Har­bour role proves good fit for Lo­gan

Will push re­source kit

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua Har­bour ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor Re­becca Lo­gan is putting much of her spare time into the role, but her job as a mother will come first.

The sci­ence teacher at Wellington East Girls’ Col­lege is on parental leave and is just days from hav­ing her sec­ond child.

The Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent said the newly cre­ated ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor role, which is part-time, would fit well with mother du­ties.

‘‘I wasn’t re­ally look­ing for any work for when I was on leave, but this role was ad­ver­tised and I saw the job de­scrip­tion.

‘‘I thought, ‘Wow, this looks per­fect’. The hours are flex­i­ble and it’s in a field I’m pas­sion­ate about.

‘‘It helps me to stay hooked into the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, when I was look­ing at a long time out of it.’’

Thanks to fund­ing from the Philipp Fam­ily Foun­da­tion char­i­ta­ble trust, a free re­source has been cre­ated that will go into Porirua schools.

It utilises the Liv­ing Wa­ters se­ries of doc­u­men­taries pro­duced by Porirua film- maker Ch­eryl Cameron, and gives ex­am­ples of how teach­ers can im­ple­ment class work and field trips that take in the Porirua Har­bour and catch­ment.

It is aimed at year 5 to year 10 school­child­ren.

Lo­gan’s role will be to pro­mote the re­source, co- or­di­nate field trips and projects and pro­vide pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for teach­ers.

Class­room work could in­volve wa­ter sam­pling, stud­ies of marine life, adopt­ing a part of a lo­cal stream or other ac­tiv­i­ties, she said.

Ul­ti­mately, the re­source could help to cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the har­bour and its catch­ment, waste­water and stormwa­ter is­sues, she said.

‘‘ It needs to be fun. That’s im­por­tant.

‘‘And it makes learn­ing real, be­cause the har­bour is in ev­ery­one’s back­yard.

‘‘I’m con­fi­dent there will be good take-up from the schools – we’re al­ready re­ceiv­ing good feed­back.’’

Her first task was to host an all­day work­shop last week to in­tro­duce in­ter­ested teach­ers to the re­source and con­duct a tour of stu­dent- friendly sites along Porirua Stream and Mo­tukaraka Point.

‘‘I’m not go­ing to be the one talk­ing to kids, but will give support to the teach­ers, con­nect­ing them to the right peo­ple.

‘‘I know how tough it is for them to do all this them­selves.’’

Lo­gan said as well as ex­tra money com­ing in, the co-or­di­na­tor role was per­son­ally ful­fill­ing.

‘‘We’ve been in Ti­tahi Bay for three years and this is a great chance for me to con­trib­ute to my com­mu­nity.

‘‘That’s very im­por­tant to me.’’

Ed­u­ca­tor: Re­becca Lo­gan is the Porirua Har­bour ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor.

Pho­tos: KRIS DANDO

Teach­ing the teach­ers: Zoe Studd from the Is­land Bay Marine Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre passes on some tips to Porirua teach­ers, as part of the re­source launch last week.

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