Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


School pupils keen to teach others about gardening

21 February 2013

School pupils keen to teach others about gardening


Click for big version.

Fourteen children from the Kapiti Coast are abandoning their classrooms to attend the Ellerslie International Flower Show next month where they hope to teach others about the benefits of gardening.

Aged from six to 11 years old, they are all pupils of Raumati South Primary School, which is going to become the first school to ever stage an exhibition garden at the prestigious Ellerslie show.

The school has entered gardens in the Kapiti Sustainable Home and Garden Shows for the past two years but it now wants to take the messages its pupils have learned about gardening to a wider audience.

“We hope that by recreating some of the projects that our students have undertaken and rebuilding them at Ellerslie our students can talk to some of the expected 60,000 visitors and not only encourage them to grow edible produce at home and provide habitats for wildlife in their own garden, but perhaps go out and support gardens in schools in their own community,” says Diane Turner, a teacher aide at Raumati South Primary School.

The school’s 6m by 6m garden, which they will begin setting up on Sunday 3 March, will contain a fruit bed, an edible flower bed, a pizza oven and herb area, a South African Keyhole garden with its own compost system, a butterfly garden area with a green roof above it, native planting for lizards, a weta bed, and a water irrigation system based around an old dairy pump powered by a bicycle, which the students will ride.

Recycled pallets and old wooden car-part packaging cases will be used to form the garden’s walls and decking.

Once the Ellerslie International Flower Show is over the entire garden will be gifted to Wharenui Primary School in Riccarton, Christchurch. Wharenui Primary is a decile two school and, like Raumati South Primary, an active participant in the New Zealand Enviroschools programme.

“We wanted the chance to help another school in Christchurch have a garden to enjoy,” says Mrs Turner. “We hope that their students will enjoy gardening with their new garden and also enjoy eating the produce, and as a result will want to try and grow more, not only at their own school but at home.’’

Mrs Turner says the school had been fund-raising to raise money for their trip to Ellerslie and has also received a $10,000 grant from the Kapiti Coast District Council.

The 14 pupils chosen to attend Ellerslie will be on hand throughout the show to talk to visitors about their garden and also to pedal the bike used to drive the irrigation system.

The Ellerslie International Flower Show is on in North Hagley Park from March 6 to 10.

• Follow the students’ blog about their gardening experience at http://rsse123.blogspot.co.nz/
Follow Ellerslie International Flower Show on Facebook
• To book any of the Edible Ellerslie sessions go to www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz
• Tickets for Ellerslie International Flower Show are available from the website www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz, all open Christchurch City Council Service Centres, Mitre 10 Mega Stores in Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru, Terra Viva, EziBuy Christchurch and Nichols Garden Centres.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Stolen Island: Searching for ‘Ata by Scott Hamilton

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Pretence. No Bullshit. Fine Poem.

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states,

I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all
My time working on the next.
(from Wasp p.67) More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays On Place From Aotearoa NZ

The New Zealand landscape undoubtedly is very beautiful, but so is the British one, and my attachment to this country is much more about some particular places, and the memories and emotions that in them combine, than it is about the landscape as a whole. More>>

Canonisation Fodder: Suzanne Aubert Declared ‘Venerable’

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. More>>

“I Have Not Performed Well Enough”: Ernie Merrick Leaving Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The club would like to thank Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. More>>

Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news