Thursday, 28 May 2020

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoan Language Week

O pese ma viiga a le fanau mai Pt England.

Here are 2 songs sung by our Samoan Group at PES. Our guitarists are John and Mr Wright.
1. Le Alii e le Atua e
2. Ufiufi mai
If you know the songs we'd love for you to sing along.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Tapena sou oso mo lau malaga

Prepare yourself a gift for your travels.

This is our theme for this years Samoan Language Week. Mrs Ilaoa and Room 11 put together this movie to try and explain the literal as well as the deeper meaning behind this years theme.

They've also shared some of the different things they've been doing in class in Samoan.

Ia manuia tele le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa.
Tofa Soifua

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Te Whare Tapa Wha - Taha Tinana

Today's Taha Challenge was set by Fonua. We had to see how many push ups we could do in 1 minute. The girls could do the girls version if they wanted to.

Mrs Ilaoa played Rocky Balboa's theme music to get us pumped for this challenge. It was fun and very competitive. We hope to try this again on Friday and try and beat our score. Our class ranged from 10 - 35! Very impressive. 

Now your turn to give it a try and leave us a comment about how many you managed to complete in a minute. Good luck & have fun!

Thursday, 21 May 2020

The 'New Norm' @ PES

It's week 6 of Term 2 but it feels just like the start of a brand new term. In a sense, it is. We are in our 4th day back to school after being in lockdown and away from school for 7 whole weeks!

Our return to school has brought about a new norm. Changes that are necessary in order to make school a safe place for us to learn as well as talk to our friends. Some of the changes are shown in our video below. We must ensure physical distancing as much as possible. In team 5, we've used the phrase 'Teu le vā' which mean to look after the space between you and others. This means not just the physical space between you but also the relationship you have with others. Another new norm is ensuring we sanitise our hands anytime we enter and leave a building. This ensures we are not carrying germs from one place to another. Our teachers also have a big job of spray and wiping our desks and chairs at the end of every day.

We really enjoy getting out at morning tea and lunch to play non contact games using the sports equipment that Ms Vaafusuaga cleans after each session. Such a big but necessary job.

So those are the new norms for us. What's some changes your school has made? We hope to hear some feedback from our neighbouring schools.

We are so happy and blessed to be back in school!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

A message for our friends still at home

Main point:
There's been many rumours going around about school being scary and parents being worried for their childrens' health. Well, here at Pt England School you shouldn't be scared at all. Each student is safe and we all follow the Covid-19 rules. Cough and sneeze in elbow, wash hands thoroughly, use sanitiser, don't touch face or others, and of course be normal. So to all you parents and students don't worry. Each and every school in Aotearoa is following the correct rules to keep every child healthy, safe and Covid free! 

Here at Pt England School we follow the rules. Each student get's their own desk, tray, hand sanitizer before eating, before play time, before touching sports gear, after play, before home time, and every morning to keep germs away! Here at school I feel safe, so no doubt your tamariki will be as safe as I am too! 

Purpose of the image above:
What is this phone presenting? Well, our task today was to create a similar looking phone to show messages between you and someone who isn't attending school during level 2. My phone is a little example. The conversation shows fear from the grey speaker, but the blue speaker has been attending school and feels as safe as a baby. The purpose was to show an example. 

By Leilani

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

GM 4 GM - Good Manners for Google Meets

Kiaora everyone! We hope your bubbles are all well and making the most of time with family during this lockdown. Our 1st week of Term 2 ended off with an awesome school assembly put together by Mr Burt and our Prefects and Rangatahi of the school. With distance learning well on the way, this weeks korero was the perfect one for how we are learning now. We hope you are enjoying distance learning online and don't forget to mute your mics when joining those google meets.

Good manners for google meets or GM 4 GM. Check out the video below and enjoy!

Friday, 27 March 2020

Staying connected during Covid-19 lockdown

The news came fast and week 8 kicked off with 1 day of school before the government closed all schools and started preparing everyone for 4 weeks of lockdown. Luckily, Team 5 were well on their way to being prepared for connecting online and starting our distance learning journey from home.

We were fortunate to kick this off on Tuesday 24th March with students tuning in to their literacy teachers at 9.30am and then their maths teachers at 12.30pm. We quickly got into the routine of things and even managed to have our normal spelling test on Friday with the whole team (the 40+ who managed to tune in) as well as our very own Mrs Flavelle to call out our spelling words.

This was followed by our whole school assembly where all our teachers and support staff jumped online to give out their Duffy certificates. Check out our school site to tune in to our school assembly every Friday.