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Stratford Primary Enjoy Support from International Volunteer HQ Working Bee

Harvesting yams in the maara kai.

Staff members from International Volunteer HQ Limited (IVHQ) recently held their annual working bee at Stratford Primary School. As one of the regional funding partners for Enviroschools Taranaki, International Volunteer HQ have offered their help to multiple Taranaki schools over the past four years.

The staff at IVHQ volunteer to work at an Enviroschool for one day each year to celebrate their business anniversary. Their previous four anniversaries have been spent at Toko School, Tikorangi School, Uruti School, and Huiakama School respectively.

All primary or secondary Enviroschools within 30ish minutes of New Plymouth are able to apply to have the annual IVHQ working bee held at their school.

Planting, Paths, and Digging.

The school needs to state their case for having 25 – 40 fit, strong young people on their school grounds for the whole school day.

They state what they are going to try to get done, who else they are involving and what the impact of this might have on them and their school life.

Stratford Primary School put in a great application, so they were the beneficiaries of this year’s bee.

An incredible turn out of 36 staff turned up to the pōwhiri at Stratford Primary and were welcomed onto the grounds. The staff enjoyed the opportunity to be outdoors, as well as the chance to support the school.

Enviroschools Taranaki Regional Coordinator Lauree Jones was impressed with the number of volunteers and happy to see new friendships, collaboration, and community connections being formed.

Making the bug hotel.