As part of their inquiry unit “Stokes Valley; Past, present and future” the Nga Manu Students went for a walk to visit some significant places that make up Stokes Valley! Three groups headed down to the entrance at different times in the course of the morning. Their first port of call was Stokes Valley’s first ever School, built in 1893 with 30 students being taught by Mrs Williams! Once at the park opposite the Caltex Petrol Station, the children got to have a slightly better look at Guy Ngan’s substantial twisting sculpture that is such a prominent feature of Stokes Valley, built in 1976. There was also a discussion on the importance of the entrance bus stops and their link to places like Upper and Lower Hutt, Petone, Naenae and even Wellington, and the lifeline they are for people who don’t drive and rely heavily on public transport so they can visit places! The Students know that buses will feature in their school life when they head off to intermediate. Some of the groups spent a bit of time looking at the information on the bus stands including what was on the digital display at the top of the stand. Lastly the Caltex Petrol Station was discussed as an important place as not only could people stop to fill up their cars but it could encourage visitors to spend some time looking around Stokes Valley itself. The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy the morning especially the playground!
A MASSIVE thank you to all the parents who were able to come on the walk with the classes!
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