Hui makes a splash with pupils

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Not only did ducklings have the cute factor while floating close to the shore of the Clutha River recently — they also had impeccable timing as Enviroschools children had just been sent on a mission to scour the river for wildlife as part of their end-of-year gathering — a water hui.

About 60 children, from years 4-7, took part in the event at Cromwell, including some who travelled from as far away as Glenorchy and Poolburn.

They spent the day researching water and gathering information from the town’s heritage precinct.

The concept of mauri, or life force, was also explored, which gave children an insight into how it can be enhanced or diminished, depending on how well the surrounding water source is preserved.

Enviroschools regional coordinator Robyn Zink said the day gave pupils achance to learn together and teachers could share ideas about sustainability.

She said it was a good chance for teachers to chat and explore new ways of teaching.

‘‘Often, what we see happening is we do activities and then teachers pick up on them and develop them [further].

‘‘So, for the students it’s a highlight [of their year] and for the teachers it’s a bit of professional development,’’ she said.

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