Welcome back to school for Term 2. We have lots of interesting learning opportunities lined up for our tamariki this term with a focus on Ngā Pūrakau o Tirau – The Stories of Cromwell. This is a fabulous opportunity for our children to explore local Māori stories and to look at the history of our town from pre-European times and through to the Goldrush and more recent Cromwell history – like the dam.
We are launching this learning on Friday of this week. Children will be organised into their whānau group for the day and will be visiting The Cromwell Museum for a special programme for our topic, The Cromwell College Auditorium to hear the stories of the carved panels, Cromwell Early Learning Centre to look at their Atua display and to Old Cromwell for a heritage precinct scavenger hunt and to paint touch stones.
Children will be exploring these stories through literacy with a focus on oral storytelling and writing and through the arts with opportunities in dance, drama and music as well as visual art. There will be celebrations of learning that will tie into Mātariki in the final week of this term.
Parents are welcome to join us on Friday for all or some of the day or to walk with us. We will be using buses for the transition between school and Old Cromwell and Old Cromwell to the Museum. Apologies, we will not have room for parents on the bus.
Principal, Goldfields School