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.

Journal story inspires walking school bus Journey

When they read a story about another school and their walking school bus, Miramar students were inspired to set up something similar. After pitching their idea to the BoT, mapping and designing routes and consulting with the community they proudly launched their Walking School Bus...

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Secondary students embrace in-the-field learning

Developed in partnership with Enviroschools, a stream monitoring programme is piloting experiential ways to engage year 13 students in relevant fieldwork during typically content-heavy NCEA assessments. It is hoped the pilot will eventually be adopted as a means of formal assessment as part of the...

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Facilitators connecting to Place in Wairau/ Marlborough

Through the year Marlborough facilitation team take a range of approaches to engaging and building depth and breadth of education for sustainability. This year they have had a focus on “Place” and have woven this through their delivery to schools and centres. This article is...

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Whakamārama Kindergarten goes Solar!

March 4 was a special date in the calendar of Whakamārama Kindergarten as they celebrated the installation of their solar panels. This project has inspired learning conversations with tamariki about the solar panels, with this also emerging in artwork and play.

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No-dig gardens engage tamariki

A no-dig garden is one of the many ways that tamariki are being supported in growing healthy soils, bodies and minds at Arohanui Early Learning Centre in Kerikeri. Preparing the garden involved many barrow-loads of leaves along with questions and laughs.

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