Monday, 27 February 2012

Pouakai Syndicate Trip - MOVIE

Kia ora everyone.  Here's a movie I made with footage captured by myself and a couple of Room 13 Students (Zoe and Ryley - theirs is the 'wobbly' footage).  It was the motivation for our effective paragraph writing today, so hopefully our next few posts are exceptional examples of E.P's (effective paragraphs).  So watch this space!

Yes it was a marvelous day and I can't wait until our next one
Ms T x

Pouakai Syndicate Trip from Janine Tito on Vimeo.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Kia Ora... Nau mai haere mai!

Hi everyone and welcome to our blog.  If you are wondering about the name of our blog, I'll let you in on how and why we named it "Ngaa Hau Mahana".
When I was given the wonderful class Room 13 here at Tawa Intermediate I knew I wanted a 'learning statement' that we could say every morning to start off our day to set us up for success.  I am lucky enough to have a wonderful partner who has a passion for Te Reo me ona Tikanga Maori and he helped write our learning statement in Maori with it's English translation:

E ngā hau mahana
Piri mai ki a mātou I tēnei rā
Hei mahana tōku hāere

May a warm, yet gentle wind
Be with us this day
In aid of my journey

So, Ngaa Hau Mahana (Warm, yet gentle wind) is the name of our blog.  When coming up with the learning statement we had in mind Wellington, which is famous for it's wind.  It was written especially for our students and they are busy learning both the Maori and English version.  Maybe you could ask one of the Room 13 students to recite it for you and share the deeper meaning of it also. We hope you love it as much as we do :)
Kia ora ano
Ms Tito
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