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.

Papā Te Whatitiri, Hikohiko Te Uira, E Hika E! The Crash of Thunder, The Flash of Lightning, The Spark Ignites!

Multi-sensory experiences are a powerful way to learn Imagine… You are in the middle of Rotorua surrounded by bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, and steamy hot springs. Energy is in the air; it simmers, floats, and sails around you. Can you feel it? Can you...

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And They’re Off! Student-led Creativity in EVolocity is Electric

High school students taking part in the EVolocity schools programme are finding new ways to innovate and collaborate together, as they discover skills they never knew they had. “On a scale of 1 to 100, it would be about a 300!” – Jordan, EVolocity competitor....

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Enviroschools Teacher Aides Worth Their Weight in Green-Gold

The Enviroschools Teacher Aide (ESTA) project is an inspiring initiative that came out of an Auckland Green-Gold Principals Think Tank process. The ESTA project was established through idea-sharing, collaboration, and cross sector partnership between Work and Income NZ, Waitakere Improving School Attendance Programme, three established...

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A Strong Sense of Place Enables Children to Teach Others

Developing a sense of place is important to us at Whangamata Kindergarten. Children at our centre have been taught about mihi and we have helped each child to write their own.  These are displayed on the kindergarten wall. We have talked to the children about...

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Grounding the Vision at Paeroa

Secondary students create a canvas for a Living Landscape The concrete quad area that students had described as "barren" and "boring" has been brought to life after creating a Vision Map last year, as part of the process of becoming an Enviroschool. Local potter, Mike...

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