Outdoor classroom experience

Pupils from Hinds School planting in the Hinds Domain.

Pupils from Hinds School recently engaged in outdoor learning as part of their Williams Pike Community Service Challenge.

The challenge highlights benefits from community service and how volunteering improves ones health, wellbeing, problem-solving skills, and ability to work in a team.

The topic was healthy people and plant communities and their classroom was the Hinds Domain, alongside members of the Kanuka Mid Canterbury Regeneration Trust.

They were joined by helpers David and Ruth Keeley, Barbara Taylor and Dean McConnell and given a generous donation of 30 native plants by Greenscene Propagation, of Willowby.

It was the third planting at this site, which means the children are also getting to monitor the progress of their earlier endeavour, Kanuka Mid Canterbury Regeneration Trust’s Angela Cushnie said.

It was another stage in the Hinds Reserve Restoration Project.

“One of the things we talked about was building bridges between people and nature and what else Hinds School students can do as kaitiaki of their district, Mrs Cushnie said.

“Going outdoors connects us with nature and is good for our health and wellbeing.”