Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Social Dance Guide

Below is a guide to some of the dances we will be learning in the lead up to this year's Tall Poppies event.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

BoP Table Tennis Tournament

On Friday the 14th of August 6 pupils from Te Puna School attended the BOP year 7 & 8 Table Tennis Tournament.
We sent 2 teams, 1 girl team & 1 boy team.
The competition was very competitive and challenging, we played Otumoetai Intermediate, Tauranga Intermediate, Papamoa College, Aquinas College and more.  
We all tried our best and aimed high we roughly had an even number of wins and losses throughout the day.

All & all it was a great day and lots of fun.

By George

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Sons of Gallipoli

We are going to learn this song as part of our performance at the production. Get practising.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

BoP Badminton Champs

Well done to all of you who competed in the badminton tournament on Friday. It was awesome to see that Te Puna had the most players from any school there, and that everyone enjoyed their day and hopefully learnt a lot from this experience. There is still plenty of practising to do before AIMS week but if everyone keeps on improving at the current rate you'll do very well.

A big congrats to Mete, Waitarehu, Zarah & Charlotte on placing 3rd in the girls competition. Our two boys teams placed 5th & 6th overall - not a bad days work!

Charli takes this point with a powerful overhead smash.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Poetry Anthology - Google Slides Version

Here is another version of our recently created Poetry Anthology. Still trying to work out the most user-friendly way of publishing the kids fantastic work. The best way to view is probably to go into 'full-screen' mode (the 4 diagonal arrows along the bottom black row) and then navigate from there.


Doodle 4 Google

This term we are going to be doodling for Google. Follow this link to connect with the official Doodle 4 Google NZ website.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Poetry Anthology

Below is a collection of poems, all written, read and illustrated by the year 7/8 kids of rooms 11 & 12.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


As part of our Life Ed sessions focussing on 'social relationships' we have been talking about the importance of cyber-safety, knowing about our digital footprint on the web.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Graphic Design using Acorn

Here are some images created using the programme, Acorn. We are learning to use a whole range of tools to create these pictures.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Question Poem

A Question Poem is when you ask a question of something that you can not usually speak, and its answer becomes a poem.

To all iDevices - Why do you always have to auto-correct everything that I say? If I type something, I mean it.

Why? Because I’m programmed to.
Everything you say and or do,
is something that I can not undo,
I have to…
Even though I’m designed to do this,
you spend more time with me than you do your friends,
yes you are talking to them, but why not 
go talk to their face, maybe you could go
visit them at their place,
life on me isn’t as good as real life, you see..

Thomas Bolus

Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain is a short poem about an object, a person, or an idea. A cinquain has a title and five lines. The number of words change for each line.

Here are some examples from Mrs D's Poets:



Red blossom
Growing, remembering, pollinating
Symbol of fallen men


Dust Makers


Swift, unbeatable
Stretching, racing, striding
Fastest animal on earth

Thomas K

Prima Ballerina

Elegant, poised,
Practice, practice, enhance
Papillon in the sky




Easily advancing
Spiralling, creeping, wafting
Polluting, choking innocent air

Thomas B

Monday, 25 May 2015

Acrostic Poems

Here are a couple of magnificent ACROSTIC poems written by Mr W's writing group.

Single word acrostic
C onfident
A ctive
T rouble!

Single line acrostic (check out the alliteration)
C reeping, crawling in the night
A ctively hunting out of sight
T rouble-making till first light!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Using "Blend - Overlay" in Acorn

These are my textured capsicum. I used three different textures: Cracked Mud, Fabric and Brick.
First I used the setting, overlay, rubbed out the unnessesary texure that wasn't covering the capsicum and changed the settings yet again. On the far left I used the setting called "Saturation", and the one on the right, I used "Color Burn"

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

My First Acorn

This was my first time using Acorn and it was difficult to understand, but once you knew what all the tools did it was quite easy and very fun.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Winter Sports

Winter sports have now well and truly started. Hopefully you are getting fully involved, listening carefully to your coaches, and playing your hardest.

In the video below, my Sam is enjoying his first ever Saturday morning playing sports. He has chosen to give hockey a go (he'd fit right in here at Te Puna :-)) and he absolutely loved it.

Feel free to share any photos or video footage you might get of yourself or your team playing this season.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Picasso Biography

Watch the video below to find out some interesting facts about Picasso. Try the links beneath the video for any extra information, and for images of him and his work.

Other Weblinks

Link 1
Link 2
Wikipedia Link
Picasso Paintings

Thursday, 14 May 2015


We have been looking at the visual art style 'Cubism' and influential artists such as Picasso and Braque. Using this genre as inspiration, and a guitar as our still life, we are creating our own cubism-influenced paintings. The colour palette is limited, as we are focussing on Picasso's 'Blue period" where he only painted in blue and grey tones for a number of years after the loss of a close friend.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Epic Table Tennis Rally

Here's some inspiration for you ping-pong freaks!!! The point of the century, they reckon.

WBOP Junior Qualifiers Badminton Tournament

.:Badminton Tournament:.

On Monday the 11th eight keen young Badminton players from Te Puna School embarked on an adventure to face some of the Bay Of Plenty's best up and coming Badminton players. Being just a small school we only sent one team where as some of the other larger schools like Bethlehem sent multiple teams. 

