Sunday, 17 September 2017

Getting ready for Spring

Eco warriors had a whole day working in the garden and creating our brand new orchard.  The trees were bought with money from student fundraising. Our  Spring garden was prepared with compost and our chook manure and some planting started. Some people cleaned out the Hens enclosure while others repainted the garden signs. We also planned some of the projects we want to achieve in the future to create a future vision. Some of the projects are about improving existing practices but some were interesting new ideas. What an amazing, enthusiastic and environmentally aware group of kids. It was a lovely day.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tai Tapu Bush

Our students have taken the role of guardians to a local area of bush which they have contributed by planting over the last few years. Recently Year 3 -6 ventured down to investigate the health of the River, clean up previous plantings and learn about biodiversity. Students had also conducted investigations into many of the species of fauna and flora and created websites which were then connected to QR codes. Our students placed these around the area for locals and visitors to access information.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Nowrapvember

November should be BIG for Sustainability 
at Tai Tapu School. 

Eco warriors plan a Litter Free Campaign and are taking part in a competition inspired by Lincoln Kidsfirst for Selwyn Schools and Pre-schools.  Our aim is to ask families to reduce the litter in their lunch boxes alongside creating really healthy lunches with reduced sugar and less packaged snacks.

Each class will be monitored by Eco Warriors and the number of Litter Free Lunches graphed each day. The class with the least rubbish will be able to plan a fun lesson free day  and the teacher will be allowed some extra release for their own work. Last year Room 7 were the winners and had great fun.

If you checked out the amazing entries for the Litter Free lunch category at Pets Day you would have been inspired. Parents often struggle with the time involved but  kids may surprise you you with their ideas and initiative if they make their own lunches. Buy big and repack into small  containers. Use yummy leftovers from dinner. Have a challenge to come up with sugar free baking options.  Eat Fresh. We all know what's good for us but the biggest challenge is time and planning.


Alongside the reduced litter in lunch boxes we want to reduce the amount of paper used in the school so we will also monitor paper waste in the school.  The class with the least paper in their bin will also be up for a special reward. The money saved on photocopy paper and use may be used by the winning class to purchase additional technology  for the class.




http://www.unpackit.org.nz/packaging-free-lunches/
http://www.nzecochick.com/wholefood-waste-free-kids-lunches/

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Welcome your new Eco members Bob and Ted

Some keen members of the Eco team have carried out a project to create a small fish pond in our Vege Garden area. They planned and constructed the pond after buying it on Trade me. They also purchased a small solar pump to oxygenate the pond. Two small fish called Bob and Ted are now enjoying their new surroundings. The next plan is to plant around the pond so it looks more natural. A fun project well underway.


Finally the arrival of goldfish.