Fund­ing is bee’s knees

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Stu­dents at a Mt Al­bert pri­mary school are buzzing af­ter re­ceiv­ing fund­ing to make their own honey.

Owairaka Dis­trict School is one of 13 schools around the coun­try that will ben­e­fit from the Bayer Pri­mary School Science Fund ad­min­is­tered by the Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand.

Nine of the schools are us­ing the money to cre­ate or de­velop their gar­dens.

Owairaka School was awarded nearly $900 which will be used for pur­chas­ing a honey ex­trac­tor, honey strainer and equip­ment to make honey from its re­cently in­stalled hive.

The decile two school is a lead­ing en­vi­roschool and was a win­ner in last year’s Sus­tain­able En­v­i­ron- ment Awards run by Auck­land Coun­cil.

It has a strong con­ser­va­tion fo­cus as well as sev­eral veg­etable plots around the school that con­trib­ute to the Gar­den to Ta­ble pro­gramme.

Prin­ci­pal Diana Tre­goweth says the stu­dents will cook with honey from the bee­hive as part of the pro­gramme.

‘‘Our chil­dren will also be learn­ing about the im­por­tance of bees to so­ci­ety and learn­ing about the life cy­cle and so on as part of science,’’ she says.

‘‘We were thrilled to get the grant from the Bayer Foun­da­tion to­wards equip­ment needed in re­gards to keep­ing the bees and col­lect­ing the honey.’’

Bayer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pa­tri­cia Cas­tle says she is im­pressed by the creative ways schools are get­ting stu­dents to en­gage in learn­ing about the liv­ing world.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic to see Bayer’s fund­ing go to­wards things like worm farms, plants and gar­den­ing equip­ment that I’m sure will bring a great deal of en­joy­ment to science lessons.’’

Over the past three years Bayer, a global chem­i­cal and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany, has con­trib­uted $120,000 as part of its part­ner­ship with the Royal So­ci­ety.

So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Di McCarthy says the fund­ing al­lows pri­mary schools to run a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties they might not oth­er­wise have the funds and be­ing to pro­vide.

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