We had a great start to this year.
In Room 10, our tamariki had developed a deeper understanding of themselves through the "Understanding Myself" Unit for Health. We extended our understanding in respecting ourselves and others. We had done numerous self assessments and peer assessments through writing a bio-poem, self-portraits. drama and word riddle poems. Ka Pai, tamarikima! It was a great unit for children to see their true potentials, values and how God sees us.
In March. we had our Middle School camp at Chosen Valley. What a lovely time it was to get to know each other. The activities were exciting and challenging. We were truly touched by the grace of God with all of our Power Up times and the weather, too! Thank you families again for your support.
We had our first fitness program with Unitec today. As we walked down to Unitec, children were reminded with all rules to keep safe when walking on the road. When we got there, the children were enthusiastic about learning and developing their skills on different sports such as badminton. Keep up the good work!
On Friday 7th April, Middle School went to the Thames Gold-mining Experience. We visited two venues on the day. The first included: a venture in to a genuine mine, a gold panning experience where they found lots of specks of gold and various stones and an example of the stamper battery and separating board including a visual display. The men who gave us the tour were very informative and passionate about their topic. The students were absorbed in the fount of stories these men had to share.
The second venue was the Bella Street Pump house which was the venue where they pumped water from the mines, 300m deep, out to the ocean, so that the gold seams could be followed and gold dug out. The building included many artifacts and working models which had been constructed to show how the pump house and mining operations had worked.
Overall it was a very educational and interesting experience for the children and adults alike. Special thanks to Mr Taukatelata, Mrs Sisarich, Mrs Jiang, Mrs Paton-Simpson, Mrs Seton, Mr Tomlinson senior who came and helped on the day. We recommend families visit this next time you are in the area.