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Music – My Pepeha

For our new rotation (which is Music) our first task was to write and learn our pepeha.  A pepeha is a way of introducing yourself in Maori. It tells us your name, your village, you mountain, and more. You can read my pepeha which is below. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave positive comments on my blog.

Tēna koutou katoa (greetings to you all)

Ko Tongiaki tōku waka (canoe)

Ko Kao tōku maunga (mountain)

Ko Navutoka Tonga tōku iwi (tribe, viliage)

Nō New Zealand ahau (where from)

Ko Tamaki College tōku kura (school now)

Ko Faleta tōku whānau (family)

Ko Heikoti tōku matua (father)

Ko Meleane tōku whāea (mother)

Ko Finau tōku ingoa (my name)

Nōreira, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēnā tātou katoa (Therefore greetings to you, greetings to you, greetings to us all)

Term 4 Highlights!

Term 4 is officially over. It was quite a big shock to everyone because of the short term. We all tried to make the best of it and enjoyed it. We had many events that happened which I’m very grateful for and enjoyed. Thank you to everyone who helped out this term to make it another great success.

At the start of the term we had our Immersion Assembly where the teachers had to perform or share a movie. We had our second KPMG trip which is quite rare and we were super stoked about it. We loved the food, the lessons we learnt, and the activities we played. Our School Athletics day was very fun. I enjoyed spending time with all the year 8 girls (team challenges were so funny).  Later in the term we had our school Prizegivings and Year 8 Graduation. It was a joyful time where most of us received awards, I did which I was proud about. And all year eights dressed up beautifully and had our pictures taken.

I absolutely loved this term. It is so sad and fortunate that I’m leaving. Thanks again to everyone! I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please leave a positive comment on my blog.

Year 8 Graduation 2022

Last week Monday we had our year 8 graduation for 2022. I was super excited and happy. When I arrived with my parents I greeted my friends and teachers. We next took photos infront of the photo place. Then we had a light supper and got started.

The prefects shared their speeches which was lovely. One or two students had to introduce their teacher. I did it with my classmate Aaron. My class was second to last. It was nice hearing speeches from students and teachers. It was also very, very, very nice seeing many year 8s dressed up nice and semi-formal. I loved that day so much and enjoyed it.

Thank you to parents, families, supporters, teachers, and year 8 students for attending and making it a wonderful night. I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Prizegiving 2022!

Today we had our school Prizegivings. I really enjoyed and loved my last senior prizegiving (which was in the afternoon). Many deserved people received great awards such as, class awards, PENN awards, sport awards, scholarships, and much more.

I received many awards but one of them was the ‘Takoha Pay It Forward’ award.  I was so very happy and super proud of myself. I wasn’t expecting to get it but I did. Thank you to those who have helped me this year!

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Tech/Hard Materials – Last Session

Last week the year eights had their last tech rotation. My last rotation was hard materials. I really enjoyed the session and the product we were making. We were making a pendant or brooch. I chose turtle shape brooch. The process was quite tricky but I had to trust it. It looks very good and I’m proud of it. Thanks to my teacher Mr Grundy! I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please leave a positive comment on my blog.

Extension – T4 Project

This term for extension (our last term and year) we are doing a fun project. This project is based on escape rooms, literally. Our teachers had a recent experience of this so this is what our project is based on. We chose horror as our genre. Our escape room is about the movie ‘Smile’. We are almost done which is pretty exciting. We are cutting out keys and making padlocks. I am working for Angelica, Aye, and Kiarah. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please leave a positive comment on my blog

Writing – Kyrgyzstan

A couple of weeks ago my literacy class has been doing research. We had to choose a random country we’ve never heard of and do research on it. I worked on this research project with Mele. The country was ‘Kyrgyzstan’ which is located in central Asia. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please leave a positive comment on my blog.

Compliments Project

Last week my class chose to do Aaron and I to do the compliments project on. I was very happy and excited to do this.

Whoever we are writing about, that person has to face the front and not look at the whiteboard. Everyone has to have a go writing a kind compliment about that certain person. When everyone finishes the, certain person can turn around and look.

I was so nervous but excited when I was sitting down. Everyone was smiling and giving me compliments. I felt as if I was on top of the world. Aaron and I turned around and looked at each of our boards. The compliments were so positive and were very accurate. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please leave a positive comment on my blog.

Manaiakalani Film Festival 2022

On Tuesday we had our 15th annual Manaiakalani Film Festival. Teachers and young people from eleven of the Manaiakalani schools created all movies. Pt England (intermediate) left in the morning. We watched all the films created my PES. The presenters were fantastic! The image below shows the 3 top movies that were my favourite. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please leave a positive comment on my blog.

Saineha 1st Primary Halloween Program

Last week Saturday, my ward (Saineha 1st) had a Halloween program for the Primary.

We went to the church hall and set up our station. We had balloons, webs, spiders, lanterns, something black aesthetic hanging from the ceiling, lollies, etc. Soon the children and their families started arriving. They played some teamwork/individual activities. Once they finished that they went around and trick or treated past stations. When every kid got a pack of lollies from us we gave them a game to play to win a pack of lollies of a bigger pack. The bishopric had a cake eating contest which was very entertaining and funny.

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