Friday, December 28, 2012

Summer Holidays

We are away for the summer holidays so please check back in February to meet the new 2013 room 12 students! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Barbie Rescue

Our topic this term has been called "Toy Story." We've made up a story about some toys that is sure to please everyone - it involves action, adventure, and romance.

Writing Together 1

Here we are during a Writing lesson. We are thinking and re-thinking our ideas in order to write the best possible sentence.

Writing Together 2

Here we are in a Writing lesson. We are thinking and re-thinking our vocabulary and details to make sure that we come up with the best possible sentence.

Writing Together 3

Here we are during a writing lesson! We are thinking about our ideas and re-thinking our ideas...so that we can write the best possible sentence.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Escape to Freedom

Louis has written a creative little story about a mischievous boy who enjoys swimming down at the Pt. England beach.  Hope you enjoy!

The sun wrapped the earth with it's warm tentacles. Little Tommy and his grandma were at the beach. Little Tommy had lots of hobbies but out of all of them he loved the beach. Unfortunately Tommy had to wait for 20 minutes after devouring an entire basket of food - man can he eat for a little six year old!! He couldn't wait any longer. He plotted to escape this terrible horror and be set free. Well, when his grandma was too busy sunbathing, Little Tommy had an opportunity to escape. Tiptoeing, Tommy sneaked away but knew that sooner or later his grandma would find out!

Mabel's Three Wishes

Sunshine shone through the windows into Mabel's eyes and awoke her from her deep sleep. It was time for her to get dressed and be off to the library. Mabel is a girl who loves books and wouldn't dare miss a second at the library.

Off went Mabel to the library. She was reaching for a book when suddenly smoke rose around her and a genie appeared before her. The genie granted her three wishes. Mabel was filled with joy in her heart but also sad because she didn't know what to wish for. Mabel thought and thought and then had an idea. Since she wasn't popular, she wished to be popular. Second of all, she wished that she was so pretty that people would fall in love with her as Mrs. Barks is falling in love with Tom Cruise.

The final wish was the last one she would ever have. She wished to be rich. So the wish came true. Her house was transformed into a gold house. It was the most special thing that happened to her. Mabel lived happily ever after.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lily Learns To Swim

We had to write a story to go with a picture of children playing at a beach, and this is what Sean came up with. Pay close attention to the rich vocabulary he uses to describe things!!


On a hot, sunny day, kids were running like a flash into the water. The sand was soft like a puppy. Children were making beautiful sand castles with amazing, unbroken shells.

A girl named Lily was scared of the water. Her friend came along and asked, "Would you like me to teach you how to swim?" Lily replied, "Yes." Suddenly Lily knew how to swim and she was terrific at doing back-stroke!

Lily was like a marvelous mermaid zooming along the water Her parents were wowed that their daughter could swim. Lily and her parents thanked Lily's friend. She was no longer frightened of the water and she achieved her goal to swim.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Poor Foot - What's the story?

Leave us your story to go with this picture - a sentence, paragraph, or complete story!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Swimming With Lions? Good Idea??

YAY!!! Mrs. Barks showed us how to use goanimate.com and here is a quick little movie that we made together as a class....just to try it out!




Sunday, October 21, 2012

Good idea?



At the Google Conference,  Mrs. Barks also learned about Blabberize. This is her first attempt ... and once again we can't wait for her to show us how to do it!!!

Sailing The Seven Seas

Mrs. Barks went to a Google Conference over the school break and one of the applications she learned about was called "goanimate." She had a play with it and put together this short little movie...we hope that she gets time very soon to teach us how to use it!!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cat and Squirrel - What's the story?


Please leave us YOUR story to go with this photo! Check out the "What's Your Story?" page listed on the top right hand side of our blog to read more stories and to add your own!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Macaroni and Cheese


Brooklyn and Sohel worked together with Mrs. Barks to write a story to go with the picture of Brooklyn and his lunch.


Mmmmm...macaroni and cheese....my favourite meal. Sometimes I like to order it from the tuck shop at school for my lunch. I opened the dish, ready for a delicious snack and the cheesy aroma filled the air. My mouth began to water. As quickly as I could, I gobbled it up...it was magnificent.

Move Over Dancing Queen....Here Comes Collin



Lunch time is one of my favourite times of the day ...except for today because I had to do push-ups. Push-ups are fairly easy to do....unless you have to do 25 without stopping!!!  You might be wondering why I was doing this instead of sitting nicely enjoying my delicious sandwich. Well, I decided to take my lunch and dance around the bay. My teacher wasn't as impressed with my dancing skills as I was...so she made me do pushups.

