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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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Sustainable Action Ideas

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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New Welcome at Picton School

Students at Picton School have been working together to design an amazing new waharoa for their school entrance: "Te Waharoa o Waitohi Kura". They have learnt about ecological building practices, and have put a huge amount of thought into how Picton School students identify themselves, what symbolises their place, and what their new waharoa might look like.

 They had so much fun and did some great hands-on learning, trying out many different design techniques.  Model waharoa have been created using matchsticks, wooden blocks, playdough, lego, and even good old pencil and paper!The students even made videos, to show their Board of Trustees their plans, and to seek funds to take the...

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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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