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Enviroschools all over the Bay of Plenty are buzzing following recent events such as the Youth Jam, Early Childhood Conference and reflection workshops. Read more about these below...

Fairview Park Does the Hot Potato!

The children at Fairview Park Kindergarten in Rotorua grew lots of lovely potatoes this spring and celebrated by cooking these on an open fire as hot chips! Everyone loved these and they were delicious.The children loved digging them up and it became like a treasure hunt for potatoes.

It was great to see everyone experience the produce that was grown in the kindy garden and learn how if you plant food you can cook it and eat it to feed and look after yourselves from a very small area of soil. This is one of the best ways we can look after our growing bodies by feeding it with healthy nutritional food that will help us grow big and strong. It will also help our planet by knowing how to grow our own food so when we are bigger we know how to care for ourselves and others and use our space on our planet so  there is enough for all.

November 2016

Greerton Village Kindergarten Continues their Enviroschools Journey

What a pleasure it was to be a part of Greerton Village Kindergarten’s Silver reflection and celebration in Term 4! All of the students, parents, teachers and volunteers have been working tirelessly to embed the Enviroschools principles into their everyday learning, and the result is a happy, healthy, sustainable kindy!

The reflection day included a healthy shared kai and a wonderful tour of the kindy’s gardens, recycling initiatives, bird-friendly tree and natural play spaces. It was exciting to hear that Greerton already have a vision to continue their journey towards Green-Gold and are brainstorming their next steps – ka pai tō mahi!

Enviroschools Energiser Kickstart Workshop 2015

Teachers collaborate to develop Enviroschools progammes

Lead teachers from kindergartens, kura and schools from across the Bay of Plenty brainstormed strategies on how to develop their school environmental education programme through Enviroschools, an initiative led and funded by Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Rotorua Enviroschools Facilitator Janie Stevenson said Enviroschools was a national programme supporting schools with developing sustainable, environmental practices and projects.

“Students are at the heart of the programme, playing a lead role in directing what will happen in their school.”

The Enviroschools Kickstart Energiser Workshop was held in Te Puke to address teachers’ questions on school Envirogroups, as well as planning and vision mapping for the school year. During the workshop, teachers worked through activities they could use with their students to develop their knowledge of sustainability and cultivate ideas on how to look after the environment in their school and community.