School shows sus­tain­abil­ity

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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