Enviroschools is a nationwide programme supported by Toimata Foundation, founding partner Te Mauri Tau, and a large network of regional partners. With their support, Whenuapai School has committed to a long-term sustainability journey, where tamariki/students connect with and explore their environment, then plan, design and take action in their local places in collaboration with their communities.
The Enviroschools kaupapa is about creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through learning and taking action together.
The kaupapa guides all that we do and is embodied in five guiding principles that underpin the whole Enviroschools journey:
- Empowered Students are enabled to participate in meaningful ways in the life of Whenuapai School. Their unique perspectives are valued for the knowledge and insight that they bring, and they are supported to take action for real change.
- Learning for Sustainability recognises the types of teaching and learning that use connecting experiences to develop holistic and ecological perspectives, foster student enquiry, decision-making, action, and reflection, and create sustainable outcomes.
- Māori Perspectives honours the status of tangata whenua in this land and the value of indigenous knowledge and wisdoms in enriching and guiding learning and action.
- Respect for the Diversity of People and Cultures acknowledges the unique gifts, contributions and perspectives of individuals and groups, reinforcing the value of participatory decision-making and collaborative action.
- Sustainable Communities act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future, to maintain the health and viability of our environment, society, culture and economy.
Trees for Survival
Trees for Survival is a charitable trust which works with schools and local communities to grow and plant native trees along waterways and on erosion prone hillsides. Their environmental education programme provides an opportunity for Whenuapai School children to make a practical difference to their environment as well as learn about conservation, revegetation, wetland restoration and protecting stream quality.
Our students have worked closely with Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel to plant hundred’s of native plants on the Air Force Base.
Our Year 7 students also spent a day planting trees at Murawai Beach.