Friday, December 4, 2009

Fiafia Day at Yendarra School


Today was the day that the Year Fives and Year Sixes from Yendarra school
had to have a special performance. It was called the fiafia day. First the Maori
kapa haka group got up on the stage under the canopy. The Maori group sang 5 songs.
After the wonderful singing of the Maori kappa haka group, the Tongan group got up on stage and sung 3 lovely special songs. Lavania from Room 14, Tamyka from Room 1 and all of the other people from the Tongan group were amazing singers. People shouted and screamed. The cook Island children were just amazing as well. Miss Greig’s group who were the Cook Island group were outstanding.

Parents got up and started doing the Cook Islands dance. The parents they were funny and crazy. Eventually the Samoan’s got up and performed, everyone were cheering for the Samoans

After the singing and dancing Mrs Dunlop told us some very sad news. She said Mrs Fuli is leaving. People were sad. That day the MCs from Yendarra school were Shiroh Tata, Mele and Michael Puli.

A postcard from Rotorua

In Room 14, we have been going on imaginary vacations to different places all around New Zealand. At each stop, we have to send a postcard to Miss Venturi, our teacher, to let her know what we've been getting up to. Here is Temura's postcard from Rotorua.

Dear Miss Venturi

When I went to Rotorua I visited the luge and it was scary as can be but wait there’s more, I went bungy jumping down a tall tower, then the pools it was awesome fun. My best bit was the spa, you know us girls and how we feel about our spa! Right? We love it. I went in the hot mud pools and then had a massage, it was so peaceful with my family in Rotorua. I love holidays and they LOVE me!

Love Temura U. Shelley

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How the Kiwi lost its wings

Room 14 retold the legend of how the Kiwi lost its wings.

One day, Puki the Kiwi was wondering around in the forest
looking for huhu grubs to eat. “Oh Puki, I feel so sorry for
you! Down there on the ground, unable to fly up high into the trees and sit on the branches.” A voice echoed out of the fresh green trees. Puki knew it was a little rewirewi bird. “Oh rewirewi you don’t need to feel sorry for me.” “Long, long ago I could fly up in to the fresh green trees just like you.” Wa wa wa what do you mean?” Rewirewi replied. “Yeah I could. But then ……”

Millions and millions of bugs came and took over the forest floor, making it look yellow and ugly. So then Tane asked all of the birds if they could live on the ground. But then they said “Sorry Tane but I like living in the trees where the sun is nice and hot”. Then when Tane asked Puki to live on the earth Puki said “Yes I will do it, I will live on the earth, I will give up my wings so that I can be the icon of New Zealand and help our country to survive. That is how I lost my wings!”

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Yendarra School Athletics Day

On the tenth of November 2009, all of the Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children at Yendarra School gathered under the canopy for Athletics Day. When all of the classes were under the canopy, Miss Takatainga explained the rules. After the teachers had their meeting in Room 11, they took their groups and started the first activity. We did lots of sports like long jump, hurdles, soccer dribble, relays, shot put, 100m and 400m sprints and softball throw. It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of fresh air. We had to do lots of running and jumping. We all started to sweat a lot! Mia liked the sprinting and long jump. Temura's favourite activities were relays and softball throw. The day was really fun! At the end of the day, Ms Dunlop gave all the teachers and children an ice block. Yum! Thanks Ms Dunlop. We all loved athletics day.

By Mia and Temura

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Room 14's Alphabet Key of Reasons to Visit Aotearoa

In inquiry learning this term, we are finding out about kiwiana and our country, Aotearoa New Zealand. Our writing task last week was to create an alphabet key of reasons why people come and visit our beautiful country. If you are from overseas, maybe this will inspire you!

A = Auckland City, All Blacks
B = buzzy bee,beaches,butterfly,blue water, bungy jumping
C = cows, Christchurch City, craters, Coromandel Peninsula
D = dolphins, Dunedin City
E = Emu
F = Friendly people,farms,fishing,fish & chips
G = Gumboots, gondalas
H = hokey pokey icecream, Hamilton City, haka
I = ice-cream, islands
J = jandals,jar of marmite
K = kiwi,Kaitaia,kiwiana,Kelly Tarltons,
L = Luge,lakes
M = mud pool, Maori culture and language
N = New Zealand falcons
O = Owl, Otara Markets, Otorohanga
P = pigs,pavlova,pukekos
Q = Queenstown
R = Rangitoto Island
S = Sky Tower,soft sheep,sky diving
T = Tuatara, Tuis
U = Unprotected beaches
V = volcanoes
W = Wellington City, whales, waterfalls
X = Xtreme bungy jumping
Y = Yendarra School
Z = Zorbing

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Room 14 are famous!

During Week 10 last term two very special classses from Yendarra School went to a sport launch day.We arrived at Otara Recreation Centre, we saw Monty Betham and Leila Masaga.We played all kinds of games with them.It was fun we played soccer, basketball, tag, relays and netball throws.The media was there too, Yendarra School was in the newspaper.The media took a lot of photos of some of the Yendarra children. After having such a wonderful day spending time with Monty and Masaga, we headed back to school.

By Mia

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunny Samoa

Talofa! Here is our lovely teacher Miss Venturi visiting Samoa with Miss Holt, Ms Mautairi, Mrs Fuli (Yendarra School teachers), Mrs Farmer (one of Yendarra School's Deputy Principals) and Mrs Dunlop (Yendarra School's Principal). They went to look at schools in Samoa and to learn more about the amazing Samoan people and their culture. Miss Venturi had lots of wonderful stories and photos to share when she came home! We felt very sad when we heard about the tsunami that devasted Samoa during our school holidays, we have being doing a lot of learning around what happens during and after a tsunami. Yendarra School has raised money to send to help the relief efforts in beautiful Samoa. Room 14 says a karakia each afternoon, in Samoan and in english, for the Samoan people.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Miss Venturi's Senses Poem - New Zealand Forests

I see the moss green branches reaching high into the heavens
I hear the wind whistling through the leaves and the stream babbling over the stones
I smell the damp soil under my feet
I taste the soft rain drops falling on my lips
I feel the flax leaves sliding past my legs as I walk along the forest path

Miss Venturi's Diamond Poem about the Sky Tower

Standing straight
Nearly reaching heaven
Filling up the sky
towering towards the fluffy clouds
Looming over Auckland city
Like a needle
Sky Tower