Co-ordinated by Apiculture New Zealand, Bee Aware Month has been running for nine years. A key part of this campaign has been engaging primary school children in the fascinating world of the honeybee and its vital role in our ecosystem, food chain and economy.
Our annual primary schools’ competition, run as part of Bee Aware Month, aims to get students excited about bees through creative challenges. This year, we are asking students to create a video of two minutes or under on the theme: “Love our Bees”. Entries could outline reasons why we should love our bees or give examples of how to show our love for bees (for example planting wildflowers and supplying bees with clean drinking water). More information is available on the resources page of the Apiculture New Zealand website.
Entries are now open and will close on Friday 20th September. Full details on the competition, an entry form, and terms and conditions are now available on the Apiculture New Zealand website.
This year, in response to requests from educators, Apiculture NZ is also launching two new educational resources: a downloadable activity book and Bee-mails. Bee-mails are e-newsletters that will be sent out weekly during September and will include bee facts, tips to help bees, recipes featuring New Zealand honey, activities and quizzes. Aimed at primary-aimed children, parents and caregivers can sign up to receive Bee-mails by visiting our website.
The Bee Aware Activity Book is a downloadable file which will be available from our website throughout September. It contains information about bees, activities, quizzes and colouring pages and is aimed at older primary school students.