Pupils' green fingers earn silver award

00:43, Apr 10 2014
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Gore District mayor Tracy Hicks, Gore Main School enviro group captain Ben Hargest and Environment Southland councillor Ross Cockburn with the school's Enviroschool silver award.

Gore Main School students have been rewarded for their green fingers and presented with the Enviroschools Silver award yesterday.

The schools enviro group has 13 members and over the years they had taken on many projects including planting vegetable and native gardens and worm farming.

Gore Main School Enviroschools lead teacher Nicola Miller said she was delighted with the award and that the pupils had put a lot of hard work into all the environment projects.

"All the projects started off small and have grown because of their [the pupils'] enthusiasm." she said.

Gore Main School joins Knapdale, Otama, Pukerau and Longford Intermediate as Enviroschools in Eastern Southland.

Environment Southland education officer Pat Hoffmann said to become a silver Enviroschool Gore Main School's enviro group had to "collectively asses themselves and reflect on all the work they have done".


The pupils will now continue to work on all of their projects and see what else they can do to better their knowledge of the environment.

Gore Main School enviro group captain Ben Hargest said for him it had been a great chance to be a leader in the school and he thought many of the projects undertaken by the group were important.

Fact box Gore Main School enviro group members: Ben Hargest, Maddie Cockburn, Baileigh McDowell, Jessica Udy, Damian, Dowle, Connie Fricker, Luca Patching, Gabby Harrex, Hanna Lawlor, Matthew Johnston, Bridgette Shaw, Hayley Christie, Yazmin Mitcheson-Pope 


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