[19 September/The Country]

Havelock North schools have partnered with their regions apple and pear industry to introduce students to horticulture. Students will lean about growing and exporting fruit, as well as having the support of industry experts to help develop learning resources. NZ Apples & Pears representatives, alongside students and principals, planted apple trees to launch the programe. Havelock North Intermediate Principal, Julia Beaumont, said schools were interested in delivering meaningful ways for students to learn and identified an increased emphasis on science was important. She added the schools looked forward to working together, and horticulture fitted well within their STEM approach. NZ Apples & Pears Capability Development Manager, Erin Simpson, said tapping into young minds meant they were more likely to consider a career in horticulture. The partnership had two stages, focusing on resources with specific themes for each school to pilot, and seeing how the resources could be applied across schools.