Whangara School racks up the Airpoints

Students to head south to meet penpals after public donations from Air New Zealand customers.

Students to head south to meet penpals after public donations from Air New Zealand customers.

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PUPILS from Whangara School can now meet their South Island penpals for the first time, after receiving $10,000-worth of public donations from Air New Zealand customers.

Earlier this year Whangara School was chosen to be one of 10 New Zealand schools selected to take part in Air New Zealand’s Airpoints for Schools scheme, which allows Air New Zealand Airpoints members to donate Airpoints dollars to selected schools to redeem on flights that support environmental, educational or cultural projects.

School principal Lisa Maniapoto said school would now be able to take 35 pupils to the South Island to connect with fellow pupils in earthquake-hit Kaikoura, and establish common connections across the north of the South Island.

Students were excited the required 10,000 Air NZ Airpoints total had been achieved.

“Every day the students checked the air nz site, adding up points and working out how many more were needed to get to our target, 10,000. Great for maths.

“We had a Gala Day and promoted Airpoints, and we would like to thank Gisborne community for donating Airpoints. For many of these children, this is their first time in a plane and they are very excited about flying to Christchurch in early September.

“We are planning an experience where our students can explore the top half of Te Waipounamu, staying at marae, and also using a range of transport such as trains, planes and ferries. Students will be involved in the bookings, flights and organising travel with Air NZ. Our goal is that the students see learning in a real life context.”

Air NZ said the 10 schools involved in the scheme all achieved their Airpoints total within two months, a record for the scheme.

PUPILS from Whangara School can now meet their South Island penpals for the first time, after receiving $10,000-worth of public donations from Air New Zealand customers.

Earlier this year Whangara School was chosen to be one of 10 New Zealand schools selected to take part in Air New Zealand’s Airpoints for Schools scheme, which allows Air New Zealand Airpoints members to donate Airpoints dollars to selected schools to redeem on flights that support environmental, educational or cultural projects.

School principal Lisa Maniapoto said school would now be able to take 35 pupils to the South Island to connect with fellow pupils in earthquake-hit Kaikoura, and establish common connections across the north of the South Island.

Students were excited the required 10,000 Air NZ Airpoints total had been achieved.

“Every day the students checked the air nz site, adding up points and working out how many more were needed to get to our target, 10,000. Great for maths.

“We had a Gala Day and promoted Airpoints, and we would like to thank Gisborne community for donating Airpoints. For many of these children, this is their first time in a plane and they are very excited about flying to Christchurch in early September.

“We are planning an experience where our students can explore the top half of Te Waipounamu, staying at marae, and also using a range of transport such as trains, planes and ferries. Students will be involved in the bookings, flights and organising travel with Air NZ. Our goal is that the students see learning in a real life context.”

Air NZ said the 10 schools involved in the scheme all achieved their Airpoints total within two months, a record for the scheme.

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