Kuratau School is a small country school located in a rural area between farm lands close to Turangi. Our science-based school is keen to introduce our children to hands-on experience of sea-life through our living world science learning area. We are keen to expand our children’s role as kaitiakitanga of the land all the way to the sea.
At the moment, the children take a very active part in taking care of our school wetlands including building and setting traps, re-planting native trees, using microscopes and science tools to look at pond life, building and setting bird feeders for native birds and, as a school, we are constantly building and adding on to our knowledge kete for the care of the environment (our recycling programme and our vegetable garden).
Recently, Air New Zealand, very generously, through their Airpoints for Schools programme, gave us the opportunity to fly 30 of our children to Dunedin to explore marine life first hand and in depth!
The trip is planned for December this year.
Dunedin is a perfect spot for learning about our marine life in depth – especially, the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) which fosters understanding and appreciation of New Zealand’s unique marine environment and responsibility towards its conservation through community engagement and education – giving our kids a special opportunity.
In addition, we also plan on visiting the Otago Museum. The museum’s education programme is phenomenal and the hands-on time in the highly anticipated science centre is a wonderful way for us to expand our knowledge and give our children a bigger picture of the need for sustainability and conservation.
The Orokonui Ecosanctuary will also be our destination as it will give our children the opportunity to further expand their understanding of the natural world and how the sanctuary reflects what we do here in our wetlands.
As future leaders, we want to ensure that we give our children all the tools and opportunities they need to ensure that they too will become positive players and kaitiakitanga of our unique environment.
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IMPORTANT TO NOTE: There is an error on the Air NZ Airpoints for Schools website - They have incorrectly reported it is the whole school going. This is not the case it is for only 30 students. We have contacted Air NZ to change this and are awaiting this to happen.