Fair Trade Bake Sale Success

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!

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Fair Trade Bake Sale Thursday 22nd Feb at MAC

What is Fair Trade?

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!

MAC is Fair Trade school

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.

First Fair Trade Bake Sale tomorrow!

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.

Melia Fair trade poster

Brebner Bay Outlet

Last visit of the year to “our adopted outlet” as part as the Touchstone programme

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.

What could we do to improve the situation?

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.

Fair Trade Bake Sale

On a sunny Wednesday, students hurried to get some sherbet -with fair trade sugar!-, muffins -fair trade sugar, bananas and chocolate, brownies -fair trade sugar and cocoa and even shortbread -fair trade sugar. Success! $106 more in our solar panels fund. Well done to all the bakers.

Paper For Trees

P4T logoOtago schools and preschools did a great job diverting paper and cardboard from landfill in 2016. They have:
bullet Diverted 311 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
bullet Prevented 1,678 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced in landfill
bullet Saved 2,486 cubic metres of landfill space
bullet 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!

Team Green Focus Week

  • image$100 raised at the Fair trade bake sale go to the Solar Panel fund.
  • 12 students came and watch the Film Before the Flood first part
  • 4 articles in the local medias about Team Green
  • 10 students came at lunchtime Friday to plant 16 trees
  • 32 Whanau participated and returned the quiz.

Central Otago NewsAnd so the last house competition results are:

  • 1st Barker, 161 correct answers, 4 house points
  • 2nd Pisa, 121 correct answers, 3 house points
  • 3rd Iron, 110 correct answers, 2 house points
  • 4th Roy, 84 correct answers, 1 house point

Team Green thanks everyone for their participation!

16 more trees planted

Mount Aspiring College has earned 32 trees in 2016 thanks to our paper and cardboard recycling. We planted 16 on Friday lunchtime.

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Thank you to the senior students who volunteered, to the trees sponsor Ziptrek Ecotours, to Te Kakano for growing them and to Paper4Trees for organising this scheme.

And Thank You everyone for recycling!

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.