Monday, December 20, 2010

Ambassador - Podcasting

In 2010 I have been an ambassador for Pt England School.  My role has been to talk about my learning to hundreds of visitors who have come to our school from all over the country and around the world.

This video shows you what I had to say about how Podcasting helps us learn and become better readers.

This is the transcript of my presentation:

"We also share our learning with the world through podcasting with KPE.  

Korero Pt England began in 2005 and it is one of the ways we talk about about what we have been reading. I only began podcasting last year, but I have been listening to KPE for a long time now because my brother, Paul, was one of the first KPE podcasters back when we started in 2005.  In fact, he designed the logo for KPE that we still use today.

To create a podcast for KPE we have to read a book, write a script and record it with a partner on Garage Band.  We try to make our podcast sound like an interview. That sounds easy, doesn't it!  

Well, recording it is easy, but we have to do quite a lot before we get to the recording part. We have to think about an interesting way to retell the plot. We also discuss the characters, the setting and the theme of the book. And we try to talk about New Zealand a little bit because our listeners from around the world like that. 

Because we read so many books and have to think about how to share them with other people, of course we get way better at reading. And we also get better at writing and become confident speakers. 

KPE has also helped us to make many unexpected connections with other people. We have had lots of authors listen to our podcasts and talk to us about their books. 

We have talked to people around the world about our reading and we have helped lots of other kids in New Zealand with podcasting through this.  

We get to help heaps of adults and we have even had the mayor of Auckland come here to learn how to podcast. 

Recently we talked to some people in Italy on Skype about how we create an episode of KPE.  They have been listening to our podcasts and wanted to find out more.

It is funny that reading books has turned out to be a great way to meet people! "

Minister Heatley speaking to us after we gave our presentation.

Minister of Housing, Phil Heatley, was one of the people we presented to this year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Well, about 4 weeks ago our teacher (Miss Garden) gave us a task to make an MTV. We had to first get in to a group of 3,4 or 5. My group was called the OLD SKOOLZ! In my group were Selena, Ala and Sylvia. Here is our movie and I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Commonwealth Athlete

Hello, our extension teacher (Mrs Tele'a) gave us a task to make a movie, about an athlete that competed in the Commonwealth games and the twist is that we had to name a insect that was similar to the athlete. Here is my movie and my athlete is...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pool At School

This month at Point England school ,we have a solar powered swimming pool. The reason why we have a pool at school is because, this term we are having swimming safety lessons.

We went in to the swimming pool last Wednesday, it was kind of cold. Our tutor Chris told us to put on our life jackets and got in. It was fun! Also Chris told us how to huddle in if we were in frozen water.

The lessons were great! It was fun learning about safety in the water.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Mini Beast Quiz

Hello Everybody, our teacher had given us a little challenge, she gave us a piece of paper and it said what insect we had to draw and animate, even harder I knew nothing about my insect! Also we had to make up a question that was the hardest part.So here I have a little quiz with the answer at the end and also I have made an animation to with the quiz as well. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Great Museum Trip

It was an ordinary holiday Monday in bed, being rudely awoken by my sister’s arguing. I just wanted too go somewhere else today. If only I could get a break from here.

I finally stood up to a beautiful sunny day but I was still grumpy. “Aaaahhhhh Mondays”, I yawed as I was going into the bathroom to brush my teeth. I wished to go to the museum that day, but just when I thought my luck was out ,my mum said that she has $150 dollars to spend at the museum ,and she wanted to take me. How did you get that mum? I asked with amazement, she said she got it as a gift from her friends, It was a voucher, “sweet luck”,I whispered.

YES we had reached our destination, the museum. As I got out of the car I could feel a nice breeze come past me, It felt good. I could see the imposing building up above. I had to walk up a hill to get to the entrance but that was okay, what a treat!

I finally entered in and saw lots of interesting things, I could see, exhibits and sculptures. I was excited to go around and go learn some new stuff.

Me and mum went around the museum and went looking at exhibitions, but the thing I liked most was looking at the Pacific part of the museum, It had tapa mats from Tonga, Samoa and I think Fiji. My mum was really fascinated in how the navigators found land. I was interested in the patterns on the the tapa mats because some had colour and some had black patterns.

Finally after all that walking and looking around, we went to the gift shop. It looked amazing, I could see coats, bags, clothes, jewelry, lollies, shells, bears ( not real ones though) and posters. After looking around plenty of times, in the end I bought a shell,bear, lollies and a pen.

