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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Windy Days in Waitahuna

During the 2nd term our pupils had discussions about the new Wind Farm being built at Mount Stuart. These discussions showed the children’s natural curiosity about what was happening and what role the Wind Farm plays in their lives and our country. The children then wrote letters to Pioneer Generation expressing their interest in the Wind Farm and asking them some interesting questions. A few of them are below.
How many stairs are in the tower?
How long would it take you to walk up the tower?
How big are the motors compared to a car motor?
Won’t the towers act like lightning rods and attract lightning?
Which road will you use to bring the blades? Balclutha Highway or Manuka Gorge?
Does the area behind the blades have a cabin in it?
Pioneer Generation made contact with our school and we were pleased to be invited to visit the site in the last week of term. The children were excited to visit the site and the workers stopped work and made us feel very welcome. All the pupils and supporters were provided with hard hats and fluoro vests which added to the occasion. We were shown the foundations of the 9 turbines and also were told the answers to our questions.

At the start of Term 3 we started our Wind topic which will also see us learning about Renewable Energy. We were very lucky to receive a parcel in the mail from EPI plastics which contained a Weather Vane. This has been mounted high on the tennis court fence and the children have been learning about wind direction. We are very grateful for the generosity of Norman at EPI Plastics and if any families would like to purchase a weathervane they can get one from his website.

At the recent meeting of the Mt Stuart Community Liaison Group, Vicki and I were pleased to be presented with two ‘Wind Turbine Construction Sets’ for the school from Pioneer Generation. These sets will also help support the learning on this topic. Fraser Jonker is also working towards another visit by the school in mid-September when some of the turbines have been erected. We look forward again to involving the Parents, Grandparents and friends of the school in our next visit. If you are interested in being involved please ring the school office and we will contact you closer to the time.

Regards Clare Blackmore and Vicki Johnstone

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