Week on Mangaia a learning experience

Monday August 27, 2018 Written by Published in Education
One of the groups of Year 8 students from Apii Nikao at the airport on Friday before they left for a week on the southern island of Mangaia. 18082609 One of the groups of Year 8 students from Apii Nikao at the airport on Friday before they left for a week on the southern island of Mangaia. 18082609

A group of Year 8 students from Apii Nikao is visiting Mangaia on a bi-annual school trip designed to help them learn more about the outer islands.

 

The trip follows on from a similar one made to Atiu in 2016 and 34 students and 20 teachers and parents are away for a week to learn about life on Mangaia.

Principal Elizabeth Kapi said it was all about taking learning outside of the classroom.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have their eyes opened to learning more about our outer islands and what (residents’) day-to-day lives are like.

“We have a number of students here with us who haven’t been to any of the outer islands, as well as a number who haven’t been to Mangaia before.

“The week will be full of enrichment of our culture and heritage and the trip overall will take a lot of our students out of their comfort zone, but it will help them to grow and we can’t wait to hear about their experience when they return.”

Kapi said Mangaia was randomly chosen as the students’ destination but would show them the differences between the two island lifestyles.

“Back in my day, we had to do our chores before we went to school and most don’t do that now. But in places like Mangaia they still are expected to, so it will really show our students how lucky they are to have the things they do here at school and at home.”

            - Jaimie Keay

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