In June 2021 Nayland Kindergarten held their Green-Gold reflection sharing and decision-making day. Whilst this kindergarten has undergone some significant staff changes, the commitment to the Enviroschools kaupapa has never faded away. A particular strength of this kindergarten is their connection with their community and their place.
They treasure their ancient pear tree that grows in their playground. The tree is a taonga to them and a leftover from a past time when the area was covered by fruit orchards. It was used as a thread throughout the whole process working towards being a Green-Gold Enviroschool.
The reflective team was privileged to be the audience for kindergarten’s waiata that was performed by all staff and kids. It was created by a close member of their kindergarten community and one of the teachers.
Achieving Green-Gold was celebrated with the whole community at Matariki with delicious food, stories and the unveiling of a special UV reflective art project that honours the local stream as an important connection between the hills and Tasman Bay.