Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reflection on Using Netbooks using The Thinking Hats

 Complaining from my cousins is all I hear from them. Why? Well because at their school they have to use the boring paper and pencils. But luckily for me I get to use a netbook which is much easier to handle.

 Instead of nagging everyone and reading boring books. Just type in keywords in Google and you’ll find lots of different and interesting things about your subject. Not only that but you learn faster too. It’s portable and convenient too.

Not everything is good about netbooks. For instance, once you've broken you have to pay heaps of money to repair it.

  The netbook makes learning much easier in so many ways. For example, when you want to erase your work, you don’t have to tire your arm out. With a click of a button it just goes away. Collecting information is faster and easier too.


 Only if it had photo booth, iMovie, hyperstudio and garageband, these few little tweaks would make this the best learning tool ever!!! 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reflection on our year With Netbooks

Here at Pt England, all you hear about are netbooks, netbooks, netbooks. This is because it is a very important learning tool we use from years 5 and up.


Learning is easier now that we have netbook. I mean, I can share my work with the world just by posting things on my blog. This is a good thing because then my family could see it too. Another reason netbooks are so cool is that you’re not cutting down trees to make them.

Unfortunately there are bad things like small screens. This causes reading tiny writing sometimes hard. But luckily we can make it work but enlarging the page.

Also, making movies is very hard on our netbooks. As our school is creative, movie making is something we should be able to do on something we use everyday. Not just on the imacs.

With a few little tweaks, this could be the most amazing working tool every school should use(if they could afford it). Probably making the screen bigger or adding movie making apps and animating programs would make it so much better. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Yr6 interpretation of Dr Hook's song - Walk Righ In

Thinking Hats Reflection on Netbooks 2012

At Pt England school everyone from year 5 to 8 know about netbooks.

Having a netbook makes everyone's learning a lot faster. We don’t just work at school, we can also continue on our work at home and on the weekends too.

Sharing our work is now a lot easier with our blogs and netbook. We can share our anything with the world. Sometimes they even give us ideas of how we can improve our work.

Something not so good about the netbooks is that it is quite hard to draw. Also many people think that the screens are too small and I agree.

One thing that the netbook should have is a movie editor. It would be good to have one so that we could make movies at home and at school without going on the Imacs. It should also have a mouse so that we can draw things quicker and easier.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Year 6 Camp - by Tyla-Marie

After a long hike up the biggest mountain I've ever seen, I was so glad to see water. But then again not. Why? Because it made me need to do some personal business.

 The last few minutes of lunch time had come to an end. Luckily we were going back to the camp-site to have dinner. But the other downside was hiking all the way back up and down the mountain. As the track came to an end without getting changed or putting my water shoes on I ran straight to the wharf.

 “Tasi, lua, tolu, fa, yeah buddy”, my sister,(my best friend Nita) and I chanted as we jumped. Up the stairs and off the wharf, went me and Nita like about more than twenty times. Our time had finished and it was time for dinner. Without a doubt I was straight to the shower.

 thinking about the next day while having my dinner, I just couldn't wait to have dessert. What a tiring but fun day to start camp.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Camp Tomorrow

Tomorrow I am feel relieved that we are finally leaving to KAWAU ISLAND!!! I think it will be cold on the ferry. I think that I might see a dolphin or two. I like dolphins because they feel slippery and they squeak.

Camp bentzon is on kawau island. We have to catch a bus to get to the ferry. I think the bus ride will take and a couple of hours. And the ferry ride could take about an hour. Hopefully it doesn’t rain.

I am looking forward the kayaking. I love kayaking because it is really fun and good exercise. Swimming will awesome because the water is really clear. The Burma trail sounds exciting. I can’t wait for the long bus ride as well.

I think that the confidence course will be the most challenging because it looks like there are monkey bars and i'm not good at monkey bars. Abseiling it looks really hard because it is high even though we are strapped up in a harness I am still a little bit afraid

I am looking forward to camp so much.

