Monday, August 15, 2011

Our Production Story

There are many different tribal traditions about the origins of pounamu. The following is adapted from a version given by Tipene O’Regan of the Ngāi Tahu tribe.

Poutini was a taniwha or guardian of pounamu. He feared another taniwha named Whaitipū, the guardian of Hinehōaka, who was the goddess of sandstone. Traditionally, sandstone knives were used to cut pounamu.

Once, Poutini was being pursued in the sea by Whaitipū and took refuge in a bay at Tūhua (Mayor Island, in the Bay of Plenty). There, Poutini observed a beautiful woman named Waitaiki coming down to the water to bathe. Enthralled by her beauty, he captured her and swam towards the mainland.

When Tamaāhua, Waitaiki’s husband, discovered that his wife was missing, he used karakia (incantations) and divination with a small, dart-like spear to find her. He threw the spear, which pointed towards the location of Poutini.

Tamaāhua chased Poutini through the North Island and down to the South Island, eventually finding him at the Arahura River. Fearing capture, but refusing to give Waitaiki up, Poutini turned her into his own essence – pounamu – and laid her in the river bed at the junction of the Arahura and a nearby stream. That stream became known as Waitaiki, and ever since it has been a significant source of pounamu, as is the Arahura River. Tamaāhua did not see Poutini, who slipped past him, and on finding his wife turned to īnanga (a type of pounamu) he grieved for her and then returned home.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Our New Buddies


Rosie and I are delighted with the way the children are working together already. Today some of the children were researching, some were designing characters, and some were writing letters asking for things we will need. Awesome!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Show Me on the iPads

During reading yesterday, we used the iPads to help us with our learning. When we are finished, we can email our learning to Elly to put on the blog.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


What an exciting day! We spent time meeting our new buddies, coming up with some ground rules about how we are going to work together, hearing the story that we are sharing at production and storyboarding our ideas. Here are some photos of our time together. Watch out for lots more posts about our learning in the coming weeks...

Little Miss Muffet

Watch this fantastic animation that Hannah, James, Kayla and Annaliese made.

Jack and Jill

Yay! Here is Anah-Rose, Ethan, Hannah, Hayley and Telaina's nursery rhyme animation. Check it out...

Humpty Dumpty

Watch Peara, Lachlan, Max, Jack and Shaun's nursery rhyme animation. What a lot of fabulous learning that was involved in this!

Hickory Dicory Dock

Check out Jade, Tane, Somaya and Jorja's awesome animation!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our Secret Mission

Today we had a secret mission. For our secret mission, we needed to go for a walk out of Russell Street School. All of the Leap Frogs went. We all needed to put something in the mailbox. I wonder what it is? I wonder where it is going? Elly was very proud of us. We listened carefully so we were safe.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Melting Pot

We are excited to be sharing some of our learning at assembly this afternoon. This week we have been learning a song called "Melting Pot" with our buddies. The song is about how there are lots of different people in the world. We are all good at different things. We need to work together to make the world a great place to live. This morning we sang this song SO well, that Elly thought we should put it on our blog. Have a listen to this!