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Ngā mihi nui ki a tatou.

This has been an emotional roller coaster of a term.  Kia kaha to us all and particularly to our Muslim and Christchurch whānau.  At Enviroschools we are drawing on our Guiding Principle of Respect for Diversity of People and Cultures and taking heart from the displays of solidarity that so many school communities have expressed for others at this time.  We also take heart from the strength, commitment and empowerment students showed in the Schools Strike 4 Climate.  This inspired us so much that we dedicated a special issue to it last week. We hope you enjoyed it. 

This issue highlights some of the learning that has been taking place in the network and some upcoming events.

Let us all be strong, tolerant and true to ourselves.

Nā te whānau o Enviroschools te Upoko o te Ika a Māui

Early Childhood Enviroschools Kickstarter Workshop

Friday 3rd May 8.45am to 12.45pm 
Nga Hau e Whā o Paparārangi 30 Ladbrooke Grove, Newlands

This Kickstarter workshop is designed for early childhood centres already involved with Enviroschools where there are people in the centre who are new to the Enviroschools kaupapa or would like a refresher.

The workshop will give an overview of the programme, familiarise you with the resources and explore some ways you can use these in your own centre.

It's also a great way to network with centres from around the region.

Register here 
$50 +GST per person

Enviroschools Reflection Workshop

Friday 10 May 9.30am - 3.30pm
The Dowse 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
 

This workshop is essential for Enviroschools who have not yet engaged in a holistic reflection process. It is most useful to send someone from senior management as well as the lead teacher if you are considering reflecting at Silver or Green-Gold.

Download a flyer here for more information or register here by April 25 2019.

World of Waste Tours for Lower Hutt Schools

Lower Hutt kaiako undertaking an inquiry into reducing, repurposing, or recycling have the opportunity to book in a World of Waste tour. Students will visit the Silverstream Landfill, Earthlink, The Dowse Art Museum and Macaulay's Metals. Secondary schools can also visit Flight Plastics and the Remakery.

There are 10 school tour bookings remaining in 2019.  Email Chloe Bisley-Wright to book.

Energy Theme Area Resource and Workshop

By now your school should have received the Energy! Theme Area in the mail. Please add this to your Enviroschools Theme Area folder (see below if you don't have one).

Toimata Foundation are running a series of workshops around the country exploring the key concepts of the Energy! Theme Area and some of the new activities. 

The closest one to us is in Palmerston North on Tuesday 28 May from 9am - 4pm.

There is no charge to attend and kai is provided.

Register here by Friday 3 May.  

Enviroschools resources

A huge thank you to all our Enviroschools who responded to the resource stocktake survey helping us get all the right resources to you. Congratulations to Trentham Kindergarten and Opaki School who were among our fastest responders and have been randomly selected to receive a selection of Whittaker's Chocolate. Your facilitators will deliver these to you at the start of Term 2.

You can still order resources by responding to our survey or send Claire and email enviroschools@gw.govt.nz.
Schools Strike 4 Climate

On Friday 15th March, prior to the tragic events of Christchurch, thousands of New Zealand school students participated in the global Schools Strike 4 Climate.

To honour the energy, commitment and passion that went into the events held across Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui we created special SS4C edition of our newsletter which you should have received last week.   

Science Learning Hub - Climate Change
The science learning hub offers some approaches to teaching and learning about  climate change - a big topic to tackle in the classroom. The Hub’s planning pathways interactive suggests ways in which climate change can be broken down into smaller, more manageable themes or investigations.

Wairarapa Tracking and Trapping Workshop

At Pukaha,students from across the Wairarapa get to grips with some of the tools of carrying out a bird count.

Students from Wairarapa schools already tracking and trapping predators had a day out at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre to explore the bush to experience the concept of whanaungatanga - everything is connected.

The hard core trappers discussed pitfalls and how they were managing some of the challenges of trapping in school grounds. Students also learned how to identify the species they were saving as they went bug hunting and practiced bird identification and counting.

The next Wairarapa Tracking and Trapping Workshop for schools new to this practice is on the 23rd August. Contact gill.enviroschools@gmail if you would like to know more.

