We want our school to be welcoming and to look bright and colourful.
We want our school to be litter free.
We want our gardens to be well cared for with lots of crops and fruit to share.
We want our learning to be done in a happy way in all the environments around the school.
IN THE GARDEN:
Our garden has certainly been well cared for with lots of crops and fruit to share this year. We have had abundant crops of tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, corn, capsicums, zucchini, carrots and potatoes. The children in RAKAU came up with a plan to turn some of our produce into pickles, relish and jam which we could sell as a fundraiser for next year's camp. This got us very busy in the kitchen learning lots about how to prepare the vegetables, follow recipes and also the importance of sterilising our jars. We have also learned how we can store what we grow for future use!
Children have also enjoyed cooking delicious roast potatoes and eating yummy corn on the cob, fresh cherry tomatoes and cool cucumber! We know that we are eating food that is good for us !
ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP US?
If you or you know of someone who would like to help us out in our vege patch for an hour or two a week we would love to hear from you. The kids adore opportunities to work in this area of the school!
We now have a much bigger storage tank for our rainwater collection. A huge thanks to Ms Meehan who donated the large white tank and to Reg who has connected it! This will be amazing next summer when it dries out again!We have started planning for a native garden that represents our classroom names to go at the entrance to the hall. Reg has begun trimming some of the existing trees. We now need to prepare the soil ready for planting soon!
The enviro group are also wanting to freshen up our school scarecrows over the next few weeks. If you are keen to help that would be wonderful!
At the end of February a small group of children from the envirogroup had the opportunity to join students and staff from other Enviroschools in Canterbury to attend an overnight student leaders camp at Tutehurewa Marae in Port Levy. It was a great chance for children to develop their understanding of the unique cultural history of the area and to experience a pōwhiri and stay on a marae . They explored how people are making sustainable changes to improve our environment, including the regeneration of native forests and food gardens. A massive thank you to Sophie for supporting our students on this trip!
Ella went as far as to say " That is my favourite camp I have ever done!
The photos certainly show that they had an amazing time.
The Zero Waste Lunchbox group have been collecting data over the last few weeks from each class. Whilst there are small improvements in the number of children bringing zero waste lunches we still have a long way to go with it sitting at around 60% of all children bring zero waste lunches.
We plan to have a Nude food Day in the near future to raise awareness of the packaging in our lunch boxes. Nude FooD is simply food that is not wrapped in foil, plastic or commercial packaging. Promoting Nude Food helps students to to think about their impact on the environment . There are lots of helpful hints about how we can do this on this website: https://www.nudefoodday.com.au/resources/
YEAR 5/6 ENVIRO PROJECTS
The Year 5 and 6 children have also been researching a range of projects that support our vision. There are groups who are:
- creating bird feeders to encourage more birds.
- creating a plan for our friendship pole to make our environment brighter and more colourful.
- investigating ways to encourage us to save power.
- investigating ways we can use produce from our garden.
- looking at ways to move towards our goal of Zero Waste lunches.
- developing a bug hotel so that we can explore different animal life and habitats.
- creating a new butterfly garden where we can explore life cycles in our environment
- looking at the ethics of which chocolate we should use to make our hot chocolates.
I can't wait to see them begin their action phases!