Monday, 12 March 2018

Year 5 and 6 Camp 2018

Last week we had our annual Year 5 and 6 camp where we camped in tents on the school field. It was a great three days of camping, kayaking, swimming, competing, and working in teams! For many of the year 5s, it was a new experience sleeping in tents and being away from whānau for two nights.

We are all very thankful to our amazing parents and Pt England School whānau who took the time to help out in many ways - pitching tents, cooking, security, a trip to the Māngere pools, trips to the Glen Innes pools and many more 'behind-the-scenes' jobs which happened while we were busy with our camp activities.

Check out our blogs later on this week to see our writing about our experiences at camp!

Mr Burt briefs the 'Pollution Police' before getting into the kayaks.

The amazing Year 8 prefects helped out with teaching the Year 5s and 6s how to kayak.

Mel and Arthur enjoying the slip 'n slide. Photo taken moments before Mr Somerville was chased around the field with the hose!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Kaitiakitanga i ngā wā katoa - Respecting our Environment

We have begun this year thinking about how we can be Kaitiaki (Guardians) of our environment by showing respect and keeping our environment clean! As a school, we have begun a rotation where each day, a different team is responsible for ensuring the school is tidy and clean. We have noticed such a difference! There is so much less rubbish and we are able to enjoy and be proud of our beautiful school!

Here are some photos of us being Kaitiaki of our environment! 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Musical madness - Creating our own music on garageband

This term, we have been thinking about how we can create a story with music. We have read a range of texts and then created music using garageband to tell the story. From here, we learnt about looping on garageband. We thought about how the idea of creating music on garageband could be compared to a 'One man band'.

Here are a couple of our garageband creations:





Monday, 4 December 2017

Term 4 PENN movie: Musical Madness

Last week Levonah, Zaeeda, Pisirina, and Toby created a movie about music. The music was made on garageband by Zaeeda, and the backdrop was drawn by Toby on hyperstudio. They had many challenges along the way which they solved as a team. Let’s see what they came up with!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Making Strutes

What are strutes, you may ask? Well! They are little woodwind instruments made out of straws! A woodwind instrument is a musical instrument which requires air to create a sound. To make the strutes, we had to cut one end of the straw into a triangle. This created our mouth piece (with a reed). We then blew into the mouthpiece to create a sound!

We could  change the pitch by moving our fingers over little holes cut into the side of a straw. We could create a higher pitch by cutting a straw shorter, and a lower pitch by leaving the straw longer.

Here is Zaeeda's writing about creating Strutes.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Film Festival Movie: Electric Adventure

Do we have the story to tell you! At Pt England School, we have found a way of getting inside chrome books! One of our friends found out the hard way, and we spent a long time getting her out! Join us on our Electric Adventure!

This is Room 10's entry into the 10th Annual Manaiakalani Film Festival, 2017. Check out other films from the film festival, here.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Musical Madness!

Today we went out to the field and created our own reed instruments. To do this, we held a single blade of grass tightly between our thumbs, placed our thumbs to our lips and blew. When we did this, the blade of grass vibrated, causing a note! We even realised that you can change the pitch of the note by changing the position of your lips and air pressure over the blade of grass. We also found that it was easier to create a note with a wider blade of grass.
 It took us a while to grasp the concept. but some of us are getting better with practice! Perhaps we could create an orchestra with our home-made reed instruments!?