Year: 2023

Tongan Kiekie

I completed a Kick-Start task from the Summer Learning Journey, for this actitivty I had to create my own kiekie.

A kiekie is a traditional clothing in the Tongan culture, its a type of clothing wrapped around your waist. People often wear their kiekie on formal events, like birthday parties, funerals, church, weddings, graduations and other special occasions. Wearing a kiekie and/or ta’ovala is an important way of showing respect and honour to others towards one another. A kiekie is really important to me and my family because it represents our culture.

This activity was enjoyable because it was about my culture, and I enjoy doing activities that are related to the Polynesian culture, especially my culture. 


As pair we completed a kick start activity from the summer learning journey.

The activity was to create a comic and tell a story about some characters at the beach. Our comic was about 2 friends on a trip to the beach. A girl named Siniva picked up a random ball on the ground, not knowing what to do. Until she got the idea, she decided to play volleyball. She asked her friend Bethany to play, and she gladly accepted. In the first round, Siniva served the ball and Bethany jumped trying to strike the ball but missed making Siniva win the first round. Siniva was celebrating her win and Bethany became devastated that she lost and wanted a rematch. In the second round the game was going well until Siniva hit the ball too hard, hitting Bethany in the face causing her to fall on the floor. With no chance of beating Siniva, she wanted to stop playing and offered Siniva to have ice cream with her. Siniva accepts the offer knowing that Bethany doesn’t want to play.

This activity was amusing because we got to use our ideas, Imagination, and creativity to create a comic.

Phares dans la Tempete, la Jument

LI: To use your smart searching skills to find the story behind this picture.

Our challenge was to write create a DLO that shows where this lighthouse is and what the story is behind the image. We found out that the Phares dans la Tempete, la Jument is a lighthouse in France, near the Brittany coast. There was a raging storm crashing onto the lighthouse, and the helicopters were hovering around the lighthouse for Jean Guichard to take several pictures of the dramatic moment. The owner inside, Theodore Malgorne, rushes himself outside and sees the waves were pounding onto his lighthouse. He also realises the waves are going to overtake the structure, he quickly hurried himself back inside the lighthouse to save his life.

I found this activity helpful because it helps improve my smart searching skills and be able to retell the story in my own words.

Inchcape Rock

LI: To find and summarise the story behind the poem.

The Ship stayed motionless along with calm wind and waves. No sound of danger the waves streamed over the rock. Aberbrothok arranged a bell on the rock to warn sailors. The Marines heard the bell chimed giving them a warning. Each and every thing were all joyful on that day. Rover stepped onto the dock and glanced on the the speck. He felt a cheering inside making him whistle and sing. His eye was on the inchcape rock thoughting  something wicked. Sir Ralph rowed over and slices the shiny bell off. The bell lowered down into the water making a gurgling sounds. Sir Ralph has grown rich and travelled for many days.  The thick murk spreaded the sky they couldn’t see light. The Rover stood on the deck and see no land, Sir Ralph wishes he could he the inchcape bell. They drifted along until the vessel hits onto the rock. The strong waves rushes on every side making it sink. Below the sea the Rover could hear the bell ringing.

Our challenge was to unpack the story behind the 17 verses of the poem Inchcape Rock by Robert Southy. The part I found interesting was when Sir Ralph got himself lost in a gloomy atmosphere and his vessel crashes onto the Inchcape Rock because it shows a justified punishment for doing the wrong doing.

I found this activity interesting because the details they added into the poem increased interest in myself. The poem hooked me in, making me keep reading and learning more about the story.

Māori Enterprise

LI: To explore early Maori enterprise in Aotearoa.

This week for inquiry we learnt about the Māori enterprise and how people had done trading’s in the 19 century. People had done trading’s in the 19 century by settling in areas with good access to resources. Some of the rescores going fishing, growing crops and collected resources. By doing this people would have access to trade things with something with equal or better value.

I found this activity interesting because I was able to learn how the Maori people would exchange their stuff for a better value.

Something Happenned Here..

LI: Learning about New Zealand History.

