Schools link up with horticulture
Havelock North schools are joining forces with their region’s booming apple and pear industry to help plant the seed of horticulture with their students.
Students will learn about growing and exporting the best apple and pears for the world along with having the support from a wide range of industry experts to help the schools develop new learning resources.
To mark the new partnership, New Zealand Apples & Pears representatives along with students and principals are planting apple trees at Lucknow, Te Mata, Haumoana and Havelock North primary schools along with Havelock North Intermediate and Havelock North High Schools.
Havelock North Intermediate’s principal Julia Beaumont said schools are interested in delivering meaningful ways for students to learn and had identified that an increased emphasis on science (skills, knowledge and vocabulary) is important.
“All schools are looking forward to working together and sharing knowledge. Through this partnership we aim to provide an authentic learning environment with the opportunity for real problem solving right in our own backyard.
“Horticulture with all its different branches, fits well within our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) approach where we are integrating a range of subjects with real-life experience.
“Take robotics, we can be learning about it in the classroom and then go out and visit a local packhouse to see the technology in action.
“At some schools there’s already a strong emphasis on using local resources such as the ‘Garden to Table’ initiative at Haumoana School,” she said.
New Zealand Apples & Pears capability development manager Erin Simpson said it was fantastic to be working alongside a group of local enthusiastic schools to help increase student understanding of the industry.
“We hope that through this initial partnership, which will see the development of a range of teaching resources and programmes implemented, that, over time the programme can be supported and expanded into other schools and across all levels of the curriculum.
“Research tells us that by tapping into growing young minds and their interests at a younger age, students are more likely to consider careers in horticulture. This partnership is a way to sow the seed of horticulture with our future generation which we hope will see more of them entering our industry,
“New Zealand Apples & Pears is strongly committed to increasing students understanding of horticulture and the fantastic career opportunities there are now and in the future. Developing an education pathway is a key objective and this partnership is a major step towards meeting this goal,” Mr Simpson said.
The education partnership has two stages. The first will focus on resources with a specific theme for each school to pilot and the next will be seeing how these resources can be applied across other schools either within Hawke’s Bay or nationally.
The schools will be provided with access to a range of expertise across the industry including scientists, technology developers, equipment manufacturers, growers and exporters.
Havelock North schools and students celebrate the launch of an industry education partnership with New Zealand Apples & Pears.