Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bee Team Research

The Senior Enviro group would love to get beehives for Sunnyhills School.

Today we split into three research groups.  First we watched a presentation by the Wakaaranga Bee Team on YouTube.

Next we thought about what else we needed to find out to get our own hives.

Lastly we emailed three local groups who might be able to answer our questions;
The Wakaaranga Primary Bee Team
Seet Azzz - beehive rentals
The Farm Cove Intermediate Enviro Lead Teacher

We're looking forward to the replies!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The EcoHero Show

  • Today Sunnyhills had a presentation by Mr Eco.  Many of the Enviro messages we teach at school  were reinforced and he showed us that we can all help create a sustainable future.
  • Through the medium of hip hop he encouraged the students not to waste water or to litter and highlighted the damage plastic bags and straws are doing to the environment. The show was interactive with singing and dancing to keep the students engaged

  • and all the students went away with positive messages to take home.

  • He Inspired us to all be EcoHero leaders for life!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Video by the Enviro group to request funding from 'Treemendous School Makeovers'

From the Enviro Group's work around re visioning for our school; one of the major project they have identified from student suggestions collected is to extend the Native Trail and our orchard areas.  This will create a larger bird corridor and an extended orchard area will provide a haven for bees and produce that can either be sold to help fund other sustainability projects or consumed by the school community.  Check out the video they story boarded, filmed and edited to request funding from 'Treemendous School Makeovers.

Investigating Beehives for Sunnyhills

Some students at Sunnyhills have become passionate about getting beehives, so Mrs Venville & Mrs Daniel attended an Enviroschools meeting about bees in schools.

The Wakaaranga Bee Team gave a presentation, describing their journey to get bees, which had begun in 2015.

You can watch the presentation here:

It was really exciting to learn more about bees in schools and we were're looking forward to the next steps towards Sunnyhills own honey.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Tending To Our Winter Crops

To finish off our enviro lesson today, the middle school tended to our winter crops . We fed the orchard and vege gardens with worm tea. Can you see our baby apples and just germinated broad beans?

Room 16 hunted down worms to go into our vege patches. We found big fat gray excavator worms. Their tunnels will make the soil light for our veges' roots to grow through and easy for water to soak into.

Room 18 also thinned the carrots we had planted last term, so the ones that are left will have space to grow huge. The carrots we picked were sweet, crunchy and delicious.

What's your favourite winter vegetable?

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Road Safety Week Link

Sunnyhills School participated in NZ Road Safety Week.  We are featured in the Road Safety Week report which is co-ordinated by Brake.  Click on the link and check it out

Link to check out the report in which Sunnyhills features

Enviro Group Reflecting on the the Presence of the Enviroschool Guiding Principles in our School

The Enviro Group have been reflecting on the the presence of the Enviroschool Guiding Principles in our School.  They looked at changes we have seen in our school since becoming an Enviro School.  They started the session with a revision of what the guiding principles are using our Enviro display in the library.  (The guiding principles are outlined in child speak on this display).  They then brainstormed and categorised their ideas under: Place, Practices, People and Participation and Programmes.