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Bake Sale
Photo by Jon Land

Bake sales, veggies and blue fish

Jon Land —

This has been a busy and successful term for the school's Environment Group

The Burnside Environment Group has continued to thrive in Term Three. Our membership has risen to over 150 students and we have been involved in a range of projects that have helped to promote environmental issues both at school and in the wider community. The planting work in Jellie park has been completed. A joint initiative with the City Council has resulted in nearly three hundred native plants being planted along the banks of the Hewlings Stream, thus extending the native corridor we started on the school grounds nine years ago. A highly successful bake sale run by the students raise $250 which has been shared between the lovely Hinewai Reserve on the Banks Peninsula and funds for our continuing work at school. We have also worked to raise awareness around the school's drains and 20 blue fish have appeared on campus to remind us all that the purity of local rivers can be damaged by run off pollution. A vegetable garden has been built and we have harvested and eaten our very first Bok Choi. We hope to extend this project later in the Year and begin work on a community garden. Year 13 students made a lovely link with Cobham Intermediate and work was done to help with the construction of new raised beds for their school garden. The Sustainability Council has also been hard at work, not only organizing the bake sale but also making valuable links with the new Christchurch Drinkable Rivers group and working to reduce plastic waste on campus. We meet every Wednesday after school and always welcome new members.