to work with anyone in the class. This challenge demanded that we communicate effectively with one another and think critically to build our craft.

There were some really creative designs and every group did something a little bit different. This is fantastic as we all bring different strengths and ideas to our groups.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Maths Holiday Challenge

In case you are looking for homework this holiday, check out this homework task created by Megan Clune who teaches Maths/Science at the University of Auckland.

You have five thousand dollars to go on a trip around New Zealand. You can either plot your trip on Google Maps - My Maps, or make a slide show/ poster showing where you would go and what you would do. Will you spend all your money on the most expensive hotels or do some wild tourist activities like sky diving?


Room 4 Role Models

 This term we have set up our class treaty and have taken the opportunity to get to know each other better. However, Mrs Stone recently shared that there was a member of the class that we hadn't met yet, because she is hapÅ«. 

As an end of term celebration, we decided to have a cake to reveal the gender of Mrs Stone's baby. We first did a survey and we were quite split about what it would be, so anticipation was high to find out who was right! 

Another reason for the celebration is that Room 4 are the baby's first role models - the baby can already hear them and learn from in the womb! Mrs Stone is very grateful to have such a beautiful class who are already teaching the Pt England way to the next generation.