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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!

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 Rable 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

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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.                                          

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