Airpoints™ for Schools journeys

Thanks to the generosity of our Airpoints™ members, all of the schools which participated in the 2016 Airpoints for Schools programme have achieved their travel goals and are taking off on their adventures. Keep up with their journeys below.
  • A group of Aorere College students were given the chance to reconnect with their Samoan heritage after reaching their 10,000 Airpoints Dollar™ target. The students experienced local schooling and culture, and undertook community service along Apia’s shoreline. 
    Find out more about their trip to Samoa.
  • Ten students from Maraekakaho School in Hastings had the opportunity to shine at the 2016 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) national robotics competition in Auckland after the group received 10,000 Airpoints Dollars™ in donations. 
    Find out more about their trip to Auckland.
  • After reaching their 10,000 Airpoints Dollar target a group of students travelled to Singapore to visit their sister school as part of a cultural exchange, a trip that students have been fundraising towards for the last two years. 
    Find out more about their trip to Singapore.
  • A group of students travelled to Wellington to attend the World of WearableArt Awards for the first time after receiving 2,000 Airpoints Dollars in donations. The students have entered their local wearable arts competition each year, and have come away with many prizes to date. 
    Find out more about their trip to Wellington.
  • After reaching their 1,920 Airpoints Dollar target, students travelled to Hokitika to monitor and compare new spawning habitats of whitebait as part of a new initiative, Whaka Inaka: Causing Whitebait, which has been created through EOS Ecology, DOC and the University of Canterbury. 
    Find out more about their trip to Hokitika.
  • A group of students will be travelling to Rarotonga to make connections with their tupuka waka and experience their very first plane trip after reaching their 10,000 Airpoints Dollar target. The students will have a chance to broaden their world view, experience the waka they originate from, as well as compare the language similarities and differences between the two cultures. 
  • The school will be taking their student senior leadership council to Wellington for a leadership retreat, visiting the beehive, local Member of Parliament’s office and attend National Young Leaders Day after reaching their 7,500 Airpoints Dollar target. 
  • The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary School represents a group of eight virtual rural remote schools. Meeting their 10,000 Airpoints Dollar target will enable the students to meet in person for a project camp in Wellington. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of a large number of peers, many of them for the first time. 
  • After reaching their 10,000 Airpoints Dollar target a group of teachers will be travelling to Europe to further develop their knowledge of the school's newly implemented KIVA anti-bullying programme that was established at Turku University, Finland. 
  • A group of students will be travelling to the Pacific Islands thanks to reaching their 10,000 Airpoints Dollar target. Students will be assisting with the building and painting of classrooms, installation of IT resources and water tanks, and sharing of culture and language with the community where the school is located.