Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Gaming leads Auroa School students to a moa

Gaming leads Auroa School students to a moa

Two youngsters keen on video games have proved their skills can be educational.
Auroa School's Kaiah Bloor,12, and her brother Durann,11, won the supreme award in the second annual Moa Awards in Opunake on Tuesday night.

The two teamed up to make winning movie The Bum Race, an imaginary journey around Taranaki.
Kaia and Christian Moeahu from Opunake.
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"They sat on their bums all around Taranaki. Each photo was a still and they used stop-go animation," principal Heath Chittenden said.
"In between, they've got video gaming noises, magic boxes appear they can punch to get more points and they get to fly on broomsticks."
Chittenden was thrilled with the win, as well as the swag of other awards the school's students achieved.
"The calibre across the whole cluster is extremely high. We have some pretty talented students and teachers here," he said.
This year was the second time the technology awards for students of Matapu, Opunake, Auroa and Kaponga Schools (known as the MOA Kluster) have been held.
Parents were begging for tickets to the sold-out awards night, Opunake Primary School's Hannah Williams said.
The theme for the night was Star Wars and the school principals all dressed as characters from the movies. 
Awards were presented in 10 different categories, including Te Reo, blogs and graphic design, animation, short movies and educational video. 
Finalists were driven to the awards in classic cars and entered via a red carpet, Williams said.
The awards were started to help the four schools incorporate digital literacy and new technology into their curriculum, Opunake Primary deputy principal Leo Frank said.
"The nice thing is that all our traditional subjects are in there, behind everything there is learning going on that reflects the curriculum, its just a really good, interesting way for the kids to learn what they need to learn."
"The kids who have an artistic bent have a real chance to scratch that itch, its really nice to give them that opportunity."
 - Stuff

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful awards evening. Congratulations to all the winners and to all the nominees. Thank you to all the staff from the four schools involved for all you hard work and dedication. Great publicity for the four schools involved in this little area of New Zealand.