Today Amelie and Ella - Rose completed one of their Science Talent Development experiments, they managed to create a Kitchen Chemistry edible experiment. Delicious, fragrant Easter Buns. The smell in the kitchen is mouth watering and not at all what they expected from an exo-thermic chemical reaction. They have observed yeast rising, activated by sugar, they saw the collection of carbon dioxide gas as the dough rose. It was an all day process with three separate stages of proving and rising the dough. Then they made the cross mixture and the glaze. All ready for the taste test.... YUM! Science, especially when its edible is so much fun. Happy Easter....
Today the Friday team got the window of 'weather' opportunity to go on tour to Daffodil Bay & Oreti Beach. We had applied for a customary permit to gather Toheroa and this was the absolute highlight of the day for all of us. The screams and excited squeals of victory when the students successfully pulled a Toheroa out of its hole were just heart warming.We walked to the lookout on Hatch's Hill as well and discovered many native plants that Maori use for medicinal purposes as well as the native birds that live in this unique environment. We returned to the centre and cleaned and prepared our Kaimoana for the taste test next week. What an amazing place we live in, we finished the day feeling very grateful.
We had a fantastic day discovering the history and the many forest and wildlife in Omaui. Once again our students were privileged to have Mr Lloyd Esler guide us through the track, in which he created. Lloyd's project took around six years to complete, which involved many helicopter trips to transport the tonnes of gravel and the 600 sheets of plastic matting required for the trail, not forgetting the many volunteers who helped develop the trail.
Our students took plenty of photos and asked just as many questions to Mr Esler (who is quite honestly a walking encyclopedia). Mr Esler demonstrated safe food foraging, edible funghi and berries and also plants that Maori used for medicinal purposes before modern medicine. They will use these to help develop a short iMovie of their discoveries.
Thanks to Violetta and Rod for your assistance on our adventure.
Our Thursday students had the opportunity to discover the amazing Food Forest cultivated and loved by the incredible innovators Robyn & Robert Guyton. We found a Teepee, a Grotto and a Cave all amongst the solitude of this interesting example of how people can live in tune with mother nature and all that it can provide. We will be interested to hear from our students this week but they loved the adventure of the Food Forest and sampling all of the fresh produce. Imagine if we could create our very own Food Forest in the City? We lunched at Monkey Island but the high tide prevented us from foraging at Gemstone Beach, Lachie provided us with a coloured resource of what we could discover. I will be returning to try my luck! We did manage to gather some large stones to make our Firepit! Thanks to the parents that accompanied our adventure, Luke& Claire, and our bus driver Rod.
The visit was a learning opportunity for the Enrich students. Mr.Esler talked about possums, rabbits, Maori villages and lots more. These were significant in the Oreti Beach and Sandy Point areas.
My favourite part was the talk about… THE POSSUMS!!!
Apparently our possums only have one baby and there is one in 1000 chance for twins.
The European possums almost always has 8 babies!
Now onto more disgusting matters……
It has such a disgusting smell I can’t express it, so I made a little image for you:
About 1 in 30 people can’t smell Ambergris.
It is from the whale intestines and is used for perfume. It is worth a lot of money!
Well I hope you have enjoyed this.
By Isiah Clark
Today the Monday student's enjoyed a trip to 'discover' all that the town of Bluff had to offer. We discovered the history of Bluff, the Maritime Museum, the Gunpit to Sterling Point track, the pest controls on Bluff Hill. The shipping lane and Pilot vehicle, the playground and that there were no Bluff oysters... We also discovered Harry, the best Bus Driver ever!Thanks to the parent helpers and especially Peter Bathurst for his photography skills!
After 21 days exactly of incubating and turning the chicken eggs, on Friday excitement was high as our first baby hatched! Sadly the Chicken Midwifery schedule did not occur between 9 - 3 for the students to see the actual hatching. However they did see the wee beak trying to get out.. From ten eggs we have successfully hatched five healthy looking chicks so far!
Today the Thursday students went on a Discovery walk around the City, we discovered many things! The challenge was to make a one minute movie depicting the city and learn how to use I-Movie. Sixty seconds is not long and so the photos and video footage had to be taken sparingly. This made the students think critically about their shots and angles. They had so much new learning to discover in a really fun context.
On our Discovery walk we discovered the new City Pop Up Art Gallery, this was exciting! The students looked at the current exhibition Gifted, a collection of works gifted to the Invercargill Public Art Gallery. The students were invited to contribute to an art work being created for the Children's Ward at the Hospital. The Creation Station was very cool!