From health and psychology to virtual reality, our Year 6 students explored a range of current societal issues as part of the Year 6 Exhibition.
The final week of Term 3 was an exciting time for Year 6 students as they presented their exhibition projects to family and friends.
The Year 6 Exhibition is the final project within the Primary Years Programme which requires students to complete a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry that identifies and offers solutions to real-life issues or problems.
Students are encouraged to engage with their community by interviewing experts or people with rich experiences in their particular field and to think critically and ask questions about their research and findings.
Amelia Abernethy, Lucia Petagna, Sophia Phillips delved into the world of sport and examined how attitudes can influence and impact performance and experience.
They investigated how sideline behavior could affect the performance of players and looked at how athletes develop mental toughness and resilience to perform at their best.
They interviewed a number of sports professionals and experts, including New Zealand cricketer Brendan McCullum, Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante and Old Girl and Rowing Olympian Ruby Tew.
Amelia Abernethy says her group discovered that a problem of sideline behavior certainly exists and there is a great deal of pressure for athletes to succeed.
Marissa U, Claire Ryan, Maya Elmes and Sophia Ali-Sakoufakis were inspired by the current PokemonGo craze to investigate how virtual realities can provide opportunities and challenge mankind.
Their investigation looked at the development and future of augumented reality, a live direct or indirect view of the physical, real-world environment in which elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input.
The girls discovered a number of apps which use virtual reality, including Enchantium, Elements 4D, Aurasma, Anatomy 4D and Quiver Vision and concluded virtual reality can enhance learning and can benefit and challenge society overall.
Daisy Carter, Emily Hannah and Anna Schofield-Matthews explored the question of whether exploration and enjoyment of natural environments can impact future survival of ecosystems.
They looked at the impact of tourism on environments (tourism in Antarctica/marine habitats), sustainable tourism/eco-tourism, and preservation of unique environments and the role of marine reserves, personal and collective responsibility.
The girls spoke to a number of scientists, who had divided opinions on the effects of tourism on the natural environment.
“We found that tourism is affecting the natural environment in Antarctica. If it continues sea levels will rise by 21 feet,” Daisy says.
“People need to be more aware of the effect of pollution on the environment,” Daisy says.
Head of Junior School Kathleen McDonnell thanks teachers, mentors and parents for their support throughout the exhibition and congratulates Year 6 students for all the impressive work they have done.
“You should be very proud of what you have achieved,” Ms McDonnell says.