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This year’s hui, to be held at Arai Te Uru Marae on 8 April, will have a strong focus on learning.
For students, there are eight workshops to choose from in the 3 x 30minute workshop slots, and three separate professional development workshops for teachers (10.30 – 12.00 noon).
Seventeen Enviroschools will attend the hui, which will run from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm, from as far away as Clinton and Kakanui. Thirty-four students, 18 teachers, some parents and six Enviroschool Facilitators plus other presenters are attending.
Student workshops will be hands-on: for example, Cath Broad (DCC) and an Enviroschools Facilitator will get students sorting out recycling and waste items and get them thinking about further reducing their ecological footprint; Deborah Mills (ORC) will use air quality measuring instruments with the students; Dunedin Community Garden’s staff will have students working in the gardens, and Dr Simon McMillan (Sir Peter Blake Fellow 2008) will engage students in activities about fresh water environments. If fine, most of the workshops will be held outside.
We hope to have lunch outside amidst the newly landscaped and beautiful grounds of the marae.
After lunch, students and adults will share examples/discussions of their environmental actions with each other, learn from each other and celebrate their successes. Kaitrin McMullan, storyteller, will get us thinking, entertain and inform us before we reflect on the day and say farewell to each other.