Tawa pupils’ passion
The pupils in room 3 at Tawa Intermediate are certainly a passionate bunch.
As part of a third-term project they were asked to design, research and present on a topic they have strong personal feelings about.
The results were varied, and included a desire to put barriers at train crossings for pedestrians, collect bedding and old towels for the SPCA, make a movie and develop a healthy muesli bar.
The year 7 and 8 pupils learnt important research skills and how to work to deadlines, pupil Jessica Rayner said.
‘‘We had to be organised, make posters and present our ideas in the right way. It was important to grow relationships, too.’’
Hannah Lamfam designed a welcome pack for new pupils to Tawa Intermediate. She said she struggled to find her way around when she started attending, so thought a pack, including a map and other aids, would help newcomers gain confidence.
Principal Brendon Henderson said the ‘‘passion projects’’ concept was a new initiative, but came at the right time for this age group.
‘‘They are really starting to develop their global awareness and individual issues that they feel strongly about.
‘‘The projects fit in well with what we’re trying to achieve here at Tawa Intermediate.’’
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