Sunday, 9 December 2007
The story is similar in parts to the story of Noah's Ark from the Bible, but this version has a very kiwi flavour, with Rangatira in charge of the waka and all the creatures going on board are native to New Zealand. Have a listen (or a read) and see how many you recognise. And don't forget to let Iese and Tari know what you think!
Kelvin from Room 17 has been reading this book and Leauma is his DJ.
This story is told from the viewpoint of a donkey. This donkey was taken to Gallipoli to carry supplies to the soldiers fighting in World War 1 and they carried wounded soldiers back to the hospital boats. It was a really hard life for the soldiers and the donkeys. They were in danger from the guns shooting at them and from the heat and bad food. The donkeys had another problem too - if they had a cruel man looking after them they were treated very badly. The donkey man in the story had a cruel man looking after him, but after a while things changed and he had a new donkey man. He was a New Zealand soldier called Richard Henderson. He was really kind to the donkey and together they saved lots of soldiers lives. We know you will love this story and it will help you to understand ANZAC Day a bit better too. Tell us what you think...
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Rasil and Iese from Room 18 introduce this well known and loved New Zealand story. This is Iese's first podcast.
It is a legend about a sea maiden called Pania who lived on the reef. She fell in love with a man who lived on land and they had a son called Moremore. Every morning Pania would return to her sea people, but her husband was afraid that one night she would not return with their son but stay with the sea people. He tried to keep Pania on land by placing cooked food next to her and their son while they were asleep. He hoped she would eat it and never be able to go back to the sea again, but his plan didn’t work and she did go back to the sea people and never returned.
Monday, 19 November 2007
This book is a collection of short stories for young people aged 10 - 14 years.
These stories for young people are set firmly in the South Pacific. Most of the stories are from Aotearoa/New Zealand and most are fantasy. All of them are water stories, according to John who has been reading it. Matthew is DJ for this episode and he interviews John who is his classmate in Room 15. Both boys are in Year 5. John tells us all about one of the stories in the book called the "Sea of Peace". This story is set on a farm in New Zealand and is about a boy called Brian who is having his 18th birthday. He is going through a hard time because he failed his end of year exams and can't get a job. The boys recommend this book and think that you would enjoy reading it too.
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Walking Lightly is a great read about a bunch of really rich kids who do all the things that we see rich kids on TV doing. But one of them is different. her name is Millie and she is into pretty ordinary things for a rich girl. She likes the same kinds of things ordinary kiwi kids do - camping, canoeing, fishing, sport - and she doesn't go off on flash holidays or spend lots of money. This makes the other kids at her school think she is pretty strange - until one day they end up on an adventure and they come to realise that she is independent and extremely resourceful. And they really need her help. Tell them what you think about the podcast....
Midnight Rescue is a story about a girl called Kate who moves to a new town with her family and has to leave her friends behind. The first kids she meets at her new place are two boys called Chris and Alex. They think they are really cool because they got a book out of the library about abseiling and they are trying to teach themselves how to do it. They don't know that Kate is a very experienced abseiler and even owns her own gear. They tell her that she can't join in with them because girls are scared of heights. Well you can guess from the title of the book that someone has to get rescued, and we can tell you that it wasn't Kate! She was the one who was DOING the rescue. Lani is sure you will enjoy reading this book as much as he did. Why don't you get it out of the library and see for yourself?
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
The main character in this story, Dougal, is not at all happy when he has to do loads of jobs at his Nan's place on the farm during the holidays. But the jobs become a lot easier when he discovers Furze, a boggart, when he is cleaning under the stairs. Furze has been shut in a suitcase since 1889!
Dougal soon becomes less selfish when he discovers that Furze's old home has been turned into a wind farm and he won't be able to send Furze back to Scotland as he had promised. This sounds like a fun book to read. Tell the girls what you think.....
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Kiwi Kids Use ICT
Kia ora from Pt England School in Auckland, New Zealand. We have entered the Interwrite Learning Classroom Makeover Video competition and we made the finals!
Can you believe it? We can't! 4 schools from America and our entry from New Zealand. Talk about taking on the big guys - what are we thinking you might ask? Well we are thinking about having fun, but we are also thinking about the cool things we could do with that prize. So come on, vote for Us! Pleeeease?
The song we used for our movie is a parody of “Stop, drop and roll” which is a song originally performed by talented NZ hip hop artists ‘Mareko’ and the ‘Deceptikonz’.
This movie is a collaborative effort by the Senior school team starring a group of 9-10 year olds and our very own rap star in the making: Mr Palmer. Our school uses ‘ICT’ or ‘e-learning’ to help raise student achievement as well as to celebrate our learning. Produced and masterminded by Miss Erick!
