This term we welcomed on board Fairhaven Primary School in Te Puke. We have an awesomely supportive contact teacher called Liz Logan who is the pod leader for the senior school. Liz selected ten, year 5&6 students for the WANZ group this term. Our first session there consisted of an icebreaker/korero, a walk around the school grounds doing the “Rainbow forest chart” and assessing the kid’s knowledge base. We also put out 2 tracking tunnels to “weather” (lose the plastic smell and allow animals to become used to them) and some wooden insect disks. These will be already to use when we return in term one next year (2018). The kids were excited to be a part of the group and we look forward to creating a positive and sustainable relationship with the school and its pupils.
Key Focus: Clean Streams
- Introduction session to two classrooms (years 5 & 6), learning about where our water comes from (visual and interactive session), healthy stream vs unhealthy stream activity and watched a short film on how to identify macro-invertebrates to bring it all together.
- Assessment of local stream health (Ohineanganga- residential stream) by observing and recording the stream surroundings and features, using water clarity test, temperature, Ph test, stream velocity and searching for macroinvertebrates using nets. This stream shows a real range of invertebrates from both the healthy and unhealthy categories. Results recorded.
- Identification of macroinvertebrates to help assess the stream health.
- Macro photography of invertebrates
- Students are presenting their findings back to their peers regularly using posters and slide presentations they have created. The presentations and information created by the students are regularly shared by the teacher with the parents using Seesaw.
- Students also visited the stream in Otawa Reserve/Manoeka Rd (bush clad stream) and assessed its health. This stream is nicely shaded by native forest, providing cool, clear, fast moving water. A very healthy habitat for native invertebrates to thrive in. Results recorded.
- Students did a long fin eel research activity.
Focus for 2018:
- Continue strengthening relationships with the key teachers and principal. Supporting them with information, updates, photos, blog and resources.
- Continue to get articles out there via the local newspaper, school website or newsletter to get the WANZ program known. Encourage the students to write articles.
- Make contact with local volunteer conservation community group/s.
- Getting parents involved where and when possible, wider connections.