Barbie Girls

One of the students in Team 3 - from room 10, made a video showing the team 3 teacher's Barbie presentation at our term 4 assembly. We hope that you enjoy!

Introduction to Barbie from Team 3 PES on Vimeo.

Lovestruck Barbies from Team 3 PES on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Did You Know...

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Michael was so inspired by our immersion assembly and the topic for the term...Toy Story...that he went home that very night and started researching some toy facts. Listen to what he has already discovered.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tornado at our Playground

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Ava and Lucy made a short video to show how we play on the Tornado at our playground.

Toy Story Immersion Assembly

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Team 3 Barbies!



Today was the first day of Term 4 and the teachers at our school dressed up and put on a show to tell us about our next topic...which is called Toy Story! As you can see in the photos, our teacher and all the team 3 teachers are dressed up as different Barbies. Not only did they look gorgeous and glamorous, but they also taught us some interesting and fun facts about Barbie dolls,

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Shaitairn's Fencing Animation

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Shaitarn is new to Pt. England School so this was his very first Hyperstudio animation! Well done Shaitarn!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ariana's Olympic Animation

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Tai's Olympic Animation

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Enyahlee's Dressage Event

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Trip To Australia

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Flying to Australia might be exciting...but getting off the plane and exploring the country is even better!  We discovered two of our favourite amusement parks called Movie World and Wet 'n Wild.

At Move World, the fear-fall is the most amazing roller coasters except for the Scooby-Doo ride. Do you know how scary it is?  Well, if we must tell you, the Scooby-doo ride is in fact so scary that we almost cried!  You go around upside down and side to side. WARNING - if you ever get to go to Movie World, do not, we repeat...do not go on the Scooby-doo ride!

If you ever get a chance to go to the Gold Coast, please beg your mum to take you to Wet 'n Wild. They have fantastic rides like the Aqua Racer. You start at the top and zoom your way to the Aqua pool.

We decided that when we grow up, we are going to open up our own amusement park. We hope you get a chance to see it!!

Jordan's Boxing Animation

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Sky Tower


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In the center of Auckland city, there is a tower...but not just any ordinary tower...it is the tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere!

I wish that the Sky Tower was my home because it has a rotating restaurant. I would enjoy eating all the food I wanted!

Did you know that you can bungee jump off the tower and reach speeds up to 53 mph? I want to jump because I would feel like Super Man flying. When I would jump, I would say, "This is the best day of my life!"


A Bit About Our Culture

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G.I. Takeaways...Yum Yum!!

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In The Mood For Fun

Tevita and Shaitarn worked with Mrs. Barks to write a story about Rainbow's End. Hope you enjoy it!


If you are in the mood for fun, Rainbows End is a great place to gol It is an amusement park full of spectacular rides and food bars.

When your stomach rumbles, head over to the nearest food stall and grab an icy cold glass of soda, some crunchy, salty chips and a juicy hot dog with ketchup. If you are well behaved, your mum might buy you a big, fluffy, ball of candy floss.

The fear fall ride is the worst place after that big lunch. Once you are buckled into the seat, the ride begins to move slowly up to the top......which is a LONG way up. Just when you feel safe and relaxed...it suddenly drops like Zeus's lightning bolt from the heavens. You think that you will crash but it stops just in time!

After that day, you won't be naughty because you will want your parents to take you again next week!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Louis's Basketball Animation

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They'll Be Back

Once upon a time, there were some silly seagulls who loved to spend their days hunting for left over scraps of food from children's lunches. Sometimes they would argue and fight over crusts of bread. The noise they made was irritating and annoying to the children and teachers who were trying to work. Children in room 12 decided to stop this nonsense by running after then and scaring them away. If these students are lucky...the birds will not return. However, we all know that seagulls never give up and we all know they'll be back!!

Theseus and the Minotaur

Lucy challenged herself to write an exciting retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur. She hasn't quite finished but here is what she has so far! I love all of the delicious vocabulary she used and how she kept me entertained.  I can't wait to read the ending!


Theseus and the Minotaur

Children for dinner? Ridiculous!....or not? In Ancient Greece, there lived a king named King Minos. He was very wealthy, but now and then he would get bored. When this happened, he would set sail to challenge King Aegeus, who lived in Athens, to a war. King Aegeus begged not to fight and instead said that he would give him 14 children to feed his Minotaur. Of course King Minos could't say "no."