So click on the link above and vote for us. You will need to create a username and sign in to be allowed to vote. And you only get one vote. While you are there, why not support the other kiwi school who are finalists in the Grade 6-8 section, Ilminster Intermediate from Gisborne.
Finally, if you would like to view/have a high quality version of our entry, subscribe to kpeTV on iTunes because it is available there.
This story is brought to you by Tamika and Lani. Tamika is a Year 5 student in Room 16 and Lani is a Year 6 student in Room 17. They tell us about a girl with an extraordinary number of names- all beginning with 'C'. And when her mother is mad with her she calls her by every single one of her names. CC doesn't like it and starts talking in a strange way - all the words in her sentences start with the same letter. The teacher thinks that is weird and calls her mother into school. Then she discovers that her teacher has an awful lot of names beginning with JJ. Tell them what you think of this podcast...
A fantastic Kiwi story.... "Miss Jenny brought some chocolate, a great big block of chocolate. She said, "This block of chocolate is mine and ALL for me." But others have different ideas..... Kaiser and Joseph from Room 17 bring us this story. If you have not read this one yet you are missing a treat. It is the story of a succession of greedy creatures who try to hide away a block of chocolate so they can eat it later - all by themselves. This is a rhyming story, and this catchy tale has all the greedy creatures missing out until along comes the ant who shares the chocolate with his whanau. And oh, the delight of it! This book is a favourite with everyone who reads it. You should read it yourself!
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Tanisha and Keletiola from Room 15 have been reading this book and bring us episode 143. It is the story of a family who have to leave their war-torn country as refugees. A young boy and his sister are separated from their parents and are forced to leave their home, after soldiers ransack it. The children end up in a refugee camp for a month before being allowed back to what remains of their home.
Thursday, 11 October 2007
We were surprised to find out that Johnny has never eaten a hangi! Cruz is very fond of them though. Do you like eating hangi?
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Thursday, 4 October 2007
One of the teachers we made a podcast with comes from Scotland and he showed us his friend's school's podcast. His name is Ewan McIntosh and he has come to ULearn to talk to the teachers about how they can make school more exciting for us - yay!
After we had told the teachers all about podcasting went we went up the Sky Tower for a look. We even had our faces painted.
Sunday, 9 September 2007
Cynell has read another story about the wild and crazy PungaPeople and SharonRose is her DJ for this episode of KPE. The PungaPeople do not like humans at all and humans can not see them, only their reflection. So if humans invade their territory they had better watch out because they will play all kinds of nasty tricks on them. Harry Hobnail is a nice man who likes to go tramping in the bush. Unfortunately he chooses a place where the PungaPeople live and they do everything they can to make him leave. He doesn't know who is doing this to him and blames the Kea. Until after one bad incident he notices a green face reflected in his billy lid.... The girls know you will enjoy this story, and Cynell recommends all the PungaPeople books.
Moses and Kaleli share this book with us. It is a story about two children who are taken glow worming by their parents at Matariki. In order to reach the bank beside the river where the glow warms are the family must walk through the bush. They see lots of night time animals like moreporks, possums and crawlies.
Our podcasters are both in Room 17 and they recently saw Glow Worms when their class went on a trip to the Waitakeres. They are hoping they will see more on their class camp next term at Kawau Island.
Saturday, 8 September 2007
You have already heard the podcast in the previous post, and now we have a video to show you - of the day the Mayor of Auckland City, Mr Dick Hubbard, came to Pt England School. His media people made this clip and said we could post it on our blog. It is also playing on the Mayor's own website - how cool is that!
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
This special episode of KPE is brought to us by Leauma and the Mayor of Auckland, Dick Hubbard. Yes, you read it right! Mr Hubbard is a KPE fan AND he has read a New Zealand book AND he wanted to learn how to make a podcast. So he did the best thing he could and made an appointment with the podcasters of KPE for a lesson. Mr Hubbard brought his wife along for the session too (because she used to be a teacher you know) and they listened to Lorenz, SharonRose and Sarah tell them how to do it. Then they watched Mele and Tiana give a demonstration. Finally Leauma sat the Mayor down at the microphone and interviewed him about the book he has been reading. "Legs on Everest" is a story with a very important message and we know you will enjoy hearing all about it on this podcast. And well done to Tinei and Simone who took the photos for this podcast. All round, it was a great team effort. Tell us what you think!
Sunday, 26 August 2007
As the girls discuss in the podcast, it is hard for people living in the 21st century to understand why anyone would choose to live like that - with no electricity or television and wearing those hippy clothes!
Leauma has read this book and Sam is his DJ. These boys are in Room 17. This is the story of a boy and his Dad who go on a fishing trip for the weekend to the Waikato River. Wiremu's father is going whitebaiting - and Wiremu wants to go too. His father thinks he is too young and may fall in the river. Then Mum takes Wiremu's side and his father gives in. But his father's turns out to be right about the falling in. As Leauma says in his podcast, this book has lots of fishing, lots of cooking, lots of eating- perfect for boys! What do you think?