Friday, November 9, 2012

How To Make a Cake - by Doris

1.Always wash your hand first

2.In a medium sized bowl,melt the butter on high for 1 minute

3.Stir the eggs,sugar,and vanilla

4.Beat the mixture well
5.Stir in the flour,baking powder,and cocoa.Use a sieve.
add some chopped nuts if want to.

6.Spread the mixture in 20cm baking dish.Microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes.

7.Let the cake cool in the dish.

8.Then add some sprinkle on the icing sugar

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Incident at the Shops - narrative by Jonita

On a cold Wednesday morning when I was on my way to school, something caught my eye. Strolling past, I noticed a suspicious sight with a dozen police investigators in front of the dairy. A body bag was seen too. I was trying to see what was going on, but a police woman blocked me from the view.

I then remembered that when I went to get breakfast earlier on in the morning, there was no investigation sight there. I asked the lady what happened, and she said that a girl was run over. Looking around to see if anyone was coming, I saw the body bag and opened it. I couldn’t believe who was in there.

It was Sydney Robinson, my best friend. Staring at her face, I noticed there weren’t any marks, besides her scar that she had all her life. With only one huge bruise on her back, there were no serious injuries done. Then a thought crossed my mind, was this done on purpose? I was sure to find out.

Eager to know who did the awful execution, I asked everyone if they were the last ones to see her when she was alive. With no results, I forgot about her brother, Cato, then hurried to speak with him. Unwilling to talk to me, I was getting pretty annoyed with him. Until he admitted he’d done something unbelievably horrible. “I did it”, he said with pain in his voice. “Did what?”, I replied. “I killed her.”

Becoming furious, I grabbed him, and dragged him all the way to police station. “He did it! Take him, take him! He even taped himself killing her.”, I shouted. “Thank-you”, he then said. But what for, I kept on asking myself. Unfortunately, that was the last time I saw him, but I never forgot about Sydney.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Haiku by Esrah

Summer Winter

Summer is so hot winter is so dull

I enjoy the nearby pools   the pools are frozen
I like cold beaches the flu is common

Haikus by Gloria

Sunshine on my face
Family and friends playing
Hot sand burns my feet

Snowballs thrown around
Icy snow drops from the trees
Floating misty fog

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Robbery - by Jonathan

Last weekends`\\\\\\\\\ I was going to the shop to get some gum. As I walked in the shop I saw a mysterious man, he had a black mask in his hand. It looked like he had something in his pocket. He glared at me and then looked away.  

Paying for my gum as the same man came back with his mask on. He looked at me and “said what you name” and I “said why” because he said. He reached in his pocket and got a gun “give me you manye he said” no said the shopkeeper   it went quite . The man got his gun and shoot it to the shopkeeper the gun missed the shopkeeper he dodged them.

Then the shopkeep jumped up and kicked him on his face. He had a bleeding nose. Then the shopkeeper punching and kicked antille mysterious man got knocked out. The was a xbert at kick boxing and karate.

Then the police came he tried to run but he got tackled.I watched got . And when I got home.          

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Does the Author agree or Disagree?

We have been reading a book called "Impossible Bridge"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This Term's Inquiry Topic - by Wyatt

In class today I have finished making these words called "Toy Story" Can you see that all of these letters are toys???

Hopefully you can do this yourself someday.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Esrah's Biography Poem

My name is Esrah
I am Brown,Samoan,Tall
I am a big brother to Eden and Eva and small brother to Erene
Lover of, Butter chicken, rap, ps3, NBA and family
who feels depressed that the holidays have come to an end.
who needs air, water, food and life

who gives people a hard rugby game, and who gives money
who Fears scary clowns
who would like to see, God, Midwest choppers, Michael Jordan, Earvin ('Magic') Johnson, and many more NBA players,WorldWide Choppers, all of the legendary  sport  and rapping people. I would like to go to Alaska,Hawaii,Lebanon, Israel and the republic of Congo and all the country's in the world except for Iran,Iraq,Pakistan and Turkey.

