There’s a certain buzz around Haileybury—and it’s growing louder.
Since 2019, the Curious Minds program has seen Junior and Middle School students exploring the art of beekeeping. The Haileybury Hive initiative began at Newlands and it has proved so successful that it has now reached Edrington where some new residents have moved into freshly painted hives.
“Students understand more about the biology and ecology of bees, develop beekeeping skills, build and decorate a hive, harvest and bottle honey and learn how to use the products from the bees in cooking and candle making,” says Jacqueline Gough, Head of Curious Minds.
“They also learn about teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking from marketing the honey products.”
Jacqueline says students and staff have enjoyed learning how to assemble the hives, manage and care for the bees and how to extract the honey. Staff who supervise the Haileybury Hive all volunteered to complete an introduction to beekeeping course to ensure the success of the project.
Homeroom Teacher Nicole Turneras helped to establish the Haileybury Hive Program at Edrington where a new apiary has been built to accommodate two hives. The bees arrived in early October 2021 and teachers from the ELC, Junior and Middle Schools and the IT department have all been involved in building the hives and helping the new additions to the campus to settle in.
“The students are incredibly excited. I often find students walking past the apiary to look through the viewing windows. They are now also more aware of the bees around the campus, whether that’s our own bees or the wild hives that we have near the creek,” says Nicole.
“It’s helping the students learn more about sustainability and responsibility and, of course, learning the art of beekeeping.”
It seems the Haileybury Hive Program is certainly creating a hive of activity.