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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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Room 12's recycling bins

Recycling bin revamp at Bohally

Bohally Intermediate's classroom recycling bins got a makeover this term, as classes battled it out to win a mufti day. Each class was challenged to revamp their bins for general recycling and GOOS (Good On One Side) paper, in a competition run by the school's enviro-team.  The competition aimed to make students and teachers think about recycling, and to make sure that the bins were easy to find in the classroom.  Some classes went all out, completely redesigning their bins from the ground up, while others worked to make what they already had more eye-catching.  Judging took creativity, wow-factor, functionality, and the use of recycled materials into consideration, and gave bonus points to classes that had...

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Hidden Treasures at MGC

Thrift shop open for business at MGC

Marlborough Girls' College students have a new addition to their school: a thrift shop where students can recycle and purchase used clothing. A visit to Nelson College for Girls last year sparked the idea for this exciting new venture.  Since then, a group of keen students have worked with supportive MGC staff to take the thrift shop from idea to reality.  The students have created an inviting shop, bursting with donated clothing, shoes, and accessories.  They have used recycled materials as much as possible, including upcycled and repurposed driftwood poles, secondhand shelves, and picture frames.  Students wanting to dress up for house sports days and competitions will be able to select clothes and accessories from the 'house...

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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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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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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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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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