Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Treaty of Waitangi - Explanation

On the 6th of February 1840 in Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands there was a treaty being signed. It was between the Maori people and the British people. There had been British settlers staying New Zealand for some time, but unfortunately some of the immigrants started to act badly. This agreement was made to solve all of their problems and make more peace in the land of New Zealand.

The treaty was written in two different languages which meant two different meanings. When the British signed it, they thought that they would be the leaders over the land. But when the Maori signed, they thought that they were the ones who were going to have power. There was a lot of misunderstanding between the two cultures which lead to wars.

The treaty was written by James Busby, a British representative of the queen and was translated by missionary, John Williams and his son. There were lots of Maori chiefs who didn’t want to sign it, but were convinced and eventually signed. There were three parts to the treaty, Protection, Partnership and Participation. Those three P’s are still characters today in our lives at school and everywhere else.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Pt England Way - Explanation

In our school, we have the Pt England Way. The Pt England Way shows attitudes and behaviours that are expected at our school. We get a new korero each Friday at assembly to work on, those add to the Pt England Way. Korero is the Maori word for talk, it is also used as the word for saying or phrase. The Pt England Way started a long time ago when it used to be called Belonging to Pt England.

Belonging to Pt England started in 2001 by the teachers at the school and Mr Burt, one of them was Otalani Melesia, one of the teachers at the time. It was changed later to to The Pt England Way. Mr Burt, our principal and our prefects are the ones who write the koreros now. It also makes us happy when we listen to them. When we listen to the koreros and the Pt England Way, we can learn better and get along with everyone as well. It also helps our teachers when we behave, it makes it easier for them to teach us.

The three P’s, Partnership, Protection and Participation from the Treaty of Waitangi also take part in the Pt England Way. The Pt England Way helps us to stay on track when we are falling off. Even though we don’t say it, we actually use the Pt England Way everyday in our work and play.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

All about me Presentation

This is my latest work. It is a presentation and my first school blog post for the year. I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Not Long till School again

There's only one more day of Holidays left and it  has actually gone pretty fast. I am half looking forward to school, half not. I am excited because I can get back to learning and I can see my friends again, but I am not looking forward to waking up early in the morning, going to sleep early and actually thinking properly. Another reason for not being excited is I am going into intermediate and I am not sure if I should be excited or nervous.

I have really enjoyed my holidays. I have been to Tauranga (For Christmas), Paihia (Also for a family Christmas) and Parachute music festival which was AWESOME!! The whole family camped there for the weekend and got to hear lots of cool as artists.