Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rototuna Primary School enviroschools activities

On Wednesday 24th of March, Room 24 at Rototuna Primary School went to help the Mangaiti Restoration Trust plant part of the gully floor. This was an important day for our school as the children made the connection between what is happening in the Mangaiti section of the gully and our school section.  They could see how the plants that we were raising and planting in the gully, had specific areas they needed to be planted in.  This also helped to build our awareness of ‘whanaungatanga – relationships.  The children saw how working as a team could make great change for the people, flora and fauna of the area. They thoroughly enjoyed working and learning from an exciting team of volunteers.  Rototuna Primary gifted a range of native saplings to the Trust as a koha for their gully. These saplings had been grown from seed by the school children and had been donated to them from Trees for Survival and Enviroschools.  This was a gesture that was significant as the children learn to give back to those who have helped them.  In 2015, the Trust donated saplings for us to plant in our ‘Annual Gully Plant Out,’ we were very grateful for this gesture and we hope that this partnership continues to grow in the future. As a result of this day, Rototuna Primary School have been invited to build Bat Houses.  These will be donated to other gully restoration teams, as we continue to build positive working relationships with our community. We look forward to seeing our Bat Houses in the gullies around the area.

Here are the important voices – the words of the children about the experience.

It inspired me to look at insects more instead of freaking out about them.
We brought nature to life.”
We all work together as team on planting the flax, harakeke.”
All of us are digging a hole, then putting in the flax, then planting the flax to grow by saying, “Kia Kaha – be strong.”

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