Our first experience was a bit rough as we were all beaten about twenty one four so that didn't help to boost any morale in camp Te Puna, where as the second and third matches went much better most of us won our games with great results in the doubles as well. 

All in all it was a great day we learnt lots of skills on the fly and by watching the more experienced players play there games and if nothing else, it beats being at school all day.

By Thomas Holdom  

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Year 7/8 Amazing Race

This year Te Puna School was really lucky to be able to compete and have fun in the Amazing Race!
If you are wondering what the Amazing Race is, it is a problem solving and teamwork race run by Sport Bay of Plenty. This event was held at the Tauranga Historic Village, Wednesday 6th of May.

Our Te Puna School team consisted of 6 students: Thomas H, Manga, Ryan, Ella, Mete and me, Deija. We were up against many other teams from the wider BOP region.

The aim was to work together to find answers and decipher coded clues to reach each destination and complete our passport. Some of the puzzles included lollie and button guesses, learning sign language, taking interesting photos and really getting your brain working.
At the end of the day we guessed the exact number of lollies and got to keep them all, there was a whoping 85, leaving 14 each and of 2 for Mrs D. 

We managed to complete all the quests in our passport, and ran over the finish line before time was up. I had an AWESOME time and know everyother team member did too!

One thing we did realy well was to work together and trust our team members to do the right thing because all of my team members did. We are still waiting to hear from Sport BOP on where we placed. Fingers crossed!


In this race we were told to take a picture with the tractor and overalls provided. It turned out a hit!  Look at all the blank expressions on why this old tractor is not working.

This is the the word Te Puna in sign language. Could you learn every letter in sign language?

One of our most fun activities was the relay. We each had to do a different thing. Egg and spoon race, three legged race and the potato sack race.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Te Puna Remembers

On Friday the 23rd of April, the room 11&12 senior students of Te Puna School, were assigned to a classroom to teach younger students how to make a fabric poppy. We made the poppies to honor the ANZAC soldiers that fought at world war 1. Every student in the school has made a poppy for our installation which we displayed on the roadside of our school.

(The result of our poppy installation)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Stuck in the Sea
By Caitlin
There’s that moment when you know that you're in serious trouble.

Large, powerful waves crashing over my exhausted body, forcing me under the water. 
Fighting, struggling to surface. I gasp for a breath as my head emerges above the ocean. I glance at the shore, it looks miles away. With the waves still crashing over me, I slowly pull against the current, towards the shore. As the last of my energy ebbs away, I finally heave myself onto the damp, ruff sand. 
My lungs aching for lack of air, my heart pounding with exhaustion.

There’s that moment when you know you just escaped serious trouble.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Action/Movement Photography

I have chosen this photo as my favourite action shot because I have all of her body in it and the ball. I also like how the subject is looking up at the ball and reaching out for it. My favourite thing about this photo is how the subject is in the air and how her body is positioned. You can clearly se the focal point and the background helps draw the attention towards her.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Why Do We Have To Wear School Uniforms

Dear Mr Wadsworth & Mrs D,

Why is it necessary to wear school uniforms?  Does it make any difference to our learning if we are wearing a yellow T-shirt or a pink one. No,it does not. The majorette of the class thinks that we should be able to wear what ever we want to school.Us kids have came up with a few solutions instead of wearing school uniform every day.

To Be continued... 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

How Much Oxygen is in the Air?

We conducted an experiment to test how much oxygen is in the air.
When you light a candle in open air it will last for quite awhile, that's because it has lots of oxygen to feed off. When we put the jar over the lit candle it only has 20% of oxygen accessible, so it slowly started using up all the oxygen in the jar. When the candle has used up all the oxygen the candle went out that's because there is no more oxygen to keep it burning. Because we put the jar slightly over the teaspoon it left a little jap for the water to rush in and replace the 20% space that the oxygen was. The space is quickly replaced with water. if you looked closely at the experiment you would see that the water is slowly rising inside the jar that's because it is slowly replacing the oxygen.

By Caitlin

Monday, 23 February 2015

Lego Mindstorm Robotics

This afternoon we eagerly cracked open the Lego Mindstorm Robotics kits and started constructing basic robots to start programming in our next session. Many problem-solving and communication skills were put into play this afternoon.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Cricket Craziness

This week, a representative from NZ Cricket came along to Te Puna School to teach our two classes a few skills and techniques. By the end of the session we were pretty impressive at 'windmills' (bowling) and our catching skills were sharp!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Beach Ed Day @ Omanu Surf Club

We had a great day today with Danielle & Seth from Surf-Lifesaving NZ. They ran us through the Beach Ed programme, which has messages around being sunsmart, developing surf awareness (especially being able to identify rips) and generally having heaps of fun at the beach while staying safe.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Collaborative Slideshow - check it out!

We have finished our slideshow from earlier in the week. Take a look at the slides to learn a little more about each of us.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Mixed Media Portraits

This week we have been creating mixed media portraits from photographs. The portraits are split into four pieces and worked on using paint, pastel, magazine collage and coloured pencil. When put back together, they have a really cool effect.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Getting Started with Google Slides

We are learning to use Google Slides. Here, we are all working collaboratively on the same slideshow. It's easy but difficult at the same time!