Exploring the outdoors through art


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Art and the environment was the focus when Kiwitahi, Tauwhare and Ngati Haua Schools visited the Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum recently. It was a beautiful, sunny day and about 60 students took part in hut building, seed bomb making and … Continue reading

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 – 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


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

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

Schools tackle global issues locally


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More than 200 children from 13 schools across the Waikato region attended this year’s Enviroschools event at the Mystery Creek Event Centre on November 12. Students were showcasing inquiry and action projects they had undertaken over the course of the year … Continue reading

Global Issues Local Realities – student sharing and celebration, 12 November 2015


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Join Waikato Enviroschools at Mystery Creek Event Centre, Heritage Site, 12 November, 10am – 2pm Prepare a student led workshop or performance that celebrates your learning and actions. Register with your Enviroschools facilitator by 16th October. Let us know when you … Continue reading

2014 “Our Place, Our Future” Enviroschools Children’s Parade


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On 8 November 2014 the Hamilton CBD came alive in a spectacle of colour, creativity, music and dance with the first ever Enviroschools Children’s Parade. The parade was the culmination of a year of exploration and learning that embodied the Enviroschools … Continue reading

Waipa Earth Champions


Waipa Earth Champions was recently held for the 3rd consecutive year. This year we had 43 students representing 7 schools take part. It was a real collaboration with involvement from Waipa District Council, Enviroschools, Waikato Biodiversity, Te Kauri Waikuku Trust, Waipa Museums, Maungatautari … Continue reading

Global Issues Local Realities – building momentum


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Over 100 primary students from schools from all over the Waikato took part in our Children’s Workshop at Waikato Museum on Wednesday 5th of August. Students took part in workshops that saw them learn the art of story telling through … Continue reading