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.

Student leaders recognised for their Enviroschools contribution

Alex Parker and Matthew Quot from Botany Downs Secondary School have received the Ros Nicholson Award for Native Ecology for their work in 2020. They have had a substantial involvement in Enviroschools for several years. Matthew and Alex spent time during their busy schedule to...

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Shocked and ready to shake things up

Zoe feels angry, Jade is sad and Logan is motivated to create change. Read about how Boulcott School students have responded to their visits to sites of significance to waste management in Te Awakairangi as part of their Enviroschools World of Waste Bus trip funded...

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"The Designery” outlet shop showcases creativity at Spotswood College

Spotswood College students are making the most of their produce and creative artwork from their learning programmes through an enterprising business approach. "The Designery" is a place where the public can purchase student products on sale each Thursday and Friday. Read more about the work...

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Tiny Build creates big opportunities at Opunake High School

Opunake High School teachers and Board of Trustees saw the benefit of engaging students in a hands-on trade skills project. They wanted to move learning from technical drawing and design of scale model tiny homes further, creating an actual dwelling, so that students could gain...

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Why did the penguins come to live at Sue's house?

When a little blue penguin chose to move in beneath teacher Sue’s house, her students started a learning journey about the habitat and plight of this native bird. Find out more about this enquiry that led to ecological building construction on a small scale.

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