Sunday, September 21, 2014

Improving Our Calendar Art

Our calendar art is looking great and you can see individual examples on our student blogs. Our art was based on painting a background in thirds using water colours and placing a native bird which we created with pastels in front of our background. 

Ezra's mum, Adelle, is an art teacher and she offered to come in and teach us some fantastic tips to make them more effective. The main focus was on thinking about the composition of our artwork. These pictures show the process. 

Learning points

Hen in front of Starry Night by Van Gogh

Cam adding some edits to his art

Hen in front of sea scene with cloud

Jacob with a larger kea

Changing the composition

Traylan working on his background

Tracey and Adelle focus in on the art

Coming soon: Slideshow post featuring all our calendar art!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ready to Kayak!

We are having a wonderful week optimist yachting and kayaking! Here are some snapshots taken on my phone at 8.30 yesterday morning, just before we hit the water in our kayaks. Look at the enthusiasm! More posts to come as we track down some photos...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Land Yachting?

Take it easy. Taylor's not stressed.
Tomorrow we go optimist yachting. Here are a few examples of what not to do. Check out this page for more useful information.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Waiata and Haka on the Way to Sports Exchange

Girls leading waiata

Haka fun

Boys in the back of the bus
Victorious captain reading Pokemon

On Friday, we had our annual sports exchange with Riverdale School. It was a beautiful day in the Manawatu and everyone felt very lucky to participate in the trip and represent our school. Our rugby team played their best game of the season and won 103-0. Our netball team drew 10-10, our soccer team lost 3-1 in a very competitive game, while our hockey team lost 11-2 to formidable opponents. A big thank you to Mr Dickson for organising our trip. It was fantastic fun for all of us! Below is a video of us, practising our waiata and haka during a quick toilet stop in Woodville.

Waiata and Haka On Way to Sports Exchange from Kieren Moriarty on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Room 21 in Journey Through The Legends

I used the Google app Pow Toon to create a video showcasing some photos Mrs Hill took of Room 21 in the production. Journey Through The Legends has been a huge success and really is a tribute to all the students and teachers of Nga Rakau Nui. Tu meke! Wonderful job putting it altogether, Miss Hill! We look forward to the final performance tonight!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Friend...

A Friend from Kieren Moriarty on Vimeo.

This week's poem is our first for a long time. It has a strong message. We are so lucky when we have friends.

A Friend...
A friend is someone who borrows your ball
And returns it to you later in the day;
Who will lend their newest pens - and will play
Your games. Who’ll come around to your house
  and call
For you in rain as well as when it’s fine;
Who’ll listen to your secrets, share your fears,
lend a shoulder when your eyes are full of tears
And won’t divide things into ‘yours’ and ‘mine’.
A friend will peel the plaster gently off your cut
And a friend won’t say ‘Yuk!’. A friend laughs at your jokes
When others just go ‘Eh?’; who likes you but
Will tell you when you’re wrong; who strokes
Your favourite pet in spite of all the fleas -
Who knows your family but, when invited, says
  ‘Yes, please!’

Trevor Millum

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Mighty Tohunga and the Little Baby Hikinui

Today, we have gone back in time and interviewed some major characters from the Legend of the Seven Whales. Here is a treat from Ezra and Taylor. Look for others on our student blogs! Also, look out for the stunning introduction by Jack!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's Tricky (Our Production Rocks!)

We are very proud of our first performance in front of the school. We rocked! Here is a slideshow set to one of our songs to celebrate. The song is It's Tricky by Run DMC. Go the swordfish!

Baby Hikinui gets told off!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Māui and his first journey, retold by Kyra

We have been learning about myths and legends. Here is a fantastic retelling of Māui’s first journey by year five student, Kyra.

How do I retell a story in my words?
Step 1 Plan
  • Structure  
  • Order of events
  • Details (senses - dialogue - thoughts - actions - feelings

Event 1
Event 2
Event 3
Event 4
Taranga taught the children how to talk and sing a waiata to Maui while he was in her tummy.They sang him this song “Taku kurapounamu taku motoi kahurangi o taha,
o roto, o pae, o waho e...

One day she went on a walk and she could feel a nigly pain. She fell to the ground yelling help.
Maui was born and his mum was really worried and her puku was sore. His mum taranga thought he was dead because he didn't move. Wrapped him in her hair and set him out to sea.
He sailed and then found Tama-nui- ki-te-rangi.
He went to find his mum and brothers but his brothers did not know who he was, Maui showed his brothers his powers and then they believed him.
He saw his mum and she asked him who he was, so  Maui sang the song and  then his mum realised it was him.
Taranga had four children and was about to have a 5th.
Speech, hear.
Actions, feel, feeling, see.

See, actions.
Speech, see.

Taranga had four children that she had raised on her own and was about to have a 5th. When it was born it will be half man and half god. Taranga taught her four children how talk and sing to Maui well he was still in her tummy. They were all very excited. They would talk to their pepe everyday. They sang to him, "taku kurapounamu taku motoi kahurangi o taha, o roto, o pae, o waho e…” One day Maui Taha asked Taranga, “When we are singing to our pepe, can he hear us?” 
“Yes my son, he can,” replied Taranga. From that day on, they would waiata, haka, and korero to their growing pepe.

One day when Taranga went for a walk on the beach she felt a niggly pain in her tummy. She could tell that Maui was coming. She couldn't walk any further and she felt really weak. She cried out “Help!” But no one could hear her. Then she started to give birth.

Maui was born but he did not move. Taranga accidently thought he was dead. She grabbed a shell and cut the pito, but he still didn't move. She cut her hair and wrapped him in it. Then she put him in the water and he floated out to sea. What she did not realise was that Maui was still alive.

Tangaroa had noticed Maui bobbing up and down in the sea and sent seaweed to wrap Maui in. The seaweed would protect Maui. The seaweed carried maui to his grandfather Tama-nui-ki-te-rangi. During the trip he sent a few of his other children to help Maui along the way. Maui then reached his grandfather.”What have you brought me? “ asked Tama-nui-ki-te-rangi. He saw Maui through the thick hair and then Maui sang the song “ taku kurapounamu taku motoi kahurangi o taha, o roto, o pae, o waho e…” He knew then that it was Taranga’s son and his grandson.

He grew older and got taught waiata, haka, taiaha and whakapapa. He also learnt how to control his powers. Every night as he went to sleep his grandfather would sing the song to him. “Taku kurapounamu taku motoi kahurangi o taha, o roto, o pae, o waho e…” One day he wanted to go and see his family. He asked his grandfather where he would find them. He got told all about his birth and were he would find them. Then he went off to the place he would find them. He traveled far and long until he came to the place where he would find his whanau. He saw a flicker of fire and heard some voices. When he got closer he recognised the song they were singing. Then he knew, it was his four brothers. He joined them and also tried to explain he was their brothers. They did not believe it was him until he showed he could do the haka, and showed his powers to turn into a bird. That's when they noticed it was Maui. They were all shocked.

They all asked him questions but Maui just kept on saying that he was their brother. During all of that, Taranga was watching. She had no idea who this man was, but she had a weird feeling in her puku. Maui walked up to her and Taranga asked “ Who are you?” 
Maui song the song again, “taku kurapounamu taku motoi kahurangi o taha, o roto, o pae, o waho e…” That's when Taranga realised it was Maui. She give him a big hug. Taranga told Maui how she had always thought he was dead. All of Maui’s brothers welcomed him. Now Maui is known as Maui-tikitiki-a-Taranga.