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.

A curriculum for transformation - Fergusson Intermediate integrates Pūtātara resource

Fergusson Intermediate students are experiencing regenerative change through using the Ministry of Education’s Pūtātara resource. After trialling the resource they have now fully embracing this learning approach, progressing through the three strands: Tūrangawaewae, Kaitiakitanga and Whakapuāwai.

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Growing Together at Pinehaven Playcentre

Playcentres are places where babies, young children and parents come together, grow together and develop a sense of belonging. Recently the whānau at Pinehaven Playcentre shared with the Enviroschools Network how they are engaging with the organic waste cycle and growing a stronger sense of...

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Renwick Kindergarten Enviroschools journey with Rousehill Reserve

A decision to weave the Enviroschools Guiding Principles into the fabric of Renwich Kindergarten has helped develop kaitiakitanga, pride, connectedness and responsibility for the space and with each other. Along the way there has been fun and laughter, inquiry and learning and working together.

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Empowered tamariki contribute to a sustainable community

Learn more about the world-famous-in-Linton wormshake production that tamariki at Ruahine Linton Kindergarten are making daily, on their own, with a kaiako or showing tautoko for a friend! The wormshake is used to feed the gardens or sold to the community in the kindergarten shop.

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Once Upon a Wetland – Porirua School’s Outdoor Classroom

Beautiful, functional and fun - Porirua School’s outdoor classroom has it all. This project has overcome some significant flooding challenges arising from being located on reclaimed land and has been replete with opportunities to empower ākonga, involve community and develop understandings of how people interact...

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