For those wanting to practice their bird count skills and contribute to a national project, the Garden Bird Survey is coming up 29 June - 7 July.

Otari Student Event

Close to two hundred students from Wellington City schools spent a day in Otari-Wilton's Bush for our annual student event.

This year, a focus on pollination involved students:
  • playing a live action version of Kakariki Games' ‘Flight of Pollen’,
  • looking at pollinators, pollen and leaf litter under microscopes with the Wellington Open Science Lab
  • observing and drawing the layers of the forest, and
  • learning about seed propagation by collecting and preparing native seeds to grow.
It was a perfect opportunity to have nature as our classroom and we loved spending the days with Worser Bay, Makara, St Benedicts, Berhampore, Johnsonville, Churton Park and Ridgway Schools.  Special thanks to the Bush Guides - senior Otari School students - who shared their knowledge of  their special local space with the visiting schools.

Seaweek MM2 Workshops

In Lower Hutt, students and teachers from six schools had a beautiful day of hands-on learning using Marine Metre Squared. Sally Carson from the NZ Marine Studies Centre joined us to lead the workshop - supporting kids to be citizen scientists. We sampled the rocky shore of Days Bay and were amazed by the diversity of life we found. We then spent the afternoon putting our survey information into the database that can be used by all participating schools.

Sally inspired us all with ways the MM2 resources can be used to engage in real science and ongoing monitoring.  The resources support monitoring of both rocky and muddy/sandy shores and Greater Wellington Regional Council have kits you can borrow to support this.  We hope to support more teacher PD in this area - keep your eyes out!

Thanks to GWRC, Keep Lower Hutt Beautiful and Hutt City Libraries for making this possible.

In Porirua, teachers had the opportunity to have a taster of the Marine Metre Squared Citizen Science project and/or the Litter Project (led by Sustainable Coastlines). Those participating contributed to the initial baseline data in the area.  Te Kura Māori o Porirua brought their whole staff to attend the workshop - ka wāni kē!

The PLD was co-facilitated with Rebecca McCormack (Porirua Harbour Trust), Ben Knight (Sustainable Coastlines) and Te Atawhai Kumar (Te Aho Tū Roa).

In Kāpiti,  teachers from local ece, primary and secondary schools as well as home educated families had the opportunity to meet with representatives of Waikanae Estuary Care Group, and with local marine scientist and author Chris Paulin at Waikanae Estuary. Participants had a taster of both the MM2 and Litter Project surveys as well as receiving information and resources for exploring these projects further with their students.

This PLD was facilitated with Ben Knight (Sustainable Coastlines). 

Nature is our Classroom

Providing teachers with time, resources and support to spend more time outside with students, connecting with the local environment.

ECE, primary, intermediate and secondary school teachers from the western side of Te Awarua o Porirua participated in PLD hosted at Rangituhi - Camp Elsdon.  It involves spending the day in nature - slowing down, using your senses, exploring and learning more about your local environment.  Teachers (and principals) are loving it. We are hoping to hold this in more parts of the region.

“I want to teach outside a lot more … spend more time in my own backyard."

“[I will] consider taking my class out at least once a week.”

Movin'March 2019

Almost 34,000 Year 0-8 students from 125 schools in the region participated in Movin' March 2019.

Kirsty Barr, Travel Choice Coordinator at Greater Wellington said participation and feedback from this year’s Movin’March has been fantastic.  Read some inspiring  stories here on the Movin'March Blog

“A lot of the feedback we have been getting is that students would like to continue to keep active after the month-long initiative has ended. Our goal now is to see how we can support schools in maintaining that enthusiasm throughout the year.”

Finding out what other Enviroschools are up to
Instagram

The Enviroschools national team  have set up an Instagram account: @enviroschoolsnz. This is for sharing the kaupapa and the awesome work of the students with others. We’d love you to follow us and to tag us in any Enviroschools related posts you make on Instagram and to #enviroschools on any Instagram (and Twitter) posts 💚🌏

Forest and Bird Youth, Wellington

A Wellington branch of Forest and Bird Youth has recently started up to support people aged 13-25 to get involved in action for the environment. The group's values are access, empowerment, development and collaboration.

