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

Support for teachers, including
  • Exploring Enviroschools Workshop 
  • Wairarapa Healthy Water Workshop 
Opportunities for students, including
  • How students can exchange postcards this year
  • Māori Language Week
Opportunities for fundraising, including
  • selling bamboo toothbrushes 
  • Honeywraps
  • upcoming grants 
What Enviroschools in the region have been up to, including
  • Arakura Kindergarten 
  • Waterloo School
  • St Mary's Carterton
  • Paparangi School, and
  • Clifton Terrace Model School 

 A note from the Enviroschools Team 

Welcome back to Term 3.

New name for Enviroschools Wellington: We are going to be calling ourselves Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui from now on.  The word Wellington tends to conjure up images of Wellington City rather than the region as a whole.  Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui (the head of the fish of Māui) on the other hand acknowledges the whole region with Wellington Harbour and Lake Wairarapa being the eyes of the fish (Ngā Whatu o te Ika a Māui) and Palliser Bay, on the south coast of the Wairarapa being the mouth of the fish (Te Waha o te Ika a Māui) and Cape Palliser and Turakirae head at either extreme of the bay being the jaws.  

Team Reshuffle: Some of our facilitators have moved house and now live in different parts of the region.  As a result we are having a reshuffle in our team as we try to organise for facilitators to be able to work with schools in the community in which they live.  In many cases your facilitator won't change but in cases where a change will happen we will be in touch about the process of transitioning your school to working with a new facilitator and we will endeavour to make the transition as smooth as possible.  
Enviroschools Signs:  Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui are introducing signs for every Enviroschool in the region. This is a national initiative which will identify and celebrate Enviroschools throughout Aotearoa and will happen gradually over the next year or so in this region.  These large signs are for display at your Enviroschool to celebrate your journey with us and will be able to be updated by schools that wish to recognise reaching different stages of the journey.  

Mauri ora
The Team from Enviroschools - Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui

Support for teachers

Exploring Enviroschools Workshop This Workshop provides participants with an introduction to the Enviroschools Programme and Education for Sustainability concepts
Next workshop: Tuesday 3 November 2015 
More information can be found here.  Register here.  

Healthy Water Workshop Join Wairarapa Enviroschools facilitator Esther Dijkstra for an afternoon exploring 'Healthy Water' concepts and resources.
Thursday 6 August 2015 12.45 - 4pm at Greytown School.


'Nature and Science in the Primary Classroom', an article in New Zealand Science Teacher by Carol Brieseman of Hampton Hill School, showcases how the Enviroschools programme provides an ideal context for integrating the nature of science in the primary classroom. 


Opportunities for students

The Enviroschools Great Postcard Project   Many students and their teachers have participated in the Great Postcard Project over the last few years.  We are not able to run this regionally this year, however we know many of you are still keen.  If you are interested in sharing postcards with other schools during term four, contact your facilitator and we will put you in touch with other schools and or early childhood centres who would like to do the same.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2015 Monday 27 July -  Sunday 2 August. 

Check out these links for useful activities for Māori Language Week.  

Also don't miss Finnian Galbraith from local Enviroschool Kāpiti College, in his viral YouTube clip supporting correct pronunciation of Te Reo Māori. 

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


.. Saint Mary's School Carterton generate messages to protect our waterways

Mixing it with the City's Councillors - Clifton Terrace Model School and Paparangi School students

 Resources worth looking at


Keep NZ Beautiful teaching resources are aimed at students in Years 1-4.  Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week this year is 14 - 20 September.

Centre of Integrated Biowaste Research teaching resources focus on what goes down the drain.  With these resources students take on the role of investigators - critically reflecting upon how they and their families use household products.  Instructions for making their own environmentally friendly personal care products using simple household ingredients.

Rainline Water Solutions  are pleased to announce an education subsidy of 25% on a limited number of their 210 Litre, 300 Litre and 310 Litre rainwater tank packages.Last time they had huge interest and sold out. 

Funding Opportunities and Fundraisers

Go Bamboo  were so disturbed by the volume of plastic washing up on our coast they have created Bamboo toothbrushes, clothes pegs and cotton buds. Enviroschools can purchase these to sell as fundraisers.

Honeywrap  have created an alternative to plastic wrap made from organic fabric with a beeswax blend and have shared with us a fundraising opportunity exclusive to Enviroschools.
For wider funding opportunities don't forget to see the list we have compiled on our website.  
Application dates are closing soon for:
Canon Environmental Grant (3 August), 
Treemendous School Makeover (5 August), 
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund (31 August) and 
The Mazda Foundation Grant (30 September).

Congratulations to:

Heretaunga Kindergarten who recently became a Silver Enviroschool 

Cottle Kindergarten who recently reflected at Bronze - read about what they noticed and how they celebrated

San Antonio Primary School who became a Bronze Enviroschool in term 2 - read about their process

It has been excellent to celebrate all the learning and change that has been made within these communities.
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