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.

Kaponga Kura begin the process of creating their exciting cycle way

Kaponga Primary School has begun its journey towards creating a cycle track around their school grounds. Limited access to safe and exciting cycling options has led to students exploring alternatives and starting to put their ideas into action. Read more about this collaborative project.

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Students Committed to Supporting Flora & Fauna in Taranaki

Students at Moturoa School in New Plymouth have been doing their bit for increasing the numbers of endangered plants by propagating and planting them out in the wild. This plant propagation and relocation is a locally authentic programme which has support from DoC, District and...

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Cooking up creative ideas and leaving an ecological building legacy

What if students could harvest food needed for a recipe from school land and prepare this in a purpose-built kitchen right next to the gardens? How could students contribute to this process? Learn more about the Hukanui Living Room Kitchen and the involvement that students...

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Students Seek Insights Towards Ensuring a Thriving Future

After a few weeks back at school post-lockdown, the normal rhythm and flow of the days returned, sports slowly began returning, assemblies and other gatherings became possible, we returned to ‘normal’. But will everything return to normal? Find out more about The Catlins Area School...

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Gardens Feed Students with Knowledge and Kai

Queenstown Primary School student research and problem solving has led to the development of an outdoor learning area designed for the whole school and community to be nourished. Here we learn more about the process and engagement that led to an effective outdoor learning area.

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