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

Support for teachers, including
  • Enviroschools workshops, and
  • Ministry funded science PLD
Exciting opportunities for students, including
  • trapping pests at school, and
  • visits to Museum of City and Sea
What Enviroschools in the region have been up to, including
  • Seaweek at Muritai
  • Reflecting for Silver at Heretanga Kindergarten
Great resources to check out

 A note from the Enviroschools Team 

Welcome back to Term 2 and some slightly crisper mornings!  

A couple of changes in the air at Enviroschools include a new support person for the Te Upoko o te Ika a M
āui team.  Claire Reddish, mother of two young children and enthusiastic about sustainability and community, has joined the team and is rapidly sorting out our systems.  It's great having her with us.

Another change in the wind that is that from 1 May onwards The Enviroschools Foundation, the national organisation supporting the Enviroschools Programme in the regions, is stepping into a new name: Toimata Foundation.
The new name recognises  that as well as Enviroschools, the foundation supports Te Aho Tū Roa, Kōtuia and, in the future, potentially other programmes.  The name Toimata evokes ideas of creativity and craft, sustainability and vision.  Don't be concerned though, the Enviroschools Programme will keep the same name and schools registered with the programme will still be called Enviroschools, 
Mauri ora
The Team from Enviroschools - Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui


Support for teachers

Enviroschools Reflection workshop -  Week 3, Tues 5 May, 2015 (for registered Enviroschools only)
Exploring Enviroschools workshop (new and improved name for the Energiser workshop) - Wed 13 May, 2015 (open to all)

Masterton Enviroschools Teacher Cluster Afternoon  - (all Wairarapa Teachers welcome) - Thurs 21 May, 1pm - 4.30pm at Masterton Primary School,  Focus: Global Issues and Envirogroups  RSVP by 10 May to

Ministry Funded Science PLD
These interactive workshops introduce you to the new science capabilities resource available on TKI. These workshops are at no cost to schools and are designed to stimulate knowledge and use of the capability framework and related materials. PLD consists of initial workshop day, online support and a follow up workshop day (approximately 6 weeks later). It is expected that the principal (or a member of the leadership team) and at least one teacher from each school will attend both the initial and follow-up workshops.
Wellington in Room WA 311 at the Karori Campus on the 28/4 and 24/6 and
Hutt Valley in the BNZ Tatau Katoa Boardroom 45 Knights Road on the 7/5 and 2/7

National Enviroschools Energiser Hui - June 2016   This multi-day, live-in hui, brings together teachers and facilitators from around the country to immerse themselves in the Enviroschools Kaupapa.  The 2016 hui will be focused on exploring resources.  By then there will be 5 new and improved Enviroschools Theme Area resources for each of Zero Waste, Energy!, Water of Life, Ecological Building and Living Landscapes plus many other sustainability related resources to explore.  Have your radar ready for information on this.

Mana ki te Mana: strength based teaching for Māori learners TRCC course coming up in July.

Opportunities for students

The Museum of City and Sea  is offering to support bus trips  to groups of year 5-9 students from decile 1-7 schools across the region to explore 150 years of Wellington  as a capital which includes the broader story of Wellington as a region from the discovery of its harbour by Kupe to its development into our capital city. The range of programmes on offer include story telling, craft activities and guided trips along the waterfront.   The educators are super flexible and are happy to build a programme to meet your needs.  Look here for some examples of what's on offer.
Wellington Harbour

DOC Wellington Track and Trap Progamme  

The Department of Conservation’s Partnerships Ranger can work with your school to support learning and action about animal pests such as rats, stoats and hedgehogs.  She can lend out tracking tunnels to find out what’s living at your school and at the homes of your students and show you how to use them.  Once you’ve found out what’s living in your area, she can help you control any pests by lending out traps and train parents and teachers on how to use them.

Contact Becky at

Sustainable Coastlines Love Your Water Tree Planting and Training workshops - in our region in June.

Welcome Home Competition - Making Space for Refugees offers students the opportunity to learning more about the stories and journeys behind refugees and newly arrived migrants, and what it takes as a community to welcome them and then to enter a competition where they create an interactive map of their community, plotting places of belonging and information - hopefully creating an understanding of the obstacles and issues newly-arrived people may face.  The maps made will then be made available to people who work alongside refugees to support them to settle into a new place.  There's a Teachers pack available too.

 Entries close until 17 October.  

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

. . . how Muritai School students shared their love of the sea with students from Maoribank School
. . . how the  silver reflection day looked at Heretaunga Kindergarten 
. . . . how kids in India used mapping to spark urban planning changes

Resources worth looking at

Download Meridian's 2015 Sustainability Calendar which includes key dates and events relating to sustainability in 2015.
Rainline Water Solutions  are overstocked on their 300 litre water butt and stands and are offering them at a discounted price to schools and kindregartens for the month of April or until stocks last. 
Go Green Gecko! by local author Gay Hay follows the adventures of the Wellington green gecko  as he forages for food in the NZ bush. It is also available in Te Reo Māori.  
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