Harold By A Hill

30 Aug


My students paid a visit to the Life Education van this morning. An actual van that was placed behind the building by a semi trailer last week. The van provides an interactive experience for the students targeting a range of human related topics from social well being to drug education. The draw card, for some of the students, being a hand puppet (sshh) giraffe called Harold.
It’s a slightly surreal experience being in the van. It’s quite an intimate space with not a lot of room. It is carpeted from floor to ceiling and contains dimming lights and interactive displays and movies. I’m not sure if it was the angle the van was parked on or not, but there was a feeling of slight vertigo when inside. It seemed that your balance had been knocked off kilter somewhat. From a nine year old’s perspective, I can understand that this could seem like entering a new world that is removed from the classroom in a kind of odd way.
From 3.30pm each day the van is locked and remains silent. It sits there quietly. It just felt right to capture a shot peering over the hill, not getting too close. Not wanting to disturb Harold…
Is it only Tuesday?


Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Harold By A Hill

  1. Matthew Hutton

    August 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I as a former student of the Life Ed van know exactly what you mean when you describe the interior as being slightly surreal, however it made for a nice change to the traditional classroom setting. The highlight of these classes (aside from learning what my Brutus-Maximus is) was of course in year 6 when we were permitted to pat Harold farewell.=)

  2. mrrakt

    August 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I couldn’t think of a better bookend to my post. A first hand account from a Harold native! Thanks cuz. 🙂


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