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.

The Power of Pūrākau at Waitati School

Pūrākau (traditional local stories) have been shared and retold through sand drawings, drama and pottery and this creative process has been a powerful way to build knowledge and perspective at Waitati School. resulting clay tiles will be set beside a pou on the Orokonui Estuary...

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Getting to the bottom of zero waste in an early childhood setting

In this inspirational story we hear about the significant journey towards zero waste that Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten has been on, what the enablers were and how they are now supporting the wider early childhood community to embrace this kaupapa. Mīharo!

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Visionary processes of Enviroschools consolidates design of Local Curriculum

There is an increasing focus on the implementation of the Local Curriculum in learning communities. This article shares how the Enviroschools kaupapa supports the development of your Local Curriculum and how it’s all complimentary! It also showcases ways Enviroschools around the motu have designed and...

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Linked, Local and Long-term

“It’s right here. It’s relevant to all of us, and if you’re looking at local curriculum, then you can’t get more local than something that’s happening right across the road!” Whareama teacher, Dianne Christenson, waves a hand in the direction of the massive earthworks taking...

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Brilliant Young Leaders - Pass it On!

Sustainability: At its heart, it’s about being able to maintain a process over time. And when it comes to sustaining environmental leadership, success comes from enabling young leaders to empower each other. Stevie Shipman, a graduate of Kāpiti College has been sharing her experiences with...

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