Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Hank Zipzer Part 3

We are learning to justify our ideas.
BBC Hank Zipzer Season 1, Episode 2
In the episode Hank miraculously seems to play better when he is wearing the 'lucky socks'. Do you believe in the power of a good luck charm?

Why or why not?

Hank Zipzer Part 2

We are learning to justify our ideas.
BBC Hank Zipzer Season 1, Episode 2

Do you think that the yellow and blue house are sorted fairly? Why/ why not?

Hank Zipzer part 1

We are learning to justify our ideas.
BBC Hank Zipzer Season 1, Episode 2

Some people, like Hanks Dad, believe that people should focus on winning sports games and competitions. Others, like Hanks mum, believe that it is important to participate in a range of games and that it is the taking part and the learning that matters the most.

Which character do you agree with - Hanks mum or his dad?


Why do you hold this opinion?

Monday, 26 March 2018

Garage Sale

As part of our fundraising for Year 8 camp, Team 5 have their annual garage sale and this year we had it on Saturday 24th March. What a beautiful day it turned out to be with students turning up at 7.30am to help put their stalls together.

We had a long table filled with deliciously home made cakes, pineapple pies, cup cakes, muffins, cookies and some wonderfully made otai to quench the thirst. A candy floss stand was also a favourite for the kids. Parents got to enjoy some yummy seafood chowder made by Roz while our students were being great sales reps at the cheese toasties and hot dogs dogs.

It was great to see Josephine Bartley and Mrs Tele'a join us along with our Pt England babies.

We could go on and on but take a look at our video below to see more of our fun filled day.

A huge THANK YOU to our Pt England families and the wider community for coming down and supporting our students in their fundraising efforts.

We raised $1700!!! This is absolutely fantastic and will go towards our Year 8 Camp in Thames Valley.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Charles' Animation

This is my animation about what actually happens when someone litters 
and what happens to the litter. Check out my animation I made
and see what happens (:

Friday, 9 March 2018

Should we stop using plastic bags? By David K

Image result for plastic bags
There have been many debate over plastic bags whether we should keep them or stop using them for the sake saving our environment. Grocery stores like countdown are planning to completely stop using plastic bags by the end of this year, and there are going to be encouraging customers to bring their own bag while shopping. I disagree with this because if you shop with your own bag for example a school bag it will look like you are shoplifting
However plastic bags harm our environment because they end up in our creeks and it can lead to pollution and death of our sea animals but overall I think we should keep plastic bags but enforce strict laws on littering.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Should we ban the bag?

Today our literacy class attempted our first ever debate using the topic: Should plastic bags be banned?

After reading texts about the topic, we had to gather a range of facts that supported our view regarding the ban. Although almost all of us agreed that a ban would be a good idea in the beginning, some students decided to argue against a ban to support the debate.

The affirmative side (the students who agreed with the ban) brought up lots of environmental issues that are caused due to plastic bags. They also noted that people have been told countless times what to do with plastic bags, but they are still being littered and only used once, so it would be safer to ban them.

The opposition noted that it is cheaper to manufacture plastic bags than it is to create bags out of other materials. They also made the rebuttal that perhaps people should be fined for littering and forced to take accountability for their actions rather than placing a blanket ban on just one environmentally unfriendly item.

We still have a little work to do on using the structure of a debate, but it was a great first attempt with strong arguments being made from both sides.

Friday, 2 March 2018


Our Kiwisport this term is Ki-O-Rahi! We wanted to teach others a little more about this fantastic game, so we decided to make a video about it:

We hope you learn something new!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Current Events!

We have been reading about the SpaceX launch for our current event in reading. Check out Leiite's article which summarises the event.


In maths we have been learning about squares and square roots. Check out the explanation that Atareita and Sheales created to remind them about this mathematical concept!

Just Clean It!

The korero this week is 'just clean it', as we need to make sure that we are keeping our school tidy and clean. To work on this value, team five completed a rubbish clean up this afternoon and room 4 were in charge of cleaning up the year 4/5 area of the school.

This was a great way to show service to Pt England School and the community and we hope to find lots of new ways to 'just clean it' this term!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Weetbix Triathlon

On Friday team five had our first work experience as we were in charge of putting signs up for the Weetbix Triathlon. We had to put up hundreds of signs up around Pt England reserve to ensure that the participants knew where to go and to adverse the sponsors of the triathlon.

Friday, 9 February 2018


Today Room 4 completed their first ever Breakout! A Breakout is a problem solving game where learners have to solve a series of clues to escape from a room or open a box. Our first Breakout was digital, which meant that we worked in teams of four or five to solve clues on a Google site.

We were given an introductory Breakout today so that we could get the hang of how to play the game. Later on in the year we will complete Breakouts that are linked to what we are learning.

All of the groups worked well together and everyone made a lot of progress. Hazel's group was the first to Breakout, so they were able to unlock the box and claim their prize. Seconds later Tidus' group broke out and received a prize as well. Then Makayla's group came in at third place.

The other groups were very close to Breaking out but they did not make it before the timer. However, everyone did really well for their first time and they will be more experienced next time they play.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Active Learning!

Today in Mrs Stone's literacy class we discussed whether there is a difference between being well behaved and being a good learner. The majority of us agreed that the right attitude and behaviour can help us in our learning, but that there is a difference between them. We then created a list of words and values that we think a good or active learner has. We turned this list into a word art to share our ideas with others.

Troy created this word art. He wrote that the most important traits of an active learner are taking risks, sharing your ideas and learning from others (not just the teacher).

Friday, 2 February 2018


We have just completed our first week of school in 2018! We spent our first two days together as a home class before we visited our maths and literacy classes on Friday. It has been a great opportunity to get to know each other and our routines.

We have discussed the importance of forming positive relationships and working well with others, so we spent some time completing team building activities. One of these activities was called 'the floor is lava'. We split into our four houses and had to race across a court. We were given cardboard squares to stand on, but there was a catch; we didn't have enough squares for our entire team,

It was a lot of fun watching everyone travel to the other side and the activity involved lots of team work and effective communication.

In another one of our activities we had to get a hoop around the entire class without letting go of each others hands. We tried to do this as quickly as we could, but the task got more challenging as more hoops were introduced!