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All over Taranaki, enviroschools are busy creating a sustainable future for the region. Be inspired by what they are doing here:

Sustainability Classroom at Stratford Primary School

Stratford Primary School in Taranaki, with a roll of around 400, are looking to Reflect at Silver in 2017.  They are embedding the Enviroschools kaupapa more and more each term & their current work has been in the New Entrants class.  It is a Sustainability Classroom with the whole class being filled for under $1000.  All products are second hand, upcycled, repurposed, recycled or bought locally.  There is also no landfill waste bin in the room.  Inspirational!

 

Marco School making news with their fruit forest

 

Marco School, hidden off the Forgotten Highway, has just 19 students and a very cool fruit forest! Seven Sharp recently posted a video about their hard work and the beautiful gardens they have created. You can check out the video here.

UPDATE: Marco School is making news again! Check out the Taranaki Daily News article on Stuff here

Taranaki Enviroschools Royal Visit November 2015

Enviroschools Taranaki was invited to take part in the recent Royal Visit to New Zealand, given how interested Prince Charles is in sustainability and empowering youth. A party of around 50 represented Enviroschools in the region near the Te Rewa Rewa bridge.

Katie Sinclair & Bailey Bright from Opunake High School spoke with His Royal Highness and explained what they do within their school and the community to support sustainability within their region. Simon Fuller, Opunake High School’s Principal, was on hand to discuss with the Prince how great Enviroschools is for students and the school in general. In particular, His Royal Highness was impressed with the students’ community work and their recent trip to Bali where they volunteered at schools either teaching English or helping build a classroom.

     
Lauree Tito, Taranaki Enviroschools Regional Coordinator, Prince Charles, Bailey Bright from Opunake High School & Andrew Judd, Mayor of New Plymouth.  Discussing Enviroschools with His Royal Highness.


Prince Charles collecting a packet of Kumi Kumi pumpkin seeds from Kings Seeds from a royal supporter.

 Waite, Principal, Marie Stark, lead Enviroschools teacher, & Keith Mitchell, BOT Chair, all from Toko School, were able to demonstrate the benefits of having the full support of the staff and Board to create success in an Enviroschool. Toko School is a prime example of this with their recent Silver Enviroschool achievement. Around 35 Toko school students from the Envirogroup were on hand to explain to the Prince the results of their investigations into the differences between rural and coastal waterways and what was required to sustain each.

Lauree Tito, Regional Coordinator for Taranaki Enviroschools & Esther Kirk, Resource and PD Manager for Toimata Foundation, were able to further explain the benefits of the Enviroschools programme to His Royal Highness. Lauree and Esther presented him with a copy of the 2014 national Enviroschools census report.

Lauree is really proud to have been able to showcase the Enviroschools kaupapa and thanks the students & staff for the fabulous job they all did of representing their schools, their whānau, their community & the province. It was an honour to be part of the day.

   
Prince Charles finding out more from Toko students about their investigations on rural to coastal waterways studies.   

 

Following the visit to New Zealand, Lauree received this letter of thanks from the Assistant Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales,  ka pai Lauree!! 

Wood Group Training help out at Kahikatea Kindergarten

Supporting Young People to Create Sustainable Futures

Wood Group Training is a proud sponsor of Enviroschools, supporting children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities. As part of our commitment to this program, members of our team took part in a working bee held at Kahikatea Kindergarten in New Plymouth, last Friday 28th August (2015). Our team helped the kindergarteners build a ‘mud kitchen’ using left over wood pellets and assisted with maintenance of their composting station and preparations for a new veggie patch.

  

“Social Responsibility is one of Wood Group’s seven core values” says Kerry Martyn,
General Manager at Wood Group Training. “We are pleased to be partnering with Enviroschools to support young people in creating a sustainable future for themselves.”
We all had a great time getting our hands dirty (safely of course) and look forward to partaking in more great sustainability initiatives implemented by members of the Enviroschools program in the coming months. 

 

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