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

Creating Catalysts for Change and International Women’s Day

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In the spirit of making connections and acknowledging International Women’s Day, I thought I would share this talk that I saw this morning.  One of our key concepts for Creating Catalysts for Change is Courage: If we believe a better world is … Continue reading

Creating Catalysts for Change – 2017 focus

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

 

Everything is Connected at Hamilton Gardens

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Last Wednesday was a wonderful example of how children learn by doing, as 250 students from 26 Enviroschools joined together at Hamilton Gardens to celebrate the year’s theme of ‘whanaunatanga’. We were welcomed by the beautiful voices of Hillcrest Normal Kapahaka … Continue reading

Getting connected in the Kauaeranga Valley

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Last Friday around 100 students, and 25 teachers and parents representing 9 Enviroschools, came together for an event based around the theme of ‘Everything is Connected – Whanaungatanga’ in the Kauaeranga Valley at the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre. Most of … Continue reading

Defining whanaungatanga

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At the beginning of our workshops in March we started with an activity that asked participants to talk about a piece of natural material they had brought with them then invited them to weave these together into a collective piece of … Continue reading

The Big Picture – Everything is Connected

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Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste takes to the mountains to explore how our health, well-being, and survival depend on the health, well-being and survival of our planet’s ecosystems. From the mountains, rivers and forests to the water we drink and the food we eat, everything is connected and everything, from the tiniest of bugs, has a role to play — including us.

For more visit http://www.doc.govt.nz/bigpicture

Students and gardens flourish at Te Aroha Primary

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Holly Brittenden and her class of Year 6 and 7 students lived and learnt sustainability at Te Aroha Primary in 2015. When the students identified their learning and behaviour needs at the start of the year, it became obvious to … Continue reading

Aquaponics teaches everything is connected

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A problem become an opportunity at Wairakei Primary School, when students were exploring alternatives for growing food in Taupo’s poor soils and cold climate. Students had come across hydroponics, which lead them on to aquaponics, a way to grow food … Continue reading

A journey of a lifetime for Hillcrest Normal students

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Stacey Vowles, teacher from Hillcrest Normal Primary shares her experiences with the Virtual Great Walker competition win: Last year the Department of Conservation with sponsorship from Air NZ,  ran the Virtual Great Walker competition, aimed at getting Kiwi kids out walking … Continue reading