This page shows recent news and events from the Wellington region. If your school is looking for more ideas and inspiration, don't forget to check out the theme areas pages which have great stories from enviroschools around the country. You can look at each of the different Enviroschools theme areas: Living Landscapes, Zero Waste, Water of Life, Energy and Ecological Building
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Jan Cox Memorial Award
Billie van den Oever & Natasha Polglase were recognised at the Kāpiti College senior prize-giving ceremony in December 2017, as the first recipients of a newly created award - The Jan Cox Memorial Award for Promoting a Better Environment. Read more here about why Kāpiti College have created this award in Jan's honour, and Billie and Natasha's response to receiving it.
Wairarapa Moana Water Quality Project
Students from four schools in South Wairarapa are learning about and taking action to protect a major biodiversity site in their area.
Read more here about their collaboration with The Whitebait Connection and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Enviroschools has supported these local schools to continute their learning by engaging with local restoration projects. Read more about
and how South Featherston School have collaborated with DoC to make signs alerting people about bird breeding sites around Wairarapa Moana.
Read here about how Paparangi Kindergarten (one of our new Wellington ECE Enviroschools) celebrated seven years of Tiriti o Waitangi based learning with the installation and blessing of this beautiful new waharoa or gateway - Ngā Rake Tihauora o Paparārangi
Porirua School say "Only Rain Down the Drain!"
Porirua School have been busy educating their tamariki and the wider community about the importance of using stormwater drains for rain only. As part of trialing the 'Drains are for Rain' resource being developed by Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui they have painted a stormwater drain mural at their school, and worked with Porirua City Council to label drains around their school with labels to remind their community that Drains are ONLY for Rain. Ka Rawe! Read more about their experience and download our draft version of the resource here
The Enviroschools Kaupapa and the Catholic Charism
In September 2016 St Patrick's Primary reflected as a Green Gold Enviroschool. Read here about how the Catholic curriculum fits well with the Enviroschools kaupapa
Kāpiti College hosts Kuranui College
A journey shared
Kāpiti College recently hosted students from Kuranui College in Greytown, Wairarapa, who were interested in becoming an Enviroschool. At the time, Kāpiti College was the only secondary Enviroschool in the Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui/ Wellington Region. The two colleges shared a day together discovering many shared passions, and Kuranui College became an Enviroschool at the end of 2016.
Kids Connect 2016
Ninety students from 21 Hutt Valley Schools came together for a full day of sharing and inspiration. Students gained inspiration and knowledge from each other and collaborated with artists to perform a new waiata, produce a mural and a music video.
Bikes Build Resilience at Pinehaven School
A learning tool, a confidence builder and a catalyst for behaviour change; new bike tracks have made a big impact on resilience at Pinehaven School and have been a natural fit with the Enviroschools Guiding Principles of Sustainable Communities and Learning for Sustainability. Read more here
Māori Perspectives Noho Marae
In June 2016 schools and ECE from Porirua, Kāpiti and Te Whanganui-a-Tara came together at Takāpūwahia Marae with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to explore Māori perspectives in a school or ECE setting. Read more here
Planting Projects of Glenview School and Carterton School
Students across Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui have been working together with their local communities, planting trees. Read here about Glenview School's planting day in an area of Belmont Park near their school and about Carterton School's involvement in the Mangatarere Stream project with tree planting at Daleton Farm
Māori Perspectives In Early Childhood Education
Kaiako and Tamariki of eight ECE Enviroschools visited a local Wellington Marae - Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi to learn more about whanaungatanga and manawhenuatanga and experience an authentic whakatau (formal greeting). They also celebrated the arrival of Spring by planting some Kōwhai trees at the Marae.
Page updated 26 January 2017