Month: May 2022

Senior Kapa Haka

LI: To learn the movements of our Panmure Bridge School Haka.

Throughout the last term (term 1), the senior students from LS2 and Ls1 have been learning our very own Panmure Bridge School Haka, which has been specially designed for our school. 

During these weeks we learnt the actions that go with the lyrics of our Haka. After 7-8 weeks of practising, we as a whole senior school, came together and performed our very first Haka practice, which turned out to be the best of the best, as everyone participated, and gained the confidence week by week to have a strong and confident Haka group. 


(Girls Haka Action Version)

Panmure Bridge School Haka Lyrics:

 K: He tauā, he tauā!
(A war party, a war party!)

R: I ahaha!
(Yes indeed!)

R: He tauā matatini, he tauā mata-kahi-kātoa
(A war party of many faces, a war party who carry tools)

R: E kari nei i te māra tapu o te mātauranga
(To dig in the sacred garden of knowledge)

K: Ko wai rā, ko wai rā?
(Who are we, who are we?)

R: Ko te pou ki mua, ko Te Hoe o Tainui
(The foremost pillar is Te Hoe o Tainui)

R: Ko te pou ki waho, ko Waiheke
(The outer pillar is Waiheke)

R: Koe te pou ki uta, ko Mokoia e!
(The inner pillar is Mokoia!)

K: Ko te pou ki uta ko Mokoia e!
(The pillar of the descendants is… )

R: Koia Pāoa! Koia Pāoa!
(It is Pāoa! It is Pāoa!)

R: Ko te parekura!
(From calamity and destruction!)

R: Ko te hupane… hupane, kaupane whiti te rā!
(We have risen again!)


Tech – Pewter Casting

LI: To make pewter casting. 

This was our last session with Mr Grundy for tech. For the past 3 weeks, the Year 8’s have been doing pewter casting, to make our own necklaces. 

For us to do this we all picked a design already created (that we liked), and started to carve the edges, which needed to be smooth (and I did the two hearts)

After we finished making the edges smooth, we went on with using 4 different types of sandpaper, first one 120 watts, 400 watts, 800 watts, and lastly 1200 watts. 

Then, after we finished the fourth sandpaper, we put some water and sand papered it, which we did on both sides and also the edges, again.

Lastly, Mr Grundy did the finishing touches of polishing our designs on a blade. We later used a cleaning liquid to clean the design which had some type of product that was used to polish our creation. He then put on a necklace string which we could clip onto the middle of our pewter casting.

I found this activity fun because we were able to finish our pewter castings, and were able to wear them. 

Kandinsky Art

LI:to use colours that relate to your emotions from the music.

For the past couple of weeks LS2 has been investigating mood and atmosphere. We started by reading a variety of ANZAC poems, and highlighting how each sentence made us feel. Afterwards we answered different questions about how we felt during the poems. 

Our next step was to listen to a montage of music, and use colors to represent how we felt listening to each song. The circles had to be concentric, meaning they started in the middle of our page, and progressed outwards. This art was based of a russian artist by the name of Wassily Kandinsky. He would normally listen to opera music and paint how he feels.  

I really enjoyed doing this activity because doing this allowed me to express the emotions I felt while listening to the different types of music by painting the different types of colours I felt and making a concentric circle out of it.

Vocabulary Knowledge

LI.To explore and extend your vocabulary knowledge.

Today my partner and I learnt new vocabulary. We did this so we can expand our vocabulary knowledge.

The first word we learnt was interact, we learnt what it means and how to include this in a sentence by doing ‘what would you…’ For Example: What would you rather interact with, a cicada or a weta. Then we shared our opinions and had a learning conversation if we disagreed or agreed with our reasons.

Next, we defined the words we learnt by role playing. The Words we learnt were urge, commend, banter, and stern. We used these words to make an audio recording to give an example for each of our new vocabulary.

We enjoyed attempting this activity because it helped expand our vocabulary knowledge.


Our challenge today was to learn how to get the boat ready, rig the sails, check for safety, launch the boat and have a go at sailing. Our coaches Colin, Steph and Holly taught us how the boat works, which is using the sails, and the back paddle which would control the direction of where the boat is going. To practice this we followed our instructor and practised using the back paddle. 

Before sailing out we needed to wear life jackets and wetsuits. The purpose of wearing these things was first for the wetsuits to keep us warm as the water was cold, and because the life jackets would allow us to float which would make sure we don’t drown.

Next, we learned to capsize, this is when everyone in the boat needs to lean a certain way into the water and make the boat tip over. Then we would need to pull the boat outwards with our hands gripping the centre board, which eventually would flip again to normal. 

Lastly, when we were finished sailing, before we got back to shore, we were towed by the staff’s boat, with about 7 boats behind. To do this we used the rope which was attached to the front of each boat, then this would be hooked to the other boat’s stick that controls the back paddle, making a chain. After that, one of the members’ boats would speed up, taking us back to shore. 

My favourite part of the day was using the water guns because it was fun and amusing, as many of us in the boats getting soaked by the water.

I would like to give a big thank you to the St Johns Rotary for giving us the awesome opportunity to experience a day learning how to sail. We have all had a great time learning the skills you taught us.