June 14

Character Strengths

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at character strengths. Some of them include; forgiveness, honesty, bravery, kindness and modesty. This week I would like you to think about one of your character strengths and a time when you used it in your everyday life.

For example I think one of my top character strengths is Love of Learning! I am always learning new things, I enjoy reading non-fiction, listening to podcasts and finding out things about nature and the environment and sport! I love learning new information and new skills.

What is one of your character strengths and when did you use it in your everyday life?

June 13

World Environment Day

What an amazing day we had last Friday the 3rd of June for World Environment Day. So many of our students and teachers wore green to support the environment. It was fantastic to see members of our Eco Warriors and grade 2’s and 3’s present their poems about the environment and their persuasive writing about Take 3 for the Sea so confidently. Here is the persuasive piece by Chelsea, Harry and Beatrix:

Do you want to be walking in rubbish when you go to the beach? Well here’s some reasons why you should take 3 for the sea and pick up at least 3 pieces of rubbish every time you step out of your front door.

More than 3.5 million pieces of rubbish enter the ocean a year. Plastic stays for hundereds of years and never totally breaks down. It stays as microplastics and they’re bad. Little animals can eat micro plastics then bigger animals eat the little animals. This keeps going till eventually we could be eating this plastic!

Sea creatures like sharks, birds, seals and turtles are getting awfully tangled in plastic and fishing line. Some may escape but with really bad wounds. The wounds get infected and can cause disease. The diseases can make the animals extremely sick and can even cause death! That is why it is really important to take at least 3 pieces of rubbish every time you step out of your front door.

As well as cleaning up our environment. It’s also equally important to reduce our waste and the rubbish that we use. One simple way we can do this is to stop using plastic bags at the shops. You should bring your own bags or buy a reusable bag or use our borrow and bring back bags. If you don’t this bag can find its way in to the ocean. Turtles can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish the way that they bob around in the water.

So remember use less plastic and reduce your impact on the environment. And every time you go to the beach or anywhere outside remember to take 3 for the sea!