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Out and About with Social Sciences

During Week 5, Year 10 students spent a busy three days exploring a range of different sites across our capital city. First stop was the zoo where we considered how it operates as a sustainable tourist activity – even having the opportunity to meet a cockatoo up close.


Meeting a cockatoo at the Zoo.

The following day we had a guided tour of Parliament and a trip in the Cable Car. In the afternoon we visited the Westpac Stadium and had a detailed guided tour of the stadium which we are using to compare it as a venue to the Colosseum in Ancient Rome. A highlight for many girls was sitting in the changing room used by the All Blacks. In the evening we took advantage of Te Papa’s late night opening to visit the impressive Gallipoli, Scale of War Exhibition.


At the Westpac Stadium.


In the All Blacks changing room.

Our final day was focused on exploring the Peter Jackson designed Great War Exhibition. We also had an education session at the recently opened Pukeahu National War Memorial Park considering how as a nation we commemorate and remember those who have fought for our nation as well as the design considerations guiding the creation of such a significant memorial. Our final activity was a wreath laying ceremony inside the National War Memorial which fittingly included students from New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, the UK and South Africa.


Being guided through the Great War Exhibition.


Wreath laying.

The following week Level 3 Geographers were treated to an exciting mystery day experiencing some of the tourism highlights of Hawke’s Bay beginning with a game of Zorb football and ending with dessert at Elephant Hill. Visits to Pernel Fruit World, Classic sheepskin factory, Silky Oaks chocolate complex and Arataki Honey were also included and the girls made a promotional video of what is on offer along the Marine Parade in Napier. We still have a visit to ‘The Farm’ at Cape Kidnappers to complete the tour.


L3 geo students enjoying their mystery tourism day.


Ella with a postcard of her award winning artwork.

At the end of Week 6 Ella McCabe travelled with her mother to Wellington to receive her award for winning the supreme prize in the inaugural Red Cross Restoring Family Links Art Competition. She is pictured holding a postcard of her artwork which has been professionally produced.

Mrs Rachel Roberts, HoD Social Sciences