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Youngsters eye dream jobs

Saturday February 04, 2017 Written by Published in Education
L-R Jaselle Areora loves to sing and hopes to fulfi l her dreams one da Jaia Harris dreams to one day be a professional soccer player. Maeva Fe’ao holds her future aspiration of being a movie star. L-R Jaselle Areora loves to sing and hopes to fulfi l her dreams one da Jaia Harris dreams to one day be a professional soccer player. Maeva Fe’ao holds her future aspiration of being a movie star.

STUDENTS at Apii Te Uki Ou have begun their first school project, called, “Future Me”. Year 5 and 6 students were given the opportunity by their teacher, Amy Koekemoer, to pursue their dreams.

 

Koekemoer said she wanted to learn more about each child in her class and she tried to think of a way to encourage the students to learn about each other and their unique qualities.

“I wanted them to start the year off motivated by their big dream goal.

“They need to know they can achieve anything if they set their mind on it.”

The 26 students were excited to learn more about each other’s individual desires and dreams.

Koekemoer said the project would be used across the curriculum.

“The students will be writing daily accounts and descriptions about themselves.

“This is also an opportunity for them to improve their writing ability and literacy.

She said the children were enthusiastic writing about their dream jobs and seemed motivated. 

“Throughout the term the children will be paired with someone in the community who works in the jobs they chose to gain some valuable experience and encouragement to pursue their dreams.

Koekemoer said she wanted each student in her class to feel valued and to know that their teacher cares about their big dreams.

“When the children feel respected and valued there is more unity amongst the students in the classroom.”

Year 5 student Maeva Fe’ao said she wants to be a movie star when she grows up.

“I like being dramatic and I like acting.

“My favourite movie is Annie and I like it because it is actually realistic and the things that happen in the movie can happen in real life.”