Staff and students talk about what being an enviroschool means to them
"Laingholm Primary, otherwise known as “the Greatest Little School in the Universe”, is nestled in the heart of the Waitakere Ranges. We live in a bush environment and have access to beaches and regional parks right on our doorstep.
The students, staff and community take great pride in being an enviroschool. From small beginnings, when our school started with a shade house, Arbor Day plantings and removing rubbish bins, we have moved onto worm farms, community planting days, class projects, inquiry learning, giving students the power to voice their opinions by running Nature Savers, their class projects, running the Enviro Council and presenting items at BOT meetings.
Class projects have ranged from no dig gardens, sculptures murals, bird boxes, and bird feeders to monitoring water and energy usage throughout the school. Our inquiry learning process which is focused on empowering students to take action lends strength to Education for Sustainability and enhances the role of our being an enviroschool."
Heather Walsh (Key Teacher)
“To be an enviroschool means I can help in the school, we can give our ideas to the kids, teachers and the BOT. It means I can help protect the environment, myself, and help send messages out to others to help, support and care for our local environment. We can show the kids ways to recycle paper and water within the school. It means that we reduce, reuse, recycle and renew all sorts of materials like water and plastics, so we don’t have such a big impact on the local environment around our school and around Laingholm. It means to me that I have more time to help the environment and help lead and educate kids and our teachers.”
Sam (10 years)
“We can report what is happening in the school back to our classes, we can get everyone involved in helping the school and community to do projects like growing vegetable gardens and clearing streams. It means that we can take leadership roles and lead meetings for our Nature Savers and the Enviro Council. We try to get the message across to other classes that we are trying to reduce the amount of paper, water and other resources we are using. We make sure that it is not only the older kids leading the school but that the younger ones are involved too. It means to me that I have a chance to be a leader and make some changes around the school.”
April (9 years)