One of the key themes we work with the girls on is that if each of us does a little, then together we can do a lot. This is true for Foodbank, for Habitat for Humanity and for the many other values projects we support. The fantastic response to the night at Rainbow’s End to support the Rotary/St Cuthbert’s Habitat for Humanity build next year is a great example. Another great example is the work that Year 10 Kahunui students have done, to preserve and enhance the natural environment through the Footprint projects. They have eradicated animal pests, protected endangered species, fenced and planted riparian areas and eradicated noxious plants. These actions, over eight and a half years and 67 intakes have led to Kahunui becoming a finalist in the Green Ribbon Awards run by the Ministry for the Environment for leadership in the communication and education category. The winners will be announced by the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Conservation at a ceremony at Parliament in June.
Another great involvement in environmental education was that of two teams of Middle School students who combined learning about the environment with orienteering! The Sustainability Challenge required that at each check point the girls demonstrated knowledge of the New Zealand environment; their combination of knowledge, navigation and speed meant that the teams were placed second and third. The photo shows some of the team members with their prizes – they are about to select a suitable place to plant them on the campus!