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.

Ākonga-led learning and action at Oruaiti celebrated

Having already been recognised within the Te Taitokarau/ Northland Region for Environmental Excellence, Oruaiti School was named a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Education Focus category for Excellence in Environmental and Sustainability Education and has now been announced the 2021 winner! This is their story.

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Day of inspiration for Tasman's Envirogroups and Lead Teachers showcases Ngatimoti School

It’s cool to be an Enviroschool! Enviroschools Tasman facilitators held a professional development day for their network hosted by Ngatimoti School in May 2021. The programme provided learning and development for teachers and students, with strong leadership shown by the host students in sharing their...

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Bushwalk bursts with life

Westmere school in Whanganui are making a positive difference to their local environment. Their latest project, made possible through funding from the Pat Kelly Enviroschools Action Fund, has been the design and installation of two vibrant murals in their bush area. Find out more about...

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ākonga are air aware

Cromwell Primary School partnership with NIWA builds understanding of classroom air quality. An incredible learning inquiry at Cromwell, using the real-life issue of air quality in the classroom, highlights the value of this learning approach and issues around healthy classrooms.

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Audit activates waste management and more.

Clyde Primary School students have had a big focus on waste this year. The Envirogroup has been leading their whole school to be more aware and to make positive changes. The solutions generated were simple yet effective. These empowered students have found the opportunity to...

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