I was glad that I had purchased some items, so I exit the museum with my mum. When we had got to the car I put a lolly in my mouth,“YUMMY!” I said.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Back to School !

As you all may now tomorrow I am back too school and learning new things, but I am actually glad to go back too school because I want too see my friends and have fun. In my holidays I have gone too places and had cool new experiences.

I like the first day of terms because you learn what your new topic is and also get to have trips, new experiences and learn new things during the term. I don't know about everybody else, but that's what I like.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Indian Fiafia

Fiafia night was awesome! I was in the Indian group and our dance was great,I felt nervous at first, but when I got on stage I felt calm and relaxed and when the music had started to play and we had did our first move the crowd started too cheer . It was a wonderful feeling too be up on stage and dancing.

I my dancing group was Mubasshira, Ala , Sylvia, Toreka and me. Mubasshira was our dancing teacher and she is only a year 6 at Point England School. we added some of the moves and Mubasshira did the rest.

I had a lot fun learning and preforming the dance!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


This is my animation, in this animation it will show rooms and parts of the Titanic and more. Hopefully you will enjoy watching this movie I have made.

By Seini-Mino

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cross Country

It was an ordinary Wednesday morning and as usual I walked in to school. But today was no ordinary day, today was Cross Country . This came unexpectedly. I was shocked, but luckily I had come prepared for this day because I've been coming prepared for three days already!

"This is a shambles", I murmured, nerves had started to come unexpectedly as the race was about to start. After that I said to myself "I can do this", soon I felt confident.

I stood up. My heart was pounding, I thought I had conquered all these nerves. Well theres no turning back now, I said.

BANG ,all the other girls took off with a burst of speed, but I had not, I was coming last, but that didnt matter because I was jogging, at that momment I realised my friends were behind me so I wasnt coming last.

My heart was pounding wildy, as I was exhausted. I was near halfway , me and my friends were still jogging because we wanted to save up energy for the finish line. I was desperate to cap,e up in the top ten but at this rate I dont think I am going to make it.While I was jogging I had noticed that there were alot of girls behind me because they all sprinted at the start.
I could feel the sticky mud rubbing between my toes.

Finally the finish line was in sight. I had gone through the playground, "i'm nearly there ", I said to myself, the finish line I had gathererd mommentum for the last sprint. Now was the time to use it.

The multitude seemed to get louder and louder by the minute. I closed my eyes when I crossed the finish line. I had crossed the finish line. I had opened my eyes and my friend Sylvia tapped me on the shoulder and said that we had come the 9th equal.

"At last", I shouted at the top of my lungs I had come up in the top 10 for my very first time in Cross Country. I was very proud and tierd at the same time.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Some birds can fly high up in the air-kiwis can’t. Most birds are beautifully bright coloured-but Kiwi’s aren’t. There’s even a bird that can swim in the icy cold water down in Antartica-Kiwi’s wouldn’t even do that.

It’s not that they’re all big or they’re really small. The littlest kiwi is called the Little Spotted Kiwi. Only 1350 are in on Kapati Island. This species is smaller than a normal rugby ball.

The average size is only about the size of a normal size rugby ball. But these Kiwis can be really big. The Great Spotted Kiwi is the biggest kiwi of all and its 45 centimeters and there are over 22,000 Great White Kiwis in the whole of New Zealand.

I suppose you wouldn’t call them beautiful or dazzling. Their color is very dull and plain brown, and they’ve even got rough skin, while lots of them have the most ridiculous 20cm bill that sticks out in the front of their body. Imagine giving them a Hongi!

Most people think that Kiwi’s have no wings. They do! If you look underneath their brown plain plumage you will find their wings.Their wings are the size of your PINKY! Can you believe it?

Kiwis have a nice sense of smell. They can also put the tip of their beck which is there nose, three centimeters down in to the ground and smell worms and insects. they then grab their prey from underground, and eat it.

How could you possibly resist a, big fat,nocturnal,plain, plumaged, ugly looking, flightless bird?

If Kiwi’s aren’t cool, Then I don’t know what is?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Well this picture was taken way back in 2006 (I think!) well if you look closely I am at the back holding my jumper while everybody is taking a picture and smiling. I was at the back all sad, because I got told off by a teacher for doing something, I don't remember what for. All my friends were in that photo, but I didn't know them back then. I was even too shy to talk to them.

