Developing a Forest School at Waikino

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Over the past few years Waikino School has become well known for doing things a bit differently. This year they have started a ‘Forest Schools’ programme with teacher Lauren Bartram leading the way.  Forest Schools is described as empowering children … Continue reading

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

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

Opoutere kids get wild about nature

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Opoutere School’s thematic learning topic for Term 2 is Matariki. As a part of this, Puriri class ( Year 3 and 4) have been heading out every Wednesday morning, tramping with Matua Ryan (Te Reo and EOTC teacher) and Mrs … Continue reading

Everything is Connected – Whanaungatanga

Our focus for 2016 is Everything is Connected – Whanaungatanga. 

“He taura whiri kotahi mai anō te kopunga tae noa ki te pu au.”

From the source to the mouth of the sea all things are joined together as one.

Acting sustainably is no longer a choice: Humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively over the last 50 years than any other period in history. This includes high demand for food, fresh water and fuel in the quest for human wellbeing and economic development. “Everything is connected” has the potential to explore connections between and within natural ecosystems. This includes the relationships between natural ecosystems and people. As well as the development of relationships- both local and global, between people, groups, organisations, and communities. It provides opportunities to consider both spiritual and scientific explanations of our world and traditional and contemporary approaches.

‘When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it is connected to

everything else’.

– John Muir