James Robert Howard just can't stop day-dreaming! No matter where he is, his imagination runs away with him. Real life just can't compete with the adventures he creates in his mind. Or at least, that's what he has always thought...
While he is on holiday with his parents, James Robert stumbles across something strange - a real adventure! Does he have the courage, the know-how, the ability to see it through? Maybe, with a little imagination....
The themes in this story match what we are learning this term at Pt England School in our study of the "Wonderful World of Water" . The boys discuss the impact of water pollutants on the environment in the light of what they have been learning over the past weeks.
Mele has been reading this book and Lani is her DJ for this podcast. These girls are both in Room 17. The story is about two girls, Tilly and Rosie, who are best friends, but then Margaret comes to stay. Why did she have to come and spoil it all with her tap dancing shoes and make-up? The Midnight Feast they had planned for Tilly's birthday looks like it is going to be ruined.
Tanisha and Ramona from Room 15 tell us about another one of Janice Marriott's books. This story is about a girl who lives in a block of flats in the city. When a new tenant with a dog moves into her block of flats, Becky gets very excited. But the new neighbour isn’t very friendly, so Becky has to think of a plan if she is going to get to play with the dog.
The pictures are also drawn by Raymond McGrath.
Tiana is in Room 17 and Jaydn is in Room 15 and they worked together on this book that both of them had read.
These girls are Year 5 students in Room 14. Rose says, "I liked this story because Laffy beat the horses and the other horses went around in circles and three riders fell off!" Brennah says, "It has a funny picture on the cover. It must be a fast pig."
Janice Marriott is one of our favourite authors and we have fond memories of the day she spent at Pt England School.
From the beginning of time until last Monday, Matt was the bully and know-it-all in our class. Karen Kwon was the quiet kid at the back who no-one remembered to ask to birthday parties.
But last Monday, everything changed. Now Matt sits at the back of the class, as quiet as an Egyptian mummy. Karen is giggly and happy... This story is about how this big change happened!
Monday, 20 August 2007
Tanisha and Tinei from Room 15 present this podcast.
He's strong. He's Arnold Schwarzenegger with feathers. He's a prize-winning Red with a bad temper and a mean streak a mile wide. As the title ssays, it is the story of a really, really rotten rooster who's about to face the biggest lesson of his life. Can Rufus EVER learn to behave himself? Tanisha tells us what she learnt when she read the book.
Tinei says, " I liked it when Tanisha told me about how Rufus learned his lesson and finally kept quiet. And I liked the pictures in this book."
Tanisha says, " I liked the part when Uncle Angus let him have one more chance to win a ribbon and 2 boys came and poked him with a stick and he fell out of the cage..."Tell them what YOU think of this podcast.
These girls are both in Year 5. What do you give a pirate for a birthday present? After you have listened to this podcast you will have plenty of ideas! In this story Captain Felonius grants his wife's birthday wish to go to Piratesville to see her grandchildren. But their voyage runs into problems - getting lost, storms and blizzards, hostile strangers, running aground, and pirates! Caprice says, "It was really funny, especially the ending. Mr and Mrs Felonius think the other ship is their enemy but it's their grandchildren coming to surprise them. It's really good to read. Big kids might find it really interesting and funny." Ramona says, " I really liked hearing about when they blasted the catapult because it was really funny. Caprice made it sound like an interesting book..." Tell them what you think of their podcast...
Pheonix from Room 16 has been reading this story and Lorenz from Room 18 is his DJ. This is a story about a girl who loves going on the rides at an amusement park, but has had to wait until she grew tall enough to go on the roller coaster - which is something most kids can relate to. This is the year when she gets to ride on it and we hear about the fun and excitement of the ride.
Pheonix says: "I've been to Rainbow's End about 9 times and my favourite ride is the roller coaster. It was a great book to read because it brought back good memories..."
Lorenx says, "This would be a really great book for people to read. If you want to go to Rainbow's End in Year 6, keep on working hard."
This is a story of a family who have to change their life when their Grandfather comes to live with them. Ever since Great-Gran died he's been living with Kathleen and her mum, and Gramps has been very quiet and sad-looking all the time. And on top of that, Kathleen's mum has been working long hours now that Gramps is around to 'look after' his granddaughter. He brings one box of treasures with him when he moves in and one of the things in the box is a grumpy looking garden gnome. The gnome comes to their rescue in a surprising way when Kathleen is grumbling about their family's problems. This is another story from the Kiwi Bites series.Have a listen to their podcast....
This podcast is presented by Cain from Room 14 and Tari from Room 18.
