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Exploration and Discovery

The Junior School held a LEAP Mini Conference in April to challenge our youngest learners.

Queen Margaret College offers a Learning Enrichment and Acceleration Programme (LEAP) to help challenge and extend students.

This year the Junior School held a LEAP Mini Conference with a focus on creative and critical thinking challenges.

The girls began the day with a waiata before beginning their first session, Writer’s Club.

They completed a poetry writing exercise followed by an activity called a vision board, which involved thinking conceptually about images of where they think they would be in 10 to 15 years.

The next session was Robotics in which students spent time learning about Scratch-simple programming, Dash and Dot, Mindstorm lego, and Edisons.

The students then joined our science teachers in the laboratory for some experiments to test acidic and alkaline properties.

The last session was the Applied Technology Challenge, where students learnt about the Tournament of Minds competition and created a mechanism out of paper and cardboard to solve a problem.

Junior School LEAP Coordinator Jane Harris says the girls were encouraged to reflect about what they had learnt throughout the day.

“They loved making new friends all like-minded and having the time to explore, create and invent in groups with a variety of challenges and equipment,” she says.

Year 6 student Isabel Haapt’s favourite LEAP activity was the robotics and programming session.

“I enjoyed programming the DOT robot. It was fun to be creative and try new things,” she says.

A second LEAP Mini Conference focusing on visual and performing arts will be held later this month.