24 May 2016

Rangiora students look after local parks and reserves

Environmentally minded students from Rangiora New Life and Southbrook Schools have been out in force at Hegan Reserve in Rangiora recently, participating in the Waimakariri District Council’s Green Corps programme, which is supported by MainPower.

The programme provides students in the region with the chance to take care of a local park or reserve, learning to plant native seedlings and take care of the natural environment.

The students' efforts saw new seedlings being planted in Hegan’s reserve, which backs onto both Southbrook School and Rangiora New Life School, on Denchs Road in Rangiora.

Silvia Magerl, coordinator of Southbrook School’s Enviro-Team, says that there is huge demand amongst the school’s students to be involved in the Green Corps initiative.

She says that the school has been getting a lot of use out of the reserve lately, with students using the space to practice for their upcoming cross country. There is also a seating area, that was designed with the student’s input, which is frequently used as an outdoor teaching area.

With the support of MainPower, Green Corps also works with Clarkville School, Swannanoa School and Rangiora High School, delivering a hands-on, enquiry-based learning experience about the environment.

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Green Corps Project Co-ordinator Dan Cameron leads a demonstration for local school students