School was closed on Monday as buildings waited to be checked for damage. The community experienced many large aftershocks and there was a Tsunami alert for the Marlborough Sounds that remained in place until Monday evening. Students who wanted to were able to carry on their learning online. Some children chose to recount the event and others wrote about the fun they had the day they didn't have to go to school!
Most students returned to school on Tuesday and shared their experiences. Many children said that they slept through the big 7.8 earthquake, until their parents woke them. Some got to sleep in the 'big' bed and all said that they remembered to 'Drop, Cover and Hold'.
One child spent 15 hours on board a ferry from Wellington that had to remain anchored offshore, when a tsunami alert was triggered. It was pretty frightening, especially when they heard that a Tsunami alert had been issued. The best part was that they all got free hot chocolate and a free breakfast! Only just the previous week we had walked as a class to the top of a big hill overlooking Picton, to prepare for a Tsunami if it happened while we were at school. Experiencing an earthquake and then a Tsunami alert was a terrifying experience for all, but the children spoke bravely about it.
|Staying safe from a Tsunami in Picton|
|Trying to imagine how high the water would come|
|Reaching a safe elevation from a Tsunami in Picton|
|Preparing a student Emergency Lunch box|
|Pulling weird faces to make each other laugh after the earthquake.|
|Stand up- hand up - pair up....to talk about their earthquake experience|
|Using Rally Robins to talk about how to prepare for an earthquake|
Kia kaha Room 2!