Wainui Beach School

Gisborne based primary Wainui Beach School is looking to make the most of its Rongoa garden – an area of native trees on the school’s grounds.

With a commitment to environmental education, Wainui Beach School in Gisborne provides its students with knowledge and tools to help develop their understanding of how the outdoors can influence plants and animals, specifically the Little Blue Penguin.

Ruud Kleinpaste – the Bugman and Dr Riley Elliott – Shark Scientist visited the school to talk to students and teachers about how they can learn from nature and the important role that living organisms play in our ecosystem and their impact on our environment. 

Wainui Beach School was the first ever TREEmendous recipient in 2008, planting many different species of native trees for an outdoor classroom. The school is continuing to further their environmental goals this year with the programme by developing, The Penguin Project – Little Blues, an initiative first started in 2018 when Wainui Beach residents discovered Little Blue Penguins nesting under their houses.

The Penguin Project aims to further the students understanding around how they share the environment with other species. The goal is also to increase their knowledge on how the Little Blue Penguin is suited to its habitat and their response to environmental changes.

Riverina School

With a passion for environmental education, Riverina School in Pakuranga provides its students with knowledge…

With a passion for environmental education, Riverina School in Pakuranga provides its students with knowledge and tools to help develop their understanding of the natural ecosystem. The school encourages students to connect to the wider community and understand the role every individual plays in building an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Ruud Kleinpaste – the Bugman and Dr Riley Elliott, Shark Scientist visited Riverina School to inspire students and show them how we can all learn from nature and the important role that bugs and sharks play in our ecosystem and how they all impact our environment.

Principal, Carol Dickinson and her enthusiastic teachers are looking forward to further developing their outdoor learning space for students to learn in nature following Ruud’s session with the teaching staff.  Their environmental project will see an area of their school grounds transformed into a vibrant learning space where fruit and vegetables will be grown and native trees planted.

Karetu School

Situated on a bush block, students at Karetu School can explore the local natural environment.

Situated on a bush block, students at Karetu School can explore the local natural environment. The school hopes to expand its predator control programme where students monitor different predators and brainstorm effective ways to trap and catch them. Students are also excited to learn more about the bugs and insects in their backyard.

Whanganui Intermediate

Whanganui Intermediate School is dedicated to making learning a real and relatable experience for its students.

Whanganui Intermediate School is dedicated to making learning a real and relatable experience for its students. The school is passionate about expanding its existing forest school programme, which takes students off-site to explore the local bush area and embrace the outdoors. It hopes to inspire the younger generation to incorporate knowledge of the natural environment in everyday life.

Waitara East School

Providing a hands-on learning approach about the natural environment is something that Waitara East School values for its students.

Providing a hands-on learning approach about the natural environment is something that Waitara East School values for its students. The Taranaki based primary school is looking to enhance its knowledge on sustainable gardening and is interested in how worm farming and composting can drive its push for sustainability.