Tal­ents put to work

Napier Courier - - News -

Ju­nior stu­dents at Ta­matea High School re­cently spent a day work­ing on a project of their choice, work­ing to­gether in groups to ex­plore a big idea, says prin­ci­pal Ro­bibn Fabish.

“Those with a mu­si­cal tal­ent met up to dis­cuss how they could do some­thing worth­while with their mu­si­cal abil­i­ties.”

A brain­storm­ing ses­sion ex­plored ideas and the group de­cided to go busk­ing and use the pro­ceeds to sup­port kids in need through the Kid­sCan foun­da­tion. Ahuriri Busi­ness Hub’s Now Phone and Broad­band com­pany paved the way with the busi­ness hub ten­ants and cafe´ din­ers able to en­joy per­for­mances. Af­ter­wards, the stu­dents eval­u­ated their ven­ture and de­cided next time if groups spread around town when a cruise ship vis­ited, it would raise more money for Kid­sCan.

Year 9 dean and Project Day or­gan­iser Josie Bur­don was thrilled with the out­come of the day.

“We had stu­dents mak­ing Christ­mas bak­ing which was de­liv­ered to el­derly in the com­mu­nity, an­other group vis­ited sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal sites past the air­port, we had some learn­ing hip-hop danc­ing and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. It was a great way to ex­plore authen­tic learn­ing that stu­dents were re­ally mo­ti­vated by. We’re look­ing to ex­pand the model so that it be­comes a reg­u­lar part of what we do at Ta­matea.”

Ta­matea High School Year 10 stu­dents Isaac Ha­naraKing, Mon­tana-Rose Perry and Jay­den Te Wairua.

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