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Otari students use the bush as a classroom

Jun 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

SHARING JOY: Rosa Pilay shares bushcraft skills. IMAGE: Christina Hyde

TEN primary school students are journeying into the bush to gain knowledge that they can share with others.

Once a week the Otari School students get trained in bush lore, in preparation for taking their own school-aged groups on tours of Otari-Wilton’s Bush.

Sue Corkill, consultant at Otari School says: “You see the kids grow, a bit like MasterChef where they take a journey and you see them transform.”

She teaches the students “by walking, talking and observing the bush”.

One of the guides, 10-year-old Vivek Ganesan, is keen to pass on his skills to others.

“I like to be in the bush and with other people and I think it is going to be a great learning experience,” he says.

That keenness for the outdoors is also shared by year six pupil Rosa Pillay.

“My favourite thing I think is just walking around and just enjoying the bush.”

The group of students is diverse, with two of the students presenting their tour in Maori.

They also do an in-depth research on one plant and one animal as part of understanding the bush, which has been a highlight of the experience so far for Matthew Dagger.

“I would like to know more about how these plants co-operate with animals and how they get spread around the country.”

They have also been working with Ms Corkill to produce an information book for the public, which is in final draft stage.

Ms Corkill says that it will be published on the Wellington City Council website.

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