Wednesday, 5 July 2017

REAL Challenge idea - Year 4s

Environment and Sustainability - ES2 : Participate in the Travis Wetlands or other local planting /restoration day with a family member

Port Hills Volunteer Restoration Planting

Get involved in healing the Port Hills following the devastating fires by taking part in one of 12 public planting days.
We will be replanting three burnt restoration sites; Kennedy's Bush, Marleys Hill and Mt Ada.
Mt Ada is the only site suitable for families with young children (8 or younger) to attend. Please check the CCC website for the dates for Mt Ada plantings. The Kennedys Bush site involves a ten minute downhill walk in and a 15-minute uphill walk out again. The Marleys Hill site has some steep terrain.
Numbers of volunteers at each planting day will be limited to 80. You must register here for a seat on the bus that will be transporting volunteers to each site. There will be no parking at the restoration sites.
The bus ride is free thanks to the support of Environment Canterbury. Meet the bus at Princess Margaret Hospital.
You will need to bring: 
- Clothes for all weather, sun hat or woolly hat 
- Sturdy boots 
- Gardening gloves and a named, sharp spade if you have one (some will be provided)
Please check back for postponement notifications; these will be posted on the Christchurch City Council website 3 pm the day before an event.
For any queries, please contact Ranger Di Carter, 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Become a Kiwi Guardian

Some fun events for school holiday explorations.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Syria - 40 Hour Famine - Refugees

The 40 Hour Famine is coming up soon and as the information was shared with us we had lots of wonderings.  This year's 40 hour famine is raising money for children in Syria.

What is a famine?  Where is Syria?  Why do these children need help?
We have shared our thinking and have had further wonderings.  We started talking about what we would do if we felt unsafe.  Where would we go?  We learned a little bit about what a refugee is.

Sophie from year 4 was interested to find out more about Syria.  She created a Piccollage to share her thinking

Refugees Explained

When people leave their country to seek refuge, or protection, in another country, they are called refugees. Sometimes governments force people to leave their country. Other people leave their country because they belong to a group that is being mistreated. Still others leave their country to escape wartime conditions or starvation.
Even though they seek shelter in a new country, refugees often continue to think of the old country as their home. They may want to move back if conditions change. This makes refugees different from other migrants, who want to change their homes permanently. Refugees are also different from displaced persons. These are people who are forced from their homes but not out of their country.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tree Planting

Today Ōtākaro Studio planted 100 trees around the outside of our back field.
Jessica Borcherds applied for the tress from Trees for Canterbury and they kindly donated them.

A huge thank you to her parents for coming down to help us plant and supplying us with the equipment to do it.

We had a fabulous time! 

Thanks Jessica