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 Check out our local Enviroschools news and activities below!

New Welcome at Picton School

Students at Picton School have been working together to design an amazing new waharoa for their school entrance: “Te Waharoa o Waitohi Kura”.
They have learnt about ecological building practices, and have put a huge amount of thought into how Picton School students identify themselves, what symbolises their place, and what their new waharoa might look like.  They had so much fun and did some great hands-on learning, trying out many different design techniques.  Model waharoa have been created using matchsticks, wooden blocks, playdough, lego, and even good old pencil and paper!  This mahi shows us that students have some wonderful ideas and skills when it comes to having a say on building developments at their school.  We hope to see Picton School’s new waharoa sometime soon!

New Bike Track at Seymour Kindergarten

Lots of the tamariki at Seymour Kindergarten love to ride their bikes, but they didn’t have much of an area in their kindergarten to do this.  The teachers talked with the tamariki and whānau about the idea of creating a bike track and including native plantings as part of this.  The tamariki helped with the designs, and with some great community support, the bike track was officially opened after being well-tested by students first. 

Canvastown School Investigates Awa Health

Canvastown School students utilised the local outdoor classroom by investigating the health of the Wakamarina River in March.

Their results showed a healthy looking river, with loads of mayflies, caddisflies, dobsonflies and upland bullies living in the cool, clear water. The students are looking forward to doing a comparative study in the Pelorus River, later this year.


Marlborough Enviroschools lead the way

6000 pupils signed up across region

Marlborough Enviroschools continues to blossom, with more than 6000 pupils across the region signed up to take part. This means 90 per cent of schools and kindergartens across Marlborough have pledged their support to the scheme which aims to encourage youngsters to think sustainably! Click here to read more. 

Canvastown School celebrate their growth

Canvastown School are now proud to be celebrating their reflection at the Enviroschools Silver level.

Students have been working hard in their flourishing garden at Canvastown School. There is a vegetable patch with thriving broccoli and strawberries next to the school hall, and blooming flower beds inside the school gate provide splashes of colour.

Relief Principal Kate Bowes says the children are very in touch with their environment. This awareness is incorporated into gardening sessions every week, and selling produce by the school gate in summer time. 

"I'm proud of them as they do think about the environment all the time so everything they do takes that into account".

The 33-pupil school joined the initiative in 2008 and have worked hard to create an environment that celebrates the school's outside area. Congratulations Canvastown School!

Renwick School granted 3 year funding to restore local stream!

Renwick School students were granted $30,000 in 2014 to use over the next three years for a development programme for the creek that runs at the back of their school.

After doing the Living Landscape and Water themes over the last two years, the Green Ferns leadership group worked with students and the wider community as well as the Enviroschools lead teacher and principal to come up with an action plan to restore their creek into a thriving living ecosystem as well as a cool place to spend some time. Download their submission to Marlborough District Council here.


Photo thanks to Annie McDonald, Enviroschools Regional Coordinator Marlbrough