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Congratulations Heddon Bush School for becomming a Bronze Enviroschool

Heddon Bush School is now a Bronze Enviroschool! The school joined the Enviroschools programme in February 2016 and have been working hard, all year, to achieve their goals. Although they have not long been in the programme, their commitment to sustainability is already evident across all areas of school life. 

Students have many opportunities to learn outdoors through projects in the school grounds and field trips. The school has been contributing, for many years, towards the restoration of a remnant stand of kahikatea trees which they call “The Donut” and which is protected by a QEII covenant. They have an effective waste management system which includes a worm farm, recycling bins and reusing of materials for art and other projects. They have started a bee-friendly garden, an edible garden and a native plant nursery within the school grounds.

December 2016

Congrats to Longford Intermediate for their Silver Reflection!

Longford Intermediate School celebrated a special milestone this week, having reached the Silver stage of their Enviroschools journey. On the 22 November, Mayor Tracy Hicks and Fiona Young (Enviroschools Regional Coordinator) presented the school with an Enviroschools signboard and certificate to recognise their progress. Way to go Longford Intermediate!

November 2016


2016 Southland Regional Enviroschools Hui: Outdoor Adventures and Close Encounters with Nature


On 27 October, Environment Southland’s education team hosted the 2016 Southland Enviroschools Hui at Borland Lodge. This event is held annually to provide an opportunity for students and teachers from different Enviroschools across the region to get together to share ideas, connect with nature, have fun, and learn more about good environmental practices and sustainability. 

The theme of this year’s hui was “Outdoor Adventures and Close Encounters with Nature”. 67 students and 24 adults from 17 Enviroschools joined us for the day. 24 of these students arrived the night before and enjoyed an overnight camp which included a stream walk to look for fish by torchlight and a night time bush walk. 

Highlights of the event included:

  • Electrofishing and fyke netting to catch and learn about small fish, eels and kokopu
  • Learning about flax and how to prepare flax fibres to make items such as friendship bands
  • Learning how to use a camera for close-up nature photography
  • Learning how to make their own entertainment using the natural environment, e.g. how to make bouncy balls out of kelp
  • A bush walk to learn about tracking tunnels, traps and the effects of animal pests
  • Kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling
  • Learning bush craft skills, including how to build a bivvy, do camp cooking and cross a river

Borland Lodge provided the perfect setting for an adventurous and educational programme of activities in which students experienced and learned about biodiversity, ecology, ecosystem health and good environmental practices. 

The environmental education team at Environment Southland would like to thank the many individuals and organisations who contributed to the event, including: staff from Environment Southland, the Department of Conservation, Fish & Game Southland and Adventure Southland, as well as Councillor Maurice Rodway (ES), Councillor Lloyd Esler (ICC), and photography tutors Lionel Benjamin and Sophie Pennicott. We were delighted to be visited by two staff members from Southland District Council which contributes funding towards the delivery of the Enviroschools programme in Southland. Snacks for the event were generously donated by Mother Earth (Prolife Foods).  

Great things happening at Waverley Kindy!

Great things are happening at Waverley Kindy! With composting, recycling and beautiful artwork as they investigate and explore new ways of how we can make a better place to live and for Papatuanuku our mother earth.

Check out this link to download their recent update.

Limehills School

Limehills school started to think about MRS LE, where was she exactly? What did she look like?

So a number of classes worked on what they thought she looked like and where she was.

The outcome is this spectacular mural on the hall wall.

We recently had a workshop for teachers at limehills and they were all most impressed as were we.


Nice work Limehills School!