Pupils build pizza oven

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ALYSSA SMITH

Pizza is al­ways on the menu at Rat­apiko School.

Last year, the stu­dents de­sign and cre­ated a pizza oven. Prin­ci­pal of Rat­apiko School Lisa Hill says it was an en­tire school ef­fort.

“I spent the day with Cap­tain En­viro Peter Heard who told me a lit­tle bit about mak­ing a pizza oven and so we de­cided to make one.”

The oven took eight months to make and one day to build.

“We started at 9am and it was fin­ished by 3pm that af­ter­noon. The chil­dren mixed the clay with the saw­dust and sand and cre­ated the lay­ers of the oven.”

She thanked the Marriner fam­ily who do­nated the clay for the oven. The oven gets plenty of use.

She says the oven has also cre­ated learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The pupils make and cre­ate their own piz­zas, us­ing some of the crops at the school which teaches them about sus­tain­able liv­ing. It’s giv­ing the chil­dren skills they’ll use in later life.”

Lisa says by work­ing on the pizza oven, it gives the chil­dren the feel­ing of con­nec­tion with their school.

“In a few years, when the pupils have left the school they’ll come and visit and see all the things they done which will give them a sense of pride.”

Prin­ci­pal Lisa Hill (left) with the pupils and staff of Rat­apiko School. (In­sert) The pizza oven.

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