Work­ing bee gets stu­dents out­side

Bay News - - Front Page - By Re­becca Mauger Ella Gal­laghan, 7, Milla Mor­ri­son, 5, Mya Wil­son, 6 , and Bre­anna Paige, 5, get stuck into gar­den­ing at Pil­lan Point School.

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s to get kids back into grow­ing things, as these out­door ac­tiv­i­ties some­times get left

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Many hands­make light work.

Lit­tle hands from Pil­lan Point School car­ried wheel­bar­rows, raked or­ganic fer­tiliser and helped adults plant trees, flow­ers and veg­eta­bles last week.

They were re­vamp­ing and re­plant­ing 10 raised gar­den beds on the school grounds, which were wildly over­grown. The staff wanted to ed­u­cate and in­spire kids about sus­tain­able gar­dens.

At least one child from ev­ery class mucked in to help clear, redo the path­ways, clean the fence, put down­weed mat and fer­tiliser and plant flow­ers, herbs, fruit trees and veg­eta­bles.

Teacher Laura Buhr says the staff had come to recog­nise that many of their stu­dents had lost touch with the out­doors, and came up with away to en­cour­age their kids to get back to na­ture.

“It’s to get kids back into grow­ing things, as these out­door ac­tiv­i­ties some­times get left be­hind. And they love it.”

Pil­lans Point reached out to Bun­nings Mt Maun­ganui for their gar­den­ing and DIY ex­per­tise af­ter they had helped to in­stall worm farms at the school last year. Ev­ery month, Bun­nings work­ers help out in the com­mu­nity and they do­nated their time and all the re­sources to re­vamp the school’s ex­ist­ing gar­den beds. Weekly gar­den­ing lessons will be in­cor­po­rated into the school’s cur­ricu­lum where stu­dentswill learn the nec­es­sary skills to main­tain their gar­dens all year round.

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