The Enviroschools Programme
The holistic, long-term Enviroschools journey creates fertile ground for a range of learning and action.
When tamariki / students connect with their place and its people, and then plan, design and take action, they are creating change.
Through this empowering experience, they will become life-long change-makers. The collective exploration is based in the concept of ako, where all participants are simultaneously learners and teachers, and everybody learns from each other. It is a process of co-creation between people and all of the elements and energies around us. Caring for our place and the whole planet becomes a living curriculum where skills and competencies are gained through experience and mahi within meaningful community settings. From https://enviroschools.org.nz/creating-change/
Te Huruhi School has been apart of the Environschools programme for a number of years. The school currently hold the Silver award and once we have settled into our new school we will be working with renewed vigour towards obtaining Green Gold Environmental themes are included throughout our school and within our classroom programmes.
We also have an Enviro group, this year there are 15 students from Room 12, 2 and 4 involved in our enviro activities and group.
Our school is an active member of the Waiheke Enviro Schools Cluster. The lead teachers from each school meet at least once a term planning collaborative events and actions for our island and tamariki. In November 2018 students in Years 3 / 4 were involved in an enviro action for our island community at Enclosure Bay. Following on from this initiative, in 2019, Room 12 Enviro Kids have been following up on actions from our Auckland Council driven events.
Our Enviro students presented at the Enviro Action Day at Surfdale Hall along with students from Waiheke High School, Waiheke Primary, Steiner and some Early Childhood Centres. Our students researched and presented on the following:
- Dune planting
- Worm care
- Waste and Paper at THS
- Landscaping for the new school
- Sustainable gardens
As a follow-up, the Enviro students will be sharing these studies with the Waiheke kindergarten and also having a look around at another Enviro School.
For Conservation Week our Enviro Kids took part in pest identification, native bird counts, tree planting and walkway clearing. As part of this day the students prepared and presented their findings and experiences to the rest of the senior school / school.
Ongoing events are planned for the remainder of the year and into 2020 incorporating all schools and learning centres on the island.
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