The History of Kennedy Park
Campbells Bay Primary School

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  • To begin our study we read some old newspaper articles to gain some background information.

  • Next we brought our torches (we were hoping to explore the tunnels) and gumboots (it was muddy) to school and went to investigate the park.

  • After this we then went onto the Internet to see if there were any books in the library on the park and pa. Luckily there were, so we rang the Takapuna Library up,  reserved the book and got it two days later.

  • We then read some books about the local area, although there weren't many available.
  • We contacted the Council and found information about their development plans for the buildings
  • Next we typed out a letter for a mailbox drop to some of the residents who lived around the area, which was about 20.

    A copy of our letter:


  • We then got lots of responses (emails, phone calls and a fax) We even got to interview a researcher called Mrs Jean Bartlett who has written a book about Rahopara Pa.

  When we had all our information, we put it all together and started to type it onto the website.  The girls typed about Kennedy Park now and the boys typed about the history, although we all learnt both sections.

Skills Used:

  • Oral interviews
  • Emails
  • Faxes
  • Typing
  • Computer
  • Letters
  • Brainstorming
  • Note-taking
  • Skimming and scanning
  • Information gathering
  • Thinking of places to get information
  • Exploring
  • Using the Internet
  • Fact finding
  • Dictaphone skills
  • Working with a partner

After our project was all typed up and the photos put on, we invited our families and people from the council and living heritage and the Mayor of North Shore, Mr George Wood, to a party to launch our work, in the school library.

We all really enjoyed doing this project and felt proud to have work on the internet. Our Principal, Mr McGowan, was very pleased with our website.

Last update: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 10:28:26 AM.