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