Mis­sion Heights goes green for gold

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Mis­sion Heights Pri­mary School is the youngest school in East Auck­land to be­come a green gold En­vi­roschool. The top ac­co­lade comes af­ter five years of hard work by the young pupils to up­grade the school from its sil­ver rank­ing. The En­vi­roschool pro­gramme by Auck­land Coun­cil and the Toimata Foun­da­tion cul­ti­vates stu­dents to be­come part of a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity. De­spite the name, the ini­tia­tive isn’t just fo­cussed on the en­vi­ron­ment, says En­vi­roschools re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Marisa Pene. ‘‘Be­com­ing a green gold en­vi­roschool is a process where a school re­flects on the depth and breadth of ac­tion for sus­tain­abil­ity they carry out. ‘‘That ac­tiv­ity is not only en­vi­ron­men­tal but can be about so­cial, cul­tural, and eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity too.’’ Led by prin­ci­pal Veena Vohra and En­viro lead teacher Karen Hishey, the stu­dents did every­thing from de­sign­ing clothes from re­cy­cled ma­te­rial to singing wa­iatas at Te Ngira Marae in Pa­pakura, and fundrais­ing on mufti days. Pene says Mis­sion Heights joins a ‘‘grow­ing flock of green gold en­vi­roschools in the east’’. ‘‘It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see many of these schools start­ing to work to­gether to cre­ate a strong sense of sus­tain­able com­mu­nity.’’

TARANNUM SHAIKH / STUFF

Mis­sion Heights stu­dents: Parth Sethia, Jack Grant, Na­talie Ngo, Rios Tas­ma­nia, Sophia Bas­sano, Shanaya Prasad and Alexia Gille­spie.

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