Testimonials

Opera

This field trip fitted in with the Arts Curriculum perfectly. I used the background information to teach the children about Opera and its place in NZ culture.

Lois Pettigrew from North Loburn School

It was really successful and appealed to both boys and girls, who embraced the whole opera idea. Students' KCs developed well and the use of devices proved really successful. Great resource: cross-curricular, useful for literacy, and Maori keyword translations were appreciated.

Francis Ganderton from Cashmere Primary School

I used it with a learning group within my class and it supported their understanding very well. The flexibility in the level of involvement was great.  We joined last minute based on an emerging interest/need within the group and it engaged them wonderfully. Great use of eLearning.

Megan McLellan from Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi School

We were able to link this field trip with our school learning about performance, and our "showcase" which will be at the end of this term. The content was accessible to all students, with them able to listen to the information if they were unable to read it. Students were particularly engaged when taking part in the audioconference and asking questions, live.

Shelley Galloway from St Albans School

The children really enjoyed this unit, as there was lots of awesome information relevant to them putting on our school production next term. I will use LEARNZ again because I love the field trips! 

Gemma Forde from St Theresa's School Invercargill

It was an opportunity for students to experience something they may not have ever been able to, had it not been for this field trip.

Whitney Hansen from Hoon Hay School

It's great to have SOLO linked to the lessons. Children are able to work on this independently and show responsibility for their learning.

Hilary Seymour from Roydvale School

My online (distance) class was focussing on a topic about creativity this term so the Opera Trip was a great complement to this. LEARNZ trips offer rich, pertinent learning about the place we live in.

Robina Smythe from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

The Opera field trip supported the extension of my childrens' experiences and new interests.  Who knows how it will unfold and manifest itself in the years to come!

SandRa Timmins from Homelovelifelearning Home School

Very appropriate in that we are doing a production this term, and it was a cool way for my students to see the arts in action for real.

Emma Ryder from Mapua School

The students learned so much more than I thought - they were engaged when seeing students their own age asking deep questions. We are looking at creating our own movies and seeing the interviews with cast and crew helped to focus their ideas and find realistic goals.

Sharon Riley from Ruapotaka School

Students were engaged, motivated and excited to be taking part, and learnt a great deal from this field trip as it encouraged them to work towards excellence. Participating meant they engaged with the curriculum in English, The Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Drama), Technology, and with many of the Key Competencies.

Shelley Barbour from St Albans School

Inspired and developed an appreciation for this field of the arts to a group of children from a variety of backgrounds, who all all said they enjoyed it and looked at opera differently now. Marvellous student opportunities - also developed and extended the knowledge of some students for whom music is a personal skill.

Johanne Wicks from Otari School

Fantastic for my year 5/6 class. They learned so many skills and it was great to apply them to a real-life purpose, putting questions to experts in the audioconference. The field trip was a very effective learning experience for my class, which was added to by attending the dress rehearsal. 

Samantha Edwards from Kenakena School

We were doing an inquiry into plays and performance and it was a great hook for the kids. It was good background for our topic and was good to hear from actual experts.

Ryan Jackson from Kenakena School

Our values at our school include Creativity, so this was a great link to the curriculum as well as seeing the production elements of performance. The performance technology students got to see elements of performance for something we can't teach at school.

Juanita McLellan from Kuranui College

Used this for my music unit this term. It was exciting for the kids. Great opportunities to participate and contribute to each other's learning. The learners used what they discovered in many ways. 

Rosalinda Waters from St Patrick's School Greymouth

This term's topic is wearable arts, so the field trip was a perfect immersion into the world of performance and costuming. It was useful for increasing interest in the world and performing arts, and I was able to use the information and interactive questions as an effective reading activity, which I then used as a prompt for writing.

Sherilyn Hall from Dyer Street School

As we have our school production this term, it was really valuable for the children to see it done on a larger scale. I love these trips - the children really get to learn things in a lot more depth than they would normally. The use of technology is a great way of hooking them in too!

Joanne Mortimer from Weston School

Our KC for Term 3 was Using Language, Symbols and Texts. This trip offered the opportunity to see a completely different view of the ways people communicate though opera. We were also able to integrate the trip with our Arts programme. One of the best virtual field trips we have been involved with.

Graham Elsmore from Christian Renewal School

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