Virtual Learning Network (VLN) students meet for the first time

Students from the Virtual Learning Network had a chance to fly to Wellington for a project camp.

The Virtual Learning Network is a group of eight remote primary schools who work collaboratively online each week using digital technologies. For the 33 pupils and 7 Principals, traveling out of their remote regions to Wellington to meet in person for the first time was an incredible opportunity.

As part of their educational trip, students visited the New Zealand Parliament House where they received a guided tour and had a chance to meet their MPs. Weta Workshop, Te Papa, and the National War Memorial were also on the itinerary, with the Gallipoli Exhibition being a trip highlight. Capital E, where students dressed up and performed in front of a green screen to create a keepsake video, also proved to be great fun.

The students participated in various collaborative activities, maximising the opportunity to interact with those outside of their immediate region. Ten Pin Bowling, the Adrenaline Forest, Go Karting and Paintball were all highlights. Their adventure was topped off by a trip to The Royal New Zealand Police College where they had the chance to play detective in a scavenger hunt and learn how to find fingerprints.

"The whole trip was amazing! We couldn’t have done it without Air New Zealand's Airpoints for Schools programme. The donated Airpoints Dollars enabled our Rural Kids Group to travel to Wellington and meet our online classmates face to face." - Ruby, Whataroa School

"I really liked the Wellington trip because I got to do lots of things that I had never done before. I wish I could go again." - Violet, Kaitoke School

"We did it! Combining six remote schools from all around New Zealand for an excellent stay in Wellington and experiencing what the Capital had to offer. The logistics of getting together was solved through Airpoints For Schools." - Leo, Kaitoke School Principal