Enviroschools Wellington | Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui update - news for Enviroschools across the region

Thank you

to the following partners for their ongoing support of the Enviroschools Programme in Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui / The Wellington Region.

In this issue :
What Enviroschools in the region have been up to, including:
  • Trapping Pests with Clyde Quay School
  • Community Kaitiakitanga at Kourarau Wetland and Dam
  • ECE inspiration across the region
Resources and Opportunities worth looking at, including:
  • Stokes Valley Bioblitz - invitation to teachers
  • Wairarapa Drains are for Rain student event
Congratulations to:
  • San Antonio School

A note from the Enviroschools Team

Kia ora koutou

Student empowerment is an Enviroschools guiding principle. I presented a submission at the Porirua City Council Wellington Region Waste Minimisation and Management Plan hearing with Porirua facilitator Amanda Dobson recently. We were excited to see students from Porirua School there having a voice about the future. Read about this and other student empowerment stories below.

This term, Arihia steps back into facilitating schools in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington City) - welcome back Arihia! Chloe is off to have her baby in August, but will return to help organise student events later in the year.

I remind teachers about the national Enviroschools Census questionnaire coming up in Term 4. Your facilitator will be in touch later this term to organise a time to meet with you.

I strongly encourage lead teachers and others in our Enviroschools network to submit abstracts to be considered for the 2018 NZAEE (New Zealand Association for Environmental Education) conference being held in Wellington from 18 – 20 April 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about all the amazing mahi you’ve been up to! Here’s a link for further details. Please contact your facilitator if you’d like some help with this.

Finally, tomorrow you will receive a google form asking you for your views on this newsletter. I really encourage you to respond. There will be prizes!

Ngā mihi nui,
Upcoming Support for Schools and ECE

Region Wide: Exploring Enviroschools Workshop
Friday 1 September 2017 at the Dowse, Lower Hutt.  

This full day workshop provides an introduction to education for sustainability and the Enviroschools kaupapa.

It is for teachers, principals, parents or BOT members of new or existing Enviroschools, or those who are considering joining. It is also for any teachers wanting to incorporate education for sustainability into their teaching.

Download a flyer for more information.

Register here before 18 August 2017 if you would like to attend.

Region Wide: Secondary School Teachers PD

Thursday 12th October 2017, 1-4pm Venue to be confirmed (Wellington Central

Guest Presenters: Julie Swinden of Tawa College, Katy Cottrell of Onslow College
Guest Workshop Facilitators: Students of Wellington High/PapaTaiao Earthcare - 'Ratted Out'

Cost: $30.00 toward Papa Taiao 'Ratted Out' students enterprise. This covers material costs for the trapping workshop if you do not wish to receive a trap, there is no cost.

Download a flyer here or register here

Te Awa Kairangi Sustainability PD and Networking Hui (with Hutt Science)
Incorporating Māori perspectives about water into the classroom

Thursday 17 August 3.30-5.30pm
Location: Rata St School, Naenae
All teachers and senior management welcome

RSVP here (to ensure we have enough kai and seats for everyone

Wellington City Teachers Professional Development
Thursday 10 August 3.45 - 5.15
at Sustainability Trust

Theme: Eco-Building and Energy
Register here if you would like to attend

Porirua Enviroschools Network Hui
Thursday 31st August 3.45 - 5.30pm at Porirua School
Looking at New Theme area Documents.
KEEN: Kāpiti Environmental Educators Network
Wednesday 4 September  3.30 - 5 pm at Kāpiti Primary School.
Theme: Spring seasonal sharings. 

Porirua ECE Sustainability Network Hui 
Wednesday 6 September  3.30 - 5 pm at Titahi Bay Playcentre
Theme: Celebrating Season of Springs beginnings and continuing Waste conversations.

Wairarapa Student Event
Drains are for Rain stencilling workshop for primary school students in the Wairarapa.
Masterton: Tuesday 12 September 
Venue to be confirmed
South Wairarapa: Thursday 14 September Venue to be confirmed

In this workshop we will make stencils with messages to decorate our stormwater drains.  These messages encourage drains to be used only for rain and stop pollution getting into our streams and oceans.

We will then apply our messages to drains in the area using our new stencils.

To enrol please email Esther Dijkstra or Trudy Sears  by  August 31st 2017

Wairarapa Teacher Workshop
Creating Pou Taiao as part of a Wairarapa wide Pou Taiao Project
Featherston: Wednesday 20 September 4:15 - 6:15 Venue to be confirmed
Masterton: Thursday 21 September 4:15 -6:15 Venue to be confirmed

Pou Taiao are posts that reflect the local biodiversity and the people of an area. On each Pou Taiao the biodiversity and geology from the area are represented along with local stories. They become a structure that link our people to a place and share information with visitors and have the potential to encourage enterprise.

This workshop will prepare teachers to facilitate a learning opportunity for students to create Pou Taiao in local natural environments in 2018 / 2019.

To enrol please email Gill Stewart or Trudy Sears  by  31 August 2017

Stokes Valley Bioblitz: Amazing free Science PD opportunity for teachers
6 November 2017
Koraunui School

A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. On the 6th of November, Koraunui School will be hosting a bioblitz in Stokes Valley.

Koraunui School have been kind enough to invite teachers from around the Wellington Region to come and be a part of the day, learn alongside scientists, and get ideas about how to run something similar at your school.  

Read more here about the Stokes Valley Bioblitz. If you are interested in attending, contact Micheline Evans.


San Antonio School
A school becomes a Silver Enviroschool by demonstrating  that their sustainability practices and programmes have been maintained and extended into new areas.  Students are fully involved in the planning and action, and they are contributing to a wider sustainable community.  This is absolutely the case for San Antonio School who celebrated becoming a Silver Enviroschool in Term 2 2017. Ka mau te wehi!  

