Matahui School Boat Day

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Matahui School students enjoyed a fantastic day at the Ōmokoroa Domain for the school’s annual Boat Day on Monday, 14th March.

The Boat Day was started in 1989 by former teacher Brian Miller to provide the students with a hands-on learning experience that fits with the school’s progressive education philosophy.

It’s now an annual tradition and has grown into a fun family day out for the students, teachers, and parents. School Principal Mary Woods says it is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging environment.

“At Matahui School, we believe it is important for children to test their boundaries and learn to take managed risks.”

The event saw children split into groups of mixed abilities and ages to participate in various activities, including kayaking, tubing, sailing (using an Optimist dinghy), and beach Olympics.

“Everyone had so much fun, and it was great to see all the students working together and helping each other. Our senior students act as leaders and

Boat Day enhances students learning by allowing them to try something different, work as a team, problem-solve, and
learn persistence.

Matahui School is a small independent primary school in the Western Bay of Plenty that caters for students in Years 1– 8.

Read the full article published on Lizard News April 2023 page 41.

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