Monday, March 16, 2015

Tamaki College - Persuasive Text

Travelling long distance to get to school? Walking miles to get to the bus stop? And you live here in the East? Have you ever considered going to Tamaki after Year 8 at Pt England? I consider that all students attending Pt England should go to Tamaki College when they finish Pt England, for the following reasons.

NCEA results have been improving by storm! Tamaki College’s NCEA results have been improving by great quantity of numbers, in 2013 Tamaki College achieved an 80% pass rate.

Staff at Tamaki College have been pushing students to prepare them for their for their upcoming exams. Prefects, hosting study class’s after school, Teachers running little groups for children who need the extra help! But wait there's more!

Tamaki College, is part of the Manaiakalani Cluster which means if you’re moving into High school from Pt England you have the opportunity to take you Chromebook along with you. Tamaki is the only secondary school in the Manaiakalani cluster, and is the closes college to Pt England.

Service Trades Academy is a option available at Tamaki College, so it means that if you are wanting to be a part of the Navy or an Police Woman/Man you are capable of doing this at Tamaki College!

Teacher’s are brilliant! The Tamaki Teachers, are one of the most intelligents teachers you could ever meet. Tamaki Teachers, make college seem so easy to most students, and I must admit, their pretty good at what they are doing!

Changing your mind yet? Let me tell you one last thing!

Offers good quality education and knowledge! At Tamaki College class mobility is one of the main focus in this secondary school, so this means that children who are in the lower classes actually get the chance to move up a level, with the encouragement of the teachers as well as students.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dictation Practise - Kung-Fu Pig

Once again, Pig and Wolf came face to face and things aren't looking too good for the Pigs. Who will protect the emperor? Is there anyone who will answerer his high pitched squeal for help? Anyone at all? Better bang that gong, ping pong!

I am Oniky-no-ho, adviser to the great emperor Ping Pong, and priest of the monastery of Whu-dah-ling. I am here to tell you of the Kung Foo Pigs, and of how they fought to defend our land against the most evil trader, the Crimson Trotter (he who keeps the company of wolves). In this tale you will learn of bandits and of foul play. Of magic swords and evil spells. And so, honourable stranger, let us begin ... 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Visual Mihi.

Task 1:  Visual Mihi to the hokule’a
and pasifika people
Task 1 : Communicate through your visual mihi important features of you and your family’s culture and heritage.  Understand the similarities and differences between you and the cultures of your peers.
(Learning intention: Understand your family’s culture and how it varies but also has similar features to others in

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Video Conference with Hawaii.

Earlier today, the year 7&8 Extension group got the opportunity to have a Video Conference with two school's in Hawaii, Kea'au Elementary School and Nanakuli. One of the main purpose of our Video Conference was to learn about their schools, how they function, what they do, and how they do what they do. This conference is all leading up to the 24th of March where one of their waka's, Malama Honua is going to be landing on the Pt England shore. 

Kea'au Elementary School and Nanakuli is both located in Hawaii but in different areas, this was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with children and schools on the other side. To expand more on our knowledge on each other, we shared information about each of our schools, all schools made a presentation which had some of the key features on it, Native animals, Culture, Favourite places, their community, and other special places.

A school day for a Kea'au student isn't the same as New Zealand's school days, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays the start from 8:00am and continues to 2:10, which is a hour before Pt England Finishes. Then on Wednesdays school is from 8:00am to 1:20pm two hours just before we finish. 

 Nanakuli Elementary school, is a Hawaiian immersion school, so this means that all students who attend this school, are only taught in Hawaiian in all subjects. Nanakuli mission is to "Prepare all students think critically, problem solve, demonstrate civic responsibility and to meet or exceed the common core state standards"

Pele's Lava Flow was something that really intrigued me during our Video Conference. Pele is the fire goddess, on the left there is a map that shows were the lava is heading. The lava flow is very deadly and has said to claimed many homes, and caused people to move from their campus.