IBDP Thinking Global, Acting Local

Wednesday 8th February 2023

After the Covid-19 hiatus of service opportunities, the IBDP Year 1 cohort were back into it.

Learning about conservation out at the Sinclair Wetlands, Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau on the beautiful Taieri Plains. Tumai Cassidy (Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, Ngāi Tahu) gave us the full history of the Taieri plains, the journey and resting place of Taniwha Matamata, and the ecological importance of the Wetlands. 

Image by: Brendan Porter

Saba Michael-Humphreys, a McGlashan Old-Boy, is part of the trapping team at the wetlands. He took some time out from his schedule to show us around and some of the predator traps that they are using.

Looking for learning opportunities and serving the teams was the order of the day.  In sweltering 33 degree temperatures the IBDP cohort were able to propagate grass and flax seeds, taste them, then plant them for growing in the glasshouse.

Image by: Brendan Porter
Image by: Brendan Porter

This visit gives this cohort a greater appreciation of our own back yard and opportunities for thinking global and acting local which is one of the pillars of our IB diploma programme at the College

IBDP Pillars:
 - Thinking Global, Acting Local
 - See a Need, Fill a Need
 - Principled Action

Further curriculum links will be explored in the IBDP as well as in our Aotearoa New Zealand Studies classes over the next few years.

Thank you Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau - Sinclair Wetlands for accommodating us, and Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou for being such fantastic hosts and all the incredible team members for your support!