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.

Ideas take root after an inspirational event

Enviroschools facilitates opportunities for students to connect with one another and also to their place. With research showing that mindfulness and being in nature can mitigate anxiety, the value of this kind of interaction is clear. An event hosting renowned primatologist and conservationist, Jane Goodall...

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A Golden opportunity to explore Māori Perspectives through an Atua Activity.

A day spent with Enviroschools facilitator, CJ, modelling an Enviroschools activity around atua Māori has led to a month-long focus at Golden Bay Kindergarten, building knowledge and understanding of Ranginui, Papatūānuku and their children and considering tikanga that is appropriate for their place. Rochelle Nicholls...

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Seatoun School takes action for community guardianship

Seatoun School is sited on some very special land right beside the ocean and the Oruaiti Reserve on Motu Kairangi. The students and staff take their responsibility to show kaitiakitanga seriously. This story is about an engaging whole school inquiry that led to a range...

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Kowhaiwhai at Carterton

Carterton School students have been studying identity and diversity. This learning has developed a deeper understanding of inclusivity and led to them developing kowhaiwhai panels to represent their community. Read more here about how these panels were designed and what they represent.

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We hear you on waste

Student-driven change is at the heart of Enviroschools. At Our Lady of the Rosary School in Lower Hutt, it started with students noticing the amount of litter in their playground and has culminated in a whole new school policy based on kaitiakitanga.

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