Tess completed her Change research project today and became a Change maker herself! Tessa's goal was to raise money for the Heart Foundation. Tessa has a special interest in this charity due to her Dad being a heart kid and also experiencing a near fatal heart issue recently as an adult. Tessa had a goal of raising $120.00 which she felt may be a little ambitious. However her stunning baking products and festive packaging proved to be great sellers.At last count Tessa had raised over $316.30. She was interviewed by the Southland Times and visited by Nicola Mason from the Heart Foundation.
We are very proud of her hard work and efforts to achieve her goal, tenacity and determination pays off.
Tessa would like to thank her Mum and Dad for helping with the baking and the enrich students that helped her man the stall in the wind.
Brilliant Change Making today Tess, we think you are a super star!
Today the Chemistry students had to conduct experiments with Dry Ice....
This was super fun, squeals and screams.
Mila managed to fully inflate her balloon with dry ice placed inside and the balloon tied up.
The boys explored different mixtures, the all time fave was creating a mass of white cloudy smoke with warm water.
The detergent, food colouring, dry ice and warm water was also a hit!
Mrs Jane Laurie is the Executive Director of the Fountain of Peace Children's Foundation of New Zealand, an organisation whose vision is 'to provide centres of hope and transformation for orphaned and abandoned children living in Uganda.'
The students were touched by the many stories Jane shared on her journey to help the people in the village of Kyenjojo in west Uganda. The organisation have built a school, children's home and they're in the process of building a series of bungalows for families. Jane spoke of how just making a small difference or change, can create positive outcomes for all.
If you would like more information about Fountain of Peace Children's Foundation of New Zealand please click here
We had the pleasure of Mr Robert Guyton share his passion for horticultural and his thoughts regarding being a change maker on Friday.
Roberts conversations around the creation of the Food Forest in Riverton (which we hope to visit in the near future) and some ideal tips on public speaking were well received by the students. He also spoke about being brave to make a change, this is a common theme coming through from all of our guest speakers.
The Monday students were treated to an inspiring presentation by Crown Solicitor Mary Jane Thomas. Here's extracts from student reflections after her presentation:
Today, a very inspirational lady came to Enrich@ILT, Mary Jane Thomas, and talked to us about how being brave is a very big aspect of becoming a change-maker. I had definitely learnt one thing from her; No matter how hard, or how difficult, KIA KAHA, STAND STRONG, BE BRAVE. - Pearl
Mary Jane Thomas's talk helped me to realise to be true to myself instead of judging myself because I do that sometimes. - Onevai
Mary jane has inspired me in many different ways with her unique energy. - Corvin
Be comfortable in your own skin. Be yourself . Be unique.Be different. Don't change to be cool. You should not care what others think about your style. You should not be afraid to be you. Why fit in when you were born to stand out? - Emma
Stand up for yourself and others because in the future you might need there help. - James
Never end up with a crowd that think they’re always right, though you know that they’re wrong. You need to tell them what the real answer is and say it with confidence and bravery. - Riley
Mr Svend Pedersen took the orienteering team through a beginners guide to his affiliated organisation, the Southland Orienteering Club. The students got an insight in to the sport of orienteering, the specialised equipments used, how events are organised and how frequent the events are held. This proved valuable as we hope to utilise the ideas learned to partake in an orienteering exercise at Queens Park.
Once again our students have had the pleasure of listening to inspiring change makers from our community. Janice Lee talked about her amazing community initiative, Koha Kai, and how it provides social and working opportunities for people with disabilities. Sherry Elton, a nutritionist, talked about the personal change she has made in her life around food and nutrition. And our very own Mayor Tim Shadbolt talked about his personal journey starting in Remuera all the way to the highs and lows as Mayor of Invercargill.
The Tuesday and Thursday Architecture students are busy designing their dream house using two amazing apps; Home design and Room Planner. Both apps are free from the App Store and allow students to create comfy living environments from scratch. The students can then take a tour of their design in 3D view.
Tuesday students started their Chemistry & Change Challenges. They are developing their knowledge and understanding of physical changes and chemical changes. They have also discussed and differentiated between physical changes and chemical reactions.
Students then watched this video clip and made their own bubble maker, this required measurement and knowledge of 3D shapes.
Tensile Bubbles was very fun!
We were so privileged to have the presence of Dave today talking to the students the importance of making a positive change in our community. Through a very interactive session, the students learned about the importance of democratic decision making.
Solving problems by consulting a large range of people and accepting their diverse opinions and different ways of thinking, and accepting these.
The students enjoyed the challenge this task presented and Dave enjoyed our students thinking and responses.
This was a great introduction to the Monday students who are embarking on an individual research challenge project. They will be required to research a variety of Changemakers and then plan a social action of change for themselves.