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Enviroschools and the New Zealand curriculum

The vision of the New Zealand curriculum is young people who will become confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners

The Enviroschools programme aims to equip young people with the competencies they need to be leaders in sustainability, where students are actively engaged in environmental change that has significant effects on the school, community nation and planet.

 We see young people with a holistic sense of the environment, an ability to confront and challenge the barriers to a sustainable future. Students develop skills, understanding, knowledge and confidence through planning, designing and creating a sustainable school.

Enviroschools in Marlborough

Marlborough has just celebrated 10 years in the Enviroschools network. In that time we have grown from 5 schools taking part in the programme as a pilot to 27 schools and 7 kindergartens now part of the Enviroschools kaupapa. That gives us the opportunity to influence over 6,000 students and their families.

It has been exciting to see the development of the programme in our region. This is due to the strong leadership from both principals and teachers who want to share their appreciation for our environment in a meaningful way for their students and a council prepared to support education for sustainability. We are lucky to have a collaborative approach to education in our region and supportive partners like DOC who share our commitment to want to protect and preserve the stunning physical environment we appreciate living in.

Over the past 50 years humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable time in human history. If we are preparing our students to be future focused then we need to equip them with the skills they need for our changing world. Enviroschools offers us this opportunity.

Our approach

We believe that a whole school approach to Enviroschools is the most successful and we want to help you to integrate Enviroschools into your school programme. Focusing on the Guiding Principles and Key Areas helps kindergartens and  schools to develop a “green lens” through the curriculum.

Enviroschools is a resource rich programme and we can share with you ways you can embed the programme in many different ways. We work with whole staff meetings, syndicates, teams, lead teachers as well as student leaders and groups.

Our aim is to make the Enviroschools programme as accessible to you as we can and to support you and your students to take action for our environment. We can also link you to people and opportunities in our region and around New Zealand

Support for Enviroschools in Marlborough

The Marlborough District Council funds and coordinates the Enviroschools programme in the Marlborough region.

Schools are supported with a facilitator to help guide them, with resources to deliver Enviroschools and opportunities to embed the programme through professional development

What this can look like:

  • Work with the staff and boards to explore the programme
  • Assisting the school to develop a whole school vision
  • Help students prioritise ideas for action
  • Run teacher professional development with workshops
  • Organize for you to see what other Enviroschools have done
  • Show your school how to access sources of funding for action projects
  • Reflect with staff/students to identify next steps
  • Keep you informed about events and opportunities