Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Litter-less lunch boxes 'please help'

Kia ora fellow enviroschools

Our focus for this term in the 'Moana room' is 'litter-less lunch-boxes' and wondered if anybody has any good resources, activities or websites we could visit or things they have done for this. It is mainly working with our under 3 year olds but would appreciate any ideas, comments etc....
Ngā mihi
Lee ann

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Plastic Free July

         Beeswax wraps                                                                  

 To encourage and support our whānau in the Moana room (infant and toddlers area) we (kaiako and tamariki) made beeswax wraps to hand out to our whānau. We made these for our whānau with the hope they would use as an alternative to glad wrap. First we had to grate the wax into pellets, then we melted the wax and added our cotton material. When we had fully coated our material we then hung our wraps to dry:)
Beau is enjoying the hands-on experience and he is being very careful when using the grater. Tino pai Beau!

We have done this process with different groups of tamariki throughout the week so everyone got to experience and participate in learning of ways to reduce our plastic use, however small that may be.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Learning about healthy soil

At Opunake kindy our enviro school focus this term is learning about Taepu Hauora (healthy soil). As kaitiaki of our whenua we are teaching and providing our tamariki with hands-on experiences that will support their learning and understanding of healthy soil.
 We are adding compost to our new vegetable garden to make our soil healthy by giving it the nutrients it needs to produce kai.

Then when our vegetables are planted we add worm juice to help our plants grow big and strong so we can eat them for afternoon tea or share with our whānau and community.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

Stratford P/S & Matapu School tamariki present their CAPOW findings

In March this year, Stratford & Matapu tamariki got together with amazing displays for their CAPOW presentation.  Councillors, media, community groups, parents & whanau all celebrated & learn so much more about organic waste & the efforts of these 2 schools.  Thanks to their Curious Minds funding. See more about it here

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Enviro Learning @ Toko School: ACWW South Pacific Conference

Enviro Learning @ Toko School: ACWW South Pacific Conference: Today our Enviro Leaders hosted delegates from the Associated Country Women of the World South Pacific Area Conference. What a wonderful le...

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Huiakama School wins Taranaki Regional Council Environment Award for 2016

The quiet achievers on the Forgotten Highway at Huiakama School are being very industrious in their enviro efforts.  In November 2016 they were awarded the much sort after Environment Award.  Check out their write up here and make sure to watch their cool video :-)  Well done team!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Enviroschool Day @ St Joseph's Waitara

Some photos from our awesome Enviroschool's Day at St Joseph's on the 4th of November. We had visitors from DOC, Tiaki te Mauri o Paraninihi, Rotokare and Enviroschools running workshops with the students.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Friday, 18 November 2016


Spotswood Primary Enviroday
                 2016 - What an amazing introduction to Enviroschools in North Taranaki!

It has been a privilege working with so many passionate students, teachers, principals, whānau and community groups this year. Your hard work and dedication to this important kaupapa is inspiring -thank you!!!

Kia tau ngā manaakitanga ki runga i koutou katoa. Have a great holiday and a Merry Christmas.

Rachael Ruakere
Enviroschools North Taranaki Facilitator.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Enviro Learning @ Toko School: Check out our Pumpkin Patch Preparation

Enviro Learning @ Toko School: Check out our Pumpkin Patch Preparation: Our Enviro Warriors are have been busy preparing our pumpkin patch.  In autumn we put all our leaves into black bags to decompose.  Today we...

Friday, 4 November 2016

Enviro Learning @ Toko School: Sustainable Backyards

Enviro Learning @ Toko School: Sustainable Backyards: Toko School is on the  Sustainable Backyards Trail this year.  Our students have had a lot of fun showing off our schools enviro initia...

Monday, 31 October 2016

Empowering Tamariki at Puketapu Kindergarten

Creating Mosaic Tiles at Puketapu Kindergarten

Kia ora koutou i te whanau o Enviroschools.    EMPOWERING TAMARIKI ~
 At Puketapu Kindergarten in Bell Block, tamariki have been enjoying the opportunity to be creative and design concrete tiles for their new vegetable gardens.
'Making art' involves experimentation, risk taking and uncertainty.
'MAKING' is vitally important in promoting forms of thinking that demand attention to the ways in which images are created and organized in this context.
Over the course of Term 4, children have gained a sense of emotional satisfaction, over the control they have ~ over the materials they have used and the autonomy they have had in the decisions they have made in creating, mini masterpieces for creating the edging of our new gardens!
Ka Rawe!!!
As an Enviroschool Kindergarten, kaiako foster an appreciation where the learning is sustainable with KNOWLEDGE TRANSFERRING from kindergarten to home.