Well done to Team Green students for their wonderful baking! $190 were raised and will go towards a fund to buy more solar panels for our college.
Exciting start of the year!
Fair Trade is a Trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries, thus reducing poverty. When we buy Fair Trade chocolate, sugar, bananas or cocoa, we support farmers and promote good farming practices. It reduces poverty and helps the environment. And fair trade products taste better too!
Mount Aspiring College is a Fair Trade school since 2016. This means we learn about fair trade and promote it through out the school, the canteen uses fair trade sugar and cocoa, and we organise events with fair trade products.
We are having a fair trade bake sale tomorrow at lunchtime in the quad. Come with a few dollars: it is delicious and it helps the farmers. Yum!
All the benefits go to a fund to buy more solar panels for our college.
We discuss that this drain is the stormwater runoff for a vast area, including zones currently in construction. We watch the drain water and observe how it contains silt that deposit in the bay. It also carries patches of white foam that will not disappear, a sign of detergent discharges.
And right in front of the drain, kids are having a bath. We also see dogs wandering, likely depositing dog poo near the water, hence fecal bacteria in the water.
We observe there is quite a large area around the drain. So instead of bringing all this runoff water directly into the lake, the pipe could pour into a wetland that would naturally clean the water before it reaches the lake. Designing this wetland area will be our project for next year.
Team Green has “adopted” the Brebner Bay outlet as part of the Touchstone citizen lake monitoring project. We will take samples monthly and they will be analysed. We hope to have interesting stories to tell from the results.
Team Green is very grateful it has been nominated for the Trustpower Volunteer Awards. We haven’t received the Awards but we were there to support MAC fellows winners Students in the Community. Well done SIC!
Otago schools and preschools did a great job diverting paper and cardboard from landfill in 2016. They have:
Diverted 311 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
Prevented 1,678 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced in landfill
Saved 2,486 cubic metres of landfill space
Earned 1,300 native trees thanks to the Paper4Trees Scheme.
We at MAC have earned 32 trees in 2016. We planted 16 and decided to carry over the other 16 to add to our 2017 earned trees and organise a school-wide plating event.
Keep up the good work with recycling!
And so the last house competition results are:
Team Green thanks everyone for their participation!
Mount Aspiring College has earned 32 trees in 2016 thanks to our paper and cardboard recycling. We planted 16 on Friday lunchtime.
We will plant the other trees next year in a school wide event -we need 44 trees to have one per whanau for this event.