The Environment Group not only
blitzed the school of litter after school today but completed the
second part of the planting project around the Gallipoli Tree.
Mrs Delaney and Mr Land really respect the time and effort you
all give. I think we should have a litter photo shoot next time
and play it in the assemblies.
Come on Arty types,
thinking hats on.
Trees For Canterbury
Steve, the Manager of Trees
for Canterbury, made a visit this week and spoke to students
about his companies aims and achievements. They have planted in
excess of 3 million trees in the past 20 years and offer
sheltered employment, education and a wide range of native
plants that can be purchased by the public. Trees for
Canterbury have given the Environment Group nearly 1500 plants
in the past 4 years and have been a most generous supporter of
our planting projects at Burnside. The lovely grasses and
kahikatea that Steve gave us this week were planted and should
enhance our grounds for years to come.
Members of 9WRIC visited the
Hewlings Stream to see how the work of the Environment Group
was developing the site and restoring a more natural
eco-system. Look at this photo in 5 years time when this group
reach Year 13...what will it look like then?
There was a huge turnout at our
first meeting and I hope that we are in for a very special
year. The drought conditions pose some real challenges and the
promise of some hard work in the weeks ahead. Litter seems to
be generally at a low level around the school and if our
leaders make their mark I hope that we can continue the
positive trend that started three years ago when Environmental
Leaders first did their duties. Please e-mail me confirmation
of your interest of being an Environmental Leader in 2015 so
that I can enter you into the Kamar group for reports and
awards. Also I welcome any good initiatives that you might have
for plantings, litter control or generally to improve our
Burnside High School environment.
Staff and pupils enjoy the
Ngai Tahu Ecan awards night at Willowbank
Members of the Environment
Group staff and present and former pupils enjoyed a wonderful
Ko Tane dinner at Willowbank. The Maori welcome and
entertainment and the meal that followed were greatly enjoyed
by us all.
9WRAH make their contribution
to the Hewlings Stream project
Members of 9WRAH spent two
valuable hours helping to weed and mulch our beautiful baby
forest and made a huge difference. Weeds can be a real nuisance
and some of our plants had been completely shaded by some truly
spectacular foreign invaders. 9WRAH to the rescue! Two hours
later the natives were preparing for a summer in the sun. Well
done and thanks to you all.
9NTHW make their contribution
to the 'Keep New Zealand Beautiful' week
Mrs Thwaites and her class
decided to make a positive contribution to the 'Keep New
Zealand Beautiful' week by planting a range of native trees on
our school grounds. Despite some rather inclement weather the
students all got their hands dirty and did a fine job. A big
thanks to Taylor Johnson from the Environment Group who came
out and showed the junior students how to give a tree the very
best start in life. By the time these Year 9 students leave at
the end of Year 13 this should have become a lovely corner of
our school grounds.
Burnside Environment Group win
The Burnside Environment Group
have won the Ngai Tahu/Ecan Sustainability Award for 2014. This
is a wonderful achievement and reflects both the work of the
group during the past three years and the fine skills of
Lachlan Wilson and Georgina Roberts who made our winning video
submission. The prize is a Ko Tane dinner for
10 at Willowbank. We will draw names from a hat to choose
the lucky participants. Below is a photo of Lachlan and
Georgina receiving the award from a Ngai Tahu
Rudd Kleinpaste visits
Once again Rudd Kleinpaste has
taken time out of his busy schedule to come and visit our
Environment Group. He was very impressed to see the changes
that have taken place since his last visit. Probably close to
1500 plants have been added to our site since he last saw the
Hewlings Stream and many have grown to an impressive size
already. Rudd spoke to us about the tiny micro organism that
keep forests healthy and showed us the multitude of fungi and
mini fauna to be found on our site.
The North West
Thanks to the many students who
came out today to start the new plantings along the North West
Boundary of the school. This area has needed to be re-vitalised
for some time and the Environment Group were asked to help. The
new trees will be greatly enjoyed in the future.
Here is the new planting outside F Block. Lots of porcupine
plants and some beautiful chocolate coloured shrubs....all
native of course. Thanks to Ms Delaney and the team.
Thought you might find this man-eating eel video stimulating!
The Hewlings Stream sign has finally been put in place. The
sign was paid for by the PTA and explains about the history of
the area and our work. Some lovely red tussock planted around
the sign should add to the scene.
