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Local Schools Championing the Environment

Loburn School and Peppertree Preschool were awarded Enviroschool certificates last week in recognition of their work inspiring future generations to be environmentally minded.

Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country.

The celebration was held at Environment Canterbury on Friday.

Loburn School, who received a green-gold certificate, have developed a thriving natural environment, offering opportunities to learn about environmental sustainability including honey bees, native plantings, water, worm farming, raising chickens, edible gardening and composting.

Councillor Robbie Brine said that it has been an empowering journey for the school.

“Loburn School’s Enviroschools Journey has involved many people. It’s bringing a positive impact on the school itself as well as their own community.”

Mayor Dan Gordon presented Peppertree Preschool with their bronze certificate, the first step towards achieving their own green-gold stage. The children are sorting food for their worm farm, caring for chickens and other animals within the preschool.

“Today we celebrated two of our local schools that have reflected on their progress with the Enviroschools facilitators, showing that they have worked through an in-depth process. It’s a fantastic achievement and well deserved,” said the Mayor.

Little Peppertree warmed the hearts of celebration attendees by singing their own version of the '12 Days of Christmas', made especially for their Enviroschools journey.

The three stages of the programme include bronze, silver and green-gold, and all participating schools are encouraged to reflect on their progress, ask questions about what worked, what improvements can be made and what’s next.

Following the celebration, the total number of Waimakariri schools participating in the programme is 20. Of these, seven have reached bronze status, four silver, three green-gold and the rest are working towards their first (bronze) award.

Empowered Students, Sustainable Communities is the motto of Enviroschools Canterbury, a nationwide programme supported by the Toimata Foundation. They are supported by a large network of regional partners who are committed to long-term sustainability.

 

Little Peppertree's the 12 Days of Christmas
On the first day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
Don’t put rubbish in the sea!
On the second day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,

Worms make really good wee!
On the third day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
Keep your sheep out of the streams, and don’t put rubbish in the sea!
On the fourth day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
Don’t squish bugs, and don’t put rubbish in the sea!
On the fifth day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,

REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE!

On the sixth day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
We really really really love bees!
On the seventh day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
Don’t forget to collect the eggs, and don’t put rubbish in the sea!
On the eighth day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
We can grow lots of broccoli!
On the ninth day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
Please take home some zucchini, and don’t put rubbish in the sea!
On the tenth day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
Get involved with our community!
On the eleventh day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
Only rainwater down the drains of blue!
On the twelfth day of Enviroschools my teachers taught to me,
We couldn’t have done it without Toni!