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Enviroschools


Welcome to the Enviro Page - Green Bay School is a Silver Medal Enviro-school. 
The focus for Green Bay School is to be active participants in sustainability through education.
To learn more about sustainability and the Enviroschools programme click here to link to the Auckland Regional Council - Enviroschools website.

Four Key Areas:
Place - Wahi
People and participation - Tangata
Practices - Tikangi
Programmes - Kaupapa Ako

Five Guiding Principles:
Empowered Students
Learning for sustainability
Maori perspectives
Respect for diversity of people and culture
Sustainable communities


Projects around our school include...
  • Keeping 10 chickens
  • Creating a native walkway complete with Taniwha
  • Building compost bins
  • Planting a school orchard
  • Weeding school gardens
  • Maintaining 3 worm farms
  • Improving our waste management 

At the end of Term 4, 2010 a group of keen Enviro School students were taken to Owairaika School to receive the Silver Enviro Award from Mayor Len Brown. It was a very exciting occasion and a great honour for the school, reflecting lots of hard work from our students. We are now working towards our Green-Gold Award which will mean commitment from all teachers and students and our school community towards the Enviro Schools goals.

 
                              
                                          Green Bay students receiving their Silver award 
                            
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     The swimming pool area - 'Our little Farm'

    

In 2009 we totally revitalised our swimming pool area. We painted a stunning mural as well as painting
the pool and have this year continued the project with vegetable gardens, building a chicken run and
adding 5 chickens. In this area we also have three very productive worm farms which feed our gardens
with plenty of nutrients.


 
  


  
  


A group of children meet every thursday afternoon to plant, weed and maintain the vege gardens in the pool area.
They regularly feed their plants with worm tea from the worm farms. Currently they are growing beetroot, carrots, silverbeet, broadbeans, blueberries and more...


The vegetables are really growing well. It must be all the worm tea!!!

  




The old junior sandpits are now a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden.
Each junior class takes care of a 'wedge' of the garden.


  



Another major project to add to the list has been clearing and planting of the 'Native Walkway.'
Our wonderful teacher Kathy, had a dream to create an area where classes could sit and read as well
as watch the birds and wildlife.
Many, many hours of hard work has helped to achieved this goal. Money from grants was used to purchase 
native plants for the walkway and to construct a magnificent Taniwha seat which has been decorated
with clay tiles made by students.
If you are passing through our school, please visit this beautiful area which we are very proud of.






 
Check out this local website "Out of our own back yards" for loads of great gardening tips:  ooooby.ning.com