Wellington Zoofari welcomes St Michael’s School
The Warehouse Wellington Zoofari welcomes St Michael’s School
This week Wellington Zoo will welcome St Michael’s School from Lower Hutt as the first to experience the Warehouse Wellington Zoofari programme. The Warehouse Zoofari is a partnership between Wellington Zoo and The Warehouse that assists local low-decile schools to experience conservation-based learning programmes at the Zoo.
During two weeks in December, over $25,000 was raised in The Warehouse’s Wellington region stores to assist with the costs of learning sessions and transport to Wellington Zoo. Schools from around the Wellington region were invited to apply and 16 schools will be visiting the Zoo as part of the 2014 programme.
“Wellington Zoo is thrilled to launch the Warehouse Wellington Zoofari programme with our first school, St Michael’s School from Taita,” said Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo Chief Executive.
“I’m very proud of this initiative and the amazing level of support we’ve received from The Warehouse. Wellington Zoo has also signed a Community Partnership Agreement with NZ Bus, operator of Go Wellington and Valley Flyer, to provide transport for The Warehouse Zoofari school visits.”
“All Wellington kids should be able to visit their Zoo and connect with nature and together we’ve taken positive steps forward in providing that opportunity.”
94 students from St Michael’s School will visit Wellington Zoo on Wednesday 16 April for their Zoofari learning session.
They’ll be joined by 15 other schools in 2014: Kahurangi School and St Anne’s School from Wellington City; Pukeatua Primary and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Ara Whanui from Lower Hutt; Porirua East School, Cannons Creek School, Maraeroa School, Russell School, Titahi Bay School, Titahi Bay North, Rangikura School, Corinna School, Brandon Intermediate and Glenview School from Porirua; and Ōtaki Primary.
Nearly 10,000 students from over 250 schools visited Wellington Zoo in 2013 to participate in Ministry of Education Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programmes.