Environmental Science



Whakatāne Intermediate has been chosen to work

alongside EcoQuest Te Rarangahau Taiao on a Curious

Minds Science project. We are one of three schools to

be chosen to be part of the project - the other local

school is Te Kura o te Paroa and Te Kauwhata

College. The project is looking at the quality of the

water in the lagoon and the benefit of using specific

plants to improve the quality. Term 1 next year will see

the students building and planting more floating wetlands

out from the landing area close to the Enviro classroom.

The project started yesterday with 17 students selected

from Otamakaokao Syndicate as this is their Syndicate

waterway. These students will follow the project

through. On Wednesday the students tested the lagoon

for clarity, dissolved oxygen, phosphorus and nitrates.

We welcomed project coordinator, Liz Duggan to take the

students on through the first part of the project.



Regards, Helen Dobbin (Environmental Science Teacher)