Tawa pupils’ pas­sion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Smash hit: Count­down trol­ley stacker Damian Jo­han­son is fa­mous with cus­tomers for his singing and help­ful na­ture.

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