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

The Swannery – nurturing monarchs at Rhode Street School


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One of the first things you notice when you enter Rhode Street School are the biodiverse and vibrant gardens – it’s a living ecosystem.  Colourful flowers provide the much-needed nectar for pollinators including monarch butterflies which are regularly seen.  But … Continue reading

Learning for Sustainability at Vardon Primary


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By Te Rangimaire and Anthony, Room 15, Vardon Primary In Term 2 the whole of Tui Team where shocked at the world headlines about the amount of plastic discovered on Henderson Island – an uninhabited island in the Pitcairn Island group. … Continue reading

 Looking down the drains turns into school production


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By Sarah Menzies, Room 9 Woodstock Primary’s Year 1 and 2 students have turned their questions about litter into a colourful and powerful school production. The Rimu Syndicate Production of Little Ika simply started with a walk around the school grounds … Continue reading

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

Collaborative learning leads to NZ Book award shortlist for Enviroschool Principal


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…