Hillmorton High School

Last Tuesday, 2 May, I was invited by Hannah Ewingh (the science teacher) to give a lecture about “Adaptation to extreme environments”. The students (16-17 years old) have to work on a project with the same title. I discussed with them the term “adaptation” and what an extreme environment is. The items (jackets, boots, etc.) I had with me again were a great help to show them how we adapt today to the Antarctic conditions when we are down in the ice. I has slides prepared what helps to keep the flow in the presentation but I integrated the students as well. 17 years working as teacher is then in the blood – so it was really nice to work as teacher again – at least for two hours. I don’t miss the administration involved in the school machinery but I like the work with the young people. But it is always easier to come from outside than being their teacher – it is easier to do it that way as I did last Tuesday.




Te Waka Unua Primary School and the Antarctic Environment

On 31 October, I gave two lectures at the Te Waka Unua Primary School. They are working on an Antarctic environmental project and one teacher, Linley, invited me to speak to 7-9 year old pupils. Each group had 50 children and it was amazing how disciplined they have been. The children were lovely and had really good questions after I have shown them some slides and items I brought along. The teachers were also very impressed from the information I delivered. They want me back to work with them on their project and assess the work they have done. The children work hard for that project. To get more fun into their work there is a visit planned tomorrow at Antarctica NZ Attraction Centre. They will love it because they are very energetic and bright.


Children love the cuddly seals and the funny penguins 🙂