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Schools and early childhood education centres all over Canterbury are working hard to create the future they want for New Zealand.  Check out what some of these schools/ ECE centres are up to in the features below!

Leeston School pitch in to clean up stream

Nearly 70 Leeston School students were put to work at the end of term 4 2018, helping to restore a stream in the Selwyn District.

Snake Creek, a tributary of the Silverstream River, is an important trout spawning stream and home to native species, such as the endangered long fin eel.

The students were guided by Matt Stanford, Enviroschools Facilitator, who said the project was a great opportunity to connect young people to a local waterway so they could learn the issues around them and how to care for them.


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EVolocity national competition 2017

One hundred teams from 70 schools have been hard at work as part of Evolocity's Build Your Own electric vehicle competition. The national compeition was held in Christchurch at the beginning of December 2017.


No Waste of Time: Nice Work Girls!

Members of the Rangiora Ashley Community Board paid a special visit to North Loburn School today to acknowledge the contribution to the environment made by nine-year-old students, Cate Ambury and Jorja Simpson.

The Board presented the pair with certificates after they carried out a survey of litter found in and around the Rangiora area, providing a presentation of their findings to a school assembly. 

The girl’s survey was in keeping with North Loburn School’s position as a Green-Gold Enviroschool in the nationwide Enviroschools programme.

Green-Gold is the highest level a school can achieve within the programme, with the significance of its attainment being highlighted by the fact that there are over 1000 schools across New Zealand that participate in the Enviroschools programme.

This network embraces over 260,000 children and young people, their whānau and thousands of their teachers.  

Cate and Jorja’s special project came at an appropriate time, as North Loburn has been working hard in the environmental space in order to retain its Green-Gold rating after this year’s review of all Enviroschools.

The nine-year-olds carried out their survey, with the support of their parents, in their own time, with the work contributing to the summit challenges North Loburn assigns its students.

The challenges require students to take the lead in completing a number of tasks throughout the year.

The children are able to create their own task if they want to, as Cate and Jorja did by carrying out their survey on local waste.

The girls’ activity fitted in neatly with their school’s environmental values, which place an emphasis on sustainability through one’s own practices.

North Loburn School is one of 73 Enviroschools in Canterbury, which represents 20% of all schools within the region.

The Enviroschools programme, which focuses on integrating environmental education into everyday school life, began in 1993 as a collaboration between three schools and the Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council.

Chatham Islands school joins Enviroschools

Kaingaroa School joined the Enviroschools Programme in 2017, the first Enviroschool from the Chatham Islands. We are all really excited to have them be part of the programme. And they have been busy already, taking action and creating change in their school and community… Click here to see some of their amazing achievements in 2017.

Kids for Kōwaro

Year 4 & 5 students at St Joseph's School in Rangiora are taking part in an exciting pilot programme involving one of Aotearoa's threatened species, the Canterbury mudfish. 

Kids for Kōwaro is part of the students' Enviroschools programme, and with the Working Waters Trust, they have been surveying the existing Canterbury mudfish population at the Tamariki of Woodend's biota node. Students collected two adult mudfish and are currently caring for them in a tank in their classroom where they will observe them for a couple of weeks before returning them to their habitat at Tūhaitara Coastal Park. They will learn about the issues facing the mudfish, and be introduced to the concept of translocation.

Korimako class teacher Christine Callingham said it was a wonderful opportunity for students. "As the students observe and care for the kōwaro, they can self-direct their learning towards further action" The Canterbury mudfish is the threatened of all New Zealand's  five mudfish species and looks to remain at risk through loss of habitat, and drought conditions prevailing in the region.

Story/photo by Emma Dangerfield, May 2017

Annual Enviroschools audit delivers exciting result

North Loburn School celebrates audit outcome

Students at North Loburn School have had an exciting result with their recent annual audit. The audit showed a significant reduction in waste to landfill.

Teachers Tanya Connelly and Aisling O'Connor say the result was achieved by placing a big focus on minimising waste at the school. "We wanted to see a reduction in waste to landfill and model that on-site". "We provided new entrant pupils with Tupperware lunchboxes and awarded students who came to school with litter-free lunches".

Class-room programmes integrated specific education around the "reduce, reuse, recycle" message, and every classroom now has a box for reused and recycled paper.

The school also has 62 students participating in regular Garden to Table sessions where they learn to sew, grow and tend vegetables and harvest and prepare food for each other. Waste minimistation is now an intrinsic part of the school's daily activities.

Aisling says "The programme has also made the school a more beautiful place with enhanced biodiversity and a strong sense of respect for the environment and connectedness amongst students".  (May 2017)

Ashburton Borough School re-reflected Green-Gold

Ashburton Borough School successfully re-reflected at Green-Gold on 23rd June 2015. Teacher John Hooper said the 77 members of the Greenie Team were on Cloud Nine. When the decision was made that the school was still Green-Gold, student Henry Goodes said “when I realised we had renewed our Green Gold flag…. I was astonished. It was like all my dreams had come true”. Other students comments were; 
I felt relieved……D.J. Spies
I felt happy……Sarah Bradley
I knew we would get it back……….Danielle
I was surprised and astonished……Campbell
I thought for half the day that we were probably going to get it…..Zara

All 77 members of the Ashburton Borough School Greenie Team         
celebrating their Green-Gold achievement.                                       

Members of the Greenie Team proudly showcasing their chickens during the tour of the school.

Enviroschools Canterbury part of National Radio morning report

Enviroschools Canterbury is working together with Te Ara Kakariki Trust, to help re-plant up to 10% of the Canterbury Plains in native trees to create a greenway that spans from the mountains to the sea. Listen to the Morning Report here, to hear about the great work being done. Interview includes comments from Enviroschools Canterbury facilitator Matt Stanford.

Honda Tree Fund


Environment Canterbury's Youth Engagement Team, Biodiversity Team and the Honda TreeFund are working together to support schools and their communities with plans to protect, restore and enhance their local waterways.

Each year $10,000 of the Honda TreeFund allocation is made available to Canterbury schools, to help with native planting projects. Enviroschools and schools involved in Environment Canterbury’s Waitaha Wai (Water) or Pests and Biodiversity education programmes are eligible. Schools can apply for up to $1000 each, for native plants only.


Honda funds planting at local school

Money raised on the sale of Honda cars in Canterbury is paying for Broadfield School near Lincoln to plant native seedlings along a water-race opposite the school gate.

Read the Broadfield school release 



Habitat at Oxford preschool 

The Honda TreeFund is funding an Oxford preschool’s native planting project, aimed at creating a habitat for skinks. Bright Horizons Preschool owners Justin and Mel Fletcher said $1000 from the Honda TreeFund would pay for 360 native plants and grasses. These will be planted in a neighbouring 2-hectare paddock, realising plans hatched in 2010 when they opened the preschool to extend its garden so students could enjoy and learn about nature.


    MacKenzie Bowers, 3, and Kiernan, 3, seek out 
                                       a good spot to plant grasses.