KORAUNUI SCHOOL Experiencing Marine Reserves 2014
This year Koraunui School has created a Self-Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) classroom. It is based on the educational theories of Sugata Mitra, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The children work in small groups and are involved in a lot of team problem solving. One of our sessions was based on the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme from the Bait House in Island Bay. It involves lots of practical activities (learning to snorkel and then to sew), research and then an action project. Room Five discovered how enormous a problem plastic refuse is in our oceans. They decided to do something about it and have made shopping bags from recycled materials. These bags are for sale at Koraunui School. $2.50 for a t-shirt bag and $5.00 for a tote bag.
The student reflections attest to the success of the programme.
SOLE was the best term of my life. My favourite part was when we went to Island Bay. Hugo
SOLE has been an awesome experience, especially in the ocean with the EMR programme. I have learnt so much in SOLE. It is so much fun in SOLE. Maraea
Koraunui School SOLE has been an awesome thing to me. I love SOLE and SOLE made me love marine life and it is so cool. Ofa
Koraunui SOLE has been such a cool time experiencing the ocean and being taught by Miss C. SOLE has been really fun. Nicky
SOLE this term has been a great experience for me, I learned a whole heap of new stuff. Everything we have learnt will come in handy for the future. SOLE has given me a great opportunity to go snorkelling for the first time. I had an amazing time doing it. Charlotte
Protect endangered species!
Stop the whaling!
I learnt that you should not over fish or catch endangered species. Don’t catch orange roughie. The sea is life! Hunter
This term I was in the EMR SOLE. We went on two snorkelling trips to Days Bay and Island Bay. At Island Bay (in the marine reserve) we saw blue moki, butterfish, and an octopus. The octopus was bluey purple. Rangiatea
At SOLE it has been a wonderful experience. I love going to SOLE because we get to go snorkelling.
At my school I went to the SOLE group. I have to go after morning tea. We have been experiencing marine reserves. It was fun snorkelling. Boston
I liked this SOLE because it was an amazing experience of marine reserves. I liked learning about the marine reserves and learning about all the other creatures in the sea. Kody