At Rangitoto College, we embrace learning in the field to support our classroom learning. Social sciences offer our students opportunities to explore New Zealand and further their study of Te Ao Māori, the history of colonialism, tourism, and the natural world.
Year 13 historians enjoyed an excursion focused on the Waikato Wars. Staying at a marae, they visited historical sites including the battle of Rangiaowhia, the raid of Ōrākau, fighting pās and burial sites. Students reflected on what life was like during these momentous wars in New Zealand, their causes and lasting consequences. Year 12 historians looked at sites of significance in the Bay of Islands including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Kororāreka, Russell. They gained a deeper understanding of events that shape Aotearoa’s cultural heritage.
Year 11 geographers participated in an engaging trip to Waitekahu, Piha Stream. This gave students the opportunity to collect data in the field for their 1.5 assessment. They measured the width of three data sites to see if the width of Piha Stream changed at different locations. They relished immersing themselves in our whenua during this highly educational experience which will inform future whānau about care of our environment.
Year 13 geographers explored the cultural process of tourism development in Rotorua during an immersive three-day trip. One of the highlights was visiting Te Puia where they learnt about Māori arts and crafts including carving and weaving. They appreciated enhancing their knowledge of Māori tikanga.