A massive thank you to Reece and Tash Cox, Josh Cozens, and Warren and Jo Lee, for hosting the ENTIRE junior school at their dairy farms on Taumata Road. These townie kids loved their taste and smell of the country and have gained a new appreciation of farms and all that they do in our community. Huge thanks to Dairy NZ for funding the buses that transported 186 children free of charge for their big day out at the farm.
As Room 25 and 26 scrambled of the bus they started to walk towards Mount Maunganui. It was a very gloomy and rainy day. We walked and walked until we reached a big hill and then we met a man called Dave who showed from Trees for Survival. Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme that gets young people (like us) to plant native plants. We were planting on The Mount to help stop it from eroding (when soil and dirt falls away). Dave showed us how to plant the trees then we got our spades out and started to plant the native trees on Mount Maunganui. It was very hard because the grass was very long and the weather wasn’t very good! As we walked back down the hill we washed our dirty hands and said our goodbyes to the helpers. We felt very proud of the job we had done.
The junior school set up camp on the field on Thursday the 22nd of March. There were lots of activities provided at the camp including parachutes, egg and spoon race, T-ball, cup stacking, knuckle bones, big ball games and card games. All of the junior school participated and thought that it was an exciting, fun filled day. They especially enjoyed the new activities they had not tried before.