Fall 2011 - Feature | ‘Iolani’s Summer
Preserving Our Oceans
Students created artwork that expressed the need to preserve the beauty of the world’s oceans.
Down on the FarmThe summer program’s youngest students in the entering kindergarten class experienced the wonders of learning. Teachers engaged their students with activities in reading and math that were enlivened with a fun, farm theme. One of the highlights was a square dance that engaged parent and family members in a do-si-does and knee slapping fun.
The entering kindergarten class enjoyed a joyous day.
Film Making For ImpactStudents in ninth through twelfth grade discovered how filmmaking has the power to build a better world. By creating short films, they found their personal voices, exercised their vision for an issue they cared about and brought their ideas to life. Instructor Risa Okamoto is a former teacher who now produces and directs documentaries for the Discovery Science channel, National Geographic, and other media venues. In her class, students created public service announcements that were shown at the Hawaii Energy Forum this past July. Student short films were also entered into the Hawai‘i International Film Festival.
Create Your Own Musical
Students created their own musical complete with original songs, dances and costumes.
Fourth of July Parade
Science teacher Kathy Warner ’82 drives the Independence Day Float while General Robert Lee waves to the crowd.
Summer students show their patriotism and pride.
Volunteering in South AfricaScience teacher Paul Heimderdinger travelled to the Republic of South Africa to volunteer as a teacher. The ‘Iolani School Bulletin asked him to recap his experience.
I held physics workshops with seventh through ninth grade teachers from schools in the rural areas around Mthatha, a city near the birthplace of Nelson Mandella. It was organized through Teachers Across Borders under the direction of Yunus Peer, a former South African and teacher at Punahou. Our goal was to help more students from these remote country schools pass their matriculation exams and eventually attend college. My task was to help teachers enhance their teaching skills and to learn how to use everyday items for science experiments. Discarded plastic bottles were cut and became beakers with the tops as funnels for chemistry. Small holiday lights were cut apart and used for electricity experiments, and aluminum cans, rubber bands and paper clips became lab equipment. The South African teachers voluntarily gave up a week of their winter break to attend the workshops. I also worked with some college students and helped deliver donated supplies to elementary schools. Winter in South Africa takes place in June and July so the weather was cold, yet the people are warm and friendly. The work was very rewarding, the country beautiful, and the wild animals thrilling to see. I am anxious to return.
Science teacher Paul Heimerdinger volunteered in South Africa this past summer.
KA‘I Bridges ‘Iolani and Jarrett Middle School
Jarrett Middle School students enrolled in ‘Iolani’s KA‘I program this past summer worked in a taro patch or lo‘i during a field trip.
From left to right: KA‘I students Isaac Waikiki (left) and Bailey Uehara (right) formed special friendships with ‘Iolani student mentor Brian Freeman ’12 this past summer.