Frack-free focus for pupils

19:45, Jun 26 2012
Megan Henn
Fracking fracas: Year 8 Fairhall School pupils, from left, Megan Henn, Stella Black, Harry MacDonald, and Nicola Beavis want to see an end to fracking in New Zealand.

Fairhall School pupils have been visiting schools around Marlborough to rally support against the controversial practice of fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process that forces open the fissures in rocks by introducing liquid at high pressure, especially to extract oil or gas.

Principal Steve Crockett said that as part of the school's oral language programme, year 8 pupils had been split into groups to research a topic and learn how to use persuasive language before making a presentation.

Year 8 pupils Harry MacDonald, Nicola Beavis, Stella Black, and Megan Henn chose fracking as their research topic and extended the presentation component from their school to share it with Renwick, Richmond View, Seddon, Tuamarina, St Mary's, and Bohally Intermediate schools.

Teacher Denise Healy had given the class topics to choose from, including whitebait conservation, mining on the Denniston Plateau, and other environmental issues, Harry said.

But when she showed the group a Campbell Live episode that featured fracking, everyone agreed they needed to speak out about it, he said.


"We felt we had to make a difference - we're the next generation," Nicola said. "We need to say we don't want this in our country."

Research on the internet formed the basis of the presentation, with splicing between advertising campaigns, facts and You Tube video clips outlining the opinions of those opposing fracking.

The group encouraged their audience at Bohally Intermediate School yesterday afternoon to spread the word about fracking and make New Zealand "frack-free". There were a number of ways to spread the word including signing the Greens' petition against the practice, or liking their facebook page, Stop Fracking in NZ.

The group distributed letters against fracking in Marlborough among pupils at the schools visited, and is eager to put the presentation before councillors at the Marlborough District Council.

The Marlborough Express