Alstonville Public School's Alison Bird, Chloe Gee, 8, and Coen Jobson, 9, with their magazine The Buzz.
Alstonville Public School's Alison Bird, Chloe Gee, 8, and Coen Jobson, 9, with their magazine The Buzz. Cathy Adams

Kids create magazine to help save the bees

YEAR 3 and 4 students at Alstonville Public School are buzzing about their new magazine that raises money to save the bees.

A couple of students heard about how Varroa mites hurt the world’s bees and wanted to help.

One of those students, Coen Jobson, 9, explained what a Varroa mite was.

“The Varroa mite is overseas at the moment, not in Australia,” he said.

“When it gets on a bee it puts some of its blood in, so it puts a virus in it.

“When the bee goes back to its colony it spreads the virus and all the bees die.”

Teacher Alison Bird said their idea developed into the magazine called The Buzz, which all Year 3 and 4 students worked on.

The money raised from selling the magazine will go towards Landcare Australia.

“Landcare Australia are making these special hives to prevent the Varroa mite-infected bees from coming into the country, so that's why we decided to donate our money there,” Ms Bird said.

She said allowing the students to create their own magazine content fit in with essential 21st century learning styles.

“It’s involving them using technology and project-based learning, as opposed to doing a worksheet, for example,” she said.

“Involving them in an authentic task, so an important issue in the real world … it gets them excited about learning about this topic.”

Chloe Gee, 8, said she really enjoyed learning more about bees, but she already knew a lot about them.

“Me and my dad watch animal videos together, and we watched one about bees,” she said.

“I like working on the magazine because we know bees won’t go extinct now.”

The magazine includes artwork, creative writing, puzzles and recipes, all contributed by students.

Coen tested one of the recipes, a “delicious” honey cake recipe, on the weekend.

“It’s like a flavoured LCM bar … it has rice bubbles, brown sugar, melted butter and honey.

“One thing I find good about the cake is it doesn’t use gas, it just requires the fridge.”

The magazine is sold in both hard copy and digital copy through the school for $5.

Ms Bird said Alstonville Public School has raised over $300 for Landcare Australia so far.



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