The process and practices of looking after the environment are referred to as kaitiakitanga. To be effective people must understand the relationships between themselves and the environment in which they live. People are part of the environment, not superior to it. A kaitiaki ensures that the mauri (life force) of the land is healthy and strong.
Room 13 took part in replanting an area of cleared land close to the school with native trees.
To better understand the environment in which we live in, Room 13 is researching ecosystems. An ecosystem describes a specific area where organisms work together as a unit. It contains living and nonliving items. It could be a tiny pool of water or hundreds of square metres of bushland. Each ecosystem is different. Each ecosystem has established a balance over time that is important to every form of life within it.
Learning activities so far have included a habitat scavenger hunt, classification of living and nonliving things, researching animals observed around the school and writing facts.
Room 13 has observed how humans have adversely affected an ecosystem. Cutting down native trees, developing land, growing crops and dumping rubbish have upset the balance of nature. Learning about the environment and the different ecosystems will help us restore the balance.