.Resident of Mt Wellington in Auckland.

                                                                                                        The End

                                                                                         Thank You For Reading

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Robbery - by Takai

On my way to school I went  into the shop to  buy a coke. After I buy my coke I went out I saw a robbery at 7.09  am. He went into the shop with his van still on I ran back to the shop. I look in the shop and ran back home and called the police.

Friday, October 19, 2012

All About Me -by Antonio


 Tongan, Athletic and Cheerful.

Brother Of James, Raquel and Newborn.

 Love My Family.

 Feel Joyful and Excited To be back at School..

 Need My Xbox 360 Kinnect

 Give Love and Food to Anyone who needs it

Am Afraid of Ghosts and monsters

 Would Like to see My Aunty In Australia.

Resident of Glen Innes

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Skinks - by Faaao


Skinks are lizards. There are other kind of reptile and they are called Tautara and Gecko. Skinks are native to New Zealand. All the lizards in New Zealand are protected by the law.


The skinks in New Zealand has dry scales. They can camouflage to  hide from their predators. Skinks eyesight and hearing are excellent.

Eating Habits

Skinks are mainly carnivores, they eat berries, spiders, and any other insects. They eat anything like berries and meats.


The skinks predators are mustelids, mice, and rats. The skinks can  escape from their predators by letting the them take their tail  and grow another one or they can camouflage or run fast as they can to their homes.


Skink are very important to New Zealand and all the law are trying to protect them from the predators. Skink are native to New Zealand and that why they protect them. When you find a skink you will have to leave it where you found it.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Shot Put - by Taeshell

Shot Put is followed by many Kiwis, because Valerie Adams represented New Zealand at the 2012 Olympic games, in London. A lot of people thought she was going to win a gold medal. But Nadzeya Ostapchuk put the shot further and got a score of 21.36 meters. Fortunately for Valerie her rival tested positive for steroids, and Valerie got her gold in the end.
If you haven't participated in Shot Put before, well you're about to learn. Here are some of the rules:

Standing in the circle is where you start.
When the shot has landed you are allowed to exit
If you walk out at the wrong place or time, you are disqualified.

There are two putting styles involved in Shot Put. One of them is the Glide, and the other is the Spin. A very common technique is the glide, and is not really used by beginners, (people that have just started learning Shot Put).

Keeping the shot below your shoulders is what you have to do. Getting a good throw is what you will want, so pushing the small metal ball at about forty degrees makes the ball go fast, and far, not too high, and not too low.

Good luck for when you start participating in Shot Put.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Shot Put Tutorial - by Calvin

Shot put is a event of track and field. For people who aren’t that keen on shot put and want to know how to step your game up. Use the following text to help you.

In shot put shot put there is a technique called glide.In glide you stand at the backwards and rotate 160 angle and then release.

There is another technique only males can use, it is called spin or spin style. you stand backwards and rotate 360 degrees using your left leg as a pivot. then use your other leg as a pivot, next rotate  anther 360 degrees, then turn 360 degrese and release the ball. Once the ball has left your finger tips your leg should have touched the floor.

In shot put there is a seven foot circle for you to spin and do your technique. If you stand out of it your put does not count. There is a stop at the front of the circle so you don’t go over the edge.

On the field there is markings of the length if you go out of the boundaries you can fail your first put or your second. if you go past a mark of the other thrower you are winning.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Interview with Valerie Adams - by Kaycee

Thanks to for this image.
Interviewer: Hello, my name is Kaycee and I am really excited to be having the well known tongan, 2 time gold medalist currently living in Auckland, fabulous world champion Shot putter, Give a round of applause for.... Valerie Adams. Hello Valerie!

Valerie Adams: Hello Kaycee

Interviewer: Now Valerie, I’ve heard that there are different spin styles to put the metal ball. Do you use more than one and if you do which ones?

