Pupils learn importance of biodiversity

Saturday September 01, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Students at Apii Nikao are focusing on biodiversity through their studies in Term 3. 18083103 Students at Apii Nikao are focusing on biodiversity through their studies in Term 3. 18083103

Apii Nikao pupils are learning about biodiversity (the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat such as Rarotonga’s lagoon), as part of a school-wide theme this term.

 

Year 7 students have combined their biodiversity studies with a close look at different aspects of Cook Islands culture.

Teacher Annie Iona said much the discussion of Cook Islands culture was connected with the annual Te Maeva Nui celebrations which finished earlier this month.

“We have taken biodiversity as our school-wide focus this term together with looking at our traditional Cook Islands culture and the use of our natural resources in the past, present and future.

“Students who are here with us from the outer islands of course bring a bit more knowledge about their islands’ own unique resources.

“We are hoping to develop and grow our senior students’ knowledge about things like plant-based remedies, but we are also looking at how the outer islands used their resources to be made into creations that were sold at the Trade Days during Te Maeva Nui.”

This week Year 5 and 6 students visited the beach at Blackrock to discuss the Cook Islands’ marine resources. Meanwhile, Year 8 students are due to return from their week-long camp in Mangaia this weekend.

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