Students get hands dirty in ‘holistic’ approach to learning

Rural Exchange 25/11/2017

One school is swapping strict exams for fruit-picking down in the heart of Southland. Limehills School, a primary school with roughly 190 students, is challenging traditional teaching methods by getting students hands-on in the country.  

Jim Turrell, principal of Limehills School and ‘Character of the Week’, joins Rural Exchange to share the school’s philosophy on holistic, hands-on approach to learning.

The school’s extensive rural campus houses everything from orchards to beehives. Students are actively involved in farming and gardening, with waste reduction and co-operative vegetable garden embedded in their school life. 

While traditional institutions tend to focus on assessments, Mr Turrell’s school opts for a more ‘holistic’ approach to learning.

“We are actually teaching them to be competent people,” the principal says.

We don’t always do things the conventional way.

Mr Turrell explains that his school intends for students to get excited about learning, and to leave the school with competence in the real world.

"We are looking at developing the whole child," says Mr Turrell. 

Watch the full interview with Jim Turrell above. 

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