"Exceeding Expectations in a Rural Environment"
June 2014 - SUCCESSFUL TITIPOUNAMU/RIFLEMAN TRANSFER
Thanks to the effort and support of many friends 59 tititipounamu were transferred to the Bush in early April. Monitoring done over two days in early May has found 18 birds, 11 of which have been identified by their bands. The birds are tending to be right up in the top of the canopy so are hard to see. There is one family that has stayed together that has settled into the area by the entrance to the bush. So keep an ear and eye out for them. Look at nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/rifleman for a sound bite of their calls. The next monitor will be in the last week of June, and we want to put out the nesting boxes at the same time. Please contact us if you want to be involved in this monitoring as it is very helpful to have more eyes looking for the birds and identify leg-bands. (source of the above paragraph - 'Friends of A'Deanes Bush Newsletter - Autumn Update 2014')
TERM TWO - WEEK 5 AWARDS
Principal Award - Jakob Huch
Tuakana Teina - Quin Kynoch
Merit Marvel Room 1 - Oceiana McHardy
Merit Marvel Room 2 - Isaac Simmers
Gymnastics - Both classes have been practising for gymnastics. The Highway 50 Junior Novice Festival is on Friday 13th June, here at Sherwood School. The Senior Festival is on Wednesday 11th June. More details will follow.
A'DEANES BUSH - RELEASE OF RIFLEMAN
The helicopter landed at A'Deanes Bush and Kay jumped out. Room One were called to come and pick the birds up and out of the helicopter. We all carried a bird box. My one had a blue band, he or she was pecking at the box, it felt like I was holding magic. Then we were called to the Titoki tree where we all put our boxes down on the ground. We had to be quiet so we didn't upset the Titipounamu. Kay Griffiths from the Conservation Company did a 'mihi';
"Welcome, welcome to our bush, you have travelled far to be in A'Deanes Bush. We thank Boundary Stream for giving you up so you can be in our lovely bush. Once again we welcome you, welcome, welcome.'
We were then put into groups and told which direction to go. We wrote down the numbers of our boxes and then released them one box at a time. The first one flew on to the totara, my one was a little slow. I think the little green rifleman winked at me and looked with a sparkle in his eye. I thought it was very special.
By Savalina McHardy Year 7 April 2014
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”