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Water, Wai Korero and Springlands Schools Fish on Drains and Writers Walk projects

From a class inquiry programme, to the whole school, Springlands School employed a specialist teacher to work with a group of committed students to continue on their ideas for six weeks to support their care code of Go MAD( Make a Difference). The Fish on Drains programme saw students working with companies to find a suitable symbol and design for a permanent fish to remind others about the importance of keeping toxins out of storm water drains. They then set up a school challenge to other schools to take on the programme. To date there are now 400 fish on drains around schools in the region.

The Writers Walk was aimed at getting people to think about the value of the Taylor River and the creatures that live in it. This led to a partnership with peace group to look at what might work and a partnership with Sowmans funeral directors who are right near the river and provide sponsorship for the plaques. The Council gift the rocks and their placement. There are now four rocks and poems and each year Springlands School encourages other schools to take part in the Writers Walk Challenge.

Zero Waste , Kids Edible Gardens and Mayfield School

Mayfield School had a waste problem and created a working worm farm and then a small edible garden to reuse their organic waste.

When the joined the Enviroschools programme, they decided as part of their schools vision that they needed to go bigger with their edible garden and move it from near the back of the school to a their main field and to develop better organic waste recycling systems using the EM Bokashi system on larger scale like many of the other schools in our region. Mayfield did the Living Landscapes theme which led to the development plan for the garden, followed by the Zero Waste theme to create better waste management systems. They applied for funding from the NMDHB Nutrition and Physical Activity Fund to develop a larger central garden and an outdoor classroom and were successful.

They then needed help to construct the garden. The Salvation Army offered to help and they coordinated the garden project and the outdoor classroom. The relationship with the Salvation Army has grown and they now provide transport for field trips, such as the class visits to the Recycling Centre and Regional Landfill and have helped the students with the construction of new compost bins and a school recycling centre.

Living Landscapes, Tiro Oneone- and Renwick schools restoration project

Following the Living Landscape school wide programme and some school based projects including a native tree awa area and whole school edible gardens and orchards, Renwick School senior students did an inquiry on the creek that runs behind their school with support from DOC and MDC.

After a school wide term programme, they made a decision to regenerate the creek back to its natural state including a community awareness programme, riparian planting and a walking bridge. They developed an action plan and applied to the council’s annual plan for $30,000 over three years to take on this project. They are now studying all about water quality and how to keep their creek healthy.

Sustainability and Synergy at Fairhall School

After studying about sustainability, Fairhall School decided to hold a Sustainability Day. The morning was focused on taking action and the whole school was involved with support from lots of parents and community members. Each class planned and produced an action that would have a sustainable theme. These included making an insect hotel, reusable and inventive classroom store solutions and an egg to chicken project.In the afternoon, the students held a Sustainability Expo to share their learning and projects with their community with each class giving presentations. Students provided lunch made from their edible garden for parents and supporters and held an assembly to thank all of the people who had helped them with the day presenting each person with a handmade flax flower with a Whakatauki on it “