Read more here about San Antonio School's journey, reflection and celebration.

What Enviroschools in the Region have been up to...

... Students of Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui empowered to exercise their citizenship muscle


We have seen many amazing examples of student empowerment in action over the last term. This has included Porirua School students presenting at the PCC Waste Minimisation Plan hearings,
Porirua and Wellington City Enviroschools supporting Carrisbrook School with their petition to ban the single use plastic bag and
students talking about sustainability issues of the future at the Climate Challenge Conference

Continuing this theme of empowered students in action, students from Westpark School in Johnsonville would like to invite two students from each local school to form a club.  Their first meeting will be on Friday 11 August at 2pm at West Park School to brainstorm collaborative action for recycling week (6-12 November).  

... Clyde Quay Pest Trappers

Clyde Quay School students are working on a project to help catch pests and make Matairangi / Mount Victoria a safer place for birds to live. Read more here about how the school has joined forces with Wellington City Council, Wild Eyes, Zealandia and Mount Victoria Community trapping group 'Victory over Vermin' to help make Mount Victoria pest free.

... Wainuiomata’s green super hero

Teachers at Wainuiomata Primary School were wondering how to make the Enviroschools Guiding Principles more evident around the school so they decided to hold a Green Super Hero design competition.  Students were encouraged to draw a super hero for the environment.  

Read here about how year 3 student Owen's winning design will be used around the school to complement the Guiding Principles.


... Gladstone School connect with community through kaitiakitanga
The senior hub from Gladstone School came together with three farmers and their families, Greater Wellington Regional Council staff, manawhenua from Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Wairarapa, and other community members to plant over 2000 trees at Kourarau Wetland and Dam. Read more here about the knowledge and experience each community group shared.


... Hutt Kindergarten's inspired on roadtrip to Kāpiti Coast
Some of the Hutt Valley Kindergarten Enviroschools experienced wonderful manaakitanga and inspiration when they went on a roadtrip to visit three Kāpiti Enviroschools late last term.
Read more here 

Resources worth looking at and other important dates

Fairtrade Fortnight 
4 August - 17 August
Stand up for everything you believe in during Fairtrade Fortnight - whether it is protecting the environment, gender equality, or ensuring everyone is paid fairly!

By choosing products with the Fairtrade Mark at the checkout, you’re making a difference to the lives of the farmers and workers behind your favourite products.

Find out more about why you should #choosefairtrade certified products here!

Find fair trade related teaching resources here at trade aid, including curriculum based teaching units, videos and images, topical booklets.  Guest speakers are also available to come to your classroom

Doughlightful is an enterprise set up by Wellington East Girls College students who are selling Fairtrade cookie dough ready to be baked or eaten raw.

They offer two Doughlightful flavours, Home made salted caramel and Classic Chocolate Chip.

Watch them share their product in this video or find Doughlightful on facebook to order.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Sustainable School Award
Entries close 1 September

The Sustainable Schools Award annually honours a teacher, school or tertiary institution for commitment
and practical action to implement sustainable practices and environmental projects, which enhance
the school and/or community.  It was won by Eastern Hutt School last year

Keep New Zealand Beautiful
Clean up Week 11-17th September

Keep New Zealand Beautiful will supply you with everything you need to ensure your event is a success. Just make sure you register online. Registrations are open now.

Conservation Week

14-22 October
Get into nature this Conservation Week. 

The overarching theme for Conservation Week is 'Healthy Nature Healthy People'.

It encourages people to become aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their own health.

Habitat Heroes Competition 
18 April - 29 September

Habitat Heroes encourages young people to explore a local natural environment and think about how they can make a difference. The 2017 competition will be taking place in New Zealand between 18 April 2017 and 29 September 2017.  Your school or ECE could win $500 in vouchers to contribute to your conservation action project.

The DOC website also has lots of teaching and learning resources.

Mātauranga Whakauka Taiao
The Mātauranga Whakauka Taiao – Environment Education for Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan has just been launched. This has been developed by the Department of Conservation, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Education. It sets out three priority areas for education for sustainability over the next ten years; and short term objectives over the first four years. Read more about the plan here

Further information can be found at:
Flight of Pollen
Flight of Pollen is the new game currently under development by JiL Hemming of Kākāriki Games.  Visit her website to find out more from students who have been trialing the prototype and to order your copy.

If you and your students enjoyed JiL’s first game Cloak of Protection, you will be enthralled with the extended levels of learning & challenge presented in Flight of Pollen.

Power to the Puoro show 
Touring 4 - 22 September

Award winning musician and International Taonga Puoro artist Jerome Kavanagh (Poutama) presents an interactive show inspiring our children by celebrating culture, pride and self identity. 

Jerome shares his family collection of around 40 different types of Taonga Puoro ( Ancient Maori musical instruments) using live performance with modern sound technologies, weaving storytelling with projected images and video. ​The show also includes Taa Moko (Maori tatoo), Waka Haurua (sea voyaging), Maara Kai ( gardens/healthy food technology) and Kaitiakitanga (native forest and bird conservation). Showcasing modern stories of young Maori practitioners sharing their culture globally.

Funding Opportunities

Have a look on our website for a list of funding opportunities for 2017.
Applications are currently open for the Canon Oceania Grants Programme (closes August 4) and The Mazda Foundation (closes 30 September).

2017 Sustainability Calendar

This calendar shows dates of Sustainability events around the country and the world for 2017 and offers ideas that your school or ECE could get involved in.  
It is also available on our website.


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