Up coming events, opportunities and inspiring ideas

  1. King Seeds – Sow from seed and save

Big supporters of children gardening, Kings Seeds are gurus when it comes to growing a great garden from seed.  Many schools and education providers are doing a fantastic job of enabling children to experience gardening through the care of their own school gardens. The simple process of combining seed, water, soil and sun can provide wonderful teaching opportunities. Not only can students learn the hands-on practical skills of gardening, but they also learn responsibility, planning, routine and teamwork. Gardening can also align with the curriculum such as mathematics, science and literacy.

Kings Seeds understand that teachers and educators are under time pressure, and to help, they have released a SCHOOL STARTER KIT with a seed selection of vegetables specially chosen for schools. When it comes to growing vegetables at school, not everyone can afford to regularly purchase punnets of seedlings from local garden centres. Growing from seed is an incredibly cost effective way to grow your own, plus students can watch the fascinating process of germination throughto harvest.

The King Seeds SCHOOL STARTER KIT kit contains 10 packets of seed varieties that are easy to grow, and includes a catalogue, seed sowing instructions and a seed tray – to get your students ready to sow!  The varieties include Carrot Rainbow Blend, Pepper Jingle Belles, Cucumber Diva and Radish Halloween Mix, to name a few.  

The Kings Seeds SCHOOL STARTER KIT is only $30.00 (usually RRP$37.50). To purchase one for your school, email info@kingsseeds.co.nz.

  1. Environmental small grants available –US Embassy

The US Embassy in New Zealand has partnered with DOC to celebrate national parks, and the US National Park Service’s 100 year anniversary. The Embassy has announced calls for proposals for environmental small grants of up to $5,000 USD.

As part of the 100 year national park celebrations, the US Embassy in New Zealand has partnered with DOC to host a number of year long events to promote, support and engage the public with our natural areas. These have included restoration work in Rimutaka Forest Park, funding for Kapiti Island and now the environmental small grants announcement.

The call for proposals for the environmental small grants is limited to non-profit/non-governmental organisations within New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue with a project focus in the realm of Environment, Science, Technology and Health. Preference will be given to projects that align with the following:

  • Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change;
  • Conserving Our Ocean;
  • Strengthening Environmental Conservation;
  • Enhancing Cooperation on Science, Space, Technology and Innovation

More detailed information, including the proposal template can be found at https://nz.usembassy.gov/u-s-embassy-wellington-call-proposals/. Please share widely with any interested individuals or organisations.

  1. MoWo – Moving words 2016

For the third consecutive year, Wai-te-ata Press and the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington — in partnership with the New Zealand Translation Centre International and the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters — invite submissions to Moving Words 2016 with the theme: One Planet, One Humanity: Postcards from New Zealand to the World. Reflecting New Zealand’s multi-ethnic and multilingual society, this project aims to celebrate literature, languages and cultures in secondary schools and to inspire and reward creativity, critical thinking, and excellence in languages and translation by secondary-level students.

This year’s challenge asks students to create a postcard that communicates both a visual and verbal message to the world about a local or global issue of critical importance to them. The image and texts— which must not have been published previously — should relate to the theme One Planet, One Humanity: Postcards from New Zealand to the World.

Each entry includes one original image on the front of the postcard (landscape format 148x105mm) and two short pieces of text in two different languages on the back. The texts should describe, reflect on, or caption the image and be translations of each other. Students may translate between the official languages of New Zealand: te reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), or English, or between one of these and any other language. All entries must be the entrants’ own work; collaborative work between two or more students will also be accepted. The word limit for both texts combined is 200 words. If one text is submitted as a video of New Zealand Sign Language, the other text should be no longer than 100 words.

At the closing date for submissions to the competition (October 2016), entrants must be: 1) attending a secondary school, or receiving home schooling at a secondary school level, 2) under 19 years of age; 3) New Zealand residents or citizens. Entry forms will soon be available online at http://movingwordsnz.weebly.comand by request from nzmowo@gmail.com. For any inquiry, please email nzmowo@gmail.com


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