COFFEE BEAN HUSKS One of our parents makes her own blend of coffee and we compost the left over husks, and use on our gardens.
We purchased two children friendly sized spades for working in our gardens. Teah uses one to plant new trees in the Maze.
Enviro is now fully included and supported in all aspects of the school’s planning and activities. We were part of the team meetings to set the term topics for the next two years. The Term 1 2013 title is 'SUSTAINABILITY’
WHACKY WHEELS DAY - 22nd March
This was a really fun fundraiser day organised by a group of enviro students and lead by Zac. Zac, George, AJ and Callum approached management with their idea, made posters, sourced the prizes and ran the day. Students dressed up and decorated their bikes, boards, skates - in fact anything with wheels. They did a parade and ran games on the court during breaks and held a prize giving in the hall during the afternoon. The boys did an amazing job, showing leadership as well as demonstarting the use of the Five Guiding Principles.
They raised $62.90 for the group.
The area was hit by a storm and a couple of large trees came down in our gully. Our caretaker, Roz, will help clear these for us. Not too much damage has been done to the native trees we planted at the end of last year.
The students are still enjoying spending time in this wonderful area and have all sorts of adventures down there. Some of the hut building is amazing.
Term 1 2012
We have a strong group again this year, starting with 36 members. Some will split their time during the year as they also have committments with other activities ie: Kapa Haka, Sports, Jump Jam, Mathmatters. This makes for well balanced students and as we know, enviro is not all about plants.
Planning has begun on ideas to redevelop the now unused swimming pool complex. A main criteria to consider is the pool structure must remain incase it needs to be reinstated in the future due to our semi-rural location. If this was to happen,the proposed project would also need to be able to be moved and continued.
Options the group did PMI’s (positives, minus, interesting points) on were
Some of the areas we discussed included:
Supervision time/commitment by staff, dangers, safety, initial cost, funding, who does on-going maintainance and covers costs, damage during weekends/holidays - leading to who’s responsible, looked at a usage charge & how long people would pay that, would community become involved to run and support.
GOALS for 2012 :-
To have schoolwide and community involvement
SUSTAINABILITY - WHANAU - CULTURAL - KNOWLEDGE SHARING - LEARNING
Student lead - with adult assistance
Gully - create steps made from recycled tyres
- continue to keep area clear of blackberry regrowth
- maintain track areas
Reducing litter - ideas include litterless lunchboxes (reducing landfill collections equals cost saving, currently approx $300.00 per month)
Learn more about soil balancing - experienced parent speaker to talk with group
Growing our own plants from seeds
Fixing 'Tama’ - our garden scracecrow who was made by junior students
Experience felt making using natural rsources
Continue spinning wool and use to create item
Be active in good documentation, writing articles for school newsletters and newspaper reports, article for Enviroschools Scrapbook, assembly presentations.
Maintanance of current sustainable projects: paper/card recycling, veggie/flower gardens, water collection tank, can recycling, recycled articles for art and crafts, “Brain Maze’, using 'push’ mower, award programmes