Curious Minds Review

Child Flight continues its Curious Minds programme in Kaitaia by conducting a review of the course held in March this year. The course was very well attended by Kaitaia Intermediate and Pompellier. We have learnt that the students have formed mentoring groups and are working on establishing a youth centre in the township. At the end of the review the students spontaneously honoured us with another waiata (see photo below)

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Air Chathams DC3

It takes a considerable amount of planning and good luck to get a large aircraft like the Air Chathams DC3 into Hamilton Airport. We have booked 3 charter flights for November 25, 2018. The Airport has offered us the International Lounge again and Airways will provide their services for free. Let’s hope the weather plays ball….

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We are planning a Curious Minds-Possible Worlds course in the Waikato to be offered to year 7 students.  We are hoping for several schools to opt into this project for over 140 students.

We have already booked the Capitain Bougainville Theatre in Whangarei which seats up to 400.  Early next year, hopefully with support from Lotteries, we will bring together over 140 year 7 students.

We are currently working with 2 special needs schools in Hamilton and L3, a flight training centre at the airport.  The special needs students will have the chance to fly in the flight simulator.

The booklet for the Curious Minds-Possible Worlds project is nearing completion.

We are planning for flights around New Zealand for special needs kids when the weather improves thanks to the generosity of Z Energy.

Kaitaia Curious Minds Course March 2018

The course was held in the cinema complex at the Te Ahu Community Centre.  There were 110 students from 6 schools around the Kaitaia District.  The programme consisted of 5 sessions, each two hours long.  Of the 110 students, 98% completed the syllabus.  This is a remarkable success.  Assignments to be completed by the students were done in class.  This allowed the teachers to collect 100% of the prepared booklets that had been handed out at the beginning of each session.  The assignments were marked.  We noted a major improvement in the students over the 5 classes.  In session 1, 9.5% of the students achieved an excellent marking.  By session 4, the level of excellence had risen to 27%.  This demonstrated to us a willingness to learn and apply that learning.  The level of attention during the 2 hour intense sessions was remarkable.

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