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School Trips



Year 7 Trip to Auckland Art Gallery
 
A few weeks ago, all of the Year 7 classes visited the Auckland Art Gallery.  Everyone had a lovely time exploring and learning about artists of New Zealand and their work.  Included in the trip was an art workshop and an art trail, as well as some spare time to explore the gallery.  During the art workshop, all of the classes got the chance to create a piece of art that was inspired by artist Judy Darragh, an artist known for her sculptural projects using recycled materials found at home, other objects and materials.  As well as participating in the workshop, the classes were also given time to tour throughout the gallery - inside and outside.  Many were intrigued by the recommended artist Charles.F.Goldie, an artist famous for his paintings of Maori people and their culture.
Classes also got to look at the Modern Art and Art Throughout the Centuries Exhibits.  All of the Year 7 classes left with a better understanding of New Zealand artists and their work.  Many were inspired by the art and hope to return soon.
Written by Laura Jackson and Alina Hesse - 7BEZ
Year 9 Ecology Day - Manly Beach

Despite overcast conditions and the occasional sprinkle of rain, the Year 9 learners ventured to Manly beach to complete activities as part of the Science Department Ecology Day.  Learners worked in groups to demonstrate understanding of food chains, energy flow and trophic levels in the marine communities.  A major focus was collecting data for the marine metre square citizen scientist project (www.mm2.net.nz) that evaluates the health of New Zealand's intertidal ecosystems. 

Thank you to all the parent helpers who came down and supervised the learners.  A special thanks to Steve from Shakespeare Regional Park, who spoke to all the learners in the auditorium about Auckland Council's efforts to eradicate introduced pest species from the park.
 
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