Today Enrich@ILT students had the chance to go to Oti Murray's exhibition of the carvings he and a group of other people have done. The exhibition is called Taonga o nga Matua tipuna, Treasures Of Our Ancestors.
He said that all the pieces in the exhibition took nine weeks to create. He found his special talent of carving at boarding school in 1976. Some may see these as art but Oti sees them as stories and Taonga, He loves carving as a way to tell stories the things that inspire his works of art are the whakapapa and genealogy of each piece.
To help Oti get to the skill of where he is at now, Oti thanks his tutors and his spiritual guides. Many hours he's spent carving and learning. I asked Oti how long it takes to perfect his craft and Oti said that he will never perfect it and the day he does is the day he dies.
I asked him if he considered himself gifted, yet he answered no.
By Alex Lewis
Today we had Cohen Stewart from Fish and Game speak to us about systems that help our waterways stay clean.
We found out that not just pollution is harming our fresh water streams,rivers and creeks, but our animals as well.
Mostly cattle and sheep are polluting our waterways with their wastes. This kills fish such as trout and eels and also causes bad algae and muck to building up in the waterways.
We can stop this by not letting our cattle and sheep near the creek or stream with electric fences. We also found that we can stop this happening just by planting flax, tussocks and native bushes along the bank of rivers or streams. This will stop the wastes from entering into water and also soak up the nutrients within the stream.
By Caitlin and Claudia.
We had a real treat for our Tuesday students with a special visit by Tabitha Leucker, a general practitioner with a real passion for teaching students about the brain. The students learned about the key components and functions of the nervous system including the brain stem which she called the survival system, feelings and the Limbic System and the thinking brain being the Cerebral Cortex system
We also discussed the systems of neurons, dendrites and glial, The glial cells surround neurons and provide support for and insulation between them. Glial cells are the most abundant cell types in the central nervous system.
She explained to the students how to keep their brain online by breathing the four second breath and by finding themselves a peaceful place when they were feeling stress.
She also spoke of the human need to feel a connection to whanau especially in the context of elderly people and babies.
Fantastic to see our Monday performance group share their rendition of the Coldplay hit Viva La Vida. Well done team!
Our students were asked to sort a series of statements about giftedness into two categories; true or false. Examples include:
Overtime, the students will generate their own understanding of 'what is giftedness' and clarify any ideas and misconceptions about giftedness.
We've been using the Depth and Complexity tools to help students learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert. This helps students understand concepts in a deeper and more complex way.
The returning students were asked to research, using the 'details' tool (what are the parts, facts, describing words and attributes), the complex belief system - UTILITARIANISM.
They were asked to share their understanding of the system via a google slide ....
The students realised that morals and ethics play a major role in the utilitarianism belief system. Here a brief example.......
We are excited and tinged with sadness to announce we have successfully re-homed our Quail family. This has been a source of much new learning for all of us at enrich@ILT and definitely created high engagement and rich discussions.
The quail have had endless morning tea and lunch dates and we have enjoyed observing them together. Students seemed to be fascinated with their every detail, behaviour and actions. Thanks to Limehills School for taking Popcorn & Donald Trump and Alex Winslade has offered Spark & Jeff a tranquil farm setting, we wish them a long and happy life.
A special thank you to Nate and Vicki MacKay for their expertise in Quail raising and loaning us all the equipment!
Today we are very excited to herald the arrival of our recently purchased new Musical equipment. We have a Drum Kit, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar and a mobile PA system. Watch this space, we have the power to be on the Busking circuit any time soon! This is going to be so much fun! So many of our students share a passion and talent for Music! Lets make some noise!
Welcome to another exciting term! Today we celebrated publishing three wonderfully creative pieces of writing by the Monday girls; Onevai, Kadison and Sophie.
These are now available in the Library for our students to share and enjoy and maybe be inspired to become a real Author!
Congratulations girls, great writing skills, editing, persevering, listening and accepting specific feedback. We are very proud of your talent.
We also welcomed back to the centre the fabulous four, Popcorn, Donald Trump, Spark and Jeff have grown significantly over the term break.
Today after sketching the Quail, Popcorn got up close and personal with Tessa. These birds have had an audience of chattering students at break times, observing and discussing everything they do. Their new grown up 'crowing' is very entertaining.