Well we were there because we were on a trip that was called the Art Alive Tour. Whenever I look at this photo, it brings back memories. This photo was taken four years ago. Wow that sounds like a long time ago.

I found this picture on 2006 achrives room six.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mrs Tele'a!!!

I know this will sound funny but we the extension group had to draw Mrs Tele'a ( Extension teacher) Not because she wanted us to, Its just that drawing her could help us when we were drawing a map. Did you know that this exercise helped us to draw different angles and scales. Back on to why we had to draw this picture, we had drawn this because like Captain James Cook ( Famous Sailor) he had to go around the whole of New Zealand and draw it on a piece of paper. We had to get the right scale angles and he also had to have a lot of concentration and focus. So as you can see here in the picture, these are people in the extension groups perspectives from different angles and views.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Did You Know?

Hello there everybody, this is my first extension project for term 3. My task was to read the book I was given and all the books had lots of facts that told you about famous ships and sailors like Christopher Columbus for example. So this is my movie I have made, I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Early Maori Settlers

Approximately 1000 years ago, Polynesians were the very first settlers, to settle on Aotearoa, New Zealand. But did you know, once they had settled in New Zealand they were know as Maoris. These early settlers came from East of Polynesia! Travelling by canoes.

Trained navigators used stars by night, birds and sea swells by day. With a gust of wind, a turbulent storm had came by. Killing most Polynesians on their journey to New Zealand!
Thanks to this page for the photo

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Exciting Term 3

Hello everybody, its term 3 ALREADY! This term at Point England school we have a new topic which is called 'Mighty Mariners'.

In this topic we learn about ships like the Titanic and we also learn about famous sailors, pirates, signs, canoes and wakas.

I can't wait to hear what our teacher has in mind for us this term. All I know is that my reading group the tuis are going to be studying the Titanic. I look foward to learn more this term.
Thank you for reading. (The picture was drawn by me)
By Seini-Mino

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Tarawera Part

This term in extension we have been focusing on Mt Tarawera. Mt Tarawera was a volcano, and nearby to them were the famous Pink and White Terraces, which were one of the eight wonders of the world.

Everybody in extension had a part in the making of our project Mt Tarawera. In this movie it shows my part of the project. If you would like to see the introduction of our project then click on the hyperlink in purple which leads you to Selena's blog.

It took me a long time to make this movie. So if you liked my movie then please leave me a comment. If you thinked I could have improved please tell me by commenting.
Below is my mini reflection.

Purpose means why you did something. Purpose:
We the extension group want to tell the school what we have been up to this term.

A Brick Wall is something that holds you back. It could have been a person or something. Brick Wall:
What held me back from finishing was some of the people in my group.

I could have been more assertive.

I think I could have done better.

The White Terrace is the one on top, and the one down bottom is the Pink Terrace.Thank you to these websites for the photos. C_.jpg.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Where Is Mum?

It was a Saturday night, and I Mina was waiting for mum to pick me up from the movies. "Mum ,mum come" I said in my mind. I was sick of waiting.

My phone had dropped in the middle of the movie. I was panicking, my blood pressure had started to rise. Mum got me this phone only YESTERDAY for my birthday !!! I looked everywhere, but it was pitch black dark. I tried to stop the movie, and find the light switch. This phone meant more than my food and my car. How would I contact mum?

I just thought of something, I could ring my phone on Lucas's phone. "Oh NO" I said the movie had finished and the security guards, opened the doors. They thought something suspcious was going on, so they lifted me up and took me outside, I shouted at the top of my lungs "NO YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND".

Lucas quickly came running, " Mina, Mina are you alright" he said, " Yes, yes I am fine", I replied with anger. I started to cry. I quickly thought if Lucas and his mum could drop me off home, I heard someone say, " Bye Mina", but who? So when I turned around to tell Lucas if he could give me a ride, he was gone.

So I was lonely with no-one, shivers came down my spine like the night sky did, but I could go into the movies and use there phone but the clock striked 12:00am and only people with Id's could go inside and I forgot mine at home and I would get kicked out by the guards again. I stood still angry and scared.

As I stood still for Five minutes a man or lady (I couldn't tell) came from the mist and shouted my name "MINA, MINA", who was it I wondered with fear, but as the voice got closer it started to sound familiar, it was....

