Creating Change

The holistic, long-term Enviroschools journey creates fertile ground for a range of learning and action.

When tamariki/ students connect with their place and its people, and then plan, design and take action, they are creating change.

Through this empowering experience, they will become life-long change-makers.  The collective exploration is based in the concept of ako, where all participants are simultaneously learners and teachers, and everybody learns from each other.  It is a process of co-creation between people and all of the elements and energies around us. Caring for our place and the whole planet becomes a living curriculum where skills and competencies are gained through experience and mahi within meaningful community settings.

In the following stories you can see how Enviroschools participants are learning with their heads, hands and hearts – connecting with nature, exploring indigenous wisdoms, forming relationships with tangata whenua, collaborating with people in their diverse communities, and finding out about their own qualities and passions.  Learning and action in Enviroschools does not just have environmental outcomes but social, cultural and economic benefits too.

Royal Road School – A Journey of Inspiration and Celebration

Royal Road School has been busy designing an amazing 5-metre banner and wall panels to visually show elements of the story of their growth and journey as an Enviroschool. The banner is the product of a long-term commitment towards creating a sustainable community, and empowering the young...

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Tuakana/Teina Relationships Alive and Well in Wainuiomata Schools

Wainuiomata High School wanted to learn about becoming an Enviroschool so they turned to Konini Primary School for advice. In return, the High School has shared their ides with Konini for turning some adjoining land into a healthy, biodiverse environment that could allow them to...

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Connect to My Place to Make a Difference in My Space

When Wanaka Primary students engaged in their year-long, whole school enquiry “Connect to my Place, Make a Difference in my Space”, their discoveries in their local waterways convinced them to take action. They took their plight all the way to the Minister of Conservation, who...

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A 'Dam' Good Day Out!

Fifty-eight primary students from ten schools across Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes District gathered together in Clyde for a day to learn about energy and to visit the Clyde Dam. The students started the day with a mini-energy audit which got them thinking about...

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Healthy Wai Supported by Community Partnerships

Leeston School students decided to take action to restore Snake Creek, but to do this, they knew they had to come up with a plan to create shade that could suppress the weeds. Guided by Enviroschools Facilitator Matt Stanford, the students’ plan came to fruition...

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