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Ngā mihi nui ki a tātou,

You'll notice that our newsletter is briefer than usual this term as we are busy writing up stories about the amazing mahi in our Enviroschools network in the Wellington region. These are going to be shared on our new Enviroschools website which is going live in the next month. 

The new Enviroschools website has a focus on story telling and sharing action throughout the network. You'll be able to search easily for content and if you remember to #enviroschools on your social media posts, your post will then flow through to our new and improved website. 

An Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui FaceBook page is coming soon too. We are very excited to be creating a page for all of us to share our mahi locally.  We'll be able to use that as another way of letting you all know about events in our network.

Check out the funding opportunities with due dates coming up - there are funds especially for schools and ece centres wanting to take action.

Ngā mihi nui,
Karyn, Gill and the Enviroschools team.

Exploring Enviroschools Workshop - Term 3

When: Friday 16 August 9:00 - 3:30
Where: The Dowse 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

The Exploring Enviroschools workshop is open to participants from all primary and intermediate schools in the Greater Wellington region. 

It will be useful for:

  • Teachers and principals whose schools or centres are considering joining the Enviroschools Programme

  • Teachers in established Enviroschools who are new to the concepts or to the school

$150 +GST per person
For more information see the Workshop Flyer and register here before 2nd August 2019.

Wairarapa Education for Sustainability Hubs 

 Exploring Nature in a Community Green Space near You!
Masterton:  Thursday 8 August - 4pm - 5.30pm
Venue: TBC 

South Wairarapa: Tuesday 13 August - 4pm - 5.30pm
Venue: TBC

Come and network - experience, and plan for your students connecting in with nature in your hood. Email Esther for more information or to register you interest.

Finding out what other Enviroschools are up to

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.

Congratulations to Aroha Montessori who continue their commitment to their sustainability journey as they reflected as a Silver Enviroschool this term.
Ka rawe!

Funding for your Action Projects - Check these out !

Kaitiaki Grant - Greater Wellington Regional Council - Open all year round - Grants up to $500 to support action taking in biodiversity. Student Transport Grant also available to partial fund buses to support students' learning and taking action. 

Canon Environmental Grant – Opens June 26 Close July 28

This program supports schools who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations. It is for $4,000 worth of Canon equipment and $1,000 of money in-kind.

Genesis School-gen Trust Equipment Packages - Opens 1 July Closes 27 September.
Applications are for equipment from any New Zealand Primary, Intermediate or Secondary school. 
Note Category 5 - Solar / monitoring bundle
The solar pack consists of a solar array, monitoring equipment, installation and connection into the School-gen solar programme so that students can see real-time how much electricity is being generated on the School-gen website. There is a large array of resources teachers can use as a School-gen solar school, many using the data collected from the school’s solar array.The Trust is offering a solar package up to the value of $20k, however the size of the array used will depend on building restrictions.

TREEmendous Schools - Closes 25 October - $10,000 towards turning an area of your school into an outside classroom. There are 6x $500 grants if you don't win one of the 4 TREEmendous makeovers. Check out the website to see previous projects to be inspired.

Mazda Foundation - Closes 30 September (There are 3 rounds a year) Grants are for 
  • Assistance towards the maintenance and improvement of the natural environment
  • Assistance in the advancement of culture and education to achieve excellence at all levels in the community
Fonterra Grass Roots Fund - opening soon.
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund gives back to those communities by opening doors for community groups to get their projects, ideas, and initiatives underway.
Community groups are invited to apply for grants of $500 to $5,000 to support projects that will help bring their community together, and make it a better, safer, more vibrant place to live.

WWF - Environmental Education Fund - opens in September
For schools taking hands-on action to address an environmental issue. This fund is often under subscribed !

Radical Action Grants - opens 1 Oct closes 31 Oct  Supports radical grassroots environmental activism – especially climate and climate justice activism – in Aotearoa.

Wellington Schools:
Waste Minimisation Fund - open 1 July - 26 October For projects that minimise / avoid / reduction the creation of waste as well as reuse and recycling.

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 integrating education for sustainability into your learning programmes related to any of these special days or events.

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. 

Clean up NZ Week - Keep NZ Beautiful - 9 - 14th September - Register here. Great to see their sustainable approach in FAQs.

Conservation Week - 14 - 22 September -  This is the 50th year of Conservation Week. Look out for events in your area nearer the time. You can list your own events if you would like to invite the community to participate. Wairarapa is gearing up for a big week of events.

World Car Free Day - 22 September - Are your students / tamariki learning about climate change or taking Active Travel Action ? Here is a day that your students could take action on or advocate for action on.

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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