A memorable learning experience for Rere School students

Flying for the very first time, Rere School turned every moment of their trip to Queenstown into a new learning opportunity.

Donations from Airpoints™ members and Air New Zealand gave students from Rere School in Gisborne the chance to fly to Queenstown with the Airpoints for Schools programme.

The goal of the trip was to provide teachers and students with educational experiences outside of the classroom that would inspire their teaching and learning for years to come. Students learnt about the physics of flight and were excited to experience the wonderment of air travel for the very first time. On the plane journey, the students observed New Zealand's changing topography and recognised landmarks they had been learning about at school.    

Being the adventure capital of New Zealand, the Rere School students couldn't visit Queenstown without heading up the gondola for a luge ride. In keeping with the theme of adrenaline, the young Kiwis also learnt to ski and snowboard at The Remarkables mountain resort.

Spending a day in Arrowtown, students heard about the history of the gold rush days and visited the Chinese Settlement and museum there. They even had a crack at panning for gold in the river, with a lucky few finding some treasures. From science to geography to history, Rere School's journey to Queenstown was full of extracurricular activities and new learning opportunities.

"What an awesome opportunity. There is no way we could ever have had such experiences without the Airpoints programme and the very generous donations. Being such a small community, we could never have come up with the Airpoints Dollars we needed, and Air New Zealand really helped with that. Our children have life long memories and that is very much appreciated." - Katrina Dekker, Principal at Rere School.