Header Image: Horizon School (Snells Beach) Year 7/8 students soak up history in the spot where Te Tiriti was first signed and imagine what that day would have been like for the different people here at the time. This group found their visit "interactive and hands-on"
About 3400 students of all ages from around New Zealand visited in Term 1; we appreciate the variety of groups, no two visits are ever the same and we often learn new things too. Here we share a few snapshots from a busy Term 1.
Te Kōngahu Museum's interactive displays engage students from Kamo Intermediate School (Whangārei). In the museum students complete digital missions, sharing their own ideas and opinions as we unravel the stories and taonga of Waitangi. Year 13 students from Manurewa High School (Auckland) focused on the causes and consequences of the Northern Wars which began across the water in Kororāreka (March 1845). This group enjoyed "the way that story-telling was used to convey events, bringing them to life" . Year 9 Marist College students (Auckland) explore the changing digital stories on display in Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. "Relevant, fun and informative with lots of links to the curriculum" was the feedback from this group. All the way from Christchurch, Chisnallwood Intermediate students designed a unique tohu (mark or sign) to sign a special sheet with a feather pen like some of the rangatira did in 1840. Teacher feedback was that "students were able to see and experience what they had read and been told". Inside Te Whare Rūnanga after the cultural show, Year 13 Northcote College students (Auckland) meet Te Pitowhenua performers - teacher feedback noted "students had a deeper understanding of our country, both historically and culturally" Some groups have visited our temporary exhibition, He Kaupapa Waka; here students from the bilingual class at Kamo Intermediate School (Whangārei) get the feel of traditional carved hoe (paddles). Teachers found "the content delivery was child-friendly, fully engaged tamariki, thought-provoking, beautifully accurate account of history".