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Matariki at Dawn

Marlborough Kindergartens celebrate Matariki at dawn

Marlborough Kindergartens celebrated Matariki with a special event at Monkey Bay early last Sunday morning.Children and teachers from kindergartens throughout Marlborough were welcomed to Monkey Bay by the sound of the putatara.  They sang waiata, enjoyed shared kai, listened to korero about the Matariki story, and were treated to a bonfire and a beautiful dawn at the beach.The celebration, which is in its third year, was the culmination of all of the learning and celebrations that have been going on at individual kindergartens throughout June. It is wonderful to see our tamariki, whānau and kaiako coming together for this very special New Zealand celebration.  We would love to hear about other celebrations that happened around Marlborough...

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Learning from whanau at Mayfield Kindergarten

Learning from whānau at Mayfield Kindergarten

At Mayfield Kindergarten, tamariki and kaiako really value whānau coming in to share their special skills and knowledge. The tamariki had a visit from a very special person this month: Nani Heather spent time sharing her knowledge of Māori medicine/rongoā with the children. With Nani Heather's guidance, the children collected mānuka leaves and flowers from the kindergarten's garden, and learnt how to soak them to remove the mānuka oil.  They loved the chance to spend time learning with Nani Heather, and to experience something new from the world of Te Ao Māori. I wonder how many kindergartens and schools in Marlborough have plants that we could make rongoā out of? ...

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Linkwater School

Linkwater School builds predator traps

An enthusiastic group of student carpenters at Linkwater School took action to help their local living landscape this week, by building wooden boxes that will house predator traps.  The students learnt all about how the traps work, and the special design that means that the traps are ideal for catching target predators like rats and stoats, but not pet cats and dogs, or native birds.  The project was part of the amazing Kiwi Can programme, and was all about showing respect to the local community, by making the environment safer for our precious native species.  The next step is for the students to take the traps home and record what they catch.  We look forward...

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Kids' Edible Gardens

Kids’ Edible Gardens: bugs and compost

As we reach the shortest day for 2017, we are remembering summer-fun in the garden at Canvastown and Fairhall schools. In Term 1, as part of their investigation into ecology and diversity in the garden, the children at Canvastown School went on an insect hunt, learning to recognise the insects that live in their garden (top left image).  Insects have an important role to play in an organic garden, we have to care for them as much as we do the plants we grow.  The children wanted to encourage more insects to live and work in their garden so they decided to make a bug hotel out of recycled pallets and building materials as...

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Share your Enviroschool story

Share your story

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to our blog!Our purpose is to share and to celebrate the wonderful learning and action that is going on in Marlborough’s schools and kindergartens - nearly all of which are ‘Enviroschools’.  We hope to help connect tamariki, students, whānau, teachers, school support staff, the wider Marlborough community and the Enviroschools team with one another, through the common purpose of caring for each other, our schools and centres, our region, our country and our world.We would love to share your stories in whatever way you think is best: writing, artwork, photographs or video clips - it’s up to you!  Please send them to us using the form on this...

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