Postgate School wins photo contest
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.