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The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey: 29 June – 7 July 2019

Take part in the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey 2019.  You can integrate it into the curriculum using activities developed by Manaaki Whenua. Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, and every survey completed helps to build a picture of birdlife across New Zealand.- Spend just one hour watching birds in your garden and recording the highest number of each species you see or hear at one time. - Help monitor distribution and detect population trends in garden birds. - Introduce your class to citizen science and the birds at your school.Find out all that you need to know at the Garden Bird Survey website: it has all you need to know to take part,...

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Be With a Tree 2019

Be With a Tree: 31 May – 9 June

Be With a Tree is KCC’s annual celebration of our amazing NZ trees. Visit KCC's webpage to support your 10 days, 10 tree challenges fun and learning!  You can download the 2019 challenge poster, and find lots of other great resources.Let's see plenty of Marlborough's glorious trees featuring in 'Be With a Tree' week this year....

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Wrappin' at Blenheim School

Wrappin’ at Blenheim School

Last term, students at Blenheim School took action to make their lunchboxes more sustainable. The whole school was involved in a beeswax wrap making day, where each student made and took home their own wrap.  Led by teacher aide and Enviroschools lead Tracy Holdaway, the wraps were made using a special recipe of beeswax, jojoba oil and resin (recipe and ingredients from Pure Nature), which resulted in a beautifully soft, pliable, and slightly adhesive wrap.  Once the students had finished, 60 more wraps were made to sell at a very affordable price from the school office.  The Envirogroup are hoping that this initiative will raise awareness about alternatives to single-use plastic wrappers in lunchboxes, and see a...

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The Someday Challenge

Someday Challenge 2019

The Outlook for Someday's annual film challenge is back for 2019. If you or a friend, classmate, student or neighbour is interested in filmmaking and/or sustainability, be brave and take up the Someday Challenge - and encourage them to do the same! What's it all about? The challenge is to create a short film, up to five minutes, on a theme of sustainability - human, social, economic or environmental. Who is it for? All young people of Aotearoa up to 24. Guidelines Use any camera, choose any genre, and explore any topic relating to sustainability. Deadline Friday, August 3oth.  Please note that this is earlier than in previous years. Awards Winners are invited to a glittering awards ceremony in Auckland where they can connect...

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School Strike 4 Climate Action

School Strike 4 Climate Action

A large group of empowered students and their supporters joined the School Strike 4 Climate Action at Seymour Square on March 15th.  The students did themselves proud: peacefully, positively and enthusiastically making their voices and their message heard.  The organising groups from Marlborough Boys’ and Marlborough Girls’ colleges did an impressive job of organising the local protest, and in the process, formed some new links between the enviro groups at the two schools.  They are now hoping to work together on some other projects, so watch this space! ...

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Tirimoana Noticeboard

A new noticeboard at Tirimoana

Earlier this term, students and staff from Linkwater School and members of the Tirimoana community attended a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Tirimoana Reserve, to celebrate the installation of a new noticeboard.  The noticeboard is the culmination of a project by one of Tirimoana’s youngest residents, Linkwater School student Angus Howe. Last year, Angus learnt about the stormwater system, and found out that any rubbish or pollution that goes down the drains on his street, ends up in the nearby bay.  To raise awareness about this, he helped to attach blue fish to the drains in Tirimoana, and then went one step further, designing a noticeboard that would allow him to further educate the...

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Young Reporters for the Environment_square

Young Reporters | Keep NZ Beautiful

The Young Reporters for the Environment "Litter Less" programme for schools empowers young people (aged 11 - 18) to take a stand on environmental issues. The programme gives them a platform to articulate environmental issues through the media or writing, photography or video.  Students need to link their projects to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted by world leaders in 2015.Find out all about this fully resourced programme, and what you need to do to sign your school or class up here.  ...

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Busy bees at Witherlea

Busy bees at Witherlea

Students at Witherlea School have been busy taking action to reduce their lunch waste. After doing some work around waste and finding out that most people throw away up to 45 kg of plastic each year, Witherlea students wanted to do something to help.  They decided to begin their battle against plastic by introducing beeswax wraps to replace cling film in school lunchboxes.  Their aim is for each student in the school to make their own beeswax wrap, using MDC's beeswax wrap kit, locally-sourced beeswax, and cotton fabric.  So far, 80 children have made their own wrap, and the rest of the school will follow suit in Term 1 next year.  The students love...

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Recycling soft plastic

Community effort to recycle soft plastic

An exciting new collaboration between Riverlands School and local business Wineworks has led to the school establishing its own soft plastic recycling programme. Concerned that soft plastic wrappings commonly found in school lunchboxes weren’t able to be recycled along with the rest of the school’s plastics, students Sophie and Maia investigated possible options for dealing with this waste.  A connection with nearby business Wineworks, via a school parent, led to discussions between the students and Wineworks staff.  Wineworks recycle their own soft plastic, and decided to help, by adding soft plastics from Riverlands School to their programme.  The students visited Wineworks to learn about how the plastic is recycled, and Wineworks provided the school...

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