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All over Auckland, Enviroschools have got exciting projects on the boil.  Here's just a taste of what they're up to!

An inspiring journey- Howick College Silver reflection

Howick College recently completed their Silver Enviroschools Reflection. It was a fabulous day which included a tour of their prize-winning food forest and a robust discussion with their Envirogroup. A stand-out was the data that had been collected to show significant changes in energy, waste and water consumption - and the impressive financial savings they had made through these initiatives.

This process and the calibre of discussion highlighted the relevance of learning for sustainability in secondary schools.

Chris Ryan, a past student from Howick College, penned an inspiring open letter to the school. We thought we would share it with you here - it's certainly a good read.

Rangitoto Kindergarten connect with their local environment

Children and their whanau at Rangitoto Kindergarten have connected with their local community and become kaitiaki of their local beaches and public areas. It looks like the Rangitoto community will be in good hands as these children grow up to become good global citizens who respect their environments.

Click here to read all about Rangitoto Kindergarten’s adventures into their community, as written up in the Mairangi bay news in April 2017

Auckland Enviroschools Celebration

The Auckland Enviroschools celebration day was held at Bailey Road School on Wednesday 30 November 2016. Schools and ECE centres from around Auckland region celebrated their ongoing Enviroschools journeys and their contributions towards a sustainable future. 


Congratulations Sunnyhills School - the winners of the Mother Earth "Big Garden" competition

From little things, big things grow

Sunnyhills School has broken ground for their new Big Garden after being drawn as the winner from hundreds of consumer entries across New Zealand.

The Pakuranga school has had its own edible garden for a few years and was already planning for growth. Now after winning the Mother Earth “Big Garden” promotion they have the cash they need to get their plan off the ground.

Today the school is buzzing with the arrival of 12 big new planter boxes, lots of plants and a commercial scale worm farm to keep it in good health. Along with many New World Little Garden seedlings, children will be growing over 20 different vegetables from scratch. Each year group will be responsible for maintaining a section of the garden.

With a focus on garden to plate learning, Sunnyhill’s Middle School students are fortunate to have an interactive and inspiring learning environment in which to get their hands dirty.


Sunnyhills principal Justine Driver says she is delighted to see the garden grow so that the students can learn more about their environmental footprint and harvest a new way to learn, along with lots of fresh vegetables. Mrs Driver says that the new Big Garden will ensure gardening activities can be integrated into all areas of the school curriculum, including science and nutrition, and to connect with the wider school community.

It was an entry into the Mother Earth Big Garden competition from local mum, Lilli Wang that kicked it all off. Ms Wang entered the promotion which ran in conjunction with New World’s Little Garden campaign last month.

Sue Venville, a Senior Leader at Sunnyhills School, understands the importance of providing children with a place to grow. “Thanks to the Mother Earth Big Garden promotion, our children now have a garden substantially larger that the whole school can be involved in”.

As for the benefits, Mrs Venville says, “until now we have only harvested peas, broad beans and radishes that the students have eaten.  We will now be able to grow a variety of vegetables and tackle projects such as cooking, supplying the lunch room with produce and selling the excess to our local community with all funds going back into keeping the garden well stocked.”

“This garden is a lasting legacy from current students for future generations of Sunnyhill learners”.

Caroline Potter from Prolife Foods says, “The team at Mother Earth was thrilled to be part of New World’s Little Garden campaign. We wanted to find a way to ensure a school community could put their collectables to good use, growing and eventually harvesting their vegetables.

“With Sunnyhill School’s constant commitment to gardening and sustainability, we believe the Big Garden upgrade from Mother Earth is in safe hands”. 

Sylvia Park School's inspiring visual story

Our fabulous Sylvia Park School’s key teacher Esther Casey and her reflection team have created a student and teacher friendly visual for their one pager to show why they are a green gold schools and their next steps. 

Like them, we are inspired by it! Great work Sylvia Park School!



Check out the full visual story here.

August 2016

Plan A, B & C is Earth!

Enter the gates at Sylvia Park School and you’ll be amazed at what students there have created. At the beginning of the term students were asked, “How can we ensure we don’t need Mars as our Plan B planet?” In response, students and teachers designed and constructed their own outdoor classroom – improving the school’s sustainability and helping to educate friends and whānau.

The outdoor classroom was officially opened just before the school holidays, and took just under three weeks to build. It features a swale and a bridge, a spider-web climbing frame, a bughouse and worm farm, and an entrance inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. “It’s important to us that students’ learning translates to something that allows them to contribute to our community and wider society in a meaningful and powerful way,” says school principal Barbara Alaalatoa. “Through experiences like this, our children learn they can be the change makers our world needs.”



The project was undertaken as part of the Enviroschools programme, which aims to help students develop skills, understanding, knowledge and confidence through planning, designing and working towards creating a sustainable school. Auckland Council Enviroschools facilitator Cate Jessep was inspired by the level of enthusiasm shown by students and teachers at Sylvia Park School.

“They came up with the ideas, and I helped to connect them with experts such as stormwater and biodiversity specialists. Everyone involved was totally committed to making this project a success, and the results are truly remarkable.” Principal Alaalatoa welcomes groups wanting to visit the outdoor classroom. Please contact Sylvia Park School if you would like to request a viewing.

Check out their amazing journey captured in video here 

Mason Avenue Kindergarten

Mason Avenue Kindergarten are enthusiastic recyclers, keen to protect the health and wellbeing of Papatūānuku, but they have had to come up with a solution for all the paper towels they use when they wash their hands and share it with others!

Read their story here!