The Intermediate Team had the opportunity to visit Puke Ariki and Taranaki Civil Defence as part of our inquiry unit.  We began at Puke Ariki with a self guided tour of the exhibits.  The students loved learning about our local area and staff at Puke Ariki commented on how caring our students were with each other, taking turns with the interactives and being respectful to members of the public visiting the museum.  Students then had a lesson about conservation work being undertaken to help protect endemic plants and animals by ngā iwi o Taranaki, government agencies and community groups to become predator-free by 2050.  We look forward to having Predator Free Taranaki coming into school on Monday 8 August to help us build traps.  If any whānau would like to come and help us with the construction of these traps please come along at 9am!
The classes then walked up to Taranaki Civil Defence.  Students learned about emergency management and local hazards in Taranaki, the ECC and the command and control system of managing a response (CIMS), the 4 Rs (how they prepare for emergencies, warnings, resilience and recovery).  We learnt about the different roles in an emergency and how they help our community – students even wore the jackets for these roles!
Students are becoming well equipped to protect our mountain, both conservationally and with emergency preparedness.
We would like to thank the parent helpers who were able to come along and make these opportunities possible for our students.