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Room 1 singing a beautiful Niuean song "Sipaio"

"SIPAIO"
As the Room 1 teacher, I am extremely proud of the commitment and respect of the students in Room 1. They have thoroughly enjoyed learning about my Niuean culture. This week the class had learnt how to sing a song that every Niuean child learns when they are young. "Sipaio" is a fun vibrant song that translates to the movement of ones body when singing this vibrant song. 
https://youtu.be/ZL7ig8fba1A
Please visit this link and listen to the beautiful voices of Room 1.

Playing fun Niuean games.

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As a fun way to introduce the Niuean language to the class I decided to teach Room 1 two Niuean games that children play at the Niuean village sports day.
Game one is a skiing game where the students are dragged across the grass while holding onto a long stick. The idea is to balance and stay on the coconut tusk with out falling.


The second game is a game just like javelin where the students must throw a stick called a "Sika" as far as they possibly can. The winner is the thrower who has thrown the "Sika" furtherest.


Niuean Language. "How are you"

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This week Room 1 have moved on from greeting each other to adding an extra sentence which was to ask "How are you" the reply was "I am well thank you"
Malolo nakai a koe? Are you well?
Malolo a au fakaue. I am well thank you. 
Room 1 struggled at first with pronouncing "A au" but with practice every student was able to complete the task. Tp help reinforce what the students had learnt they had to present their new found knowledge using a speech dialogue. 
https://youtu.be/R7xlIbiey_0
A big thank you to Phoenix and Jai for modelling the correct dialogue. 

Speaking Niuean "Greeting each other"

During week 2 the students from Room 1 have learnt how to greet each other speaking the Niuean language.  Although at first pronouncing the different syllables and words was hard Room 1 with determination and respect were all able to greet each other.  
https://youtu.be/5ehGGTWFMac
Fakalofa atu ki a koe. Welcome to you.
Fakalofa atu ki a mua. Welcome to you both.
Fakalofa atu ki a mutolu. Welcome to you all.
Great work Kavan, Tui, and James.
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"FLANDERS FIELD"
To celebrate the ANZAC day Room1 wanted to show their respect to the soldiers that went to fight for their country and never returned home. The class read "Flanders Field"  and created their own descriptive poem using the same structure and description. 


ANZAC
As the war begins death waits upon the soldiers.
The whistle blows our men charge to battle the foe.
As tears drop down another one is lost. Blood dampens the ground,lying against his brothers.
As the trumpet plays,we shed tears for our beloved.
The ground listens to the broken hearted in furious pain.
Lest we forget those who fought for us to stand today in peace.By Reneeta Masilagi


We will remember them
In flanders field, the poppies grow, A blood red shield of the bodies below, The field has been divided in columns, the soldiers lives have hit rock bottom, A century later their loyalty still shows.
They gave their lives to their country, They hoped faith would pull them through, Death lurked round the ba…
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"CHOICES and CONSEQUENCES"
During week 1 the students in Room 1 were looking at the choices they made and the consequences of these actions. The purpose of this activity and task was to identify strategies to cope with hard choices at school, at home or on the sports field. At the end of the task the students from Room 1 believed that taking a deep breath and thinking before you make a choice was the best way to have a clear mind and make the right choice. I hope that the students listen to their own advice and research and take time to think their choices through.