Thursday, 21 February 2008

KPE Episode 159 " The Short Division of the World Secret Service"

"The Short Division of the World Secret Service - Case One: Bobblings" by Robin Kerr.
This is a podcast we have all been waiting for. Robin Kerr sent us her books just before the Xmas break and some of our students took them away for a read while on their long Summer holiday. Simone read this book and tells Ramona all about it. They also drew a few pictures in Photoshop to enhance this podcast.

There are three books in this exciting series, and in Case One Lucie Lakewood and her best friend Rodney Keino start a new life as agents for the World Secret Service when a secret code arrives in the mail. They use cyber-tracking, wit, fast running and huge brains to discover the lure of the ugly Bobblings. Like all good secret agent stories they have to save the world from a mad villain.

Simone says it is a really exciting story to read and also has a message for the readers; even if you're young, you can still do the right thing and make a difference. At Pt England School we talk a lot about 'doing the right thing', so it is pretty cool to think that Robin Kerr seems to think it is important too.

There are two more books in this series, so keep visiting this blog because we'll be podcasting the next one soon.

KPE Podcasters 2008

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Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Waitangi Day - Te Tiriti o Waitangi

February the 6th is Waitangi Day in New Zealand and we have all had a holiday from school. To recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi KPE is publishing on this blog a podcast made many episodes ago by Jadyn and Shonty Lee. It is published on iTunes as KPE Episode 76.

"The Tree Hut Treaty" by Wiremu Grace is a book that all schools in New Zealand have in their libraries. Shonty Lee and Jaydn tell us about the story and also give us an overview of the Treaty of Waitangi as they discuss the themes of the book.

The picture book follows the adventures of four young New Zealanders looking for a way to resolve a disagreement over a shared tree hut. They come up with the idea of a treaty and the book follows the process and principles that are agreed upon to create their treaty and resolve their disagreement.

The story is presented twice: once in English and once in Maori, with each of the two covers being the beginning of each version (upside down to each other, meeting in the middle - and at the centre is a page about the Treaty of Waitangi).

It was published as part of the Treaty of Waitangi Information Programme, which was established to increase public knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi. It gives us a simple introduction to the concept of a treaty.

This is the first podcast these two students had published.

Tell us how YOU spent Waitangi Day in 2008.
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KPE Episode158 - "Girl Saves Tree"

"Girl Saves Giant" by Lesley Jane. In this podcast Xeneqe interviews Tanisha about the book she has been reading. This story is about a courageous young girl who saves a 400 year old tree from being cut down to make way for a new carpark! It has a really good message about looking after our environment. The heroine stages a protest by sitting in the tree and refusing to come down until the mayor and the council take notice of her. She is a determined young lady and succeeds in her quest.

This is what our podcasters have to say:
Hi, my name is Tanisha. I read "Girl Saves Gialnt". The book tells a good story and I enjoyed reading it. My favourite part of the book was when she was saving the tree and when she had an interview with Ronnie King. I enjoyed doing the podcast with Xeneqe, she was a good D.J. I can't wait to do another one with her.
Hi my name is Xeneqe. I enjoyed doing the podcast. My favourite part was when Sally got mentioned on the radio. I hope you enjoy listening to our podcast.
From Tanisha and Xeneqe.

Why don't you leave a comment for them?
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Monday, 4 February 2008

Podcasting with KPE in 2007

Sharon Rose, Sarah and Lorenz put together this movie to summarise what has happened with Korero Pt England in 2007. You will be surprised at how many different opportunities our podcasters had because of KPE! These three people have had the opportunity to tell heaps of adults all about KPE in 2007 and they have become very polished public speakers - as well as good readers. This was their final publication for KPE before they left Pt England to go to Intermediate school.
Good luck in everything you do team. You have been fantastic!

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KPE Episode157 - "Eye of the Storm"

"Eye in the Sky" by Janice Marriott is Leauma and Kelvin's final podcast before leaving Pt England School for ever! They really enjoyed this story and put a lot of effort into conveying the enjoyment they experienced to their listeners. We know you will like it too. The eyeball in this story has some pretty amazing and funny adventures, and somewhere in the story there is an astronaut just returned from a mission to space. This would be a great book to start your year reading with.
Thanks to Leauma and Kelvin for all the episodes of KPE you have posted. In 2008 these boys will be entering Intermediate School and we will miss them. Good luck and Ka kite ano!
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