Saturday, 28 February 2009

KPE on TV One "Close Up" programme

Last post we told you that TV One had sent people out to film our students and that they had talked to Leoden, Sela and Tanielu as they recorded the last episode of KPE. Well, on Friday night, 28th February 209, it was finally on "Close Up" and if you click here you can view the segment online.
This is what they wrote about our school:
"Today we have seen the adults brain trust getting together to work out ways to keep people in work and create jobs. We have been to a school where the children have plenty ideas of their own. They are at the forefront of learning, using hi-tech media like blogging, cloud computing and pod casting every day. While the how-to aspects of those concepts are still a mystery to many of us, to the students of Point England primary in Auckland, it's second nature. Robyn Janes reports on a small school boxing well above its weight in the world of technology. "
If the link above stops working after a while (when it becomes old news!) then we hope this one will be around for longer - choose chapter two.
Did you watch the programme? Tell us what you thought when you saw it.....

Friday, 27 February 2009

KPE Episode 211: "The Curse of Being Pharoah"

"The Curse of Being Pharoah" by Janice Marriott
Leoden and Sela from Room 18 have been reading this book and they give us an excellent recount of what the story is all about. You will find out their thoughts on bullies and you may agree with them after you have listened to the podcast that "what goes around, comes around".
As well as enjoying the book and having fun making the podcast these two presenters had a special thing happen while they were recording the podcast. Robyn Janes, a reporter from TVNZ "Close Up", was in the school with a camera person and she filmed them creating this podcast. We are still waiting for the interview to appear on television, but you can be sure that when it does we will provide a link to the programme from here to. So keep checking back.
And let us know what you think of this book....

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

KPE Episode 210: "Midnight Lightning"

"Midnight Lightning" by John Parsons
Beni and Jacob welcome back our subscribers to our 4th year of podcasting with another exciting kids' book to tell us about. These boys have started their final year at Pt England School and are Year 6 students in Room 18. We have realised that our original KPE podcasters are now in Year 10! Wow, time flies!
This book is very timely for us at Pt England because it is about a go-kart race and we are getting very excited about kart racing here because we are entering the soap box derby on March 22. This will be heaps of fun and we have an amazing prize to aim for. The winners get to go to America to race in the finals in Akron, Ohio.
To give you an idea of what this book is about from the blurb:
"Nicky's dad is convinced that he is great at building and repairing things. But Nicky and his mother know better. Everything Dad touches is a disaster. So when a go-kart race is announced,Nicky is sure he is going to die of embarrassment in the kart he and his father will build. At first, everything seems to be going well, but a disasterous test run means that another plan is needed and quickly!"
We know you will enjoy the podcast below, and if you want to read more, get hold of the book or click this link to see it on Google Books.