Media Release
21 October 2016

Education and youth is one of our key focuses in our Marlborough community engagement programme.

As part of this we have developed an education resource written by Marlborough science teacher Melynda Bentley, in consultation with a number of other Marlborough teachers that aims to teach children about aquaculture.

Linking in with the New Zealand curriculum, each task has a major focus on science (specifically the nature and science learning area) and social studies. Each activity is also linked to one or more of the key competencies.

Mark Preece, New Zealand King Salmon’s aquaculture manager says the kit contains a range of easy-to-use classroom activities for students and teachers.

“It will help teachers, students and parents understand about king salmon, how salmon is farmed in Marlborough, the benefits of salmon as a high value health food, and the career opportunities that exist within aquaculture,” said Preece.

Collated in a colourful box, the pack includes a teacher’s book containing 26 classroom activities (with teacher notes and photocopy master), posters, fliers and product packaging.

In Term Four 2016, Picton staff personally distributed the pack (for Years 1-10) to every school in Marlborough.  The resource is also available online at for all New Zealand teachers to use.

We have already had anecdotal feedback from Marlborough schools that they are using the resource and finding it very useful.

The intention is to continue to develop new activities each year to add to the original resource.

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