Friday, June 4, 2010

Goodbye for now Mr Hunia

The last 8,7 weeks with Mr Hunia have been good. In those 8,7 weeks we have played games been creative and done some hard work. Today on the 4th of June Mr Hunia has left to go and study back at his Universty (a school for adults).

On his last day (4th of June ) we had lots of fun, because first of all we had to go and do sport at Tamaki College and after that ,yes after that we had to walk back to school and get changed in to our clothes because we had somemore sport.

Goodbye Mr Hunia. Room 17 will miss you.

From Seini-Mino
Goodbye Mr Hunia. Have FUN!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Reflection on ROW12

Hi everybody we have finished this years ROW12 (rock our world) and this is my reflection down below.

1. What did I do well? I think I did well in ROW12 because I worked in a team with other people . I created a shoe in a group, and I think I did well being a team captain.

2. How could have I improved on what I did? I think I could have did well on being more organised and listen more better.

3.Brick Wall ( Key ) What held me back from doing a better job? I think what held me back was sometimes myself because I could not control myself sometimes, the things I could not control myself from was talking and my team and I were struggling a bit.But we got there in the end.
Been a better captain
Control myself better

4. Purpose of joining ROW12
Seeing what other kids in the world are up to.
Meeting famous people and other people from around the world and learn more from them.
Seeing what other have to say.
Bringing other people together.
Making Friends.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hokey Pokey

Have you ever thought of how Hokey Pokey is similar to lava? It didn't occur to us, until Mr Hunia (student teacher) surprised us! With making the delicious treat: Hokey Pokey!! I know that you're thinking,"Why on earth,would you make Hokey Pokey at school? Well,it all started in our schools kitchen.

Mr Hunia added in the first 2 ingredients in to the saucepan. Sugar and golden syrup . They began to dissolve in to a golden-brown colour. But as soon as he added in the baking soda, the hokey pokey began to expand slowly It then changed in to golden-yellow colour. The hokey pokey stuck to the wooden spoon, as Mr Hunia stirred the mixture.

Just like scolding lava, hokey pokey is viscous and runny when it is hot! As the hokey pokey cools it is a solid mass and easily shattered, porous and brittle.To us the hokey pokey felt JUST like scoria rock,because scoria rock has little wholes in it like hokey pokey.

"Well here it goes" I said. I took one bite of the hokey pokey we had made, I said, "This is delicious". The hokey pokey tasted bitter and sweet. I sucked all the syrup I could get out of it. It was real sweet, it tasted Magnificent.

We had a great day making hokey pokey. At the end of the day I felt like I learned a lot from hokey pokey and lava. It was a fun experience day.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Want to Know how an Island is Formed?

Hi Everybody, This is my Active Earth animation. It is showing how an island is formed, from an underwater volcano. It took me a long time to figure out all the information. I hope you enjoy. By Seini-Mino

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Next Step

I think the next movie we are going to make will have better delivering on the message. It will also have a slogan. When we presented our movie we thought that we tried our least best. This time we will have a second chance to improve on our first movie we made. It will have all the improvements above and more.

Taking it to the next step will be kind of difficult for us ,but we will try to do our best for our second chance at trying to make our movie more better.

This is our first movie we made.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Greetings everybody, do you like learning? Well I am going to tell you why I do. My favourite learning subject is Reading. Reading to me is like an adventure the only thing is that the adventure is right where you are sitting and in your mind.
That is one of the reasons why I like learning and reading.

Electronic learning (on a computer) can be very fun. The fun thing about this is that you can draw on the computer. Just not any picture you can draw, it has to be something related to the topic that your class is learning about. Like room 17 we were learning about the Treaty of Waitangi.

Learning is really important to me because maybe one day it could help alot.
(in the picture is Ms Garden and me Seini-Mino)

Want to know More?

Kia Ora everybody, this is my second history event. I think this is way better than my last one, because the graphics are amazing I even have a recording voice over it. I told you it was way better.
This animation is about signing the Treaty of Waitangi. It takes you way back in the olden days.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Highlight's

Hello everybody,I am going to tell you about my highlight's of the term. In fact I think this term has gone by really quick.

The highlight of the term for me was... Feeling like what it would be being a year six. I have enjoyed my couple of weeks here at Point England school, It was really great being a BIG year six. I just can't wait until next term, I wonder what other fun things we will do next term? I think we will be studying about food next term.

