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Friday, 11th September 2015

Mararoa Enjoy a day trip to Arrowtown

Friday, 12th September 2014

Mararoa Enjoy a day trip to Arrowtown

Eager gold panners!  

  • Mararoa Enjoy a day trip to ArrowtownEager gold panners!
  • Mararoa Enjoy a day trip to ArrowtownExploring the huts at the Chinese settlement
  • Mararoa Enjoy a day trip to ArrowtownViewing St Patrick's Catholic Church during the Historic Walk

Year 1 through to year 8 students visited us from Mararoa as they have been learning about houses and construction! These students already had some knowledge of present day houses and construction as well as knowledge of traditional Maori buildings, so we planned an itinerary around their specific learning goals which involved:

  • Gold panning
  • A tour of the Chinese settlement
  • A historic walk of Arrowtown
  • And a museum visit which included handling artefacts

These activities linked to these learning goals:

  • Looking at building materials of early houses and buildings
  • Discuss reasons for positions of houses and shops
  • Compare early household conveniences with today's
  • Look at how the influence of climate, occupation, and cultural background had on these early buildings

We all had a lot of fun and some students were even lucky enough to find gold! Wendy and I were very impressed with the enthusiasm Mararoa School had for learning.

What type of stone was used to build the Chinese settlers huts?

Why were the houses so small?

What household conveniences were these early homes missing (think about electricity and plumbing)?

Why was the Chinese settlement built away from the European settlers?

Did you enjoy your visit?

Answer my questions and  comment about your visit below!

Thanks for visiting Mararoa school, we hope you had a safe trip home!