Members of the Environment Club planted some beautiful native
trees along the Greers Road frontage. The Blue Totara featured
here promises to be a source of enjoyment for the next 500
Once again we have a large number of students who are willing
to help develop a better environment at the school and we are
delighted to welcome our Environment Leaders for 2014.
Students from Burnside once again visited the lovely Hinewai
Reserve and despite some inclement weather had a wonderful
time. Our host Hugh Wilson once again gave freely of his time
to describe the work at the reserve. In return we cut firewood!
Prapthi was this year's winner of the Rotary Club's Young
Totara Award. She kindly choose to plant the tree on the
Hewlings Stream site. Thanks Prapthi. 500 years from now people
will still enjoy this tree.
Burnside has a new resident. After the visit by Henry
Sutherland it was decided that the Environment Group clearly
needed a resident Gnome. Well thanks to Ms Swadel we now have
our very own Burnside Gnome who will live in the Hewlings
Forest. Clearly he needs a name. All suggestions to Mr Land and
Ms Swadel. We will ask Henry to choose a winner. After his
weather-proofing is finished (Gnome-Tex) we will find him a
place to live.
Hewlings Hall of Fame Old Boys Gallery. Get your photo in to Mr
Land and join the famous planters of the past.
Hard to believe how quickly things change. Here is a picture of
the Hewlings Stream site Autumn/Winter 2012. A big thanks to
the dedicated helpers who are out every week planting trees and
making our grounds ever more beautiful.
The Environment entered unknown territory this week as they
moved down Hewlings Stream to an area infested with ivy and
other nasty weeds. A hard hour's weeding and planting has the
area much improved. We are planting flax, coprosma, titoki and
karaka to provide food for the native birds whom we hope to
attract. Thanks to Brittany for the picture.
APRIL 2013: 18 months ago the planter outside
B Block was a mass of ivy and weeds now it is a beautiful area
with potential to become a home for many native species and
increased bio-diversity on our grounds. This is due to the work
of a team of 5 Year 9 students in 2011 and members of the
Environment Group in 2012. I caught up with three of our Year
11 students today for their Rock'n'Roll picture shoot. Alex,
Cam, Will, Tyler and Ra should be very proud of their
contribution to the school. Scroll down this page to see the
photo of the site 12 months ago when it was planted and 18
months ago when the lads below did the 'Hard Yards!'
APRIL 2013: Today new earth was turned
and the Environment Group made a planting of native plants in
the area between F Block and N Block. A great turn out rapidly
turned $200 of PTA funding into a lovely area that will
increase native biodiversity on our beautiful school grounds.
It will be really interesting to see how this area develops in
the next 2-5 years. As ever a really big thank you to the many
students who came out to help. The picture does not include all
participants. Brittany, Yan and Liza were still hard at work on
the Hewlings stream and others had left but 5 minutes before.
Good work and much more to come. Next we do the M Block quad.
Mr Crosby wants a Nikau Palm garden. It would be totally
Hi All you wonderful Environmental Leaders: We have some Juicy
Vouchers to hand out to students who have made a real effort to
tidy up their litter and help keep the school clean and
beautiful. If you think you know someone who deserves a Juicy
Voucher come and see Mr Land to collect one. Thanks to Tony Wu
for the great voucher.
A big thanks to Renata, Jess and Jess and I'm sure other Year
13s who helped to create our very own litter muncher. Anyone
who can think of a great name for our bin please submit them to
Who can name this Mystery Bird of the Week. Very rare, I took
this photo on the wonderful Kapiti Island. First in wins the
The Burnside Forest has now become a teaching resource for both
the Science and Social Studies Departments. Students from
junior classes are currently studying the History of the area.
All the hard work is certainly bearing fruit. Well done the
Competition this week is to name this little chap below and
give me one fact about this beautiful native bird.
Thanks for the great turn out today and all the work you have
done with the litter around the school this week. We will win,
just a matter of getting our tactics right (Please any
suggestions or things that help in your area, let me know) Also
perseverence, good humour and reflection....great training for
life. Photo of the team this afternoon and the Burnside Forest
on 13th Feb 2013. (Compare this to the site last year...scrol
down to see.)
