OUR PLACE They’ve gone green at Green Bay Primary
The smiles are big and student and staff pride is obvious at Green Bay Primary and Intermediate School following their Silver Enviroschools Award for including environmental learning in their programmes. Facilitated locally
by Auckland Council, Enviroschools is a national environmental education programme that encourages children, their schools and their families to think and act sustainably. To achieve the Silver
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Some of Green Bay School’s enviro students, (l to r) Bella Willcocks, Emma Adams, Cromwell Pilacan, Zac Lorimer and Ryan Julian, show off one of their gardening projects which has won the school a Silver Enviroschools Award.
Award, schools must undertake sustainable practices for at least four years and involve students, teachers, boards of trustees, parents and community members. The programme gives young people the opportunity to become role models and make a
difference in their communities by applying their ideas and energy to real life situations. It involves working on a range of community projects including community gardens, native tree
planting and stream cleanups. At Green Bay school the students have become involved in the Enviroschools journey with passion and showing leadership on a daily basis, says Principal Jude Black.
about.” A significant list of projects have been achieved including planting
salad and herb gardens and developing a walkway through native bush from which the students have removed weeds. They’ve created seating made from old tyres, wire and cement in an outdoor learning area and rubbish has been cleared from an adjoining stream. An orchard has been created with banana, feijoa, guava, orange, mandarin, pear and apple trees and the students grow vegetables and strawberries in planter boxes outside classrooms. The students have also designed and formed a garden that’s an oasis of tranquility and healing with native and medicinal plants, and they’ve researched the plants’ health benefits so they can share that knowledge. The students produce their own compost, there’s a chicken coop with
chickens producing organic eggs and they do a good trade in worm wee from the worm farm. If there’s too much produce for the school’s use, they set up a farmer’s-style market outside the school library at 2.45pm on Fridays and sell it to the community. “Murals are on the go as part of a school grounds beautification
project, there are plans to extend the gardens and I’ve even heard a rumour about a pig,” says Jude Black. “It’s only a rumour but ….”
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