Collaborative learning leads to NZ Book award shortlist for Enviroschool Principal

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Well worth a listen! Oturu School Principal, Fraser Smith talks to Kathryn Ryan about being shortlisted for best first book at the NZ Book Awards. Fraser talks at length about writing Awatea’s Treasure in collaboration with his students and being a Green Gold Enviroschool, student agency, and the benefits for the whole school community.

Far north school principal Fraser Smith often struggled to find material to engage the Maori children in his rural community, particularly boys. So he did something about it, with his debut novel…
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Furiously planning Term 3? Check out the Science Learning Hub!

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Furiously planning term 3? Check out the Science Learning Hub! Term 3 is a time when farmers are working harder to mitigate nutrient run-off problems. The whitebait season opens and closes, commercial crops start flowering for pollination and the godwits … Continue reading

Film making workshops this week in Taumarunui and Taupo!

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Do you know of anyone know anyone with children (aged 11-18) in the wider Taumarunui, Taupo or Thames area? The Outlook for Someday workshops are running this week and next. They are free and there are spaces!! These workshops are … Continue reading

Taking Action for Conservation through Science Learning Hub

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A fantastic array of resources available on the Science Learning Hub to help you explore the Nature of Science and take action for Conservation! They model a process of student inquiry in conservation, focusing on how to support students to put … Continue reading

The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey 24 June – 2 July

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A great opportunity to get involved in some citizen science and use the Action Learning Cycle to identify the current situation of your living landscape at school.  The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey starts next week! http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys/taking-part

Waipa Earth Champions 2017

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On June 1st, 54 students from around the Waipa gathered for the 5th annual Waipa Earth Champions event organised by Waikato Enviroschools and local educators. Pūniu River Care Inc. members led the learning by talking about their Marae based programme … Continue reading

Waikato Enviroschools Funding closes 21 April!

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Waikato Enviroschools Fund closes on Friday 21 April.  Remember, your application must demonstrate clear alignment with Enviroschools Guiding Principles, and you must have communicated about your application with your Enviroschools facilitator. https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/community/whats-happening/funding-and-scholarships/enviroschools-grant-fund/

Curriculum integration at Waikino

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Lauren Bartram, Lead teacher at Wakino Primary shares how answering one question can lead you on a truly integrated learning experience. With so many curriculum areas, a real purpose/context helps us to understand why we need to minimise our impact on … Continue reading

The Waikato Enviroschools Fund is now open!

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This fund is available to all Enviroschools within the Waikato region that are actively involved in the programme and receive ongoing support from a facilitator. See full criteria here: https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/community/whats-happening/funding-and-scholarships/enviroschools-grant-fund/ This link will take you to the SmartyGrants site where you will … Continue reading

Water is the thread

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Many schools are exploring their local waterways this year.  It’s a rich and meaningful learning area, and a topic lively debate as New Zealand struggles with issues of water rights, what constitutes ‘healthy water’ and the complexities associated with a resource … Continue reading