Valerie Adams: I only use one and it is called the glide. It is very common for someone like me. It is not one that would be used for beginners though. Another well known style used by professional men, is the ‘spin’.

Interviewer: Thanks for that. So if you're a beginner don’t use this one. I wonder?...Are there many ways to get disqualified?

Valerie Adams: Yes there are. At the olympics once your name is called out you have to get started on the throw before 60 secs is up, otherwise you're out. Also you must step out from the back and you aren’t allowed to step out of the circle before the push is finished.

Interviewer: Wow. This event has some very strict rules. What do you need to do to train?

Valerie Adams: I probably spend most of the week I have to lift weights to get my strength up. I also have to eat special and the right foods to be able to get stronger.

Interviewer: You must spend a lot of your time with weights. Tell us about your  family?

Valerie Adams: Well, I have 1 brother who is Steven Adams, the basketball player. My mum is tongan and her name is Lilika Ngauamo. My dad is english and his name is Sydney Adams.

Interviewer: THANK-YOU Valerie for this amazing talk and we hope to see you at the next olympics!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Skinks - by Taamai

There are 2 type of lizards that are native to New Zealand, Skinks and Geckos. Tuataras are native too, but they are not lizards.
Their habitats can be anywhere on the seashore, rocky areas, cold places and in the forest  and on the ground. We have to protect the area they live in because skinks are protected.
Skinks have small eyes but can see really well. They have to blink so that their eyes can keep clean and moist.
Sinks are mainly carnivores. They eat insects, spiders and bugs. Sometimes they like to eat fruits from trees.
Skinks have predators like birds and Tuataras. They can run really first to escape their enemies. Skins lose their tail when they are escaping their predators but it grows back.
I am glad that Sinks are protected so that they are in New Zealand for ever.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Skinks - by Timoteo

Skinks are Lizards and they’re Native to New Zealand. They were here millions of years ago. They are protected by law. Tuatara are not lizards, they’re reptiles. Geckos can climb, and skinks can just stay on the ground.

There tails come off  when a predators  grabs them. The tail grows slowly and the colour goes different from the one he had before.The scales look like the one’s  from a fish but their scales are dry.

The food they eat is insects and spiders, and soft fruits. Most of the Skinks are carnivors that means that they eat meat.

When they try to escape their enemies they can run as fast as they can. Tuatara and birds eat skinks.

Skinks are very weird animal.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Narrative by Evan

At The Beach
In the holidays I went to the beach with my mum because it was hot sunny day. I asked my friend Kori if he wanted to come. We went in the car and when we got there I jumped in and it was cold. My mum said don't go out far!

My mum went home to get togs for her because she wanted to have a swim to.
Kori didn't listen he went out far He jumped in and it was deep. A wave washed him away I saw something moving in the water and it was going close up to Kori, I told Kori to get out but he didn't want to.I saw Kori panicking and stuff that looks like blood.Kori only had one

I was panicking too I did not know what to do so I jumped in with a chainsaw, I didn’t
want to get eaten. I was mad because he was my friend and he was getting eaten.
I went up to the shark and cut its head off. With the chainsaw.

I rang the ambulance and they came like in 2 minutes. I said to Kori are you ok and
he said no.When my mum came she said what happen I said Kori almost eaten by
a shark.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thai Fish Cakes

 Guess what? Last Tuesday, the Extension group made irresistible Thai Fish Cakes for the Lets Cook with Parmco weekly challenge. We were in groups, and made fish cakes for Week 1, which was pretty awesome. It's a very simple dish, full of spices, veggies and FISH!! Did I forget to mention that we had a delicious salad on the side?

I think that it was really easy because even though our presentation looked AMAZING, it was bang on perfect and simple. Although we didn't win last week, I was still proud of all of us.

My favorite part of the process was of course, not  only eating it, but also frying the fish cakes. Just because the cakes were perfectly.

