FREE Interactive science workshops 8th of May and 12 May


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FREE Interactive science workshops at Fairfield College, Hamilton The Fairfield Project and Science Learning Hub welcome primary teachers to attend their free, interactive science workshops. These are designed specifically to support the Primary Science Week theme – Eco warriors. Each workshop … Continue reading

Be a scientist for a day at the Lake Rotopiko Bioblitz!


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The first-ever peat lake BioBlitz comes to Lake Rotopiko on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February when scientists and volunteers will explore the site with the public and hunt for as many different species of fauna, flora and fungi as … Continue reading

Furiously planning Term 3? Check out the Science Learning Hub!


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


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!

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

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

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


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

Love white bait?


Whitebait season is upon us.  And around the country people are relishing the thought of delicious whitebait patties, while others are dreading the thought, knowing full well that these tiny critters are under threat of extinction. It’s a sad fact and … Continue reading

Bringing back the birds to the Hauraki Plains


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Students at Netherton Primary have initiated a vision to ‘bring back the birds’ to the Hauraki Plains. A milestone was realized this year when children planted out the first of the native trees that they had grown themselves in kahikatea … Continue reading

Community Science Open Day a chance for science PD


A community science open day on Sunday November 20th is a special feature of this year’s Australasian Ecological Restoration Conference held in Hamilton (19-23 November). Community environmental groups, students, educators, not-for-profits, as well as members of the wider community either already engaged in, … Continue reading

Upskilling teachers in science education

Are you interested in science education? Do you want to engage students in exciting real world science that takes place in your school and your community? Do you want to build your confidence in both of these things?
This 20 minute interview with  Barbara Hay principal of Koraunui School in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt and teacher Diana Manks discusses their approach  This Enviroschool is committed to engaging its pupils in science in a practical way. Diana Manks, spent the last two terms at Victoria University involved in a programme to upskill teachers to enthuse students and the community in science education. The Science Teaching Leadership Programme, managed by the Royal Society of New Zealand, aims at improving science learning.
For more about the Royal Society Teaching Leadership programme:


Junior Eureka

Do you want  to build student confidence in communicating science? Sign up to the pilot of Junior Eureka, the latest part of the Eureka! program. From 2016 the Eureka programme will be extended into primary and intermediate schools through the Junior Eureka Programme, initially by way of a Pilot Programme. Junior Eureka will give students in years four to six basic knowledge and understanding of the simple concepts and principles at the core of scientific discovery and application, as well as simple public speaking and presentation skills, so they can confidently deliver a short presentation to their classmates or school about an application of science or technology in their community which currently improves or could, in future, improve community wellbeing.

For more information, sign up here Junior Eureka