Wednesday, 22 March 2017
It was a game of two halves but, at the end of the day, research was the winner
What a day!
As the kids dug up the soil in the name of science, no-one could have anticipated that the estuary beach would bite back, but it did!
Marine Metre2 is a longitudinal survey of the health of our foreshore. The kids had to take core samples and record the animal life they found. Ruby, Samuel, Brayden and Nicholas found mud crabs, turret shells, large horn snails, clams and even a polychaete worm. This information will be put into a database that will be used by the University of Otago.
Most of us felt the weather was the main threat (as we recorded our observations), but we were wrong. No one was prepared for the battle (and hilarity) that ensued when the Sunnyhills Kids and Parents ended up versing the Gloopy Mud in the match up of the decade.
Nicholas did the hard yards when he took on the mud. Sadly the mud won. Poor Ruby came up short when she tried to tackle a seemingly innocuous seawater puddle. Tandia had to go to plan B when she ended up sitting in the mud. BaiLin backed himself but also came up short against the mighty power of the mud bath. Mrs Foster really put her body of the line, but, alas, also ended up with a wet bottom. Man of the match went to Mr Raman, who, in his attempt to do the heroic thing and save a mud swamped group member, very nearly ended up needing some saving himself.
A big shout out to all the parents who helped today; I am very grateful.
It was a game of two halves but, at the end of the day, research was the winner.
Mrs Nicole Wallace