Some of the Talent Development students have been cooking up a storm this week to donate to the Spirit Army. The wonderful Gerry Forde collected our donations today, ready to brighten up some struggling families Friday. Thanks to the bakers Jorgia Tucker, Libby Crawford, Danielle Aitken, Tyla Robinson and Sophie Cundall for making the Banana Cake, Macaroni Cheese, Anzac Biscuits and Chocolate Chippy Biscuits. Great effort team!
Te Taonga Mauri have been running story tours, every day, which we were fortunate enough to attend. They are located in the old Sassy's Cafe in Esk Street, the carvings, history and stories behind this display are outstanding. Our students learned many new facts behind the Matariki celebration and so much more! Thanks to Oti Murray for being our guide each day, we have loved it. The changing colours reflecting the Aurora was a favourite!
We welcomed Shela, a visiting Teacher from our sister city, Suqian City, in China. Shela will be with us for the next two weeks and will be sharing some of her culture with our students. Today, the students created straw paintings of plum trees, unique to China.
We also welcomed Cohen from NZ Fish and Game, who delivered us fresh salmon eggs we will yet again care for this year. Our two salmon enthusiasts, Braedyn and Josh, helped Cohen place our friends to their new environment.
This week the student's have been exploring many interesting resources and facts about the Matariki celebrations, we discovered one way to celebrate this was with kai. And then we discovered a recipe for Māori fried bread or Paraoa Parai, well that is another food addiction we did not need! Deliciousness! Paul said it brought back wonderful memories from his nan making this treat for him as a child.
If you are interested in the history behind the star cluster, check out this link...
Final day of this interesting week, we have enjoyed meeting so many of your extended whanau, thanks so much for taking the time to visit the centre and share in this exciting opportunity for these unique student learners. Friday students enjoyed the challenges of the rotations and produced some awesome "mystery" object resources with the Dinoscope's. This has been a most successful way of raising the awareness of our community about the programme we offer, huge thanks again to the Invercargill Licensing Trust and the ILT Foundation. Without these forward thinking, community minded organisations, this opportunity would not be possible for our children.
Another busy day of special visitors to share our learning with, thanks so much for coming along. Today guests were able to see the coding of shperos, and how frustrations were arising
and patience and perseverance was required. We observed some fabulous and detailed spinal cords being researched and created. The dinoscopes were zooming and magnifying a variety of objects, skin, grazes and scabs were the most fascinating! And the makey makey kits were creating a variety of circuits, musical and also lighting up bulbs. Discovering all of these things was described as.... So much fun! And the native bird wall is almost fully painted.
Another day of visitors which the students are really enjoying, sharing their learning and challenging parents and Grandparents to join in!
Monday's students were excited to see so many special people visit and take an interest in the learning happening at enrich@ILT today. Take a tour of the photos to see what was happening today! Thanks so much for coming along, especially fabulous to welcome back an ex- student, Hannah!
In preparation for our Gifted Awareness week, next week, we have had the wonderfully talented enrich@ILT in residence artist Esther represent some concepts to reflect the theme " Catalyst of Success". After some planning and discussion the students and Esther have decided that these images represent aspects of growing success. #ideas #selfmanagement #resiliency #gentleness #love We look forward to seeing all of our guests next week during OPEN WEEK! And we have LOVED the visitors we have already had this week.
Tuesday talent options for Caleb, Tyla and Danielle has seen some explorations in edible science experiments. We recently purchased Dr Michelle Dickinson's Kitchen Science Cookbook which has 50 recipes in a book that describes and explains " the science" behind each experiment to help explain the results. Students make predictions and hypothesis asking what may happen and why, then record each step along the way. Yesterday was Unicorn Noodles! We are learning about pH levels and hoping to transfer what we learn about this scientific principal to our hydroponics kit and salmon raising tank, which require different levels of pH. Scientists use the pH scale to describe the concentration of hydrogen protons in a solution. With 7 being neutral, a pH of less than seven means the solution is acidic, while a pH greater than 7 means the solution is alkaline. We boiled up a red cabbage to produce a purple pigment called Anthocyanin, this pigment is also found in Blueberries. Our unicorn noodles made an edible pH meter, we added lemon juice to turn the noodles pink.