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Overall Results for 2013

We had an amazing response to the two surveys we ran for Kindergartens invovled in the Enviroschools Programme in 2013.

Mihi nui to the 799 people who completed the Survey for Families, and the 72 teaching teams (from 10 kindergarten associations) who completed the Survey for Teaching Teams.

Please click below to download copies of the survey results:

The results of the Family Survey showed a high level of support from parents for the Enviroschools Programme with 95.7% either 'very supportive' or 'supportive'.

There were also so many wonderful comments made by parents.  Here's a selection here:

  • "Our family thinks it is a wonderful programme and the children love learning about it. We love how the programme is infused throughout the curriculum in the kindergarten. It is in the heart of everything they do!!
  • "We eat better food as we can't have packaging in lunch boxes, and we eat better at home"
  • "I really appreciate the approach to having a whole community and making links throughout the community as a way to strengthen it and enhance the desire for community to look after and support itself (sustainably)". 

The results of the Teaching Teams Survey highlighted the positive attitude that kindergarten teams have towards the Enviroschools Programme.  The comments made showed the great fit between Enviroschools and Te Whāriki (the early childhood curriculum). A number of sustainable practices and actions were a 'direct' result' of invovlement in the programme,

Some of the comments included:

  • "Being part of the Enviroschools programme has focused our direction and vision for the kindergarten and created a united team". 
  • "E.S principles fit well with Te Whāriki it will help deepen our environmental focus we have already and provide us with great resources".
  • "The cluster meetings provide networking opportunities for teachers to gain knowledge and share sustainable practices. It has also enabled teachers to gain leadership and facilitation skills. It is a fundamental part of our teaching programme and naturally links with our curriculum".
  • "Having our whānau make changes in their home life that are beneficial to our environment, Papatūānuku Our tamariki developing an understanding of the importance of caring for Papatūānuku, other people and cultures, and Te Ao Māori".

Many thanks to the Ministry for the Environment Waste Minimisation Fund for funding this initiative, and also the ecostore for sponsoring the  great prize packs. 

Congratulations to the winners of the ecostore Family prize packs. They were:

  • Thomas Bergholz from Nelson
  • Maria Stockman from Tauranga
  • Rawinia Salmon from Auckland
  • Sarah Hainsworth from Counties Manakau 
  • Chloe Petterson from Tauranga

Congratulations to the five teaching teams who were drawn out for the pamper packs. They were:

  • Nayland Kindergarten from the Nelson Association 
  • St Andrews Kindergarten from the Waikato Association 
  • Frimley Park Kindergarten from the Heretaunga Association 
  • Whangamata Free Kindergarten from the Tauranga Association 
  • Cascades Kindergarten from the Auckland Association 

Thanks again to everyone for the time and effort you all put into this Collective Reflection, and for all the amazing learning and mahi that tamariki around New Zealand are experiencing.