Please share their facebook page with young people who would benefit from connecting in with other enthusiastic like-minded people.

Those who want to communicate with the leadership team can also join a closed facebook group.

East Harbour Kindergarten reflected at the Silver stage of their Enviroschools journey at the end of March. The tamariki, whānau and teachers shared how their sustainability journey had developed since their Bronze reflection in 2016. Their commitment to learning in and from the environment has continued and grown.

Their regular beach programme and community clean-ups continue and Tamariki regularly share ideas for learning and action in a way that reflects a care for each other and their world. One simple example is sharing lemons from home that would just go to waste. Another is working out a way to capture water for sand pit play.  

The team’s commitment can be seen in their ongoing reflection and their active participation in the Enviroschools network. They have embraced the opportunities to learn at wānanga with mana whenua and are committed to ensure their learning contributes to a long term relationship.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!!

Polyhigh Community Childcare Centre reflected at the Bronze stage of their Enviroschools journey at the end of last year.  They recently celebrated this achievement, receiving their certificate at a whānau event.

Ka mau te wehi!

Outlook for Someday Film Challenge

The Someday Challenge 2019 is on.  The challenge is for young people under 25 to create a short film on a theme of human, social, economic or environmental sustainability before Friday 30th August.


There are free one-day film making workshops  for 7-13 year-olds coming up: 16 May Masterton and 6 June Paraparaumu

Roots and Shoots

Roots and Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s community programme to empower participants to implement sustainability action projects with positive impacts for animals, people and the environment (A.P.E.). Jane Goodall will be in New Zealand in May and there are a number of opportunities for schools and students.

Youth reporter competition - 14-18 year olds 

Photo competition  runs for the month of April

Funding for projects  This year's A.P.E Fund is now open. You can apply for up to $1,000 from Roots & Shoots New Zealand to turn your ideas into action.

Climate Challenge Conference

18- 19 May at Victoria University Campus

This student-led event for young people will include a range of nationally acclaimed speakers, workshops, panels and opportunities to connect with other high school students along with local and national leaders.


Tickets cost $25 and registrations close on the 6th of May.

Young leaders to get 30% off the registration fee if they help promote the conference. Students can contact wellington.climatechallenge@gmail.com for this.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Be With a Tree Week 31 May - 9 June

10 fun challenges for all ages

Kiwi Conservation Club is asking New Zealanders to “Be with a Tree” in June to celebrate these amazing and vital organisms.

Between 31st May and 9th June Be With A Tree sets 10 simple tree challenges for kids to take up even if they are in the middle of the city.

The full list of challenges and more information about the event will be available soon on the KCC website.

Primary Science Education TRCC Hui

8 July, 2019 – Scots College, Wellington
Looking for science inspiration? Don’t have time to spare. This one-day course is for you!

This course shares ways to teach science so that students can use scientific knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about science in their own lives and cultures for the sustainability of the environment.

Primary Science Hui Flyer July 2019

     


A Wellington based schools educator is able to provide your class/syndicate/school with an engaging, interactive and educational presentation that lasts around an hour and is suitable for  new entrants up to Year 8.

Presentations cover marine mammals (whales and dolphins) found in New Zealand, a look at strandings and why they happen, and some of the issues facing our oceans.

Enviroschools Padlet Directory for Resources

Our resource padlets provide a visual set of links to curriculum units and activities related to a theme.  The links are to reliable NZ  information websites and  Environmental Education providers. See our full directory of Enviroschools padlets here.

Other upcoming events

Click on the link or talk to your facilitator for ideas related to any of these special days or events.

Zayed Sustainability Prize International prize worth $100,000 US, won last year by Fiordland college. Applications close 30 May

World Environment Day 5 June  Focus: Air Pollution

Arbor Day 5 June

World Oceans Day  8 June

Garden Bird Survey 29 June - 7 July

Matariki begins 25 June -3 July  See Matariki padlet

Plastic Free July is becoming more and more important as world markets for recycled plastic are drying up.  Many councils are having to rethink the range of plastics they can collect for recycling.  

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.
              
                            
                                     
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