Wairere School experiences the best of Wellington
A group of Year 5 and 6 students from Wairere School - 'Team Totara' - had the opportunity to travel to Wellington to explore New Zealand's capital city and to participate in activities to support their learning. Coming from a small, low decile school in a rural area, many of the students hadn't travelled far outside of Matamata, with only a handful of the group having travelled by plane before. The teachers wanted to open the students' eyes to a bigger world and give them a real learning experience in line with New Zealand's Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) curriculum.
The young Kiwis saw the best of Wellington's attractions and took every opportunity to learn something new. The group visited Wellington Museum, the Cable Car, Wellington Zoo and Te Papa to see The Great War Exhibition. They listened to the MPs arguing at the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and learnt about the technical side to creating apps at Capital E. The Wairere School students almost blew away at the top of Mt Victoria Lookout while learning about the history of Wellington as our country's capital and the myths that surround Wellington.
The group of senior students made connections beyond the classroom on their trip and have returned from the journey with greater ambition and a desire to learn. An experience that will stay with the students for many years to come.
"Our EOTC to Wellington took a lot of planning and fundraising but would not have been possible without support from Airpoints for Schools. We would like to thank Air New Zealand and the members who donated their Airpoints Dollars to our school - you all made this happen. Airpoints for Schools made this dream trip become a reality!" - Team Totara, Year 5 & 6 Students at Wairere School