In 2004 Mrs Murray and Mr Neubert took a group of 14 students on an 8 day trip to Samoa. The students had the opportunity to visit two schools, Robert Louis Stevenson Primary in Apia and the other, Lotofaga Primary on the south coast of Upolu. Other activities included sampling a traditional umu, snorkling amazing coral reefs, shopping in local markets, and attending White Sunday church.
In 2005 Mrs Murray and Mr Neubert took a group of 10 students on a 7 day trip to Samoa. This was no holiday as two of the days were spent at school! Students visited Lotofaga Primary and Samoa Primary. Mrs Murray and Mr Neubert took a group of 10 students on a 7 day trip to Samoa. This was no holiday as two of the days were spent at school! Students visited Lotofaga Primary and Samoa Primary. They spent time interviewing students about life in Samoa for our Quest ‘Filemoni’s Dilemma.’
They visited a number of sites around Upolu including Robert Louis Stevenson’s home at Vailima Estate. They were also very fortunate to be hosted by two families, enjoying traditional foods and hospitality. Kava Bowl Presentation The Samoan Group presented the school with a beautifully carved Samoan kava bowl which is on display in our Technology Centre.
In 2005 Mrs Adding used the staff scholarship to visit a remote village in Samoa. Mrs Adding had just completed a paper at the University of Auckland where she completed a Samoan language course. The visit helped her strengthen her language skills and immerse herself in the culture. Mrs Adding was interviewed on Radio Samoa (1593am) by Faimai, on her popular education programme. The discussion was about helping second language learners to succeed at school. Issues such as parent involvement in the education of their students, maintaining first language, particularly at home, participation in our Pasifika cultural group, and creating inclusive classrooms, where there is evidence of the student’s first language and culture displayed and used, were some of the key points. Mrs Addings Samoan language course has given her a better understanding of the difficulties experienced as a second language learner.