Glenham School pupils have been learning about sustainability.
Teacher Karen Stirling said pupils had been working with Environment Southland environmental education officer Mark Oster on a stream study for 18 months.
The study started when Glenham farmer David Clarke approached principal Mark Wiseman with the offer of a piece of land for the school to look after, she said.
“We are so grateful to the Clarkes for this opportunity.”
On Friday there was a working bee and a blessing for the stream study area, which had been newly named Glenelgin by one of the pupils, Mrs Stirling said.
“We are planting 100 trees.”
The pupils studied birds and chose trees that would attract those birds, she said.
“We spent a whole afternoon on birds. Mark set up tables for each bird to teach the kids how different birds get nectar from flowers.”
A bridge was also finished during the working bee, Mrs Stirling said.
“The kids have helped design and build the bridge and some dads will help put it in.”
She tried to tie the stream study into the curriculum as much as possible.
The children spent as much time as they could carrying out studies and research at Glenelgin, Mrs Stirling said.
“We have done a lot of work looking at pests.
“We found there were a lot of rabbits.”
Glenham School received a commendation in the Southland Community Environment Awards, held recently.
The children were happy and surprised to win the award, Mrs Stirling said.
“We were over the moon.
“When I heard the blurb for the other finalists read out I didn’t think we had a chance.”
She believed it was important to teach children about sustainability and the
“It’s their future.”
The school wanted to plant more trees at Glenelgin and start a nursery, she said.