Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Butterfly tagging

We are taking part in a Monarch Butterfly tagging scheme this term.

We have been given lots of small stickers with a code on them, that we have to stick onto the wing of a monarch butterfly. We then put the details from the sticker into a database and if someone else finds it and sees the sticker and adds in the details, we can see how far it has flown.

You have to be really careful when you stick the sticker on the wing so you don't damage the butterfly.

If you want to have a look check out this link!!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kitchen Garden

Our Kitchen garden is alive and kicking. We are lucky to have Jennie coming in each week to to do gardening with our enviro agents.

Look what was harvested today!!

  1. Delicious!!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bioblitz day!!

The 2018 Enviro team spent an afternoon at Rotopiko Wetlands ato take part in the Bioblitz. This is an event where scientists get togther to count and study all the species that they can find, it is a bit of a stock take of species in New Zealand.

We had an amazing time learning about different fungi and insects and hunting for our own insects to show the scientists. We also learnt...

  • about the different predators that we have in New Zealand
  • how to work out the age of a tree without chopping it down to count rings (you measure right around the trunk)
  • how people climb the trees to check out what eco systems are happening at the top 
  • how to catch different insects and identify them
It was a fabulous day, check out this video and photos and a big thank you to Monica for inviting us and showing us around!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Arbor Day at Waiwhakareke

On Friday the 2nd June a group of about 22 students, some parent helpers and a teacher gathered their spades, gum boots and rain coats and drove out to Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park to get involved in planting trees for Arbor day 2017.

Waiwhakareke is a 60 hectare ecological restoration project and every year on Arbor day, hundreds of people gather to help plant trees to restore the area to a flourishing natural forest, wetland and lake eco system. 

At Hamilton East School we are very proud to be a part of this project. We learnt how to dig the right shape hole and carefully put the sapling tree into the ground. We covered the roots back up and gave the sapling a strength test with a little push from side to side.

The rain held off for the planting but it was EXTREMELY muddy (and very fun)!!

Morning tea
Morning tea
Taking the plant out of the pot
Digging holes

Putting in the plant

Thanks to all our parent helpers who dug so many holes and pulled students out of the mud,  and to Dugan for driving us there!
For more information about Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage park have a look at this site

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Healthy lunch boxes

Healthy lunchboxes - By Hassan and Tyson Room 10

I have a sandwich and a apple and a banana
Go - sandwiches are go foods. They give us energy to keep going .
Grow  - Cheese is a grow food because it helps us grow our brains / muscles/
Glow  - bananas and all fruit and vegetables are glow foods.they make glow inside and out with vitamins/ minerals.
What can be in your lunch boxes

  • Banana
  • Sandwich
  • Apple
  • Meat
  • Mango
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Salad

Healthy lunchboxes by Isla and Zari, Room 10

These are Go and a Grow foods.
The sandwiches are [Go] foods.
Feijoas are [Glow] foods. These are the the foods in my lunchbox, feijoas, cheese balls, sandwiches and a chocolate muffin.
This is Zari’s lunchbox.  
This is my healthy lunchbox.
In the paper is a {Go} food.It is a wrap.
The feijoas are {Glow} foods.
These are the foods in my lunchbox.
Crackers,prunes,feijoas, wrap and banana chocolate chip thing.
GO FOODS- Wraps are GO foods.
They give us energy to keep going
GROW FOODS-cheese is a grow food because it helps us grow our brain/muscles/bones.
GLOW FOODS-Bananas and all fruit are glow food.

Healthy lunchboxes - By James and Nick, Room 10

My glow food is apple. My go foods are a bun and a hot cross bun. My grow foods was chicken and cheese. My slow food is crackers. - Nick

My glow food is an apple and feijoas. My go food is my sandwich. My slow food is nutella in my sandwich. - James

What are the kinds of healthy food?
A glow food is a fruit or vege. It helps us glow with vitamins
A grow food is a animal products. They help us grow our muscles, bones and brains
A go food is a grain product eg. Bread, plain popcorn and it gives us energy for the day.
A slow food is something with so much sugar or salt or fat eg. chocolate biscuits, chocolate, flavoured water, hot chocolate, marshmallows and pie and pizza.

A very healthy lunchbox would have:

  1. Orange
  2. Apple
  3. Feijoas
  4. Egg
  5. Ham
  6. Chicken
  7. Samwich
  8. Bun
  9. Plain popcorn
  10. Wrap
  11. Banana
In conclusion you should not eat something from the slow list but you should eat 2 go, 2 grow and 1 glow for a balanced diet.

Friday, December 16, 2016

We are a Green Gold Enviro school!!!!!

We are very proud to announce that this year we have achieved Green gold status as an Enviro school.

We have worked hard this year to look after our environment and to develop systems so that we can be sustainable. We have been working towards the Green Gold Status for a long time and this term the Enviro Schools team came to visit us and look at what we are doing.

We talked a lot about what it means to be sustainable and all the things we have been doing.

We brainstormed all the different things we do as a school to be an enviroschool and wrote them on 'leaves'. We then sorted them into different groups under these headings.

Empowered students
Sustainable communities
Learning for sustainability
Respect for the diversity of people and culture
Maori perspective

This created an image of a tree, this represents what we are doing and the goals we have for the future.




Here is our finished trees, the leaves represent what we have achieved so far and the nuts on the ground are our goals

The words on the left are the different parts of the description of what being a Green Gold Status school is.
We talked these through and checked that we had achieved these.

 When we had all agreed we had achieved Green Gold Status as a school we all signed the temporary certificate and...we celebrated!!!

As part of our presentation to the Enviro schools team each class created a presentation of the actions they had taken or work they had done towards being an enviro school. They did a great job, here are some examples.

Huge congratulations Hamilton East School on becoming a Green Gold Enviro School. 
Special thanks to Olive Jones and of course thanks to all our volunteers who have helped guide and support our learners.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Update: How is the kitchen garden growing?

Update: Hamilton East School has had a really busy year with an Operetta and a visit from ERO. However in between all the busyness we have been gradually working on our lovely kitchen garden area: planting, weeding, upgrading, building and much more.

Here are some photos of how the garden is looking. We are very proud of the development and send a big thank you to all the students, teachers and volunteers who have put in the hardwork.

We have new gates at each end of the garden...come on in...

The plants are growing well!


Our fantastic new green house and some plants growing already.

 Trees and plants down the sides of the garden looking good.

 The tyre planters being well used.The start of the passion fruit vine!

 Our new seating so we can all enjoy this space.

What a fantastic looking space, we are very proud!