Over the summer break 32 of our students willingly came back to school to continue their learning. It seems our kids, if given the opportunity, definitely would return.
Last year we decided to tackle our final term a little differently. Term four at our school is a hectic whirlwind of learning squished in between school and community events. Keeping our students focused and engaged is challenging when they sense any disruption in the force! We went in knowing and planning for the fact that the term would not wind down as normal but in fact work would continue beyond our official end date on December 16 and into the summer holidays.
Earlier in the year we were asked if we would like to e involved in a project with Microsoft New Zealand to help showcase the use of digital technologies in classrooms. So we embarked on a learning journey to discover the uniqueness of a place called Antarctica as part of our planned inquiry programme .
Then just before Christmas we were able to connect directly with Scott Base. We chatted with Regina and her colleague Ingrid Visser who is known for her work with Orca Whales. We had so much to share with them and lots of questions to ask. Having such an authentic audience to share our work so far was pretty amazing. They were impressed with the work we had done! Students then went home to ponder, explore and research some more. A summer of learning for some, when it suited and where it suited. Some students arranged to meet up and continue their projects.