Today’s the day and we are so excited because Ruma Iwa is going to Howick Historical Village with our syndicate. It’s a beautiful sunny day and we are all ready to leave…. lunches- check, water bottles-check, name tags-check, parent helpers-check, teacher-check, buses-check…. We are all ready to go. After what seems like a long time, we finally arrive at the village and are greeted by some ladies who are dressed up in olden day clothes. We have Morning Tea before we start our activities. (written by POROPORO group)
Our first activity is the 1850’s classroom. Firstly we get into two lines, a girls line and a boys line. Next we walk into the classroom without talking, the girls go first then the boys follow… We have to curtsy and bow to our teacher Mrs Hills. She inspects our finger nails and hands. She checks behind the boys’ ears. (written by KAHURANGI group).
Next we went to make the rag rugs with Mrs Mills. We used hessian, pieces of rags and a plodder. We had to watch carefully so that we did it properly. We were lucky to have very helpful parent helpers. (written by KOWHAI group).
Our next activity was the Victorian games. We had so much fun playing with all the games. They were made with wood or metal. We all had a turn on the horses and the log walkers. (written by KAKARIKI group)
Our last activity before lunch was the Nursery Rhymes. We went into another old house and talked about nursery rhymes from our great grandparent’s time. We had fun with ‘see saw majorie door’ and ‘jack be nimble’. We had to jump over a candle stick. We had so much fun with ‘the grand old duke of york’. Finally it was lunch time and we were all really hungry.
After lunch we toured the village before heading back to school…. what an exciting and interesting trip we had… thanks to our parent helpers for making this trip possible with their presence. God bless us all.