Christina and Black Dog are best friends. They live in a house in the forest and are always together. But one day Christina catches sight of a strange and wonderful bird and from then on can think of nothing else. Poor Black Dog is quite forgotten. This is a story about the things someone will do to attract the attention of the person they love most. Tell us what you think of this.
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Carl says, " It was an interesting book and I had fun reading it. Making the podcast was fun because I haven't made one in a long time."
Hawea says, " The sheep had a funny name. I wonder how he came up with it. Hey, Gavin Bishop, I have just finished podcasting another one of your books. Could you tell us why you called th sheep Bidibidi? Did Carl guess right?"
This is Abraham's first podcast and he tells us about one of the stories in this collection from Story Chest. The boys enjoyed this story and the discussion about the best way to even up the legs of a wobbly table.
In the story a man was trying to eat his soup but the table kept going wibble-wobble. He thought he had solved the problem by putting a book under one leg to even it up. He had to come up with a better solution when the girl from next door came visiting and wanted Mr Wiggle to read her a story from the book .... that was under the table leg...
It is the story of a boy who takes such good care of his shadow that a witch notices and asks him to look after her shadow while she goes on holiday. This was not a good move on his part for two reasons. First of all he scared everyone as he walked around towing the witch's shadow. Secondly, the witch's shadow had a mean streak and tormented his own shadow until it ran away.
The girls enjoyed this story even though they tell us that, from their knowledge of shadows, it was not possible!
Sunday, 12 August 2007
This podcast is presented by Tiana and Kayla from Room 17. Both girls are Year 6 students.
This story is about a boy who takes his father's birthday watch to school and loses it.
That would be bad enough, but Henry lets his baby sister take the blame for it. When the watch turns up Henry has to find a way to return it to Dad without letting on that he was the one who took it....
Tiana enjoyed the story, but she thought that the way Henry let his baby sister take the blame was pretty sad. See what you think when you read the book....
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This is a story of a boy who's big brother is always playing tricks on him. His mother always says "You must take what your brother says with a pinch of salt". Leander talks about what this saying means and tells us about some of the tricks the big brother played.
From the book:
Everyone said Burt Munro was mad - mad about motorcycles, mad about souping them up and, mostly, mad about speed. One of the original speed freaks.
As Burt raced along the beaches near his home in Invercargill, New Zealand, he dreamed of one day taking his bright red Indian motorcycle to the enormous salt flats of Utah, USA. The Bonneville salt flats are the flattest, whitest desert in the world and the place to set and break land speed records. Here Burt would find out just how fast he could go....
Leauma read this book and Dyrarn interviews him in this podcast.
Leauma met Tim Hanna at the Storylines festival this year and had the opportunity to talk to him about the book. He then read the book for himself and has produced this episode about it.
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This is a collection of New Zealand stories for children and was read by Sarah. Her DJ for the podcast was Elizabeth. Both girls are Year 6 students from Room 18.
Sarah chose three stories from this anthology to review in the podcast; 'Jonathon Peabody's Extraordinary Mother', 'Porridge', and the 'Great Pavlova Cover up'.
This book comes highly recommended by the girls. They found the collection of stories interesting and varied. 'Great Pavlova Cover up' was the favourite, though Sarah and Elizabeth both tell us that their mother's would know if the dog ate something that they had cooked and the family tried to replace it with a bought one!
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Set in a distant time and place this beautifully illustrated story tells us of how a young boy discovers the magic of making music.
One day a young boy is sent by his mother to cut reeds by a river. As he walks home with his bundle of reeds he hears mysterious whispering sounds. What are these sounds he wonders? Where are they coming from? And as he walks through the rising wind, the whispering sounds grow louder.
Cain from Room 14 has been reading this story and Jaydn from Room 15 interviews him. Both boys are Year 5 students.
Mikaela has published her first podcast and Latisha is her DJ. Both girls are Year 6 students from Room 18. This is a book in the Sport Max series and is a good read for kids who enjoy sport - and Mikaela is very good at sport!
The story is about Jack, a boy who plays in a Rugby League team. He needs to pull out some Killer Moves if his team is going to beat Carlton Park in the finals. He finds his inspiration in some interesting places, including his ballet dancing, karate playing sisters.
Mikaela is sure that you will enjoy this story too.
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Monday, 6 August 2007
Tinei says, " I want to read it myself now coz there was a part where they had a nightmare about jam and it made me want to read it..."
Kayla from Room 17 has read this book and teams up with Tiana for the podcast.
Once there was a robber who had robbed all the houses in Lamington and a millionaire who had just moved to Lamington and was terrified of being robbed. See what happens when they join forces in this story and both try to help each other change their ways.
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John says " I think it was a pretty interesting book. Before I had read the book I had no idea that some progress and development companies can just steal land off other people..."
Matthew comments "When I first read the script I thought it sounded pretty interesting.."
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