Sunday, 16 March 2014

Big Project Showtime... our big move!

Showtime - celebrating our first day at HPSS!

Showtime is all about the celebration of the development and efforts students have made during their Big Projects.  It involves sharing the learning journey with an authentic audience, students presenting their response to a challenge (or their action to make a difference) for the whole community to see.  Showtime will come in many different shapes and sizes in the future, depending on the project.  But they will always add something to a project's success and be authentic in both delivery and participation!  

On Monday 3rd of March 2014, HPSS was the newest school in the world! And we used our Big Project time to celebrate moving into the school. Students were creative, innovative and passionate.  As a result, we had so much to experience on the day and the challenge of making it special was met! 

Moving In day was definitely news worthy!

Showtime was our moving in day.  The itinerary looked a little like this:  

09.00 am - Meet with Primary students and say thank you for having us! Gift of Kauri presented.
09.20 am - Walk over to the secondary school together (with primary school).
09.45 am - Official opening of the school - Maurie to cut ribbon (with messages) and Balloons
10.00 am - Official school photo taken and presentation of flags, banners and cake!
10.10 am - School Exploration Treasure Hunt - using QR codes.
10.45 am - Obstacle Course race.
11.00 am - Shared Morning Tea in community colours.
11.30 am - Auditorium presentations - Meeting Arohanui students, documentaries, school 
                mascots, dances, music, presentations!
12.30 pm - Off to our learning modules to begin the 'normal' school day!

Pictures speak louder than words...

Adriaan gifts one Kauri for the Primary and we'll plant the other!
Walking down the road, to our brand new school!

Banners, ribbon, students... we are ready!

Excitement is definitely in the air...

Finally, Maurie our principal cuts the ribbon and balloons with messages are released!
Here we are!  The foundation students and staff at HPSS!

Showtime was a celebration

Students had a lot of fun and were an integral part of making the experience special and meaningful.  There was a lot of learning that came as a result of this project - for both the students AND for us, the team organising Big Projects.  But this will be explored more in the next blog - our Final Look stage, where we review and reflect on the process and think about the so what?  and the what next? This is the last stage, but is most critical!

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