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Linkwater Envirogroup

Linkwater School’s Green Gold Review

Linkwater School has now been a Green Gold School for 5 years.  Students recently shared what they have done since becoming a Green Gold School as part of their review reflection. There would need to be a lot more pages to share all of the projects that they have undertaken and how they have intertwined sustainability into their curriculum, programmes, and wider community.Led by their awesome students, we got to see their many actions displayed on whole walls around their library.  Projects ranged from a hazelnut living hut through to upcycled swings.

Of note was the way that they had tried new things out: in some cases acknowledging that the things that they had planned...

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Mudfish project

Students study endangered species

The children in Rooms 3 and 4 at Richmond View School worked hard throughout Term 3 investigating New Zealand’s native endangered species of fish and birds. Each student picked a species to study, researching their habitat, adaptations and the issues that have put the species in danger.  Alarmingly, they found that New Zealand has 4000 species currently on DOC’s endangered list.The children also discovered plants, insects and animals are all connected. In te reo Māori, this is called whanaungatanga, and it describes why protecting our native biodiversity is so important. Losing one species has a carry-on effect; if we lose a tree, an insect can lose its home or a bird may lose its...

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Renwick clean up

Enviro week at Renwick School

Ellen Theobald, co-leader of Renwick School's 'Green Ferns' enviro group, wrote this article to tell us about the school's recent Enviro Week activities. Our Green Ferns organised a really fun Enviro Week to coincide with the Climate Strikes and the work done by Climate Karanga and George Varney (Climate Youth Action Team) at the tree planting opportunity that was offered to schools.We also decided that we need to raise the profile of recycling within our classrooms as school systems changed and we needed to educate everyone to let them know what to do.

The Green Ferns ran a competition where classes were encouraged to decorate their cardboard and paper recycling bins (Thanks...

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Get Outdoors Week 2019

Get Outdoors Week | 16 – 24 November 2019

Looking for an excuse to get your students outdoors in Week 6 - or any time, for that matter? Get Outdoors Week 2019 is about safety and easily exploring New Zealand's great outdoors.  With a focus on kids and their families, there will be many events and opportunities for schools and families to get out and experience the outdoors.  Schools are encouraged to provide opportunities for students to discover, explore and learn about what nature can teach us.  Get Outdoors Week is an initiative from the NZ Mountain Safety Council.It is supported with a website that contains information and resources to help you discover, plan and go on adventures in NZ's great outdoors.Of particular use for...

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Canvastown School House plants

Canvastown kids explore their Living Landscape

The kids at Canvastown School have been fully absorbed in discovering what creatures live in the school’s wild places this year. They have poked under logs and in tree-stumps, crawled through long grass, shaken the branches of trees and picked through the edible gardens, seeking out all manner of living things. They used the Living Landscapes kit to take a closer look at the birds, bugs, plants and fungi, finding names for them and learning about their interesting habits.  Angela visited and helped them with some activities from Tiro One One - our Marlborough living landscapes resource.

We flipped over a tree trunk and found heaps of insects on the bottom. - Finn Wendy from...

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NZ Biodiversity strategy

Students have their say on NZ’s biodiversity plan

St Mary's Envirogroup students submit on NZ's biodiversity strategy. Can you imagine what our world would look like if there was only one type of tree or bird or one type of apple to eat?The children in St Mary’s Envirogroup didn’t want to imagine that type of environment.  Healthy biodiversity is important to them.  They know that Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity is amazing! About 90 % of our insects, 80 % of trees, ferns and flowering plants, 25 % of bird species, all 60 reptiles, 4 frogs and 2 bats are found nowhere else on earth.The current Government strategy on biodiversity is 20 years old and expires in 2020.  The Department of Conservation is putting...

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Predator Free Schools funding

Become a Predator Free School

Applications to become a Predator Free School are open from 23 September - 20 October 2019. If you are selected as a Predator Free School, your class will receive:a ‘starter pack’ which includes monitoring equipment to enable students to investigate and identify any introduced predators living on their school grounds or local green space relevant teaching resources to support outdoor investigations and learning in class a budget of up to $500 for traps and outcome-focused items such as wētā houses, lizard gardens and bird feeders.Students will be encouraged to monitor the variety of native species that live in their community and what can be done to help them, detect what predators are in their school...

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Enviroschools Action Fund

Marlborough Enviroschools ACTION fund

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 McDonald with information about what your students want to achieve, how much it will cost, and how the funds 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....

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Sustainable Action Ideas

Sustainable Action Ideas | Term 3 2019

Looking for some ideas or inspiration for teaching in Term 3?  Take a look at our list of ideas - there's something for everyone!Tracking tunnels & traps: DOC have confirmed 2019 as the biggest mast event in 40 years.  The rats, mice and mustelids are fat and breeding prolifically.  It’s the perfect time to track what is living in or around your school, set up a trapline, or visit a local trapping programme. Take a look at our ‘Animal Pests’ resources here, and look at this workshop that DOC is running later this term for beginner trappers. In the garden: it’s a good term for learning about the soil and worms!  Visit...

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