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Enviroschools

The Enviroschools programme supports children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities. The programme provides pathways from early childhood through primary, intermediate and secondary school and beyond. Through a collaborative approach of building strong relationships and sharing information, Enviroschools is growing a collective puna mātauranga or pool of knowledge. The Enviroschools kaupapa is to create a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world through facilitating action-learning; where inter-generations of people work with and learn from nature. It weaves in Māori perspectives, combining traditional wisdoms with new understandings. Importantly, the kaupapa is about connection: to love, care for and respect ourselves, each other and our planet.

Pollination the name of the game

The importance of pollinators was recently explored by five Kāpiti Coast school groups, who came together at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve for a teacher and senior student workshop, where they learnt how to play the board game ‘Flight of Pollen’.​

Parents and students said the game was brilliant and challenging, teaching them to notice new things in their environment such as plants and pollinators. Most importantly, they developed an understanding of the local and global importance of pollination. Read more

Marine Metre Squared

Kāpiti schools have had the opportunity to explore our local marine environment taking part in Marine Metre Squared - a nationwide citizen science project that supports and involves communities in the monitoring of their local seashore. Read more

He Kākano - Seed exhibition

A seed is a magical life force; a living embryo and time-capsule preserving things from the past for the new planet of future generations. Rhys Mills from Ngā Manu introduced the specialness of seeds to students at the Raumati South primary school as part of their work towards He Kākano - Seed exhibition, the sixth Mahara Gallery-Ngā Manu Nature Reserve children’s art and environment project. Read more

 

Matariki blessing & planting at Kaitawa Reserve

Paraparaumu school’s Te Whānau Kōtuku attended the blessing of Rongoā Māori information panels and planted Koromiko plants as part of a Matariki event at Kaitawa Reserve. The tamariki thought that the plants made their park look beautiful, and were very special because you can get medicine from them. Read more

 

Tā Koha Kai in the spirit of Matariki

The concept of enacting tā koha as part of the Matariki season, is one of sharing resources so that everyone's well being is ensured. Traditionally Māori New Year was a time that the food store houses would be full to see the whānau through the cold season.This year local Enviroschools put their hands up to collect kai in the Council’s Tā Koha Kai bins, as a Matariki season contribution to the local Food Bank. Read more.

 

 

Kāpiti College receives kaitiakitanga of an artwork by Sheyne Tuffery.

In recognition of their ongoing work to address local environmental and ecological issues the taonga, an artwork gifted by Dame Tariana Turia to Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui/Wellington Region, was present to the College to acknowledge their commitment to kaitiakitanga/guardianship. Read more.

 

Environmental achievements gain recognition

At Kāpiti College environmental awareness is now honoured along with sport, academics, arts, and service achievements. At the 2016 school prize giving Billie van den Oever and Natasha Polglase were the first recipients of the newly created Jan Cox Memorial Award for Promoting a Better Environment in acknowledgement of their utter dedication long term commitment to the Eco Action Group and environmental action. Read more 

 

Colleges celebrate enviro commonalities

Recently Kāpiti College students hosted students from Kuranui College in Greytown and discovered that they had more than just the same initials in common. Both Colleges are committed to environmental sustainability with thriving Eco Action groups and Enviroschool aspirations. Read more

A commitment to Fair Trade at Kāpiti College

A delicious morning tea of hot chocolate, tea, coffee, baking treats and bananas provided an excellent opportunity for staff and students at Kāpiti College to deepen their awareness of Fair Trade issues during International Fair Trade fortnight earlier in May. Read more.

Enviroschools Green-Gold at Raumati South Kindergarten

Why did Raumati South Kindergarten children bury various forms of lunch box waste, uncovering them a month later and then again after three months? It was all in the name of deepening the children’s understanding of waste decomposition, an inquiry that has been educating not just children, but their wider community. Read more.

 

Local actions add up, says student Eco Action Group

Worried about plastics in the ocean? Start at your local beach, say members of Kāpiti College’s Eco Action group. Read more

The Little Earth Montessori community celebrate the Harvest Festival.

“The intention of the day is for the community to come together to share kai grown in both the preschool and family gardens. Giving thanks and acknowledgement to Papatūānuku for the harvest from the gardens is also a tikanga that is a significant part of this celebration.” explains Mayie, one of the teachers at the preschool. Read more

Kapanui School celebrates Enviroschool efforts.

Congratulations to Kapanui School, who received an Enviroschool's sign acknowledging their ongoing commitment and journey with the programme. Read more

 

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