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Sustainable Action Ideas | Term 3 2019

Looking for some ideas or inspiration for teaching in Term 3?  Take a look at our list of ideas - there's something for everyone!Tracking tunnels & traps: DOC have confirmed 2019 as the biggest mast event in 40 years.  The rats, mice and mustelids are fat and breeding prolifically.  It’s the perfect time to track what is living in or around your school, set up a trapline, or visit a local trapping programme. Take a look at our ‘Animal Pests’ resources here, and look at this workshop that DOC is running later this term for beginner trappers. In the garden: it’s a good term for learning about the soil and worms!  Visit...

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Tirimoana Noticeboard

A new noticeboard at Tirimoana

Earlier this term, students and staff from Linkwater School and members of the Tirimoana community attended a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Tirimoana Reserve, to celebrate the installation of a new noticeboard.  The noticeboard is the culmination of a project by one of Tirimoana’s youngest residents, Linkwater School student Angus Howe. Last year, Angus learnt about the stormwater system, and found out that any rubbish or pollution that goes down the drains on his street, ends up in the nearby bay.  To raise awareness about this, he helped to attach blue fish to the drains in Tirimoana, and then went one step further, designing a noticeboard that would allow him to further educate the...

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MGC silver award

MGC achieve Enviroschools Silver

Making wax wraps, visiting and sharing ideas with Nelson College for Girls, developing an upcycling shop, and presenting a whole year's class work from an Environmental Sustainability Course to community representatives, has helped Marlborough Girls' College successfully reflect at the Enviroschools Silver level. This is an impressive achievement for a larger secondary school and we congratulate the students and staff who have supported them, in particular lead teacher Melynda Bentley, who ran the Environmental Sustainability Course for the first time this year. Community representatives who supported the students taking the course were highly impressed with the girls' commitment and passion.Mayor Leggett, who presented the Silver certificate at the MGC Senior prize giving to Holly...

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Paper4Trees Marlborough

Paper4Trees Update

Paper and cardboard recycling in Marlborough schools and kindergartens is going strong, and is benefitting our region in a number of ways. Through the Paper4Trees programme, 190 new native trees were earned in the 2016/2017 year, due to the recycling of 38 tonnes of paper and cardboard!  These recycling efforts also saved over 300 m³ of landfill space, and prevented over 200 tonnes of CO2 from being produced in landfill.  Since Marlborough joined in 2009, more than 1,300 trees have been earnt, through over 300 tonnes of paper and cardboard recycling.  Ka mau te wehi, Marlborough!Marlborough District Council is continuing its support of this excellent programme this year, so make sure that your school or early childhood...

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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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