We love that so many children get enthusiastic about raising native plants from seeds, watching for beautiful birds in the bush, daring themselves to have a weta crawl up their arm!
Raising a new generation which thinks of biodiversity as a priority is a great goal.
Schools help biodiversity in many ways. Enviroschools have their curriculum activities focused on sustainability and biodiversity. Many other schools take part in planting programmes and have projects in their grounds.
'Biodiversity in your Backyard' ifs the focus for The Hillmac Electrical Speech Contests this year. It's open to all Hawke's Bay kids from Wairoa down to Central Hawke's Bay, in two age groups - years 5 and 6 and years 7 and 8.
The Hillmac Electrical Junior Contest kicks off on Thursday the 30th of August at 6-8pm at the National Aquarium of New Zealand for years 5 and 6. Then the following Thursday the 6th of September, The Hillmac Electrical Intermediate Contest is on Thursday at 6-8 especially for years 7 and 8.
This year the speech topic is 'Biodiversity in my Backyard'.There are lots of projects which your school and community may already be involved in from Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne, The Million Metres Streams Project, to planting flax seeds at Omakere School. Each student who is enrolled gets a 'Talk' poster which is designed to help them decide on a topic and with researching, discussing, planning and structuring their speech. So instead of writing it all out word for word, they can write down their three main points and their 'hook' and ending. It is a three minute speech. The best speaker from each school enroled gets to compete at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. This year there is a $100 prizes for the winner, thanks to KiwiBank, plus great prizes from the National Aquarium.
Anna Coleman is a confidence coach and teaches public speaking at Karamu High School, in Hastings. She has a passion for growing confidence in kids. She offers an hour's free workshop of fun oral language games and tips on how to structure a speech in a simple, quick and easy way. To enrol please email Anna Coleman from the Confidence Company firstname.lastname@example.org or text on 021 150 3517.
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