This week you have a double challenge. Name the scary beast
below and name the plant it is eating. Good luck and first
correct e-mail wins the prize. See you on Wednesday.
OK all you environmentalists. Another bird challenge for you
this week. What is the name of this bird and name me a place
you could see one? Next meeting is on Wednesday. Another big
thanks to all those who have chosen an area to monitor for
2013 is going to be a very busy year and I hope that all our
Environment leaders are looking forward to making Burnside a
better and more beautiful place to be. The forest is growing
well but will need lots of work and this year we are going to
beat litter at Burnside. We will also support our beautiful
Hinewai Reserve in the Port Hills and get out to help in the
community. Bring it on! First quiz of the year....name the bird
below that I photographed in the holidays at Lake Crucible in
Mount Aspiring national Park. First correct answer wins a big
Students took part in a lovely trip to Hinewai Reserve near
Akaroa. great Idea from olivia and enjoyed by us all. Same
again next year!
1000th Tree Planted
This week the Environment Group planted their 1000th tree of
the season. A really big thanks to Olivia Basher who organised
a great sale and raised the funds for the latest planting. A
very big thanks as well to our dedicated Environmental Leaders
who have made this happen this year.
Heathcote River clean up
A big thanks to all those lovely students who came out on
Saturday morning to help with the clean up of the Heathcote
River as part of the Keep New Zealand clean and beautiful
campaign. Your efforts were much appreciated by the local
Cake Sale takes the
A real big thanks to Olivia and all the wonderful bakers who
turned out in force to raise money for the Environment Group.
Originally the idea was conceived by Olivia Basher. She turned
this into reality and gathered huge support from the team who
produced a vast array of cakes and cookies. The food was
obviously as good as it looks because it was all sold and
raised the impressive total of $330. Combined with the $80
raised at recent assemblies we now have over $400 available to
purchase plants for the Burnside Forest. A fantastic effort.
Leo Calder Knight has provided a useful link for any
student aged 15-25 interested in getting involved
with water management. Based in Canterbury, West Melton. Give
it a go!
Three entries into our photo Competition: Now you must choose
the winner. Photo 1 by George Moon and is from Nelson Lakes.
Photo 2 is by Lui Holder Pearon and is a Tuatara. Photo 3 is By
Will Thompson and it is his cat (Non native) please send your
votes to me and help one of these three win the big prize.
A big welcome to our two newest members Rebbekah and Cassandra.
These Year 11 students are leading the petition for re-cycling
at Westfield Mall but took time out to plant 9 Kahikatea trees
as part of our efforts to create the Burnside Bush. We look
forward to them joining us all next week for more planting.
A lovely talk from Rudd our TV star and Environmental expert.
An inspiring man who showed us that nature is not only
wonderful but key to our survival. All our budding scientists
should, I hope, be thinking about this huge potential for
research and development.
A fine group of Burnside Environmentalist visited the Rehua
Marae to plant trees and foster closer ties with our friends at
Ngai Tahu. We planted Rata, Totara, Kahikatea and Lancewoods in
their beautiful native gardens. Mr Crosby and Mr Land would
like the students to know how proud we are of their continuing
efforts. Well Done.
We took a top team to Calders Green to help with a Forest and
Bird planting project. We were also joined by Jenny who is
studying at Canterbury University. Over 100 trees were planted
and about 8 big bags of litter were also removed from the site.
Competition time again. We all know this is a native Pigeon and
with lovely fluffy trousers, but two questions to win the
week's big prize. 1. What is the Maori name for this bird? 2.
What is this chap in my garden feeding on?
Last picture of the term and Afra makes it once again! This
time joined by James and Olivia who helped to create the
Mermaid look by our lovely new planting outside B Block. Thanks
to everyone for their help with this, it will look great.
Thanks for a great term's work. Mr Crosby and I met after
school today and we are really impressed by your dedication,
good spirit and abilty to work hard. Next Wednesday we will
shout you an afternoon tea as a little token of our thanks.
Please all come along and enjoy some food and drinks and
perhaps a few lollies. 2.40 Year 13 Common Room. Then we go
water the plants for the holidays! Very best regards.
Here we are, some more nice photos from Olivia Hodgson our very
own Year 13 school photographer.
