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.

Stepping into the natural backyard

Research shows that experiences in nature are fundamental to people taking action to care for our environment. Find out how Konini School is building an ongoing relationship with nature in their local area and embedding this into the fabric of school life.

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He Taonga o Kaitiakitanga

Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui was gifted te Taonga o Kaitiakitanga, a Māui dolphin artwork and now this has been passed around the region, providing a catalyst for learning, connections and action. Learn more about how each kaitiaki Enviroschool has responded to...

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On a mission to improve science teaching and learning

Over the past five years, science-loving teacher Matt Robertson has been on a mission to improve science teaching and learning at Witherlea School, a Year 1 – 6 school in Blenheim, Marlborough. After returning from a Science Teaching Leadership Programme he worked with others created...

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Understanding our awa – developing a collaborative approach to monitoring microplastics

Josh Sullivan, Enviroschools Southland facilitator, tells us about an interesting project emerging from collaboration between Southern Institute of Technology and local Enviroschools and communities. They have been collecting samples from local waterways, tracking data and learning about microplastics with the aim of improving waterway health.

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Students Inspired to bring about whole school Recycling at Kuranui College

“Inspire Time” at Kuranui College, in Greytown, provided the ideal opportunity for Cameron, Ngakau, Aleisha, Jeremy and teacher Rachel, to investigate and initiate a long overdue school-wide recycling system. The students articulated two main drivers for recycling - to reduce the amount of waste sent...

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