Become one of DOC’s Habitat Heroes!

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Do you know an early childhood centre, school or community group that’s doing great restoration work or wants to get started and doesn’t know how? The Habitat Heroes resources and 2017 competition is a great place to start! The Habitat Heroes Competition is … Continue reading

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

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

Te Ara i Takahia – online resource showcases an inspiring restoration project

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Te Aho Tū Roa and Toimata Foundation are proud to share Te Ara i Takahia an online resource showcasing the inspiring awa restoration project undertaken by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rawhiti Roa, a kura leading leading the way … Continue reading

Creating Catalysts for Change – 2017 focus

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Our focus for 2017 is Creating Catalysts for Change.

The development of Enviroschools was driven by a burning question:
What if school could be a place that empowers young people to design, plan, take action and lead the change – in their classrooms, in their schools, in their neighbourhoods, in their country?”

The issues facing humanity can feel overwhelming; they are complex, interconnected, and global in scale. We often find ourselves saying, ‘every one makes a difference”, but we can just as validly ask “are we really?” How do we really know we are making a difference?  You might put out your recycling, compost your food waste, grow your own food, take public transport or ride your bike, but you still wonder if, in the scheme of things, things are getting better. The world’s population will reach 7.5 billion in 2017 and is estimated to reach 11.2 billion in 2100. With only one Earth, the pressures on our planet are ballooning. It’s time to look how we as individuals, schools and communities can really “be the change we want to see in the world”, and how we can influence and inspire others.

Hutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei hea te komako e ko?
Maku e ki ake
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

Pluck the heart from the flax bush – where will the bellbird sit?
Ask me, what is the most important thing in the world?

I will reply, 
it is people, it is people, it is people.

The purpose of this focus is to provide inspiration and tools to support teachers to go deeper with existing issues and inquiry and allow classes and students to really explore how their actions can make a difference. Action is a core part of the Enviroschools kaupapa – What actions will bring about the changes that we want? How can these actions go deeper? How can our actions influence others?

The resources materials are available here:
Key Concepts and Questions

Pedagogy and Curriculum links

Teacher’s Learning Guide

Quotes to inspire and provoke

Other related resources

Workshops and events

Case studies and examples for catalysts for change

Download the Resource PDF

 

Hillcrest Normal School students Win Mean Green House Competition

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Congratulations to Isla Wilkinson, Arlo Oliver and Alena Zhu from Room 7 at Hillcrest Normal School who have won the Year 5 and 6 category in the Mean Green House competition – a national competition run by Genesis Energy. The … Continue reading