Year 12 Agriculture Trip – Waituna Lagoon 2023

As part of the Level 2 Agriculture course, we are investigating the Environmental impacts of Dairy Farming on our case study. The Waituna Lagoon.  As part of this internal assessment, it is hugely beneficial for the students in the class to visit the lagoon, and then dairy farms within the catchment.  To fully understand how different factors and farms directly contribute to the health of the lagoon, in particular a seagrass called Ruppia.

The field trip is directly related to our Level 2 internal assessment worth 4-credits called Reports on the Environmental Impact of the Production of a locally produced primary product.

The assessment task requires the girls to research how farming has impacted on the Waituna Lagoon environment and write a report that outlines the environmental impacts of primary production on that environment.

Listening to farmers talk about how they are reducing the environmental impacts and how effective they have been.  Seeing first-hand what methods, they are trying and overall, the positive and negatives of these. The students can learn through another context and the farmers, and Environment Southland have given up their time to educate our students

Please read through the following information and complete the permission form below – due Friday 23 June 2023.

If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact our Teacher in Charge, Mrs Mel Young, melanie.young@southlandgirls.school.nz

  • Date: Tuesday 27 June 2023
  • Venue: Waituna Lagoon and Waituna Catchment
  • Time: 8.50 am – 10.30 am
  • Who: Year 12 Agriculture class
  • Cost: no cost
  • Uniform requirements: students to wear warm, old clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty. Please bring the following:
    • gumboots or old shoes, hat, shoes to change into afterwards, full drink bottle, lunch/snacks, change of clothing in case you get wet on the trip.
  • Transport: students will be transported by the school vans and private vehicle. This will be driven by our staff, Mrs Mel Young and Mrs Urte Bierlin.

This event contains risks, including slipping over while walking along the Waituna Lagoon track, or through paddocks, and when sampling the water quality at the lagoon. This event is managed by school staff who will manage risk and hazards according to the school’s safety management plan.  This includes careful consideration of the risks.  Students need to wear suitable footwear for when walking along the tracks or paddocks and listen to all safety briefings at each of the three locations.  While risks can be maintained to acceptable levels they cannot be totally eliminated.  Some risk is retained for its learning and experiential value.  If you wish to come in to school to see our safety management systems or have any questions, feel free to contact Mel Young.

It is important for safety reasons that students follow instructions given to them by all staff and follow all appropriate school rules. Behaviour by students that is deemed dangerous and puts themselves and/or others at undue risk will result in your child being collected from the field trip and not attending any more Agriculture trips this year.

Book a Tour of Enwood House

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers boarders with a tour of Enwood House that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

To book in for a tour of the boarding house, please email Jenni Dennis, jenni.dennis@southlandgirls.school.nz or telephone 03 211 6030.

RISKS Disclosure

Weekly sports contains risks, including common injuries like strains, sprains, bruises and dislocations. These events are managed by the appropriate sporting body in conjunction with school staff who will manage risk and hazards according to the school’s safety management plan. This includes careful consideration of the risks, all risks will be outlined to the students. While risks can be maintained to acceptable levels they cannot be totally eliminated. Some risk is retained for its learning and experiential value. If you wish to come in to school to see our safety management systems or have any questions, feel free to contact Ashleigh Rabel 03 211 6030 or ashleigh.rabel@southlandgirls.school.nz.

It is important for safety reasons that students follow instructions given to them by all staff and follow all appropriate school rules. Behaviour by students that is deemed dangerous and puts themselves and/or others at undue risk will result in your child facing disciplinary actions on their return or sent home at the cost of the Whanau/parents or caregivers.

RISKS Disclosure

This event contains risks, including possible injuries. This event is managed by school staff or other organisations who will manage risk and hazards according to the school’s/organisation’s safety management plan. This includes careful consideration of all procedures while carrrying out the activites. While risks can be maintained to acceptable levels they cannot be totally eliminated. Some risk is retained for its learning and experiential value.

If you wish to come in to school to see our safety management systems or have any questions please phone 03 211 6030.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

I understand that sports, trips, and extra-curricular activities are opportunities for me to learn, practice skills, and gain attitudes and values in an environment outside of the school.  I realise that this requires me to take on genuine responsibility for my own enjoyment and safety and that of others.

I agree to do the following to make this happen:

  • Show courtesy and consideration to others.
  • Follow the rules and instructions of staff and other supervisors at the events.
  • Look after myself and my personal belongings.
  • Declare medical conditions that could affect participation in the events.
  • Accept the rules set by the school for the events.
  • Take part in all activities within ‘challenge-by-choice’ options

I understand that my parents / caregivers will be contacted and I may be sent home at their expense if:

  • My actions are considered unacceptable by staff / supervisors of these events.
  • I breach the behaviour / discipline standards of the school.
  • My actions put me or others in any danger.

Book a School Tour

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers students with a school tour that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

Student tour guides will answer questions and offer a student’s perspective, before meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss your child’s enrolment.

To book in for a tour of the school, please email Nicola Macpherson on  nicola.macpherson@southlandgirls.school.nz or telephone 03 211 6030.

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