West Melton students Jake, Demi, Yuliana and Caleb at the Activate event. Photo Shelley Wyatt

Recognising school projects

by Ann van Engelen

West Melton School pupils joined other local school students participating in the Activate event last week as part of celebrating learning at Rolleston College.

The Activation Space celebrates learning in Rolleston and was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate local young people. Students created exhibits similar to a science fair showcasing learning across all year levels. There was no specific topic as the students celebrated their learning in whatever format that took, and the children were encouraged to talk about their exhibit.

“Children across all year levels were invited to create exhibits to showcase what they have learnt and discovered this year and presented their ideas alongside other local schools,” said West Melton School promotion administrator Rita Spadoni.

“We have had a fantastic year with various activities and sporting achievements. Our school entered the Rock Quest, the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival and the Grow Waitaha Canterbury DigiAwards. At the Canterbury athletics last week we placed second in year seven girls’ shot put with Nikita, and Ryder came third in year seven boys’ 60-metre sprint.”

The DigiAwards enables primary and intermediate students to design, develop, and showcase their digital outcomes.

The event encourages and celebrates the students’ digital creativity.

“Our learners enjoyed sharing their knowledge on banana DNA with the guidance of Dr Smalley and Mrs Busch. It was a great opportunity for them to engage with the public and show what they have learnt through our science programme at our school.

“The Activate event was great to round up the year with the many other schools showcasing their learning as well.”