OKE Working Bees

Papatoetoe West Primary

14th february 2015

Papatoetoe East Primary was the first school in which OKE (Head2Head Charity at the time) built a garden at a local primary school. It was at this school where our Chief Go Getter (Founder), Paul Dickson, realised that schools needed assistance with building fruit and vegetable gardens. The initial idea was to build a few garden beds, but then we realised there was a lot more needed to make a garden sustainable; tools for kids and teachers, wheelbarrows, toolshed and a greenhouse. The school bought the garden bed kit sets and our charity donated everything else. Pulling together the working bee, a team of volunteers went about building an awesome new garden. Two years on and the garden is thriving!

Papatoetoe East Primary

11th june 2016

Following on from the success of the garden at Papatoetoe West (and the rebrand of the charity to OKE), our charity was recommended to Papatoetoe East Primary, who were looking to get their kids gardening. OKE took a lot of lessons from the first garden at Papatoetoe East and went about recruiting a whole heap of skilled volunteers (a lot of which were sourced by the school). We built all the raised beds from scratch, as well as built worm baths from recycled baths, built a toolshed (with shelves) and even managed to build some potting tables. We called upon the expertise of Winter Gardenz to supply the greenhouse. The kids are loving their new garden!

Bairds Mainfreight Primary - Wednesday 1st March

1st march 2017

At the beginning of 2017, the OKE Squad got together and we set an ambitious goal of building four new school gardens in 2017, last year we only built the garden at Papatoetoe East (which was awesome btw). We had already been in conversation with the awesome team at Bairds Mainfreight Primary, Otara, about helping to resurrect their school garden. They would be school #1 in 2017 and what an awesome way to kick off the year. The amazing teachers at the school cleared out the old garden and on March 1st, a crackin' bunch of parents, teachers and the OKE Squad rocked up and built a new garden. The kids loved seeing the new garden be built.

Weymouth Primary - Tuesday 4th April

4th april 2017

We continued our amazing start to 2017 with a working bee at Weymouth Primary School. We first met up with Saane (Principal) and Melissa (Enviro Lead) at Weymouth School late last year. There was an amazing space begging to be turned into a garden and be part of the brilliant sustainable education practices beginning to take place at the school. We were joined on the day by local environmental teams, parents, teachers, the amazing staff from Crombie Lockwood, NZ Greens Candidate Hayley Holt and of course the awesome Vodafone Warriors Squad. As well as supplying a new greenhouse, all the tools needed and a compost bin, the team built six new large garden beds. Due to the efficiency of the team, we even managed to plant a new orchard, clear out the school bush and plant an abandoned boat...mind blowing effort.

Watch this space for upcoming Working Bees