Pupils on song for wildlife sanctuary
Pupils at Fairhall School exercised their lungs and craft skills during a visit this week by volunteers from the Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sanctuary co-ordinator Jenny Keene, husband Rob, Nozz and Alison Fletcher and Andrew John visited the school's year 4 and 5 class to rustle up interest in the sanctuary and nature in general.
Mr and Mrs Keene performed their Song for Kaipupu on ukuleles to the well-known New Zealand tune Pokarekare Ana, and soon the whole room was sounding off.
The volunteers hope to get the song aired on the Radio New Zealand afternoon segment Best Song Ever Written.
The sing-song was followed by a mosaic making session with Mrs Keene. The finished tiles will cover a welcoming wall by the jetty in Shakespeare Bay, the entrance to the sanctuary.
The whole school had visited the sanctuary in groups this year to learn about environmental subjects including biodiversity, succession, pests and native birds.
"We're always looking at ways to engage kids and get them interested in nature," Mrs Keene said.
"And getting them to sing and make mosaics is just another way of getting them involved and making it relevant for them."
The Marlborough District Council had provided the trust with a $2370 creative arts grant, which covered the cost of the ceramic tiles, glue and concrete pavers to make the mosaics. The sanctuary is expected to open in December.
- The Marlborough Express