BY JULIA WADE
A new set of tourist pamphlets will soon be available at the local information centre to help locals and visitors alike to find the best attractions for children in Mangawhai. However, the new leaflets are a bit different from the norm as they are designed for children by children.
As part of their term one and two inquiry – active learning from posing questions, problems or scenarios – a class of Year 3 Mangawhai Beach School (MBS) students have researched appealing places for children to visit in the area and then presented their findings in handcrafted A4 leaflets, MBS teacher Susan Butler says.
“The children have been looking at Mangawhai and the great places kids can go to have fun and learn,” she says. “We decided to explore and identify local community resources and explain how these contributed to a healthy community. From this students were asked: What are the places in our community that we enjoy and can learn from? How can we find out the information and how can we let others know?” To gather the information, the 22 students selected local places to visit including the estuary, Mangawhai Museum, Bennetts Chocolate Factory and of course, Mangawhai Activity Zone, often walking to the facilities.
The class completed their research with a day at Mangawhai Golf Club on July 3, learning how to drive, putt and chip. “We intend to take the pamphlets to the information centre where people from Mangawhai and visitors will be able to take them away,” Butler says. “I think for seven and eight-yearold children they have done a marvellous job of designing the leaflets and advertising some of Mangawhai’s great assets.”