Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Native Flora & Fauna Working In Harmony

The kowhai flowers are florishing in the native bush walk and the Sunnyhills tuis are putting on a spectacular show for our enviro classes this week.

Children have been able to observe first hand how the tuis curved beak and bristley tongue is perfectly adapted to drink the kowhai's nectar. They repay the kowhai by spreading pollen, so the tree can produce its seeds. Native flora and fauna working in harmony!

Of course problems occur when humans bring plants and animals here, where they don't belong, throwing our ecosystems out of balance. Comment below if you can think of three such pesky plants or animals.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fruit Trees In Schools Launch


The Sayer Family & Mrs Daniel attended the 'Fruit Trees in Schools' breakfast time launch, at Farm Cove Intermediate.

Thank you to the Howick Local Board & Kings Plant Barn for providing our school with a fabulous variety of new trees, including for the first time a fruiting cherry tree.

We loved the opportunity to explore FCI's edible gardens and learn about their bee hives as well.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Flowers for bees & garden to table

We're having a delicious time in the edible garden; watching the bees bumble about the early spring flowers, picking winter veges and creating crunchy stir fries.

What's your favourite carrots, broccoli or sugar snap peas?

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Our Marine Metre Square - Citizen scientists in action!

Today our Middle School Enviro Monitors, along with Mrs Venville, Mrs Daniel, three awesome parent helpers and marine biologist Dr Mels Barton conducted a Marine Metre Square survey.
We're helping scientists researching the health of our marine environments.

It was great fun! Sunnyhills families can conduct their own MM2 survey by visiting

Does Your Garden Have Food For The Bees?

A false spring has meant baby bees are starving. Has you garden got food for the bees?

Sunnyhills students have planted rosemary, comfrey, borage and anemonesfor our bees 🐝❤😊🌾

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Pest Free 2050 - Cate & Ruairi Visit

 Today Cate & Ruairi visited Room 7 to talk about their work to rid NZ of  pest flora and fauna.
 Ruairi bought along traps, tracking cards, waxchews and even a possum, ferret, weasel and stoat to show us.

 Both Cate and Ruairi were blown away with Room 7's knowledge about pests and their impact on our environment. Mrs Daniel was super proud of how much we've all learnt through our inquiry topic this term.
We're keen to share what we've learnt with our families and other schools. Stay tuned for news of the Pestival we're planning!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Travelwise Leaders - Time Zone Mapping

Travelwise Leaders - Time Zone Mapping

Today the Travelwise Leaders worked with Constable Merv, Mrs Venville and Marianne and her team from MOT to create a Time Zone Map.  We split up and walked four of the popular routes to school recording where we were after 5, 10 and 15 minutes.  Marianne has taken the data away and will create a walking time zone map which we will share with the community.  This part of the Travelwise Leaders initiative to encourage our school community to walk rather than travel by car to school.