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Experience Waimairi-iri Day (copy)

Nadene Brouwer —

Global languages, Science experiments, Team sports, Literature, Social Science, Choreography, Art skills, colourful maths, Pacifika kai, creating businesses and digital game design were only a part of what was on offer by Burnside High School to our talented and passionate Year 5-7 students within the Waimairi-iri Kāhui Ako.

We were privileged to have so many skilled and expert teachers at Burnside High School, who used part of their day to showcase some of the exciting options available to Year 5 - 7 students from within the Kāhui Ako. Approximately 110 students came from our contributing schools. These learners opted into morning and/or afternoon sessions in areas that they are interested in.
Many of these tamariki got to see the specialised resources and facilities on offer at Burnside High School. There were opportunities for them to use specific computer programmes in Digital technology and Mathematics, as well as using their team skills in Physical Education, Outdoor Ed and Health. Ākonga definitely got to use their creative talents in areas like Art where they constructed striking portraits, and several speedy sessions in the Languages faculty where some activities were Māori kēmu and making teru teru bōzu, a traditional Japanese doll to keep the rain away. This celebration of culture continued in the kitchen where kaiako and BHS student rangatahi enabled our visitors to cook delicious Pacifika Chop Suey. English had students using their flair to embellish sentences amongst other collaborative activities, and Social Sciences explored broad global themes. The Dance troupe and their fabulous student leaders taught the tamariki a dance in 90 minutes, the budding Scientists made speakers from paper while commerce had students in teams competitively manufacturing and selling products.
During the short break for kai, the tamariki were absolutely buzzing. It was so rewarding to see these students not only making connections with one another, but their excitement at using their talents and seeing how these can be channelled in the future.
Huge acknowledgements to the staff who took the time to put these engaging opportunities together, and the student leaders who worked alongside and led the manuhiri, and all the kura who enabled students to be part of this very successful day.