Congratulations to Kapanui School, the first school on the the Kāpiti Coast to receive their new Enviroschools sign. The signs are part of a national initiative to identify and celebrate Enviroschools throughout Aotearoa and acknowledge the contribution that each Enviroschool makes to the nationwide network. The signs provide an important means of letting the local community know about the commitment their local school or early childhood centre has made to help develop a sustainable community.
Kapanui School is a Silver Enviroschool. Silver describes an Enviroschool where sustainable practices have been maintained and extended over time. In their journey since 2007, Kapanui have developed a range of waste mnimisation initiatives including a no-bins policy. The school grows food and is committed to providing opportunities for as many students as possible to be involved in gardening. The students and teachers support planting at Waimeha Lagoon and students try hard to travel sustainably to school by using active transport. They have recently been working on reducing their energy use.
More signs will be popping up in the Kāpiti Coast community this term, identifying the other schools and early childhood centres that have so far made the commitment to an ongoing, whole school journey with the Enviroschools programme. Many other schools and early childhood centres connect with the network without having made the long term commitment to being an Enviroschool.
image: Kapanui Envirogroup students and lead Enviro teachers with their new sign, from left: Ben, Joe, Keesha, Jessica, Sam, Jamilla, Denis Tocker, Wendy Pearson. Front : Charlotte, Amelia, Jessie
|If you are interested in finding out more about the Enviroschools Programme or ways to connect with the network, please contact Kāpiti Coast Enviroschools Facilitator Amanda Dobson ph 0226334151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|