Designing a ‘Sustainable Building’ and Garden Space

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The Enviroschools Action Learning Cycle drives the inquiry process at Waikino School and they are currently using it to explore sustainable building and gardens. Students work in vertical house groups in order to sustain and develop their Enviroschool initiatives.  Whatever … Continue reading

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

Grounding the Vision at Paeroa College

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It’s amazing what can happen in a short time when you have a group of keen students, passionate teachers, an inspired Principal, supportive board and two highly creative members of the community. Paeroa College became an Enviroschool at the beginning … Continue reading

Film making workshops this week in Taumarunui and Taupo!

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Do you know of anyone know anyone with children (aged 11-18) in the wider Taumarunui, Taupo or Thames area? The Outlook for Someday workshops are running this week and next. They are free and there are spaces!! These workshops are … Continue reading

Curriculum integration at Waikino

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Lauren Bartram, Lead teacher at Wakino Primary shares how answering one question can lead you on a truly integrated learning experience. With so many curriculum areas, a real purpose/context helps us to understand why we need to minimise our impact on … 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

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