Theseus, strong and mighty, knew that his father, King Aegeus, had made a horrible decision. Early one morning, Theseus set off in search of the labyrinth that housed the beast. When they arrived, he saw the most wonderful sight...Princess Ariadne, King Minos's daughter. The princess fell in love with his handsome good looks. She offered to help him in his quest to kill the minotaur. Princess Ariadne handed Theseus a ball of string to let out behind him so he could find his way out of the labyrinth, and a sword to slay the beast.

Slithering Snake Covered Head

WOW!!! These boys worked with their teacher and another staff member to retell the story of Medusa. Together they thought of "brainy" and "delicious" vocabulary to use in their sentences. Well done boys!!

King Polydectes sent Perseus on a deadly mission to search for the terrifying Medusa. He wanted Medusa's slimey, slithering, snake covered head.

Perseus, in his winged sandals, flew to Medusa's lair. Carefully he tiptoed into the cave and searched for the snake haired gorgon. When he discovered her, he slowly raised his sword and with a mighty blow sliced off her head.

He emerged excitedly from the cave with Medusa's head. He raced across the sky like an eagle to rescue his mum. He pulled the gorgon's head out of his golden satchel. the moment King Polydectes' eyes gazed upon Medusa's head, he instantly turned to stone.

Get Ready, Here I Come

At the Olympic sport day, I was taking part in an obstacle course. Here I am with the ball, ready to go next!

Drop, Cover, Hold

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Over 1 million New Zealanders participated in an earthquake drill yesterday! If the ground starts to shake...remember...Drop, Cover, and Hold. Drop to the ground, get under a table or desk for cover, and hold onto the legs of the table or desk so that it doesn't move away with the movement of the floor. If you can't get underneath something, drop to the ground away from any objects that might fall on top of you and cover your head with your arms. If there is a doorway, you could stand under it for some protection .

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Learning With Technology


What a fantastic school we have! We love going to Pt. England School because we get to use different kinds of technology.


When we learn something new, we make an animation about it. We draw pictures in Hyperstudio and put them into imovie. After this, we record our voices, add music, and then turn it all into a movie for our blog.

A couple of weeks ago we were so excited when we were given two ipads to use in our classroom. We   take photos and videos and write stories to go with them. These are emailed to our teacher. We also read and listen to online stories when we finish our work.

We really love using technology to help us learn.
               


Ariana and Khaia Visit The Art Gallery

Hopping into the car was so exciting because it was my first time going to the Auckland Art Gallery.If  you ever come to NZ I'd LOVE to take you there!

The frist part of the  gallery we entered was so amazing it blew my sock's off! I loved the beautiful artwork that the artists from around the world had created.

There were so many creations that artists had made but one of them stood out to me. It was a gigantic puffy flower hanging from the ceiling. It opened and closed like a book that's being read. I wonder how the creator made it?

Next time when it's my birthday,  I will beg and plead with my parents to take me to the art gallery so my friend's can explore the art with me. When I grow up I hope to make inspiring art of my own to go on the gallery walls.

Distance Races at Olympics

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Archery at the Olympics

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Teachers Having Fun Too

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The teachers were getting a little restless...it is difficult following kids around all day and watching them have fun. So we decided to let them have a turn!

Olympic Sport Day



Last Thursday was not an ordinary Thursday...it was extraordinary! The students at our school were divided into teams named after various countries, and participated in an Olympic sport day!! Here you can see us enjoying the parachute...let's face it...you're never too old to play with a parachute!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Poor Khaia

You are thinking to yourself....."What in the world has happened to this poor girl?" Well, we wondered the same thing when she showed up to school Monday morning. It's sort of a funny story. Khaia was playing netball Thursday after school and she ended up falling and breaking one arm...she came to school Friday because she is tough as! Then if you can believe it, she showed up a few days later with both arms broken!!! The doctors didn't realise at first that she had broken both of her arms.  We were happy to help her out when one arm was in a cast...but now with two arms not working properly....our teacher says we have to treat her like a princess...and do EVERYTHING for her!!!

Rowana's Drawing

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My name is Marilyn and I'm talking to Rowana about her drawing. We've been learning about greetings in different languages and Rowana is drawing a picture from Samoa to go with the Samoan greeting.


Friday, September 21, 2012

At The Library


Today Stevenson was teaching Lucy how to use our ipad while we were visiting the library.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cute Kid


Today at our school we had an Olympic Sports day to celebrate the end of our term. I was the official photographer for team Spain. Here is a picture I took on our ipad of one of the little year 1 girls who did an awesome job during the spoon race. She had to carry a tennis ball on a spoon without dropping it.

