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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

Hoki Mai Pēke

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This Plastic Free July we acknowledge Moriah Kindergarten and their commitment to promoting re-usable resources and waste free practices. This is a great example of Sustainable Communities & Empowered students - read more here.

Mayor presents Bronze certificates to two Masterton ECE enviroschools

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Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson, came along to present the Bronze Enviroschool certificates to Makoura Community Early Childhood Centre and Pohutukawa Early Learning Centre in February 2018.  She was surprised and delighted by how well informed and well connected the tamariki are across the width of the Enviroschool’s kaupapa.  Read more here

Marine Metre Squared workshops in Kāpiti and Porirua

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Sally Carson, Director of the Marine Metre Squared project recently facilitated workshops in Porirua & Kāpiti, supported by various local environmental educators including DoC, Enviroschools, Guardians of Kāpiti Marine Reserve, Mountains to Sea and Porirua Harbour Trust. Read more here about the workshops which included exploring & gathering data in the local marine environment to load into the Mm2 database.

Reading, Writing...and Rat Trapping?!

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In a joint Enviroschools-Pukaha initiative, students from six schools around the district returned to Pukaha to upskill, problem solve, share experiences, repair traps and re-enthuse …  and to admire the sack of slightly-whiffy frozen pests that had been caught in kill traps at Pukaha recently.  Read more here

Totara Park School's bumper harvest

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 When students arrived back at Totara Park School this year, they could not believe how much their vegetable garden had grown. With such huge harvests, the children were able to have market days, cook the food at school and share the excess with their families.

Read more here about what they have learned and enjoyed most about caring for their crops.

Small Changes make a Big Difference at Normandale School

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On the 30th of August 2017 Normandale School ran an “Enviroday” which focused on waste.  Over the course of the day children participated in a range of activities to support them to explore where things comes from, how they are made and packaged and whether they are needed in the first place.  The school’s Envirogroup called the day “Small Changes” as they strongly believe that a  small change, can make a big difference.

See what they did here.

Clyde Quay Pest Busters

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Clyde Quay School students are working on a project to help catch pests and make Matairangi / Mount Victoria a safer place for birds to live. Read more here about how the school has joined forces with their wider community to help make Mount Victoria pest free.


Empowered Students of Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui

Check out these three great examples of student empowerment in action in Term 2 2017



Wellington City ECE Summer Event

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A summer event was held in February for a cluster network of six Wellington City ECE Enviroschools centres, who enjoyed the opportunity to gather together for a day of learning about Tuna Kuwharuwharu/Long finned eels in the Otari Bush setting. Read more here about what they learned and then shared with their communities.

Secondary School Enviroschools PD

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Five Secondary schools across the region came together in the Term 1 holidays to look at what being an Enviroschools looks like in a Secondary School context. This hui was an opportunity for these colleges, two of who are already enviroschools, to share action they have been taking in their schools. Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui is looking to extend our secondary school network and this hui took us one step closer to achieving this. Read more here

Read more here about Kuranui College's visit to Kāpiti College last year before they became our second Secondary Enviroschool

Collaborative Connections and Kaitiakitanga


 In May 2017, students from Gladstone School and other community members gathered to plant over 2000 trees at Kourarau Wetland and Dam. The day was a fantastic example of whanaungatanga (being connected)  and kaitiakitanga (acting to take or protect the natural environment). Read more here


Te Awarua o Porirua PLD IN the Environment

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 A group of teachers working in schools located in Te Awarua o Porirua Harbour Catchment participated in a Teacher PLD day, predominantly IN the environment, with a focus on supporting students learning experiences in the context of being in our great outdoors.  Read more here

Ngā Rake Tihauora o Paparārangi

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Read here about how  Paparārangi Kindergarten celebrated seven years of Tiriti o Waitangi based learning with the installation and blessing of this beautiful new waharoa (gateway) - Ngā Rake Tihauora o Paparārangi

Porirua School say "Only Rain Down the Drain!"

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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

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 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

Bikes Build Resilience at Pinehaven School

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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

Kuranui College Host GreenJam


Students from Kuranui College's Enviro Club successfully organised a GreenJam for local primary schools at the end of Term 2.  They hosted 35 students from six primary schools and three Kāpiti College students for a day of learning about and taking action for the environment.  

Kuranui College became an Enviroschool in 2017 with a goal of supporting work already being done in Enviroschools throughout the primary schools in South Wairarapa.  Read more about their succesful GreenJam here

Raumati South School - artists inspired by nature

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    He Kākano - Seed exhibition by Raumati South Primary School students is the sixth collaborative children's art and environment project with Mahara Gallery and Ngā Manu Nature Reserve. The students studied the magical qualities of seeds and produced artworks and poetry that were displayed at Mahara Gallery and made into a book.

 Page updated 13 April 2018