We are proud to present the Creative Arts Competition for 2019!
Friend or Foe? Restoring Habitats-Reducing Threats
Hoa hēhoariri kia haumaru papakāinga
As part of our annual environmental education event Eye on Nature, we invite children to report on our environmental theme through visual arts.
This competition presents the opportunity for kindergarten aged through to primary and intermediate school children from South and East Auckland to get creative and showcase important messages.
Check out these images from previous Eye on Nature Creative Arts Competitions below:
It is suggested that in term 4 of 2018 teachers introduce the theme to the students to give them enough research time and make a plan about different options of display.Brainstorm & design in term 4 and collect materials. Construct/assemble your creation in term 1.
In term 1, February 2019, (1 month till submission) students are given opportunities to give their creations dedicated time to produce the best quality outcomes according to age and stage.
Eg. If you wish to create an edible display that uses companion plants so that you do not use herbicide to rid your brassicas of pests (slugs and aphids) get seeds planted in December 2018. An invertebrate paradise will also require many months to inhabit. You may wish to engage an expert to create a viewing box for worms or Wetas.We have lots of up to date resources to support your research.
Pestdetective.org.nz - gives you pictures of non-native creatures and lots of examples of how children can get involved in the debate and some environmental action ideas.
Doc.govt.nz – has a tab on Pests and threats and War on weeds which has a simple visual guide on invasive weeds. It also has great resources on native invertebrates.
Weedbusters.org.nz - a great resource which offers alternative native plants and an opportunity to learn what pest plants look like.
Pond.co.nz is the National Grid for Learning and Auckland Council has a range of resources for teachers. There is a booklet on ‘Invertebrates’ and the another called ‘The Forest Community’, which are designed to support their Learning Through Experience programs. Great teaching resources to ignite, explore, develop and enrich student’s knowledge of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity.