Monday, 7 November 2016

You may have noticed lots of action around Ashley School at the moment!  Lots of classrooms have begun their action phase of their inquiries into "Me and  my environment" .  

The enviro group have been working hard to complete the School Vision map.  This has taken a long time as we work through the practical steps of creating the visual display.  Here is a sneak preview!  We hope to display this on the wall int he library or hall in the near future for everyone to check out our journey as an enviro school. 

The enviro group also now have  their very own shed to store their tools in!  A huge thank you to  the Fonterra Grassroots Grant for helping us to purchase this and of course to Reg who assembled!  All we need to do now it secure it to the ground in its final placement!  

The gardens are now well underway. It has been great to see a range of children from throughout the school getting involved and helping here! I  have a regular bunch of keen gardens who help to seed new plants, weed and keep up with the mammoth task of watering!   A huge thank you to Di ,who comes in every week to help us plant, weed and clean up!

In the tunnel house, peppers, cucumbers , tomatoes and  basil taking hold.

Our potatoes in a bucket have really begun to shoot off!
The garlic and red onions are also well under way.  

Korimako  have had a range of projects on the go!   They have been busy building their new mud kitchen, making colourful murals out of recycled bottle tops, painting their palings ready for their visual mihi as well as creating a fabulous bee friendly garden in front of their classroom. Well done Korimako!

Harakeke are beginning to work on their projects.   You may have noticed a rather large pile of dirt and a mounting tyre collection appearing on our back field in preparation for their tyre sculptures! 
Keep an eye out for our new school bus also!
A big thank you to the dads and grandad who came along to give them a hand! We really appreciate your help!

 Another  huge thank you to Danny, a local Department of Conservation (DOC) ranger who has given us these wonderful swan plants for our butterfly garden. We can't wait until the butterflies begin to arrive.
The long awaited revamp of the sandpit has also begun this week. We can't wait for this to be complete!

We have also been working on these R.E.A.C.H pencils to display the values of Ashley school over the last term. Last week a group of students finished painting these pencils and they are looking very bright and colourful. They are now just awaiting the words to be put on and their final placement in the school grounds. June and Kent Youngman have been a big part of this process- creating, carving and donating the wood for these awesome pencils. The whole school appreciates this very much. Thank you June, Kent, Ryia and Rydge! They will definitely brighten up our school!

 The Flock project.

One of the inquiry groups in Rakau took on the challenge of creating birds to become part of the flock project.   The Flock project  is an initiative to help spread the message about the threats facing our migratory birds.  Every spring, migratory birds fly to the South Island' braided rivers to breed. Some come from the coast while others fly from the North Island or across the ocean from Australia and Fiji.  They have been making this journey for millions of years but because of predators and habitat loss, some are close to extinctions.

This group of children  organised the  bird templates and worked with the children in Harakeke to create some very colourful birds to add to the growing "flock" of birds around NZ.  

The flock will pop up overnight  in a range of locations around NZ--- keep an eye out around the district... you may even see us at the Canterbury A&P show!

Rakau students are busy preparing for a market day to help fund some of the big projects they have in mind!  More information to come soon about this exciting event.

Keep watching out for more changes coming soon....


  1. So many things happening all at once!!! I think the school looks amazing at the moment. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings. Love it all xx Mrs Treacy

  2. Simply wonderful. Great work everyone 😀😀