Testimonials

Kereru Count

Provided wonderment and awe !!!! The akonga loved it - fantastic. Amazing PD for me, too.

Emily Wells from St Mark's School Christchurch

Kererū Count was of benefit to me as a teacher to enhance engagement with Maori students in science at both the junior year 9 and senior year 12 class. I also used this field trip with my classes to tie in with DOC Conservation Week.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

Excellent and effective in students gaining an appreciation of our unique environment. Retiring and I want to thank you for providing this service. I have used it through out many many years of teaching, and have always found it to be of a very high standard.

Barbara Hore from Waikaia School

Very appropriate and engaging both due to the focus of the unit and the delivery. Extremely motivating for the students learning. Great to have the personal touch where the children get to interact with Andrew. Very relevant and future focused.

Jillian Evans from Elmwood Normal School

Helped to get students actively involved and participating in science and suitability projects.

Joshua Morris from Francis Douglas Memorial College

This trip was real science in action and my students had buy-in from the start. The videos and real life experiences are very beneficial to the children's learning, opening their eyes to the wider world and I love the way the field trips incorporate aspects of Maori culture and beliefs.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

It supported teaching about the principles and values of the NZC for this group of 5-10 year old students, who are a part of the school's environmental team. It has been a driver for these students to form connections with those experts in our community who can support their projects, such as biosecurity officers at the regional council and local iwi.

Carol Tyson from Hurupaki School

For my NZ students currently living overseas, it was most effective in raising their awareness of fauna back home and actions some people have taken to help kerer.

Robina Smythe from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Garden Bird Survey

It was absolutely excellent! It was very appropriate for the citizenship in Science that we are learning about, and is perfect for an authentic context to reinforce teaching of the science capabilities and the Nature of Science.

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

Students became very involved in finding out about birds in our school grounds.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

Ticks every box! The key competencies are embedded throughout the learning for a LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip. Student motivation is always high and there is a good mixture of technology along with literacy.

Jacqueline Barrett from Westbrook School

Timely and relevant.

Richard Kerr from ACG Sunderland

It gave a context for learning - becoming a civilian scientist contributing to a wider project. It linked to our school big idea of Nurturing Our Nature, encompassing science and social science (responsibility and impact).

Katherine Gerrand from Red Beach School

This field trip aligned perfectly with out native bird inquiry this term, and gave great background information to support what we had already been learning. It was motivating and engaging - now the students are starting to have a real connection to the LEARNZ team and the process (of a virtual field trip).

Alice Keeling from Springston School

Being a country school with a strong environmental focus, this was a perfect field trip for our class. The field trip particularly supported curiosity, ecological sustainability, participating and contributing, integrity, citizen science, and community engagement.

Jane Pearson from Hira School

These trips are fantastic. Students absolutely love them. Meets lots of areas of the curriculum - science, arts, english (reading, writing, speaking), maths.

Shelley Barbour from St Albans School

Great variety of ecology concepts covered in the virtual field trip each day for my Year 9 students. Many opportunities for students to manage themselves and work through the activities in preparation for the field trip.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

This field trip fitted in perfectly with our philosophy and values as an enviro-school. As a Y1-8 sole charge school everyone was able to access the field trip at some level and we were able to do all the activities together as there was so much photo and video content for the less able readers, yet those more interested could read the texts for greater detail.

Teresa Jones from Waitoriki School

Being a Citizen Scientist was extremely valuable and hit many curriculum areas, especially science, maths, art and language. We have been prompted by student feedback to move onto healthy environments and Maori aspects as well. 

Shelley Friedrich from Dargaville Primary School

It allowed students to work independently and collaboratively depending on their age. It encourgaged values - respecting our environment. And met a need for science.

Jessica Keay from Ahuroa School

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