A busy programme in the Bay of Plenty

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Amanda Besley reports:

“The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (BOP Branch) invited Primary and Intermediate teachers to an environmental education workshop, designed to provide an overview of a whole range of environmental education programmes and resources that schools in the Tauranga City and Western Bay can access.

“I gave a six-minute slide presentation outlining the Trees for Survival programme and the stages in the growing/planting process. It was an ideal scenario meeting teachers already interested in environmental education who were looking for programmes they can utilise within the classroom.

A slide from Amanda’s presentation, a sentiment which relates to the current Tree Talk on habitats

“In March we held the 10th anniversary of Sustainable Backyards in the Bay of Plenty, and Trees for Survival had a stall at Envirofest, where the visiting children were all absolutely delighted to paint, pot and then take home their very own seedling.

“We’ve also had the Enviro Challenge which is run across various regions of NZ by the Enviro Challenge NZ trust. This year it was hosted by the 2014 champions Katikati College. The competition tests high schools’ environmental performance, carbon management and innovation in addressing environmental issues.

“Whakatane High School, John Paul College, Aquinas College, Katikati College, Otumoetai College, Papamoa College and Mount College travelled to Tauranga to compete in the challenge. John Paul College are the new Bay of Plenty Enviro Challenge champions for 2015, after narrowly edging out brilliant efforts from Papamoa College and Aquinas College.

“At the venue we had a Trees for Survival banner and information board with an invitation to tour the Katikati College plant growing unit. They were a high calibre group of students likely to be future leaders, innovators and environmental voices.”

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