Enviroschools Tasman held a professional development day for their network hosted by Ngatimoti School recently. After a wonderful welcome, Ngatimoti students led groups of visitors on a school tour stopping at 4 stations of special interest.
The teachers then had an opportunity to hear from facilitators about effective vision mapping processes and engaging with the Enviroschools resources. During this time the host students and supporters led a round-robin of activities for the visiting Envirogroup students.
Ngatimoti students talked about the importance of the Enviro care code that the school has developed. AWARE stands for Attractive art and plantings, With respect, Appreciate the Māori ways, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair and Refuse and Educate others positively for the future.
Eight local schools attended the day with 16 teachers and over 50 students. In addition, many Ngatimoti students were involved in leadership roles throughout the day.
“Having this shared day enabled connections with nature and with people. It gave our leaders the opportunities to speak publicly, plan their activity, organise their equipment and use their school values. It fitted beautifully with the E part of AWARE which is about educating others positively for the future.” – Ali Turner the Principal of Ngatimoti School
The Nagtimoti students explain their Enviro Care Code based on the acronym A.W. A.R.E. The word “Earth” is visible behind the group. It was created for Earth Day when each Envirogroup focused on decorated a letter.