4. WINDFARM WALK
Walk in restricted areas of the Te Apiti Windfarm in a 4.6km family fundraiser for Awahou School.
Awahou School in the Pohangina Valley has involved its entire whanau in promoting a new fundraiser. And it’s no walk in the park.
Walk the Windfarm is a 4.6km trek that takes place this Sunday May 22, offering walkers access to parts of the Te Apiti windfarm not usually available to the general public.
Awahou principal Matt Schmidt says all aspects of the fundraiser have been incorporated into the children’s daily learning.
Students have been utilising the school’s ICT resources and exploring their own creative design skills to create route signs for the walk.
The project also coincides with the current student-led term inquiry topic, Kiwiana.
‘‘We’re examining what is means to be a Kiwi. For our school, nestled in the foothills of the ranges, we see the turbines as a classic symbol of our clean, green EnZed image and in particular, our region,’’ Matt explains.
‘‘We studied waste last term and many of our children have become quite interested in how we waste electricity and the alternative options for power generation and consumption.’’
Term 2 is also cross-country training time.
‘‘We’ve laid down the challenge to our pupils to take part in the walk and maybe even run it, to improve their stamina for our big cross country event.’’
He is keen for the wider community to join in and help fund resources for the school while out enjoying a unique experience.
‘‘We’ve partnered with our neighbour Meridian Energy to bring families and walkers of all ages this special experience. You’ll gain access to parts of the windfarm only the westerly wind usually gets to see.’’
Tickets for the family outing must be pre-booked with family entry $50, adults $20, and children (14 and under) $10.
May 29 is the event’s postponement date.
For more information contact event coordinator Kim Marcus on 021 703 799, firstname.lastname@example.org, and facebook.com/AwahouWalkTheWindFarm.
Awahou School senior students work on creating route-finding signs for their school’s new ‘‘Walk the Windfarm’ fundraising event.