Category: Hanga | Create

My Pepeha

LI: To write and say our Pepeha.

A Pepeha is introducing yourself in Maori. You introduce others who you are by sharing people, who your grandparents are, where they are from, and what year they came to New Zealand. For example, my ancestors are from Tonga, Ha’apai, my grandparents are Sela and Alamoti, and my ancestors came to New Zealand in the year, 1950. Writing a Pepeha could help us get to know more about each other, when getting to know others is helpful because it could help us strengthen our connections with others, create a sense of trust and make new friends.

I found this activity helpful because this could help us know more about each other and form friendships.

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.

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.


Moka Ika Waru is a Taniwha that has 8 tails and it’s a Water Maori Legend. We had to use our imagination and our own skills to create our own taniwha  without tracing.  It lives in deep oceans with dangerous currents. This myth makes the Moka Ika Waru a special creature in panmure.

I found this activity fun because it helps me use my own skills and imagination on creating things.


LI: To remember and give information about Kokako Lodge.

After camp, we created a brochure about information and highlights about our experiences at Kokako Lodge. We used our persuasive skills and gave reasons to why our audience would want to go. We used pictures to show what it is like at Kokako Lodge and what they have to offer.

I found this activity entertaining because we explained our audiences why they should go to Kokako Lodge so they could have a fun time there.

Moment in Time

LI: To recount and explore the learning and experiences from our Year 7/8 camp

Our group wrote a poem based on our senses like auditory, tactile, visual, and kinesthetic. We used our prior knowledge of the senses and unpacked different words and ideas that describes the Hunua Falls. These moment in time poems represent our experience at Kokako Lodge. One of our ideas were “The waterfall was falling down”. We then used word hippo to find more powerful words to strengthen our poems.

I found this activity helpful because it helps me find more powerful words to make my text more interesting. 


LI: To create a collage of photos to represent our experience at Kokako Lodge.

Our class created a collage of photos representing the time and experience we had at Kokako Lodge. The collage shows our achievements and the fun we experienced while being at camp. These photos also showcase the challenges we faced and how we overcame them. The collage we created is like a portfolio, that can give us a reminder on how we accomplished these difficult achievements.  

I found this activity fun because it gives us a reminder of the adventures we went on.

Digital Escape Rooms

LI: To create a digital escape room that allows others to practise their knowledge of prefixes and suffixes


This week I learnt how to create a digital escape room using Google forms. All my questions are on the affixes because writing the questions/answers and wrong answers really made me think about the definitions for the suffix. At the end I needed to find a partner, so me and my partner could try out each other’s escape room and give each other feedback on our escape room. 

I found this activity fun because I learnt how to create digital escape rooms so others could practise their knowledge.

Mrs Anderson has created a page on our site with all our escape rooms on it. Click on this link to crack our codes and increase your knowledge of affixes.

Basic Facts Challenge

LI: To recall basic facts at speed


Today we began our basic facts challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to increase the speed we can recall these facts as this knowledge will help us when we are working with larger numbers. My time today was 3 minutes and 50 seconds. My goal for next time is to complete Multiplication on random. To achieve this I will need to practise my Multiplications while I’m at home.