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

 


Grant helps develop outdoor classroom

Grant helps develop outdoor classroom

Mount Biggs School has developed an outdoor classroom at the back of school grounds thanks to a community grant from Horizons Regional Council.

The school received $1,000 to put towards enhancing a gully previously over run with weeds and pine trees. Principal Raewyn Marshall says they used locally donated seedlings to plant natives and Horizons funding went towards building wooden platforms for the students to use.

“Now that the area is cleared of weeds and the seedlings have taken off we wanted to build platforms our students can use as work stations when they enjoy and use this outdoor space,” she says.

“We’ve also used some of our funding to lime the paths that wind through the area. It’s been a long process to get this area developed but we consider the investment of time and effort to be worth it as we’ve created an outdoor classroom for our students.”

Mrs Marshall says building the platforms also provided senior students with the chance to do some practical learning.

“We’ve got a wonderful retired farmer, Clem Smith, who helps out with odds and ends at school when we need him and he built the platforms for us,” says Mrs Marshall.

“He got two of our senior boys, Justin Maunder and Angus Little, to help him dig the holes for the foundation poles, mark where all the nails needed to go and do the nailing. They absolutely loved this practical side of the project and Clem is fantastic with them.”

Horizons environmental educator Helen Thomas says it’s great to see the Mount Biggs School taking an area they had available and enhancing it to provide further education.

“I’m so happy to see the area Mount Biggs has developed for further environmental education. I can see there will be plenty of opportunity for students to learn about the bugs, insects and birds that will be attracted to the gully now,” she says.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Kim Regime

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US had a very clear objective and eventually offered a quid pro quo of the removal of some of its own missiles from Turkey. This time, there’s no clarity about what the US is seeking, or offering.

It hasn’t helped that the US and the global media consistently agree on calling North Korea and its leadership “crazy” and “irrational” and urging it to “come to its senses”. When you treat your opponent as being beyond reason, it gets hard to comprehend what their strategy is, let alone work out the terms of a viable compromise. More>>

 

Recovery: Economic Impact Of Kaikōura Quake Revealed

The report details the impact on small businesses and tourism caused by disruptions to transport infrastructure and the economic impacts... The impact on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the first 18 months following the earthquake has been estimated at $450-$500 million. More>>

ALSO:

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>

ALSO:

CORRECTIONS (March 2017):

SCHOOL SECLUSION ROOMS (2016):

$11bn Capital Spend, New Debt Target: Steven Joyce On Budget Priorities

First, delivering better public services for a growing country – providing all New Zealanders with the opportunity to lead successful independent lives... And finally, we remain committed to reducing the tax burden and in particular the impact of marginal tax rates on lower and middle income earners, when we have the room to do so. More>>

ALSO:

JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news