Imagine ... a community of environmentally responsible, caring and motivated young people, who instinctively think and act sustainably… Welcome to a normal Renwick Enviroschool day.
Keep it Clean. Renwick Green - Renwick Enviroschool
Over the past few years we have developed our school grounds and programmes to include a large number of Enviroschool initiatives, which are listed below. The students, Board of Trustees, Senior Leadership Team, Green Ferns, staff representatives and our amazing caretakers all support these policies, programmes and practices. This has lead to our school being awarded Green Gold EnviroSchools status. It is now the goal to maintain this status and head towards Beyond Green Gold.
THE CREEK REDEVELOPMENT
This has been a major focus for the past few years and we are proud of the work that has been done to transform this area. However this is an ongoing project to ensure the establishment and growth of the plants and return of stream and bird life.
The school currently has 88 solar panels on the roof of the senior block as well as another 16 on the roof of the junior block. These are producing 26 kws of power.
We have an amazing garden area in which the students are given the opportunity to learn about growing and tending to plants. Our students have lessons with our Edible Garden facilitator developing their skills and understanding of the importance of growing food. Our years 4/5/6 are involved in the Garden to Table Programme which sees them planning meals and cooking with produce from the gardens.
Over the past few years we have developed our school grounds and programmes to include:
- Visual motifs to represent our place and culture backed up with school wide practices – The Renwick School Rock. Linked to marae investigations and visits happening biannually
- A rubbish free policy
- Paper 4 Tree Recycling programme where the more paper and cardboard we recycle the more native trees we are given
- Monitors for Reduction and class by class school-wide system where individuals take responsibility for monitoring waste output of water, power and classroom consumables, to help reduce it
- Worm farms and bug hotels to encourage biodiversity and a healthy growing environment
- Native plantings and gardens – supported by classroom learning from Me and My Environment and Living Landscapes
- Trees 4 Survival - Linking into our community
- Keep Renwick Tidy activities such as the Big Renwick Clean Up and the Big Switch Off Fortnight
Renwick School - with our place and practices changing we are creating a culture in our community that looks after our living Taonga.