Mobile classroom’s long reach
The iconic Harold the Giraffe visited Te Poi Primary School last week – much to the delight of the students there.
The Life Education Mobile Classroom always makes its first stop at Te Poi each year before going on to other schools in the district.
Educator Shelley Marshall said Te Poi School’s loyalty to the bus is why it starts the school year there.
‘‘The children here are so receptive, and they always really enjoy it,’’ she said. Last week the mobile classroom also went to St Joseph’s and will be back later in the term to visit Matamata Christian School and Firth Primary.
Matamata Primary will have its yearly visit in term three.
At Te Poi the students learnt a number of things from Harold including how to be friends with others and how best to deal with conflict.
‘‘ This year the school is focusing on Social Relations so we have been talking about relationships,’’ Mrs Marshall said.
They watched short DVDS and participated in role plays and team activities. Student Wiki Horne, 11, said she enjoyed having Harold back at school.
‘‘This year we learnt to be friends with people and not to lie to your friends,’’ she said.
Elisa Schwabauer, 10, was also thrilled to have Harold visiting.
‘‘ We learnt about being kind. I look forward to Harold coming every year,’’ she said.
Joell Poto, 10, reckons he remembers everything he has learnt because it was so interesting.
Harold has been visiting kiwi kids for 24 years and over the course of this school year will see nearly half of the 450,000 primary and intermediate aged children in New Zealand.
The teachers in the Life Education bus take lessons involving healthy eating, relationships, self-esteem and cover topical issues such as drugs and bullying.
Making friends: From left, Sebastian Ottosen, educator Shelley Marshall, Elisa Schwabauer, Joell Poto and Wiki Horne talk to Harold the Giraffe at Te Poi last week.