The 175th Trust was impressed by the number of entries from local primary schools in a competition which asked pupils to draw or write (in 500 words) a story, poem, diary or letter telling how life could have been at Howick 175 years ago. .
The general settings provided a wide range of entries that delighted, amused and excited the judging panel.
Jury facilitator Judy Parr said, “The imaginative approach taken by the teachers allowed their students’ curiosity to drive the project, resulting in a high level of carefully considered entries.
Letters ‘home’, horrified diary entries about long days at sea, the excitement of discovering a new place to live and worries that the Fencibles lived without ‘Nike shoes – just wellingtons’, the entries have showed an active interest in history.
Students from Year 1 to Year 12 participated with the majority of enrollment from Years 4, 5 and 6. The subject was relevant to the Aotearoa/New Zealand History curriculum which is to be fully implemented. works in 2023 and has offered wide reach to young minds. .
One of the most creative entries came from Bucklands Beach Elementary students who chose to color the numbers 1, 7 and 5 as the past, present and future, an exercise designed to get children thinking about what was not available for the Fencibles, which we have today and where we will go tomorrow.
Interestingly enough, most of the future seemed to involve heavy traffic.
Merit awards and a family pass to Howick Historic Village will be awarded.
Entries will be on display at the Howick Information Center on Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.