Tuesday 24 June 2014

Go Green Performance

Today Arlia and Emily performed their 'Go Green' song for the Mayor and Councillors during the Zero Waste Competition prize giving.  Well done girls!

Zero Waste Challenge Winners

A huge congratulations to all our prize winners in the Zero Waste Challenge. 
Arlia Murphy and Emily Wellstead created a really catchy song 
entitled ‘Go Green’ and Madison Biggs, Emma Rees and Phoebe 
Wellstead, created a short video explaining the importance of 
recycling. Both groups shared the runner-up position in the Year 
4-6 prize category. 
Room 5 and 6 were also prize winners in 
the Year 1- 3 Category with entries that shared their recycled 
Today there was a special prize giving at the Council Chambers. The prize giving was during a formal Council meeting and the children shared their entries with the Mayor and the Councillors before receiving their prizes. 
We are very proud of all of you - well done!

Tuesday 15 April 2014

So where to next .......

Towards ZERO Waste

As you will all be aware, Central Otago District Council will be changing to fortnightly rubbish collection from 1 July 2014.  Our school has been part of a ‘Gearing Up for Change’ initiative lead by Central Otago Enviroschools.  As part of this initiative all classes have been looking at ways that we can reduce, reuse and recycle in order to minimise our school waste. 
Food wrappers, yoghurt containers, and lunch scraps account for a large percentage of our school waste, and litter is still an issue in the playground.
Our school has decided that from the beginning of term two we will become a Wrapper Free School’, in order to reduce some of our school waste and address the litter problem. 

We are asking that families remove all wrappers from muesli bars etc, before they go into lunch boxes. Please use either reusable bags or containers for sandwiches, chips, popcorn and snack foods. 

Next term the Enviroschool group will be monitoring how much rubbish we put out each fortnight.  We are hoping that we can also reduce the number of rubbish bins we currently have. 

It's a huge challenge, but .....
together we can make a difference.

Madison, Phoebe and Emma's Zero Waste Entry

Arlia and Emily's Zero Waste Competition Entry

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Zero Waste Video

Room 6 watched this video about the importance of recycling in New Zealand.   It made us think carefully about what we are doing to reduce our own waste.

Monday 31 March 2014


Room5 construction writing Together with our Room 6 friends we had a wonderful time upcycling with our recycling. We used many different things to create new objects and constructions. Please click on the above photo to read our stories about what we constructed. The Room 5 Children.

Room 6 Recycled Creations

Click on the video below to see Room 6 's recycled creations, and hear them read their writing about their works of art.

Saturday 29 March 2014


Miss Johnston, our third year student teacher, has been took us for a unit on sculpting with a particular focus on  "Recycled Sculptures". After we had looked at a number of sculptures on our iPads, looked closely at a Pacific Island artist Michael Tuffrey and discussed the messages these sculptures might be portraying we had a go at planning our own.  Some of the criteria we developed for assessment included:
    -using a range of recycled (otherwise thrown to waste) objects and items
    - having a strong personal message that connected with the shape.
Perhaps the trickiest part with all of this was the construction and shaping of our pieces. We knew what we wanted in our minds but it was hard to get the materials to look exactly the way we wanted!
Here are some of the pieces we showed at assembly. We would love to get your comments and feedback on any of the sculptures and their messages.

Jackson Banks Yr 8: "Aim High!"  

Shoi Nagase Yr 7: "Cyber Bullying Hurts!"

Finlay Russel Yr 8: "The World Is Always Changing...Like The Clutha River"

Cameron Smit Yr 7:  "Stop Rhino Poaching!"

Abby Hecht-Wendt Yr 8: "Love Is Everywhere."

Madison Duncan Yr 7: 

Brylee Ryan Yr 7: "Sisterly Love"

Kathryn Smit Yr 7:  "I Love World Peace."

Wesley Day Yr 8:  "Two Bottles Could Create A Car Crash!!"

Noah Robertson Yr 7:  "Soccer should be noticed more and people should STAY PLAYING!"

Hamish Pearson Yr 8: "War Does More Damage Than You Think!!!"

Tazmin Hall Yr 8: "Protect Our Native Birds...Stop Spraying!!!"

Lee Leonard Yr 8: "When You On Your Motorbike...You're FREE!!!!"

Arden O'Donnell Yr 7:  "Poaching Will Soon Make Rare Animals Extinct!"

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Room One Envirochallenge!

For the last three weeks Room One have been collecting chip packets and other small packages that we have in our lunchboxes. After three weeks we collected 55 packets. Since there are 26 of us in our class we thought this wasn't too bad, only 3 or 4 per day.
We found out that it costs the school if we have more rubbish at school ,so we talked about what we could do to make less rubbish. We talked about different options....

Buy a big bag and put chips into zip bags which we can recycle - Madison

Put any packets we use back into lunch boxes to take home - Chloe

Put some loose chips into a lunchbox chip compartment - Jack

Pack healthier lunches without bags of stuff - Madison

Use a clip shut container - Emma

Limit your chips to once a week - Emma

Use paper bags - Mr B.

We are now going to see how many chip packets we end up collecting over the next three weeks! We hope it is a lot less!

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Wastebusters visit

Click on the book below to find out what Room 6 learnt from our visit to Waste Busters. 
Here is a short video to give you a glimpse of what the staff and volunteers at Wastebusters do with the things we recycle.

Junior School - Visit to Wastebusters

This morning we visited Wastebusters and learnt about recycling.

Have you ever noticed the numbers on the bottom of your plastic containers?  They are inside a triangle.  These numbers indicate the different types of plastic.  Number 1: soft drink bottles, honey jars etc can be recycled into pillow and sleeping bag filling. Number 2: Milk bottles can be made into recycling bins.  
Number 5: Yoghurt containers and icecream containers can be made into pegs and toothbrush handles.

Did you know that it takes 57 milk bottles to make one of our green recycling bins?

Sunday 23 February 2014

Room 1's challenge!

The kids in Room 1 are going to be seeing how many small chip packets we use in six weeks! Then we are going to join them together and create something exciting!(to be decided) After that we will look at different options for eating chips or snacks without using lots of packaging. We have already thought of lots of ideas!

Sunday 16 February 2014

Room 2 is going to look at the way our lunch boxes have been organised using packaging or tupperware containers.  We will look at the way we pack our lunches now and look at them each month to see if we made a difference to the amount of waste we bring to school.

Saturday 15 February 2014

Room 4 Clingwrap analysis

HI there from Room 4 Clyde School!
We have already started looking at the types of rubbish we end up with after lunch by keeping it all with us then doing a quick analysis after lunch each day. We have kept hold of all the plastic clingwrap and on Monday 17th the Yr 7 & 8s in this class will measure how far a weeks worth of clingwrap, from 27 students, will go. There have been predictions made by everyone ranging from 5 metres to 1 kilometre. We will post the results here. And maybe a photo or two. How far do you think it will go?