Omokoroa No.1 School

2018

Term 1

Key Focus: Clean Streams

Actions:

  • Introduction session to a classroom of year 5 & 6 students, 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 (Emeny Rd) rural semi-bush clad stream, close to the school. Students observed and recorded the streams surroundings and features. They then tested the water clarity, temperature, Ph test, stream velocity and searched for macroinvertebrates using nets. Using all these monitoring techniques the students decided that the stream was moderately healthy. 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.  A display was also put up in the multi-media room.
  • Students also visited the stream in Puketoki reserve (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.
  • Eel net and minnow trap set in Puketoki. 1 long fin caught and 5 koura.
  • Long fin eel activity given to the teachers.

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.