Ormiston Primary School recently held a ‘Pop Up’ School which opened its doors to community members to ‘pop’ in and experience school as they are run today.
The students involved demonstrated learning in their usual classroom, working on a project which showed collaboration, high engagement and inquiry learning skills.
The students were given a focus question: ‘How can we strengthen our Ormiston community?’ which they investigated, leading them to explore a range of possible ideas. With support from Ormiston Pak’nSave, the students were able to survey many Ormiston community members to gain feedback, allowing them to filter down their initial ideas.
Following a week of research, discussion, emails, phone calls and feedback from the public and local MP Andrew Bayly, students consolidated their learning and created informative and high-quality proposal presentations.
To authenticate the students’ hard work, each group presented their proposal ideas to Howick Local Board member Mike Turinsky, former leader of the now-defunct United Future Party Damian Light as well as the school’s family members and teachers. The ideas included a range of family days such as a fair and music concert and a much-needed community centre.
Once the students made their presentations they received valuable feedback from Turinsky and Light which contributed to their next learning steps.