Year 7 & 8 pupils have fun time in the Capital
Year 7 and 8 returned to school last Friday following a very successful and highly enjoyable trip to Wellington.
Monday 14th to Friday 17th March
44 students and 7 adults headed south on Monday to visit such places as Te Papa, Parliament, Zealandia (Karori Wildlife Sanctuary), Carter Observatory, Wellington Circus Trust School and the Wellington Zoo.
The four days started with a tour around the Wellington Zoo before heading off to Courtney Place to the food court for dinner. After this we headed back to the Zoo for a night tour and a sleepover. The tour and sleepover proved to be a big hit with the animals really playing up to the audience.
Over the next two days we visited:
Te Papa to view the Brian Brake exhibition (A Lens on the World), a stunning exhibition that is well worth a visit. The girls also spent time looking around the long term exhibits.
Parliament – Year 8 had an incredible visit under the guidance of the very knowledgeable Miranda and local MP Craig Foss where we had the opportunity to meet and greet a lot of MPs on their way to Caucus including John Key, Lockwood Smith, Simon Power and Anne Tolley. Thank goodness Mrs Davis was on hand with her trusty camera to snap some memorable photos for us! This tour was a highlight for us all and well worth doing should you happen to have spare time while in Wellington.
The Carter Observatory has had a makeover since our last visit in 2009. As usual the guides and educators were very enthusiastic and the students enjoyed learning and looking at the different constellations.
Zealandia too has had an incredible makeover since our last visit. This place truly is a gem and well worth visiting. Here in the wild confines of the sanctuary we were able to view takahe, kaka, saddlebrown teal and tuatara living in their natural habitat. The girls were very moved and inspired by our fantastic and very enthusiastic guide, Brian.
The Circus School was a new addition to the timetable this year and on all accounts a worthwhile and memorable visit was had by all (even those just watching!). The girls spent two hours tumbling, climbing, swinging, controlling and throwing their bodies all around the place. The concentration and effort was obvious on all faces and I think a couple of people took a few days to recover!
A huge thank you to the wonderful staff and parents who accompanied us: Ms Ellie Burge, Mrs Lesley Mawley, Mrs Kim Davis, Mrs Ann McLeod, Mrs Ros Thomas and Mrs Jo Wilson. My goodness we couldn’t have picked a more empathetic, energetic, and enthusiastic group of adults. Their care and support of the students was second to none and the extra length they went to ensure everything ran smoothly was so appreciated by me. Thank you so much ladies!
Barry the bus driver also proved a real hit in the new 57 seater gold Nimons bus – aptly nicknamed ‘the Crunchie Bar’ by some of the girls. Barry was a very careful driver and only too happy to run round after us, including negotiating and stopping on Lambton Quay during the hustle and bustle of a busy Wellington lunch hour to load all 51 of us on board quickly and safely.
The girls were a pleasure to take and I have already had comments from several of the places we visited commenting on the girl’s behaviour, tidiness and energy. We are very proud of them and hope they all enjoyed the trip.