School shows sustainability
Students’ environmental advocacy has been recognised after being awarded a bronze medal by Enviroschools officials.
Last week Tainui Full Primary School were presented with the award after meeting the guiding principles which were acknowledged by Enviroschools officials.
Teacher Aroha Couling says the school has been an enviroschool for four years.
‘‘We were doing this type of work anyway and we had already set up the garden about one year before we joined. We had a whole school focus on the environment.’’
The bronze medal is the first award and is awarded when the five guiding principles have been met.
Enviroschools facilitator Amanda Jones said, ‘‘The kaupapa of Enviroschools is that the guiding principles are a part of creating sustainable and peaceful school communities. Also it is about caring for each other.
‘‘They needed to give me evidence that guiding principles were being carried out throughout the school.’’
Guiding principles include empowering students, learning for sustainability, recognising maori perspectives, respect for the diversity of people and cultures and sustainable communities.
ENVIROSCHOOL: Tainui Full Primary School received a bronze medal for environmental advocacy. Pictured are (from left) Environment Waikato councillor Norm Barker, South Waikato District Council environmental monitoring officer James Piddock, Mayor Neil Sinclair, Enviroschools facilitator Amanda Jones, (back left) Shardey Te Kanawa, Amos Wilson, Lachlan Poko, (front left) Shaunah West, Kata Wilson and Mikayla Gerrard.