Post­gate School wins photo con­test

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Room 11 pupils at Post­gate School have won a photo com­pe­ti­tion for their pic­ture of a stu­dent and her pea seedling.

They earned a pop­corn maker and a chil­dren’s book for their trou­bles.

The com­pe­ti­tion is part of a gar­den­ing pro­gramme the school par­tic­i­pates in dur­ing term 1 called ‘‘What’s for Lunch?’’

The pro­gramme took pupils on a jour­ney of the dif­fer­ent parts of their gar­den’s ecosys­tem while cre­at­ing a small gar­den and grow­ing healthy food to eat.

Post­gate School pupils cre­ated their own gar­den bed, grew seedlings from seeds and planted them. Through­out the process they read a se­ries of sto­ries, and con­ducted in­quiries, sci­ence ex­per­i­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties about the ecosys­tem of their new gar­den and how to best make it thrive.

‘‘What’s for Lunch?’’ food ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes are the cre­ation of chil­dren’s book author and il­lus­tra­tor Amy Bur­rell.

The pro­gramme is de­signed to pro­mote the Min­istry of Health food and nu­tri­tion guide­lines for healthy chil­dren and young peo­ple.

It has been picked up by 128 schools with al­most 10,000 pupils hav­ing taken part.

Ca­role Gibb, the nu­tri­tion ad­viser for the pro­gramme and a reg­is­tered New Zealand di­eti­tian, said Bur­rell’s skills as an il­lus­tra­tor al­lowed her to vis­ually trans­form the facts and sci­ence of nu­tri­tion.

‘‘This com­mu­ni­cates health mes­sages in a clear and sim­ple way that chil­dren and par­ents can re­ally un­der­stand,’’ she said.

Gibb said she had dreamed of be­ing able to use her skills as a sto­ry­teller to help chil­dren make healthy life­style choices.

‘‘I be­lieve the rea­son the pro­gramme works so well is that it sim­pli­fies nu­tri­tion, which can be mis­un­der­stood and con­fus­ing for most adults, let alone chil­dren.’’

Ash­ley New­son, the Post­gate School room 11 teacher, said that at the be­gin­ning of the year the chil­dren were not aware and had no un­der­stand­ing of the dif­fer­ent types of food.

‘‘Now they can iden­tify healthy foods from un­healthy foods and feel very proud when they open their lunch­box,’’ New­son said.

The win­ning photo of Post­gate School’s Faith Hill­man-Te Rupe, 6.

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