Monday, September 22, 2014

Term 3 reflection

“Yaaay, the term is nearly over!” It is the last week of Term 3 and I am very excited for the holidays! This term we had a lot of stuff on at our school like Cross Country, we had The New Zealand Manager of Samsung come to our school, her name was Ms Kenny Yeon. Then we had prizegiving for sport teams and sports and also we had a very tough netball tournament for the year 7&8 netball girls.

When Samsung visited our school the Year 6 Ambassadors and the Intermediate students did a Powhiri to welcome them to our school. We sang a song called he honore, and then the manager handed over a gift for our school. When Ms Kenny Yeon (the manager) was doing that we sang a song called ‘Powhiri Mai’. Then Tyla-Marie handed over a traditional maori necklace to the manager of Samsung we sang ‘Powhiri Mai’ again.

This term we had Kiwisports. Kiwisports is once a week for each class. We learnt how to play different kinds of sports like AFL, Soccer (football) and  Netball.

This term we had a couple of adults that inspired us to do what we want to in the future. They were part of a future aspiration group. A future aspiration group is a group of people that come to our school and inspire children to do there best in school and their studies so they can get a good job when they grow up.

Also this term some of the year 8 students enrolled to their college for next year. I was one of those people and I enrolled at Auckland Girls’ Grammar. I was very happy because I got accepted into that school. That means I need to focus really hard on my school work to get into a good class.

Yes, a very busy term it has been for everyone! That is why I am very excited to have a two week break from school!

Friday, September 19, 2014

What is Cross Country?

What is cross country???

Cross country is an annual event for a lot of schools, but not only schools, it is an event that anyone can feel free to do, with either friends, family or even a team. Before this event happens they would usually train very hard everyday to get fit for the event. Cross country is an exciting event that you can either run by yourself or with a group of friends.

Cross country is an event that you need to be fit and healthy also have a lot of stamina to stay in a good pace for the race. Cross country is a race run over mountains, hills, grass, mud and all sorts of tracks. It is also not about coming first, it is about you trying your best and doing your best.

I love doing cross country because this event keeps me fit and healthy for when I play sports. Cross country is an event that we have every year at Pt England School. It is held for our whole school to attend. Usually I would attend this event but I couldn't be bothered this year.

Here at Pt England School, Cross country is an whole day event, because we have a large school. So, usually the first group of kids to run are usually the little Year 1’s. Then it goes To Year 2’s, 3’s 4’s and all the way up to our older students.

When you start Pt England School Mrs Flavell, our office lady, would put you into a house color. Those house colors are for The events that we have in school, like Cross Country, Athletics or even team assemblies. Here at Pt England School some teachers are very kind because usually in team assemblies they give house points out to children that sit up nicely, or do some kind of ‘Random Act Of Kindness’.

In our school we have 4 house colors for 4 teams. Those colors Takitimu (Yellow), Tainui (Blue), Te Arawa (Red) and Mataatua (Green). Each of these houses have about 100 kids in each team, and that is all of our school students split up. These houses are the houses that you need to line up in when our school has Cross Country.

When it is the day of Cross Country, our whole school meets on the court. Usually there are lines that you have to line up in. Those lines are, Year 1 girls, Year 1 boys and it keeps on going until you get up to the Year 8 boys. Once you are lined up Ms Va'afusuaga would ask our house captains to lead their house into their chants. Oh did I mention, each house has their own chants too!

This is a good event for maintaining body strength, losing weight or becoming fit and healthy. If you've never did cross country before then I recommend this is a good event for you or your team!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Film festival

Filming for Manaiakalani film festival

This week our teacher, Mrs Lagitupu, came up with an awesome idea for our film festival movie. But first....the other week she gave us a task that was for the Film festival and that was to come up with ideas for our class movie to share.

We all came up with different ideas and Mrs Lagitupu didn't know who to choose. So, she came up with and idea and that was to put all our ideas together and add a little twist.

Me, Chloe, Sarona and Martha's scene is all of us on a MTV channel dancing to a song by Jason Derulo called Bubble Gum. That scene is only part of the movie, so if you want to know what happens in the rest of the movie, then you will have to wait and see! :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Argument Writing

Dear Prime Minister John Key

I am writing this letter to say that I think we need to reduce the amount (or even ban) of plastic bags in New Zealand. Other countries around the world have already done this so I think that it is a good idea that we do it to, to save our animals and sea creatures that are eating this plastic.

The reason why is because too many people don’t care about our animals, lands and sea. Instead of putting their plastic bags in the rubbish they throw it elsewhere. That is dangerous for our animals and nature because too many plastics and fragments are going into our seas and the animals are eating them. Animals can die because people are littering their plastic bags and animals can easily mistake it for food and they end up eating the plastic bags.

Already 30 other countries have banned plastic bags because of the issue and if New Zealand wants a clean green country like how other people from around the world see it as, I think we need to ban plastic bags.

Did you know that New Zealand goes through 1 billion plastic bags a year? A lot of all that plastic ends up in the sea and many sea creatures eat it and die.

Your sincerely
Pt England School