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Here's where you can find out about up and coming Education for Sustainability competitions, workshops, events and other exciting goings on that we've heard about through our networks.
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Six short takes on sustainability by emerging young film-makers

        Someday Stories is a series of cutting-edge films created by talented young Kiwis. Each short film examines a sustainability theme relevant to young New Zealanders including Disorder, a documentary about recovering from an eating disorder; Bloom, a drama about loss and grief, and Repugnant, a comedic take on gay conversion therapy. Foodie and Uapōifalemalu examine life in immigrant communities, and I Am Waru explores life after family violence. Over the next few weeks in September 2018 we will be showcasing the six films as they are released by Outlook for Someday.

1. I AM WARU

A single dad whose “normal” childhood was underlined by a dark underbelly of violence is determined to create a new normal for his own children – and for all children.

Rating: PG

Genre: Documentary

The film already has over 58k views on Facebook and the was the top story on Stuff as well as being hosted by The Wireless and Māori Television on Demand. "The strong positive message around male Māori parenthood is really affecting people" -Chris Widdup, Outlook for Someday.

2. DISORDER

An intimate insight into the perspectives of New Zealanders who have lived with disordered eating.

Rating: M

Genre: Documentary

The film is already doing well with currently over 26k views (and counting) on Facebook. The film-makers’ hope was that the film would act as a call to action for young people who are experiencing eating disorders to reach out to those nearest to them.

3. BLOOM

A young New Zealander and her mother live with grief in a toxic environment - can the river and their relationship be saved?

Rating: PG

Genre: Drama

4. FOODIE 

                        Flo's love for her new home is tested when her papa changes the menu at his                                traditional Chinese restaurant.

Rating: PG

Genre: Drama

Conservation Week 2018 with Squawk Squad

Young Gardener of the Year Awards

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two weeks left to enter......

A great way to get kids excited about gardening is to enter the Young Gardener of the Year Awards, and with entries closing on Monday 27th August there’s only two weeks left

So if your class has been getting busy in the garden, think about getting an entry in!

Don’t worry if your garden isn’t looking too flash after winter or if your garden is fairly new. 

Entries can be big or small, pretty or practical, but an entry is an achievement in itself and a great way to show kids that they can be acknowledged for their efforts outside the classroom too.

This year we have a new award called the T&G Passion for Growing Award, which any primary school can enter (even if they’re not part of the Garden to Table programme).

It’s really easy to enter. Just go to the Young Gardener of the Year website here and you can download the entry forms.  Simply complete the one page form and email it with three photos of your students and their garden to entries@younggardenerawards.co.nz

For some inspiration, check out the Young Gardener of the Year Awards Facebook and Instagram  pages. Don’t miss out! Sign up here: www.younggardenerawards.co.nz

 

Pasture Paintings

Invitation for Schools to Collaborate with For the Love of Bees

For the Love of Bees invites you participate in its collaboration that is transforming NZ into the safest country in the world for bees and all pollinators. As a school, you can participate by creating a Pasture Painting with your students that will provide plenty of beautiful and safe food for pollinators year round.

A Pasture Painting is a tool that combines art, science and sustainability. It incorporates geometries, colour, duration, orientation and biology, which results in a planting that is visually striking, easy to mow around and encompassing of the needs of pollinators.

Creating one is the first step towards your school becoming a Biological Bee Sanctuary, which is a place that is not only safe for pollinators, but also a place where they can thrive. Your school grounds have the opportunity to become a mini Organic Park, which will be a key piece of the puzzle in creating safe cities for bees.

We recommend that you design your Pasture Painting with your students in February 2018, to be implemented by the end of March. This should supply flowers for the year. The flowers will go to seed over the summer break, ready for you to collect at the beginning of the new school year to begin again.

See our website for our Pasture Painting How-To Sheet, under Projects:  https://www.fortheloveofbees.co.nz/pasture-paintings/

Poster Competition

In 2018, For the Love of Bees will be holding two nationwide poster competitions with schools, that will focus on a topic that will help us learn how to make a safe country for bees. This is a chance for your students to submit their designs. The winning artists will have their design displayed around a number of cities, thanks to Phantom Billstickers. We will announce the topics in February next year and the details on how to participate. Watch this space....

 

Master in Education Degree

The University of Waikato offers a Master in Education degree focussing in environmental and sustainability education. You can study for one paper alone, or work towards several papers and research for the full Master’s degree. The next paper offering begins in February 2018 with STER513-18C(HAM) Environmental and Sustainability Education. This paper involves two days on campus in Hamilton, February 23/24, followed by online supported learning at your place until early June 2018. This is a great introduction into academic study in this area. For more information visit https://education.waikato.ac.nz/tems/ or email Chris Eames at c.eames@waikato.ac.nz.  

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