SIKA DONATES 10 NEW WORM FARMS FOR ROSEBANK PRIMARY

Rosebank Primary School is close to Sika New Zealand’s Auckland office in more ways than one.  Room 30 at the school is a Maori bilingual class where children aged from 5 to 8 are taught in English and Te Reo. Sika originally helped with the building of a large vegetable garden for the children and since then regular visits have been made to deliver plants, gardening tools, fertilizer… and ice creams (gardening can be very hot work when you are little).

IT STARTED WITH A HUNGRY BIN

The children have grown many different vegetables in their garden including tomato, capsicum, spinach and riwai, Maori potato, cauliflower, carrots all colours, celery, strawberries and cabbage. Last year Sika gave Room 30 a Hungry Bin, a New Zealand invention that uses worms to turn food waste into garden fertiliser, or “worm juice” as the children call it. Sika donated a further ten Hungry Bins, plus ten packs of worms, to the school last month and the children were given a fun instruction by Ben from the Hungry Bin suppliers Low Impact Ltd on how to be worm farm experts.

PUPILS LEARN TO BECOME TEACHERS

The children will be visiting other classrooms at Rosebank Primary School to share their knowledge on how to operate a worm farm correctly (worms need shredded paper, leaves, tea leaves and fruit to keep them producing worm juice). Room 30 teacher Mrs Taka says the garden and worm farms have been great learning tools for the children on many subjects including healthy eating, creating a sustainable food source, bugs, butterflies and worms.