A little about me...

Kia ora!
My name is Juliana Treadwell and I have the privilege of being a part of the MDTA 2016 crew! During my first year of this course I will be a part of an awesome year two/three class at Tamaki Primary School with my highly knowledgeable mentor Sally Barlow. I'm super pumped for this crazy adventure and through this blog I hope you can live and learn vicariously with me and enjoy the experience as much as I am!

Friday, 11 November 2016

"Technology gives the quietest student a voice" - Jerry Blumengarent

Today we had the 9th annual Manaiakalani Film Festival. It ran from 9am-9pm at Silva Park Hoyts, across three theatres including the massive Extreme theatre. As MDTA's our job was to organise each school coming through making sure they made it to the right theatre at the right time. The best part of this job was the fact we got to whichever screening we were helping out with, basically we spent the day running around like crazy then taking a breather to watch some epic movies. 

The Film Fest is a perfect opportunity for the Manaiakalani cluster to show case their "learn, create share" model. The majority of the videos created are student driven and were required to have a component of learning from the New Zealand Curriculum. The share aspect I believe is the most important for this festival, to have a genuine audience and for learner's to see their movies on a massive screen is so exciting and inspiring. The night screening is open to the public and was a complete sell out, family, friends, sponsors and researchers all showed up for a two hour screening of top movies and was completely buzzing.

Another way this festival can be used is to advocate for a cause. These are the videos I found most powerful and completely captured the audience. A couple of the stand out films can be viewed below:

One from Stonefields School about the importance of pronouncing names and words correctly can be seen here:

My personal favourite from Sommerville Special School about the respect for parking for people with a disability. 

You can check out all the videos here, feel free to leave comments on any of the videos, leaners and teachers have put so much effort in so let them know how epic their efforts are! I'm definitely inspired for 2017!



  1. I did enjoy reading your report on the day and the bit about y'all running around like crazy made me chuckle. Thanks for sharing your favorites too. I am always keen to know what appealed to the audience.

    1. Thanks Dorothy! You guys did such an amazing job everything worked like clockwork!

  2. Good Morning Juliana.
    Thank You for watching our movie.
    We were excited to see our movie was your favourite.
    From Nikhil.

  3. Hi jullana
    its great to see our movie on your blog.

  4. Kia ora Juliana, Thanks for posting our film on to your blog to make it more popular and by the way I was the one who did the speech from Joel.

  5. Good morning Juliana,
    It is good to hear that you have enjoyed our movie very well.

  6. Hello Juliana.

    It was a nice surprise to see that you really enjoyed our movie. It was a very important message for us to share.
    From Mina