Whangawehi school workshop : Eco-friendly cleaning products



On Tuesday, Whaea Jenni, Aunty Rae and Oha were at Te Mahia School. There were a range of cleaning products that we commonly find at home; window cleaner, dishwashing detergent, laundry powder, hand wash. We were looking at the consistency of these products, the colour, the smell, whether they were biodegradable or poisonous. There were 6 rotations and we spent the morning moving around all of them. Aunty Rae was working with her groups in the staffroom and they were making Kawakawa balm. Using a pestal and mortar, the kawakawa leaves were pounded to release the oil/juices from the leaves. Olive oil was heated in a pot and the leaves added. Some beeswax was then added and the balm was put into smaller pots. Different proportions were explored by different groups during the morning.
We then looked at mixing different ingredients that can be used at home for cleaning. Lemon juice and vinegar which are acidic are great for cleaning windows. Many thanks to Whaea Jenni for preparing this hands on workshop.
Nicky O’Brien

Whangawehi school workshop

From Room 3 blog :

Kia ora Room 3 whanau,

We are in week 6 and Miss D’Ath has come back Mrs Hitchy! I missed everyone while I was away and it is so nice to be back.

We have been up to a lot of exciting things this week, especially today.

Today we had our second Enviroschools day where we focused on finishing up our “School Song”. Tamariki have been putting forward a lot of awesome ideas about our school and what they think is special about it.
After we all wrote down some feedback and feedforward about what we already had written we split into three groups.

1 group headed with Miss Kereru to perfect the tune and beat for the song, another to Miss O’B where they perfected some awesome moves for the song, and the third group headed to Mrs Hitchy to express the song artistically. Keep your ears peeled for our new song coming soon!

First school workshop at Te Mahia School

On Tuesday the 23/02/2016 we began our first Enviroschools/Whangawehi workshop here at school. This workshop was about starting to plan the beginning of a new school song. What do our children consider special at Te Mahia School? Why do they think living in Paradise is pretty cool? If you have a school song who is it for, (the intended audience). We as writers are writing for our whanau, community members, people who have not been to Mahia and future families and children who may enroll at Te Mahia School. We had to keep in mind when writing a song the following things. Minds are like flowers, have fun, be inspired by other songs you like listening to, be prepared to get rid of the parts you don’t like or attempts from your first go. Of course, Mahia Iz Paradise was our initial song to listen/view and was enormous inspiration for our task we were about to do. We also wanted our children to be a little clearer with different genre of music; Rap, Hip Hop, Reggae, Pop R&B, Rock, Waiata. We then had a go at writing a line or two and beginning this process. Whanau, there are already some catchy lyrics written down and we even had people on guitar and drums with potential music to match the lyrics. This was so much fun and highlighted how music is so good for the soul. Will keep you posted with how our next session goes and the progress we make. Exciting times!

Te Mahia school team