Simon's Olympic Animation

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tommy Wilson


Tommy Wilson, who is a 'Professional Dreamer,' has written several books for kids. He came to speak at our school assembly and read one of his stories to us....it was fabulous! Tommy wanted us to remember the following things:
- War and Violence is Dumb
- Smile at 10 People Everyday
- Forgive Others
- Everyone has a Gift

Monday, September 10, 2012

Deadly Mission

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Ronn is sharing part of his story about Medusa on our new iPads....hope you enjoy!

Boxing

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Turned Into Stone

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Enyahlee recorded part of her story about Medusa on one of our new ipads.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Olympic Diving

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Lucy's goal was to try and add lots of movement to her animation. I think that she did an AMAZING job! Well done Lucy.

Don't Gaze Into Medusa's Eyes

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Rowana is sharing what she has written about the story of Medusa. This is her first time recording onto our flash new iPads. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Deadly Quest

In our room, we are practicing writing detailed sentences with "delicious" vocabulary. Sean worked really, really hard to put together the following story. Hope you enjoy!!!

Love is a powerful thing and King Polydectes was consumed with love for Danae. Daily she refused his offer for marriage. King Polydectes realised with Perseus out of the way, Danae would be forced to accept his proposal.

Perseus was sent on a deadly quest to go get the gorgon Medusa's head. If he succeeded, Perseus would get his beautiful mother back with him.

Cautiously, Perseus stepped into the ferocious gorgon's secret lair. He saw all the mighty warriors that suffered from the eyes of Medusa and had been turned to stone. Perseus found Medusa with the reflection from the shield that the gods gave him. Also with the sword the gods gave him, he fiercely severed her grotesque face that was covered with masses of hissing snakes.

Successfully, Perseus emerged from Medusa's secret lair. He shot above the menacing, stormy clouds with Medusa's head. King Polydectes had no idea how Perseus succeeded. Medusa's gaze still had the power to turn people to stone and when King Polydectes looked into her eyes, he instantly turned to stone from head to toe.

Theseus and the Minotaur Movie

Monday, September 3, 2012

Olympics Weightlifting

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Olympics 2012 Long Jump

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Gaze Into My Eyes

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Stevenson had a bit of fun putting his own face into the background picture of Medusa's head. Check back later for some of our writings which will retell the story of Medusa!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rainy Day

Jordan, Tai, and Louis went to spend some time in Room 13 today where they learned to create a movie on an iPad using SonicPics. video

Friday, August 3, 2012

Special Interview With Princess Ariadne


As you can see, we filmed this on the same day as the Special Interview With King Aegeus....and our lighting wasn't good enough for the green screen effect to work. Oh well! Ariana and Lucy had too much fun...we just had to post it. Once again you'll have to imagine that a castle is in the background. Thanks Stevenson for doing the filming for us!
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Special Interview With King Aegeus

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Grrrrrrr.....it is so frustrating when the lighting isn't right and the green screen effect doesn't work the way it should!!! Oh well, the boys had fun so we decided to post it anyways.....just pretend that there is a picture of the Parthenon in the background!! Here is Sean interviewing King Aegeus (Taimana) while Stevenson films.

Brave Theseus

What kind of eveil king would feed children to a minotaur? Kids menu or should I say kids on the menu.

One day when King Minos went to battle with King Aegeus, King Aegeus cried to him, "Please let's make a deal. Instead of battling, I will give you 7 boys and 7 girls every nine years to feed your minotaur." King Minos agreed.

The muscular, handsome Prince Theseus knew that his dad, King Aegeus, had made the wrong decision. So he went on a quest to find the labyrinth and destroy the minotaur.

When he arrived in Crete, Prince Theseus saw a charming, beautiful princess named Ariadne. She was madly in love with him. "Hello. Do you need help?" she said sweetly. "Yes." he replied. "You have to make me a promise. If I help you, then you have to sail away with me so others can admire my great beauty." Prince Theseus was not prepared properly to battle a minotaur so Ariadne gave him a sword to slice off the evil beast's head and she gave him a ball of thread so he could lay it out behind him and find his way out of the scary maze.

It was pitch black as he entered the labyrinth. He saw the minotaur and quickly chopped off it's head.

Theseus felt happy because he had been brave in destroying the minotaur and the children would no longer be sacrificed to the horrible beast.

Courageous As A Lion

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