LS2 has been learning and discovering about all places in New Zealand about the history behind it. My partner and I chose one of the 36 cards and we chose to learn the history behind Ahi Ka. It took place in Bastion Point and it’s a special place with lots of history behind it. Bastion Point was where Michael Joseph Savage’s body was buried, the Government took away Ngati Whatua land so Te Puea led a petition to restore their land back and the Crown decided to get rid of people who lived in Okahu Bay by burning it down, when all the houses were burned down the only building was standing was the Chapel and the Cemetery.

We found this activity interesting because we like how were learning more information about the past and learning the History behind one of the places in New Zealand.

Collaborative Art

LI:  To use different types of warm and cool colours to recreate a world-known painting from Van Gogh.

This week’s art is about Van Gogh and his famous art piece “The Starry Night”. The Class was divided into 2 groups of 16 people, 1 of each group remade “The Starry Night” in warm colours and cool colours digitally. Each group divided 16 pieces of the Starry Night with each person in the group. Working as a collaborative team we gathered all or pieces to 1 DLO to finally reach our desired outcome.

I found this activity fun and helpful because it helps us collaborate together as a team and get used to talking with different people.

Pablo Picasso Who am I?

LI: To use our smart searching skills for research.

For this inquiry, our topic researching about the famous artist Pablo Picasso. By using our smart researching skill we used the knowledge on the internet to create a DLO on personal information about him. Something I found interesting about Picasso was that he express his mood with his art and his painting style changes again and again throughout his life. For an example: His friend died, he felt very sad and spent years painting sad pictures with shades of blue.

I found this activity interesting because I found interesting informations about Pablo Picasso and what he has been through in his life.

Treaty of Waitangi

LI: To explore the world in 1840 and the art of the Treaty.

This week we looked at the what the world was like in 1840. Did you know in 1840, the Cunard Line took passengers accross the Atlantic from Britain to America using power of steam? After this we identified some of the key people and their role in the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. I found it interesting that when Henry Williams and his son, Edward had to translate English to Maori. We then used the information from both of these activities to help us read a painting of the day the treaty was signed. We used our knowledge to infer what the artist Marcus King might have wanted us to think was happening. 

I found this really interesting because the painting helped me tell what happened on the day the Treaty was signed so it could strengthen my inferring skills.

Procedural Writing

LI: To write a set of clear instructions that shows how to make a Hangi.

Title: How to make a Hangi?

A Hangi is a traditional form of underground cooking for New Zealand Maori.

You will need:


  • Equipment/Materials
    • volcanic stones
    • shovel
    • paper
    • lighter
    • twigs/kindling
    • cloth sacks
    • metal basket (cooking tray)
    • hook tool
    • gloves
    • cylinder of water
    • leaves
  • Ingredients
    • vegetables (cabbage, potatoes, carrots, taro leaves, kumera, pumpkin)
    • meat (ox, chicken, beef, lamb, pork)


  1. Dig a hole for the food basket in it. (Make sure it’s a slightly bigger hole to fit the food basket)
  2. Collected twigs/kinding 
  3. Stack the iron and the woods to a Jenga way.
  4. Get a metal basket (cooking basket) for the foods and place tin-foil on it. 
  5. Light the twigs/kinding and the stones on fire with the lighter.
  6. When lighting the fire leave the fire to burn about 3 to 5 hours
  7. Get your meat ready while waiting, put your meat in the metal basket.
  8. If your Hangi finish burning, use your shovel to place the heated stones in the hole. 
  9. Soak 5 sacks into the cylinder of water
  10. Place it on the stones (Or you could use taro leaves)
  11.  Then carefully place your food basket into the Hangi (use gloves
  12. Place a wet sheet all over the food basket
  13. Cover the wet sheet and food basket with sacks
  14. Cover the hole with dirt and place it.
  15. Wait for 3 hours (While waiting, just make sure that everything is safe)
  16. Dig out the dirt and take out the wet sheets and sacks.
  17. Carefully take out the food basket

Safety Message: Make sure to stay around the oven and don’t leave it hanging.

Today we unpacked how to follow and write a set of instructions. To do this effectively your instructions need to be explicit and the steps to follow ordered. Each step begins with an instructional verb and should be written in a way that is easy to understand.

I enjoyed the roleplay because it was fun and easier for me when I’m instructing my partner on how to do something and what you need.