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Katie, Haley, Jessie, Mike, Dewayne, and Donna on the deck at Mike and Judy's house before the 2014 trip to Pt England School in Auckland, New Zealand. The first three will be completing their student teaching and their Master's of Arts in Teaching degrees in New Zealand. Donna is our friend from Pacific admissions.

Take a look around on the Pt England School website with its link to classroom and student blogs, as all students from Year 4 on keep blogs that chronicle their learning. Link here to a two minute video created by Google Education and posted on YouTube that introduces Pt England School and its Learn, Create, Share framework for learning. Or you might prefer learning more about the school from a video made by the Pt England students. This four minute video What I Most Like about Pt England School was created with the help of Pacific student Katie Sakumoto during her student teaching time at the school. 

Pt England School and Tamaki College are both a part of the Manaiakalani Trust , a cluster of 11 public decile 1A primary and secondary schools in Auckland that are working together to retool school to make it engaging, empowering and successful for all students. Learn more about New Zealand's education system with its 3 levels that reflects their unique and diverse society.

The photos below are from our first Student teach in New Zealand trip in May/June 2014.

The Pt England Way banner in the school entry.



Pt England is a member of the Manaiakalani Education Trust which is supported by the i.am.angel Foundation among other partnerships.

One of the multimedia slides in the entry of Pt England School that displays this year's theme...


Below are the the student teacher's blogs about the trip. It turns out that these young women are not only fine new education professionals but are also good photographers. After they completed their week of exploring Auckland and Rotorua, then two weeks of student teaching at Pt England School while living with a New Zealand family, they enjoyed a week of traveling on their own in Brisbane and Sydney Australia, all of which is chronicled wonderfully on their blogs in 2014.

2018 Trip

posted May 21, 2018, 5:46 PM by Mike Charles   [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 4:53 PM ]


Jesse and Brianne, above are two images I took the first day I was at Pt England School in 2014 with our student teachers. May 25, 2014 was Samoan Language Day, celebrated in grand enough style at Pt England that the Minister of Culture for the country came for a photo op. I included the auditorium where things were getting set up, and then later when the Tamaki College students (i.e. secondary school) walked the 800m from their school to Pt England in traditional dress and performed for the students and community. I wonder what will be going on May 28, 2018? I'm sure you'll let me know. :-)

Jesse, below I uploaded a few files that show you what the view is like from the Burt's home. I described it on the phone to you today, but a picture can be worth...

Jesse and Brianne, in looking at the Pt England page today I found a link to the recent Fiafia 2018 event at their school. Fiafia is a Pacific island word that means celebration. I was able to view a number of the videos at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uzvFB2AC0ejMGoLrKPCLEU6Gwe1Y1OlR . I was logged in using my person gmail account, the same one I use for commenting on Pt England blogs.

    Pt England students wrote a letter of greeting to Jesse as he joined their classroom. Here are three examples:


2017 trip

posted May 21, 2017, 3:40 PM by Mike Charles   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 9:44 AM ]

Led by Dr. Bryan Cichy-Parker.

Blogs for:
Hannah (Pt England School)
Melissa (Pt England School)
Leah (Tamaki College)

2015 trip

posted May 27, 2015, 12:46 PM by Mike Charles   [ updated May 21, 2018, 8:55 AM ]

Karren Timmermans is leading the 2015 trip to some different schools in the Auckland area as Pt England was under construction (earthquake abatement) and could not host this year. Once again the student teachers are writing some great blogs. See Karren's page for the trip and then click on the link Stories from Schools for the links to Kayla, Meghan, and Karla's blogs.



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