Christchurch trip planned
Te Ranga School’s intermediate age students are in for an exciting time in term 3.
The school’s Year 7 and 8 students are heading to Christchurch thanks to the school being named one of 20 winners of Air NZ’s Airpoints for Schools competition.
Year 7 and 8 teacher James Kerr entered the competition late last year, proposing the students visit Canterbury to study the effects of the earthquake and look at how the community is overcoming adversity rebuilding their city.
The weeklong trip will also involve a trip to Lake Tekapo for ice skating, hotpools and snowtubing, a visit to Mt Hutt skifield for snowboarding as well as inspecting the sites in and around Christchurch including the Antarctic Centre and Akaroa.
The students will also get to build on the relationship being built between their school and Longbeach School in Ashburton.
Te Ranga teacher Daphne Williams and wha¯nau came from Ashburton to Te Matai Rd a few years ago and has organised billeting with families of Longbeach School for a couple of nights.
“This is a great fit as Longbeach is a similar sized rural, full primary and the connection is being developed through Skype video links and letters of introduction prior to the visit,” says Te Ranga principal Brendan Wilson.
Brendan says retaining Year 7 and 8 students has been a big focus of the school’s board of trustees and has been made a strategic goal.
“A standalone intermediate class enables us to have the critical mass necessary to field sports teams, provide competition and motivation in class and encourage social interaction with a wide range of students,” says James.
In pursuit of this goal, James and the school management have created the Hawk Academy, an outdoors and cultural programme where the intermediate aged students participate in at least three out of school activities a term.
This year the students have visited Waterworld on the Strand, rope climbed at Adrenaline Forest and mountain biked at the Redwoods.
To ensure these activities remain accessible for all, the board has created a budget to subsidise the activities.
The weeklong trip to Christchurch for the 18 students and four adults will cost just over $100 as the intermediate aged students run the school lunches once a week and clean their own block to raise funds.
Profits from these endeavours are funnelled into the account which subsidises their trips.