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   ENVIRO
LEARNING
Toko School has made an on-going committment to the Enviroschools philisopy and programme.  The Principal and the Board signed a contract in 2011 for the school to become an Enviroschool and this was welcomed by staff and the community.
 
Term 2 2014 Enviro Star
  
 
 
 Sustainability In Action 2014
A school wide focus for 2014 is "Sustainability in Action."  Term 1 was devoted to understanding what Sustainability is and how it affects Toko School, Taranaki, world wide and the children at Toko school.  Children will be able to explain what Sustainability is and what they can do at Toko School to do their part for Sustainability.  In Term 2 each class will look at a particular area of Sustainability and for the rest of the year do an action around sustainability.  The actions are different according to age levels and some of the ideas are being developed as the children come up with the ideas.  Please ask any of the children at Toko what their class is up to and what sustainability means to them.

 Bird Survey
​Until the 6th of July there is a bird survey available for everyone to do.  Please do this survey by listening to birds in the garden for 1 hour and then fill in the form below.  This is a nation wide survey.



  Bottle-house
The glasshouse made out of bottles was a way that we could use recycled bottles in a positive way and cut down costs on building a glass house.  The children collected bottles over several terms and carefully counted them until there were enough to build the sides.  Thanks to parents and the community the framing was put up and then the children made the sides themselves.  The bottle-house now has shelves and in the next few weeks will have a door and we can start germinating.  Watch this space to see the finished result and to see when seedlings will become available for sale. 
 
                                                                                           
                                       
 
 Term 2 Homework task for the holidays
​Due to there being no spouting on the bottle-house there is a lot of water going to waste when it rains.  We would like you to design a way we can collect the water from the roof so it may be used on the garden, orchard or to water the seedlings.  This project is for all the family to be involved in over the holidays.  All entries to Mrs Stark in Room 3 by Friday the 1st of August.  Get those creative juices going and see what you can come up with.  There will be a prize for the winning water saving system. 
 Term 1 2014 Enviro Star
 


 Pukeiti
​Room 3 were invited to Pukeiti again this year with other Enviro schools.  This was a terrific day where the children learnt about native birds and how to encourage native birds into the area.  The flow on from this fabulous day was that the children in Room 3 decided to investigate about a bird supermarket being established at Toko School.  This has become the focus for the rest of the year in Room 3 in under the Sustainability in Action study. 
     


 Taranaki Environmental Awards 2013

On Thursday the 25th, in the school holidays,  Mrs Waite, Mrs Stark, Julia and Xavier went to The Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards, at the Devon Hotel in New Plymouth.  It was a very posh occasion and we all felt very proud to represent our school in receiving an "Environmental award" in the education section.  Please come in to school and see the award and certificate which are on display in the front office.  We had a terrific evening.  Thank you to everyone who has helped us in this journey.

 

 
 

Toko School winners of the Taranaki Environmental Awards 2013


 School Garden early 2013

   
The vege garden took off over the summer break and when the children arrived back the veges were as tall as they were.  Some of the children have discovered what beans taste like raw and how you can make your own seeds by leaving them to dry.  The children have a fantastic time wondering in amongst the pumpkins and zuchini's seeing their growth.  We have some huge zuchini's which we are going to turn into some cakes or if anyone has any recipies which we could try with the zuchini's please come and see Maree at school.  Children love trying new things.

Bronze Environmental Award   

  On the 8th February Rachel the Coordinater for Enviroschools Taranaki came to Toko to present us with our Bronze award.  This was a high point for the school as to earn this award our school needed to show committement to the Enviroschools project, and that we were taking steps in the whole school environment, and in teaching the children about caring for the environment around them.   This was a huge achievement to have been able to furfil the critera within such a short time frame.  Lots of thanks to everyone in the community who has given time, expertise, equipment and support since we became an enviroschool.  Our exciting journey is just beginning.


 ENVIRO ELECTIVES HAVE STARTED . . .

Enviro Art with Mrs Stark

The children visited the Percy Thompson Gallery in Stratford and used a variety of mediums to produce works of art.  The children had great fun doing bark rubbing, leaf rubbing and drawing scenes from nature. 

     

 

     
 Scarecrows with Miss Mills

 We have been busy making scarecrows for our garden and orchard at school. We worked in groups and have
made some very cool scarecrows.

Here is the process of making them...

     
     

 The final products...

     
 Ramp making with Mrs Eagar

During Enviro Electives a group of students choose to be involved in making ramps. This process involved drawing up plans, making prototypes, visiting ITM to select our materials and of course making THEM!!
The end results were amazing!!Thanks to our mums and dads for helping us with the construction of the ramps.
They are a real hit on WHEELS WEDNESDAYS.

   
     

 

 Wearable Art with Mrs Mitchell

This was a fabulous opportunity for the children to showcase what they had made to the the whole of the Taranaki.  The children showed a lot of patience with their felt making.  They will tell you it takes lots of work to produce one piece of usable material.  All the children assisted in making a dress to be entered in the Wearable Art competition and they also made a piece of material to make something for themselves. 

     
     

 

 PET(Poly Ethylene Terephthalate bottle) Projects with Megan

 

     
   We cut our bottles into
all sorts of practical
things.
 Worm farms
Aquariums
Snail habitats
Hanging baskets
   
 Enviro Production with Mrs Hancock

This was a fantastic elective for children to bring out the dramatic side in themselves.  Ther children under the guideance of Mrs Hancock wrote, produced, directed, acted and made props for an environmental play.  This was then performed on the Enviromental Elective open day.  All the parents, children and teachers watched and laughed as the children performed.  There are certainally some budding actors in the school. 

 In the orchard with Mrs Waite

The Orchard group have been busy making compost bins, weeding the fruit trees and companion planting. 
To find out more click on the heritage orchard link:  HERITAGE ORCHARD

 

 
 


 In the garden with Gwenda

The garden enviro elective did a whole new remake of the garden area.  They put in new paths for easy access to the middle and planted a selection of vegetables.  The children all learnt about companion planting and how to grow great vegetables.  The lage bean frame looks rustic as well as serving a practical purpose.  The frame was covered in polythene and use as a hot house to grow some seeds.  Come and see all the wonderful work that has gone on.