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Witherlea School Envirogroup

Working with Envirogroups

Our Environmental Education team have been enjoying the opportunity to work with some of our Marlborough school envirogroups this term. Witherlea School’s 'Green Ninjas' have been meeting each week to explore what sustainability initiatives the school already has in place, and to create a map of where these things are happening.  They are now exploring how they can gather ideas from the rest of the students, plus teachers, support staff, whānau and the wider school community to develop a whole school vision for enviro at Witherlea. They are practising some fun activities to help everyone think about how they would like their school to be, and students will share these with teachers at a staff...

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Waikawa Bay Silver Reflection

Waikawa Bay School Reflect at Silver

Students at Waikawa Bay School lead an enthusiastic reflection this term and all that attended decided that the school was, without doubt, a Silver Enviroschool! The school’s vision for Enviroschools is ‘Living and Learning the Waikawa Way: Immersed in our natural world, watch us grow and make a change!’. Students at Waikawa Bay School are certainly immersed in their natural world. Senior students check, clear and rebait the trapline every other day, and record their catch data to measure their impact. Students take part in ‘bush school’ every week: learning and playing at and in their local beaches, rivers and forests. All students spend time planting, weeding, harvesting and learning in the edible gardens....

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CANCELLED: Visioning Workshop

Update: the Visioning Workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers of registrations.  We are instead sharing the information from the workshop individually with lead teachers who have expressed an interest - please let us know if you’d like to book a time to work with one of us in this way. For Enviroschools lead teachers Thursday 22 October | 1 pm - 3:30 pm | Blenheim School Hall Join us to unpack some Enviroschools activities that will help create a vision for your school, and ensure that student actions fit with your school's plans for the future.We will share the reflection padlets that we are creating for each of your schools, and look at how you...

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Empowering Students - TOTS Zoom

Empowering Students Zoom Session

THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER  |  7 pm - 8:30 pm Join our Zoom session where guest expert Bek Galloway will share tools and tips for helping to empower your students.Join Zoom Meeting: inspired many of us at our student and teacher workshops earlier this year.  This is your chance to pick up some gems to use in your classroom or with your envirogroup.  Find out about Bek at Contact Annie McDonald at  ...

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Enviroschools Action Fund

Funding for student-led action projects

Have an action project in mind, but need some funds to make it happen? The Enviroschools Marlborough team have a small annual fund to help schools take action in the environment. It is as simple as sending an email to Annie ( with information about what your students want to achieve, how much it will cost, and how the money will help them.  We might email you back with a few questions if we need more details, but normally it's a quick and easy process.For more possibilities for funding projects big and small, take a look at our 'funding' padlet:  We'll continue to update this as new opportunities become available.  ...

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Great Kereru Count 2020

The Great Kererū Count | 18 – 27 September 2020

The Great Kererū Count is NZ's biggest citizen science project to help gather information on the abundance and distribution of the kererū - also known as kūkū, kūkupa, or New Zealand Pigeon. The Great Kererū Count is on from 18 September to 27 September 2020.  You can find all the details and lots of great resources at, in the KCC Kererū Education Pack and on LEARNZ. Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count, whether you see any kererū or not.  Sharing your observations will help build up a clearer picture of where the kererū live (or don't live), how many there are and what they are feeding on. The humble kererū is one of New Zealand’s most valuable assets when it comes to...

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Harvest time for students

Harvest time for students

Autumn is harvest-time in our school's edible gardens: a time to marvel at what we grew and to enjoy some tasty garden treats! Grovetown School had a group cooking session using fruit from their orchard to make blackberry and apple tarts for the whole school. Laden trees of plums, apples and pears ensured they shared their mahi and kai with the wider school community. A bumper crop of late potatoes was the harvest highlight at Picton School. Using the tuakana-teina buddy system, older students introduced new children to the garden while digging potatoes. It was a great way to teach how to safely use the garden tools, but it soon became less about the tools...

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Leading change workshop

Enviroschools Student Workshop

Students and teachers attend 'Leading Change' Workshop in Term 1 After a successful teacher workshop with guest expert Bek Galloway, we were excited to welcome 64 students and their teachers to a “Leading change” workshop. The workshop’s aim was to give student leaders skills and activities to take back to their Envirogroups and schools. Bek ran two sessions helping students to learn about purposeful action and perspectives. Our Education Team ran some leadership games and we had presentations from four schools and one kindergarten sharing the process they had used to take action in their schools or communities. Inspiring presentations from local schools and kindergartens Picton Kindergarten gave a presentation on their monarch butterfly project, including...

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photosynthesis in action

Hands-on learning about photosynthesis

At Witherlea School, the Term 3 inquiry topic was science: the perfect fit for gardening which is all about science. Students investigated photosynthesis: the process that plants use to make their food. The children learnt why the leaves are so important. They are mini food factories! The leaves use sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to make sugar which gives the plants the energy they need to grow. Chlorophyll is the amazing compound that mixes the ingredients to make the sugar. The whole process takes place just under the surface of the leaves in the chloroplasts.They found that the process of photosynthesis is not only important for the plants but also for us: this is because...

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Kaitiaki for the awa

Blenheim School: Kaitiaki for the awa

Tamariki at Blenheim School have been thinking about how they care for a place that is very special to their school: The Taylor River. The Envirogroup got together to think about kaitiakitanga, and talked about all of the different kaitiaki that care for the Taylor awa.  These include ātua (e.g.: Tangaroa and Tamanuiterā), taonga species (e.g. tuna | eels), iwi/mana whenua, council, and community members.  The students discovered that they can be kaitiaki for the awa too, as the more kaitiaki the awa has, the healthier the awa will be!  They all had loads of examples of why the river is special to them.  It turns out that they have already been doing some things...

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