In Global Perspectives this Term the Year 8 students are learning about Water Matters – globally, nationally and locally.
Last week the Year 8 students helped complete a habitat assessment and water quality tests of the Stanmore Bay Stream under the guidance of Sarah Dimitrijevic from the Whitebait Connection. The results are being used in the 2019 Hibiscus and Bays Inanga/whitebait spawning project which is funded by a grant from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. It was an excellent opportunity for students to have a real-life, hands-on field work experience and begin to understand how human actions impact on our local environment and the species that live there.
The students also did a beach clean up competition to see which House could find the most litter with a focus on looking closely for microplastics, small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life. In one hour each House nearly filled three icecream containers – an excellent effort.