Hōngongoi/ July, 2020.
Tēnā koe, talofa lava, malo e lelei, kia orana and warm greetings to you.
Welcome to the third issue of this blog!
In this issue of Ōtākaro Auahatanga we share some of the exciting learning related to Samoan Language week that occurred at Just Kids Early Childhood Centres. Students from Avonside Girls High School outline their involvement in an environment project, Banks Ave students share images of their Lock Down Isolation Dance, and following in the theme of dance, senior students from Avonside share a dance choreographed by Fleur De Thier and a site specific dance. The dance students also offer a short tutorial to teach a simple Tik Tok sequence and they issue a challenge to all members of the Kāhui Ako and all kura to learn the Tik Toc and send in the videos as a collaborative project.The collaborative music activity that was outlined in issue two is still open to ākonga participation and the final product will be shared in our next issue.
Samoan Language Week at Just Kids
Eco-Action in Ōtākaro
Students from Avonside Girls' High Environment Council and our Gardening Club have recently become involved with the Eco-Action Nursery Trust. Shirley Boys High School are also actively involved in the initiatives run by the trust and have been involved for several years.
Eco-Action are a group who are committed to planting native trees in the Red Zone close to our school. They eco-source native plant seed from Travis Wetlands. Eco-sourcing means plants are adapted to their local environment and are more likely to grow well. The plants grown provide year-round food and habitat for native birds and other fauna like insects, lizards and invertebrates. The aim is to provide a green corridor from the coast to the city for native birds to use.Seeds are germinated and potted on by student volunteers from eleven schools, of which AGHS is one. Students and teachers take delivery of the small plants and grow them on till they are ready to be put in the ground. All the growing equipment is donated to them from funds raised by Eco-Action, and from their generous sponsors, some of who are mentioned here: CLS Canterbury Landscape Services (who provides the excellent potting and seed raising mix that grows such good plants), Envirowaste, Living Earth, Mainland Tanks and Drums, Isaacs, Stark Brothers, Blacks Fasteners, Tiki Wines, Cant Poly Pipe.
In week 10 of this term we received the first 500 tree seedlings to set up our satellite nursery. Within a few lunchtimes of fantastic work our students had re-potted these into larger pots to give them room to grow. These are now set up in one of our gardens.
Our students have also been involved in two planting sessions, giving up their Sunday mornings to help out. We have been part of a large team of volunteers including students from Shirley Boys High School, who in 2 mornings have planted 2200 native trees into their new homes.
If any other kura in the Ōtākaro Kāhui Ako would like to explore getting involved in this environmental project, they can contact David Newton at the Eco-Action Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org
The website is http://www.eco-action.co.nz/
Banks Ave Primary School - Isolation Dance
Working Collaboratively through Dance
As part of level 3 Dance, students at Avonside Girls High School need to choreograph their own group dance, considering a specific space or environment. One of these group has shared their site specific dance, titled 'Levels'. The dance is performed by Zoe Hampton, Eve McAlister, Taylin Pearson, Liela Tupuhi, Charlotte Turner and Jadah Walker-Kelly.