Tuesday students were fortunate to hear guest speaker Adam McLeay share his recent experiences as a member of a disaster response team that were sent to Fiji by the New Zealand Government.
Cyclone Winston, the worst storm recorded in the southern hemisphere, left 42 people dead.
Adam is a Doctor at Southland Hospital and is part of a core group specially trained for responding to these types of situations.
Adam travelled to Fiji on board a Hercules and was then based on the NZ Canterbury ship as they helicoptered around the Islands checking on villages and offering medical treatment.
His photos showed the extent of the damage that was experienced by the storm, in one photo an entire school had been washed out to sea.
He said he found it a very humbling experience, he shared what he had in his allocated emergency backpack for survival. This was not to share, it was just for him to survive in case they had to stay on an Island and were unable to return to the ship.
A lack of clean water and a shortage of food was the most concerning problem as well as the amount of houses destroyed. All crops and trees were also destroyed, it looked like a very sad situation.
Even though the Fijian people had very little food, they still scraped together what little food they did have to try and feed the medical teams to thank them for coming to help them.
The teams tried to bring a little happiness by giving the children lollies and trying to see them smile.
Mosquitoes were a real problem with the amount of dirty water and aftermath of the cyclone likely to cause an outbreak of sickness.
We all reflected on how lucky we all are to have unlimited access to fresh water and food, shelter and safety.
Thanks Adam we really enjoyed your visit.
We decided to make a mini movie because it was one of the tasks in the systems booklet we chose to do the page system R.A.F.Ts (Role, Audience, Format, Topic).
Our role was to be a weather person our audience was kindergarten children. That's why we chose to do the song. Our format mat was Felt Board story but we changed that a little and our topic was; Why it rains? The weather system.
We found this fun and challenging to create. We learnt about why it rains while doing this video and had to work well as a team to make it.
By Zoe, Claudia and Caitlin.
Today the voting closed and we have our Quail names! So, introducing Popcorn aka Yellow Guy.
Spark, aka Stripey Guy, Donald Trump aka Tall Guy and Jeff aka Brown Guy.
Today the Quail went 'on tour' to James Hargest Junior Campus for a visit.
They have been sketched, videoed, photographed and chatted to with constant lunch dates. The students seem to have really enjoyed them.
For talent development, our students are learning about the complex world of the 'Sharemarket'. The Sharemarket game gives an opportunity for students to buy and sell shares that are currently on the Australian Security Exchange (ASX). The students have a portfolio with a virtual budget of $50,000.
This complex system is a great way to immerse our students into a very important part of financial literacy. Students can track their portfolio from school or home, during the market hours weekdays between 12 -6pm. They will also be able to continue to track and grow their portfolio over the school holidays. The game ends on 18 May.
Today at Enrich@ILT, Caleb, Robbie Theo and I got to see some carvings at the Museum. The giant Oamaru stone sculptures carvings were being created for an exhibition by Oti Murray at the Southland Museum.
The sculptures looked like faces and body parts of a taniwha. Each part was made separately and will be combined when all the pieces were finished. We each took a turn at using the chisel and wooden hammer (mallet). It was pretty tricky as you needed to hit the chisel really hard and keep a firm grasp on it too. We took photos and videos of our experience. These sculptures will be displayed at the Museum at the end of the month. By Zephyr Jackson
We were very excited to have Nates Mother, Vicki, bring their adult quails to the centre. The students got to touch and share their wonderings with Vicki.
We're on the final stretch in surveying students their preferred names for our four beloved quails. We hope to finalise these by Monday. It was interesting to see how big our babies will be once they are fully grown. Nate and Vicki are our #0800quailhelp and have been an invaluable source of helpful information.
Here's the start of our new reality series starring our four quail chicks. Enjoy!
Our returning students have been preparing their points of view, on current issues, for group debates. Using material via the internet and using their own personal experiences they had to prepare ideas for both sides of the argument, 'that children should be allowed to climb trees'.
It was great to see the vast ideas shared for both sides of the topic in a clear and confident manner. It was also pleasing to see the students were actively listening to their opponents ideas and rebut where appropriate. We hope to provide more oral language and thinking critically opportunities in the future.