Testimonials

Whats the Plan Stan?

It was well organised and at the students' levels so no-one was left behind. They now have a good understanding of what to do next in the case of an emergency.

Amanda Carter from Pukekohe Intermediate

Engagement levels were very high, and they were keen to know more following the video conferences, even though we were watching them after they were recorded. The field trip enabled me to support learners with barriers to their learning, e.g. reading, and enabled the class to continue to develop their self-directed/guided learning style.

Anne Rodgers from Hanmer Springs School

The field trip really helped the children to think and plan ahead what they would do to keep safe in an emergency. The videos linked to disasters that could happen in our area.

Angela Hunt from Red Beach School

Timely reminder of our readiness for an emergency, also tied in our fire drill with the field trip. Gives students access to experts without having to go anywhere, particularly beneficial for our small isolated Y1-8 school.

Nicola Evans from Papanui Junction School

Very effective, especially for those students who had the ability to engage in the audio conferences and ask their own questions. This was a great way to immerse my class in lots of information and to initiate lots of discussion. Thank you!

Rachel Hall from Paremata School

Kereru Count

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

Great. We used it to plan our own Kereru Count field trip.

Ryan Fraser from Maheno School

The students love the fact that the website format doesn't change from field trip to field trip. When you have chosen the 'right' field trip, there is an increase in student agency. As we live in an area where there are plenty of Kereru, this field trip was very appropriate in the leadup to the Great Kereru Count.

Marcia Karaitiana from St Peter's College Gore

Suited the inquiry process the students were about to begin locally. Supported our classroom based programme - good ideas that we could follow.

Kent Davis from Wakefield School

Students could relate to this, as we have kereru around our school and it was good to find out ways to make sure this continues. Fabulous way to learn about what is really happening in and around our country and then transfer that learning to local communities.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

My students were very engaged in the kererū topic and enjoyed learning about something they could see in their own environment. It aligned with our theme/values this term of tangata whenua - kaitiakitanga. The web site encouraged independent learning and I was also able to use it to enhance our reading and writing programme.

Janice Porter from Kingsway School

Fantastic link to the Great Kererū Count. Helped support learning in class and our participation in the count itself.

Alisa Wolsey from St Brendan's School Heretaunga

Our class name is Kereru and we did the Kereru Count last year, so lots of links - videos etc held our interest, taught us new content, sparked discussion. Future focussed, fits in with our school value of Kaitiakitanga, visions of sustainability and connectedness. Easy access online tool which has real life context. Great.

Tracey Janes from Diamond Harbour School

We live in an area where Kererū are of significant importance and this really highlighted this for the students. Covered a wide area of teaching specific NZ values.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

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

Emily Wells from St Mark's School Christchurch

As I am retiring, I want to thank you for providing this service which I have used for the last 6 years at two different schools.

Barbara Hore from Waikaia School

Was an awesome collaborative and digital experience for chn.

Leasa Craw from Morrinsville 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

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