Term 1 saw the Impact Facilitators working with four schools whose students completed a range of exciting projects. Each group had a unique range of interests from water conservation, to used tyre playgrounds, to local food production.
Inglewood primary had a conservation focus choosing to support their native trail area along the school's river boundary. The group was visited by guest speakers from the TRC and Rotokare Reserve to help identify the native plants and weeds, as well as birds and reptiles in the area. They identified and removed a patch of wild garlic, made up bird boxes from recycled wood to attract in birds, and created signs identifying native birds in the area.
Norfolk Primary decided on an upcycling project after researching the impact of used tyres on the environment, They created a climbing wall out of used tyres for their school to enjoy, which was installed on the side of a playground fort. To raise awareness in their community about the issue with used tyres the students then painted a sign about their project for all to see.
Egmont Village Primary students became aware of water conservation challenges when New Plymouth's water pipe was damaged in February. They decided to educate their community on the importance of saving water and the actions people can take by creating a video. The video was a hit with the head of the water treatment plant at NPDC who visited the students to talk about the local water supply. The students also helped their school by installing a recycled 1000 litre water tank to collect rain water for use on the school vegetable garden.
Watch their video below!
Spotswood College students wanted to support the school community by providing the food tech room with fresh, local, package free fruit. To do this they started an orchard, researching what fruit the food tech classes could use and what varieties of fruit could be planted in autumn. The trees they planted will be added to by later groups with support of the horticulture teacher.
As always, we are inspired by the creative ideas and actions of the youth we work with who are undertaking real world and positive environmental actions. A big thank you to TRC, NPDC and Rotakare Trust for supporting the groups with guest speakers and to Tricky Trees Specialists for providing free mulch for the Spotswood orchard.
Coming up in Term 2 we will be working with the NPBHS Green Team, Patea Area School, Hawera Intermediate and Devon Intermediate.