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Clean Up Week

G.J. Gardner Homes Clean Up Week 2020

Registrations are now open for G.J. Gardner Homes Clean Up Week 2020!  This year the event will run from the 7th to 13th September. By submitting your clean up event photos and evaluation form to Keep New Zealand Beautiful, you have the chance to win a Samsung tablet and a Keep New Zealand Beautiful prize pack.Marlborough District Council will assist with the supply of refuse bags for any groups undertaking a clean up in Marlborough: please email Alec McNeil to arrange.Head over to the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website to register your event and find out all the details. ...

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Sustainability Contestable Fund

Sustainability Contestable Fund | Ministry of Education

The Sustainability Contestable Fund has been established to support schools to reduce their environmental impact and improve their operational efficiency. The current funding round closes on 3rd August 2020.The Fund can be used to support projects that achieve one or more of the following outcomes:Replacement or conversion of systems that require non-renewable energy sources (e.g. coal boilers) Reduction in energy usage Reduction of waste and/or increased recycling Reduction of carbon (CO2) emissions through the use of new technology, infrastructure or energy sources Increased energy resilience, especially for rural and remote schools Other property projects that have a positive environmental impact.It is recognised that these projects offer educational and additional learning opportunities for students....

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Conservation Week 2020

Conservation Week | 15 – 23 August 2020

He Tirohanga Hou Ki Te Taiao - Nature Through New Eyes During and after the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us look at life and our world with a different perspective. Nature hasn’t changed – but we have. We slowed down and many of us took time to reflect on the most important things in our lives.For Conservation Week 2020, 15-23 August, we’re encouraging you and your students to get outdoors and see nature through new eyes.Encourage your students to look, listen, touch, breathe and experience nature. Explore the diversity of nature in your local outdoor space (school grounds, local park, beach or estuary) and increase your students' critical thinking, creativity and ability to...

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Harvest time for students

Harvest time for students

Autumn is harvest-time in our school's edible gardens: a time to marvel at what we grew and to enjoy some tasty garden treats! Grovetown School had a group cooking session using fruit from their orchard to make blackberry and apple tarts for the whole school. Laden trees of plums, apples and pears ensured they shared their mahi and kai with the wider school community. A bumper crop of late potatoes was the harvest highlight at Picton School. Using the tuakana-teina buddy system, older students introduced new children to the garden while digging potatoes. It was a great way to teach how to safely use the garden tools, but it soon became less about the tools...

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Leading change workshop

Enviroschools Student Workshop

Students and teachers attend 'Leading Change' Workshop in Term 1 After a successful teacher workshop with guest expert Bek Galloway, we were excited to welcome 64 students and their teachers to a “Leading change” workshop. The workshop’s aim was to give student leaders skills and activities to take back to their Envirogroups and schools. Bek ran two sessions helping students to learn about purposeful action and perspectives. Our Education Team ran some leadership games and we had presentations from four schools and one kindergarten sharing the process they had used to take action in their schools or communities. Inspiring presentations from local schools and kindergartens Picton Kindergarten gave a presentation on their monarch butterfly project, including...

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photosynthesis in action

Hands-on learning about photosynthesis

At Witherlea School, the Term 3 inquiry topic was science: the perfect fit for gardening which is all about science. Students investigated photosynthesis: the process that plants use to make their food. The children learnt why the leaves are so important. They are mini food factories! The leaves use sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to make sugar which gives the plants the energy they need to grow. Chlorophyll is the amazing compound that mixes the ingredients to make the sugar. The whole process takes place just under the surface of the leaves in the chloroplasts.They found that the process of photosynthesis is not only important for the plants but also for us: this is because...

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Kaitiaki for the awa

Blenheim School: Kaitiaki for the awa

Tamariki at Blenheim School have been thinking about how they care for a place that is very special to their school: The Taylor River. The Envirogroup got together to think about kaitiakitanga, and talked about all of the different kaitiaki that care for the Taylor awa.  These include ātua (e.g.: Tangaroa and Tamanuiterā), taonga species (e.g. tuna | eels), iwi/mana whenua, council, and community members.  The students discovered that they can be kaitiaki for the awa too, as the more kaitiaki the awa has, the healthier the awa will be!  They all had loads of examples of why the river is special to them.  It turns out that they have already been doing some things...

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Growing potatoes

Learning about the humble spud

What do you get when you cross an elephant with a potato?  MASHED POTATO! Term 3 is a popular time of year in the Kids Edible Gardens.  For most children participating, they are chitting (sprouting) potatoes, eagerly waiting to plant them into buckets for class potato growing competitions or planting into their garden beds.  There is a lot of discussion as to how they will cook them: mashed with butter and cheese, roasted with summer herbs, added to boiled eggs as a salad or simply boiled with mint and eaten with lots of dipping butter!  The most excitement, however, is digging them up before leaving school for their long summer holiday.There is, of course, much...

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River artwork

Student artwork by the Taylor River

Student artwork will soon grace some of the entrances to Blenheim's Taylor River. Some of the Springlands Go MAD (Make a Difference) students came up with an idea to design artwork with messages to remind people to take care of special reserves in our region.  The students displayed all the artwork in the staffroom window and then asked the school to vote on their six favourites. The MDC reserves team kindly turned these six artworks into signs that will be displayed on some of the entrances to the Taylor River. This was an exciting project that was totally developed by students with a bit of support. Look out for the signs when you are next...

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