Guiding principles

Five main principles guide the Enviroschools Programme.
They are derived from emerging understandings about how environment, ecology, education, society and culture each contribute to creating a sustainable world. We are encouraged to develop these principles and continually check for signs that they are growing and visible.

-Sustainable communities

Sustainable communities act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future.


  • 2009 Cultural celebration Term 1
  • Matariki celebration Term 2

-Education for Sustainability

Education for Sustainability is an action-focused approach to learning that engages us in the physical, social, cultural and political aspects of our environment.


-Genuine student participation

Genuine student participation is from their own unique and creative perspective. Including young people in decision-making and action empowers them to be active environmental citizens for life and enriches the development of the whole school environment.


  • School Tour preparation.
  • Using children's art work in preferance to commercially produced work.
  • Enviro school wiki collaboratively built and maintained.
  • Creating a hut from natural materials.

-Māori perspectives

Māori perspectives and knowledge of the environment offer unique insights built up over time in this country. Including Māori perspectives enriches learning and honours the status of indigenous people in this land.


  • Matariki Celebrations term 2
  • Pepeha
  • Kapa Haka group
  • Matariki Pivot
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-Respect for the diversity of people and cultures

is integral to achieving a sustainable environment in New Zealand that is fair, peaceful, and co-operative and makes the most of our rich cultural traditions.


  • Visually welcoming for all our school cultures.
  • Learning songs and dances in different languages.
  • Opportunities to learn another language.
  • Having staff who are bilingual.
  • Our newsletter translated into another language.