The video conference with D'Wayne Edwards was so cool. D'Wayne Edwards is the one of the head designer's for Nike. That video conference was amazing. He encouraged us and he never gave up he kept on trying and trying that's what he told us. That really inspired me to do better in everything.

Camp was actually the was the most enjoyable highlight this term. I felt like what it would be if I was Captain, yes I said it, a captain. When I found out I was captain I was so shocked with amazement,after I found out I thought I would be ready and show all the people I can be a great captain. Those three whole days being captain was a dream,that was just a privilege.

My goals for next term is to do well in my Writing and my Maths. I think I can achieve them by the end of next term.I have had a great term here and I can't wait until next term.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

D'Wayne Edwards

As you are all about to hear it, the extension group and I had a video conference with...D'Wayne Edward's, how cool is that! If you don't know D'Wayne Edwards he is one of the head designer's for Nike (the shoe design company), If you are shocked I was at first too.

The video conference was on Friday, wait for it.... after school! I know it's just not fair. That wouldn't stop me though. I come in here as on as possible, and we were on in ten minuets.

We had started and I sat there listening very well. He told us that he had kept a card in his wallet, which his mum gave to him when he was little, he is too emotional to read it because his mum had passed away. The card talked about believing in yourself and never give up.

D'Wayne told us his life story. When he was seventeen he entered a drawing competition and he came first, the real sad thing was that the prize was a job and the managers of the competition said that he was to young

That video conference told me that to never give up. I can't wait until the next video conference with D'Wayne.

Captain James Cook Explores Aotearoa,NewZealand

Kia Ora, this is my movie of Captain James Cook. He has only been here for two weeks ,and he is loving it. He is exploring the land of New Zealand well that's what he calls it, the Moari's called it Aotearoa.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


2010 feels like a NEW start. I feel like I am still in room15 but I am still getting use to being with my new teacher, the one the only Miss Garden. I have been with Miss Garden before so that's good.

I am in room17 with all my old friends,that is the thing I like the most. I have made brand new friends in room17 though. I really am enjoying time with my new friends.

Room17 is cool I am a year six now, I have been wanting to be a year six for years finally I am.
Year six feels like you are top of the world not really but close too.

Its pretty cool me and my best friend Toreka got a new job, guess what it is? The tuck shop monitors. Me and Toreka applied for the job last year and we got it. I really like it , the one thing that is cool is that you are doing it with your friend. We are really enjoying it both.

I am glad that I am year six now. I like the new year, I also like the fresh start that we have all made.

By Seini-Mino

A Matou Mihi

Hi again, Its finally here my second Mihi. My second Mihi I like better than the one I did last year.My photos are way better and I just need to finish writing. I thought I would give you the half finish product for today. My Mihi contains all the symbols that represent me. I did my Mihi on Flickr, also you may leave a comment when you are done reading if you like it.

A Hurtful Moment

It was Tuesday the 9th of March, and I was playing outside until.... OUCH! a nail had gone threw my foot,well not really threw my foot I just stood on it. It was as deep as the deep blue sea.

My foot felt as if it was breathing , was this the end.Hhm!, I am alive I had shouted at the top of my lungs.I stood back up with my head high still limping. and walked back inside my mums office where I shouldn't have stayed all along.

Today after going to the doctors, I am still limping It really hurts but I can handle a little pain.
Its not a emergency, I am fine for now.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Van Gogh

What a tragic artist Van Gogh was, his feelings we could reorganize in his paintings all the sadness inside his heart. Van Gogh had used dark colours when he was sad, and bright colours when he was in a happy mood but the sad thing was he never smiled, He expressed his feelings though his own paintings .

Nobody thought his paintings were good enough the people said bad things about his paintings,Van Gough had a sickness which was depression. One day he was so mad he had cut off his own ear, It was really sad because nobody understood him.

This is me sketching one of his self portraits.

Lately, our class has been learning about the famous artist, Van Gogh. In his pieces of art,its as if the colours dance across the canvas like flickering fire, burning in the landscape. You can see a sense of movement in the impressionest's art.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Technology Experience

It was a nice sunny day for presenting and I Seini-Mino wasn't presenting, no I was a technical person." OH NO" I said in my head as the visitors were arriving I started breathing in and out.

It was time, the signal had come. I went in and guess what I was first, just great I said. As soon as I stepped one foot in the nerves on..........after all the all the nerves I did great! I promise to come back and update with you so there were a lot of nerves in the air.

Next time I am going to work on running the technology part better and try not break anything!