Wool comes to Toko­roa school

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Toko­roa may not be known as sheep coun­try but stu­dents at David Henry School are now ex­perts on wool.

The Cam­paign for Wool New Zealand Trust’s The Wool Shed, which is a 20 foot ship­ping con­tainer packed with in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing tools for stu­dents look­ing at the wide va­ri­ety of prod­ucts made from wool and to study its unique at­tributes, has spent the last few weeks at the school.

It sup­ports learn­ing across tech­nol­ogy, maths, sci­ence, eco­nomics, and english. Deputy prin­ci­pal Naima Placid said the re­ac­tion from stu­dents and teach­ers alike has been noth­ing but pos­i­tive.

‘‘It has been ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing as we have had stu­dents go in that never knew so many things could be made from wool and they come out re­ally ex­cited,’’ she said.

‘‘The teach­ers have re­ally en­joyed it too and I think hav­ing a hands on in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for the kids has been amaz­ing.’’

‘‘The stu­dents also watched a video on shear­ing sheep which they had never seen done be­fore. They were a lit­tle con­cerned for the sheep but the sheep were fine,’’ she laughed.

The Wool Shed was opened in 2015 by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, who is the pa­tron of The Cam­paign for Wool New Zealand Trust.

It has been tour­ing the North Is­land in part­ner­ship with PGG Wright­son and is mainly aimed at in­ter­me­di­ate level stu­dents but all ages, in­clud­ing par­ents, have the op­por­tu­nity to visit free of charge.

Cam­paign for Wool New Zealand Trust chair Re­nata Apatu said it was a great way to make younger gen­er­a­tions aware of how ver­sa­tile wool can be.

‘‘Wool is an amaz­ing fi­bre and has many unique and won­der­ful prop­er­ties that our younger gen­er­a­tion are gen­er­ally un­aware of,’’ he said.

Apatu said an ex­am­ple of the ver­sa­til­ity of wool can be seen in its role at the Wim­ble­don ten­nis tour­na­ment.

‘‘Wool has good crimp char­ac­ter­is­tics mean­ing it has more ‘‘bounce’’. Once felted and at­tached to a rub­ber ball, and af­ter be­ing tested for bounce, com­pres­sion and weight, it can be­come an of­fi­cial Wim­ble­don match ball,’’ he said.

The Wool Shed is also sup­ported by an on­line re­source at woolin­schools.nz and Placid said due to the pos­i­tive feed­back re­ceived the shed is likely to re­turn to the school in the fu­ture. Bur­glar­ies There were three bur­glar­ies. A 21-year-old lo­cal male has been ar­rested in re­la­tion to one of these from in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­nity which we ap­pre­ci­ate.

If you see sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity don’t hes­i­tate to call us.

It can be any­thing from an un­fa­mil­iar ve­hi­cle in a drive­way, some­one loi­ter­ing around, some­one walk­ing down a street car­ry­ing some­thing strange.

If you see some­thing that doesn’t quite look right those are the mo­ment we need you to call us. A per­son may be le­git but we are only too happy to check as it could mean sav­ing some­one’s pre­cious pos­ses­sions. * Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son

LUKE KIRKEBY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Stu­dents at Toko­roa’s David Henry School en­joy The Wool Shed vis­it­ing their school.

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