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Kindergarten becomes hive of learning on birthday – Otago Daily Times

https://nzkindergarten.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bees.jpgKindergarten becomes hive of learning on birthday – Otago Daily Times

Being pitched into a mass of stinging insects might not sound like everyone’s idea of a birthday treat.

But Frankie Wells, who turned 4 yesterday, could not have been more excited.

Her preschool, Bayfield Kindergarten, has a very busy beehive in its back garden, and as a birthday treat Frankie was one of two pupils allowed to don the school’s child-sized beekeeping suits and get up close and personal with the nectar-gathering insects.

The hive was introduced this year as an additional teaching tool in a school which already has an active nature programme, including several animals and a full vegetable garden.

“The bees have opened the door to all other kinds of learning,” teacher Rae Shurbutt said.

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