FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 August 2012
Te Tii School will be the site for a new chook house, thanks to a Northland Regional Council Environmental Curriculum Award. Council’s Education Officer, Susan Botting, visited the the school and presented an award plaque and a cheque for $400.
Students were very excited to receive the award. They are keen to build the chook house, get several hens, and begin collecting and selling the eggs.
Principal Rosina Wikaira observed that “Learning opportunities like this engage our children. Real world experiences enrich classroom learning. We will learn about business, the maths of income and expense, animal care, nutrition, food miles, charting egg production and sales, writing about our experiences, making videos, adding to our website, and heaps more. The possibilities are endless.”
“Whaea Rosina is spot-on,” added Board Chairman Donald Chandler. “This sort of active, transdisciplinary learning ties in perfectly with our plan to become an International Baccalaureate school. We’re going to put the kids in the driver’s seat with this project. Their creativity and energy will take us places that are impossible to plan. And think how empowering and esteem-building it will be for a child to bring home a dozen eggs to feed their whanau. We’re very grateful for Council’s support, and we’re proud of how politely and enthusiastically our students received Ms Botting.”
The school would appreciate donations of reliable laying hens or chook feed. Contact BayIntAc@gmail.com.