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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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Enviroschools Silver

Kindergartens shine silver!

Two of our kindergartens reflected at Enviroschools Silver in Term 2: congratulations to Picton Kindergarten and Seymour Kindergarten. Tamariki at Picton Kindergarten have been doing lots of inspiring work in their local environment.  They visited Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary and planted native trees, helped to clean up local beaches, and learnt how to care for the creatures in the ocean.  They even upcycled old tee-shirts to make their own carry bags, which they can use instead of plastic ones!At Seymour Kindergarten the vision is 'looking after Papatūānuku, so she can look after us'.  Tamariki and their whanau learn about the natural environment in a hands-on way.  The kindergarten has a worm farm, compost area,...

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Tamariki share their love of monarchs

Tamariki share love of monarch butterflies

In April a group of tamariki and kaiako from Picton Kindergarten visited the Kuini Harata Kaitiaki (Queen Charlotte College Kaitaiki team) to deliver a presentation about monarch butterflies.The tamariki were very knowledgeable and explained the life cycle of monarch butterflies, their food source, how to protect them, and what predators they are vulnerable to. The QCC Kaitaki students also learnt about the important work happening with the Monarch Butterfly tagging programme, so we all can find out where our Marlborough Monarchs go to 'overwinter'. Picton Kindergarten kindly gifted the kaitiaki group some swan plant seeds and their very own caterpillar who they have named 'Jo'.  Jo is doing very nicely, eating lots and getting big and fat.  The QCC...

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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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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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Resource Recovery Centre

Tour Blenheim’s Resource Recovery Centre

Take a virtual tour of Blenheim's Resource Recovery Centre, Waste Sorting Centre, and Green Waste facility with students from Fairhall School. Emily, Fynn, Allie, and Max have made this very professional video that takes you behind the scenes to find out all about what happens to Blenheim's waste.  From recycling to reuse, compost to hazardous waste disposal - they cover it all!https://youtu.be/2yw5mkcVmvcThis video has been added to our Enviroschools Marlborough google drive: you will find it in the Zero Waste folder, along with heaps of other digital resources.  You can also learn more about Marlborough's facilities for dealing with waste on the Marlborough District Council website.  Either search 'waste' and go from there, or visit this...

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MGC and NCG enviro visit

MGC go exploring!

A bus load of Marlborough Girls' College students and their supporting teachers recently travelled over the hill to be hosted by the Nelson College for Girls Enviro Team. Keen environmental leaders from MGC were looking for some inspiration for next steps for their school, and they found it with their enthusiastic counterparts at NCG.The NCG enviro team shared some of their projects including a recycling station, a very cool upcycled clothing shop that opens a couple of times a term, and their school beehives.They also shared their Enviroschools journey to become Silver which included running movie evenings with environmental films, hosting interesting visiting speakers and inviting the public to attend, and running an energy...

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Linkwater Learners Share Their Journey

Linkwater School are a Green Gold Enviroschool working towards their next steps.   As part of this, they have been sharing their journey with other Enviroschools.  We got a chance to share in a visit with another school to see just what they have been doing and we all came away very inspired.After being met by some very articulate students, we were each gifted a kete which held their school image and vision.  We were then taken to the newly refurbished library to see the wall showing their Enviroschools progress from Bronze to Silver and onto Green Gold. It even highlighted their pretty impressive next steps as a school working to Beyond Green Gold.Students then shared...

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Angus, Sophie & Esmae

Fish appear on drains in Tirimoana

A Linkwater School student is spreading the message that 'only rain should go down the drain', in an effort to keep our beautiful Marlborough Sounds clean and healthy. Angus from Linkwater School was worried about pollution going into the sea at Tirimoana, near Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds.  Last year, Anna from Marlborough District Council visited Linkwater School with the "Drain Game" - an experiential activity that helps students understand where stuff goes when it goes down the drain.  Angus remembered learning that pollution (like rubbish, oil, paint or soap suds) that goes down stormwater drains goes straight into the nearest stream or river, and then into the sea.  He contacted Anna to see if she...

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