Young minds fed on waste

INQUIRING: Watercare's Jonathan Piggot with Rachael White, 9, Georgia Dakin and Molly Bennett, both 8, from Meadowbank School.
INQUIRING: Watercare's Jonathan Piggot with Rachael White, 9, Georgia Dakin and Molly Bennett, both 8, from Meadowbank School.

Meadowbank School's year 4 students have been studying Auckland, our home, this term.

As part of the study, room 5 students Rachael White, 9, Georgia Dakin and Molly Bennett, both 8, set out to find what happens each time a toilet is flushed.

They were given a tour of the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant by Jonathan Piggot of Watercare Services.

The trip was organised by Matt Mates, senior wastewater treatment specialist with consulting engineers AWT New Zealand.

Mr Mates was involved with designing and commissioning the plant over eight years.

Meadowbank School makes environmental issues a major part of the curriculum and is one of just five Green Gold Enviroschools in New Zealand.

The school received the national supreme award for environmental education in 2005.

Teacher Linda Chryssafis says the study has been great for the pupils 'who have been so excited by this topic'.

"The yuckier it is the more they like it and the more they learn."

East And Bays Courier