Earth School Grand Finale
We were so proud of the kids for presenting and singing at the Earth School Finale!
The evening started with haka lead by Shae and Joe, then the SES singing group students sung, I Am The Earth (- music & lyrics by Glyn Lehmann) led and accompanied by Rosa Dew on piano (at that point there was not a dry eye in the audience).
Students who chose to present and speak then spoke about what they had enjoyed and learned during the year attending Earth School weekly workshops and presented their plans for a sustainable science building and school farm.
The students worked hard on their speeches and worked as a team to screen print the logo onto t-shirts so that everyone had an outfit for the finale.
students from 5 to 17 presented their ideas, work and shared stories about what they had enjoyed the most about the project challenges.
We then went into the foyer and celebrated with cake and looked at the displays that had been up for public viewing all week.
The displays showed the kids work and the final design concepts for a school farm and for the building.
Special Thanks to Samson Dell who put in countless hours of work into translating the kids ideas into concept plan for an off grid building.
The students ideas for a school farm design, the essential farm elements in permaculture zones.
Richard Ashcroft's beautiful design incorporating all the students ideas, including the outdoor kitchen, beehives, nature playscapes and the running track/assault course.
Some of the details ...
Challenge two the building challenge ... Samson interprets some of the groups ideas and turns them into concept designs.
The students had to combine space use and map out the number and purpose of each room or space within the building.
The treehouse and green roof were common themes as were the use of wood and natural building materials such as straw, clay and wool for insulation.
An elevated, mezzanine level or treehouse kitchen featured in multiple groups designs.
The 3d model of the proposed building with integral greenhouses.
Thank you to Minty who filmed the event and Lucia Zanmonti for photographing the event.
Links to videos
Ko Wairarapa https://youtu.be/KcJpm14wfO4
The kids: https://youtu.be/6vzLCUJ1XXI