Friday, May 12, 2017

NZ Dance Company visit to PES

On Tuesday the NZ Dance Company visited our school. We were treated to a range of interesting dances from the group. Their use of body movement and sound/music to express themselves was incredible. Take a look.

NZ Dance Company performance 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Te Taiao o Tamaki - Manaiakalani Cluster Exhibition 2017

Well done to everyone who contributed to the  Manaiakalani Cluster exhibition at Te Oro yesterday. All our Manaiakalani schools celebrated the work we have all done this term learning about our local environment. The theme was Te Taiao o Tamaki. Our kapa haka group was amazing! We also loved the performances and exhibits from the other schools in our cluster. The following movie shares some highlights from the day.

Te Taiao o Tamaki Exhibition Highlights 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hidden Figures - Year 7 & 8 Extn Trip

On Wednesday the Year 7 & 8 Extension group went on a trip to watch 'Hidden Figures' at the Sylvia Park Movie theatre. We were lucky to have sponsors from Mr Vogt. His sisters loved the movie so much that they decided to do some fundraising so that a group of students from our school could go and watch the movie for free.

The movie itself was absolutely amazing. We learnt about how three African American women were able to overcome huge obstacles in their lives to work at and make a significant impact at NASA.

Review: HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle MonĂ¡e)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Extn trip Hidden Figures 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kidpix artwork by Room 16 - Year 1 students

Our year one students have been learning how to use the drawing tools on a programme called Kidpix. Room 16 drew some pictures about our school picnic.

Room 16 Kidpix art Term 1 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

School Picnic 2017

Each year our whole school heads down to the Pt England reserve and beach for our annual school picnic. Last year we had to cancel at least 3 times due to the weather. However this year, the weather was beautiful! Thanks to all our teachers, staff and parent helpers for making it possible.

PES School Picnic 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Bike Track @ PES

On Thursday the 23rd of February we had the official opening of our new school bike track. Our kapa haka group opened the day with performances and waiata. Our prefects TJ and Talita said our opening prayers and introduced our special guests. What an amazing gift from our sponsors, which includes the Variety Club and others. Take care of our new bike track Pt England and have fun!

New Bike Track 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Paideia and Coding

The year 5 & 6 Extension students got the chance to work with Anne Sinclair this week who is an expert in the field of education. They were introduced to the Paideia method which is a way of learning that can provide opportunities for deep dialogic discussions. The process also helps to improve communication and critical thinking skills. 

The Year 7 & 8 Extension students were introduced to the 'Scratch' programme. Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. The Scratch programme would be used as our introduction to coding and how this works. If you didn't know, coding is a list of step by step instructions that get computers to do what you want them to do. First of all the students worked through some of the tutorials which allow you to create your own game.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Visual Mihi's: Term 1 Week 2 2017

This week was the start of classes in the Creative Space and Maker Space. It was also the first week of extension classes for our Year Extension groups in Years 5 - 8.

The first task was the creation of Visual Mihi's by the Year 5 & 6 students. They had to draw images on Hyperstudio that represented who they were (e.g nationality) or what some of their hobbies were. They also had to write a brief explanation about how each picture represented a part of them.