Monday, 14 September 2020
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Malo e lelei katoa,
and this week is Tongan language week. Hurray! because as you know I am Tongan. But for you guys who didn't know it's fine. But let's get to the point. Today we are doing our taha challenges. Which today one is Taha Whanau/family. And for this task we have to write 5 Value that are important in a Tongan household. Which I know very well as I am Tonga LOL! And so I found this task so fun! designing and explaining about the 5 values, to those who are not Tongan and I also put pictures too. To show you guys about the 5 values. SO I really hope that you enjoy the 5 values. FYI I was really trying to make this look pretty:)
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Our reading this week is all based around Tongan texts. One of them was Ngatu: Keeping the tradition alive. Here are 5 things I learnt from that text.
Task Description: Like I said on my recent blog posts you may have found out that it is Tongan language week. As our focus for this weeks reading we had to read a book that was related to this weeks special occasion and was called, "Keep the traditions alive" . We had to find 5 things we found help Tongan people keep the traditions alive.
Monday, 7 September 2020
Monday, 10 August 2020
In week 3 our Year 8 students went off to leadership camp. While they were gone, our Year 7 students took part in our Y7 Step Up programme. The aim of this programme was to encourage our Y7 students to step up as leaders and sometimes this means stepping out of their comfort zone. Students were split into 3 groups: Strikers, Duck Life and Team Thunder. Upon their reflections, the team leaders shared how they got to mix and mingle with students they would not have normally worked with and this helped to build relationships across the year level and make new friends.
Some of the activities we did were solving murder mysteries, art and minute to win it games. It was great to see teams working together and supporting each other throughout the three days. Here is a little snippet of some of the fun we had. Keep stepping up Year 7's!
Monday, 27 July 2020
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
In Team 5, our teachers performed a beautiful story about Sina and the Eel from Samoa. Mrs Tele'a explained that we were covering myths and legends from around the world. Specifically, we are looking at myths and legends that help to explain land forms, monuments or pieces of nature.
The story of Sina and the Eel goes like this. Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl named Sina. She befriended an Eel as she spent more time near the water.
She became frightened and ran to her uncle who ordered his son to deal with the Eel once and for all. The warrior sliced the eels head off. The eels dying wish was for Sina to bury his head in the ground. From that grew a coconut tree.
The coconuts have two eyes and a nose which resembles the face of the eel. This way, every time Sina would take a drink from the coconut, she would be kissing the eel. This is the story of how the coconut tree came about through the story of Sina and the Eel.
Friday, 19 June 2020
Task Description: Sorry for not posting an inquiry for last week but here it is. The sphere we have from last week is Biosphere and that is what I will be sharing with you. Inquiry for the week is going to be doing the one from last week and here it is. This week the inquiry was based on the Biosphere, one of the four spheres. I've learn't so much about the biosphere such as what the biosphere is and all that stuff. I've also learn't a little Greek word and that is life. The word bio from biosphere in Greek is life. That was a bit of a little learning experience for me and how to say life in Greek.
Thursday, 18 June 2020
Thursday, 11 June 2020
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
Tapena sou oso mo lau malaga - Prepare yourself a gift for your travels.
Last week, our Samoan Dance Group at PES gifted us a beautiful Siva Samoa. It was so graceful and full of story telling and emotions expressed through their actions. Students had learnt this item as part of their fiafia group last term. But due to the lockdown, we were unable to go through with our fiafia night. So our students were able to practice this week and graced us with their beautiful smiles and actions during our school assembly. Such a beautiful gift from our talented alii ma tamaitai (girls and boys). Their tutors were Mr Wright and Ms Timmi. Job well done team!
Thursday, 28 May 2020
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
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.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Thursday, 21 May 2020
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
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Good manners for google meets or GM 4 GM. Check out the video below and enjoy!
Friday, 27 March 2020
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.
Friday, 14 February 2020
Here are the beautiful faces of Room 5. We look forward to sharing our work and also reading some of your positive comments.
Our value for the year is Never lose HOPE - Kia mau tonu te tumanako. This is to show our children that there is hope for them for a better tomorrow.