Matahui Road School is a small independent primary school situated within a picturesque rural setting in Katikati in the Bay of Plenty. It was founded in 1988 by Christine Hobart and Mennie Scapens as an alternative to what was offered in the catchment area. http://www.wildaboutnz.co.nz/schools/matahui-road-school/A learning journey led the school to embrace Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences and Art Costa’s Habits of the Mind which are both now fundamental aspects of classroom programmes.
- Animal pest monitoring school grounds and some local backyards with black trackers and chew cards.
- Broadened biodiversity searches at school and local area to include invertebrates using pitfall traps and branch ‘shake’ technique. Other microhabitats will be added later.
- Stream investigation and bush study at school camp Te Puke Farm Park Allport Rd .
- Weed management experiments at school and clear bush area of Tradescantia
- Plant native trees to extend school’s native area
- Installed bird tables, constructed bird feeders
- Participated in Landcare Research bird survey
- Participated in an inter-school Conservation Week competition
- Using prior learning from classroom sessions students and parents visited Sapphire Springs on separate occasions to survey birds, bugs, macros, trees and nocturnal wildlife
How Wild is our school?
Sara Thompson’s class is using a range of monitoring methods to find out and the national Landcare Research Garden Bird Survey provided a great start to our study on birds.
With the help of the Garden bird guide and bird wise volunteer students were able to identify several species of birds including 1 chaffinch, 2 silvereyes, 6 house sparrows, 1 tui, 1 thrush and a pukeko. We didn’t realise how many birds visited our school grounds for food and shelter. We look forward to seeing lots more as our grounds become more wildlife friendly through out Wild about New Zealand project.
We added our data to the national database here www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys