Monday, 10 July 2017

Sustainability: Eating our own produce

In the summer the apricots on the fruit trees in our orchard riped. We carefully picked the fruit and made yummy apricot crumble in Room 6. It was absolutely delicious!
We can't wait for next summer to pick some more apricots from our own school trees.

Milk for Schools Glamping Farm Experience

Earlier in the year when each class was learning about the processes and practices we have in place currently at Gore Main School, Room 6 learned about the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme and the recycling process the cartons go through.

Room 6 created this video to teach our community about the Milk for Schools recycling process and entered it in a Fonterra video competition to win a over night stay glamping on a dairy farm.

The videos went to a nationwide vote and....Room 6 won the South Island prize!

The prize included:

  • Fully catered overnight stay on a Fonterra dairy farm near Edendale in a flash glamping teepee.
  • Visit to the dairy shed to watch the cows get milked
  • Visit to the Edendale Fonterra Factory and a tour around it
  • Red band gumboots, milking overalls and other Fonterra merchandise 
  • Plus lots of other cool games and experiences on the farm. 

Here is a video Room 6 created about their glamping experience

Room 6 had such a great time on our trip! They will remember the experience for ever. Now our Year 2 class (Room 6) are the milk monitors at Gore Main School. They are in charge of the Milk for Schools Programme and deliver the milk to the classrooms and then collect the empty cartons on Friday for recycling.

'Kikorangi Whetu' Blue Star Hebe

Our school motto is "Reach for the Stars" and this year we have started a tradition which reminds and encourages all of our graduating Year 6 children to reach for the stars.

Each New Entrant child this has propagated their own Kikorangi Whetu Hebe, this native plant will grow alongside them as the grow and learn at Gore Main School. When they graduate as a Year 6 student they will be presented their own Kikorangi Whetu hebe shrub to take and plant in their own garden as a reminder to continue to reach for the stars even after they have left GMS.

Here is the process of propagating our Kikorangi Whetu Hebe plant

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Waste Audit

WasteNet visited Gore Main School during Term One.  Each class received education on waste management and had their questions answered about issues like this:  What can go into the yellow bin?  What can go into the red bin?  Where does the yellow bin recycling go?  Where does the red wheelie bin rubbish go? etc.  Some classes participated in a waste audit.  They saved their rubbish for one week and then tipped it out onto a tarp.  The rubbish was then sorted through!  It was realised very quickly that we are all being very careless with our rubbish and that we could be more efficient with recycling!  It was very eye opening!


Children's Day 2017

Gore Main School participated in Children's Day again this year!  We wanted to show our community that we care about them and also to spread the message of sustainability.  We decided to grow sunflowers from seed and give them away to everybody!  Sunflowers grow, just like children's learning!

We grew the sunflowers for Children's Day and transplanted them into egg carton sections.  

We made signs to show that the gift to our community was from Gore Main School

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Our Diversity Wall

This wall is going to help us to remember about the important component of our Gore Main Enviro-Stars...STRONG DIVERSITY.

Our Gore Main School Hen House

Our Hen House which was set up as part of Room 3's inquiry project in 2016 shows the Enviro-Stars!

Sustainability: We raised the chicks ourselves, they are fed food scraps from the children at school, the hens are eating our food scraps (plus playing pellets for supplements) they lay us eggs and we sell their eggs to make money to buy more feed and cool things for our school.

Taonga: The hens are our special treasure which we respect and care for. We are living off our land and providing for ourselves.

Actively engaged: The children are running the hen house and caring for the hens themselves, this is part of our inquiry learning in the classrooms.

Respect: We are showing great respect to our hens and to the environment by disposing of our food scraps by feeding them to the hens. When Blossom (aka 'Hoppy') got sick Room 8 showed her the upmost respect by caring for her and doing everything they could to help her get better. Unfortunately, she could not be saved and they made the difficult choice to have her put to sleep peacefully by the vet. This was respecting her rights to be without pain.

Strong Diversity: The children are learning about and how to care for a different animal that many of them may not have had experience with. The hens must be fed a diverse range of foods to ensure they maintain a healthy diet. Different classes/children are involved in looking after the hens through a roster system.