Wednesday June 7, 2017
Classroom podcast launched at Raroa School By Julia Czerwonatis
Students from Raroa Intermediate Normal School in Johnson-
ville have launched their own podcast, and released the first episode Not So Super-Heroes last week.
Radio Raroa would publish a new episode every week “to inform, entertain or persuade other students”, Chris Johnston,
The Radio Raroa team at their launch party last week. PHOTO: Supplied
Raroa Intermediate Normal School teacher and project coordinator, explained. Chris had initiated the idea last term, going on field trips to various radio stations with his Year 7 and 8 students and teaching essentials for creating a classroom podcast. “We are operating in several stages, and everyone has different roles” Connor Haywood, Radia Raroa podcaster, explained. In the first stage, students are pitching their ideas for a story. A committee decides which stories, delivered from a pool of writers, they want to include in the next podcast. “Then we produce, record, and edit the podcast,” Connor said. Chris and his students developed a roaster so that students take turns with the different tasks. Jenna Murrey, Radio Raroa podcaster, said coming up with original ideas could be tricky. “We want to keep up with the trends,” she said.
For their launch party last week the team had invited teachers, families and friends to hear their first release and to celebrate the project. “We had something between 60 and 70 guests and a massive cake,” Isabella Revell said. For their latest episode School live, they recorded a whole bunch of stories about the school including issues with bullying, Rebecca Moon explained. “It is fun to be creative and knowing that people listen to our stories,” Rebecca said. Chris explained the project was still growing and that the students would learn more skills as they produce more episodes. “We aim to expand RadiaoRaroa eventually and perhaps collaborate with other schools,” Chris said. The project was teaching transferable skills which would be essential in the modern day work life, he explained. Radio Raroa are on iTunes, and also have their own website raroapodcast.com.
Celebrating the stars with the whanau Wellington residents will have the opportunity to be involved in this year’s Matariki Rising celebrations starting this week. Wellington Museum and Space Place are among the galleries and museums across the Wellington region hosting Matariki events over the coming weeks. Among the highlights of this year’s Matariki Rising festival is Matariki Dawn, a special event at Space Place at Carter
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Observatory which will invite visitors to explore the spectacular star cluster known as Matariki, and learn about its importance to our culture, our calendar, and our astronomical knowledge of the night sky. Museums Wellington director Brett Mason said each year more and more people were getting involved in Matariki and this year was expected to be no exception. “It’s fantastic to see so many Wellington
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loved ones and the past year, and offer hopes for the year to come The 10-day festival will feature whanau, kai, storytelling and learning, ending with the popular Kaumatua Kapa Haka performance at Te Papa, which will see hundreds of New Zealand’s most experienced Kapa Haka performers descend on the national museum for a two-day performance. Matariki Rising creative director, Te Papa’s Charles Royal, said the festival offered a unique experience for Wellingtonians as well as visitors to our region. “We’re looking forward to seeing wh nau from across the Wellington region come together to celebrate Matariki this year,” Charles said. Find out more about Matariki and the programme of events at matarikirising. com.
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Independent Herald 07-06-17