I would really love to cook this dish again for my family because I think that they will enjoy it a lot! Be sure to look out for my blog post about this weeks Marrakech Chicken meal!! And also PLEASE be sure to vote for our school in the comp! :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Farewell Mrs Verry

When I heard something about Mrs Verry leaving, I was shocked. Mrs Verry is a really helpful lady. She is kind, generous, good, and like I said "helpful". 

Today I am writing a farewell post to her, so I can show that she is always welcome here. I wish she could stay and help. What I like about Mrs Verry is that, she is always there when you need here. THANK YOU MRS VERRY FOR BEING SUCH A KIND TEACHER, AND GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Dreaming Place

 Leah had a lot of dreams and goals for her future until these were all shattered in an accident.What future can Leah have now?

This is one of the texts in our book club. In Room 17 we choose which book we would like to read and discuss. Feel free to join in the discussion on this blog if you have read The Dreaming Place, or want to comment on our discussion.

Darcy Devlin - Book Club

Darcy Devlin dreams about being a private investigator. He always keeps his ears and eyes open, and carries a notebook, in case something strange catches his eye. 
This is just what happens. Who is that strange boy who turns up in the same place every day looking shifty?

This is one of the texts in our book club. In Room 17 we choose which book we would like to read and discuss. Feel free to join in the discussion on this blog if you have read Darcy Devlin and the Mystery Boy or want to comment on our discussion. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Looking For Amelia - Bookclub

Emily doesn't want to move, but the old house her family have shifted to is full of secrets and soon provide a mystery for Emily  and her brother to solve.

This is one of the texts in our book club. In Room 17 we choose which book we would like to read and discuss. Feel free to join in the discussion on this blog if you have read Looking For Amelia, or want to comment on our discussion.

Night Fishing - Book Club

Nat and her father have taken their boat Markita out to Gull Rock for some night fishing.
But as darkness falls there is an emergency onboard. Mayday! Mayday!

This is one of the texts in our book club. In Room 17 we choose which book we would like to read and discuss. Feel free to join in the discussion on this blog if you have read Night Fishing, or want to comment on our discussion.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Words this week

These are the woulds that I am learning this week.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Modern Pentathlon - by Jonita

For Go for Gold, our task this term was to make an animation based on an Olympic sport that Ms Garden gave us. My sport was the Modern Pentathlon. I hope you like my animation!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Canoe Sprinting - by Tyla-Marie

We have been studying different events in the 2012 Olympics.
This is a little movie I made created  with the iMovie  about canoe Sprinting.
Hope you enjoy! :D

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Shot Put - A How To by Lisia

  I know most of you people reading this have tried shot put in your school athletics. If you want to improve your skills to take you from beginner to intermediate, then keep on reading.

The Glide

1. Lift the shot, and carry it in the palm of your throwing hand. Position the surface of your palm facing upward, toward the sky. Transport your throwing hand up toward your neck, hold the shot against your neck, next to your jawline.

2. Turn your forward foot toward the front of the circle. Begin to turn your hips in the same direction. Wait until the movement of your hips begins to pull on the side of your body, then begin turning your shoulders. Swing your free hand behind you as you turn to add momentum.

3. Then you face backwards, bending downwards with the shot still against your neck. Keep bending until your leg reaches a 90 degree angle. At last you spin around the putting circle at 180 degrees, then you let go.

Note: It is better if you you push really hard and not too slow, high or low.

Some Rules:
1. When you finish putting your shot then you must exit from the back of the circle, or you would be disqualified.

2. You can not step out of the putting circle and you can’t even put one toe on the stop board.
Stop board: The stop board is a 10 centimeter wide and high block, in front of the putting circle.

3. You only have 60 seconds (1 minute) to get to the putting circle and start.
These things will all get you disqualified.

If you have improved your shot put skills using my instructions then please tell me by leaving a comment. Hope you have enjoyed and learnt more about the shot put rules and the glide, just like I have.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mustelids - by Cheyanne

I have been learning about Mustelids in Reading.