Enviro We host Taupo Enviroschools Student Workshop Day

6th November 2012 - Today we hosted the Taupo Enviroschools Student Workshop Day. Students from Tauhara Primary and Hilltop Primary joined twenty three of our students for hands-on experiences with planting seeds (Flax, Toe Toe, Cabbage Tree) and trees (Kanuka, Karamu, Kohuhu), soil testing and landfill/rubbish breakdown timeline. We also made newspaper pots and planted a variety of flower and veggie seeds. Representatives from Taupo Native Plant Nursery and PGG Wrightson came along to share their knowledge and skills with the children. Schools were given the seed trays they had planted-up to take back to their schools for future plantings. Thanks also goes to the Grant family for allowing us to use their paddocks for the soil testing.

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Guests were given morning tea followed by a tour of our school, by Mai, April-Rose and Ben.

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LEAVERS GARDEN - we have received the official plan for our new garden. Thank you to Richard Boobyer for working with the students and providing us with an amazing design plan to work from.

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During morning break, students had the chance to meet Richard and have their photo taken with him which he autographed for them. SESSION 2 Tyla Schaw Y5, and Y6 students: Konrad Ward, Dylan Blake, AJ Mead spent the session with Richard designing our new ‘LEAVERS GARDEN’.

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The garden is being made at the field end of our hall. We marked out the basic shape (to scale) on the ground. A path will run through the garden and each year our Year 6 students will design and make a new mosaic section on the path. The base plan includes a ‘dry’ water pond, bridge and raised/rolling beds. Each year an engraved names board will be added to the structure poles.

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Today we hosted a special assembly at which we were officially presented with our Enviroschools Silver Award by Brent Aiken (Taupo District Council), Laurie Burdett (Waikato Regional Council), Richard Boobyer (Hamilton landscaper, NZ TV series The Block) and Amanada Jones (Enviroschools Facilitator).

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