Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Breakfast Club take 2

More slideshows from 10RLe before we watches The Breakfast Club.

The Breakfast Club

As part of our genre study, we've been studying the seminal film TheBreakfast Club.  Here are some slideshows made as part of an activity before we watched the film....

Thursday, June 25, 2015


9RTd have been looking at different types of clauses and thinking about how sentences are put together. Here are some of our sentences from today based on our new words from Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian...

My friend was in a zen mode but then I kicked him right in the groin.

My mouth is smudged with chocolate, I feel scintillating right now.

I felt my life was so monotonous that I jumped off the Harbour Bridge.

My day was monotonous, but sports is so scintillating.

Whn I looked at the two shades of blue paint I saw only subtle variations in colour.

Outside he stood on the porch a few minutes, studying the mountains around them.

I was zenning on my porch while thinking of my destiny.

I was telling my friend in a subtle way that she was was monotonous.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cool sentences from ATDOAPTI (Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian)

Today we are learning some new words from our novel. We usually use a crossword to reprocess our vocabulary. Here are some of our sentences using our new words...

We were at a brawl in the aquarium when a mediocre person stopped it.

There is a cerebral assasin on the loose with a lopsided brain.

The unpredictable Jennyfer, nobody knows what she's going to do next- she might swim with the sharks and electric eels in the aquarium.

This day is really mediocre because on one side I feel like I'm next to a volcano and on the other side I feel like I'm in Antarctica.

I had perseverance when I ws doing my crossword but at the end I was fatigued.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Absolutley True Diary of a Part Time Indian

9RTd have just started reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

Here's our site page- thanks to the kids who found the links and did the research. We'll be adding to this page and updating about the novel on the blog as we go.

We enjoyed the book so much yesterday we had to keep pausing for laughter and discussion and look forward to reading more...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Some of our Marae poems

9RTd wrote some poetry about their experience at school marae, or another marae with which they are familiar.

I see well-entwined patterns as I enter the Marae, I hear voices chattering away like seagulls. I touch the proficiently carved Maui and Hene Nui o Te po. I taste nothing but the sweet glorious air. I raise my hand to feel the giant carved fish scales.

- Edward Baah

I see history
I see strength
I see images floating in my head
Thoughts come here thoughts come there
How united we were then
Here we are so far now
How we grow from roots to trees
How we improved from then to now
How inspired I felt then

how we turned the right way round
-Latisha Puti

I see Taonga.
I see people.
I see Maori patterns.
I see shoes.
I see my teacher.

I hear giggling.
I hear talking.
I hear the wind.
I hear stomping.
I hear growling.

I taste the nice cold air.
I taste the food I ate before coming into class.
I taste nothing else.

I touch the Maori Artworks.
I touch the floor.
I touch the wall.
I touch my skin.
I touch my bestfriends hand.
I touch the beds.
It felt so soft and protective.

-Faaaoane Ulipa

I see the dexterous carving broadly expressing a well mannered Maori legend. I hear the laughter of humorous students and whispers that calmfully bristles pass my ears.I touch the well-intertwined flax creating vivid images of Maori history and heritage.I taste the freshly scented breezy air as it enters my mouth.

-Dion Tuitukau

I see taonga
I see a body
I see a marae
I hear talking
I hear thinking
I hear people
I touched a carving of a scaled fish
I touched Hine nui o te po the great women of night she is the goddess of death.
Hine nui o te po Lady of the dawn.
The taste in my mouth was like nerves with cold air my saliva was everywhere in my mouth.
I smell feet and the cold air whooshing through my noise.

Once I entered I smelt glory and cold air whooshing through my mouth.
I saw.

-Ite Taufa

10RLe exam revision

Such wonderful, motivated students in class revising for the exam this week. Here are some of the ways they were preparing. Mindmup was a popular option, as were cue cards and online quizes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Octopus Auckland

We read Octopus Auckland by Karlo Mila as part of our unit about place and identity. To what extent does you sense of place influence you? What areas do you feel connected to?

Malulu's stanza illustration 

Teariki's stanza illustration

Dion's stanza illustration