Another great effort. Four weeks down and we have completed the
whole of the front section of the planting. A credit to you
all. Done in fine style, and the skill of the team is now
considerable. Next week is a consolidation week. We come, we
mulch and we water. Important work. Planting is glamour.
Maintenance is hard work
Environmental Leaders badges will also be issued. This is
problematic as I will explain at our meeting.
Nice photos from this week below. Proving that planting does
make you dance and that Year 11 students can be very useful.
Thanks Gordon you are man of the week.
See you all Wednesday in the Common Room. Please be prompt.
More great Tree Planting action in Week 7 and Hamish and Daniel
show just how exciting getting a tree in the ground can be. Go
the Team. 500 Years from now we'll be famous.
Ok what's the name of this bird? I hand fed them on Stewart
Island...what a pleasure! First e-mail wins.
Took this photo on Kapiti Island, rare now but I saw some in
the Siberia Valley this summer. Name the bird to win. E-mails
A big thanks and well done to the big team that came out to
help with the first planting of our native forest project. We
got close to 50 plants into the ground, watered and mulched in
about 1 hour. This was a great effort and 500 years from now we
will be very famous! Hope to see you all there for round two
next week. If you didn't tag your plantings please feel free to
do so. They are your babies. Mr Maguire arrived moments after
you left. He was delighted and keen to watch our progress.
This week's task is to name the tree below. Growing on the Port
Hills but far South of its comfort zone. First e-mail wins this
week's big prize!.
Here's an interesting little bird. First to name it getsthis
week's big prize. (an e-mail answer is fine)
Looking forward to our walk tomorrow. Here's a picture of a
Kahikatea. We have lots on campus. Be interested who can spot
them. These ones are 600 Years old.
Check out the latest news for tomorrow's agenda. Please be
prompt and then we will be straight onto the job. Lots to
Here's one of my pictures from the holidays. A very beautiful
and rare yellow head on Ulva Island.
Five fine young men turned out this week to transform an ugly
planter outside B Block. Twenty years of ivy and lost property
were quite a handful. We found enough tennis balls to host
Wimbledon and some spectacular spiders, centipedes and beetles.
Most I think survived the trauma. The lads were (From the left
in the photo) Alex, Tyler, Ra, Will and Cam. Thanks boys a fine
effort and a good job done. Next job will be to spray it during
the holidays and then choose some plants in term 1 2012.
The school grounds are full of beautiful plants and some very
special natives. The Kowai flower in the spring and around F
Block you can see some fine examples. Enjoy
GREAT NEWS: Burnside have raised $533 for the
Hinewai Reserve. If students are in the Akaroa area over the
holidays you should go and see Hinewai for yourselves. If you
mention the school name to the Manager you will be made very
welcome. Hinewai loves Burnside!
Jean Wang of Year 13 has proved to be the school's best Jelly
bean guesser! Her guess was within 24 Beans of the actual
total. A fine effort Jean, enjoy the beans. A final total for
our Hinewai collection will be calculated on Friday. Be
generous in your assemblies this week.
The Great Hinewai Jelly Bean Challenge
Last year Burnside High School raised over $400 for Hinewai
which is a beautiful native reserve near to Akaroa on the Banks
Peninsular. Hugh Wilson and a team of volunteers have helped
over 1000 hectares of land regenerate back to native plants. It
is also a haven for New Zealand's native birds. Last year 30
Tui were released into the reserve and in 2011 chicks are being
sighted. One day they might return to our city and school.
This year, a dedicated band of Year 13 students hope to raise a
significant sum to help maintain and expand the work at
Hinewai. The huge jar of jelly beans will be won by a lucky
student who guesses most accurately the number of beans in the
jar. At 50 cents a guess this represents a real opportunity to
support a good cause and exercise the brain (Clue: Think
You will meet the fabulous team in your assembly in week 9. A
gold coin collection will happen in week 10. We really hope
that you can be generous. Future generations will thank you.
Judge a person by the trees they plant.
Student Army Strikes Again!
Burnside students joined up with local residents to give the
Heathcote River an early Spring clean. Very grateful residents
were delighted to see such a fine bunch of young people making
their local environment so much nicer.
We need dedicated Environmental Leaders for Year 13 in 2012.
Please, if you are interested download the form below. Fill it in
and return it to your Lead Dean or Divisional Principal. See Mr
land if you have any questions.