Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Water babies give N Shore school an Auckland first

Water babies give North Shore school an Auckland first

December 2, 2005

Windy Ridge Primary in Glenfield is the first school in the Auckland region to adopt a whole school approach to a regional water quality,
education and action programme as part of its main curriculum.

Teachers at Windy Ridge, one of North Shore City's 11 enviroschools, decided that rather than targeting certain age groups, they
wanted to incorporate a healthy water topic into a school-wide curriculum.

Wai Care, a community-based healthy water programme linking community groups, schools and councils with the goal of clean and
healthy waterways, was identified as the ideal programme for Windy Ridge to become involved in.

In the past, Wai Care has mainly been aimed at the nine to 12-year-old age group in schools, but North Shore City Council Wai Care
facilitator, Jo Harrison, was keen to come up with a programme that would suit the needs of Windy Ridge.

"Windy Ridge is the first school in the Auckland region where the whole school has gone through the regional Wai Care programme, which
is quite an achievement," she says.

"We'd never delivered the Wai Care programme to children in their first year of school and it was quite a challenge to find something
imaginative, relevant and more importantly, safe for five year-olds to do around water.

"We took our water babies to the Eskdale stream near the waterfall in Hiwihau Reserve along with all of the senior classes. While the older
children tested water quality by looking at temperature, oxygen and acidity levels, the younger children had a ball doing fun activities which
showed them how murky water made it difficult for fish and macroinvertabrates (bugs) to find their way, feed and escape predators.

"Each small group had to pick the 'best bug' that they had found in the stream and tell the rest of the class about it. On one of our stream
visits, as well as a huge range of different bugs for the children, we caught a common bully and a beautiful koura. The children were
particularly excited by the crayfish, which is a rare find and an indication of good water quality," says Ms Harrison.

Windy Ridge Primary School is continuing enthusiastically with its environmental activities and is aiming to joining North Shore City's
Verran Primary School in achieving the Enviroschools prestigious Green Gold Award.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news